Wow, did I get off track or what? But, I do think I have at least a pretty good excuse - three five year kids sure can keep a person busy!
I can't believe how long its been since I last posted on this blog. Crazy how fast time goes by. So much has changed, but so much has stayed the same. The kids turned 5 this summer and started kindergarten a few weeks ago. They amaze me everyday. They also try my patience everyday. I'm not quite the mother I thought I would be because I've realized that there is no ideal way to do this. I do a lot of things I never thought I would (let the kids eat hotdogs) and do other things I never knew I was capable of. But mostly I just try to do the best I can everyday. Some days I get it right, and other days I have to just laugh and let it all go. After all, will it really kill them if I let them have ice cream for dinner tonight?
The kids performed in the Nutcracker on saturday night. That is Lily in the center. They were cast as "Maypole Angels" and while their performance was short, it was really cute. They all loved being on the stage and say that they want to do it again. They will be in another recital in the spring.
The kids have been taking dance classes and they really like it. They especially like having ballet and tap shoes. They don't let parents in to watch and I'm dying to see what class is like. It must be just adorable to see all those little 3 year olds dancing! They do have a few times when parents get to watch and I can't wait. I'll definitely be video taping that (if they let me I guess -- and if not, I'll still try to sneak it!) They are also going to be in the Nutcracker. They are cast in "Maypole - Act II."
Other cute stuff: We've had our first case of faking sick to get out of school. I couldn't believe it. It was Avery and he faked coughing and said, "cough cough...I too sick to go to school....cough cough." Nice try though. I'm in serious trouble with that. I was worst about not wanting to go go school. Karma and all I guess.
We also were having some regression with the potty training. We realized the accidents began right around the same time that the reward incentives stopped. So, we instituted a new "poop in the potty and get a balloon" system. The kids just love balloons and will do most anything to get one. So that has really worked. So far anyway!
We had our first "no accidents at school" day!!! Of course we are still having accidents -- lots of accidents really -- but we were very excited to have all three have an accident free day at school. Will is almost completely potty trained. He rarely has any accidents and sometimes he just runs into the bathroom all on his own. Lily is doing really well too. She doesn't like to go to the potty in public and she has a tendency to hold it as long as she can. Sometimes we just have to convince her she really needs to go! Avery is a bit more wishy-washy. I think its more that he doesn't want to stop whatever he is doing to go. And, it is often hard to get him to come inside to go too. But, he gets really excited and proud of himself when he does do it. They all do. They love to get their stickers put on their charts. When they fill up a card they get a special day out with mom or mommy. Will and Lily have already gone to Tweetsie Railroad with Season and Avery is going to get to go on a hike as he is a total nature boy.
The kids go to soccer twice a week for 45 minutes. The first day we couldn't really get anyone to participate -- they would rather just run around and pick up rocks. The second time they really loved playing a dribbling game version of "green light - red light" and they got a big kick out of freezing when the coach yelled red light. But, soon after that they were dropping like flies. Avery was the first to quit and Lily followed soon after. Will stuck it out for a while longer, but I don't he was all that happy about it! In the end, I love it because they have the kids run up and down the field a few times which works wonders for bedtime! And, of course I love it because of the great photo opps: http://www.flickr.com/photos/weethree/sets/72157601911559511/
Avery's hair was just getting out of control. He was starting to resemble Ellen Degeneres so much that I was thinking about sending in a photo to her website! But, he would not let me cut it. We tried getting his haircut at the place where his dadaw gets his cut, but it didn't really go that well. So, we kept putting if off, hoping I guess that it would just magically stop growing or something.
Then, his dadaw said that he would take Avery with him when he got his haircut on Saturday. Avery really wanted to go on a outing with his dadaw, but still wasn't buying into the whole haircut thing. I quickly resorted to bribery and offered him the prospect of getting a firetruck he had been coveting for weeks. Bingo!!! He was off in a flash. Later that day he came back with his dadaw and memaw and proudly showed off his smartly clipped locks. Here is pic of dadaw and Avery showing off their new haircuts!
They had a great first day and no one cried at all. In fact, it was a very special day because each kid went to the potty and did not have any accidents. We were very proud!
They will go to school half days, 8:30 - 12:00, mon, wed and fri. They eat lunch at school too, so they each got to get a new lunch box too. Of courese, there are plenty of pics on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/weethree/sets/72157601370936332/
I've posted some great shots that Season got the other day while the kids were playing outside. http://www.flickr.com/photos/weethree/sets/72157600841764129/