Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Of course, there's no way to keep a little boy out of a pile of dirt! So, we brought out their little tools & let them go at it. Harrison has probably spent 25+hours out there the past few days. It just doesn't get much better than this to him! And, Madeleine's had her share of fun out there, too! I think almost as much dirt has made it in our house as was put in the flowerbeds....and I've had to clean the tub every night it's had soooo much dirt in it! Ha!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
While all the parents listened to her principal tell about their school & give their annual report, the kids were dismissed to head to their classrooms & get ready. Unfortunately, with Harrison & Charlotte to keep happy & quiet, and with Matt in class for the first part of the report I was too busy to hear much of it. I just kept giving Harrison gum and hoping my supply would last longer than the report. :)
Finally it was time to head up the stairs to see Madeleine's room. She had her journal, science notebook & math notebook all out for us to see. She was so proud to show us all the work she's been doing in her class. First grade has been such a wonderful experience for her so far! She comes home daily exclaiming "I just LOVE first grade." Just what this momma wants to hear! This year she stays with the same teacher all day long (her homeroom teacher is her switch class teacher as well) which is great since she just loves her teacher.
Since Madeleine is in the accelerated reading group, they do a lot of independent work, which is something she seems to thrive on. She's a pretty self motivated girl & I think she loves the challenge of this class, but also being able to pace herself and problem solve on her own. Here she is at one of the computer stations.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
She loves to pat-a-cake and for us to bounce her up & down on our knee. She cackles and has this hilarious belly laugh when we do that! Matt & I find ourselves laughing right along with her so much of the time; she just has a contagious laugh. And she has pretty much constant entertainment at our house. We've noticed this month that when she's not being entertained, she's starting to let us know that she's not too happy about it. We've heard her fuss for the first time in the past few weeks. Although, after an entire week of being around our extended family, I think it might be that she's gotten just a wee bit spoiled & used to being held. :) But, who can blame her, she's just so adorable!
She's still working on getting her first tooth. Right now it's a guessing game as to which tooth will pop through first because both her top & bottom gums looks like they could burst. She's been such a trooper through all of it, but the past few nights she's been up some fussing. Poor girl!
This is my first attempt at her 8 month photo. She grabs everything within her reach & puts in her mouth. And, when she's finished slobbering all over it, she's learned to toss it behind her. She' s still not crawling (insert sigh of relief....our house is nowhere near babyproofed yet) but I don't think it will be too much longer. She can turn herself around in a circle and get to what she wants. She can do a bit of an inchworm crawl, but only to get to something just out of her reach. Now that she's sitting really well, she prefers to play that way & crawling has taken a backseat.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Our trip began bright and early on Friday morning where we flew out of LR. This was the kids first time to fly that they remember & they were so so excited! They both popped right up out of bed that morning and were ready to go. Thankfully, my parents & Sugar & Uncle Stewart were flying with us so we had plenty of help. :)
Going through security was quite an adventure (you mean we have to take our shoes off??). We were quite a site with our 3 kids, one Thomas the train suitcase, one pink suitcase, matt's backpack, one purse & one diaperbag! I'm sure we were one of their worst nightmares since we were traveling with baby food, formula, milk, and lots of other fun things that had to be tested at security.
Our first flight was from LR to Atlanta and the kids did great! In fact, they were quite easy to travel with and I was so proud of them! More than once I had someone compliment their behavior to me. The Atlanta airport was Harrison's little heaven. Not only had he just gotten off an airplane, but we had to change terminals & he got to ride the train and the moving sidewalk. Just what this little boy loves! The flight from Atlanta to Raleigh was uneventful & by the time we arrived the kids looked like this:
My cousin Kristen & her family came over after her girls naps -- Ruthie & Maddie are such cuties! Here they all are eating outside at dinner on Friday night at the kid table. So thankful that I've finally been promoted out of the kid's table. :)
Here are 7 of the 9 greatgrandchildren waiting for the train. There are 7 that are 3 and under -- makes for a fun time!
The plane ride home was uneventful. The kids did such a great job again. It was quite a long day since we had a 3 hour trek home from LR after landing ..... we didn't get home until after midnight. And, somewhere along the was I came down with a bad case of strep (boo).
All in all it was one of the best weekends we've had in a long time! We enjoyed every moment of getting to be with our family and celebrate such a special event with them. It was fun to catchu up with my cousins. It made me realize how time does fly. It seems like just moments ago that we were spending summers up at Mammy's house playing outside, or going to Friendly's for ice cream, or exploring her house. However, it was also reassuring to know that some things never change, like the smell of her house & fun times that happen there. I loved watching Madeleine play with the same jewelry in the same jewelry box that I played with as a child and knowing that both of my children were making memories that they'll have forever.