Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Field Trap

Yesterday I volunteered to go with Jack's class on their first field trip of the year. It was Jack's class and the other two kindergarten classes that went on the trip. We visited the pumpkin patch at Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA; about a 20 minute drive outside the city from Jack's school. I have to say, having seen nothing but city and urban sprawl for the last 3 months of my life, it was great to get out and see a little nature.

I had 4 kids in my group to keep track of, which seems like it should be completely do-able, but in a gaggle of 60 kindergartens keeping track of your 4 kids can be a little easier said then done. We got to go on the train ride, learned about bees and pollination, watched a man perform silly songs, looked in a "old-time" farm house (seemed pretty spacious compared to what Grammy grew up in, must have been "well -off" farmers), and go through a hay maze. All of the kids had a great time and it was so fun watching them get so excited over all the new things. At the end of the trip each child got to pick out their own pumpkin. Jack was especially discerning when picking out his, he had to have just the right one and didn't want any dirt on it.

I really wish I would have gotten some pictures of the trip, but I forgot to put new batteries in my camera before I left for school.

Monday, October 20, 2008

This weekend

This weekend we headed back to Portland for the second weekend in a row. Needless to say I was overjoyed. There is something magical to me about Portland in the fall, it might be because I moved there in the fall when I was 19. Fall in Portland always seems to make my heart burst with love, I love everthing about that city--absolutely everything, the bridges, downtown, I am loving getting to know the Pearl District area--when I moved there, the only time you went into certain parts of the Pearl was to go to art galleries during First Thursdays, now it is thriving. Its great.

Jack had a great time seeing his family, he was so excited to share his reading and show off his loose tooth. On Saturday afternoon he got to go to the family fun center with his dad, uncle jeff and papa. They played mini-golf, Jack says he won. They rode the bumper boats and he got to drive. They also drove the go-karts, Jack says that was his favorite because is made his hair fly away from his head. Randy said Jack was laughing the hole time and yelling at him to keep going faster.

It was a great weekend and one I am sure we will not live down for awhile. Next weekend we will be staying home in our jammies for awhile I am sure.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Its been awhile I know

I know, I know, it has been awhile since I have posted anything new. It seems like once school started for Jack we have been going going going. Jack is doing just awesome at school. He has made some good little friends and is busy learning as much as he can. He can already read! There has been nothing more amaizing to me in this journey in motherhood then watching my little boy read a book, it is the most magical and special thing. I have been volunteering in Jack's class every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. It has been a really rewarding experience, I love getting to see the little kids every time I go in, they all call me Ms. Kristin and are so excited to see me, it is the best self-esteem builder ever.

Jack's favorite things about school so far:
1. Getting to take lunch from home
2. Going to the library and getting to check out books
3. Getting to ride the buss home

Here are a few of my fall favorites so far:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First Days of School

Well Jack's first days of school have come and gone so fast he seems like an old pro at school now. In fact this afternoon when I picked him up and asked him what he did he said, "Mom you know, the same things as yesterday." So I asked what he had for lunch and he followed up with, "You know--a a burrito."

Here are a few of the highlights from the last few days:
1. His teacher's name is Miss Gaines, she has been a teacher for 7 years. She seems to be very nice and some of the other parents of older students have told us that she is a great teacher.

2. Jack was able to carry his lunch tray just fine, I worried for nothing. He does have a lunch code that he has to enter to pay for lunch everyday. He is pretty jazzed about the hot lunch in general-- I think it is because he can choose between regular and chocolate milk everyday.

3. He has discovered the school library. He said in the car on the way home, "Mom, did you know that you can check out a book and bring it back?"

All in all I think this year is going to go great, we are discussing the option of him riding the bus home from school. He really wants to and is kind of upset that he is not getting to. I guess Randy and I will be talking about that and discuss whether or not he is ready. I am sure he will be just fine.

