Friday, August 20, 2010

Big Day!

Guess where Stephen went yesterday?

Did you guess? If you guessed PRESCHOOL, then you win! Stephen went back to his preschool class at the Elementary school, and the report from his teacher was that he was obviously THRILLED to be back in school. He was also very excited to see that his teacher had purple toenails, as Stephen has developed an interest in toes this summer...

He did really well, and even used the bathroom like a big boy, with no accidents. He was the only one of the kids not acting up when they came outside to meet the parents, even! It is clear to us that Stephen really NEEDED to be back in school, as he has been more relaxed and happy ever since coming home yesterday. Stephen refused to take a nap at the regular time, but this is how he ended up at 4:30. He had been looking through a book on the couch, handed it to me, and tipped over to go to sleep for a quick nap. After coming home from Church School today, Stephen has been more vocal than ever, and has even been using his big boy words to go along with his big boy voice! We know he can do it - maybe being back in school was just the little push he needed!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sunny Days, Sweeping the Clouds A-Way....

On my way... to where the air. is. CLEAR! Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?
Well, we got there eventually, anyways! After a long plane ride, including a nice nap on the plane, we arrived in PA, to visit with Grandma Deb, and Grandpa Rick!

Of course, since they live so close, we just COULDN'T resist taking Stephen here:

At 3.5, he was at the perfect age, we felt, and we all had a ton of fun! We met a lot of characters...

And saw some shows. We saw Elmo's World Live, which was basically just the live action version of the segment shown on Sesame Street. We were pretty proud of Stephen and how well he did watching the show.

We also saw Abby's Treasure Hunt, which he enjoyed much more than the Elmo show. The treasure, of course, was books. He loved all of the music and dancing, and enjoyed seeing Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby, Grover, and Rosita live on stage!
We met more characters... as you can see, Stephen was not one bit afraid of any of them. He especially LOVED meeting Ernie!
Oh, and we went on some rides too. This picture was taken on Grover's World Twirl. It was a teacup ride, and I think we went on it 4 or 5 times! We also went on a flying balloon type ride, a water slide, a river raft floating ride, a roller coaster, and pretty much every other ride they had there!
I think this face pretty much sums up how much fun we had. Having never taken Stephen to an amusement park, we feel confident that he could handle another one should the opportunity arise. He had a really good time, and was so patient waiting in the lines (well as patient as one can expect a 3 year old to be!).