Thursday, March 30, 2017

Charlie and School

Charlie is half a year into preschool at our local Montessori. He loves it. Charlie is a fairly high energy kid - who likes to be very loud and who very much likes to wrestle. The Montessori is a very lovely little school with an ambiance that is impressively calm - so we were perhaps a little concerned that it might not be the right for Charlie (and it really isn't for everyone). But he is thriving there. What is most impressive, is his capacity to focus for extended periods - and he, again, seems to really enjoy it. The older children have something called 'teachers' choice' which is basically where the teacher lead children towards certain activities to help prepare them for kindergarten. Charlie has another year of preschool so this didn't apply to him, but he has been longing to have teacher choice activities - so they recently started doing it with him. He couldn't wait to show me. Here he is working on writing his entire name... So much focus. 

A much needed after school nap. 

Spring Walk

Spring has been very slow to arrive in Maine this year. Indeed, we're about to be slammed with more snow - but we did take advantage of a tiny amount of sunshine this past weekend and took to the beach. It was cold! But a lovely brisk walk was had - until Raf got his boot stuck in some sinking sand (we had offered warnings that this could happen!) and his foot became soaking wet. Poor boy hobbled back to the car - with promises of donuts if whinging was to a minimum! 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Date with the Chazzy

Date with my lovely Chazzy. A donut at Dunkin' Donuts. I tried to suggest Starbucks but he made his choice :) We chatted about birthdays, read some of his meteor book, and then he had a small meltdown as our date didn't include a trip to Target to buy a toy! In spite of that, some one on one time with my middle love 

Valentine Celebrations Galore!

Almost a month later... and I'm just getting around to blogging about Valentine's Day. We celebrated it multiple times... First before mum left - which was our main celebration. Yummy cakes and delicious fizzy, pink wine. 

And heart shaped cheese on toast!

And, yes, beanie boos!

Then we worked on our Valentine project. Since I am the least crafty person in the world, I sort of feel liberated from having to produce anything too fancy for the boys' various schooling functions - but at the same time... well, yes, I do feel a little bit of a 'must do something'. So the children designed their own cards and I turned them into proper cards - and spent a fortune printing them off since Raf has to send in enough cards for TWO classes plus all the teachers, aides, and volunteers.

Charlie's handwriting is really coming along.

And then we had a dance at Raf's school. Chaz bumped into some of his preschool friends there.

She wasn't terribly impressed.

 And then a party at our house for some neighbors.

A snowstorm was coming down outside but we all felt nice and cozy :) The next day (a snow day), it was time to work on putting our cards together. And little gifts for Charlie's friends.

Unfortunately hats and I were really very poorly going into Tuesday - so it was a bit lackluster of a day. Still Rich set up the table beautifully...

Hatts and I not feeling our best. 

But more Beanie Boos!

Sadly I couldn't make the school party - but Rich was able to go. They had a lot of fun.

And I enjoyed my lovely gifts from Rich.

A lovely holiday season - an opportunity to escape the January blues.