Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kindergarten drive-in...

End of the year means end of the year projects. Which means a whole lot of time going into those projects. The entire kindergarten makes cardboard cars and takes them to the Drive-in movie at school. We did the same project for Hallie and I was kicking myself for not keeping it and having Hunter repaint it.

My next thought was to build a car out of wood so I can use it for the next kids - but I couldn't figure out how to make it light enough that he could carry it on his own.

Hunter and I went to Home Depot to pick up some supplies. It was a Saturday and I was wondering how I was going to fit everything in. When I got home Steve was willing and ready to go. I've become so accustomed to doing everything without him, so to have him home on a Saturday and having the time to help was totally foreign. I let those two go at it and I'm so glad I did. I often get to help with school projects but Steve doesn't and he actually quite enjoys it.

They decided on a rocket as opposed to a car. Rockets go faster and they have more buttons than cars do.
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Hunter painted the whole thing by himself, including the USA on the top.
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
He was pretty proud of the control panel. He explained what each button did - he really thought it through!
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last day of school...

Oh my, how they've grown. How is it already the end of school? There was so much excitement surrounding today. I laid in be last night next to Hunter, reminding him of the night before the first day of school. He was so nervous. What if he got lost on the bus? How will he know when its time to eat? Will he ever see Hallie? And three days into school and the nerves were gone and I saw confidence building each and every day. As we talked about it, he started asking about first grade and shared some concerns. This morning I overheard him asking Hallie, "What if I get the really mean teacher?"

So cute. So tender. And Hallie's coaching him through it was just about the sweetest thing.

We're looking forward to summer and we've got some fun things planned. Here's our annual first and last day of school photos. (Tutorial can be found here)
Life with Fingerprints: First and last day of school photo
Life with Fingerprints: First and last day of school photo
Life with Fingerprints: First and last day of school photo

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Preschool Graduation...

I'm not sure we can really call it a graduation since he's going back to the same school next year - but we had Bennett's end of the year program.

He was so excited - they had been practicing their songs for weeks. He was insistent that Steve be there and asked multiple times a day to make sure dad was coming. I would catch him singing his songs at home and one song in particular had him laughing every single time. It's called "Mama's Soup Surprise". I could never fully understand all they words he was singing because he would go through the song so fast and be laughing so hard. It's a funny song; here's the chorus:

Oh, chicken lips and lizard hips
And alligator eyes
Monkey legs and buzzard eggs
And salamander thighs
Rabbit ears and camel rears
And tasty toenail pies
Stir 'em all together
And it's mama's soup surprise

I would grimace and moan with each word he sang which made him sing louder and faster.
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He was entertaining to say the least during his program - much more animated than many of his counterparts. I wish I could say he was just excited to perform but he has that energy all day, every day!
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Cannon, however, wasn't amused with his performance. He should be taking notes, he'll be up there in just a few years.
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Luckily, his anger wasn't anything a roll and cookie couldn't take care of!
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The growth this little guy had this year was amazing. His teacher is loving and patient and just what he needed. Its going to be a long summer if he keeps asking when he gets to go back to school!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Father/Sons 2015...

The forecast showed cold and rainy and yet the boys were determined to go on their campout. I begged and pleaded for them to get a hotel because I could only see this campout being miserable. But instead, we packed the car and sent them on their merry way complete with pouring rain. 15 minutes after they left I heard the garage door open. I opened the door to see the boys (including another dad and his son) removing the camping gear from the car.

It only took them a few minutes of driving to realize the campout was going to be anything but fun. They swapped out the tent for swimsuits and went to Scottsdale to stay in a hotel.

And when dads are in charge - anything goes. Like soda and chips before dinner!
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The spent the evening at Peter Piper Pizza and enjoyed a movie.
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Breakfast from McDonalds complete with grape soda - it's what Father/sons outings are made of! Of course you can't pump a kid full of sugar and other "goodness" and not suffer a few setbacks. According to Steve's description - Bennett had more than a couple setbacks - otherwise known as meltdowns. It was probably just the soda talking!
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Luckily they were still able to get their campfire!
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The spent the morning at the pool before packing up and coming home.
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They ended up canceling the whole campout shortly after Steve left for the hotel - a few families were already up there and decided to stick it out through the hail. The rain. And then the snow. And more snow. They awoke to five inches covering the ground...and their tents. Steve saw the pictures and couldn't have been more grateful that he roughed it in the hotel.
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