Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I'm not sure if bowling my way is the best strategy anymore. Glori beat us all with a score of 90 and she faithfully used the ramp thing and Brian was quite skilled with using the side bumpers to get those pesky side pins for her. She was super cute trying to carry the ball. Of course, it's all about the color of the ball. The pink ones do the best job hitting the pins.
Ben was next in the mid 80s with a mix of strategies, Brian got 80 and I think I was close behind but can't remember. Brian and I both shared our turns with Maddie who only cared about pushing the ball down the ramp. Before it even hit the ground she had turned around to head off and pick up the next ball, totally missing the point of the game to hit the pins. Oh well.
Now for Ben's master bowling strategy... We are totally going back again with a camcorder. It was priceless to see him bowl. He started out with the ramp and thought it was pretty cool. Then he wanted to try just pushing it. Brian would help him get it pushed hard enough to make it to the end. Several times I was positive it was going down the lane so slow it would stop before it got to the end. Once he got the bright idea to kick it down the lane like a soccer ball. All three grown-ups yelled in unison, "NO!" and got him stopped as he ran up on his approach for a serious hard kick. He stopped just before he broke his foot. It was so funny though. He was genuinely confused why we all freaked out.
My favorite approach had tears rolling down my face time after time. He did it over and over again. He would insist on carrying the heavy bowling ball up to where he wanted it, place the ball just behind the foul line. Then walk back to the very back of the wooden floor before the step down. He would gear up his body and then run full speed toward the ball, come to a dead stop just inches before the ball, kneel down really fast and roll the ball, exactly the same as the times when he would just stand at the foul line and roll it with Brian's help. Who am I to judge? He beat my score...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
- no major damage...HURRAY!!
- brand new fence installed in December was ruined and has to be rebuilt
- all window screens are long gone
- roof probably leaking over kitchen from wind damage to shingles, will watch with upcoming rain storms
Friday, September 19, 2008
Day 2 - I was totally nervous about leaving him again and how the drop off would go. I walked him to the door expecting to have to escort him to the basement again and redo the entire fiasco. I asked if he could carry some papers for me to give to the teacher (my intent was so my hands would be free to carry Maddie). He says, "Sure. See you later mom." and runs down the stairs. I stood in the doorway dumbfounded. Then reality hit and told me, RUN - before he figures out what he just did. Upon my return, he again screamed and cried that he didn't want to leave. I guess it's going well.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
When the party guests arrived, the Helmicks were about the first to come. They brought her a balloon bouquet. I can't even properly describe the literal squeals of delight that erupted from her tiny little mouth as she chased them around and ran in circles until she was too dizzy to stand. Talk about a hit for a present! So she started to catch on that people were bringing her stuff and when Claudia came, she took the envelope right out of her hand and started ripping it open right at the front door. I probably should have stopped her, but it was so cute, I just let her. She would just say, "Fouw Me! Fouw Me!" Maddie didn't understand how cool the $2 bill was for her second birthday. I love $2 bills, they are so COOL!
Maddie got all sorts of wonderful things, two ponies, a Dora doll for the bathtub, super cute clothes and some fun baby dolls with a little bathtub and motorcycle. Jackpot! She was so happy it was hard to get her to bed after our spaghetti dinner party wound down.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
- He is excited about learning to read and doing a great job.
- He helps Maddie with lots of things she needs help with like opening the sliding glass door when I am busy.
- He has a really great dolly named Potsy that he loves so much that his fingers cannot stretch far enough apart to show how much love he has.
- He can make Maddie laugh and laugh and laugh.
- He builds really complicated train tracks that fill the floor of the whole room that curve and wind all over the place.
- He always tells me he loves me and gives me great snuggles.
- He can do lots of chores alone, like brush teeth, take out the trash, water the flowers, clean his room and get dressed.
- He helps me cook and set the table.
- He can ride a big kid bike with training wheels.
- He can vacuum the floors with the big vacuum.
- He is dad's special helper whenever he has a big building project.
Time to go play trains.