Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Brought to you by the letter J and the number 2!

Today, our baby became a preschool student at Grow and Learn Preschool! He will go each Tuesday and Thursday from 8:10-10:30. They follow the Zoo Phonics curriculum, so he will be well on his way to reading and writing soon. He was so excited to carry his own folder and backpack into Miss Tara's bright yellow classroom full of new adventures to be discovered. He did really well this morning and only cried for a minute at drop off. After class, we got to hear about his new friends, Eric and Jacob and he also brought home several items he made at school today. He learned about the number 2, the color yellow and the shape of the week is a heart. The teachers felt that he was so smart(and tall) that he should go into the 3-4 class instead of the 21/2-3 class, so he is with kids that are more his size(sort of) and on his developmental level. I am excited for the field trips, parties and picture day, but I still can't believe this day has come so quickly. I was up half of the night thinking about how he has grown since the day he was born and how he is so much more than my wildest dreams. I look forward to posting much more about Jack: Adventures in Preschool. Stay tuned....

One Fish, Two Fish

I accompanied Jack and Bryan to the last swim class of the season. Jack completed his parent and toddler class and wasn't super excited about it. Next year, we will try again in late spring with the tadpole class. Here are some photos of Jack and Bryan in class and Jack's swim teacher, Meredith(isn't she cute!) Jack had a bit of a crush on Meredith and was super disappointed that she couldn't spend all of her time with him in class. He doesn't like to share pretty girls! I just sat by the sidelines relishing in watching Bryan singing songs with the other parents(the kids in the class go splash, splash, splash...), and getting eaten by mosquitos the size of birds. Geez, here I am 4 days later still scratching quarter size welts on my legs!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Walking with Dinosaurs

On Friday, Jack and I met some friends(The Rhodes Family) at the USAirways Center to watch the stage version of the BBC production, Walking With Dinosaurs. The show was absolutely magnificent! We were in the 2nd row upfront and we got such a steal on the otherwise $79/ticket rate(we got them for $15 each through a mom's club buy). Jack was completely enthralled the entire hour and a half show. He never got scared and just got more and more excited as new dinosaurs made their way on stage, all the while he is calling out their names( Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, TRex, Lillensterus..you get the picture). And yes, he really does know the names of many dinos, as well as, whether they are plant or meat eaters. Everyone always says how much he looks like Bryan and I have to admit, I wish people saw more of me in him. However, as he gets older, he and I are so much more alike in personality and interests than I ever could have foreseen. I think he may grow up to be am inquistive, science geek like me, but be handsome like his Dad. I will take what I can get:) Anyways, here is a link to the show if you want to catch a glimpse of the magic and a photo I took from the Rhodes website(thanks guys!).


Friday, September 5, 2008

Choking Hazard

Sorry guys, this one doesn't come with a photo, but it was damn funny anyway! Last week, we went out to dinner as a family. When we were leaving, Bryan grabbed an after dinner mint and popped it in his mouth. Then Jack said(and I quote), "Daddy, I want a "choking hazard" too!" I about peed my pants it was so funny because I always tell Jack he can't have it because it's a choking hazard!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A week in pictures

We all had a busy week enjoying our anything, but typical adventures:) Jack and I took our first visit to The Arizona Science Center. We chose to see the Human and Animal Grossology exhibit first since being the boy that he is is so into bodily functions(ewwww...)I have some pics of Jack in a giant nose, but I decided to spare you all the birdseye view into a huge nostril! The coolest exhibit was the simulated weather. Jack and I got to (safely) experience a tornado, hurricane, earthquake and monsoon. Very cool!! Every night around 7pm, The Schwieger household becomes a 70's and 80's dance club. We boogie down to plenty of Donna Summer and Michael Jackson. You will notice that for Jack clothing is optional(see black and white of bryan and jack) and Bryan likes to adopt a costume that makes him look like Rambo, The Family Years. They are hysterical to watch. Jack could definitely have been a regular on Soul Train and Solid Gold with his over the top moves. A was fortunate to catch Jack sitting in his reading corner, again complete with boots. He has been quite the capable dresser lately. Choosing his own outfit each morning(and sometimes throughout the day...laundry!) I just love watching him "read" to himself and get such joy out of his books. He has memorized so many books so well that sometimes you would swear he was actually reading. Next brings a trip to Bounce Jungle. They have 10,000sq.ft. of bounce houses and slides. We met our friends, Janie and Rhett, there for a morning of fun complete with snack and a bit of Happy Feet the movie. The boys really enjoyed all of the jumpers, but their favorite was this 20 foot ladder to climb up to the biggest slide of all. Amazing how coordinated a 2 year old can be! Last was a lazy morning just hanging out with the fam and enjoying Banana-Blueberry Smoothies. Jack gets to drink his out of a big boy cup like Daddy, so I am sure you can appreciate his "blueberry" mustachio(hee hee!). One of my favorite pics of the week is the picture of Jack's feet where one is in his daddy's shoe. At the time I didn't think anything of it, but when I went back to edit my photos, it really seemed like I was watching a time warp of what is now and what the future will be. Sigh.....