It’s Show Week at the Little Gym. Today was the last week of the semester and friends and family were invited to come watch the kids play. For me, it meant that I brought my camera and took lots of pictures of Casey while she was playing and showing off today.
All summer long, Casey said, “I’m going to Little Gym after summer!” She was so excited about starting class and being a Super Beast. Since she started her class I hear, “Is it Little Gym day?” almost every day. Every class is exciting for her and she has so much fun. It is a parent/child class and it’s been fun for me to go in and share this with her every week. Plus, I have all the Little Gym songs memorized which is great, especially when they get stuck in your head on other days of the week. Some days I’ve just “got those veggie blues”.
Next week we start a new semester and Casey is going to be a Jazzy Bug and learn some dancing along with the gymnastics. And she’s going all by herself. I get to sit out in the lobby and watch.
This is how excited she was to run around the big red mat.
This is actually four different jumps…and each time I caught her at a different point. She was happy to keep jumping for me as I tried to catch her mid-air.
Time for a little break.
For some reason, Jack proclaimed today as “the best day I ever had.” I’m not sure how it beats other days but I guess it was pretty good in his book.
We went to church early this morning. Jack solemnly told Auntie, “When we get there Auntie, Casey and I leave and go to a classroom and we stay there for a long time. So we won’t stay with you.” After the children’s liturgy, Jack and Casey came back with cutouts of doves. Jack had stickers on his and some extra stickers and Casey didn’t have any stickers on her dove and no extras. I couldn’t get any details as to why this happened. When I asked Jack what kind of bird he had, he said, “It’s a space bird.”
We hung out at home and whined for a while after church. That evolved into some serious Lego playing (we were able to attach a ladder to a house and the workerman got to work) and the whining subsided.
While Casey was napping, I asked Jack if he wanted to watch a movie. “Max and Ruby??” he wanted to know. But instead I told him we could watch Star Wars and he thought that was much better. So we sat on the couch and watched it. Jack asked approximately 532 questions that usually weren’t related to the plot and didn’t want me to read the scrolling words from the beginning. “What are the names of the Storm Troopers? — What kind of animal [alien] is that? — What color are the good guys wearing?” He really just wanted to get to the fight in the desert. I don’t even know if it’s in Star Wars or one of the other movies or how he even knows about a fight in the desert. Then our fabulous DVD player started skipping and pausing and I had to postpone the rest of the viewing.
After naptime, we headed to the mall and the kids got to play in the playland, also known as germland. I normally don’t worry much about germs, but last time we left there I think the kids instantly had a runny nose. But the kids like it and it burns off energy on a cold day. And Jenn got to go look at Vera Bradley purses.
For dinner, we went to the Greene Turtle. Both Jack & Casey were excited to go there. It was when we got our food and Jack started munching on his apples that he said it was the best day ever. It must have been the super special and oh-so-rare treat of sliced apples that tipped the scale and made this the best day. And just to make it better, I let them have the 2 leftover candy canes on our way home.
Church, Legos, Star Wars, Playland at the mall and apples for dinner – best day ever, right?
On the way to the Little Gym tonight, Jack was looking out the window for “a red light” in the sky. He said he was looking for Jupiter and Mars because they were red lights in the sky. We talked a little bit about how far away they were and how it was hard to see them (especially when it’s cloudy and you can’t even see the moon). Then he wanted to know if the big storm on Jupiter could come to Earth. I told him it wouldn’t come here because it would stay in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Then I asked him if there was anything living on any of the other planets. And he replied, “Well, I know that there are Martians on Mars because the Backyardigans were the first to discover them.” All the scientists can do all their research and send probes, but the Backyardigans actually take trips there (and it’s documented in a tv show) so that’s obviously the real truth.
Interestingly, we got our first book about the planets that does not include Pluto as a planet. Jack is a little confused because all the other books are older and predate the demotion of Pluto. I found a book at the library written by the guy who demoted Pluto and apparently discovered another planet that I’m planning to read…and then I’ll be able to better explain that to Jack.
On another topic…Jack noticed that the new toilet paper in the bathroom had hearts on it. He said, “Mommy, I don’t think you need to buy toilet paper for Valentine’s Day and other holidays because you’re just going to use it to wipe my bum.”
