One Year ago today...giving up the binkies to the binky fairy.

Birthday Eve.

Happy pre-birthday my little Dylan. It is so hard to believe that you are turning 4! My little guy is growing up.

We celebrated Dylan's birthday with a picnic at Avondale. We also had a party planned at the first Christian Church Playland with friends and family. The people there were DeeDee, Papa, Grandma, Papa Dale, Amy, Shannon, Natey, Sammy, Jessica, Eli, Grant, Adam and Jordan (and his brother, Adam) from RiverTree and their parents. The kids had a great time playing and we had dinner at the playland. Dylan received some wonderful gifts, but his favorites included his booster seat (DeeDee and Papa), his microwave (the Wise's) and a car set (Grandma and Papa).

Dylan being four makes me feel weird. On the one hand, it is nice to have two children that are pretty responsible for themselves. But on the other hand, my youngest is no longer a baby...toddler....or even a young preschooler. I'm so not prepared for this growing up thing.


The end of 1st grade

I CANNOT BELIEVE that Ben is almost done with first grade. How did my baby get so big??? This year has been a big one of change for him. Going to the "big school". Cub Scouts. Going to friends houses and birthday parties without adults. Reading chapter books. Tying shoes. Doing his own things.

Just a few weeks ago, I said to Amy that it seems like all of a sudden he is growing up. We were all together on a Thursday night watching Ben play t-ball. Friday we were together again and Ben was over at a friends house. Saturday, we went to the cemetery to post flags for Memorial Day and Ben went with the scouts to do the same thing. Then on Monday we all went to watch Ben (and Kevin) walk in the Memorial Day parade. He is no longer doing the little kid stuff, he has moved on to bigger things. He might be ready for these big boy things, but I don't know that I am!

Ben has loved first grade. "Big School" has been wonderful for him. He has made LOTS of friends (Richie, Quentin, George, Spencer, Cody, etc.) and has loved being in Mrs. Frantum's class. He has worked hard and is an excellent speller and reader (just like his mom!) and he loves math (just like his dad and mom!). He is a very smart boy. Homework has been a challenge but only because he has other things he would rather be doing.

He is still such a sweet boy. He would rather snuggle and cuddle probably more than anything in the world. He needs lots of hugs and kisses and for that I am so grateful. He is still my little boy, at least in some ways. Watch out second grade, here comes Ben!

Dylan's First Year of Preschool

Dylan's last day of preschool was Friday, May 29. Kevin and I went to watch him receive his certificate of completion from Miss Victoria and Mr. Andrew. It seems like not too long ago that we went to Ben's "Level 1 Graduation". Dylan had a great year of preschool. he made some good friends (Roman, Carson, Katie, Rachel and his favorites, Alena and Chloe). He loved Miss Victoria and after Miss Beth left (who he adored), he had a great time with Mr. Andrew. He started off quite shy at school but is now the wild and silly boy that we know so well. I am glad that I am able to have him in preschool, with me, for another year. He will be in Miss Kathi and Miss Bonnie's class. He is not very happy about that because several of his little buddies are going to Miss Jodi's class. Hopefully he will get over it by the time we go back to school because I know he will make some great friends in Kathi's room.