Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kindergarten

Zenock's first day of Kindergarten was a great one!

He woke up super excited, he got dressed and ready in his new school clothes and shoes.  He has been so excited to wear them and has worn them around the house for the last week or so... just to break them in. =) We then took some pictures for Dad (who is enjoying the weather, the beach outside his door, and a few meetings here and there in San Diego this week).
(I'm pretty sure I'm the one who needs the vacation...)

 We got to school early so that I could walk Zenock inside....  Normally, I am telling him to keep up and quit walking so far behind me.  On the way into the school I could not keep up with him.  He found his locker, his seat, and was ready for school.  He couldn't even look at me to say "Bye Mom."  

No I didn't cry.  I thought about it as I walked back down the hall and passed other Mom's who were crying, but I didn't.  In all honesty, I was just as excited as Zenock.  I was so excited for him and couldn't wait to pick him up and hear all about his day.


Zenock came home from school even more excited than when I dropped him off.  When I asked him if he missed me, he said... "Not at all.  I'm big now, Mom. You will just have to deal with it."

When I asked him how his day went, he told me, "Great!"  Then went on for the next five minutes with out taking a breath about all the fun things they did; the nap he took - and actually fell asleep, the hamburger he ate with ketchup, (which was so yummy) recess, gym, new friends, etc, etc.  I'm LOVING his teacher already.  She is a miracle worker.  Zenock refuses to even lay down to rest at home and has never in his life eaten a hamburger... flat out refuses and won't touch ketchup with a ten foot pole.  

This morning when I dropped Zenock off he gave me a big hug and kiss, gave Kamden a big hug, and told Kamden he needed to be big and to take care of Mom while he was at school.

It was so super sweet. =)

School is definitely a good thing for my little Zenock.  It is going to be such a great year.


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I'm just lucky, I get to have the sweetest, cutest little partner with me at home while Zenock is gone.  They do not come sweeter than Kamden.  He plays with his cars, squinkies, and balls all day long and gives me plenty of kisses and hugs.  He melts my heart every time I hear him say, "Mommy."

This morning we had the oil changed in my car and while we were waiting (for over an hour) he zoomed his Mater and McQueen around the waiting room saying, "Kachow!"  He then pretended to be a dinosaur, trying to scare me.  Afterwards, we went to TJ Maxx where he wouldn't sit down and just wanted to stand up.  He kept giving me hugs and saying, "Oh, Mommy!" over and over.  It was pretty much adorable.  I can't get enough of him.  I am one lucky Mama to have TWO amazing little boys.

While Zenock was at school we made some cookies for an after school cookie chat.  Since before Zenock was born I dreamed of the day my kids would go to school and having fresh warm cookies for them when they got home from school and learning all about what they did.  So excited to do this through out the year and for many years to come. =)

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Side note:  Have I mentioned how much Kamden likes cookies?  That is a trait that comes from my side/the Reeder side for sure.  When he sees a cookie or knows that one is coming when we get one at the Grocery store or Target he starts to sound like Cookie Monster and will start to say "cookie, cookie, cookie" over and over again in a deep voice.  Pretty sure all the bakery ladies (and one guy?) love him and know when he is coming.

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Now it is all about repeating the process and making sure every day is just as much fun as the first! =)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Goals

In six days, my little Zenock will be a Kindergartner.  

I wish I could say I wasn't counting down the days, but I have... I am.  Zenock is full of energy.  He is VERY active and never stops going.  He is also super independent.  He wakes up at the crack of dawn (5:30) every morning and doesn't stop until his head hits the pillow around 7:30 at night.

He is beyond bored during the dog days of Summer when all there is to do is be lazy (and drive your Mother crazy!)  I don't have the energy to keep up with him and lately my energy level has been declining at a rapid pace.  (Being eight months pregnant seems to have that affect on many.)

I am so excited for Zenock to go to school to learn new things, to meet new friends, to be challenged, and to make him think.  It is going to be SO good for him.

