Thursday, May 5, 2011


In the last few days, James has become very interested in writing and spelling his name.  If you ask him how to spell his name, he'll proudly say "J-A-M-E-S".

Yesterday, he was playing with letter magnets on the fridge and he said, "Look I spelled James!" I looked over and he had put A-M-E-S together.  He was just missing the J!  After I helped him find the J he spelled his name on the fridge all day long.

Today, he decided he wanted to draw.  He drew for a while and then brought the picture over to show me.  He drew Lightning McQueen (so cute!  I'm so glad his faces are starting to smile instead of frown!) and sure enough, he wrote JAMES:

Sorry for the poor quality picture.  The crayon color was too light to be picked up by our scanner.  The 'J' is backwards, but it's totally legible!  He wrote it with no coaching or prompts from me.  I'm so proud of my boy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What's this? A Sunny Day?

Here in Oregon we are finally starting to see some sunny days mixed in with the dreary rain.  Today's high is forecast to be 71 degrees!  As soon as I saw that, I knew we needed to get outside for some much needed vitamin D. :)  We packed up a picnic lunch, bought some sidewalk chalk and bubbles, and headed to the park  with our good friends Claudia and Claire.

I was sure to slather on the sunscreen and cover my kids' heads.  They are true Pacific Northwesterners, and they don't know what to do with themselves when the sun comes out.  

 James and Claire had a wonderful time running around and playing on the playground.

What a goofy grin!  I think he was having fun, don't you? ;)

Sarah was content to stay on the blanket with me and Claudia and play with the sidewalk chalk.

Ah, what a glorious day!  Beautiful sunshine, kids having fun, food to eat, and good friends!