First day of Pre-k



Posing, originally uploaded by j_bstuart.

Today Jack and I went to his Intro class at pre-k. They do a 1/2 day where a parent stays with the child to help with the transition. We were both very excited to experience this day together, just the two of us.

Jeff had arranged to be home with the younger two but got called in for a unit wide urinalysis recall (gotta love the miltiary). He reminded them of his plans and told them that he’d be there but had to bring the kids. Fun times! They hit the park and fed the ducks on the way home.

Jack and I had a wonderful morning. It seemed quite appropriate to drive the accord this morning as it was the car he came home from the hospital in. It’s hard to believe that was almost five years ago.

School was great, he seemed very comfortable right away and several moms commented on how independent he was. I basically stayed back and let him do his thing. They played inside and out, sang a few songs, read a story and talked about what the day would be like next Wed on the actual first day.

After school we went to lunch. Jack picked Wendy’s and we enjoyed Cheeseburgers, fries and a frosty. It was perfect!

I’ve posted more pics on Flickr. Here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_bstuart/sets/72157606980579678/

First day of Pre-k



Posing, originally uploaded by j_bstuart.

Today Jack and I went to his Intro class at pre-k. They do a 1/2 day where a parent stays with the child to help with the transition. We were both very excited to experience this day together, just the two of us.

Jeff had arranged to be home with the younger two but got called in for a unit wide urinalysis recall (gotta love the miltiary). He reminded them of his plans and told them that he'd be there but had to bring the kids. Fun times! They hit the park and fed the ducks on the way home.

Jack and I had a wonderful morning. It seemed quite appropriate to drive the accord this morning as it was the car he came home from the hospital in. It's hard to believe that was almost five years ago.

School was great, he seemed very comfortable right away and several moms commented on how independent he was. I basically stayed back and let him do his thing. They played inside and out, sang a few songs, read a story and talked about what the day would be like next Wed on the actual first day.

After school we went to lunch. Jack picked Wendy's and we enjoyed Cheeseburgers, fries and a frosty. It was perfect!

I've posted more pics on Flickr. Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_bstuart/sets/72157606980579678/

Snack Time and a Break



snack time, originally uploaded by j_bstuart.

This is the snack tray that I made for us yesterday. There was a period of time a few months ago that this is how we ate our snacks every day. The kids, and I, love it. It’s fun to share and a great way to get a variety of foods. Plus, it doesn’t take much longer than opening a box of crackers.

This little act made me realize how I need to get back to reality, routines, life. Since May, we’ve basically been in la la land. It doesn’t help that now Jeff hasn’t had a day off in 11 days and is leaving for another five. Of course when daddy hasn’t had a day off that means mama hasn’t either.

I need to regain my focus, enjoy the last few days of summer and get a grip on running this house.

So, I’m taking a break. A few days away from the web to focus on the family, house, and getting some quiet time for myself. (I’ll probably still check e-mail once a day as I’m still waiting for baby Cody to arrive. Go Poth!) I also hope to finally finish the 2nd half of our vacation pics as well as all that I’ve taken since then.

See you soon!!

Flowers from my son



Flowers from my son, originally uploaded by j_bstuart.

Sweet Jack picked some flowers for me today. He was very concerned that I protect them, unfortunately they didn’t do too well in the heat.

I’m feeling a bit emotional with all things related to him as he is getting ready to start school (pre-k) in a few weeks. This will be the first time that I’ve ever dropped him off somewhere and left (except a few friends’ homes.) He’s so ready and excited and so am I, but still…it’s hard to believe he’s starting school.

Parent orientation was last night. The school is a co-op so Jeff or I will be in the classroom twice a month and I’m so excited about the year ahead. It seems to be a perfect fit for our family and our philosophy. Also, his teacher, Mrs. B came and visited Jack at our house today. She does a home visit for each new student (approx 20) to help them get to know her and get excited for school. I loved watching them interact from a distance. She is fabulous and after a few shy moments he warmed up to her completely.

He continues to count down the days.

Flowers from my son



Flowers from my son, originally uploaded by j_bstuart.

Sweet Jack picked some flowers for me today. He was very concerned that I protect them, unfortunately they didn't do too well in the heat.

I'm feeling a bit emotional with all things related to him as he is getting ready to start school (pre-k) in a few weeks. This will be the first time that I've ever dropped him off somewhere and left (except a few friends' homes.) He's so ready and excited and so am I, but still…it's hard to believe he's starting school.

Parent orientation was last night. The school is a co-op so Jeff or I will be in the classroom twice a month and I'm so excited about the year ahead. It seems to be a perfect fit for our family and our philosophy. Also, his teacher, Mrs. B came and visited Jack at our house today. She does a home visit for each new student (approx 20) to help them get to know her and get excited for school. I loved watching them interact from a distance. She is fabulous and after a few shy moments he warmed up to her completely.

He continues to count down the days.

Snack Time and a Break



snack time, originally uploaded by j_bstuart.

This is the snack tray that I made for us yesterday. There was a period of time a few months ago that this is how we ate our snacks every day. The kids, and I, love it. It's fun to share and a great way to get a variety of foods. Plus, it doesn't take much longer than opening a box of crackers.

This little act made me realize how I need to get back to reality, routines, life. Since May, we've basically been in la la land. It doesn't help that now Jeff hasn't had a day off in 11 days and is leaving for another five. Of course when daddy hasn't had a day off that means mama hasn't either.

I need to regain my focus, enjoy the last few days of summer and get a grip on running this house.

So, I'm taking a break. A few days away from the web to focus on the family, house, and getting some quiet time for myself. (I'll probably still check e-mail once a day as I'm still waiting for baby Cody to arrive. Go Poth!) I also hope to finally finish the 2nd half of our vacation pics as well as all that I've taken since then.

See you soon!!

Strike a pose

The older two have been very into posing for pictures of late. Of course, I’m happy to oblige by taking them. Here are two from this morning before church. Connor is not as cooperative so I settled for his “cat that ate the canary” look (as dubbed by my aunt.)

Enjoy! (Click on the image to see it larger.)