I must admit, part of me is terrified and cannot picture letting go of his hand on that first day.  I just know I am going to break down in the car... (I'll hopefully be able to keep emotions/hormones intact until I get to the car!)  After a nice quiet dinner out by ourselves Friday night, JC and I went to Zenock's orientation (kids are invited to one this Friday, last Friday was just for parents to ask questions).  As I sat there and watched other parents filter into the room, I seriously had to keep emotions under control, not walk out, and say I'm done... This isn't happening.

I'm not in Utah.  My child isn't going to school in Utah.  This is NOT the environment or the kindergarten class I remember growing up in.  It was SO different.  Everything is different. 
(You would think that parents would save their "clubbing" clothes for an hour or two AFTER orientation.)

I can only hope that we have taught Zenock the right values and hope he will choose the right (and make good friends).
It's Kindergarten... I know, but it is the beginning... and it scares the crap out of me.

I want school to be a positive experience for Zenock with lots of fun memories.
For the record, I really like the teachers, the actual school, but just a little worried about the potential friends.

JC leaned over to me during the orientation and said, "Just remember, there is a reason why we are here."  Whether I know why or not, I need to just have faith and remind myself of that.  I really think there is reason and purpose for all things.

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Zenock and I had a few goals over the Summer.

1. Practice/learn a list of sight words
2. Learn to tie his shoes
3. Learn to ride a bike

I can happily say that as of last week he has accomplished ALL three goals.

So proud of him for working hard and not giving up.  It definitely took a LOT of patience from me, his Dad, and himself to get that list done.  Zenock is one who will tell you he knows how and then get frustrated and throws a fit because he can't do it by himself.  He has always been like this... We like to refer to it as High Maintenance. =)  It takes a good 5 minute talk about letting us teach him and 20 minutes to sit in the corner and calm down until he is ready to learn.

.... School is going to be SO, so, so good for him. 
... and for me. =)

I love this boy and am so excited for this new adventure in his life to begin.


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Popsicle Break...

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This little guy is going to be so lost with out his brother.  They do everything together and Kamden wants to be five so bad.  He loves everything Zenock does and follows him everywhere.  Every morning they play some new imagination game, i.e. going on a campout, chasing ghosts, playing detectives, etc.  They are so much fun to have around.


Zenock riding his bike... I love Kamden's little "Woohoo, Go Zenock!" at the beginning. =)


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Twenty Two things at Twenty Two months.

My little Kamden is just that.  He is mine.  How grateful I am for him in my life.  He was sent to our family at the perfect time and has been such a blessing and has brought so much happiness into our family.  I am thankful for his sweet personality everyday.  He knows just when I need a hug and knows how to calm me down or make me laugh.  He has grown up so much this Summer... I still can't believe that he is old enough to be a big brother. =)

Twenty-Two things about my Kamden at twenty-two months:

1. He has the biggest grin and the cutest dimple.  He melts my heart whenever he smiles.
2.  He runs with a little skip and a hop... It is the cutest thing ever.
3.  Thinks he can do anything Zenock can do.  (Sometimes better.)
4.  Says "Holy Cow!" and "No Way!" all the time
5.  We love the way he says Zenock or Zennie... especially as he wanders the house saying, "Zenock where are you?"
6. Loves both of his blue blankets.  He has to have both of them with him wherever we go.
7.  He has a major sweet tooth.  He is always asking for a treat, snack, or some of whatever we have, but he doesn't like ice cream.  His favorite treat is a Popsicle and gets one every night in the tub.
8.  Loves, LOVES, loves his ball games.  It can be any type of game (even golf, water polo, etc), as long as someone is hitting, kicking, bouncing, or throwing a ball.
9.  Because of number 8, he is loving the Olympics.  Even if it is gymnastics or diving he will yell, "go, go, go" and clap when they are done.
10.  He has a favorite stuffed animal named "Top."  Zenock has a giraffe he calls TipTop and we are pretty sure Kamden decided he needed one also and shortened the name to Top.
11.  He gives our baby kisses all the time. =)
12.  He isn't shy.
13.  He is the BIGGEST tease.  He teases Zenock all the time.  He knows when he is teasing too and will giggle when he has got you in his game.

While we were in Utah he would tease his Aunt Emily that he didn't know her name and as soon as she would turn her back, he would say her name.  When she would turn around he would just laugh and giggle at her when she tried to make him say it again.  He has started doing it with my friend Heidi also.  It is hilarious to watch.

