Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Carving

   Anthony was VERY enthusiastic about helping carve pumpkins.  By golly the kid wanted to help.  Unfortunately, there's not too much he CAN do.  I'm not letting him use a knife!  He did help scoop out the pumpkin guts.  He also got to help poke out the "pieces" once they were cut.

  I think Daddy's witch came out really nicely!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Science Class

 Anthony has science class with Teacher Mike every other week.  He always comes home so excited about the projects they did.  The first week it was Mentos in Diet Coke.  This week it was observing reactions by mixing elmer's glue and borax to make silly putty.  (He did the same thing at Aulani to make "Stitch's Space Goo".)  He LOVES the stuff, we played with it for quite awhile.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween at Great America

  Last month the boys joined the Donahues for an impromptu trip to Great America.  They were able to buy season tickets for NEXT year (that included the end of this year) for the price of one visit.  So, we now have Great America passes, too.

 Saturday morning we decided to go to the park to check out the Halloween festivities.  It got off to a rocky start.  Anthony was spooked out by the decorations.  It was also a LONG walk past all these fun looking rides that he was 1/2" to short for.  We finally got to the little kid areas so he could play.  He started off with SEVEN rounds on the roller-coaster.  Its a little bigger and faster than the one at Happy Hollow.  The swings were also a hit!

  Next season Anthony will hit the magic 44" mark and be able to ride a lot more rides. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Party

   Anthony was over the moon excited to receive an invitation to his classmate R's Halloween party.  At the last minute he decided not to wear the costume we'd bought and picked out a random assortment of dress-up clothes.

  He had a lovely time playing with his friends.  I'm not sure what they are doing in the top picture, in the bottom picture they are all riding a broomstick together.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch

   October is a pretty hectic month for us, and our favorite pumpkin patch is a good hour's drive away.  Sunday we decided to check out the pumpkin patch at Happy Hollow instead.

  It was very low key, but nice.  They had some bouncy houses, a "patch" of pumpkins with Danny the Dragon posing for pictures in his Halloween costume, and they turned their regular maze into a "corn maze."

  Of course we did all the regular fun things, too.  The roller coaster, the Frog Hopper, the stepping stones across the pond…  Anthony's legs are longer and his balance is better, so he didn't fall in this time.  I actually got to see the giant tortoise going for a walk around his enclosure.  I'm not sure I've actually seen one really move before.


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Snakes at a Party

 Kind of like "Snakes on a Plane", but different.

  Yesterday was Sophia's birthday party.  We got off to a great start.  When we arrived, J, a preschool friend who I'd never met shrieked "Anthony" and gave him a big hug.  I was happy to see that Anthony was clearly making new friends at school this year!

  The entertainment at this party was a naturalist with a whole collection of animals.  Anthony was pretty freaked out by the insects and rapidly sat on Daddy's lap where it was safe.  (He was even afraid of the stick insect.)  Bob did let a tarantula crawl across his arms and he said that Anthony was pushing with all his might into his chest to get away from the thing.

  Anthony was more than happy to hold the snakes and other reptiles.  He also has a strong fondness for slugs and snails.  (Not my favorite, at all!)
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Class Book

 Anthony's class is doing a lot of bookmaking this year.  I think they're making at LEAST on book a week.  Their entire class also made a book.  Each child drew a picture and then told a story about the picture.  The facing page was a picture of the child.

  Points to whoever can point out the inconsistency in Anthony's story!
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

"It was a lovely party"

Anthony's words.  I was thrilled to hear it.

   The long awaited day, Anthony's fifth birthday party.  He had about 10 pals over for some creative dramatics activities.  Honestly, while the actress was downright fabulous, we probably would have just been fine with free-play in the back yard.  They did enjoy her, a lot, but it was hard to compete with the sand table and roller coaster.

  The cake was a hit, as was the pinata.  They also went through nearly two gallons of ice cream!

  He got some great presents.  A bunch of board games (must be a turning five thing) and legos.  Also some new books, a few toys and some CD of music from his favorite movies.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

"I'm Already Five"

 First words out of his mouth.  At 5:30 am.  Fortunately he crawled into bed with Grandma instead of us!

  Others have commented on how grown-up and mature he is.  Its harder to see as I seem him every day.

  A few random thoughts:
1.  He's figured out potty humor.  Yeah.
2.  His "pre-reading" skills have really improved.  He's long mastered what sounds each letter make, if you say a word he can identify a lot of the letters by the sounds he hears.
3.  He can also write most of his letters in handwriting that is much improved than last school year.  Interestingly, he'll often write his name right to left.
4.  Gross motor skills are fabulous.  He can easily do monkey bars, ride how bike fluently, in a hopping contest he made it up to 68 hops on one foot.
5.  He doesn't play dress-up nearly as much as he did earlier in the year.  At home he really enjoys building towers out of his lego duplos and then acting out scenes with them.  He received a several big boy lego kits for his birthday.  He's very excited to put those together.