Here is Jack on his first day:

Here are 3 of Jacks favorite things from the past few days (sounds like he is enjoying the independence of being in elementary school)
1. going to the bathroom all by himself when he needs to
2. picking his own lunch (this one is really true he has picked the bean burrito the last few days and it comes with a green salad with tomatoes on it--he said he has been eating the tomatoes)
3. afternoon recess is really long and you get to play where you want to

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Extended Summer

Jack and I have been enjoying the last few weeks of his extended summer together. We have started meeting Randy for lunch at work for a picnic outside everyday. After our little mini-picnic we have been going either to the grass lawn park or to the park behind our house. Every night after dinner we have been going for a bike ride, we think he is almost ready to take off the training wheels...almost. He has been coming right along with his reading, we try to work on it everyday. It is shocking to me that Jack can read. I am so surprised every time he reads a new word, I don't think I have been this excited since he started walking and talking.

We've had a great weekend so far. Friday night we had chicken and noodles for dinner--Randy and Jack both really loved it. Jack wanted to bring it to school for lunch one day he liked it so much. We played a few board games Friday night and yesterday we all went mini-golfing and finished up the night with some Wii Sports.

Sounds like the teachers union and the district are pretty close to settling the contract, hopefully Jack will be in school on Monday. He's getting pretty anxious.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Tidds out on the town

This weekend was a rather social one for us Tidds. Friday evening we had dinner at CPK with a few of Randy's old friends. It was nice being out and the weather couldn't have been better. Jack had a good time, he is always excited whenever he can order his own Hawaiian pizza.
Saturday evening we met my aunt & uncle for an early dinner in downtown seattle. They were coming through town to go on an Alaskan cruise and had Saturday evening free to spend with us. We ate at a great seafood place on the waterfront a great evening was had by all.
After dinner we made the drive from seattle to vancouver to visit with Bethany and Mason. We love going to see them. Jack always has fun playing with their daughter Mason. They got to play with Bethany's lego castle set and Jack ran through the sprinkler in the afternoon. It is always great to spend the weekend with them as they are such good friends, especially now that we are pretty much alone up here. Its just perfection to sit on their porch in the late summer evenings talking and laughing and enjoying such good friends.

On a side note, the strike is still on so I need to come up with some ideas to do with Jack this week. Otherwise I think his mind is going to rot with all the cartoons we have been watching.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Not quite the end of summer

Well the Teacher's Union where we live went out on strike. While I don't specifically agree with the idea of teacher's striking. I do fully understand and support the decision to stand up for what is right. It is not solely based on an increase in pay--which is deserved--also the thing that has me concerned is the mandated district wide curriculum. Having grown up in a household with a teacher I know that not one lesson plan can fit each class. Every child is different and every child is special and learns in different ways... making each class different so how can one lesson plan fit for each class across the district? It does not make sense with me and I do not agree with it.

So Jack and I have been enjoying these last few stolen days of summer. He will start school soon enough. For now we have been hanging out and going to the park and watching movies together. Not to mention reading and working on our homework book.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The end of summer

With the eve of the last day of summer upon us. I am so glad that I had this time with Jack. I know he is happy we had the time together too. So much has happened in the last few months that it feels odd he is starting school tomorrow.

Jack is nothing but excited. I am full of worry... most likely normal worries like does he know enough, did I teach him the right things. Will he be able to carry his lunch tray, will kids like him?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Family Night

A long standing Tidd family tradition returned to our house tonight. A few years ago we started having family night on friday nights at our house. It usually involved pasta or pizza and a movie or playing games. Tonight it was deep dish pizza and Wii games. Because it had been so long since we have had a real family night, Jack and I felt we had to do something to spice it up. We made a trip to Party City and got some funny decorations and sunglasses to wear.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kindergarten Orientation

Today was it. I took Jack to Orientation for Kindergarten this afternoon at his new school. I think we were both a little nervous. Jack not knowing what to expect at all, me expecting that I would have more snotty mommies to deal with and try to be nice to. I think we were both pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find another mommy + daughter duo that were very friendly to talk to while we were waiting. Dominique was the little girls name and I did not get the mom's name.

