Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tucker's 1st Day of Preschool

This is how Tucker felt about preschool this morning:
Seriously, he's supposed to be there at 9:00, and at 8:30, we had to wake him up!  He's our buddy who would stay up late every night and sleep in every day....already like a teenager.
P.S.  Look at his little feet - he can't stand them being covered by the blanket.

It took a few minutes of snuggling to coax him out of bed - and that was no problem at all with me!

OK, after waking up a bit, THIS is how he felt about preschool:
If there were ever a child to love preschool, it would be this one.  He is so social and loves to learn and be involved in groups.  He's been asking to go to school for weeks now.  However, just last night when we were talking about going to school, all of a sudden he said "I NO go to school.  I stay home with my MOMMY."  Uh-oh.

I've found that it makes it much easier for my children to go to the first day of class if they have a gift to take, so we whipped up a fun "happy" for his teachers.  Thank you, Pinterest.

After breakfast and brushing teeth and some more snuggles, he was ready to head out the door:

Where did this big boy even COME FROM?!  Just yesterday, he was this:

Sigh. My big sweet boy insisted on carrying his teacher's gifts inside - he was so very proud.

His HUGE backpack makes me giggle - it's almost the same size he is!
But big sister had a big backpack, so he had to have one, too.

And this is basically how drop-off went: he zipped right inside, started playing with playdoh, and didn't look I hovered at the door and watched.
He did look up one time and say "I want Mommy and Daddy to stay HERE," so that was my cue to give him a quick kiss and zip out the door.

It didn't take me too long to dry my tears because with both kids in school, I had a hot date:

We had to run some errands, but took time for a breakfast date at CFA.
Can we just agree that the Christian Chicken is a whole different experience sans kids?
Wow.  It made me love it even more.

We spent the next 3 hours running errands and doing chores and making grocery lists and counting the minutes until it was time to go pick up this guy:
His teachers bubbled about him - my heart swells just thinking about it.  They both told us how he used his manners the whole day and how refreshing that was for them and how he was going to be their little leader and helper, they could already tell and how he was always the first to obey and start cleaning up.  Man, that is GOOD for a mama's heart.

When I asked him on the way home to tell me about his day, he said "I don't want to talk about it - I'm too tired." Crazy kid!

We're headed to his favorite place tonight for dinner - Chick Fil A.  :)  Maybe we'll hear more about his day then.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Looking for some "action."

Lana sighed loudly last night on her way to bed, and said "Aw, man!  I thought we were going to get some action with this storm."  My little thrill-seeker was sorely disappointed with Hurricane Isaac.

So today after naptime, as the winds picked up, we headed south toward the beach to find our baby girl some action:
As we were crossing 3 Mile bridge, she exclaimed, "DAD!  These waves would be awesome for boogie boarding!"  I love her adventurous spirit - she always sees the fun in things - just like her Daddy.

We couldn't get a great picture of the waves because of the wind but it was wild and gorgeous and the sand felt like needles on your face.
 Needless to say, we enjoyed it for a bit and then Tucker insisted it was time to go.
I think Lana would have stayed out there all day, and was not thrilled about leaving, but when we told her we were meeting friends at the Bay, she was a happy girl.

 The Bay was choppy and high - you could really see the storm surge even though the weather wasn't so bad.
 Love these little adventurers of mine!  While I'm sad that they are growing up so quickly and aren't my tiny babies anymore, it really is so cool to be able to easily do fun things like this.

We are thankful that Isaac took it easy on the Panhandle, but we praying for our friends all along the LA and MS coast as they deal with the heavy amounts of rain and flooding.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hurricane preparedness

We're gearing up for our first hurricane since moving back to the Coast.
We've got the laundry done, house cleaned, and have made a couple of trips to the store and think we've finally got our hurricane box ready.
Just for my own future reference, here's what we've got in it (or stacked in the garage/pantry):
*Nonperishable food, including canned goods
*Flashlights and batteries
*Oil lamps and extra oil
*Duck tape
*Card games
*Paper products (plates, forks and spoons, paper towels)
*Gas for the grill
*Can opener

We've still got to move everything from the yard into the shed and garage, but other than that, we're ready for this thing.  :)

We're not going to board up our windows because:
A) It makes me feel claustrophic.
B) Half the fun of riding out a hurricane is watching it.
C) We just don't think it'll do any good.  If a tree falls on our house, the windows are going to be the least of our worries.

Here's my very favorite part of hurricane prep:
Hurricane Baskets
These are stashed in the top of our closet right now, and will only come out if we lose power.  That wa, instead of being scary, it will be a celebration!  Inside each of their baskets are a flashlight, a new book, a new coloring book, new crayons and markers, their favorite candy (sour worms and ring pops for Lana, M&M's and Mike & Ike for Tucker), glowsticks, special snacks, a dry erase board and marker, a new puzzle, and a new toy or game.

