Grandpa and Grandma Johnson’s Visit

Grandpa and Grandma Johnson flew all the way down from Washington to visit Alex and spend his birthday with him.  From the moment they arrived Alex forgot all about the rest of us.  Alex and I have spent hours reading the Winnie the Pooh – Animals book, so I already know it by heart, and now I think Dad and Karen know it all too!

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Alex’s “prayer hands” before dinner

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Dinner tasted better from grandpa and grandma’s laps (and off their dinner plates)

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Our trip to the Austin Zoo

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I even fed the goat (but he got a little close after this picture!)

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Our trip to the Austin Nature and Science Center

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Alex had an exhausting, exciting, and very fun week playing with grandma and grandpa.  And he cried when they left.  He’ll be eagerly awaiting the next time to they come to visit.

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Dear Alex,

Happy birthday, my little monkey!  You’re not so little any more.  Some times I have to remind myself that not all that long ago you were a tiny little baby because it’s hard to believe you have ever been anything other than the tough and tumble little boy you are now.

You love books.  We have read Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You Hear?, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You See? a million times already, and yet you never get tired of turning the pages and pointing out all of the animals.  You love reading the Llama, Llama stories with Mommy and Daddy Kisses with Daddy at bedtime each night.  You are interested in everything new, and you love to repeat everything we say.  We’ve started homeschooling, and you seem to love all the new games and activities too.

It’s hard to keep up with you sometimes, and you never want to miss a moment, so you’re usually the first one up in the morning, and you stay awake as late as you can each night.  Even nap time is a challenge at times!  But I love when you snuggle up in the chair with me or when you crawl into my lap and fall asleep all curled up, still holding onto me. 

I love when you laugh just because I’m laughing and when you do silly things to make me smile.  I love when you say, “I wuf you” and “sit down, mommy!”  You still call Hanna “nanna” and Indy “dee dee”, but they don’t mind.  They still sleep happily beside you and follow you wherever you go.  You’ve turned this house upside down, any yet we can’t imagine it any other way.  Daddy and I love you!

Love Mommy

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Alex’s First Week of Homeschool

Sure, he’s just shy of two years old, but he’s curious, he’s a fast learner, and he’s full of boundless energy.  And Dustin and I believe it’s never too early to start teaching so Alex started school this past week.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Our Nature Walk this week took us to McKinney Falls State Park where we collected rocks.

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While he wasn’t really sure what to make of his pattern blocks yet, he had fun dumping them out and sorting through the colors.

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One of his favorite parts of his school day, and something he asks to do throughout the day even when school is over, is setting up his prayer table and practicing the sign of the cross.  And he loves to say the word “Holy!”

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We took a recess on Friday morning to explore the snow in our backyard.

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We made a lot of fun of ourselves for buying him a snowsuit (not in the hopes of actually having snow but because it was cheaper to buy the snowsuit on sale than just a winter jacket at regular price) but it turns out he got to wear it after all.  And now that Hanna and Indy have been outside in their jackets too, every time Hanna and Indy go outside Alex brings them their jackets!