So, in keeping with the sporadic posts (sorry about that!) I’m skipping over February and March and jumping right into April…
Justin started his soccer season today and had a great time running around with his new teammates! (Tamsin had a good time eating snacks and pointing out where Justin was on the field at all times…)
If I get organized, a few photos from the past few months might show up here, as well. Or not. But I’ll try to get to it!!
To celebrate the end of the school year, we spent a day at Storyland – a theme park in Glen, NH. The threat of rain kept the crowds away and we got a full day in before the storms rolled in. A great day for all!
Bamboo Chutes flume ride
At the top of the drop
Watching Justin and Daddy splash down
Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride
Splash pad fun
Getting very very wet
Up in the Crazy Barn
Loving the Great Balloon Chase ferris wheel
What? The ride’s over!?
Panning for gemstones
Justin got his big boy bed today! He was super excited all month waiting for it, but got a bit of nerves this morning when we took his little bed apart. The new bed wasn’t delivered until 4pm, so we had a lot of discussion about where the old bed went and what the new bed would be like before it actually arrived.
The new bed came in a biiiiig truck and Justin got to watch it being assembled in his room (with a cordless drill! Super cool!) Since assembly, Justin has been going back to check on it frequently and wants to show it to everyone he knows (if you come to our house in the next few days, you’re sure to get the tour…) He’s now sleeping in it quite happily, even if I’m a little nervous – it’s very high off the ground!
Here are the photos! Hooray for big boy beds!
The new bed!
Closeup of the "Sleepy" the Build-a-Bear Justin made for his new bed, and "Bunny" the bunny he got from Uncle Erich.
Testing it out!
Justin got his first “report card” yesterday! He’s apparently at a swimming class level where they give written progress reports now (even though I’m still in the water with him and have a pretty good idea of what he’s doing…) Anyway, he got check marks for every category except a few (body postitions, arm patterns and leg patterns are all developing, and he doesn’t balance upright yet). The instructor’s comments are that “Justin has made great strides this session. He has almost figured out his balance in the water and is gaining independence.”
He’s staying in the same level for next session, but his friend Violet is moving up. I’m expecting a little sadness when we get to our next class – they love to play and swim together! But it shouldn’t be long for Justin to advance to the next level, too.
Yay Justin! (We celebrated the excellent report card with a box of animal crackers on the walk home.)
To celebrate the holiday season, we’re doing different activities every day as part of our advent calendar (which is more of a treasure box with ornaments to put on a mini-tree). Some days are stay-at-home things like putting up the wreaths on the doors or watching a Christmas movie. Other days we head outside to take part in local events. On Friday night, we watched Santa arrive in Salem:
Waiting by the fire truck was cool! Flashing lights and firemen that waved hi!
Oooh! I see Santa on the roof! (Santa arrives on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel)
Santa then climbs down the looooooong fire truck ladder to the crowd of very excited children below.
Then today, we went to Ye Olde Pepper Companie to watch them make candy canes:
First they cut the candy with giant scissors
Then they stretch and roll it - it's really really stretchy!
Then they cut it again...
And shape the pieces into canes!
As a special treat – they gave each kid a candy cane in the shape of their first initial. They even fancied up the J for Justin (instead of just an upside down regular candy cane…)
Justin enjoying a piece of his candy cane!
Justin had an appointment with his allergist today, mostly a check-up to see how he’s doing and make sure he’s not developing any asthma or reflux, both of which are common in kids with food allergies. And so far, he’s very healthy! Yay!
Even better, Justin was allowed to skip a skin prick test and will likely only have to do them once a year or every other year from now on. This is great news because the test involves a lot of little very itchy scratches on his back and one very miserable boy.
We were also given the go-ahead to try fish, shellfish and oats in small amounts. If all goes well, and he has no reactions, we’ll be able to add a whole lot of new foods to Justin’s diet (mmm… oatmeal cookies!) I’ll update after we try them out!
We went to York Wild Kingdom in Maine on Labour Day, Justin enjoyed seeing the animals and even tried riding some of the rides all by himself!
Ostriches are funny!
Feeding goats tickles!
Walking along the bridge path with Daddy
Riding the carousel with Mama
Riding the Bouncy Bug all by myself!
The ladybug ride was fun, too!
I even got to drive my own bumper boat!
It’s been pretty sunny and hot here this past week, but before that, we had a lot of rain. Here is one of those days in pictures:
8:30 am - we're just finishing breakfast and clean-up in the kitchen so the playroom is still quiet and clean.
9:30 am - a little art to start the day!
10:30 am - and a little bit of everything else to continue it.
11:30 am - fun with flashcards & board books as we get ready for lunch.
12:30 pm - lunch is done so it's time to clean up for nap time!
1:30 pm - all's quiet while Justin naps.
2:30 pm - just woke up and ready to draw!
3:30 pm - after stomping in puddles outside, it's time for some tractor play!
4:30 pm - buckets are fun to stack and roll around the room...
5:30 pm - last hurrah before dinner!
6:30 pm - after dinner clean up!
7:30 pm - night-night!
On Sunday, Chad and Justin went to a touch-a-truck event. As the name implies, there were trucks (lots of trucks!) and Justin got to touch them (and sit in them, and beep their horns…) As you might expect, Justin loved Touch-a-truck!
Hey! There's a puddle in this wheel!
Inside the ambulance...
Sitting in the firetruck!
Ok, how do I start this thing?