I was starting to post some pumpkin pictures when I found this started post. For my birthday this year, the Irishman sent me out shopping for the afternoon. While I was gone, he dressed the kids up and took them to the place where we met for a photo shoot.
As if that were not enough, he took the kids to Costco and had the photos printed. By the time I got home, this frame was waiting for me. Caitlin was SO excited about it all!
It hangs by my desk in my classroom. I love the frame and the meaningful story behind it!
I have about half a dozen things I should be doing, but Sean is asleep and the Irishman and Caitlin are grocery shopping. I miss blogging. My mom mentioned that my failure to update my "about me" section was really bothering one of my favorite people, so I made it my goal to fix that this weekend.
I also decided that Sean was due a second birthday post. It might be almost a month late, but he's worth the wait.
August 1st was a day of fun for the little guy.
Grammy sent him the bubble lawn mower. Our kids are usually very good at sharing. The lawn mower is the exception. Sean will not let anyone else touch the thing!
The Irishman and I found these cardboard blocks on clearance. I remembered spending hours playing with similar blocks as a kid.
So far we've made a sofa, a house, a tower, a road, and more!
There was also a fair bit of soccer and LFC for the day. Caitlin *might* have claimed one of his Liverpool kits for herself. She's a big fan!
For lunch we met Daddy at Duffy's for a birthday treat.
During rest time (the nice way of saying no one napped and they are now cranky) the wagon from my dad arrived. Sean had seen this wagon at the zoo a couple weeks earlier. The boy had MAJOR wagon envy. He stood for about 10 minutes just watching two little boys in the wagon. He is thrilled to have one of his own!
Sean and Caitlin ate birthday pizza in the wagon on the way to the pool. They loved the meal on the go! Early the next morning Sean was up and ready to mow the lawn.
Our little guy is growing up so fast! He is at the top of the growth charts. He is talking in two word sentences and lets you know what he thinks. He loves Caillou and books. He has finally moved on from bottles of milk, but he is now equally fond of his sippy cup of juice. (He also calls water juice.) We spent $17 last week in yogurt and yogurt drinks.
He has a great throwing arm. At Christmas he managed to get a bread roll into my uncle's soup bowl. Unfortunately his favorite thing to throw is his shoe. We're still working on that!
I asked Caitlin what her brother's favorite things are and she said, "Copying me." She's not too far off! He loves to do anything his big sister does. He also has a sense of humor and loves to pretend to sleep, complete with a fake snore and a grin on his face.
I'd planned to go into school today. (Okay, so it is after midnight so that should really say yesterday, but we'll just forget the technicalities for now!) I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here or not, but I am starting a new adventure at work this year. After a decade in third grade, I am teaching technology/art next year for K-5. I am not going to have my own class, but instead I will have each kindergarten through fifth grade class every three days for a class period.
I am really excited about the change. I spent most of June moving out of my old classroom of 9 years. I am transforming the old art room into a STEAM lab. (Think STEM plus the arts.) It is getting there, but there is a lot to do! I am having nightmares about starting the year without the furniture or technology we've ordered arriving.
However, today was also the last day of summer vacation. I may regret it next week when I am staying late to put things away, but I decided to spend the day with my kids instead. We skipped Caitlin's last gymnastics class and we headed to the children's art museum. We met my friend Shannon and her kids there. The kids love this place! On the way out, we spent some time playing on the outdoor art.