Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednessday Summer Drivin!

Summertime Fun!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Joshua's wait for Cars 2 finally ended!

Anyone that knows Joshua knows that he is over the top obsessed with Lightning McQueen. Well today Joshua finally got to see Lightning McQueen on the big screen! He was not born yet when Cars 1 was out but by his second birthday he was already a big fan. With all of the marketing out for the big release of #2, including the decorations from his 4th birthday party 2 weeks ago, he was out of his mind excited to see it.

We pre-purchaed tickets on Fandango and Uncle Jim took the train up from the city to join us. We got a Jumbo popcorn and had some candy treats for the boys too.

Here are Jacob and Joshua, decked out in their Cars 2 shirts, in front of the promo poster...

They had this awesome billboard in the lobby...

Here they are with Uncle Jim all ready to eat popcorn and watch the movie...

Jacob was excited to see Mater and Finn McMissile. We've been reading lots of Cars 2 books so they have a good idea about the characters and story line.

I love the 3D glasses. Brett never changed out of his dress shirt from baby Noah's baptism that we were at just before we went to the theater.

Joshua LOVED the movie, and really it was not nearly as bad as the reviews are saying. I have seen Cars 1 many, many, times and the characters are endearing enough to want to follow in this new movie. I loved going with them to Tokyo, Italy, and London. The Real 3D was really fun during the race scenes and the flying scenes too.

The glasses tend to hurt the bridge of your nose after a while so Jacob kept taking his off...

When we got home the boys discovered the new Cars 2 pajamas that I had set up on the sofa along with Mater and Lightning pillow pals. The boys really loved them.

Jacob pretended that Mater was in flying spy mode from the movie...

 Here is Jacob in the Mater Jammies...

Joshua was pooped and trying to avoid the camera...

 I had fun watching them enjoy it all so much! 
Joshua thinks we will get the movie in the mail now (from Netflix).

We know it will be out just in time for Christmas! 


Friday, June 24, 2011

The Children's Center Year End Disney Performance

For the last two months Jacob has been rehearsing for the play put on by The Children's Center. This is where the children of many working parents can go before and or after school.  Lakeland Schools have a great Children's center with tons of activities including the performance of this play. 

Jacob's first role was as Le Fou, Gaston's little friend, in a segment of Beauty and the Beast. One of his lines was "but, but, but Gaston..."

Jacob failed to tell me that he was supposed to wear plain dark shorts and just told me that he needed plain shorts. ( I heard about this later when he joined me in the audience).

Gotta love this vest!

Here is a shot with Belle, with the blue kerchief, and more of the towns folk...

His next number was his favorite. He played a dwarf in the Hi Ho song from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or "Dorfs" as Jacob says it.

It turns out that one of the dwarfs injured his foot and was unable to perform so there were only six. Here is a shot of five of the six...

He stayed very late two nights a week to practice for this particular dance that was so much more fun with the shovel props and hats!

Here are two VIP members of the audience...

Here was Snow White!

As a finale they all sang "Can you feel the love tonight."

The kids did a great job!

 Joshua only covered his ears and asked if it was time to go a couple of times...

Good job Jacob!


Last day of Kindergarten!

Wow has this year been so busy! I can not believe the incredible growth that Jacob went through this year. It definitely was not all easy. He had some socialization issues that likely come from being the youngest kid in his class and also from being an incredibly curious kid. By the end of the year he is right along with the rest of his classmates. He is reading so beautifully almost without hesitation. He does not love coloring but even that has come a long way. He tells me math is his favorite subject! (just like his mama) And his writing is really great. I love getting cards from him now that he writes all by his self! 

Here he is today before school in the same pose that I captured in September...

Below is him back in September on his first day...

I am so proud of him!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

My baby is four!

Between being so busy at work and the work I did getting our house and yard ready for Joshua's 4th birthday party I have not had a second to post! I did not even get to take my own pictures of the big party. Luckily my lovely sister in law took my camera and captured some of the excitement of the day.

We invited Joshua's whole pre-school class and with a few other friends and family the total count was 20 kids!
Although I could not avoid infusing the Cars 2 theme into the party. I came up with an idea to have a back yard bug adventure. 
Each kid was given a bug kit complete with a net, tweezers, built in magnifier, and to top them off (literally) they each got an adorable adventure hat. Once they were geared up the kids had to visit the different stations that I had set up to collect bugs along the way for their kits.
Here is my birthday boy with his adventure hat!
Our Mater ball pit became a Mater "snake pit" I mixed plastic snakes in with the balls and they had to dive in and grab one!

Behind the snake pit I had a bucket of bugs. The kids had to dig in peat moss (wipes off easier than dirt) for some really adorable plastic bugs. Here is my good friend Gina's son Matthew getting ready to dig in! Check out her cute post on the party at The Ish Blog!

Here is my niece Eden with her grasshopper find...

The next stop was a butterfly tent which I seriously wanted to live in. I used white mosquito netting that I clipped on some pretty felt butterflies from Michael's, hung few streamers from the dollar tree, and then hooked up Elefun and Freddy the musical fish for the kids to catch butterflies. (Luckily the parents all helped re-load the games for their kids!)
Jacob loved this too! His best friend Lily was also trying to catch her share.

Even Aunt Trisha liked the butterflies... The prize for catching a butterfly was a little fancy butterfly.

The last tent  was set up with a frog pond, fishing hole, and bumble bee toss!

I really loved my frog pond. I found amazing floating lilies at Michael's for $1.49 each! I made Lily pads with two different colors of green foam and green marker. Then loaded the pond with a combo of hard plastic frogs and squishy gushy little frogs. The kids LOVED this pond too!

I loved seeing the kids with their little nets trying to scoop up the frogs!


Here is little Matthew again from The Ish Blog... (look at the cool Lilys!)

Brett cooked hot dogs for the kids on the new grill and we served them up in these cute holders from the Christmas Tree Store.
 We loaded up two trays with the holders and buns and it made the whole process super smooth!

Of course we had to have cars macaroni and cheese on the side which my awesome mom helped serve up!

 And Juicy Juice Cars juice boxes too!

Twenty plus kiddies ready to eat! I had one table pass around a big squishy frog and the other a squishy turtle, just to keep them busy while we got them their food.

There were wedges, cold salads, and chips and dip for the grown ups...

Ok some adults like Aunt Marie and Uncle Bob like the hot dogs too!

Even baby Noah got some food!

While we got the tables cleared, dealt with a minor injury (bloody nose for the b-day boy), and got the cake ready I had the kids play pin the spot on the lady bug for a prize of lady bug erasers. I did not blind fold them. Here is Aunt Trisha in front of the Lady bug with no spots...

And Poppy (grandpa) in front of the finished bug....

And finally there was cake (and cookies) Look at the look on Joshua's face!...

Thanks Stop and Shop!

I can't believe my little baby is now four years old!

Thank you to my helpful (and tolerant) family, Bernadine!, and my new and old friends. The best part of the day was seeing everyone have fun and watching the kids be kids!

I love you Joshua you are sweet and caring and you brighten everyone's day.

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