Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Boy and His Dog

Well, his aunt's dog.  

My sister got the most adorable little pug puppy recently, and we spent the afternoon at Grammy and Grandpa's last weekend helping them pug-sit.  His name is Manny, supposedly after Eli Manning, because yes, my family's devotion to the NY Giants borders on pathological the way Brent's family's does with the LSU Tigers.  We were more partial to calling him Manny Delgado after the character from Modern Family. He is so stinking cute!

But NO, we are NOT getting a dog.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Still trying to catch up on posts here!  School ended on Friday, and on Saturday morning we hit the road for a quick trip up to Jersey to spend Father's Day with my dad.  Mom ordered us a little hoagie from her favorite place for lunch - good thing we decided to share!  It was a nice afternoon for Joseph just hanging out with his grandparents and uncle Pauly.  Dad grilled up some steaks for dinner, and Mom made sure we were all acknowledged with a "Fudgie the Whale" cake from Carvel Ice Cream - a NJ tradition!

On Sunday morning mom treated all of us fathers to breakfast at the Ewing Diner before we headed home.  Why don't we have awesome places like this in DC?!?!  I love all the family photos we took on this special weekend together.  It looks like Joseph is going to be as tall as Grammy soon enough.  Speaking of height, I've never considered myself a particularly tall person at 5' 10", but does anyone notice that my head is cut off in more than one picture in this post???  I can only imagine what it's going to be like when Joseph is taller than me!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Remains of the Grade

Stick a fork in it, 3rd grade is done!  Here are a few last pictures from the end of the year, when little to no actual learning happens.

I love this picture that Ms. Kirsh (on the right) sent me from field day of Joseph with some of his favorite teachers.  Ms. Sewell (one the far left) was his 2nd grade teacher, and Ms. Klane (left of Joseph) was his 1st grade teacher.  Ms. Klane is actually now Mrs. Thomas, and she is moving to Minnesota this summer to be closer to family.  She was truly an amazing teacher and was such an advocate for our son that she will probably be my favorite teacher forever. She will be SO missed by me and the entire Janney community.

Max A's mom forwarded me these cute pics, the first of which is from the field trip to the zoo.  I was so bummed to miss the majority of field trips this year since they were always scheduled on my work days, but I'm still happy knowing I was able to be involved in a million other things since I work part-time.  In fact, I pretty single handedly planned and executed all the crafts and activities of the 3rd grade-wide end of year celebration - which would be why I have not a single picture to show for it.  The second picture is from a play date with Max A, whose backyard is being excavated in preparation for a 3 story addition - something we have plans underway for as well!  We know Joseph towers over many of his friends, but he is the exact same height as Max's mom.  I just measured him yesterday, and he is 4' 10" already!

There's always an awards ceremony the last week of school.  Our buddy Ethan got the "effort award" from our class for always trying his best! Joseph and Nolan earned their Safety Patrol badges!

After organizing the collection for end of year teacher and staff gifts (which is along the lines of pulling teeth), I crafted these personalized cards to go along with Amazon gifts cards.  I modified this printable I found online.

Joseph brought home quite a full backpack every day for 2 weeks with loads of notebooks and papers.  Among them was this pretty piece from art class.  And a multiplication test that he finally aced!  After being told by his teachers that he was still a bit behind, we tortured that kid for weeks by making him practice multiplication table flashcards before he could do any electronics.  Cruel, but effective.

And we finally got his class photo.  Love!

Now it can officially be summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Last Day of Third Grade

In keeping with tradition!
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Joseph's thoughts on the last day of school: "Third grade was my favorite grade so far.  We learned so much cool stuff!" Cue the music to my ears!!!  Ms. Ahlstrom and Mrs. Gartland would be thrilled as well!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Barker Goes Nats

A little over a week ago we attended a fundraiser at Nationals Park to benefit the Barker Adoption Foundation, the local agency we used to help us become the parents of this amazing boy we forever get to call our son.  We had VIP access to the 10 consecutive air conditioned party suites they reserved, which were fully stocked with free-flowing food and drinks.  Plus we had awesome covered seats in the shade to watch the Nats vs. Phillies game, which we won!  Let's go Nats!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Love is Love

Kids say the darndest things, right?  Brent's best friend visited us last weekend, and when we told Joseph we would probably meet up with "Tio Leonel" at the Gay Pride parade, he looked right at me and actually asked, "What does "gay" mean?"

If you listen closely you can still hear the sound of my jaw hitting the floor.

Turns out he was mostly kidding, but it was a good opportunity for us to review and reinforce what we want him to truly understand and accept, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando, that love is love.  Period.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Awesome Con

Our second year in a row at Awesome Con DC.  Maybe our last?  Brent was excited to check it out this year, but he was fairly underwhelmed.  The people watching is unbeatable, but really Joseph just sees it as a big toy store and wants to buy more and more stuff.  He decided he didn't want to bother dressing up (I was convinced the Harry Potter costume would get another wear), and he doesn't even want to take pictures with all the freaks and geeks! 

Joseph was happy to have scored a few new Lego minifigs and a pet dragon but was bummed the people selling Harry Potter trading card were nowhere to be found this year.  Oh well, maybe we will go again next year.  At least kids get in free.