I went to the fabric store with Casey last week to stock up on some fabric that was on sale. The corduroy was also on sale and I wanted to try to make Casey a jumper so I let her pick some fabric. I didn’t really love any of the corduroy selection but she found a pink one with blue and pink dogs on it that she loved and she was happy. She was also adorable as we waited for the kind but slow lady to cut all our fabric. Casey wanted to hold on to her fabric and kept telling everyone that I was going to make a pretty dress for her. She also kept touching all the pink and purple fabrics and saying “Dis is bootiful, Mommy.”
It only took a couple hours (over the course of a couple days) and I made this “pretty dress” for Casey. I used this tutorial from a blog called ikatbag. She wore it for two days and then I convinced her that it needed to be washed.
We’ve also reached a big milestone in Casey’s life. After over a year (seriously) of whining and expressing her frustration, she can finally reach the light above her seat in the car! She would be so upset when Jack could click his light on and off and she couldn’t reach hers. I noticed her light was on one day last week but I didn’t think she could reach it yet so I didn’t ask her to try to turn it off else she would get frustrated. But all of a sudden she reached up and said, “I turned my light off!” I’m not sure who was happier, her or me.
Casey is also on a funny name kick. She keeps repeatedly asking me, “What’s your name again?” She knows the answer but she asks it so genuinely, like she has just met me but forgot my name. The best is when she says, “What’s your name again, Jack?” Then she makes up names for Legos or dolls or imaginary friends and they are all called Kaya, Naya or Saya (the first a is a long a). It’s pretty funny to watch her play with her toys right now. She and Jack have been playing very nicely with their Legos. I’m so glad I bought her a box of her own pink Legos for Christmas.
Jack’s preschool Christmas party was scheduled for the last day of school before Christmas break. Unfortunately a little snow fell on Wednesday night and school was cancelled both Thursday and Friday. I was really looking forward to going to it and I think I might have been more disappointed than Jack was about the snow day. And truth be told, I was really excited about going to the party and having no planning responsibilities! I might have gone a little crazy if I had been planning it and it got cancelled.
Anyway, the party was rescheduled and they held it on Friday. The 4 and 5 year old students were all on the big stage when I got there, getting ready for their show. They sang a really cute medley of Christmas songs and shook their bells. It was all very sweet. I struggled with trying to get pictures with my regular camera, trying to take some video, making sure Casey could see what was going on and trying to just enjoy the show. I didn’t put it all on video because they were too far away and overall I’m pretty sure it was a bad video, but I wanted Pat to get a little taste of it. And I thought I took some good pictures with my zoom lens but it appears that all the children have been possessed…
I tried to fix the red eye but they aren’t actually red, so it wasn’t doing much for me. I love that Jack was so into this program and sang along with everyone else. Last year at his preschool he wasn’t comfortable enough to do any of the singing when they had the end of year program. But you can see that he was shaking away with his jingle bells and singing along this time. Every once in a while in December I would hear him singing some song that he was practicing for the show. When I sang “Joy to the World” one night for a bedtime song, he was shocked that I knew it. “How do you know that song Mommy? We’re singing it at school.”
After the concert we went back to his classroom for snacks and crafts. This is where Casey eats all of Jack’s cheese and crackers and Jack just waits for the cake which he later claimed was his lunch. They all decorated crowns with stickers and markers and had a great time. And I feel that maybe I put a little too much effort into my Thanksgiving party…but the paper bag turkey was still awesome.
Almost two years ago, I wrote a post called Picking Out a Book about how Jack picks out books for story time. He liked a book called 100 First Words that wasn’t really a story and was driving me a little crazy. It’s hard to believe that was only 2 years ago. He was only 2. I know the math is pretty simple, but the difference in two years is amazing.
His taste in books has changed a bit. This week when I asked him what books he wanted from the library he said, “Books about space and books about the ocean and all the things in the ocean. And do you think you could find me one about that red spot on Jupiter? I want to know more about that red spot. It’s a big storm and I want to know more about it.” No hesitation there.
When I brought the books home, he inspected them all to make sure that I got everything that he asked for. These are all from the non-fiction section of the children’s library. I also brought some Curious George books and a Dinosaur Train book but he said, “I don’t like Dinosaur Train anymore. Casey can have it. I don’t like Curious George either.” I think he has since changed his mind about George though because tonight George got curious at a chocolate factory.
I don’t remember learning about the solar system and the planets until somewhere around 4th grade. I made a paper mache sun and learned a lot about the sun at one point but I’ve forgotten it. I’m now relearning it all with Jack. Who’s 4. Crazy. I didn’t know (or recall) that Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were gas planets. And space seems more vast and unfathomable to me now than it did at age 9.