First Day of Pre-K

Tuesday was Michael’s first day of Pre-K.

For all of you reading who do not have children, or for all of you reading whose children are grown, Pre-K is not to be confused with Preschool.  Pre-K is like SO. MUCH. COOLER.  Pre-K is like 4 year olds you know…not those little 3 year olds in preschool.  Pre-K kids get to go to Kindergarten next year, as like in real school, that you go to all day long.  BIG difference…

I used the X Pro ii instagram PSE action for this photo and added the words (but blurred his name!)

Michael is going to St. Mary’s this year and it was one of the schools that was destroyed by the tornado we had here in Joplin, on May 22nd.  The school system was lucky enough to have previously owned an empty warehouse on the grounds of the high school.  They originally were going to tear it down but the bids came in too high.  Thank goodness for that!  As in true nature of these amazing people down here they renovated an old steel warehouse to house the 210 displaced students over the course of the summer months.  The renovation wasn’t even complete until this past Friday, September 2nd!  Teachers spent their labor day weekend, laboring to get their rooms set up.  The teachers and students will have a few routines and kinks to work out over the next few weeks because there is not a library, cafeteria or gym in the new building.  They will just use the High School facilities next door.

Based on the huge smile I received when I picked Michael up, I am thinking he will get by just fine!  Here’s the main points I dug out of him about his first day of Preschool Pre-K:

  1. He colored a picture of a mouse with cheese.  He colored the cheese yellow and the mouse brown.
  2. They played outside at recess but not on the playground (because it is still being built) but just in the grass and he played tag and race cars with his new friends.
  3. He sat on a mat and did what his teacher told him to do (good boy).
  4. He sits right next to the magnetic letter board (life could not be better).
  5. They had cookies for snack, but with water, not milk, because the milk truck didn’t come to the school yet.
  6. He can’t remember any of his friends names except:
  7. There is a GIRL in his class with his same name (remember Michael is his blogging name?)  His exact words: “MOM!  There is a GIIIIRRRLLLL  in my class with my same name!  A GIRRRRRRRLLLLLL!  (laughing)  But her name doesn’t have an “e” in it, so it’s OK!”

And as simple as that, her same-not-containing-an-e name was just fine because of the missing letter!  That kid cracks me up!  He wants to go back…so we considered that a good first day!

Letters make everything in the world right for him!

And yes, I know he is holding a sign that says “Preschool” but I didn’t have one that said Pre-K and I had not been lectured on the difference between the two until after he came home from school!  😉

And That’s What Che Said…

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I Spy Bingo!

Whenever you have to spend more than 15 minutes in the car, with kids, you know you better come prepared!  If you can remember, I talked about Michael and his 8,973,672 questions he asks in the car.  If he asks you a question, and doesn’t like the answer, he will ask that SAME question, OVER AND OVER again until you give him an answer he is comfortable with.  (It took me a few times to figure this out)  He does not accept “Because that’s just how it works”,  “Because that’s just what happens” or “Because I said so” as acceptable answers.

Michael:  “Mom, why is grass green but dirt is brown?”

Me: “Because that’s how it was made to look”
(few second pause while he thinks about your answer)

(Insert annoying “incorrect buzzer sound”) WRONG!

Michael: “Mom, why is grass green but dirt is brown?”

Me:   “Because they are different things so God made them with different colors so we can tell them apart”
(few second pause while he processes that information)

(Insert annoying “incorrect buzzer sound”) WRONG!

Michael:  “Mom, I know grass is green and dirt is brown so we can tell the difference, but WHY are they different?”

Me: BANGING HEAD AGAINST STEERING WHEEL BECAUSE THIS IS MINUTE 28 OF THE QUESTIONS AND I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE!!!!
So I answer how any Chemical Engineering mother would answer, “Michael grass and most other plants are green because they contain a pigment known as chlorophyll.  Dirt is brown because there is about three times as much carbon in soil than in plant biomass. “

(much longer pause)

Michael: “But Mom, why is the Dirt Brown”  He says the words “Dirt” and “Brown” S-l-o-w-l-y, if in fact I didn’t understand what he was asking me.

And this is where I calmly and collectively THROW THIS DAMN BINGO CARD INTO THE BACK SEAT AND SAY

“NO MORE QUESTIONS!!!!!  FIND THE THINGS ON THE CARD!!!!!”

Along with the exceptional knack of question asker, Michael can also remember EVERY make of car and furthermore, WHO drives each make.  “Daddy drives a Ford like Grandpa P & Uncle Buddy.  Grandma drives a Chrysler, Nicole drives a Mazda and so on and so on.

I started off making a basic BINGO board in PSE and for the Car Bingo side I added all the different makes of cars.

On the flip side, I made a Road Trip Bingo and added things you would find along the highway.  I added the license plates of the 3 states Michael has lived in  (and recognizes) as well as some construction equipment because let’s face it…there is ALWAYS highway construction going on!