The school is laid out in pod/cluster style rooms, his room has two rooms in it-- there are two kindergarten classes this year and they will add a 3rd if more students enroll. We met lots of the other kids all of them seemed pretty nice and I think Jack will get along fine. We got our list of school supplies to bring on the first day. This year the kids will be sharing all the supplies to build a sense of community in the classroom. Hmm, I guess somethings have changed since I was in kindergarten.

The teachers seemed very nice, both around my age.
Monday we take Jack to school at 8am. I wonder if will survive the day without staying all day long. I did sign up to volunteer in the class and for field trips and I am considering the PTA... I need something to keep me busy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jack Wisdom

Last week in Klamath one morning I was talking to Jack about him starting school. Basically I was lamenting that I would be lonely without him around to keep my company all day. The conversation went something like this:

Me: Jack I don't want school to start yet, I'm going to be lonely without my little buddy.
Jack: Mom, I'm only going to be gone half a day, I'll be there in the afternoon.
Me: Oh I know, but I will still be lonely.
Jack: Mom, you could get a job you know with Dad at Microsoft, then you won't be lonely.
Me: But if I get a job, who will pick you up from school.
Jack: Mom, I am gonna ride the bus, I can just unlock the door and go inside.
Me: You can't be home alone, what if something happens.
Jack: Mom, what could happen? I will go inside, lock the door behind me and watch TV till you get home.
Me: flabergasted with look of shock on my face-- I just hugged him, what else could you do with that line of reasoning.


Otherwise known as the day my guy got signed up for Kindergarten.

Yesterday we took Jack to his school, Ardmore Elementary, to sign up for Kindergarten. I had really thought we were going to do half day, then I looked at the lesson plans... the half day kids get basically introduction to reading and learning numbers and letters-tied in with art once a week and PE & music class. The full day kids get exposed to science and math and more art, music and PE. So we decided to do full day. The half day instructional period was only 2 hrs and 40 minutes as well--so it didn't really seem worth it. It looks like they also mix in some of the advanced Kindergartners with the first grade class. Since Jack can basically read and add and subtract, I am hoping he is one of those kids.

Jack has been nervous all summer, saying he doesn't like school and doesn't want to go, well after seeing the school yesterday he is excited. We took him to see the play equipment and he was happy with what they had. He is really looking forward to riding the bus to and from school. Which I do not know if I am ready for, at all. It seems so grown up of him to be doing.

My little guy is growing up. Thursday was have an orientation from 1-3 to meet the teacher and see the room. That should be fun.

Ohh last night we found a really great neighborhood pizza place, its NY style pizza and they have some arcade games from the 60's and 70's in the restaurant. It was awesome food too.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The unpacking continues

Jack and I have been working everyday getting unpacked. This afternoon we worked on cleaning his room up. This weekend he unpacked the remaining boxes in his room and scattered the contents about his room. This afternoon I suddenly understood the crazy my mom must have felt when Sarah and I were little and we would not keep a clean room. I sat in Jack's room and directed/guided him in cleaning-- we also did a good bit of clean out at the same time.

Lately Randy and I have been to work with Jack on his frustration level and how he seems to be overly afraid to do certain things. Especially anything involving heights or hanging on/off anything. There is a park that I have been taking Jack to in our new neighborhood that has been helping a lot with that, the Grass Lawn Park Tonight we went again and he is doing really well, climbing up lots of stuff and going across the rope walk. We were pretty proud. Here are some pictures:

Jack climbed up into this basket, it took some doing, but he got in there on his own.

Jack going across the rope walk

Jack climbing up to the big slide

Jack and I at the park :)

Jack's favorite things for today:
1. going down the big slide at the park
2. going across the rope bridge at the park
3. playing original mario brothers on dad's old nintendo

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Getting Settled in, still

We are still sifting through the boxes but are mostly unpacked. I need to get some pictures of Jack's room, it is looking pretty cool. I have the living room and kitchen mostly together, we are working on our bedroom and bathroom. The problem is that there is really no place to put anything, so I am kind of figuring things out.

