Wednesday, May 22, 2013

23 months and end of year festivities

James will be two in a month! James is a mess! The way he talks is hilarious. He still has that British style (words trail up towards the end, if that makes sense). His words still primarily revolve around BIG trucks, tractors, and other vehicles (he'll even point out a "cop car"- where'd he learn that??). I am trying so hard to get him to say ABCs or count, but he just acts silly and says, "A, B, TRACTOR". Ergh. This is just one example of when he totally knows what we're saying to him, but he does the opposite. He is testing us every minute! :) At school they use a "no-no mat" for discipline (and he has gone there frequently!) and we use a tall stool at home for time outs. James also has gone on a food boycott. All of a sudden he hardly eats! I am not exaggerating when I say that for a week now, he has eaten just enough to survive. This kids normally loves to eat! I'm sure it is just a phase. 

We've been B.U.S.Y with wrapping up the end of year activities. We have had so much fun at preschool, gymnastics, and ballet this year!

Adelyn went on her first trip without us. Seth's parents took her to Jeckyll Island with my sister in law's family. She had a blast playing with her cousins, visiting the sea turtle museum, and briefly seeing the beach (it rained a lot). Seth and I were home with just James, which is a rarity. I'm not saying James gets neglected by any means, but we definitely were able to shower him with one on one attention. It's very different with just him and we enjoyed our time together! Here's a video of him at Toys R Us. He could have spent all day on this particular aisle. 

That same weekend, I ran my first 5k (May 4th)! It was the Emory Scrub Run. It was pouring down rain, 48 degrees, had more hills than I was prepared for and I didn't have my trusty rap music (no music at all!) to keep me going. HOWEVER, I did it in 31 minutes. I had to walk for about 5 minutes because of all the hills. Seth was really sweet to meet me at the end (with James and in the rain)- made my day! My next goal is NO walking and finish in under 30. 

Ran in my raincoat
Gymnastics Jubilee 
Adelyn and Mae have been taking gymnastics together pretty much since they were 18 months old (we've taken breaks here and there)
Adelyn's end of year 3 year old preschool program- here she is getting her "diploma" from Mrs. Missi, her wonderful teacher. I hope James will have her as a teacher one day!
How cute are these? A parent made them for the beach themed class party. It's blue pudding (ocean) and crushed graham crackers (sand) layered with the goodies on top. After a little picnic, they went to various stations outside. They had a sand sensory table, water guns, bubbles, fishing for prizes, bean bag toss, and sno-cone making. 
Adelyn's ballet post-recital party. This class has some sweet girls (and parents) in it.

James devoured his pink iced cupcake. There are 3 boys that play together while the girls are in class. One parent brought Cars plates so they could have their own little celebration. :)

My dear friend that I've known since 7th grade, Heather, got engaged! She and Trevor went to St. Lucia and he proposed. I am beyond excited for them! We met at Cheeky's one day for lunch to celebrate.

You know....just getting the mail

The kids both had a great school year. James went to Playschool on Mondays and Wednesdays (I added the second day in January) and he had two wonderful teachers, Mrs. Hope and Mrs. Paige. They are loving but firm, and taught James some crucial lessons (how to be away from Mommy, how to eat at a table, how to clean up, how to sit on the no-no mat- haha). Adelyn went to 3 year old preschool on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. She had Mrs. Missi and Ms. Stephanie, also amazing teachers. She had a great year- lots of very sweet girls in her class and she learned so many neat songs, did cute art projects, and learned valuable lessons. We love CFUMC! However, I'm looking forward to no real set schedule for the summer.  (check back with me in month....I'll probably be changing my tune!)

For now, we are having fun days at home. The weather is finally warm enough to do normal May activities! Adelyn loves her water hopscotch! 

And James loves the water table, especially with the tractors added

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