Friday, May 21, 2010

Preschool Program

Meredith's preschool class had their end of the year program this week for their parents, and here are some pictures from the day.

Meredith's preschool class has been such a blessing this year, and its hard to believe how much she has learned, like nursery rhymes and songs; but also all the friends that she has made and the confidence she has gained by interacting with different teachers and classmates. We are going to miss Ms. Cindy and Ms. Laura! It's been a GREAT year!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Russ-Buster

"Oh, we got Trouble. Right here is Russell City." Well, you get the idea, right :)

As you can see, Russ gets into EVERYTHING! He is a total daredevil, and is not afraid of too much. I guess this hasn't changed too much in the past 6 months, but the intensity of things continues to amaze me!

Apart from making mommy's hair go grey, he is a great kid. He loves to play outside, and loves to help out with the chores inside and out. Mowing the lawn, vacuuming the floor, and sweeping the floor are some of his favorites. Russ' vocabulary has exploded, and he is able to tell us what he wants. However, he really would prefer to just do it himself (most days he'll open the fridge, move a chair over, and get the turkey in about 10 seconds).

Russ is also fast -- the Lipsey clan usually takes an evening walk after dinner. We will stop at one of the neighborhood parks, and once you let Russ out of the stroller he is off! Russ also continues to like to read books, watch Mickey and Sesame Street, and just general kid stuff.

I have been impressed with the things he mimics, compared to Meredith. He loves to tell us that "Russ starts with R" and "I was the line leader today at school," just like big sister will tell us about her day.

Oh, and the boy loves his vanilla ice cream -- but only with sprinkles:)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Girl Who Asks Why

This post is all about Meredith. It's hard to believe that I have a 4 year old daughter, but neat to see so much more about who she is and who she is growing to be.
This past month has brought on the question of the year "Why?" It's constant -- Why is the fire hot? Why do I have to go to bed? Why is that dog black? -- anytime she wants to learn more about something, why is the word that comes out of her mouth. It's a little exhausting, but neat to see her begin to think about the philosophical, but also wonder about the mundane in life.

Meredith also LOVES her bicycle. Our sweet friend Emma is a few years older than Meredith, and gave her very first bike to Meredith to try last fall when she got her "big girl" bike. Over the winter, Meredith's little legs have grown and now she is a bicycle champ! Her favorite thing to do is to ride around in circles in the garage. I get dizzy just watching her, but she loves it.

Meredith has grown to adore her preschool class, and its gonna be hard to be out all summer! She has learned so much in her classes, and is a totally different girl than the girl I dropped off last August. Some of her favorite things from school are her Spanish songs, the many art projects she has done, and of course her sweet friends.
Sometime over these past few months, Meredith (and Russ) have come to enjoy Sesame Street. Just like Little Einsteins and Mickey Mouse in the past, Meredith has her favorite episodes. It's been interesting because she is now practicing LOTS of phonics. She'll say things like "Mmm, Mmm, Meredith starts with M" and "Raaa, Raaa, Russ starts with R." Between her telling these things to Russ and "playing" school with the letters on the refrigerator, I don't think I would be surprised to see her grow up to be a teacher.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blowing off the Dust

Spring is in the air, so I thought I'd dust off the old blog and share whats going on in our lives!

First, here are some pictures from the past 6 months :)