May 12, 2008
Well, yesterday was Mother’s Day. John made me a pin at SKF and was very insistent that I wear it. It is rather cute..made out of old jewelry. John started soccer this past weekend. He is on the Orange Stinger team and he just loved it. It was very cute watching him do his warm-up exercises. He even got to play in the goal because only 6 out of the 11 players bothered to show up. Hopefully he will have a few more team members out tomorrow when he goes to play. They play twice a week, Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Swimming lessons are going well. John is quite advanced for the group, but he’s had some good instructors who have tried to challenge him. He still doesn’t like the singing part.
We had the house painted last week. It looks really nice and I reorganized John’s toy room too. He’s decided that he likes his stuffed animals now and is sleeping with his big red dog. He says “His name is not Clifford though, Mom.” It’s still very cool outside so we haven’t had much outdoor play. We sold his outside slide to Judy and Ed because he has really finally outgrown it. He says he still likes it, but didn’t kick up too much of a fuss.
John’s best friend, Alex, is moving to Orillia at the end of the month. I don’t really think either of them get the distance thing. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep in contact with Alex on the computer etc.
April 22, 2008
Spring has sprung. It's so nice to get outside again without wearing a jacket. John got a new bike on his heart day, April 13. He's still practicing! He finds it hard to get the bike going initially, but once he gets going, he makes out well. He still finds it tricky to ride on the bumpy sidewalks.
We had Alex over for a play date on the weekend. John is very sad because Alex is going to be moving to Orillia. It's hard to say goodbye to a good friend. He has also been going over to Adam's house once in a while. Adam and Kaitlin like to play on the computer a lot, and John is always trying to get them to play outside.
He's still very into Ben10. Ben10 is a kid who can transform into creatures to defeat aliens or something like that. I've only watched bits and pieces of the show, because honestly, I can't stand it! What kids like and what I like are two different things.
We've pretty much been in a rut lately. Nothing too much new. We've been doing more swimming at Best Western because I'm making a conscious effort to get there more often.
John has taken to reading the book "The Chronicles of the 20th century". He wants to learn more about the Beatles. He drives me nutso though, because he wants to know exactly who sings what, in what year etc. The other day I told him I was reading the book "Charlotte's Web" to my Grade 2 class. Instead of asking me what the book was about, he asked "How many pages is it? What chapter are you on etc."
He's learning his timetables now. He can do the 11's, the 2's the 5's and the 10's so far. He finds the threes difficult so far..doesn't see the pattern yet.
March 30, 2008
I've been negligent in my diary entries. We had a very nice Easter. John really really got excited this year for the Easter Bunny's egg hunt. He loved trying to find all of them! He got a few outside toys and then chocolate, which he's pretty much eaten by now. When he was biting into his 1 lb chocolate rabbit, he found out that his two front teeth are now a little bit wiggly. We had a nice Easter brunch (I cooked) and then when the company left, we went over to the schoolyard to play with his new stuff.
John got a new Nintendo DS. We got it for him so that it will hopefully keep him amused during our long drive this summer. He's already very good at it, however, wants to constantly watch Derek or I play. He's the worst backseat player and constantly tells you what you should be doing.
John got an excellent report card this term. He's doing very well, except for blurting out answers and not giving the other kids a chance. Oh well...I think I used to do that too!
It's still quite wintery out. I'm looking forward to the snow leaving us so we can start to do more activities. John is signed up for soccer this year (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and we had our first swimming lesson yesterday. Surprisingly, it wasn't a fussing disaster like I was imagining. The water at the blessed pool is very chilly though and most of the kids seemed to be freezing. John will probably be in the upper group at swimming because he can already swim quite well. He just has to learn how to breathe out his air when he's under water. I never really did figure out how to do that. Overall, it was a positive experience. He's looking forward to going again next week.
March 11, 2008
It’s March Break! The weather is starting to turn a little bit warmer, so it will get very sloppy soon.
We’ve been busy so far. On Sunday, John and I painted his bedroom “blue jean” colour. I’m a horrible painter and he was helping me! He was having lots of fun, but we sure got blue paint everywhere. He’s happy with it though and the honey tree no longer exists at our house. He wanted an outer space theme, so we bought a quilt and curtains and some planets and things to stick on his walls.
Last week we registered for soccer. Sure hope it goes well for him! It’s been a very expensive last few months with renovations and a new vehicle. We got rid of Dereks 1988 pick up which we didn't think would last until the summer, and replaced it with a new, 2008 Jeep Liberty. I sure hope I get a raise in our next contract.
We also bought John a Nintendo DS which he loves. He idolizes his dad who can get to world 6 (so far). Mom is lousy at it and falls in all the cracks! He just wants to watch you play it and play over your shoulder by telling you what to do (most annoying). I think he’s getting some permanent molars because he’s had lots of saliva lately and has been complaining of sore gums. Sounds suspicious.
Today we went to the museum to see the mining and rock display. John liked that! We also spent some time at the toy library. We haven’t been there for a long time. Before we know it, Easter will be here. I’m cooking brunch for the family again this year.
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