Jack started his second session of swimming lessons on Monday and is doing really well. I am trying to take advantage of the nice sunny weather by taking him to the pool in the apartment to reinforce what he is learning. He likes his new teacher, it helps her name is Sarah.

Here are some shots of today's lesson:

Monday, July 28, 2008

A moving we will go

I don't have any pictures yet, but we have been moving into our new apartment this weekend. I have been madly trying to get the kitchen all unpacked and am almost there. I have found there is a big difference between an in-town move vs moving to another state... you have to unpack all your stuff at once. There is no leaving certain rooms to the end and getting that stuff later when you are ready for it. Right now I have 100 boxes in our house + our furniture which is making it pretty icky to get around. I think I have about 10-15 boxes done. Hopefully today I will get the rest of the kitchen done and moved onto the bedroom.

We picked up Jack a new bed @ Ikea yesterday. Randy has it almost all the way together. He and Will worked on it last night and it seems as though the Tidd family is evolving. They worked together quite nicely, no yelling @ each other, no swearing & they used their words instead of just pointing or sticking out their hand expecting something.

Here is the bed, I will post a picture when Jack's room is all together.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vancouver Visit

Yesterday Jack and I headed to Vancouver to visit Bethany & Mason. We had a great time and hope they did too. Jack was completely entertained and I sat there and relaxed. I love their front porch and it is my hope to someday have one, it really is an extension of their house. In fact I think I have spent more time hanging out on their porch then in their house.

Jack's favorite things about the trip:
Seeing the girl (Jack met their neighbor, Jenna a very adorable four year old.)
Hopscotching with Mason

Driving his batmobile around last night (this has become a nightly pastime for him)

This week seems like it has gone by pretty quick. Jack started swimming lessons on Monday and they are going very well. He likes his teacher and is doing better in the water. Tonight Jack & I went over to the pool and did a little practice in the water. Tomorrow is the big move day... wish us luck!

Jack hopscotching it up.

Jack running through the sprinkler

Our tootsies enjoying the fantastic morning light in Bethany's spare bedroom.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Portland Weekend

We headed to Portland for the weekend for Wendy's birthday. All in all we had a good time. It was good getting out of town and seeing our family. I was grateful to be around people other then Jack and Randy. I know that might sound bad, but outside of Will I have talked to pretty much a five year old these last few weeks. I really need to find some friends here. Unfortunately for me, it sounds like most of Randy's work colleagues are single, sigh. So single friends... there are some well off nerds on the market here.

Randy filled gas for the 4th & 5th time this trip, he is getting better. At least he is not thinking they need to replace the nozzle after each fill. We had a bbq on Saturday night for dinner to celebrate Wendy's birthday. Sunday on our way back to Seattle we stopped and saw Bethany & Mason for lunch. It was so good seeing them. It is nice to at least be closer to them being up here.

It is also Randy & I's 6 year wedding anniversary today.

I caught Bev & Jack watching TV together on Saturday morning:

Sunday after we got home we headed down to the coffee shop and had a coffee. Here is mine. I felt like I was right out of an episode of Friends with my big coffee cup hangin out playing board games in a coffee house.

Jack's favorite things from our trip:
Seeing my family(Papa, Wendy, Jeff & Grandma)
Outdoor bbq with cake
Spiderman 3 Sorry game @ St. James coffee place with mom & dad

This section brought to you by Jack:
once i loved my mom and wendy
once i loved my dad

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The last few days (7-15-08 - 7-17-08)

The last few days have been pretty good ones for Jack and I. Tuesday we went to storytime where we learned about bees and got to make a bee craft. Wednesday was storytime in the park, we packed a lunch and ate in the park. We also found a bakery and got some cookies to go with our lunch. Today we ventured to Puyallup wa to visit my old friend Annie. She is living up here and it was great to see her. I don't think Jack knew what to think of her two kids, but they are a lot younger...

