Friday, September 30, 2011

9 hours

Now that Alex is in preschool 3 days a week, I'm left with 9 hours all to myself. Every week! This is the first time in over 7 years that I have actual free time all to myself. I was very nervous about leaving Alex at preschool for the first time, but I was also looking forward to having time away from the kids.

As it turns out, 9 hours is really not that much time, but I'll take what I get.  Honestly I think I need an extra couple hours each day to get everything done I want to get done, but obviously that isn't possible.  I had to give up on running this summer, there just was not time for me to run on a regular basis.

With my extra time, I drop Alex off at preschool and head to the YMCA.  The first week back I overdid it big time.  I think I ran 8 miles, and walked and biked several more.  It felt so good, running again, until Saturday morning.  My knees were so sore! I decided I should probably take it a bit slower at first, so I've been taking it easy the past two weeks. I can see how running gets very addictive. My legs feel great the days I run, and the days I don't run I'm missing it and looking forward to my next run.  I would love to get a 4th day in each week, maybe this winter, but for now I'm happy to get three days. This takes up about 3-4  hours of my free time by the time I work out and then shower, but it is worth it.

I still have days where I think about coming home and going back to bed after dropping off the kids(I really need to start getting to sleep before 1am), but so far I've been motivated to run.  I might be ready for the 10k or half marathon next spring!

Velvet being lazy

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Almost 7!

Yesterday Alex and I took cupcakes for Faye and Drew's class to celebrate their 7th birthday.  I can't believe my kids will be 7 tomorrow!  They were so excited for us to come to the classroom.  Drew said it was the best day of school ever! That could also be because the class won a toy party for being good, and Mrs. Henry told the kids they could bring a handheld electronic toy, such as a Nintendo, with parents permission.  That really made his day!

We passed out the cupcakes, and then sang to Drew and Faye. For this occasion only, they are allowed to stand on a chair while the class sings to them.  

Some of their friends wanted to get their picture taken after cupcake time. 

Drew and Kai
Faye and Lili
The 1st grade class is such a great class! We had a great afternoon celebrating their birthday!  Several of the kids told me the cupcakes were the best they ever had.  I do have the feeling that they probably say this any time they get sweets for special events, but I was glad everyone liked them. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Preschool picture

After two weeks of preschool, I finally got a picture of Alex.  Three of them! I think he is 'getting it' now, realizing that it is much more fun to be at school, playing with his friends, walking to the park, having a snack, than to be at home with me.  All we usually accomplish in the mornings are grocery shopping, cleaning and laundry.  Not very exciting stuff.

As soon as we walked into the school this morning(he was a little excited for school today, so he ran ahead and that's the only reason I was able to snap this picture), he had to peek into his classroom and see if Gwinnie and Gidget, the class guinea pigs, were there.  They were, and he was thrilled!

He signed his name on the sign up sheet -

And then checked his cubby to see if he had anything in there.  This is the place they put all their art work, but I haven't received any yet :( He loves to check it though, and spell out his name.

Support the pack!

Through the month of October, Drew will be selling popcorn through Cub Scouts.  He earned his very first badge last night, and was thrilled to see many of his friends at the meeting. As he was going to bed last night, he told me, "Mom, they said we might get to shoot arrows and BB guns sometime!"  Very exciting boy stuff!

The popcorn will be available now through the end of October.  Drew will be at Schnucks on Mattis this Saturday from 4-5pm selling popcorn, so stop on by.  You can also let us know if you are interested and we can bring the form to your house(if you live close), or you can order online here.  I did notice there are different products online than the form Drew has, but they will ship it directly to you, which may be a good option if you are not local.

This is a great way to help support the local cub scout pack.  If popcorn is not your thing, you can make a donation and and Cub Scouts will send popcorn to our military troops!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Lego's have taken over our house!!!

One day a couple weeks before school started, Drew got out his Lego sets and started building.  He sat quietly and worked on his Lego's for over two hours, and several days in a row. There are not many things that will hold his attention like this, so I mentioned this to Andy, and the Lego craziness began. Drew only had two or three small sets he got for his birthday or Christmas, but Andy had a few Star Wars Lego's I gave him when we were first dating/married. We dug all those out of boxes in the basement. 

Then about 10 days ago we got Andy's castle sets from when he was a kid, from his parents house.  But they were mixed up with all of his brothers Lego's.  So we brought all those to our house as well. We found all the castle Lego's and the instructions, but were missing all the instructions for his brothers' space Lego's.  Not a single instruction booklet for space Lego's, but there were clearly thousands of space Lego's in the boxes.

Andy and Drew started sorting through all the Lego's, looking for identifying pieces.  Here is what they've built so far(minus all the castle pieces except the big castle, which they are leaving out to play with):

As you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of time to look up Lego space sets on the computer, find the instructions, then sort through thousands of pieces, and build something.  Andy has been up until midnight every night working on this, and they are not even his Lego's!

The pile of Lego's seems to be getting smaller and smaller, and hopefully soon, they can be packaged up and sent back(should we just ship them to VA?), and I can have the kitchen counter back again. Those of you who know me well, know I don't like to have anything on the counter or the table.  Clutter really freaks me out! Lately(and quite often) Andy has been telling me, "You don't need to go to crazy town."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Dropping off

Dropping your kid off at preschool for the first time, after being with you almost 24/7 for 3 years, is unimaginably difficult.  If you haven't ever left your child in the care of someone else, there is no way to describe the feeling.  I know Alex's preschool teacher well. She was Faye and Drew's preschool teacher several years ago, and I know that she is wonderful.  Even knowing that this will be great for Alex and that he will be taken care of, it still makes it difficult to drop him off.  He told me over and over this morning, "I don't want to go to school. I don't want you to leave."

He did fine today, better than Friday even.  He sat on the rug with a sad little face when I told him goodbye, but he recovered.  He ate his snack today (Ms. Angie said last Friday he was so shy he sat under the table and wouldn't eat until the other kids were done), and they walked to the park for the first time today.  He LOVED walking to the park and told me all about it on the car ride home. I don't have any cute going off to preschool pictures since he refused and was carried to the car both mornings, but I do have some after school pictures.

After school today

After school on Friday
The second he walked in the door today he took off his shirt, socks and shoes, and the same thing last Friday. At least he hasn't stripped off all his clothes at preschool - yet.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday Soccer

This morning was the very first soccer game for team Galaxy.  They won 3-2!!

It was a beautiful morning for soccer. When we woke up it looked a little dreary, but it cleared up and was 70 degrees and sunny. I could tell Drew was a little nervous about his first game this morning, but once he got out there and going he did great and had fun! The second we got home he asked us if he could practice soccer in the yard.

Faye loves soccer! She did really good and seems to understand the difference between positions. I'm still trying to figure out all the rules. The team has 14 players, with 7 on the field at a time, so each kid plays two 10 minute quarters. Before the 3rd quarter started she was doing cartwheels on the field, but she stopped before the game started. Whew! Faye is number 11 and Drew is number 12.

Kicking the ball in

Faye going after the ball

I think they will both be looking forward to Saturday mornings after this wonderful morning of soccer!