Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Today James turns 4. He has been so excited about this birthday and we have been talking about it for quite some time. He has been trying to grasp the concept of being 3 1/2 and up until a day or two ago he would say he was 3 1/2. Then I would say that he was almost 4. But he thought 3 1/2 sounded older. His birthday celebrating is kind of being spread out over days/weeks this year. Thursday was already blogged about... then today is the actual day, Sunday he will get recognized during primary, Tuesday they are celebrating at preschool, and some day (soon!) he will have his very first birthday party. I just need to see what Al's May schedule is like so he can be around to help me.
We love James very much. There is just something about him...that is makes him so lovable. I don't know what it is.
Here are some things about James at 4:
-His favorite color is green. I thought it was just because Avery's favorite color is green, but he has consistently said green for quite a while now.
-He loves Chick fil A. Loves. But he doesn't want to be bothered with the waffle fries. He just wants the chicken.
-His favorite book is Little Blue Truck. We've read it so many times. It is a very cute story. For his birthday he got the sequel and he was super excited.
-James will often make statements like, "When I was a baby..." or he will tell me about something that he used to love/a place he went/something he did when he was a baby. They are always random, always made up, sometimes very outlandish statements.
-He still loves to suck his thumb and rub the skin on his belly button.
-He is the cuddliest little guy I've ever known. He would cuddle all day long if time allowed.
-James follows most statements he makes with "right?" at the end. All day long. All day. He has a lot of stuff to talk about. "Mom, I am strong, right?" "Pepperoni is spicy, right?" "It's foggy outside, right?" "It's almost my birthday, right?" "We live in Houston, right?" "Birds like to fly, right?" I love this about him. Occasionally I will have to tell him that it's quiet time, my mind needs a rest. I remember one morning in particular we were driving to preschool and it had been just non-stop, rapid-fire statements/questions. When James said, "A hippo could bite me, right?" I told him that we needed just a little bit of quiet time.
-He wants to play with friends all day, every day. I arrange quite a few play dates for him after preschool, and he is always so excited. A couple of his BFFs are moving in a month and he will be crushed. I am sad for him. Luckily he has a couple of buddies that will still be around. Even if James has been playing all day long, after the friend leaves, he wants to know who else can come over. It's a little bit of a challenge for me because I don't really love/need to have people over that much! But it is good for him.
-James recently completed a little gymnastics class through the city. He LOVED it. I signed him up on a whim, thinking they would just do some running, stretching, whatever. James has a ton of energy and he needs some structure and things to keep him busy. I was pleasantly surprised when we showed up and it was kind of a legit gymnastics class! They did all kinds of stuff on the uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and trampoline. It was a cool little class. I am hoping to sign him up for another one.
-Some of James' favorites include: holidays and decorating for holidays, candy- he could eat it all day every day, pizza, cheese, cereal, strawberries, Super Mario anything, hex bugs, cars, trains, playing the wii/DS/leappad, Tom & Jerry cartoons, visiting Utah, his grandparents, going to preschool
-James is a sweet little guy and very loving. Occasionally he will have a burst of rage/temper. It is a little bit amusing, but it lands him in his room for some quiet time.
-He has the loudest voice. It carries very well. We have to remind him very often to use his 'inside voice.' When he was a baby he had the teeniest, softest cry. Somehow he went from that to full volume.
Well, I could go on forever here. James has such a big personality. But these are a few things I want to remember about him at this age. Happy birthday, Jamie!!
Friday, February 15, 2013
And here are all 3, at the school. See Dane? That is how he felt about the parade. He hated it. He cried through the whole thing because of the noise. Then James started to get fired up because he wanted to be in the group shot with all of the first graders that got awards. By the time the parade was over there was only an hour left of school and the principals said I could take Avery home with me...and Avery said she wanted to stay!! What?! Who doesn't take a get out of school free opportunity?! Then James started to bawl because he wanted Avery to come home with us. Sigh. Some times I think it would be nice to have Al around to help me wrestle the kids at things like this!
I am proud of Avery! She is a good student and I am happy the school here does such neat and special things for the kids who do well in school.
Posted by Al and Jenny at 9:18 PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
And here is Avery with her cute teacher, Ms. Frost. I dropped off some treat bags for Avery's class, which is why Ms. Frost is carrying around a Target bag. That is what they do at school here (everywhere?). You take treat bags with little goodies and pencils, erasers, etc. It gets expensive! But Avery was so happy and excited that it was worth it.