Jack's favorite things:
Seeing Uncle Will on Wed night
Playing @ goldsmith park
Going to storytime in the park & @ the library

Seeing Annie today was great. I got caught up on all the gossip from the old crowd and being around another girl was nice for a change.

Tomorrow we head to Portland for the weekend and I am pretty excited to see people other then Jack and Randy. I might runaway to Vancouver for awhile and catch up with Bethany & Mason.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Not much went on today. Jack and I hit Target in the afternoon for a few necessaties. He picked up a batmobile, which he has been wanting since he saw it a few weeks ago and we got some new puzzles to work on.

This evening we made our usual treck to the park. It has become a nightly ritual, after dinner we walk to the park. Tonight I had Randy stop by the coffee shop I had been wanting to try out, and I was so happy that I did. It was seriously one awesome latte. I don't think I will be going to that seattle based franchise across the street again as long as we are in this neighborhood. This place was great. The baristas were all artsy with their foam and there were tons of books and games, like they actually wanted you to hang out there. They have a little library in there were you can borrow books and bring them back. It was great. It is what I remembered coffee houses being like when I first fell in love with them.

Jack's favorite things from today:
Getting to go to the park with his Daddy
Learning to play checkers @ the coffee shop
Getting to play

Walk to the park

These are some of the flowers and plants we see on the way to the park everyday:

This bush is covered in these pretty pink flowers. It smells really good too.

This is my new favorite lilly color combo. The evening I snapped this was the last day these lillies looked nice. The next day was a hot one and all the blooms wilted.

I am not even sure what this is, but when I have a yard, I want this little tree, it is sooo cute.

Jack looks up @ these leaves and always says, "Look mom, tree stars"

Jack spotted this lady bug on the walk home from the park the other morning. He was so excited about seeing a lady bug, that is was very old and that it crawled all over his finger. It was the perfect lady bug moment. After a few minutes he relocated the lady bug to a nearby flower patch so it would be safer.

Day 7 (7-13-08)

Today we headed to the Seattle Aquarium. We had a little hickup with the directions, one of the hwys we were supposed to use was closed so we had to figure out an alternate route. But we got there.

The aquarium was really nice, we saw lots of fish, a giant octopus, otters, sea lions, puffins & lots of other things. Jack played in the tidal pools and got touch starfish, sand dollars, sea annonome & sea cucumbers. It was pretty cool.

Jack's favorite things about the aquarium:
The sea otters
Going to the aquarium
Seeing a baby shark

It was a really good day. Randy nearly killed us getting back onto I5 from downtown, but we were all ok. I do think it shaved a year off my life though. Will came over in the afternoon and stayed for tacos.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day 6 (7-12-08)

Today was a fun day, we went to the park that will be behind our new apartment. It is really nice and kind of tucked away in the neighborhood so it is not as busy as the one we go to everyday. Jack had fun checking out the new equipment. There is a trail that goes from the door of our new apartment to the park-- its about 100 yards from the front door to the yard-- which will be so nice.

Jack and Randy convinced me to look through the windows of the new apartment, it looks pretty cozy... not sure where that hutch is going to go.

Randy located a meat market close to the new place too. It is AWESOME!! We picked up a "John T Fox" sirloin and some ground beef. The service was so good, the guy behind the counter recognized we had not been in there before and asked if we were knew to the area and we mentioned we had just moved from out of town. Apparently all new customers get a few sample of their fresh made peperoni sticks-- which are awesome. We will definitely be regulars there. It also did not hurt that they had a huge cardboard cut-out of Barack Obama in the shop-- their cars were all decked out with bumper stickers too. So we felt @ home.

Tonight we walked down to the waterfront and grabbed a cone from Ben & Jerry's then walked over to the park. After Jack playing for a bit, we watched a baseball game for awhile and headed home.

