Monday, August 27, 2007

Because Someone Might Like to Know These Things

I ran across this question in my latest Reader's Digest...

Where did the word "blog" originate?

Answer: The word "blog" is short for "Web log," a site one establishes for the purpose of putting one's thoughts online for the edification or amusement of visitors,
WHO MAY LEAVE PIECES OF THEIR OWN MINDS BEFORE DEPARTING. (emphasis mine, obviously)

Also-

Did you know that you can click on any of the pictures that are posted and see my children's adorable faces just as big as you could ever want? I didn't know this, but Matt informed me of this fantastic feature for those of us with less than 20/20 vision.

It's a great world. A great world indeed...

No Child Left Behind

Well, it's one week later and Miss Sassy Pants finally gets to attend her VERY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER!! I went in her bedroom this morning and asked her, "What is today, Abby?" She yelled excitedly, "It's my first day of school!" Suddenly, a panicked look crossed her face and I worried this was when she would change her mind about the fabulousness of it all and I asked her what was wrong. "Mama, don't forget my juice (long pause) and PLEASE don't forget my milk!" I guess hydration should be everyone's first concern when it is 137 degrees outside.

She had a great day. No tears. In fact, I barely got a kiss before she charged onto the playground to run around with all the other 2 year olds. When I picked her up from school I asked her what her favorite part of the day was and was expecting to hear about storytime or painting or music. Instead she said, "Orange bubblegum. My teacher give me orange bubblegum and I chew it, chew it, chew it. I love it!" Seemed like that kind of thing would be a choking hazard, but that's what I get when I throw my two year old out into the world...
Another first for the twinkle toes happened last week - her first ballet class. Oh heavens, sweet mercy. I have dreamed of having a little girl and dressing her up and sending her off to dance class for as long as I can remember and this experience did not disappoint. She was thrilled to wear the outfit and the shoes and she loved every minute of her dance class. There was ballet and tumbling and long ribbons and musical instruments and there will be tap next week - it's all too much joy to hold inside!






Monday, August 20, 2007

I Can Practically Smell the Freshly Sharpened Pencils










This seemed like as good a time as any to break out the camera for a good ol' fashioned photo shoot. Drew was more cooperative than usual, and Abby kept jumping in the picture and saying "Drew needs one more hug for his first day of school."
I guess the hugs helped because Drew had a fantastic day! He learned all about the five senses and was able to name them all for me with the encouragement of his new (and super-nice) teacher.
He also told me he played kickball today! "Mama, I kick the ball...run to 1 then 2 then 3 then home and nobody catch me - I the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Drew, you'll always be a winner to your daddy and me!





Tuesday, August 7, 2007

It's A Whole New Generation, Folks!

So, ummm, yeah. My kids do yoga. Lest you think for one minute that I'm one of those moms - I promise I didn't teach it to them. We are lucky to pull off a craft project at our house, so we certainly aren't doing a full hour of yoga every morning or anything like that. But, Drew went to this fantastic summer camp that was just perfect for him, and it seems they began every day with something called "Yoga Youngins." Something about warming up the body to help them be more receptive to learning - sounds fancy and super-smart to me, and I was more than excited for Drew to show me all his moves. However, he wasn't very forthcoming with the yoga until recently. Now that he realizes I get giddy with joy during his demonstrations, he's more likely to declare it "yoga time" and show off some of his best stuff. And, if you think for one single second that Abby will let Drew have the spotlight to himself then you have obviously never met my daughter. She's a rock star too! So, I give you : my own little super, duper yoga youngins!


Here they demonstrate One-Legged Downward Facing Dog
(there are adults in my yoga class who don't do this as well as my toddlers!)












Next, we present our Balance Poses


















And, I give you a brand new pose invented by Abby Grace:
"The Gangsta Pose"




I took lots and lots of pictures (as usual) and they were more than happy to show off for the camera. Drew wanted me to show him my yoga poses so I joined in on the fun. Next thing I knew, Abby was running to her room. She came back a second later with her princess camera and started taking pictures of me! I was laughing hysterically at her imitation of me. Drew had to take pictures next, so then I got pictures of them taking pictures of me.











I guess it's clear that whenever Matt decides to send me back to work I could have a thriving career as part of the paparazzi. Maybe I could even use the princess camera...