Thursday, August 28, 2008

ECDC day two

Things must be going well at Katharine's new school because today when she woke up one of the first things she said was, "Can I go to my big school again today?" And she seemed so happy to get there and again ran into the classroom ready to play!

KK's First Day "Report" Card

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Katharine's first day of preschool

Today's was KK's first day at her new preschool! She was so excited to be going to her "big girl" school! Her daddy asked her last night if she was excited about going to her new school tomorrow and she responded immediately and brightly, "I am!"

Today we were up and out the door good and early (I actually got organized for once and had everything ready the night before). We got Matthew to daycare and then off to catch the bus. We were actually so organized that we managed to catch an earlier bus than I had planned on but as we were one of the last people on the bus before its scheduled departure it was quite full (only single seats left no two together). So, I have Katharine and my work bag and her backpack and her lunch bag and a bag full of pull ups and wipes as we trod down the aisle to figure out where to sit. Finally, some kind people clued in to my dilemma and after some serious seat re-arranging on the part of our fellow riders, we got ourselves settled in. Katharine loves riding the bus and usually manages to befriend everyone in the seats around her!

After we got off the bus we made a quick stop at my office to drop off my work bag before it crippled me. Then we were off to ECDC! We took a couple of pics on the way and ran into a friend on the way in who took a picture of us together (although KK was playing shy so she doesn't look as excited as I know she was). So, we get into school, find KK's classroom and her corresponding cubby in the hall. Her cubby had both her name and her picture on it and she was pretty thrilled about that! We got her all unpacked and her teacher came out to greet her. The next thing I know she announces that she wants to go play and she is off to the classroom. That was pretty much all I got for goodbye.

KK happens to have two friends in the class - Leila and Mae. Today I got an email from Leila's mom about their drop off experience. (Katharine had been talking on the bus ride that morning about seeing her friend Leila at school). I guess Leila was feeling a little more tentative about being left at ECDC this morning and when her mom tried to leave, Leila said, "no mom don't go. I stay with you." Well KK quickly responded, "no, Leila, you stay with me." This seemed to ease Leila into her day! Too cute.

When I got there for pick up time Katharine was having a blast making a pizza with some green play dough. She was having so much fun she didn't even want to leave! One of the classroom assistants told her she better go with her mommy because if she didn't she would have to stay there all night. Katharine played a little more and then announced that she would like to stay there all night and play with the play dough. But, we got her out the door, to the bus-stop and home again! And we are all ready to go for tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

End of Summer wrap up

Well, today officially marks the end of summer for the Roof household. Tomorrow kicks off KK's entrance to preschool at the College of Charleston's Early Childhood Development Center (from now on referred to as ECDC) and Mommy's entrance back into the classroom. I guess summer has technically been over for about two weeks since he started his new job at Charleston Southern mid-August. But, it doesn't feel like summer is over until the whole family is back into a routine.

We had a great summer with two short vacations to Boone, NC and Birmingham, AL. We had two short visits from Nana (and even one visit with iPop) as they journeyed back and forth to Durham, NC. Other milestones were KK's first round of swim lessons, adventures in daddy daycare, and the final chapter (for now) in the sale (or lack thereof) of our current home. We watched KK continue to be an adorable big sister to her little brother and we watched little brother grow bigger and bigger and bigger! Matthew had two teeth poke through and the introduction of baby food. We mastered rolling over and is working hard on learning to sit up. He outgrew his swing and fell in love with his exersaucer.

So, now we wait for the weather to cool and leaves to turn as we anticipate fall festivities!

Matthew's first time in the pool

Our trip to AL marked Matthew's first time in the swimming pool! He loved it! Featured here "chillin' out" with his Aunt Su-Su.

My parent's log home

Dreamland BBQ

Featured here are some photos of our trip into the city to try some Alabama style barbeque. Dreamland's specialty is ribs and we ate A LOT of ribs. Apparantly, the original menu included ribs, white bread, and pepsi. As you can see here, my dad took a turn at the BBQ pit!

Summer Vacation - Part II

For the second leg of our summer travels, we went to Pell City, AL to visit Grandma and Grandpa Willert (and Aunt Su-Su, Uncle Steve, cousins Taylor and Jordan) in early August. We had a great time and the grandparents got some good bonding time in with the kiddos. Our fun adventures included a family photo shoot at my parent's log home, some good home cookin', swimming fun at Aunt Su-Su's house, and a trip into downtown B'ham for some BBQ and a stop by the Civil Rights Museum (closed on Mondays). A good time was had by all!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bed bugs

Two siblings snuggled up.

