The girls each got a letter from the Obamas yesterday.
It reads, “Welcome to the world! We know the great joy your proud family must feel, and we are pleased to join in celebrating your arrival. As you grow and learn, we hope you are blessed with rich experiences, unwavering love, and tremendous opportunity. May you always dream big dreams. Sincerely Barack & Michelle Obama”
The boys had their first experience with class photos! I’m not sure how the photographers did it but they managed to get a few of the boys together that turned out really adorable. We ended up purchasing all 10 photos so we can hang them in our home until next years photos.
I love the picture of the boys holding hands…
Speaking of school, the boys are loving it. They are learning a ton and do a new craft project almost daily. Here’s a summary that the school emailed about about their current activities:
We had a fun week discussing explorers & exploring new things last week. We made wooden boats, paper boats, spotting scopes, a boat decorated with spices (new things to smell) and a collage of new textures. We also read some books about exploration to find new places and animals, and some books we could feel new textures.
The children heard us talk about our 5 senses as we discussed the smelling of the spices, seeing with the spotting scope, feeling the textures with our fingers, hearing songs in music class and tasting
We were very lucky to have such beautiful weather for outside play. We tried to squeeze in as much time on the playground as possible. The next 2 weeks we will be making some Halloween decorations and learning some new poems about pumpkins and ghosts. Most of the class has already caught on to a fun song about a “witch with a pointy hat on her head,” which we are singing with the entire school at Opening Exercises.
Now that the weather is cooler and more of our students are wearing jackets to school, please remember to label them. We encourage the children to be independent when removing their jackets and getting them into the cubbies. You may have heard talk of the “jacket flip,” a technique we use for more independence putting on their jackets. Remembering to push up long shirt sleeves when washing their hands is also being encouraged.
Today was the boys first day of school! They are starting a half day program at Cedarcroft in Baltimore. They have been so excited the last few weeks. There are two teachers always in the room but one teacher that is there 5 days a week, Miss Jennifer. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays Miss Karen is there as well. On MWF, Miss ? helps out Miss Jennifer. Supposedly they are in a classroom of older 2’s and there are about 9 students.
This morning Steve dropped me and the boys off near the front (yes we got yelled at), and I walked the boys in where we waited and took a few pictures. Then when Steve got there we walked the boys down into their classroom.
Nathan was immediately at home playing with all the toys and practically ignoring us. Anthony on the other hand when we said goodbye got pretty sad. He told Steve he was scared and threw himself on the ground in tears. Steve felt bad leaving them but I knew as soon as we left that they’d be happy. I can’t wait to hear how their first day goes!
Let’s hope it’s nothing like this: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/day-care-apologizes-after-workers-incite-children-to-scuffle-in-fight-club/ –> Toddler Fightclub.
Update: Just picked them up from school. They were both nicely sitting on a little bench looking utterly exhausted when we walked down to say hello. Apparently Nathan had a little bit of a fit in the morning that he was left alone. He must not have realized that Steve and I had left despite saying goodbye to him. Anthony did a little better but threw a few tantrums when told to move from one activity to the next. This is the first time in their lives where they’ve had any “order” or have been told what activities to do. Usually they call the shots… so apparently they didn’t like being told what to do. Anthony had to be carried up to opening ceremonies by the head mistress, Miss Kate. They were still wearing the clothes they came to school in so that’s a win! When we got home the boys had a good lunch and are currently snuggled in their beds. Hopefully they are exhausted and get a good nap.
First Day art project
Anthony is ready for school
Day 2: Grandma picked the boys up from school on day two and she said the teachers were very impressed with the boys. Apparently they are “natural leaders” and set good examples for the other kids in the class. They said please and thank you with their snacks and threw their trash away after they were done.
On Wednesday morning Steve had to head into the office early for a presentation he was giving so I had the boys to myself. I went back to sleep when he headed out around 6:30 am. I woke up to what sounded like someone running on the ceiling. There was no way it was the boys… I was wrong. They had somehow managed to open the closet to the attic and climbed the stairs to play in their attic playroom. Scary!
Nathan got stung by a bee today. Ann’s sister was visiting and was able to quickly get the stinger out. He definitely was uncomfortable and had some swelling but otherwise he was a good sport. We asked him if he still liked bugs and he violently shook his head no. …guess he won’t be dissecting drosophila like his daddy. Then again maybe Steve dissects them out of hatred.
Today after Ann left Nathan went into the half bath downstairs and grabbed him little boy bottle topper and put it on the toilet. I asked him if he had to go and helped him get out of his shorts and diaper and helped him on the potty. Then after about a minute he peed! I was so excited! What a big boy! …and not even 21 months old. Hopefully he is encouraged to continue trying. How much easier would life be to have at least one of these boys out of diapers?!?
The boys have been buzzed for the summer months. It seems like their new haircut also brought on new personalities. They look so different!
Ann and I decided to test out taking the boys to the ymca care center while we worked out. We tried last week and neither of us had an I.D. so they wouldn’t let us leave the boys. So we each took turns watching the boys while the other did a quick workout. Well, this morning we were able to leave them at the center. We were early so we stayed with them in the play room while they got accustomed to the area. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves playing with some legos when we snuck out.
When we left them there was only two other kids there and two women to watch everyone. Anthony and Nathan seemed to really enjoy themselves and didn’t even realize we left. When we got back this is what we saw:
Anthony was still playing with the legos but Nathan was being cuddled in one of the ladies arms. Supposedly he had a melt down about 5 minutes after we left where he threw himself on the ground and started crying. At least Nathan wasn’t crying when we went to pick him up. Needless to say I think it was really good to get the boys exposed to some socializing. Nathan will likely open up over time… that or he’ll just be shy like his mommy was. Anthony did a great job according to the ladies. It was also kinda nice to see that Anthony stayed pretty close to where Nathan was. He’s a good brother!
Yesterday was Mother’s Day, my second one as a mother. I guess the novelty has already worn off for Steve who stated “It’s not Mother’s Day if your kids can’t say ‘Happy Mother’s Day'”.
At least Anthony gave me a few extra hugs:
We spent the afternoon at Oregon Ridge park again where the boys saw their first live frog. Anthony bent down and touched him and the frog got scared and jumped into the pond. We then went to Ikea where we bought a bookshelf for the boys new room.
Steve redeemed himself by preparing this delicious dinner:
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I love you mom! I know the Crows are taking care of you. Can’t wait to see you in about two months!!
Yesterday Steve and I were struggling to hold down Anthony while we tried to cut his nails. For some reason he wanted nothing to do with it and was screaming as if in agonizing pain. It took about 20 minutes to get his 10 little nails trimmed. While he was screaming Nathan was watching and whimpering. He even shed a few tears whiled he watched over, he was so worried about Anthony. After we were all done we told Nathan that Anthony needed a hug. So Nathan bent down and snuggled into Anthony like he snuggles into us for hugs. Then he went in to give Anthony a kiss on the shoulder. Anthony started giggling. It was so neat how much Nathan was worried about Anthony and how easy it was for Anthony to cheer up when Nathan gave him a hug and a kiss. They are starting to interact with each other a lot lately. This was the first time one of them tried to kiss and hug the other. They are going to be the best of friends.