Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"I can't moooooove!!!"

Sometimes Alec is a little drama queen and I find it (mostly) to be comical.  Today was his 5 year checkup at the doctor and for a day or so before the appointment he kept asking if he'd need to get shots.  I didn't for know for sure so told him we'd ask when we got there.  He first asked the nurse who took his weight and height and she told him we'd talk about it after we were done with the checkup.  He immediately started crying big huge tears.  It did tug at my heart a little because I could see he was trying to be brave and didn't want to let the nurse know he was scared.  After the nurse was finished, his doctor came in to give him his checkup.  I think we lucked out in the doctor department, because she is awesome...best bedside manner ever.  He proceeded to ask her about the dreaded shots and she said we'd talk about it after she checked his heart and all that.  But you can't fool a 5 year old!  He knew it was coming and that was the worst part, the anticipation!

Fast forward to the last of 2 shots and a finger prick for blood...I didn't know his lungs were that strong, holy smokes!  He screamed bloody murder all the way to the car (I have proof, just wait).  Wasn't interested in the Frozen stickers, didn't even glance at the popsicle they gave him, instead he just insisted he couldn't move.  Had he noticed I was taking a video I think he'd have flipped even more.  But honestly, he's so darn cute even when he thinks it's the end of the world.

After he got buckled in he told me that they gave him sticker because he was so brave.  Because I didn't want to damage his little brave soul, I just left that one alone.  He said next time he has to get a shot he's going to bring a newspaper.  I thought to myself that that was a bit odd but oh well, if it worked then who am I to judge.  He then went on to say that Nana told him she just looks away at the newspaper whenever she gets a shot and it's no big deal.  Well, if I'd only known, Nana!?


And for the record, Alec is 41lbs (50%) and 43.75 inches tall (60%) and has strong lungs. 

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Alec is FIVE!!

Here's the Birthday Boy himself!

Alec invited a few of his best friends to Brougham Park on his birthday to celebrate.  It was such an easy party and I think the kids had a great time.

Gotta have a silly picture in here somewhere!

Happy 5th Birthday Alec!  We love you!

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Olathe South 2015 Senior Recognition

Ethan received a letter from Olathe South High School asking him to represent his school, Brougham Elementary Kindergarten class during their Senior Recognition Program.  We thought that was a pretty special event to be a part of so of course we attended!  

Not knowing much more than what time to show up, we learned that area elementary schools had one or two kindergartners representing the graduating class of 2027 and that they'd be taking the stage prior to the seniors.  It was really cute to see all those little people up there!  


It was hard to get a picture of him, they wouldn't hold still!  But look close and you'll spot him.

Proud of you, Ethan!

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Kindergarten is a wrap!

It's been a month since Ethan finished Kindergarten and we're already into some serious pool time now, but here are some pictures that wrap up the end of his school year.

This is Mrs. Barnett, or in Ethan's words, "The Best Teacher EVER!!".  She is truly a fantastic teacher, I couldn't have asked for anything more.  Ethan is really going to miss her but she reassured him that he can stop in to say hello whenever he wants.  It helps, too, that she lives in our neighborhood and he sees her at the pool.


The 3 Kindergarten classes all got together toward the end of the year to sing us a few songs.  Doesn't my guy look so handsome up there?

Throughout his year, Ethan has begun reading and each week he seemed to get better and better.  I can't quite explain what it's like to listen to him read his first book, slowing sounding out the letters until they form words.  He got all the way up to level 14 or so and the goal is level 4 (I think that's right?), so he's well on his way to learning more next year.

Math has also been one of his strengths, he loves it with a passion.  He did get a little frustrated during the school year when they were learning more about measurements and he didn't like that so much.  I tried to reassure him math would continue to become more and more challenging (at which point Nick will take over math homework!).

Ethan made a few new friends at school as well.  Chase, Ethan B., Paige, Kyla, to name a handful.  I hope he keeps a few of those in his new class next year.  Mrs. Barnett told us again and again that Ethan is a "model student", always doing exactly what was asked of him the first time it was asked.  She wondered what kind of child he was at home and was relieved when I told her he most definitely got into his fair share of trouble at home.

A "Dash to 1st Grade" party took place the last week of school.  I couldn't believe how some of the cars were decorated, I'm thinking those parents really got into it!  Ethan helped cut a few things out and the rest was up to Nick and I and we were all happy with how it turned out.

Here is Ethan on his FIRST day of Kindergarten.

And here's his LAST day. Goodbye Kindergarten, see you soon 1st Grade!

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