Sunday, April 22, 2012

April 1-6

On Sunday Jason just looked too cute on his way home from church!

That evening for dinner we tried our hand again at making our own pizza. Yum.

Before kids club Tyler showed off his new missing tooth.

On Monday, with Tyler off to school, Jason and I made our way to Evesham library for storytime, a little egg hunt, and a craft.

After school on Monday Tyler came home sporting his new jack-o-lantern mouth with 4 gaps now in his little mouth. Too cute!

Then off to counseling with Tyler. Fun, fun.

On Tuesday Jason and I made our way to church again for my alphabits group. Jason is really starting to love it. It didn't hurt that they got to do an Easter egg hunt there!

That afternoon, with Tyler at his new after school art club and later at karate, Jason worked on his Easter cards (STILL donning the hat we had picked up on clearance at Walmart that morning for $.50).

On Wednesday, with Tyler off to school, Jason and I went grocery shopping and then I let him loose with some art supplies to decorate some wooden Easter eggs my mom had gotten.

After school I reluctantly let Tyler off on his first independent bike ride with a friend. I did check in a couple times and they were doing good. Tough letting go a little bit, but I suppose he's growing up.

That evening Tyler had karate.

On Thursday, with only a short amount of time before Jason's half day at school began, we had some quick errands to the library and Trader Joe's. Had a quick few seconds for Jason to find numerous dandelions. Quite exciting.

I also got a phone call from my determatologist that the biopsy that they took was benign. Good news.

Here, I'll let Jason tell you where we were going that evening.

Didn't get that? Let me translate..."Atlantic City". Aww, my poor baby. He tries so hard.

After a too-short half-day at school, the boys "spring break" began. My parents and I head to Atlantic City for the night. Our first stop was dinner at Virginia City buffet at Bally's. Tyler stuffed himself with shrimp, rice (cause he could use chopsticks) and salad. What a goof. Jason, after some mac & cheese and fruit, also tried his hand at chopsticks. Then on to dessert!

After our meal we checked in at Taj Majal and went up to the room. The boys were very happy with the view of the ocean (Jason even eventually climbed up on the ledge). We got all unpacked (Jason with his pack-n-play that he insisted on).

Afterwards we changed into our swimsuits to go to the pool. We arrived, only to find out that the pool closes to children one hour prior than what we had been told. Bummer. After a few tears we moved onto plan B. We went back to the room, got re-dressed, and went out on to the boarwalk.

After a long bath the boys got ready for bed. Bedtime wasn't horrendous, but I'm not aching to do it again anytime soon. Unfortunately I slept quite poorly, but at least Jason only woke up once.

After a breakfast of granola bars and fruit and juice in the hotel room, we got ourselves ready and checked out. We made our way to the Atlantic City Aquarium for the day. I think the highlight was the huge sea turtle that said hi to Jason and then later petting the stingrays.

After the aquarium we decided to drive to Margate to tour "Lucy the Elephant". Even though I definitely was not feeling well, I really wanted to take the boys before the crowds of the summer months...and I've always wanted to go myself. We got to view her from the outside (you couldn't miss her) and then we got to take a guided tour of the inside of her. As you might imagine, Jason was very leery of the very narrow dark stairs up the leg of the elephant (no, I'm not making this up), so I got to carry him. He was petrified of the open deck on the top of the elephant. But Tyler had fun for sure. Both boys consider the highlight to be that there is a window right below Lucy's tail ("she has a window on her butt").

For those that don't know "Lucy", she is six stories high and is listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks. You can check out the website here (has lots of cool history about the structure as well as photos):

After we got home we had a relaxing evening, including "movie night" for the boys in Tyler's room.

Friday, April 13, 2012

March 25-31

On Sunday, after church, my mom watched Jason so Tyler and I could have a much-needed "date". He picked lunch at Friendly's and then we were off to the library to do some research for his upcoming "living history" project. Only my son would enjoy a date to the library. He, he.

That afternoon Tyler had a pack meeting for scouts and got a belt loop of some sort.

Afterwards we quickly went over to my mother-in-law's for a nice dinner.

On Monday after school Tyler had a yoga program at the library, which he loved. Afterwards he showed off his new smile. Losing teeth at a rapid pace!

That afternoon I finally got Jason's speech report from his evaluation almost 6 weeks prior. I was somewhat surprised to see that it gave him a final diagnosis of "Childhood Apraxia of Speech". Looks like we have a long road ahead of us with speech therapy.

On Tuesday we had a busy day of "alphabits" at church, Tyler's new art club after school, and karate.

On Wednesday I had a fun afternoon at the dermatologist. Due to family history it was recommended I have an awesomely exciting body scan of moles and stuff. Luckily the few I was slightly concerned about turned out to be fine, but they did decide to biopsy another one on my hip. Jason FINALLY got his long-awaited playdate at our house. Jason's friend and her older brother (Tyler's friend) both came over. It was a lot of energy but A LOT of fun. As Tyler stated, it was "the best playdate EVER".

On Friday, after doing some substitute lunch serving we spent some time on the playground.

That evening, after karate, the boys continued their new routine of Tyler reading Jason his bedtime stories. So cute.

On Saturday morning we did some quick baking (for a friend's charity) before heading over to spring sport's opening day in town where I had agreed to help man the Woman's Club concession stand (before i realized that neither of my boys would be playing baseball). Due to the rain it was pretty much shut down, which stunk for the kids. So I didn't do much selling before helping break it all down.

That afternoon, due to the yucky weather continuing, my mom and I decided to use her free coupons (thanks Sahara Sam's for the facebook giveaway she won) to take the boys to see The Lorax in 3D. When Jason heard of this he freaked out, apparently petrified at the idea (in spite having successfully been to the movie theater in the past). Ultimately I ended up bring Tyler on a "date" (again) to see it myself. We got the tickets, then went to grab a quick dinner at chick-fil-a, and then back for the movie. It was cute and he loved it. The little stinker though, on the way out, told me I was "embarrassing" him when i went to hug him. And so it begins...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

March 18-24

On Sunday, after church, we were off to Wilson field for a clean-up for the Woman's Club. The boys always help too. Jason rocks at this. Even found a little lady bug that he was fascinated with.

That evening Tyler was back off to church to attend Kid's Club again, his new favorite activity. Love it.

On Monday, with Tyler off to school, we were off to a H&S coffee club. And then to Evesham library for a "Tumblin Tots" program.

The rest of the week was busy with counseling, my "alphabits" club, karate, a Women's Club meeting (complete with egg stuffing for the upcoming Easter egg hunt).

On Thursday we were back to the library for another program for Jason, including a craft.

That afternoon Tyler got a playdate after school, and Jason was pretty convinced it was his playdate too.

On Friday Jason and I got to serve lunch before he went to school that afternoon. After school we did puppet shows. Jason's were interesting. LOL.

On Saturday we started our day with a bike ride to the playground. Played for a while until it started to rain.

Then we got to work on our Easter crafting (of course). And then on to the involved decorating.

That evening Tyler got to go to his friend Nora's house for her birthday party. Home quite high on sugar!