Sunday, August 28, 2011

New School

Many thoughtful people who know how much I disliked Hadley's last school have been asking about her new one! For those of you who don't know, Hadley is at the Foreign Language Immersion Childcare Center, aka FLICC. She has been there about 6 weeks and loves it! And I love it :) They speak Spanish all day every day. Some teachers can speak English really well and some can't speak English at all and then the few inbetween. The administration is very organized and scheduled which has always been my preference. Good administration makes for a very well organized classroom which has always been Hads preference. I can check the class schedule and know exactly what they are doing at any given point during the day. The teachers are all super friendly and very good at instructing little active toddlers.  Most importantly, they have so much more fun here. Hadley always comes home with art projects. When I pick her up in the afternoons, the teachers are right in the middle of whatever is going on whether they are just playing or reading or playing with play doe. Doesn't matter what activity the teachers are interacting which is the biggest improvement from the last school. The structure of the school is what I love best but Hadley learning Spanish is a close second. I love that she is in a multicultural environment that's also really helping develop her vocab in English as well. When she first started I would ask Had to count to 3 in Spanish and she would simply repeat and say "count to 3 in Spanish". But now she has caught onto the two language thing. Now if you ask her she starts with quatro and ends with siete.  Hadley can also say a few conversation sentences. We were riding in the car one morning on our way to school and she said (to herself), " Como estas, Mona? Bien. "
Claudia (left), Hadley, and Mona

The school's pet rabbits Flopsy and Mopsy. It is a very important part of our day that Flopsy and Mopsy nibble on her finger.

Just for fun. This is of the outside looking at the front of the school. It's located in Harbor Town which is the first neighborhood to the right once you cross the bridge to Mud Island. It's in the way back towards the harbor.

Not sure why these turned after I uploaded. I'll figure it out later. I thought they were super cute. As a treat, we went out to the Collierville Sprinkler Park instead of the Peabody Sprinkler Park.  Fancy treat I know. Its a big deal when you get to go to the newer bigger park. :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Back in Action!

Not kidding, this pic of us is from one of the Grizzles playoff games! I promise from this point forward to be a better blogger. Anyway, way back when, Matt, Kacey,  my mom, brother Collin and I went to one of the games. My awesome mother spent a fortune on tickets for the fam to sit in the nosebleed section. Despite the threat of altitude sickness, we had a blast!! Its was a great game and a really fun atmosphere.

Because daddy mows the lawn without his shirt.

Hadley has had a very serving and loving mentality lately. She makes sure everyone has exactly what they need. Over the 4th (of July), some of the family was having their desserts outside waiting for fireworks. Hadley served each a slice of pie and poured them a glass of water. So stinking sweet!

Hiking and picnicking at the fish hatchery in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Happy 32nd daddy! For the record, I made that Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Peach Pie from scratch. Turns out I am domesticated.

This goes to show you how well the potty training has gone. Hadley has been pretty pumped about sitting on the potty, so I thought we would roll with it and see what happens. We went to Target and picked out panties, a new potty, and treats for when she performs. She loves to sit on the pot and not do a thing and then wipe and flush and ask for treats as though she has accomplished a huge task. We no longer have any skittles even if she did decide to actually potty because she has eaten them all. We'll get there one day.