You can see on Avery's hoodie, the birthday badge. She also got a goodie bag from the front office, her name announced during morning announcements, and her biggest highlight of the day....
She got to go down to the front office and say the Pledge of Allegiance to the whole school over the office intercom. She thought that was pretty fantastic. She also got to say the Texas pledge of Allegiance which is very similar to the regular pledge, but shorter.
We are happy that we got to have such a fun couple of days celebrating Avery. She loved the phone calls and attention from her loved ones.
Next up: Valentine's Day, Al's birthday, and Avery's Super Mario party. This month is crazy! I asked Al what kind of cake he wants for his birthday and after polishing off Dane's huge cake, and still working on Avery's he said he might be done with cake for a while :)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Today our sweet Vee Vee turns 7! I can't believe that she is 7 already...that sounds so much older than 6 for some reason! We celebrated her birthday yesterday so that Al could be with us and so I will add pictures later. Today the boys and I are going to the school to have lunch with her and then she is having a little friends birthday party at the end of the month.
Some things about Avery at 7:
- She is a sweet girl. She is usually very willing to share, even without being prompted.
- Avery does well at school and enjoys it.
- She has lost 7 teeth now and that top left permanent tooth is finally making an appearance!
- Avery loves music on the radio, and she still loves Taylor Swift the most.
- She has just started taking piano lessons from a girl in the ward. Her first song is Mary Had a Little Lamb :)
- Avery is the 3rd girl in her dance class to do the 'seal pose' and they have to do it so that their feet cover their eyes and can play peek-a-boo. Her teacher makes a big deal about it and gives them a prize. It's pretty crazy how flexible little kids are!
- She can be quite dramatic...! At a recent trip to the park Avery fell off the swing (a small fall) and she declared that this park "was the worst park ever!!!" And after seeing what happened when she woke up with a bloody nose yesterday I think it is safe to say that she will not follow in Al's footsteps and become a doctor, like she once claimed :)
- Avery is a collector. American Girls stuff, little trinkets, jewelry, notebooks, stickers, pens and pencils etc.
- Her favorite foods are meatballs and steak
- She LOVES both sets of grandparents. She asks almost every day when can we move to Utah/Idaho...
- At a recent church activity, while playing a getting to know you game, Avery said about herself, "I love the color green...no matter what!" This is very true. Sometimes she will add that she likes purple and hot pink second best.
- Avery has some strong interests in: Super Mario anything, volcanoes, the color green, the wii, holidays in general, crafting especially if it involves scissors, wearing new clothes (but not shopping), wishing/wanting to see snow, going to the movies, still loves Tinkerbell.
We love Aves so much. She is a great big sister. She is funny, loving, spunky and smart. We are so grateful that we have been blessed with her.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Last night was a big night for Avery. She was invited to attend the BEAR party at her school. It is once a year, for 1st-4th graders and it celebrates kids who have achieved excellence in both conduct and reading. I dropped Avery off at school at 6pm to start the evening. The school was really organized about dividing kids by grade, parents having to sign kids in, etc. so I wasn't worried about leaving her.
On the ride to the school Avery asking about which kids would be at the party and I told her it was the ones that never 'clipped down' at school and also did all of the required reading. She said she felt bad for the kids that didn't get invited and she didn't know if it seemed 'fair.' Sweet Avery. I explained that it definitely was fair. Everybody had the same opportunity to behave well in school and to do their reading and maybe they didn't make the best choices. She seemed happy with that answer.
And Avery, checking out her empty tote. After this I headed out to enrichment and left Avery to her party. I picked her up at 9 and she was bubbling with news about the festivities. She had a tote bag full of stuff she had collected. She won two books at various games they played. She also had some pictures that her and her friends had taken at a photo booth- They were all dressed up in hats, mustaches, glasses, etc. Then she had a school pencil, cup, etc. I guess there used to be some treats in there too, but she ate those before I picked her up :)
I am glad that Avery got to have this fun party at school. She is a good girl and student and it's nice to show kids that being well behaved and a hard worker is rewarding.
Posted by Al and Jenny at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Weight- 21 lbs. 14 oz- 50th percentile
Length- 29 3/4 inches- 50th percentile
Head- I don't remember the number, but it was 50th percentile :)
Now I just need to work on getting him off of bottles and onto sippy cups. I'm always a bit behind on that one. Oh well! Next up is Avery's 7 year old appointment in a week or two. I am anxious to see how much she's grown. She seems to be so much taller recently!
Posted by Al and Jenny at 2:41 PM