Holy cow have we been busy! Let's see where to start...
BBZ is the smartest child alive. Ok, that's an exaggeration. But really, he amazes me with his language and his knowledge. He knows all of his colors, can count to ten, repeats every word we ask him to but somehow refrains from repeating those words I probably shouldn't say, and says he loves his daddy and me several times a day. Without us having to say it first! He is so sweet, and kind, and loveable and we are having so much fun with him! Friday was a tough day for me for some reason. I missed him extra badly and hate the fact that I have to go back to work tomorrow and be away from him. Oh well, I'll think about that later and just enjoy today with him. (he's napping now and we have a fun day at an outdoor festival planned!)
Last weekend we had a nice cook-out with our friends Nikki and Laura and their families. It was so fun having kids in the house, and they played so well together. I'm so pumped about the mild temps we have had here lately...it sure is a nice break from the 100+ degrees we had there for a while. We also went to a craft festival that I have attended each summer since I was a kid. My parents always made a day of it and packed us girls up for the hot August festival. I have a dough ornament from that festival for almost every year of my life beginning in 1984. (the one from 1984 is a cute cabbage patch kid holding a birth certificate) We didn't buy one for BBZ this year, but I did get him an art box with his name on it to keep all of his art supplies in since that is how he likes to spend most of his time now.
We also had our fantasy football draft this week. This was the first time we did the draft online rather than at someone's house. It was a lot better this way. I love football season anyway, and playing fantasy football makes watching games other than the Browns and the Rams actually worth watching. I figured since football is on the TV all day on Sundays anyway, I might as well enjoy it.
Speaking of TV, last week I started to feel like BBZ was watching way too much. We usually let him watch it if he asked as long as he didn't ask too often. Well he started to ask to watch a TV show anytime he asked to do anything. We could always distract him by gong outside, but he amount he was asking to watch made me uncomfortable. We decided this week to cut down and we surprisingly cut it out completely! Besides Thursday evening when he wached one episode of Wonder Pets and this morning in bed with me, he hasn't watched any TV at all! He is much better about finding fun things to do and rarely even asks anymore. That was a lot easier than I thought it would be. And life is lovely without having the Wonder Pets song in my head everyday. That one seriously sucks.
We also told BBZ's school that he will be switching when he turms 2. I went to an open house (for parents only) which gave me an opportunity to meet his new teachers and I really can't believe how much I love this school. I'm not unhappy with where he is, even though they did increase his weekly tuition for the third time in less that 2 years. It's a great place and I am so grateful for having a place I could trust when he was little. But now that he is older, this new facility has so much more to offer him. It's is a community center kind of like the Y, so there are all kinds of programs he can participate in. He'll swim 2x/week in the summer and have access to all of the sports programs once he is there. We also pay monthly instead of weekly, so we end up paying less over the year. His teachers are great and although he will be the youngest in the class, the co-director who assigned him thinks he will do fine with the older kids. They work hard in this room on potty training, so hopefully that will continue at home and at school.
He peed on the potty twice this week! Once was the morning when he woke up dry and the other was that same day when he got home. He is growing up so fast! We think he tried to poop on the potty too, but he sat down and looked a little confused about what to do. Baby steps. I'll take what I can get!
I am involved in a group at work that works with young adults with disabilities. It is an amazing group of people who have come together to try and improve our lives. I am a co-facilitator of this group, but atthe suggestion of the facilitator I am as much of a member of the group as the others. I am amazed by the level of honesty that has come from these young people. I am honored that these strangers would share their feelings and their lives with me and with each other. This is a level of honesty and support that is hard to find in groups of friends, yet these young people share and support each other in ways I have rarely seen. I am so excited to be a part of it and can already see how my involvement has changed the way I interact with the people in my life.
We found out that one of our very favorite bands is playing in our city on New Year's Eve! We have traveled across the country to see this band, so the idea that they are coming to our city is just awesome. Plus it's fun to think we will actually have NYE plans. It's been a few years since that has happened. Now we just need to find sitters :)
Have a great week everyone!