Jack wisdom for today:
We were driving back this afternoon from some grocery shopping and I made a comment to Randy that I wanted a new car. Jack piped up with a, "Mom, just as long as it's not a clown car. Cause Mom then you would have to dress like a clown and get a clown nose." He was referring to my desire for a mini cooper-- which I have pointed out several times to Randys since moving here that it would be convenient for parking in tiny spots. It was so hilarious the way he said it. That kid is funny sometimes. So now I will probably never get one, because I will always here in the back of my head in Jack's 5 year old voice, "Mom- don't buy clown cars."

Days 4 & 5 (7-19 - 7-11-08)

Jack and I layed pretty low the last few days. Thursday we had to return the rental car. We picked Randy up for work and I left the rental contract on the counter back @ the apartment. So we just had lunch instead. I mentioned that I had to get gas in the Honda... & Randy told me something really funny. He had to get gas for the first time a few days ago. Keep in mind he has maybe filled gas 4 times in his life. In Oregon they have to pump it for you. He noticed a sign that said, "Please replace nozzle after filling." So he finished up, got his receipt and walked over to tell the attendant he was done and could he help him replace the nozzle... He understood the sign to mean they replace the nozzle between each fill-up. Thank fully he figured out the sign before getting to the attendant. That really was the funniest Randy momement in a long time.

Friday Jack and I hung out around the house. We made lunches and took them to the park to eat (ham rollups, peaches, raisins & a brownie). We ate while a baseball game was on. Then Jack played in the park.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Day 3 (7-9-09)

Jack's favorite things from yesterday:
making dragonflies after story time
the teacher reading me a story
going to the library

Jack's favorite things for today:
going on the hill for story time in the park
looking at the pictures of the big book
playing at the park with mom & dad after dinner

I can't post any pictures from today. There seems to be a problem with the photo editing software I have been using... boo.

Jack and I took it easy today, we hung around the house in the moring. He watched some cartoons while I got our sandwiches ready for stories in the park. Around 1130 we headed over to the park and started munching on our lunch. Unfortunately the PA system the librarian was using stopped working, so we didn't hear very well-- but we are looking forward to next week. The cars came today and Jack and I had fun getting them parked and situated. After dinner we headed off to the park with Randy to do a little before bed time playing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Day 2 (7-8-08)

Today was a pretty good day for Jack and I. We started out the day by straightening up our house a little. I unpacked the last remaining boxes of temp housing items while Jack caught up on some cartoons.

We had breakfast in the park, grabbed some bagels from the bagel store (jack had chocolate chip & i had everything + plain cream cheese) & shared an o.j. After we ate Jack got some playing in at his park. Where he snubbed a little boy who asked him to play with him. I secretly giggled, the boy came up to him and asked Jack how old he was, Jack looked him up one side and down the other and kind of cocked his eyebrow and said, "I'm five" in a very serious I am not impressed with you tone to his voice. He also held up his hand and showed him how many fingers 5 was--in a way I could tell Jack expected this child to not understand just how many five is. The boy replied with a, "I'm five to, wana race?" which really sounded like, "I fife too wana waaaace?" Jack just looked at him, turned around and walked off. That other little boy found someone else to play with after going through the same scenario a few times. After whitnessing this I remembered what it was like when I was little-- at least I always had my sister, otherwise I never probably would have had anyone to play with. I could tell Jack thought it was going to take too much effort to interact with this "lesser being."

After the park we headed to the library for reading time. The librarian for story time was really awesome. I discovered just how painfully shy Jack was-- he picked a spot up front off to the side not realizing that during part of story time the group would turn to the other side of the room and he would be front and center. It took some coaxing but I finally got him to participate a little bit. I remembered just how I was as a little kid. Knowing what I thought was a lot and not wanting to make and mistakes, I could see the look on his face that I must have had so many times... hopefully a few more times and he will get the swing of it. We got to make a craft and he was excited about that.

