Saturday, September 25, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
When we sang "Happy Birthday" to Pres, he got a little shy and embarrassed, but he liked "blowing" out the candles with some help from Bennett. After cake, Preston (with more help from his big sister) opened his gifts and then we watched the past year of his life condensed into a 13 minute video. I believe all of Preston's relatives know him well because all of his gifts revolved around trucks, trains and money (his three favorite things at the moment)! Thank you everyone for sacrificing some of your Sunday night to spend time with our special 2 year old. It meant a lot to him, and even more to us!
Thank you everyone for loving Preston so much, and doing all that you do for all of us. We love you!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Within another half hour, we were back in X-ray and not only was Pres awake, he was pitching a complete fit. I don't know how many people have tried to get a two year old to hold still for a stranger to x-ray their arm, but let me tell you it isn't fun. The x-ray tech had to recruit a nurse for back up so we could hold him down. We finally finished with the x-rays and Daddy quickly bribed him with a CapriSun and Dum-Dums to calm him down.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You are a busy little boy Pres....going 100 mph all the time! I can't wait to see how you are when you get older and put that energy behind something you love, whether it is a sport or a job. I predict you will be very successful in whatever you put your mind. You are sooo smart (I really can't believe what you can do at 2 yrs)!!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
For the month of August (when we had NOTHING to do), we did a lot of puzzles and began practicing letters. Since Bennett was entered 3K, and I knew there would be an emphasis on learning her letters and numbers, I wanted to make sure she was prepared. Thanks to some handy flashcards and a video that a friend lent us (The Letter Factory), she is getting them down. The added bonus is that Preston has learned them alongside of her! Here is a short video highlighting his knowledge.
When we got home from our first night back, I was playing with the kids. Bennett was doing a puzzle, and then she started singing some song I hadn't heard before. I asked her where she learned it, and she said at church. After sending an email to her new choir teacher, I learned that it's a short song called "Deep and Wide." It only has a few lines, but evidently it is quite catchy for the little ones because they have motions that go along with it too. Though our little girl doesn't have the best voice (bless her little heart), she loves to sing, and I think she will really enjoy children's choir.
The teachers don't allow you to watch them practice, but they put on two "shows" a year, so I will just have to wait until one of those! Don't worry....I will get it all on video and upload here for you all to see.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
It was a big day for Bennett as she officially entered 3K (pre-kindergarten). I attended her orientation last night, and I must say that this really is school! I wasn't quite sure what to expect, I mean she is only 3 years old. However, they have a curriculum, and it is Christian based, which makes me so happy. In addition, they do two assessments of her abilities, one in October and the other in April. I am excited to see where she ends up because as most parents feel about their children...I think she is is smart and doing really well for her age. I think the biggest things that she'll get out of this school year will be better dexterity with her coloring and writing, as well as her ability to apply simple stories from the Bible to everyday life. Thankfully, she is learning Bible stories in Sunday school and we recently purchased a book that is for young children, so the combination of all three should help.
When I see the way our kids absorb things, it really makes me want to teach them everything I possibly can. They are little sponges and learn so much everyday at these young ages. I know that we as parents are responsible for teaching our children, but I feel blessed to trust the teachers of my kids and know that they are in good hands at a loving, Christian environment.