My friend Mary Catherine and her daughter Millie (who is the boys’ age) came over yesterday to play. It warms the cockles of my heart to see the boys playing with other kids. Especially one that I’d like to have as a daughter-in-law one day. Mwah ha ha ha!
(PS Check out the Risky Business attire Linus is sporting there. You can’t see the socks, but they’re there.)
For holiday cards! I’ve got a picture I think I can use for our cards, but I want to try one more idea this weekend. Fingers crossed the boys cooperate and I get some cute shots.
What I’m not worried about is finding a great card in which to insert said photograph. Shutterfly has so many great designs. I’ve used them for photo books and Christmas photo cards in the past, and I’ve always been so happy with the results. I love that there are so many designs that it’s unlikely someone else in my circle of friends and family will pick the same card.
Well, I’m not going to tell you what card we picked, you’re just going to have to wait and see…
Shutterfly isn’t all cards, though. They have a great selection of photo gifts too. I have been wanting to make a calendar with all of the pictures I take of the boys, so maybe I’ll do that this year.
Very exciting day at work! A new grocery store opened up a couple of blocks away, in what is otherwise a pretty barren area for food. (The only place close enough to walk to is a subway in the bus station. Ick.) I ran into my lovely friend Stephanie at the store, who is clearly as excited as I am by the vast selection.
I could have posted a picture from the fender-bender I got into yesterday, but it was so minor, that I don’t even have any dramatic photos, just one of a scrape near the back tire. It should have been more dramatic, considering I had to wait two hours in a sketchy neighborhood for the cops (EMS even showed up, yeesh) while the sun went down.
But I like this one better. Look at those filthy little boy fingers.
Friday was my first official Parent-Teacher conference at school. I was a bit nervous. Would their teacher lump them all together, or be able to tell me their individual strengths and weaknesses? Would I be able to understand her (she’s only been in the US since school started, so her English isn’t great)? Would I get a bad report about their behavior?
Happily, the conference went very well. Their teacher had nothing bad to say about any of them. In fact, she praised them highly and said they were very smart, and that they were always wanting MORE work to do. She mentioned something about putting them in the PreK-4 class sometimes, I think (this part was a little unclear) but I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean she wanted to move them up a grade. Just occasionally, I guess to challenge them.
She also was very clear on which boy was which, and she even commented on how different they are. (But not their faces, she said. Just their personalities. Ha.) What struck me was that the roles they take on at school are not like the ones at home. Miles, she said, is the most physical and the “leader” of the three; Linus is the most sensitive; Oliver is balanced in the middle. This surprises me, because at home, Oliver is kind of the alpha triplet, with Miles being sensitive and Linus being somewhere in the middle. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. They’re always switching things up. Give them a month, and Linus will be at the front of the pack.
So that was nice to hear. I was talking to another mom before I went in, and she said that she was talking to the aide one day, who told her that my boys were very smart. So third party confirmation!
Saturday was the two birthday parties I mentioned earlier, and it was also George’s and my sixth anniversary. The boys stayed at Granny & Grandpa’s and George and I went out to eat. Yum.
Sunday, I tried to sleep in, but the stupid light woke me up too early. So I went to the gym, and then we picked up the boys and went to another birthday party. Afterwards, I took the boys to Barnes & Noble to play with the train table, but they only had 2 trains out. Grrr. My plan was to read magazines while they played for hours, but there is no peace when there are only 2 trains for 3 kids. Argh.
I didn’t really take my camera out at all this weekend. I think I needed to take a break. But I have some fun ideas for Christmas card pictures. Hopefully the boys will cooperate.
We had two birthday parties scheduled for the day (both for little girls named Estella who were turning 3!) but the boys were ready to go to Granny & Grandpa’s after the first. So I obliged and went to the second party by myself. Maybe it sounds creepy, but I love going to kids’ birthday parties without my kids. Heh.