Today Keaton's preschool went on a field trip to the post office.
I had Ayush and Chris in the car. They were talking about the new Backyardian Movie called Super Spy. Both of the boys wanted to come over and have a playdate so they could watch it. They were all really excited. These two boys are definitely Keaton's favorite buddies.
I love going to the Post Office. There's just something special about mail. I love it!
Once inside, we have the kids line up along the big window to wait for our tour guide Ms. Becky. Note how cute Keaton is hugging the little redheaded Gunnar in line. Very sweet!
The first thing Ms. Becky shows the kids are all the post office boxes. It reminded me of when we lived in St. George when Jacek was a little over a year old and we had a P.O. Box. He used to love to go get the mail. The box was low enough too, so that he could put the key in, reach in and pull out the mail.
Next, we went into the main mail sorting room. It was fascinating. Did you know that the mail carriers sort their own mail? I didn't know that. Also, all the mail, even the branch mail, goes to the main post office downtown each day and is sorted electronically. Then it will be sent back to the branch to be sorted and delivered.
Then, we got to go out and see a real mail truck!
Ms. Becky explained to the kids about the steering wheel being on the right side of the mail truck so the carrier doesn't have to get out, run around to the other side and put the mail in. She told them the truck has no windows in the back to keep the mail private and safe. But, she explained how the driver can't see little kids behind the truck, so to wait for the mail truck to deliver their mail before going to the mailbox. She talked about keeping your dogs inside so they don't hurt the mail carrier. I thought Ms. Becky did a great job bringing the mail system down to a preschool level. Did you know carrier usual deliver between 400-1000 houses each day? Crazy!
We went back inside and she let the kids try out a mail pouch like a real postal worker.
At the end of the tour, Ms. Becky gave Ms. Bobbi a post office coloring book and crayons for all the kids. Bonus!
It was a gorgeous day here, so they let the kids run around on the grass for a few minutes.
Before we piled back into the cars to go back to preschool, the kids got to mail their postcard that they drew a picture on. Ms. Bobbi bought stamps and the kids put their postcard in the mail slot.
The sweetest moment was watching Keaton hold Ms. Bobbi's hand during the tour. I love that their hands are in focus even though Keaton is blurry.
Happy 70th Birthday today mom! We've been celebrating for two weeks, but today is the real day. I love this photo of her taken at our 40th birthday party in May. She is not only a beautiful woman on the outside, but she's beautiful on the inside too. She has the biggest heart in the world. Thanks mom for all of the things you have taught me and for your unconditional love. She is THE best mom in the world. I am so blessed to have her in my life. My kids adore her. She spoils them rotten, but hey, that's what Grandmas are for, right? She says, "They're not spoiled, they're just loved!"
This photo is so Janie-O. I love that Tara the Photographer took this at our party too.
This little guy is really having storm anxiety. Every night, he asks me if a storm is coming. Tonight, he looked out the windows and started freaking out because the clouds looked threatening. I took him outside and showed him that it was just the sun setting and the light was making the clouds orange and red. I went and grabbed the camera and took a picture.
I thought of a great analogy as I was describing the sunset. I told him that the sun was coloring the white clouds with an orange crayon before he went to bed. It was perfect because as we were coming home from our annual neighborhood bbq, he asked me what the sun was doing to get ready for bed. This was how the conversation went...
K: "It's getting dark."
M: "Yes, the sun's getting ready for bed."
K: "What is he doing?"
M: "He's eating dinner."
K: "Then what?"
M: "Then, he'll get his pajamas on."
K: "Then what?"
M: "Then, he'll brush his teeth."
K: "Then what?"
M: "Then, he'll sing a bedtime song. Which one will he sing?"
K: "'This Little Light of Mine'. Then what?"
M: "Then, he'll ready a story. Which one will he read?"
K: "Dinosaur book. Then what?"
M: "Then, he'll snuggle down and go to sleep."
He likes to know the order of things. I think it gives him a sense of peace knowing what's going to happen next. A little control in his great big out-of-control world. It's interesting how childrens' minds work. Jacek's mind worked completely different than Keaton's does. Or maybe, I just "get it" this time with Keaton, because I am a seasoned mom and I didn't "get it" with Jacek, because I was a rookie mom.
What I do know is, that it's just a phase he's going through. He will not be afraid of storms forever. He'll most likely grow up to be like his dad who looooves thunder, lightning and rainstorms. But, until then, he's my almost five year old boy who can curl up on my lap and let me try to calm those brewing storms.
Yep, it's a PT Cruiser. My mini-van is in the shop. I had to have my driver's door replaced and the passenger door and my window fixed. It had to go to the body shop to be fixed and painted, so the dealership set me up with a rental. I was kind of excited when Jeff the Avis Guy told me I was getting a PT Cruiser. I've never been in one, let alone, driven one. The novelty wore off within two seconds of getting in and smelling the smokey scent of old cigarettes. YUCK!!
I thought Keaton wouldn't like riding in it. I had prepped him that I would have a different car when I picked him up on Monday. He lovesssss it. He wants me to keep it and give back our mini-van, DVD and all. I also thought Jacek would like riding in it. NOT! He thought it was cool for about a second, until he smelled the smell plus he's so big that he feels scrunched up in it.
It's weird driving a regular car again. I haven't driven one on a regular basis for 7 years. I really liked my Ford Taurus that I drove around for 11+ years, but I miss my van.
I *HEART* my Toyota Sienna.
I just looked through some of my pictures looking for a full shot of my van. I don't have one :(
I took a lot of pictures this morning of Keaton, but this one was my favorite. The first day of school was pretty anti-climatic because he's been going three days a week all summer. I'm really glad I had him go during the summer because it was no big deal to go this morning. He did seem a bit overwhelmed as he was looking out the window at all the kids that were there. He was spoiled during the summer because there weren't very many kids. But, today there were gaggles of them.
He knew some of the kids already. His buddies, Ayush and Chris, were there.
He doesn't have to get used to new teachers because he has the same ones from last year and then from the summer-Ms. Bobbi and Ms. Stephanie. I'm glad it was an easy transition day. He even wanted to do Lunch Bunch today with his new lunchbox.
He wanted to take this picture of his lunchbox by himself. I think he did a great job.
I love that he wrote his own name on the tag.
I wasn't expecting him to take his lunch so I was scrambling around for something to fill it with. He has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, grapes, a Reese's peanut butter cup and chocolate milk.
Cottonwood Canyon Montessori had two beatiful flower baskets in front today. We had to take a picture of them.
I love how he was walking with determination in these photos. A man on a mission.
Have a great first day of school, buddy.
EDITED: Went and picked Keaton up from preschool after I posted this. He had a great day. He looked so big and grown up to me as we walked to the car.