The last few weeks have been busy! Getting back into our school routine each morning has been quite the challenge after having two weeks off for Christmas.
The boys entertained everyone New Years morning as they played princess with their sister. JP loves being "Princess Dorothy" and Hunter makes an adorable Cinderella! Hahaha!
After their first day back at school, Hunter went to a friend's house to play for a little while, and the rest of us took a trip to get Fro-Yo. Yum yum! I couldn't help but to add this picture of Charli all bundled up to go play. She was getting ready for a friend to come play and stood by the door for 10 minutes, mad that her coat was zipped all they way up.
We received an email from Hunter's teacher towards the end of the first week back at school reporting about his behavior. Both Perry and I were so happy to hear that he no longer needed to be in the "extra help" reading group and is now spending reading time in the classroom, and has been very attentive. The following week didn't turn out so great though...He spent a total of an hour and ten minutes on his math, which should have only taken a few minutes to complete. He ended up missing recess, snack, and part of science. Of course he was overly defiant at home too, but after an extra forty minutes at home, we finally got it done! I think he was just getting too anxious for his train trip with Grandma.
For Hunter's birthday, Grandma gave him a coupon to ride the train with her out to Seattle for his cousin's 1st birthday. I think he started packing for the trip in the middle of December, before we even left for Christmas! The time finally came last week to get his suitcase packed. I've never seen him so excited to do the laundry! I had his teacher send home a few things to work on while he he was gone, and then I printed off a few things I found on Pinterest. Grandma picked him up after school on Thursday and took him to Whitefish to board the train at 9:15 that night. I don't know exactly what time they arrived in Seattle, but I think it was around 10:30 the next morning. They had a sleeper car and Hunter reported to me that he got to sleep on the top bunk going out there AND on the way back. It sounds like he had a pretty good trip, though we didn't hear much from him. Charli was anxious to see him again when he arrived home Tuesday afternoon. I know JP won't admit it, but I could tell he missed him too!
While Hunter was gone, JP received a little extra attention. He's always over-shadowed by Hunter, poor guy! After school on Friday I took him up to Aunt Kim's house for his first piano lesson. He rocked it! They spent half an hour at the piano, and by the end, he was able to play a song. He was even understanding the difference between quarter notes and half notes!
They are two peas in a pod!
Monday was Martin Luther King Day so JP didn't have school. We had tried to plan a play date with one of his pre-school buddies over winter break, but his friend caught a cold, so we rescheduled for this past Monday. While he was here, we played Go Fish, built a fort in the basement (which needs to come down...) and then went outside to play. It was perfect snow for a snowman! After we assembled it, we were going to "put clothes" on it. As I was about to head inside to get a couple spray bottles, his grandpa came to pick him up. Such a bummer but JP had fun spraying his snowman completely green. Unfortunately dad didn't get to see it because it fell over before he got home. Apparently we need to work on our snowman skills!
JP and Charlotte also had dentist appointments last week. Like last time, Charlotte didn't get in the chair. She even refused to open her mouth while sitting on my lap. Her dentist tried to ease her in by showing her how he was going to count her teeth with a demonstration on her kittie, who goes by the name of Booties. Eventually she opened up and was able to use the mirror in her own mouth. One thing we're working on now is getting her to stop sucking on her fingers. She's able to take any kind of bandage off of her fingers so that method hasn't been working so well. She did leave her taped on band-aide on throughout the night the other night...I'm going to make her a couple finger gloves that hopefully she won't be able to take off. If that doesn't work, we might have to make the blanket disappear...