celebrations Family Time field trips milestones preschool Tiny & Buba
a princess and a dragon
a nice day for a winter bike ride
a princess and a builder
Happy Valentine’s Day!
climbing around the playground
her very first go on the monkey bars
let’s do some digging
getting gymnastics awards
Happy Fourth of July!
self face painting at Davis Farmland
starting a new school year in separate classrooms
Red Riding Hood and her Shark
2012 was not a great year for blogging for me. I’ve thought many times about posting little summaries about our summer vacations, the kids first experiences with summer camps, how it went starting a new school year with the kids in different preschool classes, and many more experiences and conversations that just didn’t make it into the blog last year. And now I am certain that they never will. It’s too much to think about how I would make up for all the never written posts. Instead I’m choosing to just start fresh in 2013. I hope to get back to posting weekly, but I can’t make any promises. I’ll just do the best I can, and that will have to be good enough. Stay tuned. I’ll be back.
On Friday, after dragging Tiny and Buba through an unsuccessful trip to DSW, we had this little talk on the car ride home…
Me (thinking out loud): It’s just so frustrating that I can’t find shoes for the Bar Mitzvah tomorrow. I’m running out of time, and I certainly can’t go barefoot.
Buba: It’s okay, Mommy. You can wear the the glass slippers. I will let you.
Buba: In my dress-up. You can wear the glass slippers for when we pretend to be Cinderella.
Tiny: Yes. Or you can wear the Snow White shoes. You can wear whichever ones you want.
(Fortunately, appropriate footwear was found and I did not have to dig into the dress-up bin.)
It’s been so long since my last post, that I hardly know where to begin. I hope to get a post together soon about our summer vacations and the start of the school year, but for now, I have a funny little conversation I had with Buba this morning. For the record, Milo is Buba’s imaginary penguin friend…
Buba: (after reading Time for Bed) Milo always wants to take this book on an airplane flight.
Me: Oh? Where is Milo going?
Buba: He’s going to Mexico, and I’m gonna go with him.
Me: To Mexico?
Me: But that’s very far away, and I will miss you very, very much.
Buba: Well, there was a very big storm at Milo’s house, and his power won’t come back, so he’s gonna go live in Mexico, and I’m gonna go live with him.
Me: But I don’t want you to go. I would miss you too, too much.
Buba: Well, there’s a nice restaurant there.
Me: Oh? Can we eat there when I visit you?
Buba: Yes, but it’s only open on Mondays.
Last Saturday, we returned to the strawberry fields for the third time (previous trips were made in June 2011 and June 2010) to hand pick the delicious strawberries up at our favorite picking farm. This was, by far, the best experience we’ve had so far. Both Tiny and Buba were eager to pick the berries, and old enough to remember and understand which berries were the best to pick- red ones, the bigger the better, no holes or bite marks, nothing mushy.
Buba and Tiny did a decent job collecting just under half of the berries we took home. I still checked each of their containers to make sure we weren’t going to be taking home any duds, and we definitely tossed back fewer this time than we had last year. Of course, we didn’t waste any time sampling our pickings. They were sweet and juicy and delicious. It was a great way to get our summer vacation off to a good start.
Last Friday was Tiny and Buba’s last day of preschool. It was also my last parent helping day of the year. I can’t say enough good things about their first year of preschool. We all enjoyed the experience tremendously and are looking forward to returning for another year in the fall.
photos from the last day
Although our school year has ended, there won’t be much slowing down in the days ahead. Buba and Tiny are used to getting up each weekday morning having someplace to go and something to do. T and I found out during February break that they really aren’t interested in any quiet, lazy days at home. So, we’ve purposely planned a busy summer filled with things that will keep both Buba and Tiny moving and happy.
First up, is a week of sports camp for preschoolers right in our own town. They’ll go all five mornings that week, and will have the opportunity to learn to play soccer, t-ball, hockey, and cooperative games. A few weeks later, they’ll go to teddy bear camp- a traditional arts and crafts/singing/swimming/game playing camp for preschoolers. They’ll go all five mornings to this camp as well, and have the option of staying for lunch (which I’m thinking we might go for at least once or twice). And then a few weeks later they’ll go back to their preschool for a 4-day bubble themed camp. It’s a half-day camp too, but it has a later pick-up time and includes lunch every day.
In addition, Tiny and Buba will continue a one hour weekly gymnastics class through the summer (though, at a new gym, as our current one doesn’t offer weekly classes in the summer), and we have two weeks where we’ll be entertaining family visiting from afar. We’ve also got a couple of mini-vacations planned for just the four of us (something we’ve not yet done). And we’re already scheduling playdates into July. Throw in some mornings at the gym playroom (while I do workouts) and some afternoons hanging out at the local pools, and it looks like we’ve pretty much got everything covered.
So, yes, it’s looking like we’ll be pretty busy this summer. But with so much to look forward to, I’m not worried at all. Let the summer fun begin!
celebrations Family Time milestones Tiny & Buba: 4th birthday chicks monkey bars vacation
In March we had a wonderful time celebrating Tiny and Buba’s 4th birthday. We rented the studio space at the kids’ preschool and had a Zumba birthday party with some of their closest friends. Everyone had a great time dancing the day away. And the day after her 4th birthday, Tiny mastered the monkey bars!
March 7th- We are 4!
In April, Buba and Tiny returned to T’s school to greet the new batch of spring chicks in one of the kindergarten classrooms. But the major event of the month was our trip to Paradise Island. Unfortunately, the kids we sick on and off throughout the whole trip, but we still managed to pack in some fun.
May was busy, but more low-key. When the weather was nice, we played outside as much as possible.
More Monkeying Around
Diggin’ in the Dirt
It’s always hard to jump back into blogging after taking a long, long break. This spring has been busier than I ever imagined it could be, with a few extra tutoring hours and a ton of extra volunteer work (as my parent help job at the co-op preschool has kicked in to high gear). So much has happened. So many things I wished I’d blogged about. I hope to get to them. I want to get to them. But to make things easy, I’ll just start with today…
Getting ready for bed…
Tiny: I love getting bigger!
Me: Oh yeah?
Tiny: Uh-huh. And do you know why I love getting bigger?
Tiny: Because when I get big as you, then we can be best friends!
(I’ll definitely be pulling this out when she’s 13 and wants nothing to do with me.)