Monday, May 23, 2011

Is the school year really over?

I can't believe that Cohen has officially finished his first year of school.

This year went by so fast! For his final day, I was fortunate enough that I got to spend most of the day with Cohen at school. It was so much FUN! For those that don't know, I've been substitute teaching at his school in the 3 year old class for a few months now (notice how I still call myself the sub...I never did consider myself the full time teacher, but we had a great year together!) Because of this, I was at school with Cohen almost every day for the last few months....including his last day.

The final day of school was Splash Day! The kids got to wear their swimsuits and play in the water! I wore my water friendly clothes (I was not about to put on a swimsuit to chase a 2 year old around the playground).

Cohen was very excited about playing in the water...but one of the best parts of the morning getting ready was when I told Cohen it was his last day at school and he looked over at me and grinned real big and said "Then I stay with you?" I'm so blessed to be able to tell him "yes." He was sad to leave his teachers and friends, but he wanted to stay with me. Oh I'm one happy momma!!

Headed to school for the last time!

Putting his bag in his cubby for the last time!

Now for some Splash Day fun. I'm not sure who had more fun with this stuff, me or Cohen. See I got to go out and play with the 2 year old class AND because I'm subbing for a 3 year old class...I got to go with them TOO! It was a blast!

As you can see, Cohen really enjoyed himself too!

Going together down the big slide...Cohen refused to let me hold him. He told me he was big enough to do it by himself...and so he did!

Giving his teacher, Mrs. Katie, a hug for the last time as her student. He also hugged his other teacher, Mrs. Jessi, but that picture came out bad, so I'm not posting that one.

For those that remember....Jace met us at school to walk Cohen to class for his first day in September. For his last day of school, Jace met Cohen at school to walk him out.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What did you do for Cohen's next to the last day of school?

Can you believe the year is over already!?

For those interested, take a look back at Cohen's first day of school here.

To celebrate his next to the last day of school, we went out for ice cream. We also did this on his second day of this may be a new tradition.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Can Buzz and Woody Ice Skate?

Yes, indeed!

Well, Woody is better at it than Buzz, but that doesn't matter.

A couple of weekends ago, Jace, Cohen and I headed to Baton Rouge to see Disney's production of Toy Story on Ice.

Here are my boys are the way to the this point I don't think we had told Cohen yet where we were going. It was a total surprise to him (mostly so that he would not ask every day when we were going to see Buzz and Woody).

Once inside the building, the vendors are setup ready to attack at any moment. We gave in and got Cohen one toy...a spinning, light up Woody.

So to answer the question, yes, Woody, Buzz, and all their friends can actually ice skate. It was pretty impressive to see some of the bigger characters on the ice.

Buzz flew in...exactly how you would expect a space ranger to enter.

Just before the show started, we got Cohen popcorn and cotton candy. The cotton candy came with a very cool alien hat.

Cohen REALLY enjoyed the popcorn. To be perfectly honest, he enjoyed that more than the show. How do I know this? He's asked for more popcorn almost everyday since the show....he's yet to say anything about Buzz and Woody.

I think he was pretty happy!

And, of course, we all had to take turns wearing the alien hat.  (In this picture you see that Cohen is holding a piece of the cotton candy. Cohen did not love the cotton candy. He really wanted nothing to do with it, until he realized that Jace and I ate all of it except this one small, tiny bite. THEN he decided he wanted cotton we gave it to him. He held it for about 5 minutes, until he was so super sticky, then we convinced him to just lick it. So he did. Oh it was such a mess!! Good thing the folks at Disney on Ice were thinking ahead...and they gave us two wet-wipes in the bottom of the cotton candy bag...thank goodness!)

Overall, it was a ton of fun. I'm glad we did it. I think we may skip the next show and just order Cohen a large bucket of popcorn and watch a movie at home. He did great through the first half of the show, but the second half lost him. It was a lot of Barbie and at one point during the second half Cohen looked at me and said "Momma, I don't like Barbie." Got it buddy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Want to play in the water?

This kid loves the water! Here are a few shots from earlier this week of him playing in the sprinkler. Enjoy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

How did you celebrate Easter? (Part 3)

Easter weekend, Jace, Cohen, Lucy, Ella and I loaded up the van and headed to North Louisiana to visit my parents, Meme and Big Al. It was loads of fun!!

Our first task was dying Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt at the church on Saturday. This year, the organizers decided to make it a rule that all eggs brought to the Easter egg hunt had to be REAL!

 Once we made it to the church on Saturday morning, the first order of business was to tell the Easter story. They also explained the reason we were to bring real an example of a new birth in Christ. Christ died and rose again, offering us the gift of eternal life. They also had some baby turkeys (I think) to show that an egg, given the right circumstances, will grow into a baby turkey. Cohen did not love the turkey.

Next was the actual Easter egg hunt. As you can see, once again, we did not have Cohen's actual Easter basket. We stopped off at the dollar store on the way to the church and grabbed a beach bucket.

Group photo...Big Al, Cohen and Meme.

The last picture of the day...Cohen and Big Al on the motorcycle. This is the first time he's actually been brave enough to get close to the motorcycle. Even on the way to North Louisiana, he told me that he could not go near it because it was too loud. I guess he changed his mind.

We drove home on Saturday night so that we could celebrate Easter by worshipping at our church, First Baptist Church in LaPlace. Easter morning, Cohen found the gifts the Easter Bunny left for him.

Later that evening, we decided we needed to dye more eggs with Nan and Pops. We dyed over 3 dozen eggs!!  I must have been preoccupied by all those eggs that I did not take many pictures. Here are the few that I took that came out half-way decent.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How did you celebrate Easter? (Part 2)

The second part of this Easter post includes some of Cohen's best friends. I bought a kit from Wal-Mart that had 6 ceramic eggs, paint, and we decided to wait to do this fun craft for when Stella and Molly came to visit.

Here is Stella working on her beautiful Egg.

And here is Molly painting her egg.

Very artistic!

The girls did a great job painting their eggs and keeping the paint in the cup, on the egg, or on the table. Then there's my Cohen. Oh he's such a mess, but he's so stinkin' cute!!

The Thursday before Easter, the preschool where Cohen goes had their annual Easter egg hunt. He picked up the first egg, shook it, and then realized there was nothing in it, so he was done. I tried my best to explain that the Easter Bunny was going to come later and fill the eggs, and he needed to put more in his bag. He collected a total of 4 eggs!

He got to meet the Easter Bunny herself....and he loved her! (For those that know me, you know that I do not love bunnies and I find this costume a bit scary, but the kids loved it, so I did my best to hide my Easter Bunny fears).