Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Progress Reports

In September, Josh received his first progress report in the junior class.  As it turns out, the boy has been holding out on us and his sophomore teachers all along.  The same day he received his progress report, Brad was talking to the daycare director when Josh's friend Barrett's Mom came in and made a big deal about how well Josh had written his name that morning.  She then turned to Brad and said something about how we probably already knew that.  Uh, actually we didn't know that; guess he knows when he needs to perform.  The best part of the progress report was the comment from Mrs. Shannon that Josh is "thoughtful, creative and assertive with something to say about everything." 

The same week was parent/teacher conferences at Episcopal.  Emma received a glowing report and it sounds like she has pretty well mastered preK-4.  They are going to work with her more on reading and she is very motivated about learning to read.  Her teacher, Mrs. Hill, told Brad that if she was out for a day that she had no doubt Emma could lead the class since if something is missed in the daily routine, Emma is always quick to point it out.  She also said that Emma plays with and gets along with everybody and is a great help to her friends if they need a little help with the work.

We are definitely proud of how both Emma and Josh are doing in their classes! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Last night I tried to ask Josh about his day at school, which usually goes something like this:

Mommy: What did you do today?
Josh: I don't know.
Mommy: What did you have for lunch today?
Josh: I don't know.

Usually if I ask if somebody got into trouble, that sparks some memories.  As expected, I heard about his little buddy Barret having sticks on the playground.  Then Josh told me how his friend Anna Beth pushed him.  He then proceeded to say that "we don't kiss people."  I at first thought he said "push" instead of "kiss" since that is what we were talking about.  Once it sunk in, the remaining conversation went like this:

Mommy: Who was kissing?
Josh: Ross
Mommy: Who was Ross kissing?
Josh: Ross was telling me to kiss somebody.
Mommy: Who did Ross want you to kiss?
Josh: Anna Beth
Mommy: Is that why she pushed you?
Josh: Yes!

I say good for Anna Beth for pushing Josh away and I think he learned a valuable lesson about not trying to kiss the girls.  Hopefully he also learned not to listen to Ross.  First he turned Josh into a Razorback fan and now he is trying to get Josh to kiss the girls.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


We made what is becoming our annual pilgrimage to Funland even though it is maybe only 15 minutes from our house. Josh and I had actually been there the previous weekend for a birthday party and while he rode many of the rides, they were not nearly as enjoyable without Sissy there. Needless to say, the trip with Emma in tow was much more fun. Even though Josh didn't need Emma to go on every ride with him, it was somehow better just having her nearby. I just love how the two of them want to be together!
So Happy Together!

Josh's Birthday Party

It took some work getting Josh to commit to a 1) a birthday party and 2) a birthday party theme. Finally we decided to borrow an idea from a birthday party we attended for Emma's friend Bowman earlier in the summer and made a date to visit the fire station. Unfortunately we had to wake Josh up to go to his party so between that and lots of people even though they were all his friends, Josh didn't start off in the best mood. Thankfully his friends enjoyed visiting the fire station. After spending some time climbing around on the trucks, we came back to our house for cake and ice cream. I think Josh had a great time with his friends and is excited for them all to come back over some time.

Josh is 3...

...and has been for quite a while but I'm in a bit of denial here!  At three years old, Josh was 36 pounds and 38 1/2 inches.  Josh is definitely turning more and more into a little boy and is definitely one solid little boy.  He thinks knows he is the strongest boy "ever, ever, ever."  He loves to show off his muscles!  Josh is also a big fan of the Razorbacks and recently asked when he would get to play for them because they needed his help to win.  Josh still loves all sports and has enjoyed learning to play a little bit of soccer this fall.  Next up is basketball! 

Finally, at age 3, Josh has learned the names of his colors.  He had us wondering for a long time but after a recent progress report at school, it appears that there are a lot of things that Josh is holding out on us (more on that at a later date).  Josh's best buddy is still Ross.

Josh continues to be such a funny guy and he really knows how to make us all laugh with his silly voices, expressions, and looks.  That being said, our Josh does have a shy side as well especially when put in with a large group of people; it is even worse if Mommy is around.   

We can't believe that our little guy is so big and can't wait to see what the next year holds for Josh especially if it means that he'll finally start sleeping well (please, I'm begging you)!