Can you see them? Two teeth part II.

If you look really closely, you can just see the two bottom teeth starting to pop through!

Bubba and his daddy

This shot was taken yesterday afternoon. Our little buddha bubba looks pretty cute in daddy's hat!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Today Katharine got a haircut to get ready for her new preschool! We go to a children's salon called Hair Bears and she has gotten quite attached to her hairdresser, Diana. Today we were the first appointment of the day and Katharine went running back to Diana's station and yelled, "Diana, Please give me a haircut." It was pretty cute. After being a good girl for her haircut, she was rewarded with a lollipop (which may explain some of her affection for Diana!).

We are in the final countdown to back to school!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Two Teeth

Today it is official. Those teeth of Matthew's that have been working so hard to poke through have finally hit the surface! The two bottom center teeth have officially broken the gum line and there are two little bits of white! The bottom left is more prominently noticeable now but the bottom right is not far behind. I think he will just be too cute with his two new teeth!! (Will photograph as soon as they are noticeable enough to capture on film!)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Vegetable Beef

I think Matthew is enjoying the leap to Stage 2 baby foods. We celebrated this milestone today with a jar of vegetable beef!! Yummy.

Caw Caw

Today we had an outing to one of our beautiful county parks - Caw Caw Bird Refuge. We had a picnic lunch and walked one of their shorter trails. It was a beautiful park and we would have stayed longer if I wasn't scared that mosquitoes might literally carry Matthew away in his stroller!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Matthew's 6 month check up

Matthew had his 6 month check up this Friday and, of course, got glowing reviews. Here are his official stats:

Weight - 19 lbs, 2 oz (75th percentile)
Height - 28 inches (95th percentile)
Head Circumference - 17.5 inches (65th percentile)

We had complaints or concerns this visit so it was a pretty uneventful appointment. We got the green light to move up to stage 2 baby foods which I think Matthew will like. We also got confirmation that his bottom two teeth are on their way. And, before our next visit at 9 months, we should be able to start trying a few table foods (this usually is connected to crawling but if Matthew proves to be a late crawler like KK, we can give it a try at about 7.5 months). And the bad news (for Matthew) was that he had to get three shots plus an oral vaccine. No fun for him but he really did pretty well and hardly cried at all!

Other things we can begin to see soon from Matthew are sitting up on his own and using more sounds (like Dada). He will also begin reaching for toys and passing them from hand to hand (he already does a good bit of reaching for things and holding them).

The other notable thing about this visit was that my mom got to come and here Matthew's progress. She was in town visiting and was supposed to stay for a week but due to Jerry's health and an impending hurricane she to cut her trip short and is already en route back to Key West.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

More of the kids on vacation part 1

A body in motion stays in motion

Our Summer Vacations Part 1 - North Carolina

In an effort to satisfy our travel itch without emptying our bank accounts, we took two mini-vacations. The first was a long weekend log cabin rental outside of Boone, NC. Paul ran a horrifying 5 mile race up the side of a mountain, we toured Boone, and the tiny "downtown" of Todd, NC. And, of course, we attempted to relax as much as one can with an infant and a two year old!! We definitely enjoyed the cooler mountain weather and the mountain vistas!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Compare and Contrast at Six Months Old

Left: Matthew at 6 months

Right: KK at 6 months

Matthew - 6 months old

This past Tuesday marked Matthew's 6 month birthday! It is hard to believe that much time has gone by!

Matthew continues to thrive and has his six month check up coming up this week. He is growing like a weed and, while I am still squeezing him into 3-6 month old clothes, he is really ready for 9 month old sizes already! He has 4 bottles a day (6-8 ounces each) and three servings of baby food a day. So far his favorite baby food seems to be peas.

He is developing a voice and has begun to make lots of goo-goo type noises (although da-da might be a more appropriate description). He is also consistently rolling over (both from tummy to back and back to tummy). He hasn't started to sit up on his own yet but I think we are getting closer. I think he will like that first step towards greater mobility as he seems to bore easily in much of his "assistive" equipment these days.

We also are seeing the first signs of some teeth trying to poke there way through (as well as a few fussy moments that we attribute to teething). I suspect the bottom two middle teeth are going to come in together. But, I have been saying that for a week and they have yet to make an official appearance. So, stay tuned for more on that.

Most notably, he is still a pretty mellow baby and people often comment on how laid back he is and how little he fusses. I have to say how lucky I feel for that as we are worn out raising two relatively good children - I couldn't imagine the exhaustion with two wild ones!