1. MDO a.k.a Mother's Day Out! - Yippee, a few hours of me time twice a week! Tomorrow is orientation day where we'll go and have a "shadowing" day and become acquainted with the program/teachers/facility. Their first official day will be Monday.
2. Nick's vocabulary is growly daily! He's becoming better and better at mimicking words. This week he's said: Cracker, Juice, Balloon, Night-Night, Moo, Roar, No, Hey, Hi, Bye-Bye, Boom, P, B, Frog and Blue.
3. Get NAKED! - Well, not literally...but definitely get some juice. Our entire family loves the Naked Juice brand. I've recently found smaller 10oz variety bulk packs at Sams Club. SCORE! Just the perfect size for the boys lunch.
4. FYI - Band-aids that really stick! I don't know about any one else, but keeping bandages on a toddler isn't very successful in my home. I was restocking first aid supplies earlier in the week and came across Nexcare waterproof tattoo bandages. They come in all different themes/characters. (We got "Cars" of course.) I put one over a bug bite on Nathan's leg to keep him from scratching and it hasn't budged. Not only does he think it's a cool "sticker", its lasted through bath time, outdoor play, etc. I'm impressed!
5. Grandparents Day is on September 13th. I recently learned of this day, but I'm not quite sure how I'd like to celebrate it since we're so far from all of the grandparents in our families. Any suggestions?
6. Early Childhood Development: I had Nathan tested this week with the free Early Development program in our local school district. I was concerned about his language skills. Particularly, the grouping of words to form sentences. The test was roughly an hour long and consisted of a variety of "playing" methods. (A pretend picnic, pictures, blocks, etc.) He didn't qualify for the program and did outstandingly well in a lot of areas such as cognitive development, fine motor skills and social skills,etc. What the testing did for me, was allow me to observe professional teaching habits as well as identify areas he is weak in. Some of those included similarities and differences, using verbs and adjectives, singular vs. plural and his/her/me/you, etc. After the initial observation/evaluation in our home and on the test day, I received great feedback from both professionals regarding my own teaching habits and language examples. I'm happy for the reassurance and piece of mind. Through this, I've also learned that the State Early Learning Center has a ton of resources, one being a media center that parents can borrow a sampling of books and videos for the development of language, communication and literacy.
7. TGIF Perspective Weekend Plans:
- One of the local museums in town is hosting the Disney's: A Christmas Carol" Train Tour... anything involving trains in a MUST for Nathan. It's actually a 40 city tour currently traveling throughout the U.S. There are four train car(s) interactive experience, plus you get to see some peak footage from the new 3D movie as well.
- New church - We'll be visiting a new mega church this Sunday as we continue to pursue finding a church home in our new city. So far, so good of where we've visited thus far.
- Free Family Fun Day at one of the local Art Museums on Sunday.
- The Air Force Base in town is having an air show and open house as well.
- First Pet: I've had the boys wall bubble fish tank for over a month now. I think we'll finally go to the pet shop and pick out a Beta fish.