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Big 4!

Jacob’s birthday was yesterday and it was fantastic.  We had his party at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  He was so excited.  We first started with checking out the pancake tortoise.  We learned that turtles are the swimmers and tortoises are land walkers.

Then we took a quick walk to the giraffes.  The kids each got a few crackers to feed the giraffes.  They had a blast.

Then we walked over to the meerkats.  There the kids found out that they eat Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.  Then the kids were asked if they wanted to feed them to the meerkats…

Jamie actually volunteered.  She held one of those things in her hand and then threw it over the glass to the meerkats to feast…

We hiked to the merry-go-round and the kids got to take a ride…

We headed back to the Safari Cabin for pizza and lemonade…

And then it was onto the cake.  Jacob was very specific about his cake order this year.  He wanted it to be chocolate, green, and with giraffes.  I think I delivered (read more here)…

He was pretty happy with everyone singing to him.  And then he blew out all four candles…

We had some time for gifts too.  The best part of that was when Jacob’s Little Red-Haired Girlfriend decided he wasn’t going fast enough.  She started getting the gifts out of the bags and handing them to him!

He didn’t seem to mind at all!  Then I caught her slightly touching his arm while he was opening a card.  I’m pretty sure that smile has nothing to do with the card! 🙂

The party was over and the kiddos went home with their parents.  We decided to let the kids pick an animal each to see before we headed home.  I even got in a little photo shoot of my newly 4-year-old at his favorite place…

I didn’t say all the photos were worthy of hanging on the wall…

Jacob enjoyed a few phone calls…

and a few more gifts when we got home…

Then he agreed to snap a few more pictures with his biggest fans…

Happy 4th Birthday, Big Boy! We love you!!

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Jacob’s Day

Last week was Jacob’s Show Week at The Little Gym.  It’s basically the last day of his semester and the kids get to show off all their new skills to their families.  It’s a big deal because they’ve worked very hard and are excited to show what they’ve learned. 

This was Jacob’s introduction to his show.  See his excitement?

Then the kids were divided into three groups.  Jacob’s group when to the high vault.  This was him jumping off all by himself, which is something I’ve never seen him do without someone’s hand!

Then they lined up and sang on their way to the next station.  “Down by the station…”

This station was on the uneven bars.  This is typically not one of Jacob’s favorites but he did such a good job.  He flipped on the lower bar, kissed the upper bar with his belly, walked back and forth (side-to-side), and hung on the top bar without being held!  See his determination with his tongue hanging out…

Then it was onto the last station.  It was a floor routine and this was where Jacob really showed his stuff!  Backwards roll…

some high kicks…

a monkey kick over the mat…

There was also a donkey kick, pulling his legs up to his toes, and then a big finish…

I love his expression there.  It’s like he’s saying, “Yeah, I rocked that!”

Then there was a little free time for the kids to show off some other skills.  Jacob chose the low beam…

The kids were instructed to sit along the wall and patiently wait for their medals.  The teachers had some music playing.  Jacob decided to jam a bit in line…

Then his proud moment of getting his medal…

This was the group of kids trying to get together for a group photo with the teachers.  I can’t imagine trying to get all those 3/4 year olds in one group for a picture.  I think Jacob was thinking the same thing…

We really love the things Jacob is learning at The Little Gym.  The next semester already started.  We are looking forward to what he learns this time!

Happy Weekend!

Preschooler Songs

I have to say that one of my very favorite things as a mom is to see my kids in a program.  I don’t care how out of key they sing, it is just something I have to see.  Today was Jacob’s last day before Winter break and his class had a little party. 

The teacher read The Mitten and the kids (and some of us parents) were completely enthralled…

The kids were asked to find their letters (what a cool way to have them line up and listen…makes me want to get alphabet carpet all over the house 🙂 !)

As you can see from the last picture, Jacob was pretty excited.  Not that he was going to sing his best for us but that he was standing beside his little red-haired girlfriend, Miss Bella!  Nice.

Their first song was to the tune of I’m A Little Tea Pot but was about a snowman and he melted at the end of the song which meant the kids had to act like they were melting…

And since they were already down, the next song had to do with sleeping bears to the tune of Are You Sleeping?…

Then the grand finale was Jingle Bells!  And the kids were jingling bells, of course and belting it out…out of key, out of sync…man, I love preschooler singing!

“In a one horse open sleigh.  HEY!” Can’t you just hear it…

They put their bells back and lined up for their big bow…

It was time for food…

And Santa joined us by surprise.  The kids were so excited to see him come in the door.  It happened to be snowing (finally) and it was a perfect entrance.  I can’t believe this is Jacob’s first encounter with the big guy.  Since the girls never liked sitting on his lap, we just never pushed Jacob to do so.  But he was so excited to actually meet him that I’m not sure he even realized he was on his lap!

The teachers took a family photo of us with Santa and we made a wreath ornament for on the tree.  Jacob was all about placing the different colors of tissue paper all around our picture.

It was such a fun hour.  Tomorrow…each of the girls has a party…at the same time.  Jeremiah is joining Mazie and Jacob and I are joining Jamie!

Jacob’s Day

So we’re going to pretend that today is Friday because Jeremiah and I went out on a date and I didn’t have time yesterday to blog (more on our date later)! 

Did you know that Jeremiah can play any instrument using the kids?  Well, he can and the instruments always sound wonderful.  For example, Jacob wanted Dad to play the piano.  So he assumed the position…

And Jeremiah started with Beethoven’s Fifth…

I think with next picture, you can really “hear” the piano playing…

It’s funny since Jeremiah has never had one lesson in his entire life!

Jacob’s Day

Jacob is now 3 1/2 years old.  I know, shocking to me too!  He just insists that he’s going to turn 4, then 5, then 6, then 7, then 8, then 9, and then 10.  He stops there which is fine with me!

So he obliged me with a little photo shoot last night.  How did I get him to do this?  Easy.  I promised the park after!  It worked and he was so excited to go to the bridge for these pictures.

First we had to say “Hi” to the biggest rock ever!

And, yes, he posed.  He really wanted to go to the park!

He even looked directly into the magic blinking lens!  See, I told you he really wanted to go to the park.  We finally made it to the bridge.  Can’t you see his excitement?

After I got that last one, I told him I would beat him back to the car.  He said, “I’m going to get down and then beat you” and took off running his fastest back to the car.  See, by the third one, you tend to find a few tricks to get them to do what you want…usually! 😉

We ended up at the park, where I asked for one more picture with him looking at the magic blinking lens.  And then he was off to play!

Happy Friday!

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