Thursday, September 20, 2012

Five on Friday

1.  Fred has been biking a lot latey.  He tries to ride his bike to work a couple of times a week, being careful not to ride on days where he has important meetings or appointments.  A couple of Fridays ago he rode to work but remembered we had an event downtown on the square.  He just took off on his bike downtown.  As he was riding in to our downtown area he got a couple of strange looks.  After thinking about how he looked (with his backpack on) he decided he either looked like a Jehovah's Witness or a large, bald fifth grader.  Either version makes me smile when I think about it. 
2.  My mother takes me shopping around our birthdays each fall.  It is always a good time!  We shop and hang out for about three days.  (We couldn't do it without Fred and Aunt Janice!!)  This year my dad's sister, Christie, joined us.  We ate at Loveless Cafe, Puckett's Grocery and Merridee's.  It really is a dream come true. 
Here is my mom with one of her finds.  Doesn't she look pretty?!?

Here is my supper from Loveless Cafe.  I know.  There are a lot of carbs on that plate.  I initially ordered a fresh fruit cup instead of caramel sweet potatoes, but I changed it at the last second.  You only live once, right?!?  Speaking of living once...we shared banana pudding and peanut butter pie.  Oh, how I l.o.v.e. dessert!!  Yum.  I did go work out in the gym one day.  Yes, that negates all those calories.  Yes it does!

3.  Clayton came in the house the other day and this was our conversation:
C:  Mom, did you know that when someone says something went down the wrong way they were being literal?
Me:  Yes, I have known that.
C:  I have thought all these years it was an idiom, but they are seriously being literal. 
Me:  Yep.  (After I spoke I made a mental note to go look up the meaning of idiom.) 
Oh, that boy!
4.  Jack had Christmas in September last week.  Mun gave him a panini maker.  Oh, the joys for Jack from a panini maker!  He got it while I was away and he was so excited he couldn't even tell me over the phone.  As soon as he got home with it he unwrapped it, placed it on the counter and pronounced he was hungry for a panini.  Since it was after supper I decided we better not.  Not to be forgotten though, he woke up Sunday morning and proclaimed he was hungry.  Guess what he thought would be the prefect breakfast?!?  A panini.  That kiddo grinned from ear to ear!
 5.  Andrew hears the big boys talk about time a lot.  So now when I tell him it's time to take a nap he says, "No, it not 8-4-3."  What is 8-4-3?!?  I don't have a clue, but I've started using it for my benefit.  Now I say, "Andrew it's 8-4-3.  It's time to go to bed."  He just hops along.  I can use 8-4-3 for anything.  It really is wonderful, whatever it means.

Story Hour with Andrew

Andrew is loving story hour!  He doesn't sing all the songs just yet, but at least he doesn't sit in the circle and scowl at the teacher.  If you will recall the scowl is how Jack rolled through story hour.  Andrew likes to volunteer to pick songs.  Andrew likes the stories, the songs, the crafts, and especially the toys.  Before and after the lesson the children get to play with the toys.  Andrew doesn't spend much time with any of the toys, because he brings every toy to me as he picks it up and says, "Can I play with this one?"  My response is always yes, but he continues to ask with each toy. 
Below he is selecting the song he would like to sing.  He even stood with his precious teacher while everyone sang it.  He was so excited and tried his best to hold in his smile. 

The first week of story hour I was subbing, so Fred took him. (What a great guy!?!  But, we'll save that for another time.)  The first week of story hour is always exciting and it typically includes a bus ride.  Andrew does not like buses, or motorcycles, or lawnmowers, or airplanes, or boats, or really anything that makes noise.  I was nervous about his level of participation, but Fred said he did great.  He even sent me some pictures.  Andrew took his blanket so he, "wouldn't be scared".  Priceless.
He doesn't look too sure of the bus ride here, does he?!?
I think the blanket helped him warm up to the bus.  Two weeks later he is still talking about it.  He must have enjoyed it!!
 This picture just melts my heart...Could we just pause time for a minute?!?

Please note the train shirt.  We wear this every other day.  Yes, every other day.  One might ask why every other day?  I'm glad you asked.  We have two train shirts and they alternate days.  Note the yellow one above and the red one below.  I would have fought this battle with Clayton, but not with number 3.  I am tired people, I am tired.