Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No Tears

Ian started Kindergarten today! He did great and no one shed tears today at the drop off; speaking of drop off. It was absolute insanity at the school area today. Cars parked on the road (not kidding) cars parked on the grass, etc. It was worse than the aftermath of 4th of July Fireworks. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Ian will be dropped off in the AM b/c of his prograf medication. Here is Ian outside his school.

Ian placed his things in his cubby and then found his desk. After getting some crayons, he told us that we could go. Alrighty then! And that was that. Ian was in Kindergarten.
The bus was 30 minutes late dropping off this afternoon which wouldn't have been too bad except for the fact it was a downpour for 15 of those minutes and I was trying to keep livy entertained and hold the umbrella. Ian is showing his name tag for a bus rider after he got off the bus today.
The best part of the day Ian told me was "the mouse hunt" which was where they had to act quiet like mice around the school. And then when they got back to their room, a mouse had a left a note and cookies. The teacher, Mrs. Slusser, did a If you Give a Mouse a Cookie story activity. Ian was thrilled to find not one but two (as he excitedly told me), Chicka Chicka Boom Boom books in the reading center of his class room but sad that he has not unearthed a Thomas the Train book. We may be gifting the class a Thomas book or two.
His homework tonight was to draw a picture of his favorite part of the day. Tomorrow's homework is to write his name 2 times, and then Thursday's homework is to sing the ABC's twice. I have to sign his school folder each night. This is good stuff!
To keep Livia and I occupied this morning so we didn't get too sad, we went shopping at Harris Teeter for Super Double Coupons. We did the most awesome I have ever done on couponing! We scored as shown below:
6 Danimals drinking yogurt packs
5 Danino's yogurt packs
3 Activia packs
3 Peter Pan peanut butters
All for the low price of....................

GETTING MONEY BACK!!!!! Harris Teeter PAID ME $0.35 for the above groceries! A very good sort of retail therapy if I do say so.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Toot Toot Chugga Chugga

We bought tickets to take the kids to see the Wiggles in Jacksonville, FL (closest venue to Charleston) as a last summer hurrah before school starts on Tuesday. The concert was Friday.

The concert was wonderful. It lasted over 1.5 hours and the kids were thrilled. I had made headbands of foam in wiggles colors for hte kdis but those only lasted about 5 minutes before being ripped off. The kids had Wiggles T-shirts on too (thanks Lela!) Brett convinced me to spend the extra money to get tickets on the floor rather than the balcony. Livia loved the Ring Master from the start with his hat falling off trick gigling each time he did it. Both kids danced and sang to the songs. We had a sign that said Ian and Livia love the Wiggles and Murrary read it out loud from the stage which was particularly great for Ian. It was a wonderful show and I would recommend it.

We stayed the night in a hotel (this was what Ian said the highlight was but then changed his mind to seeing the Big Red Car up close). We saw a bit of Fernadina Beach/Amelia Island where there is a Kinder Morgan terminal that Brett has been to several times. And then headed home on Saturday afternoon--of course after a stop for chicken nuggets!

Great trip and a wonderful way to say farewell to summer!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Annual Homecoming

Our annual trip to Virginia the first week of August was great! The kids were decent travelers there and back except that on the way home both kiddos were up the entire ride home until 10:30pm!

We had fun with Grandma and Grandpa. Some of the things we did this round were:

"Hampster wheel"
Bouncing balls
Water table
Digging in the garden
Watercolor painting
Visiting Friends
The magic drawer (Only Grandpa has the magic words to open the drawer that contains treats inside)

I got to sleep in a few days and get a few naps. As Ian starts school this year, that was our last trip to Virginia for a while and I'm glad we did it even with the wide awake kiddos on the drive home to South Carolina.