In August of 2016, A entered second grade…
He learned about arrays, higher level addition and subtraction, creating graphs, measuring, and more. He worked on handwriting, story creating, comprehension, and formal vs. informal speaking. He gave presentations on a variety of topics including the giant panda and a chronology of his life. He wants to be an author when he grows up, and math is still his favorite subject.
He is definitely ready for third grade. He loves everything about school, and I’m little worried of how I’m going to keep him from becoming thoroughly bored this summer (thankfully my Mom dropped off a whole stack of math games). However, I’m sure with his brother to create games with, math games, and a stack of new library books he should at least have things to do the first week. Ha!
A loves reading, hiking, and creating books about all kinds of topics. He is always ready to learn anything and everything and I just hope he always retains his love of learning. He is honest and silly and sincere. And we celebrated his stellar gold rally day by going out for frozen yogurt as well.
I loved getting to take each of the boys on their own outings to celebrate the end of school. A is looking forward to moving upstairs next year as he is officially transitioning to upper elementary school. I can’t believe it! We are so proud of our sweet boy!
In August of 2016…
J began his last year of preschool.
In what seemed like a mere blink of an eye, our baby, the youngest, was suddenly a full on kid. J can count to 100, recognizes all letters, is steadily reading beginning books, and can color inside the lines like a rock star (although I feel like most rock stars color outside the lines). His teacher has commented throughout the year on J’s endless kindness and patience with his classmates.
As he began his last day I asked him a series of J’s favorites questions, so here are my questions and his responses:
What do you want to be when you grow up? Zookeeper.
What’s your favorite movie? Finding Dory. Show? Paw Patrol. Video Game? Mario 3D World. Dinner? Pasta. Tsum Tsum? Eeyore (although I’m pretty sure it’s Stitch & Roo).
What does Mommy always say to you? Get dressed.
What’s your favorite game to play? Freeze tag.
And a few more things that J loves right now: board games, giggling, eating dessert, going to the pool, and going to get frozen yogurt…
Which I treated him to after school on his last day! He met up with several of his friends and ate a whole bunch of candy with a little frozen yogurt and giggled a lot. And if his love of dessert isn’t clear here’s a closer look at that bowl:
A sweet treat for our sweet boy! Both B and I are a little sad that J is leaving his preschool years behind, but we are so proud of him and so excited for everything he’ll learn in Kindergarten!
One of our favorite weeknight (or lazy weekend day) activities is to watch cooking shows. Our current favorites are any baking championship, Chopped, and Iron Chef. The boys are so inspired by the shows that they are more willing to try new foods, and have come up with ideas of their own. Hence, J’s latest concoction; eggs on a waffle.
He declared he wanted to make eggs on a waffle one night during Iron Chef Gauntlet and, of course, remembered this the next morning:
And he helped make it as well! My hope is that when the boys go to college they’ll have a stack of food items and recipes they can make on their own. Eggs are a good start.
As you can see J was quite pleased with his finished eggs on a waffle. He decided that he likes eggs “a little bit”. Next time he wants to make the waffles from scratch, too, so we’re off to the kitchen again!
A had his end of the year superlative party and he won “most likely to publish an award winning novel”. He was so pleased to win this award and it shows not only his love of writing, but also how well his teacher knows him!
And here is an example of some of his future award winning work, his current project is a guide to playing and winning Plants vs. Zombies:
Notice the careful detail to the illustrations and the multiple strategy breakdown. Super proud of A’s hard work and creativity!
J had his first time at really playing the pitcher position this past weekend, and he did great! Look at this stance:
And the scramble for the ball…
And the throw to first!
This past week I went with A on his final field trip of the year. His class visited our local botanical gardens, which has been magnificently updated since the last time we’ve been! We had a scavenger hunt in the butterfly area, saw the new dinosaur exhibit, and the kids ran about in the play area.
I had a blast spending the day with A!
This is one if my favorite parts of every morning. J comes in with his daily menagerie of peeps cuddles up at the end of our bed and likes me to pat his back while he wakes up:
This is a picture of our neighborhood geese that had babies! Check out their goslings:
Hopefully they stay together, unlike Jon and Kate.
This is the stack of library books that I picked up this week to try to attempt to keep up with A’s reading (and a few books for J and The Lion King DVD):
This is how J spent his time before TBall practice on Tuesday:
And this is how A spent his time:
My little plants at home are thriving! So much so that I decided to purchase a few more to keep at my office. The boys helped me plant them, and I thanked the Lord that I thought to buy two because then they could each individually plant one, instead of arguing over turns.
You can see A’s freshly gone tooth, here! He’s proud of that and his freshly potted plant!
A got to go to his very first “take your kid to work day” with B:
J was back at the ball field:
A and I made lavender ice cream:
And J and I took his bike riding to our longer neighborhood sidewalk and I got some running/walking in!
It’s the end of an era! For the past six years we have attended a music and art show for either A or J. A’s music teacher is now the director of our preschool, and it seems still like yesterday I was walking A into school each day holding J in his carrier on my arm.
J with his art work. He loved showing us everything he made this year! I loved that his teacher not only listed the inspiration of each piece, but also the medium they used to create it. I’m going to miss all of the terrific teachers at his preschool, but I know that J is moving forward to terrific teachers in elementary school.
J was super excited to have my parents and nephews there for the event! He waved as he walked on to the stage and sang nice and loud so everyone could hear his sweet voice!
And afterwards we took the boys to one of our favorite local Italian restaurants:
Where he got to play with pizza dough while he waited on his mac and cheese, and had zeppole for dessert! And then after he got his art work back I found this in his room:
His Cross canvas proudly displayed on his bed. Sweet boy!