Monday, August 18, 2014

JT at the Arena

On Sunday night two weeks ago, Nola and I were downtown at the New Orleans Arena for a very important event: the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Concert. Lizzie, her sister Ashley, Jacque, Scott, and his sister Christy went to see him as well. (Yes, Scott went with his wife to a Justin Timberlake concert the night after their wedding.) A huge shout out to Jacque for getting us the tickets. THANK YOU, JACQUE!!!

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Nola and I actually had no idea where our seats would be, and we were very pleasantly surprised when we found where we would be. Our view was awesome. We were pretty close to one of the little “balconies” at the front edge of the stage, and JT walked over to it a few times during the show.

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Then something happened that I had never seen before during a live show: the whole front piece of the stage rose up into the air and moved the entire length of the arena floor, with JT and members of his band continuing to perform and dance on top of it as it traveled down its track. So cool.

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They actually stayed at the back of the arena for a few numbers, giving those people a chance to see JT lot better. I loved that he did this; it made everyone feel more connected to him, even those way up in the seats near the top.

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All in all, it was a fantastic show, and Nola and I had such a great time. Both of us agreed we could watch that man dance for hours. He certainly knows how to rock his body and bring the sexy back, all at the same time.

Friday, August 15, 2014

First Day of Pre-K 4 {Riley}

Yesterday was Riley’s first day of PK4. Like last year, the preschoolers only went for an hour and a half before they were dismissed. His first full day is today.

I of course made him suffer through a “Back to School” photo session before we left the house, and I’m not sure if he did any better than last year. But I did get some decent shots of my big grown-up boy before he became completely uncooperative.

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When we got to school, there was already a line of parents and students waiting outside to be allowed in. Riley passed the time with Claire, Aiden, and Abdul, who were in line with their families right behind us.

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Then we were filing in and going to show Riley his classroom (in the big school!) for the first time. He held Kenny’s hand as we walked down the hall, looking left and right and taking everything in.

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When we reached Mrs. Amelie’s classroom, Riley gave her a first-day-of-school treat: a mason jar filled with two kinds of Nola’s cookies. Mrs. Amelie, who apparently has quite the sweet tooth, said she loved her gift.

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Kenny and I helped Riley put his things away in his cubby and find his seat at his table. There was a nametag for him to wear, as well as a coloring sheet for him to color on while everyone else was arriving.

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Once all of the students were present and settled, Mrs. Amelie called them to the carpet so she could read them a story, The Kissing Hand. All of the parents got to stand in the back and listen, too. Riley actually participated by raising his hand and answering Mrs. Amelie’s question when called upon. And then they all came to give their parents “kissing hands” once the story was over. So sweet; that brought a tear to my eye.

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After that, it was our time to leave. We took a quick picture with our PK4 boy, said goodbyes, and left. He didn’t even look up from his seat at his table when we walked out; I think he’s going to be just fine.

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I went home to get Rory (who had stayed with QP), fed him a fast lunch, and was back in the car heading to school again before I even knew it. Dana and I had planned to take the kids to Chick-Fil-A for lunch after their meet and greets, and Wendy, Kelli, and Adrienne were able to bring their kids as well. Luckily, the play area was fixed and open for business, and the kids had such fun playing together for almost two hours.

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I think it’s gonna be a good year.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seventeen Months {Rory}

Rory is 17 months old today. He weighs 26.4 pounds and stands almost 33 inches tall. At his last doctor’s visit I was shocked at his percentages: 60% for weight and 50% for height. I thought for sure they would be higher, so I’ll be interested to see if they’ve changed when we go for his next check-up in September.

Here’s what I want to remember about this past month:

  • His eating habits have not really picked back up. He only gets about one full meal each day, picking at the other two most of the time and snacking a bit in between. I refuse to let it bother me, though (like it did with Riley). The kid will not starve.
  • However, he drinks his milk wonderfully (three times a day), and he gets water in a sippy the rest of the day.
  • We think he’s busy cutting a few more teeth because he’s still been pretty whiny this month and keeps his fingers in his mouth a lot.
  • We also think he’s starting to transition down to one nap but he’s not quite there yet. Some days he seems to need to sleep in the mornings and others he’s fine if I push him until the afternoon.
  • When he wants something, whether it’s food or a toy or to be picked up, he’ll raise his arms in the air and screech. Loudly. And repeatedly. So the screech monkey is most definitely back.
  • His has started testing his arm by throwing things. Sometimes even at my head. Good times.
  • He loves his brother and will follow him everywhere, including into the bathroom, where he’ll plop down on the floor and settle in to wait until Riley is finished.
  • He is currently obsessed with my cell phone and wants to play with it all the time. Siri must be really tired of him by now.
  • He is still not talking but his level of comprehension is growing more and more every day.
  • He is such a sweet boy and is pretty darn happy most of the time. We couldn’t ask for anything more.

Seventeen months!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Last Summer Days

So much to catch y’all up on and sooooooo little time left: Riley starts school tomorrow. Tomorrow.

Where did the freaking summer go??? I sure as heck don’t know. So let’s not waste any more time. Here is the last recap of our summer days.

The week after we got back from the beach, we went to lunch with Daddy and played at his office for a bit beforehand. The two boys looked so cute sitting together in his desk chair and “riding” on the forklift in the warehouse.

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After lunch we sent Daddy back to work but decided not to go straight home. Instead we went to play in the maze at KidSports. (This is actually where Riley’s birthday party will be at the end of this month. He’s so excited.)

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The next day we met Dana, Claire, and Colin at Sal’s Snoballs to have an afternoon treat with three special guests: Ms. Amanda, Ms. Lisa, and Ms. Milene. The kids were so happy to see them, and their old teachers loved seeing them as well.

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The following Thursday was our trip to Jambalaya Park, and then we went to see Planes: Fire and Rescue with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Steve, and Zac that weekend.

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On Monday of the next week I took Riley school shoe shopping and then treated him to a bouncing session afterward. He was actually able to bounce all by himself a few times!

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Three days later we met up with Dana, Claire, Colin, Diana, and Alcee for a PJ playdate. We kept the kids in their pajamas and went to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast. Then, because the restaurant’s play area was closed, we went to a nearby playground afterwards. SO much fun.

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This past weekend Riley was reunited with lots of his old classmates at Jack’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Seeing them all enjoy playing together again makes me even more excited for Riley’s party in a couple of weeks.

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The next day, Grandma and Grandpa decided they wanted to give “a week at Grandma’s” another go. They picked Riley up on Sunday afternoon and he stayed with them without incident for two nights. Hooray!

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While Riley was off having fun with Grandma and Grandpa, Kenny and I got to meet his new teacher on Monday night at orientation. Her name is Mrs. Amelie, and I think Riley is really going to like her. She’s young, she personable, and she seems like she’ll be lots of fun.

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Mrs. Amelie’s PK4 classroom is decorated in a beach theme, so there were colorful leis, shells, and sea life all over the place. Kenny and I are just crossing our fingers that Riley doesn’t freak out when he sees that Sophia and Cole got green flip flop nametags in their cubbies and he didn’t. We shall see…..

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Sadly, neither Alcee nor Claire nor Jack are in Riley’s class this year. However, he will see a handful of familiar faces, as well as quite a few new ones. I’m hopeful he will have a fantastic year, and I cannot wait for him to get started. TOMORROW!

By the end of today, summer will be officially over. It wasn’t always easy to deal with both boys being home and keeping them entertained for three months, but we did have a whole lot of fun. I hope they feel that way too.

And I can only get better at managing summers around here, right? Right.

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