Monday, July 27, 2009

Abby's Birthday Party

We celebrated Abby's Birthday this weekend with Mamaw and Grandad. They drove up to spend the weekend with us and we had a wonderful time. Abby loved her princess birthday cake and all of her presents....especially her tea set!

Happy 2nd Birthday Abby Michelle Stuckey!

Abby ended the day standing on the front porch, holding her balloon, in nothing butt (get it?) her "birthday suit"! It just doesn't get better than that! Now, let's take a look back over the last 2 years....

Kids went back to school!

Cartoon by Randy Bish
Yes, its true. We have decided to put the kids back in school. We found a lovely little school near our house that offers some wonderful learning opportunities for the kids. They are taught sign language, Spanish (Cody was learning Japanese symbols last week), computer skills and they even have a water park to play in once a week. I couldn't ask for more in a school (other than for it to be cheaper!)...but it is well worth the price!

The teachers send home notes each day/week to give us updates on their progress. Abby is doing great and this week she is learning to be potty trained...they are taking her to the potty every 30 minutes. She did great today - only one accident - and it was only because she forgot to pull her panties down when she sat on the potty.

Cody seems to have a harder time in the morning when we are leaving. He gets fussy and whiny. It seems like forever until he lets go of us so we can slip out, but he still cries every morning. We were getting there right when they transitioned to the cafeteria for breakfast. That just seemed to make it worse, so we are now taking him to class early so he can transition with his classmates. Hopefully he will get through this phase soon. It breaks my heart to hear him call out for us as we are leaving.

The great thing about this school is that it offers internet monitoring....that means I can log in and watch them in their class, in the cafeteria, on the playground, etc. It is awesomely addictive! : )

Friday, July 17, 2009

UP: The Movie

We took Cody to his first real movie this week....we went to see the movie UP in 3-D. He was so were we!
The movie itself was not what I had thought it would be. It was a little more geared toward an older audience. It made me cry a few times and the mean dogs in it scared me a little. All in all, it was a cute story, great animation (of course, its Disney!) and Cody was happy. He took his 3D glasses off during most of the movie, but he said he still liked it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Cody's Inquisition

Cody is a very inquisitive little boy...always asking questions. I hear that it is very typical for kids his age. But no matter how many blogs I read or articles I see about "dealing with your child's curiosity", I still seem to get annoyed and aggravated by having to constantly explain EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME!

It happened again today when Cody started asking questions about where we were going and where was it and how were we going to get there.... Clay decided to beat him at his own game by answering questions BEFORE he could ask them. Here is how the conversation went:

CLAY: (Where are we going?) We are going to the movie theater, (where is it?) it is located on Cary Parkway, (how do we get there?) we have to drive to High House and turn left, (why do we have to go to High House?) because that's how they engineered the roads, (why did they engineer the roads?) because they hired smart engineers to design it, (why are they smart?) because they went to college, (why did they go to college?) so they could get good jobs, (why did they want good jobs?) because they wanted to make a lot of money, (why did they want a lot of money?) because they were greedy.

.....about then is when we stopped to laugh at how ridiculous it all was and celebrated how Clay had outsmarted Cody's inquisition. Then Cody said....

CODY: But why?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Missing old friends, buying new ones

Today, I was having Cody practice spelling his name by typing it on the keyboard...C.O.D.Y. Then we practiced spelling Stuckey...S.T.U.C.K.E.Y.

Then Cody said, "Mommy, let's spell Rainey's name." (She is a girl from his class back in Charleston. I think her real name was Rayleen or something like that. Cody has always called her "Ray-nee" though.) He typed out R.N.Y....."Rainey!"

It made me sad that he still remembered her, afterall its been well over a month since we left. I asked him if he missed her. He said yes.

Then I said, "Well, we will just have to make new friends here in Raleigh." He replied, "Maybe we should go to the Friend Store and get new friends...maybe I'll get a new Rainey."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009