Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fun times in T-town

We are so thankful to be settling into our new home...it has been good for all of us!  John David seems to be more confident and less clingy now that we are no longer living a nomadic lifestyle. I'd say we all function better with routine and schedules...not that we've gotten a handle on a consistent routine or schedule to date, but we are working on it.  John David starts at a preschool at the University of Alabama next Monday.  He, with his 4 other classmates, will be meeting two mornings a week, two hours both days.  Perfect.  When we were told that John David needed to be in a preschool, my heart sank, for I always envisioned being at home with him, doing our own fun activities together.  I didn't want him to start having to be away from me.  But this situation is perfect - just two days, two hours, and during that time, I am able to observe and/or interact with him and his teachers.  (Each student is assigned a graduate student from the University; there are also other adult/medical supervisors.)  So, thankfully, plenty of supervision and one-on-one attention.  I am hopeful that this will be the perfect environment for little John David and will be just what he needs.  I told David that I feel like God made this program just for him.  I believe that He has.  

Here are some pictures from a recent "family date" that we went on, shortly after starting the new ministry at Circlewood.  I felt like we had been so busy - and we had! - and that we had just hit the ground running - and we had! - that we needed a date...as a family!  So we went to Barnes & Noble, sipped on something hot, and let John David explore the children's section.  Of course, the time that I don't bring the diaper bag, John David has a blow out!  David ran across the street (for he thought it would be quicker than starting the car and fighting traffic) to the grocery store, purchased a pack of diapers and wipes, and made it back to the store in record time.  I was glad that he made it back so quickly, for I was trying to avoid people to spare them a sniff of my son's deposit.  So, the night was memorable for many reasons and much needed. One of my favorite parts though was watching my boys play.  John David is becoming so grown up.  Each day is filled with more and more fun and discovery.  It is as if we are starting to have real, two-way conversations now...simple, one-to-two-to-three word phrases, of course.:)  It is so delightful.  Music, guitars, microphones, trains, lions, monkeys, animal books, steering wheels, and the "Itsy-Bitsy Spider" song rank at the top of his list these days. But at the very top are Daddy and Mommy - right where we want to be!
  

John David and Daddy working together - makes my heart glad :)


An up-close look at John David's train wreck.  He and
David are working on something together in the background. 
At this point, working in teams may bring about better results. :)


"I'm so blessed to have such a fun Dad!"

2 comments:

Mallory, Amy & John Mark said...

Katie,

These pictures are precious! What a fun and cheap date night idea. We just may have to copy you. ;)

Amy

HJoy said...

I love reading the recaps of your days. Thank you for sharing with us! I look forward to us catching up one day soon!
Heather