Wednesday, September 30, 2009

micah is 2

happy birthday micah! i can't believe my baby boy is 2 years old. he had a birthday celebration at daycare today. he asked ms. beverly for chocolate, so she made him chocolate cupcakes. it was delicious! it was also his last day there at daycare. although he didn't realize it, he was happy to pass out his goodbye gifts to his friends. ms. beverly made a small photo book of micah and his friends as a gift. she also gave him some of his favorite books he liked to have read when he was there, like 'down by the bay.'


we had our families over for dinner along with some of micah's godparents. the kids had a good time decorating pumpkins and running around. i made micah a car cake, but he only wanted to eat the wheels, which were oreos.



it was such a bittersweet day for me. lots of changes for my little guy. i'm sure he will adjust better than i will. i will pray preschool goes well tomorrow.

Friday, September 25, 2009

teacher time

micah starts preschool next thursday. the director of the preschool suggested i take him in before then just to help with the transition. so this morning, he met his soon to be teachers, ms. romo and ms. gonzalez. micah immediately began to explore the room as soon as we got there and chose some toys to play with. he had some, but not much interaction with the other kids during free play time. then he happily ate a snack with them. when it came to circle time, micah only sat for a minute then got up to play. the teachers said all the new kids usually just want to explore the room first and then when they are comfortable, they will participate in circle time. of course he went for the cars, guitars, and trains first. we only stayed for an hour, but it was enough to tell that he will be fine there. i was glad that we were able to go there today, it really eased some of my worries. and it's heartwarming that they include jesus and prayer as part of their day. after that, i dropped micah off to daycare.

then it was off to malia's school for parent-teacher conference. malia loves her teacher, ms. rogale. she loves every teacher she has. ms. rogale says malia is doing excellent. the only thing we really need to work on with her is her narrative writing skills. not my area of expertise, but i can still learn. it still amazes me what they teach kids these days at such a young age. anyways, she said that malia has adapted very well to the structured-based classroom setting, considering she came from the montessori environment which is unstructured. and that malia is doing a great job abiding by the rules in the classroom. we're so proud of her! now if we could just get her to follow those same rules at home...no, then she wouldn't be such a character.

i'm happy with all the teachers, couldn't ask for better ones. and meeting with them is a good reminder that we as parents are our kids' first and foremost teachers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

twinkle toes

malia has been asking for skechers 'twinkle toes' shoes since school started in july. one of her classmates has them. they are a bit pricey so she had to earn them. she finally earned them by getting 100% on all her tests and for good behavior in class. i took her to the mall last friday so she could choose which one she wanted. she wore them out of the store and i could tell she was walking slowly so that people would notice her new shoes. i actually heard someone pass by us and say, "cute shoes." too funny. she was so sad when she got sick that evening and couldn't go to 2 parties over the weekend to wear her shoes. and she was devastated when she found out she wasn't going to school on monday or tuesday and couldn't show her friends her new shoes. she went back to school today. when i picked her up, she had a huge smile on her face because i noticed she was wearing her twinkle toes. she's not even 6 yet and is already acting like a tween obsessed with fashion! i'm guess i'm okay with that as long as she knows that the twinkle toes won't be shining outside of the closet unless she keeps up the good work in school. is this how my mom felt when i asked for things? and this is only the beginning.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

CYT

for a while now, malia has been telling people she wants to be an actress when she grows up. it's even in her kinder yearbook. but she also loves to sing and dance. i wanted her to have an extracurricular activity for after school but couldn't decide where. she's a bit small for sports, and the rec center classes were only good for just for fun classes. so i was excited when i came across the CYT (christian youth theater) website a couple of months ago. i knew it would be a perfect fit for her.

when i told her yesterday that she would be starting a new class that involved singing, dancing, acting, and costumes, she immediately started jumping and screaming with joy.

the class started today. malia couldn't wait to meet her new teacher. but of course there was a parent meeting first. so they played a disney trivia game while the kids waited. disney trivia - i knew i had made a good choice =). aside from that, the organization has really good reviews, and i was really impressed with their presentation. malia went off to her "wiggles" class with her new teacher, ms emily. she had a big smile on her face when she came out and can't wait to go next week. her homework is to watch mary poppins. that's my kind of homework!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

back to legoland sealife

malia has been asking to go back to legoland sealife ever since we went in february. we thought it would be perfect to go for the holiday weekend, especially since we had free tickets and she's been working really hard in school. micah was down to go anywhere. of course, malia was happy to see the stingrays again. micah seemed really into the sharks. and now that he's a bit older, he was able to touch some of the starfish and hermit crabs.
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when we got home, i started watching an episode of 'planet earth.' they were interested for about 30 minutes then went back to running a muck like monkeys in the zoo. i was surrounded by animals today.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

fundraising is here

i'm officially one of those moms that ask family, friends, and co-workers if they would like to look at and buy from a fundraising catalog. i was actually waiting for fundraising to begin, curious about what it would be. malia came home with her catalog today. i was kinda hoping it would be for cookies, but it wasn't. that's okay, i already ordered from a friend's daughter's catalog. malia's catalog has different gifts, magazines, candies, and wrapping paper. her goal (really that means me) is to sell at least 15 items so that she'll get to play in the game truck that comes when the orders are in. of course, immediate family will order. i just hope my co-workers remember when i bought from their kid's fundraisers and they will return the favor. i'm not a salesperson ya know.