1 - Luke is STILL into all things geology. His rock tumbler has been tumbling in our garage since Christmas Day and we're eagerly awaiting seeing his polished rocks next week (Yes... it runs for 4 weeks. Yes... it sounds like our garage refrigerator is dying every time I go out there. Yes... the resulting rocks are probably going to look like the ones you can buy by the handful at a museum gift shop. hahaha) He peruses Geology books before bed and has a whole display set up on his bookcase of some of his more special rocks.
2 - Watching Luke blossom into a leader in his classroom and in his peer group has been one of the greatest blessings of our decision to hold him back a year. Having a front seat to seeing him develop into a leader academically and socially has been the sign we needed to know we made the right decision for him. He has a great group of friends, is excelling academically, is displaying leadership strengths in and out of the classroom and has grown by leaps and bounds.
3 - He is a STILL bottomless pit. I really thought that the last time I talked about this that he was just going through a growth spurt - but no. He's still hungry all the time. He usually has a snack after school, takes seconds (and sometimes thirds) at dinner and asks for a snack about an hour later almost like clockwork. He has started asking for more food in his lunch and wants scrambled eggs and toast every day for breakfast. The way to his heart is meatloaf ;)
1 - Mason gives the best compliments. This week alone I've been told that I'm the "best cooker ever", "most beautifulist girl in the world" and we've made plans to get married. The compliments aren't reserved just for me either - he's totally enamored with Miss McKinley, the teacher aid in his classroom. McKinley has babysat for us before and he thinks she hung the moon! Every day when I ask him to tell me two great things about his day McKinley is one of them.
2 - His perfectionist tendencies are starting to show. Mason comes across as carefree, goofy and an entertainer - but when he's asked to do new things he often holds back because he doesn't think he's going to be successful at it right away. If he has a picture in his head of what he wants an art project or drawing to look like and it starts to go awry he immediately wants to start over. We're working with him on being okay with not knowing how to do something or not doing things perfectly the first time around, but I think it's going to be a tendency he'll have to keep in check his entire life. We're going to credit this character trait to Uncle Mark as this is TOTALLY my brother! We're thinking he also inherited his ultra competitive nature from Mark as well. :)
3 - Mason is NOT a morning person. Dave, Luke and GG can wake up and be fully awake and ready to go within seconds... Mason and I require some time to "preheat" :) On a typical morning we'll wake the boys up at the same time and Luke gets dressed, brushes his teeth and takes care of his other morning jobs immediately so he can have time to play Legos or get on his Kindle. Mason on the other hand needs to lament the fact that it's morning for a solid 3-5 minutes before even getting out of his bed and then he moves the pity party to my bed where he continues the lamenting for at least another 5 minutes. By the time we get to school he's come to terms with the fact that he isn't still in his bed and he's happy and chipper, but man, is he his mother's son.
1 - Griffin's speech is improving daily. She talks non-stop and we're working with her on correct enunciation and letter sounds and more and more of her vocabulary is becoming understandable to people outside of our family :) She's definitely a late talker, but developmentally is right on track. This time next year we'll be enrolling her in PreK!
2- She LOVES playing kitchen! Miss Lisa has a pink play kitchen that is the highlight of her day every day at Miss Lisa's. She loves to cook soup and serve her brothers, Dave and I, her stuffed animals and babies and Jack Bauer.
3 - Starting maybe a month ago Griffin has started her own version of the bedtime stall routine. We tuck her in and then a few minutes later she gets out asking for one more hug, one more kiss and one more sip of water. That hasn't been working for her (because we caught on quickly and started giving our "one more" of all of those things before we tucked her in), so she's added on high fives and fist bumps :) And she has to give them to Luke, Mason and Jack Buaer as well. We're pretty big on staying in your bed once you're tucked in, so now our pre-bedtime routine includes hugs, kisses, water, high fives and fist bumps for everyone who's home (and via Facetime for Daddy if he's at work. hahaha)
1 - Dave and I have started The Office over and have been watching a couple episodes on Netflix every night and have been laughing so hard.
2 - Jack Bauer is looking good with his haircut :) He's still sleeping with Luke every night and can jump from the floor onto our bed. (seriously! It's crazy!)
3 - Yesterday I talked to one of my classes about how sad I was that they have texting and therefore no reason to pass notes in class. I may have reminisced about the fun in writing notes and passing them to your boyfriend in the hall in between classes and I'm pretty sure I started a "notes revival" in the 8th grade :) At least they're writing, right??? hahaha But seriously! How sad that they don't have to write notes and fold them into little paper footballs to slip them to each other in class. Or actually call someone's home phone and talk to their parents before talking to their friend. So sad!