Poor, poor Grommit...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
And, you can't go wrong when you have little boys and there is a train to watch!
Or Butterfly chairs to sit on....or sprinklers to run through....
Or huge frogs to watch in the pond.
We attempted to get a photo of the two of us together and we ended up with a ton of photos that looked like this:
And after all that walking around, we needed a little rest. I think next time we head to the gardens I am going to pack along some books so we can take a seat in the shade and get some reading in. There is a great area of the gardens where there are two rows of bald cypress trees right next to each other with benches between the trees all the way down the row. There's lots of shade...and there's something calming and relaxing about cypress trees...maybe its just me.
Monday was Jellybean's first day of Kindergarten!
To be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about him starting school. You see, most moms get 5 years or so to prepare themselves for this first big day...I had not quite 8 months. Overall, I think I did pretty well. I am excited for Jellybean. I know this is a big deal for him. He is ready to go to school and I know it will be really good for him. I didn't cry...but I did feel a little teary off and on all day.
Last week, Jellybean had a one-hour orientation for school where we went in to have a treasure hunt in his classroom so he could learn where everything was and feel a little more comfortable walking in to class that first day. This week he goes to Kindergarten every day for a half day...and next week he starts going for full days. This schedule makes the transition a little easier for everyone...and I'm grateful for that.
Even after just these first couple of days...I am definitely missing seeing my little boy! I know that this transition might be a bit tougher for Peanut and myself than it will be for Jellybean!
So far, he loves school. He's making new friends and gaining independence every day. So much for my little boy...he's growing up!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
After dinner, we bummed around a bit. We went to the bookstore, to Best Buy and to the mall to find some new tennis shoes for the boys with growing feet.
All summer long we have been hoping that the dollar theater would be playing kid-friendly movies...and all summer they have not been playing kid-friendly movies. But, this weekend they started playing Kung-Fu Panda. So we headed to the movie theater to round out the evening. The boys laughed SO hard during this movie. And Z and I loved it, too.
When the movie was over, Peanut looked at me and said "Mommy! That was a good movie!"
My response was "Yes, that was a very good movie"
And then he said "Mommy! It was AWESOME!"
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The adorable Oliver...
Instead of spending the day at work making money, I spent a big chunk of my Saturday taking this adorable doggie to the veterinarian. On a SATURDAY...for an emergency. Don't worry...he's fine (or at least he's fine now), but it cost me a pretty penny to take him in, get him looked at and treated. In all honesty, I could have made him wait to go to the vet until Monday, but I really didn't want to take the chance that he could get an infection and get really sick. So, I called the vet, explained the problem, and she said "Yep, bring him in". So, there went my Saturday.
Instead, I spent just a part of my Saturday at the lab...and then a part of my Sunday at the lab. But, I got everything done (and even managed to fit in most of my laundry duties, too).
This is what the boys did. I missed out on all the fun!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We headed up to NW Iowa for the weekend to spend time with Z's family and had a great weekend! Grandma and Grandpa gave me a morning off on Saturday morning while they took the boys to a Threshing Show. While they were gone, I worked on Jellybean's Train Birthday Cake and did a little relaxing. Later that day we had a wonderful dinner, followed by birthday cake and presents for the little man! He had so much fun on his first American birthday!! He wasn't sure what to expect, but I know he's already looking forward to another one! Of course, Peanut is looking forward to one, too.
For those of you who left advice on how to deal with the first American birthday, we truly appreciate it. In order to help Peanut handle Jellybean's birthday, we spent several days ahead of time talking to both of the boys about what a birthday was, what would happen on the birthday, and what was expected of them. We made sure to let Peanut know that this was Jellybean's day, but that there would be a day just for him this winter. We included him for some of the planning and encouraged him to help us make a very special day for Jellybean. Z taught him how to play the birthday song on the piano, so he was really proud to play that for Jellybean on his special day (with some help from Z). And...at the end of the day, after Jellybean had opened his presents, we gave a little gift to Peanut, too (for his un-birthday). I'm not sure that giving the un-birthday kid a gift is necessarily the best idea...and I certainly wouldn't do it if we had more than 2 children, but it did help Peanut to be recognized on that day, too. I think now that the first birthday celebration is out of the way, the rest will be easier (since they know what they are and what to expect).
Anyway...here are some photos from our weekend! The last couple are from Z's family reunion on Sunday. We got to spend the day at the lake and the boys loved it (even if I was feeling pretty yucky).
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Yeah...the pregnant dreams....they're back again. Along with what I believe to be the reason for them.
We'd appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we sort all of this out. And, yes, someday (hopefully relatively soon) I WILL let you know what this is all about. I just can't do it yet. And boy do we have a lot of work to do!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The problem? The boys don't really have a good concept of what "birthday" means. I've tried explaining it to them, but they don't really get the idea. They've never celebrated birthdays before and they've never really done anything separately before. If one got something, then they both got something.
I want Jellybean to have a great birthday. I want him to have presents and cake and people to sing Happy Birthday to him. I want him to have a fun day where he gets to play games and eat junk food and enjoy turning 6. But....I don't want Peanut to have a bad day. I don't want Peanut to think that somehow Jellybean is MORE special than he is. I don't want Peanut to be upset and cranky, taking some of the joy out of Jellybean's day.
How do I walk this line? How do I explain to Peanut that his day is coming, too...its just going to be a while?
Have any of you figured out a great way to handle the first birthday celebrations with older adopted kids who've never had birthday parties before? If so, please share your solutions!! And FAST - Saturday is coming up!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This was the boys first ever baseball game...and now they probably think that everyone gets to watch the game from a skybox!
Thanks Aunt Jenny!
After the race, we stayed in town to watch the parade. The boys loved watching all the floats and collecting all the candy. They both came home with a TON of candy! We are still eating it! This parade was one of those small-town parades that everyone participates in. I think there were almost as many people IN the parade as there were watching the parade!
My favorite float...the guy in the bathtub...with a working shower!
Grandpa in the parade.
Z says there's a reason that marketing didn't take off on this particular
The storm we had to drive through on the way home....Iowa weather...what can I say?