Friday, August 29, 2008

Bye-bye diapers

When we picked Isaac up from pre-school on Wednesday, his teacher asked if we would start bringing him in underewear instead of a pull-up. "Really?" I asked. See they have been telling me for weeks that he had been dry all day, but at home he still wets his pull-up constantly. Granted I am not as patient with him as his teachers, nor do I remember to make him go every hour or so. So Thursday we gave it a try. We packed his backpack with several pairs of underwear and several changes of clothes. When we picked him up we were told that he had a few accidents, but please continue to send him in underwear. "Okay!" I exclaimed! Today was day two and he did fight me a little this morning. He wanted to wear a pull-up, but relented when I got out his Diego underwear. And wonder of wonders, he was dry all day! After being home for a few hours I made him go, but nothing happened, and about 10 minutes ago, he had an accident. Oh well! We'll keep trying I guess!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Not much to say. . .

Life has settled down into a nice little routine over the last few weeks. The kids are still settling in to their new pre-school (Isaac is still asking when he gets to go to his "REAL" preschool instead of his "PRETEND" preschool. Kalista is working on getting used to the new foods, though I am happy to report she has now tried ding dongs, rice krispie treats, and has eated two bites of the crust off a grilled cheese sandwhich. (For those that know this is huge -- she eats no bread whatsoever.) School for Erin and me is going well. It is a busy year, but it makes the time go faster till we get to pick up our babies from pre-school. Erin started this semester's grad school class last week, and I am still spinning at the Y. Life is back to our "new" normal.

So I'll leave you with a few Isaac stories . . .

Yesterday he was a bit crabby and wanting dinner. He decided he wanted a cheese sandwich, grapes, and broccoli. Unfortunately I was tired and crabby and didn't want to get the frozen broccoli out and make it just for him. And yes, my 3 year old had a complete fit because I wouldn't make him broccoli. That's just wrong!

Then tonight as we were saying our prayer here's what Isaac had to say, "Dear God, Thank you for today. Please help my sissy to be a big girl and not cry, like the song says Big Girls Don't Cry. And help my daddy to play Halloween with me. In Jesus' name, Amen" My thoughts exactly, son.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Birthdays and Bowling

Most of the Roades' birthday week is finished. Here are some of the highlights. . .

On Wednesday Kalista turned 5! What a big girl she is now! It is hard to believe. At least with a birthday after the kindergarden cut-off date, I have another year of her before I send her off to the big, bad world! She had a pretty good day at preschool on Wednesday and got to share a snack or oreos with all her new friends. Opening presents was a blast and she got several great things that she hasn't been able to put down since! We had her favorite pizza for dinner and then got Fritz's ice cream for dessert after church. It was a good day.

Today Isaac turned 3 (although he keeps insisiting he still wants to be 2) It was another good day, this one filled with lots of family and friends. We had a together birthday party at a bowling alley after church. What a BLAST! It was a bit of a zoo with ten 3, 4, and 5 year olds running around, but I think everyone had fun. Isaac is loving his new bat man and pirate toys, so life is good for him!

Now it is time to get ready for the next week. We had the library grand opening on Thursday, so I'll post pictures later this week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Check me out on the news

So if you've been following along I have been a part of moving my school's library to a new location for the past few weeks. This has been a huge job. This past weekend we worked 12 and 13 hour days on several ocasions. Well, on Saturday a news channel stopped by to interview the new principal on Central's new security measures. Here's what the report says. . . (Just check on the watch news 4 coverage link.)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

First days of preschool

I debated what post to put on here first and figured that some of you (read Angie) would be upset if I didn't talk about the kids first few days of day care/preschool. So here it is. (Disclaimer -- no pics yet. I did take one the first day, but I haven't put it on my computer yet)

Bright and early Monday morning (6:30) Erin and I woke up two very sleepy kids. Having gone to the Cardinal game the night before and not having a nap in the afternoon, they were still beat. We got everyone dressed and out the door on time. Yeah!

We walked into the school and found out (as suspected) Isaac would still be in the toddler class, until he is potty trained. He was allowed to stay with Kalista for a bit while everyone was arriving though. This I think was good news to him, since at this point he was looking at me as if to say "What is this place, and you aren't really aren't leaving me here are you?"

Erin and I got out the door before I started crying, but I was a least strong in front of the kids. We had been told we could call during the day and check on them, but neither of us had time. After school we arrived back at the center and Kalista ran right up to us, excited to tell all about her day. We found Isaac's room and got a report from his teacher. Both kids had slept during nap time (Kalista has not fallen asleep since, but still rests), Isaac pottied many times on the potty, and also ate well.

Now the info many of you are waiting for. . . How did Kalista do at lunch. . . As we were walking to the car I asked her what she had for lunch that day. She grabbed my hand, very excited, and said "MOM! Guess what! They let me throw my food away!" She was so happy and excited! I think I have discovered why she was so worried about going to school last week. I think she thought that she would be stuck at a lunch table not able to leave until she ate, or that she would be forced eat a "yucky" food. Once those fears were relieved, preschool became a great place again! So the next question you are all asking. . . What did she eat? On Monday she had applesauce and a few crackers. . . Tuesday she told me (again very excited) that they had had Doritoes for lunch!(and hot dogs, that of course she wouldn't eat), but she did have a banana at snack time. Today applesauce was offered again. So she is not starving, but really hungry when she comes home! She has decided that she has to get used to the smells of the new foods before she can eat them. I asked her how long that would take and she claims she needs to smell it four times. . . I'm not sure what this is all about, but we'll see!

Stay tuned for more stories from our week (My new library is still not ready to be moved into, so the rest of this week will be interesting!).

Monday, August 4, 2008

I'm really, really tired. . .

So last night I left Minneapolis at 8:00 to drive home for work this morning at 7:30. Thankfully I went to Showcase with 3 other really great ladies who let me sleep about 4 hours on the trip home and didn't ask me to drive at all. I arrived home around 5:00am and in time for one more hour of sleep before my new school year officially began.

I will update later on my trip, the kids first day of day care, and Erin's and my first day of school after I have gotten some sleep. . . Till then!