Friday, October 31, 2008
McIver was in paleontologist heaven!
Olivia lost ANOTHER tooth today!
McIver ignored my warnings to stay off the far wall of the fountain. And, fell into a rose bush. It was quite dramatic and traumatic (I probably did not give him the love that he really needed - this picture really does not do the wound justice), but he recovered well and managed to do a little trick-or-treating before the night was over.
McIver and his class, along with the rest of the school, sang a few Halloween songs for their audience after the parade. McIver is sitting with Prince Caspian, a Transformer, a dragon and a monkey.
The Monkey Class
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
McIver started screaming for me about 45 minutes later and before I could even get out of bed, Will was with him and I heard the unmistakable sound of someone throwing up. Poor thing! It was just pitiful - he would call out for me, I would hobble down the hall to be with him, then get him settled back in bed and it happened at least 7 or 8 times until about 3am. ... or so I thought.
I got up at 6am and heard Olivia go into their bathroom. She came to tell me that McIver was in the bathroom - asleep, on the bathmat, in the fetal position, with no pants on. So, at some point, he felt it coming again, but I was either too sound asleep to hear him call for me or he decided that I wasn't all that helpful to his plight after all. I'm embarrassed to admit, the first thing I wondered when I saw him was whether or not to get the camera. But, he's far too young to have documentation of this sort of state. He'll have to wait for friends to do that to him in college, I guess.
*Update* -- McIver didn't seem to feel bad today other than being tired. We watched a few videos, read a bunch of books (Thanks, Gay!! He LOVES his new Superhero ABC book - especially the ' V' hero!) and played with some birthday toys. After we picked Olivia up from school, we unloaded and began afternoon activities. When I walked in McIver's room, this is what I found...
... at 3:30 in the afternoon! He's still there and who knows if he'll wake up for dinner. I just don't have the heart to wake him up after the night he had!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We learned from our friends that Bubba's has been around forever...which explains why it is where it is - Bubba was there first! It was across from a train depot and served $1 beer whenever there was a shift change or a new arrival. The sign just made me laugh - I don't know why they bothered putting the 'g' on the end of 'have' - a 3 would have worked just fine.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Cake - believe it or not, the Pirates of the Caribbean cake was not easy to find. I think we missed the proverbial boat by about 2 years. Most kids seem to have moved on to Star Wars, I guess. Not McIver - he still LOVES his pirate gear. I'm sure Pop's Treasure Hunt this summer helped to encourage McIver's interest.
McIver with his buddies from the Monkey Class, Sam & Helen.
Olivia was 'helping' McIver open his gifts. I'm surprised he didn't just push her out of the way to thank her for her helpfulness - he barely got to touch a few of the gifts, much less actually open them.
A few friends included pictures with their gifts. I always think that it so sweet when a child will take the time to do something like that. It is obvious from these two pictures that the little girls spent a lot of time on their drawings.
When we asked McIver where he wanted to go for his birthday, he picked Lupe's. And, told me that he would go to the bathroom so that I could tell them it was his birthday so they could surprise him with the birthday hat (which is how it worked when it was my birthday). The timing didn't work out quite as smoothly as we would have liked so we thought McIver would be disappointed that he knew the hat was coming. Clearly, he was willing to play along - check out the smile on his face when the waiters came out singing and bringing the sombrero.
The sombrero was so heavy he could barely hold up his head!
Olivia gave it a try.
Olivia and Abby bided their time long enough (read: hovered around the face-painting lady long enough) to get their faces painted for free. Gay & I had told them that we were NOT paying for face-painting, under any circumstances - hollering and gnashing of teeth ensued, but we held our ground. So, they were extremely proud of themselves. Of course, once they got their arms painted for free, we felt like we had to give to poor woman a tip. But then they got their faces painted!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is the birthday page that we made for McIver to share with his class today. The picture in the middle is from the day we brought him home from the hospital. Then, we added pictures from each of his previous birthdays. He carried the page around and showed it to anyone who would look at it - people at church, the crossing guard and Olivia's school and her teacher.
McIver has the first birthday in his class so the celebration was new to everyone in the class. Mrs. Hunter gave him the #5 necklace to wear, then he was allowed to pick out some stickers and a special prize from the 'monkey box.' He was SO excited and did not mind being the center of attention for a minute.
Serving cupcakes to his class was the highlight of his morning.
He was also excited to show me around his classroom since we missed the Open House on Tuesday night.
The mailman knocked on the door today because he delivered GranGran & GranDaddy's gift for McIver. I had hoped that we would be able to wait until Will got home to open gifts, but McIver had other plans. As soon as he saw his name, he immediately ripped the package open and started jumping up and down that he has 'MY VERY OWN LEGOS!!! THAT IS SO COOL!!!' We ended up spending the next several hours building the rescue boat and helicopter. I didn't get any pictures because I was very involved in the process.
It was all I could do to keep McIver from opening our gifts to him. Will didn't get home until after 7, so the kids were fed, bathed and ready to celebrate all over again when he walked in the door.
Grandma Janet sent McIver a nice check for his birthday. He chose to spend the money at the bookfair today at his school. He selected one book about snakes and another about safari animals. He's torn between becoming a construction worker and a marine biologist when he grows up. When I told him neither of those books were about marine animals, he said he'll just be a vet. He was glad to have a chance to hear Will read the snake book to him before heading to bed.