Monday, September 30, 2013

Video Monday: He Cracks Himself Up {Rory}

Rory has gotten very good at putting his paci back in his mouth, which is a good thing since he always pulls it out by the leash.

On this particular afternoon, I had him on my knee while I leaned over to type something on the computer, and he started waving his paci around as it dangled from the leash.

He apparently thought the sound it made was quite funny.

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Top Banana and Mary the Monkey {Riley}

One week ago when I went to pick him up from school, Riley came bounding to the car exclaiming, “I’m the Top Banana! I’m the Top Banana!” Ms. Amanda followed behind him with his schoolbag, an amused expression on her face. She had indeed selected Riley-bean as her VIP Student of the Week. He was so proud.

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The first thing each new SOTW gets to do is bring home the class mascot, Mary the Monkey, for the weekend. Mary comes with a little storybook and a journal, which the SOTW has to write in (with a little help from Mom and Dad), telling the rest of the class what Mary did over weekend. We actually didn’t have any specific plans last weekend, but we ended up doing plenty of fun things with Mary. And of course I took plenty of pictures.

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On Friday right after school, we went to Whole Foods. Riley found one of the biggest mangos I have ever seen, but Mary wasn’t impressed…..all she wanted were some bananas. I also let Riley pick out a special treat for being SOTW; he chose a salted caramel cake ball.

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Then we went to Nola and Nopsi’s to introduce them to Mary. Riley and Mary watched the dragons movie, Mary met Jem, and Rory snuggled with Mary for a nap. And when Riley went to bed that night, Mary got to meet Giraffey.

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On Saturday morning Mary and Giraffey slept in late but got up in time to help Kenny make pancakes for breakfast. Then Riley and Mary played with trucks, and later in the day all of us went for walks in the rain. Mary also got to stay up late to watch the LSU game with Kenny and me.

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On Sunday morning the boys and Mary helped me make French toast, and then I took Riley and Mary to a playdate at Bridget’s house for a couple of hours. We picked up Wendy’s for lunch on the way home and had an inside picnic while we watched the Saints game.

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On Monday while Riley was at school, Mary was quite busy: she sat in the swing with Rory, she did some reading, she played with Giraffey, and she even found time to take a bubble bath. That silly monkey. Riley got to sleep with Mary one last time, and then we had to send her back to school.

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Mary went back to school with Riley on Tuesday. Riley also got to share his special “Top Banana” information sheet that Ms. Amanda sent home in his folder last Friday. Since when is his favorite sport baseball? What about football, dude???

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On Wednesday, Riley got to bring two special items into school with him to share with his class (kind of like a show and tell). He surprisingly chose to bring a stuffed whale that used to be mine (not Giraffey!) and his small green Tonka garbage truck.

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On Thursday, his last day as SOTW, Riley got to present his journal entry and share what he and Mary had done over the weekend. I know this kind of thing is common for younger grades, but I think it’s a great way to make kids feel special. However, I think I had more fun with Mary than Riley did! I especially enjoyed working on the journal…..it brought me right back to my scrapbooking days.

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As SOTW, Riley also got to be Ms. Amanda’s special helper all week long…..he was line leader, he dressed the class weather monkey, and he demonstrated the letter of the week. Big thanks to Ms. Amanda for sending me these two pictures of my boy at school.

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Congratulations on your special week as the Top Banana, Riley-bean. Daddy and I are so proud of you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Little Updates

1. As if all of the pictures I’ve posted previously aren’t enough proof, check out what happens when we try to get Rory out of the Bumbo. Yeah, he gets stuck. Every time.

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2. Nola bought Rory some super cute plaid shoes, and I finally remembered to put them on him one afternoon last week. They’re more than long enough, but his fat feet barely fit in them! He looked at them with such curiosity.

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3. I gave Rory his first taste of puffs (strawberry apple) on Wednesday. He did not like them one bit and made some really awful faces.

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4. Rory flipped himself onto his belly the other day, so I slid the mirror from his playmat under his face and he loved looking at the cute baby reflected back at him.

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5. Dr. N mentioned at his 6-month appointment that she thought Rory’s two front bottom teeth would be in soon. No wonder he’s taking a liking to Sophie lately!

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6. Lastly, I leave you with a photo series of Rory in new truck PJs. He was NOT in the mood to smile for pictures, so I sure captured some funny faces.

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But I don’t wanna be cute and smile for you…..

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…..I do that all day. Can’t a guy get a break?

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Wait, what’s that?

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We’re finished? I can drink my milk and go to bed?

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I thought you said we were done, Mama!

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No fair, no fair!

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That’s it.

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I’m not smiling ever again.

(just kidding!)

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