14.  He is super smart (at least we think he is).  I swear he has picked up so much from always being around Zenock and his friends.
15.  Still takes a pacifier.  Not sure if it is his Mom or him who really can't let it go. =)  His favorite show to watch is Elmo's Bye Bye Pacifier.  They sintg a cute little song in it,
"Bye Bye Binky, Binky Bye Bye
Bye Bye Binky, Elmo won't cry"
Kamden knows the words and will walk around the house singing it, but WILL not give you his binky.

16.  Back in May, Kamden decided to potty train himself to go number two.  He tells me all the time when he has to go.  We haven't tried or started real potty training yet... I'm hoping that I just won't have to and it will click in the next little while.
17.  He loves cars and Zenock's batman toys.
18.  He is the best cuddler.  He will pull my face down right close to his if I am not close enough.
19.  He can be LOUD.  Today in church we were playing with stickers and we had some car one's.  He kept pointing and yelling, "Mater! Mater!" as loud as he could.  He knew he was being silly and loud and would not quit.  (Mater is his favorite.)
20.  Loves to wear my shoes and bracelets and will walk around the house saying, "I cute."
21.  When we ask for a kiss he tells us, "No Way."  We have to be tricky to get our kisses from him. =)
22.  His favorite song is Popcorn popping and knows most of the words and all the actions.  Popcorn is also one of his favorite treats.

We love this little boy more than anything!!!

Here are a few fun videos of Kamden in the last month or so.









For the record... He had just gotten out of the tub and his diaper was clean.





Swimming

Zenock took swimming lessons for two weeks during the month of July.  A good friend in our ward teaches private lessons with her daughter in their pool. We love that we know them, love them, and how close they are to our house.  It makes things so easy and convenient.  

They are SO awesome with kids.  Zenock has learned so much the last two Summers swimming with them.  His favorite part was being able to jump off the diving board and swimming to the side and he loved that he got to go swimming every day with his best friend Mason.

I can't believe how grown up and big this kid is.  I know that we are super hard on him and he puts up with a lot letting us learn how to be parents and trying new things out on him.  But, we love him more than anything and are so glad to have him in our family.  He is such a fun, crazy, good kid... even if he does wake up at 5:45 every morning. =)


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Sometimes sad faces are the cutest.  Kamden had a little melt down one day at swimming lessons.  I don't blame him... It was super hot!

JC got to go skiing and cliff jumping the last couple of weeks on the Tennessee River with some friends in our ward.  The first Saturday was with the youth and the second was just for fun.  They left at noon and didn't get back until almost 9 at night.  They got stuck in a storm and had to hide in a cove for a couple of hours. (That is the story I got at least...)  Of course, they all forgot cell phones and left their wives home to just sit and worry.  I told him he owes me a day out.  Maybe that will happen... one day... when I'm not pregnant and can actually enjoy going out!

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

24th of July

People in our lovely state of Alabama think we are quite crazy when we celebrate the 24th of July.  To them we are celebrating a random day in July.  I'm pretty sure we get crazy looks when we send our kids out on the driveway with sparklers that we have saved from the 4th.

Since the 24th was during the week we celebrated on Saturday.  We had a great time with friends swimming, water fights, eating yummy food, playing games, going on bike rides, watching fireworks, and completely wearing our kids out.  We are so lucky to have "family" close by. =)

The Dads decided to fill up the little swimming pool with hot water... turning it into their own little hot tub.  The boys loved it and just sat and lounged in the water.  I'm still trying to understand the concept of a hot tub on a 95 degree day with 90 percent humidity...


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I know I am always posting a lot of the same pictures of Kamden.  I just think this age is so cute.  It is possibly my favorite.  They are so cute and sweet and still have a little of that babyness in them.  I can't get enough of it and want to capture every second before it goes away.  They change and grow so quickly.

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After driving 1800 plus miles this Summer one way and over some of the same ground that my pioneer ancestors walked, I have a new respect for what they did.  For what all Pioneers did and how they lived their lives.  I can't imagine spending a day in their shoes.  They definitely deserve a day to be celebrated and remembered.