Monday, April 30, 2012


Despite the red shirt, we made the decision not to "redshirt" our little guy and finally got him enrolled in Kindergarten.  I had planned so many times to get those papers dropped off while he was at preschool one morning but never got around to it, and since the deadline was nearing, I just had to drag him along with me last Thursday.  In retrospect, it was pure genius, as he got to hand-carry his own enrollment forms in and see the inside of his new school for the very 1st time.  He even got to meet the assistant principal.  We were almost through the door before I realized I could take a picture of this momentous occasion with the camera on my phone.  Pure joy!  Janney Elementary, here we come!

(Redshirting refers to the practice of postponing entrance into kindergarten of age-eligible children in order to allow extra time for socioemotional, intellectual, or physical growth. This occurs most frequently where children's birthdays are so close to the cut-off dates that they are very likely to be among the youngest in their kindergarten class.  (Thank you for that, Wikipedia.))

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sharp Dressed Man

It was time again for the annual "Dress Up With Grown Ups Gala!"  Brent is on the board of directors for a local organization providing medical care to underserved children, and every year they host a wonderful party that includes kids.  Joseph was in serious need of some new dress clothes, and he couldn't look more dapper in his new ensemble!

How cute are those little loafers?!  (Got them in both black and brown on clearance from Janie & Jack - score!)  And how handsome are my two men?!

Lucky for us there were a few extra tickets this year that Brent's staff didn't want to use, so we got to invite some friends.  We knew a gorgeous little girl right down the street who had the perfect dress!  Zara and her mom Jocelyn nicely agreed to be our dates, and they were the belles of the ball. 

Can't you just see these two going to prom?!?!?!

Funny, everyone got a name badge when they checked in.  Jocelyn somehow got to be a Dr. Rock for the night, but I was just "Carl."  I didn't even get "Dr." on mine!

There was a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres (corn dogs and sliders for the kids!), drinks (Joseph's 1st Shirley Temple!), a sit down dinner, and dancing with DJ Ice.

One of Brent's coworkers has an adorable boy the same age as Joe Joe.  He and Daniel played together a little last year, but this time around the were thick as thieves, even dancing together most of the time.

My, oh my, speaking of dancing......we're just about one step away from the "white man's overbite" dance move with this one.

Moves like Jagger?  Please watch the 2nd video all the way to the end!

Overall such a super, super fun night!  I wish there more events like this!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sk8er Boi

Thank you, Avril Levine, for that post title, and thank you, Joseph, for finally letting me use it!  I never thought I'd see the day, as Joseph has flat out refused to try ice skating every time I've offered.  But this time, when it was his friend Andrew's birthday party, he agreed!

.......And it lasted all of 10 minutes.  And he complained the whole time that it was too "slippy."  Even with the weird "walker" thingy.  So I was left to skate alone and socialize while he played in the lobby with Brent and the other kids who were over it in 10 minutes too.  How is he ever going to play hockey if he won't skate?!

Why is my kid always the one with his face right up in the guest of honor's birthday cake?

It seems that April is a crazy busy birthday month.  There was a party #4 last weekend, but we had to cancel at the last minute when Joseph came down with a fever.  However, there was one more very special party that we were able to attend recently.  Details to follow!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pretty Pony

On to party #2 - Ania's Pink Pretty Pony party.  Or is it My Little Pony?  Girl stuff escapes me!  Though it was held at the local My Gym again, which is more about gymnastics than ponies.  (You know, in retrospect it seems like I really did break my toe trying out the zip line at Ania's party there last year, as 1 year later I still can't fully bend it.  Guess it's time to finally get that checked out.)

This stuff never seems to get old with Joseph and the preschool crowd.  Riding a "rocket ship," zip lining into a ball pit, bouncing on trampolines and generally running amok!

They have an amazing instructor there now.  How he got all those kids to stand there, each holding a ribbon from the pinata without pulling on it, I'll never know.  I hope they pay him well.  (You can tell Joseph's hand by the monster truck tattoo.  Every picture over the past few weeks, there's a monster truck tattoo.  At least it's not always the same one.)

And then there's party #3.....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Not Your Average Petting Zoo

Joseph's friend Benjamin recently had one the the Coolest. Birthday. Parties. Ever!  The great cake his mom made should give you a big clue as to the theme.

From somewhere in Pennsylvania came a petting zoo of 15 different reptiles.  Joe Joe, not really understanding what was coming, and not being a fan of loud performances, literally turned his back on the show when I wouldn't let him actually leave.  

But then he heard something about seeing and touching a little baby turtle, and he was hooked.

One by one came a parade of various turtles, lizards, and snakes, each bigger and more fascinating than the next.  Every kid wanted to touch every one!

The grand finale was a giant boa constrictor that the birthday boy had to help haul out of its crate.

The biggest treat was that the kids got to line up and hold some of the animals after.  Joseph especially loved the bearded dragon.

Benjamin, being the guest of honor, got to hold the giant lizard in his lap and get wrapped up with the constrictor.  No fear!

All in all, one of the most exciting kid parties we've been to!  And it's the 1st of many we've attended lately.  Get ready for more....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tennis, Anyone?

It can't be easy to teach a 4 or 5 year old how to play tennis.  Thank goodness there are professionals out there for that!  Joseph started tennis lessons at Turtle Park on Saturday morning with Coach Ernie, along with his friend Grant and classmate Leon.  I'm so excited and hope Joseph takes to it since Brent was a big tennis player in high school, and Mimi still plays all the time.

It starts out simple enough.  Lots of encouragement, a bit of funny warm up activities like chasing hula hoops, and several different exercises aimed at keeping your eye on the ball.

Because you know, it's kind of hard to hit the ball with your eyes closed.

A little sample drill:

Thanks, Coach!  See you next week!  Can't wait to see where we go from here.