Oh, and of course I couldn't forget some treats for Dan & I:

So we think we're all ready for Isaac.
School has already been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday.
In the meantime, this is what the sunset on Pensacola Beach looked like last night:
The calm before the storm?  Only time will tell.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tucker: a face reader.

Tucker is very attuned to people's facial expressions,
particularly mine and Dan's.

Just the other day, 
I didn't have my sunglasses on, so I was squinting,
and he said "Mommy, you mad?  You face is mad."

He is so in touch with how people's faces reflect what he thinks they are feeling.

However, I don't think we realized how much this mattered to him
until he noticed his monkey's facial expressions.

Meet Tucker's monk-monk:

Monkey is a smiley, happy thing.

But sometimes a little piece of monkey's fur will get brushed down onto his eyes, like this:

And then Tucker says "Monkey mad, Mommy.  Monkey so mad.  Make him happy."
And I have to brush that little piece of fur out of his eyes, and all is right in the world.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Highlights from the 1st week of 1st grade

Lana had a wonderful first week in first grade!
I asked her what some of the best parts of her week were, the things that she wanted me to write down so she could remember.  Here's what she told me:
*"Rest and Digest" - the time after lunch where they rest their heads on their desk before going to the playground.  She thinks it's so clever that it's called Rest and Digest!  :)
*Doing the chicken dance at PE
*Getting to go to Music two times a week, each time with a different teacher.
*Riding the bus home from school
This has worked out so well for us!  I was a nervous wreck about it, and was fully prepared to pull her off at the first sign of trouble.  However, it has been a delight!  Mrs. Melissa, her bus driver, is a dream.  She introduced herself to me, and even gave me her email address and phone number in case I need her.  She is on time to the minute.  She has Lana sitting on Row 2, right behind her.  Lana is her 3rd stop, so she's home very early.  The best part of all: I can put Tucker down for a nap when he's tired, not worrying about having to get in car line - this means that he's almost always still napping when Lana gets home.  She & I get close to an hour by ourselves - we have a snack, talk about her day, snuggle and read, relax and watch cartoons - it's so dreamy.
*Leo Moorhead - the class puppet/mascot.  She says all the kids love Leo.
*Writing in her journal.  She says sometimes the teacher will tell her what to write about, but sometimes she'll get to choose.
*Getting to be more responsible: she can get up to put her tray away at lunch whenever she's done, she gets to mark her on conduct when she's on green, etc.
*Working on "reading stamina" - the number of minutes they can read independently.  
Some of the highlights for me:
*Mrs. Moorhead is so laid back and kind.  She seems to be very flexible and go-with-the-flow, which is perfect for my girl.  Lana is going to thrive under her gentle, sweet leadership.  She comes home each afternoon bubbling, so carefree and thrilled about her day.
*The wonderful communication we receive, from her teacher to the principal!  We never feel like we're having to guess about what's going on - the weekly newsletters, recorded voice messages from the principal, and helpful explanatory notes keep us in the loop.  I really do think it's exceptional, and I'm thankful for it.
Funny story:
Lana came home one afternoon and told us this story.  Names withheld to protect the victims.  :)
Lana: Today on the playground, (boy) called me "freaky."  Well, I called him crazy first, and he said he was going to call me freaky.  I didn't like that at all.
Me: Hmmm.  So what did you do about that?
Lana: Well, I just wanted him to not call me freaky.  So I told him that if he called me freaky, I was going to call him cute.  And he didn't like THAT.  So he told me he wouldn't call me freaky.
I was unable to control my giggles, and had to tell her that I was proud of her for outsmarting the situation and using her brain to solve the problem.

Kissy lips

Oh.  My.  Stars.
This boy of mine makes these unbelievable kissy lips.
I beg him for kissy lips all day long, every day.

This kid has me wrapped up.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tucker's Preschool Orientation

Next week, Tucker starts preschool 3 mornings a week at Hillcrest Baptist.
This morning, we got to take him for Meet the Teacher and Orientation.

His teachers, Ms. Carley and Ms. Lauren, are precious.
Because he doesn't turn 3 until September 10,
he is in a 2 year old class.  
They have an "Older 2's" and a "Younger 2's" class, though,
so he's with kids who are closer to his age, which is nice.

His classroom is big and open and organized well without being cluttered.
I like.  :)

Here's his daily schedule:

 And a peek into the adorable Owl Class:

Tucker made himself right at home and had a great time exploring his new environment:

Tucker will go to school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00-1:00.
On Tuesday I will work with Dan, on Wednesday I have BSF, and on Thursday I will volunteer in Lana's class.  I have to stay busy to keep from missing him too much!
It's hard to believe our big boy is ready for preschool,
but I really do think he's going to thrive.