Storyland Idol

A couple weeks ago Zeke played the part of the Monster in his first play, Storyland Idol. He made such a cute little monster.

The kids did absolutely amazing especially considering they are just kindergarten through fifth graders.

Every kid got a medal to take home with them. Zeke was so proud of his because it represented lots of hard work.

They’ve been practicing since January once a week after school. As much of a pain as it was to go back to the school an hour later to get him, it was totally worth it.

He worked nearly every day to learn his lines and knew his cues and where to go and what to do during each part of the play.

He’s thinking he’d like to do more plays in the future since this one was so fun for him! Now he’s not just a dance kid, he’s a theater kid, too.

Cookout

A few months ago we decided to have a cookout on a Saturday.

We made kielbasa, hot dogs, and burgers.

We added pickles and olives and baked beans and cole slaw and potato salad and chips.

The kids (well, all of us) loved it so now we have a cookout one Saturday a month.

(There’s a burger hiding under all those chips.)

Triggers

You never know what is going to trigger a kid. Zeke went to Ani’s apartment and was watching a movie while she made dinner. We didn’t even think about how the content might affect him. It was Zootopia. It’s made for kids. It’s one of Ani’s favorite movies. But there are drugs and some of the characters go nuts. And that was a huge trigger for my little boy.

The Best Parenting Hack Ever

We don’t give our littles electronics very often. Last summer the three older ones got about thirty minutes a day. We’ll do similar this summer. This means getting to use a tablet is a BIG DEAL for them.

So we got the idea to get a Fire just for doctor and dentist appointments. That’s the only time they get to use it. This means they are now excited to go to the doctor AND they are nicely occupied while waiting.

Seriously the best parenting idea we’ve ever had! (Though it doesn’t work for Noah – he’s just not really interested – and Anthony tried to convince us he was sick, and when that didn’t work injured, in order for us to take him to the doctor.)

Spurs Game

A while back we went to a Spurs game. We were way up in the nosebleeds. It was a bit uncomfortable climbing all the stairs to get there, but our view of the game was actually really excellent.

We took Adrian through Anthony. They got buy one get one free tickets for good attendance at school. Jamie and I plus my parents went as well.

The Spurs lost, but it was still really fun!