We then headed home and made lunch, played his maze game we picked up at the coast. After nap time he had a little conversation with gma Beverly and worked on some homework. I can tell he is really smart because he gets frustrated with simple tasks-- but seems to sail through more uper-level cognative skills. We'll see how some math goes tomorrow....

We got home from the grocery store late today-- so no top favorites from Jack tonight, but I am sure he will have some tomorrow.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Day 1 (7-7-08)

Today was Randy's first day of work & Jack & I's first day together. I had planned on taking him to the library in the morning and going to the park afterword. The library was great, Kirkland's public library is very nice and they have a good children's section. We read a few books together and Jack practiced sounding out and reading new words. After the library we headed over to the park and Jack played for awhile. I attempted to make eye contact with some of the other moms and they just looked away.

After lunch Jack worked on some homework and took a nap. I rememered just how tiring being a stay @ home mom can be. But rewarding, I feel like I achieved something-- Jack sounded out some pretty big words @ the library today, and I think part of that is me working with him.

Sorry no new pics today. I forgot the camera on our travels. But tomorrow we will get a pic or two up.

Jack's favorite things about today:
Going to the park x2-- Randy took him in the evening
Running down the ramp
Having fun with my family

Below is brought to you through the magic of Jack's little fingers:
the park love mom dad love jack

My favorite things about today:
Jack waking up after his nap & being excited to see me
Watching him play @ the park and have a good time
Reading books at the library together and Jack reading the words he knows

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Kate 7-6-08

I have discovered something about men... & why they do not have very many shoes. Men are picky. I used to think it was just Justin. Today Randy needed to get new shoes for work-- we went to 4 different places, all with rather similar shoes, and he finally settled on one pair after about an hour and half of looking and lamenting and trying and testing. Something was just a little wrong with each pair until he found just the right ones. After about the 15th pair, it dawned on me-- it must be because they are so discerning in their choices, that is why they only have a few pair of shoes. That must be it.

Me, I walk into any shoe store and I can find if not many at least one pair of shoes that strike my fancy. Like the ones I found today.

My favorite things about today:
Watching Jack sound out 5 simple words for a word search-- he pretty much did it on his own.
After 3 years of searching for the perfect color blue/slate/turquoise bed spread finding it @ Target.
The new coconut 7 layer bar flavor @ Ben & Jerry's-- it is yummy.

Jack 7-6-08

Jack's favorite things about today:
Going to Ben & Jerry's for a cone-- (he got chocolate brownie fudge chunk)
Going to the comic book store and getting a Transformer comic book with Dad
Buying new flip flops at Payless

Jack's witty advice for today-- during dinner I was lamenting that I should have gotten the very cute yellow flip flops @ Payless. Jack said, "You know Mom, we can go back tomorrow and buy them for you."

This section brought to you by Jack:
Jack says, "I love Momma & Daddy."

love batteries

Jack's new flip flops... I can't believe I did it-- but apparently we were a little late in purchasing sandals this year.
I promise I did not pose his hands on his hips like that - it is a natural talent
my pedicure from last week with Lynlee

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Jack 7-5-08

Jack typed the following, "jack kristin randy i love mom & love dad."

Jack's favorite things:
Riding the carousel
Playing air hockey
Chocolate milk from starbucks

Jack's quote of the day, "You know dad, when you get lost you see things you never would have seen before."

Kate's favorite things:
Watching Jack on the carousel
Watching Jack nearly beat his dad in air hockey--seriously Tidd's don't play down to little kids either.
Getting us lost so I was able to hear Jack impart his wisdom for the day

Jack says, I love you everyone.

Pics from day in seattle

I missed the "done" button on the last screen. What can I say, first post and all.

Day in Seattle

Jack and I headed to Seattle for the day with Randy. We went down to Pikes Market and saw the fish tossing. We walked down to the waterfront and had lunch at a place on the water. Then Jack and Randy rode the carousel. It was a pretty fun afternoon and it was good to get out of the house.