I had my good friends at Office Depot print these cards back to back on a single piece of cardstock and then laminate it on 5 mil laminate.  You can do this all on your own at home if you have the tools.  Me, I am a new SAHM and haven’t acquired all the gadgets yet.  (Feel free to send me a Silhouette if you are in the giving mood 🙂 )

I used some adhesive velcro and wrapped the loop side around a dry erase marker and the hook side to a clip board.  I then used a make-up foundation applicator sponge as an eraser!  I attached that also using adhesive velcro and wah-lah…Bingo in the car!  Combines two great games, “I Spy” and “Bingo”  And finally…silence…until Ryan wakes up that is!

  

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Let Him Sleep…

I simply adore the wall vinyl that reads “Let Him Sleep, For When He Wakes, He Will Move Mountains”  However we are renting so I don’t want to purchase one, only to have to throw it away later on.  Most say they are repositionable but not reusable, and some say may cause damage to textured walls or not adhere to textured walls well.   Not only are we renting, we have textured walls.  So, I did as any DIY’er would do…I made my own on PSE and framed it for Ryan’s room!

You can remember how I rambled on about not having decorated a nursery and might remember me saying  I would do the best I could with the renting and budget situation.  I am happy with it!  I used a daily deal from Winkflash and got the 8×10 print for $0.75!  (I actually ordered 3 separate 8×10’s and (1) 5×7 and with shipping my total was only three dollars and some change!  Rock on!  I used a frame I already had with a matte I already had, to size it down to 8 x 10.

I am using Orange, Turquoise, Yellow and Lime Green for color inspirations for Ryan’s room.  We have a dark beige color on the walls so I chose to go bright with the background.  I also changed up the colors on a few copies, so if the colors work for you, feel free to print them out for free!!  Just click on the photos below and download away!  If you like this printable, think about subscribing to my blog or following my page on facebook!  You never know, I might have something else you will like also! 🙂

 

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Three Beautiful Words

There are three beautiful words that every person loves to hear. They are said in many different contexts along life.

When you are little, they are spoken by your parents or to your parents, grandparents…family.

In high school, you want them to come from your boyfriend or girlfriend. For girls, it’s “OH. MY. GAWD. My boyfriend of 1 month, 2 days, 17 minutes and 36, no 37 seconds just told me he LOVES me!”

In College the words seem a bit more substantial and meaningful. Less about lust and more about love. They could possibly even be spoken by your future wife/husband.

After college, they are spoken by your wife/husband, your best friend, your partner in crime. The one you turn to in every situation as you are a unit now. For better or for worse.

All the while there is the notion also of “Who said it first?”

Then you tell your babies.  You feel it before they can even understand it.  It’s the most intense feeling thus far, at least for me, and you can quite possibly imagine it any better.   It doesn’t even matter if you said it first.

Then it happens.  YOUR BABY SAYS IT BACK. 

“I love you Mommy!” 

It then got even better when I didn’t think it could.  He joyfully came running to me one day to tell me that “I can tell you I love you without even saying a word!!!”  So proud of himself and gleaming at his own creativity. 

He will get my attention across the room and without even saying a thing more, he tells me he loves me. 

 

He is making the sign for “I”

He’s making a heart with his hands to represent “Love”

He is making the sign for “U”

 BEST. THING. EVER.                           EVER. 

It’s our little thing we do and it’s just perfect because he came up with it all on his own.  Without me doing it first. 

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Children’s Art Rail

In our new place, we have Stainless Steel appliances.  Not only do they show every single freaking fingerprint, they also do not allow us to display artwork on our fridge with magnets.  Grrrrr….

I have a little artist here and we NEED to do SOMETHING with all the art that is produced.  I got this great idea from the Great Ana White.  Thank you Ana. Oh so clever.  I made a few alterations!  I couldn’t find the right size of large clothespins so I just used regular ones.  I also did not screw anything  use any screws.  I used heavy-duty wood glue and some 3M Command strips for mounting hanging.   Geez people…get your head out of the gutter 🙂 

Items Needed:

  • Ruler (found at Lowe’s)
  • Paint/paintbrushes
  • Clothespins
  • Wood Glue
  • 3M Command Strips (not shown below)

First I separated all the clothespins from the springs and then painted them.  I made 2 rails so I had 10 clothespins, 5 for each rail.  I kept the colors the same for both rails (I like symmetry–thanks to genetics from my mom)

Once dried, I reassembled the clothespins and then spaced them along the ruler.  I set one at both edges, the 9″, 18″ and 27″ lines.  I used the wood glue and glued those suckers in place. 

Then I added the command strips to the two ends, making sure the rounded “pull tab” to release the strip was pointed down so that the clothespin body and art would cover it.  You can certainly use screws to hang these also like Ana did, it’s just the command strips help with the fact of us renting right now.  Minimal damage and easy to pack up!

I then hung these rails under some fabulous art frames I picked up at Target years ago.  I put these on both side’s of Michael’s bedroom window.  So we have some framed art of his and easily accessible clips for him to change out as he deems fit!  He was so proud to see his art displayed again…and just in time for pre-kindergarten this fall! 

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