Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Things :: May

We had Colby's best friend, Justin, over for a play date. We just found out they're moving back to Michigan and we're going to miss their family so much. Three years isn't long enough for friends like these.
Colby had the flu and missed his last week of school. Star Wars comic books helped make a lousy week a little more bearable. 

Colby speaks
  • Robb told Colby that bella means beautiful. "We have three bellas in our family...They're bellas and we're fellas!"
  • "Do you want to watch a YouTube video on how to teach little sisters to play Mario Kart Wii?"
I wanted to help the kids understand the difference between cities and states, so we made a map of our town and talked about how there are lots of cities in each state, and lots of states in our country. Then we checked out google maps. I'm not sure they got the point, but we had fun.
 Alice speaks
  • "Pretty princesses don't clean up 'cause they're too busy dancing. They have to do everything pretty, They don't do projects...except exciting projects."
  • "Here's a hat to wear at our tea party so you don't get food on your head. I don't need a hat because only grown ups get food on their heads, not kids."
  • To me after I didn't clear my dishes "When you don't clear your dishes it means that you're a kid."
Claire and the double-crown she insisted on wearing

Claire's new words
  • "Ahh dah"= all done
  • Uh-oh
  • "Wha-dis" while pointing her finger= what's this?
  • She signs more when we ask to say please and yesterday when we asked her to say please (instead of screeching) she only had one hand free, so she improvised. She made a fist and lightly punched herself in the face. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Colby Graduates from ECC

My little boy is growing up.

I'm realizing it slowly, like when I drag over the stool so Colby can help with dinner and find he can reach the counter fine on his own. Or when Alice asks for a story and I'm busy and I look over 5 minutes later to see Colby reading it for me.

He'll start Kindergarten in August as a Sahuarita Primary School Owl. There are so many little kids around here that they split the elementary schools: SPS is K-2 and SIS is 3-5. There will be 12 Kindergarten classes alone. 12!

Anyway, Colby's preschool had a little graduation ceremony and he wasn't really excited about going. The boys were leaving for the Father and Son camp-out immediately after and he didn't quite trust us when we said the ceremony would be short.

We lasted a grand total of 15 minutes. The place was packed. The invitation said due to lack of space, please limit guests to immediate family, but a couple families ignored that rule completely (one corner of the room had at least 15 aunts/uncles/cousins/grandparents for one kid). 
Colby didn't want to go up and get his diploma, so his sweet teacher, Ms. Tabitha, brought it to him. We were so blessed for Colby to be in her class this year. She did so many little things specially to help him stay focused and engaged (like picking out silly stories and having the class practice sight words during reading time, so he wouldn't get bored). We are going to miss her and all of the wonderful teachers at the Early Childhood Center.
On to Kindergarten!
Colby doing the traditional "gaze into future" graduation pose