Lori's Side of the Story: September 2010        

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We saw the Wizard of OZ play this weekend in Mansfield. It was put on by children and it was great! I love me some Wizard of Oz :-). Remember when it was only on once a year, before videos and DVDs? That was a big night at our house, dad would make popcorn and I remember at least one time we went to my grandma's house to watch it with our cousins. Well since the tunes are fresh in my mind, I decided to serenade the boys this morning as they woke up with a lovely rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.....Grant's response, "Mom, Dorfy (Dorothy) sings better than you, you're horrible!". Ah well, so much for 'happy little bluebirds flying over the rainbow, why oh why can't I?'

Location:Dorothy vs. Mommy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


#1. Why, when a child spills a drink, does it always have to be apple juice or chocolate milk? Why not water?

#2. Why can't parents adhere to the snack guidelines at preschool? Does the sentence, "if it is not on the snack list, then it cannot come to preschool " sound confusing to you?

#3. Why do children and mommies get sick when daddies are heading to the airport?

#4. Why do counselors only administer I.Q. and behavioral, and ADHD testing during the morning hours so the child has to miss school?

#5. Why don't coaches of 10 and 11 year old boys inform parents of practices and make up games and tournament schedules instead of just telling the 10 and 11 year old boys?

#6. Why didn't Jack ride his bike home from school yesterday with his brother? And why did Dylan come flying down the road asking for scissors or a pocket knife? That one I can answer. Because Jack's shoelace got stuck in his bicycle :-)

That's all for now, if you have any answers, please let me know :-)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Popsicles and friends

Ethan and Grant taking a break with some Popsicles on a beautiful afternoon. When Grant and I got home this afternoon we were having lunch on the back porch (correction-I was having lunch and trying to convince Grant to dip his quesadillas into the 'red soup' which is tomato soup which he ate three bowlfuls of this weekend and now has decided he doesn't like). We heard a familiar voice and Grant looked over and saw that Ethan was next door, hooray! When they saw each other they got so excited, it was so cute. Ethan ran over and they had a great playdate riding the trucks, watching the hermit crabs race and sharing a Popsicle.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friday night date

Matt took Dylan and Grant to the Clippers game Friday night. One of matt's friends had a box and they had a terrific time. I guess they were on the big screen for the chicken dance :-)

Jack doesn't really enjoy baseball, so he stayed with me and we invited his best friend over. I decided to take them out for pizza, what fun! I told them they were the cutest dates I had had in a long time (no offense Matt). They were so polite and laughed and told stories during dinner.

At one point jack was leaning really close to Donavan's face but not looking him in the eye. Donovan was telling a story and he just kept looking at Jack like, "what are you doing?". Jack just laughed and kept getting closer and moving ever so slowly back and forth. I finally figured out that Jack's spiky hair was making a shadow on Donovan's cheek and he was trying to make the shadow move around on his face. I'm glad I figured that out because I was beginning to get really worried about Jack...Anyhoo, after dinner we headed home and these two buddies played outside and then inside and then back outside (under the 'party lights') in the dark before I made them some hot chocolate in travel mugs and dropped Donovan off at home. They are such good friends and get along soooo well, I hope they will be friends for a long time :-)

First day at Stonybrook

Grant had his first day of school today. Matt went with him and he did great! When I saw him during music class, he was all smiles. I told him when he sees me at school that he can wave or smile or give me a 'thumb's up'. He did all three :-)

These are the classic ' first day of school by the mailbox' pictures. Being as today was also my first day of school, I thought Matt should take a picture of me by the mailbox, but I couldn't convince him :-(. I had a great day too. I met 17 of my kiddos today and will meet 19 more tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

'Glass half full' kind of kid

Jack is a positive guy. If he has had the worst day ever and you ask him how his day was, he always replies "awesome" or " this was the best day of my life". He's a 'glass half full' kind of guy. He somehow has the ability to focus on only the good stuff and let all the bad stuff fall by the wayside. It's a great quality to have. After the first day of school and every day since then, "first grade is just awesome mom, I really love it!". Today he bought lunch for the first time and was a little nervous about the logistics. When I asked how lunch went today, "mom, it was awesome, the pizza was really good and the peaches were fantastic and they had this yummy juice, oh mom, it was so good!". All that about a school lunch and canned peaches, gotta love that boy of mine.