Saturday, May 15, 2010

Field Trip to the Zoo

May has come running in with a bang! It is only half-way through the month and it seems like we have been so busy already.IMG_0531 Our first big trip was Jonathan’s last field trip of the year, to the Little Rock Zoo. Now, as zoos go, this one is not the best, but it’s not the worst! And, for a bunch of three year olds, it is more than sufficient!

I decided to take the entire day off to just spend some extraIMG_0550 time with Jonathan. Usually when we go on a field trip, I am rushing back to work to treat kids and miss out on some of that time with him. Not this time! We had a great day with his friends, and then a great rest of the day just the two of us.

ESA Zoo Field Trip_0009Jonathan’s Class and Teachers

IMG_0574Ready for the Train Ride!

100_0493 Mommy & Jonathan on the Train Ride

100_0541 We left the zoo with his class and had sack lunches on the picnic tables outside of the zoo. After his class went back to school, Jonathan and I went back into the zoo for a little more fun. The first thing we did was to ride the carousel or the merry-go-round as Jonathan would say. The horses do not move on this one, instead the floor moves up and down at some funky angles. Jonathan really liked it, but I was not a big fan. I kept picturing him sliding off the back of his horse!!

100_0564The next place we stopped was the giraffes! This was the animal that Jonathan had been asking to see since being told that we were going to the zoo. We had briefly seen them with his class, but we went back to really spend some time watching them. Jonathan loved the giraffes.



The last thing we did was make a swing through the gift shop. 100_0573He had been such a good listener and such a sweet boy all day that I told him he could pick out a toy. He was very excited and ended up picking out this animal umbrella. He has taken it with him EVERYWHERE! Luckily for him, we have had quite a bit of rain, so it has come in handy lately! Of course, on this day, it was just nice to block a little of the sun!!    


Two more new posts after this one! Keep reading for more fun!!

Preschool Gymboree Class

Jonathan’s preschool is very lucky to have Mrs. Valerie from Gymboree come in on Friday to teach a movement/gymnastics class. Jonathan absolutely loves the class and Mrs. Valerie as well. Since the Gymboree Play and Music closed in February, he hasn’t been going to a class and has really missed it. We are very glad that they have this smaller option available at his preschool. She has been teaching the kids to do forward rolls, headstands, running jumps, broad jumps, and all other kinds of fun stuff. Jonathan has gotten pretty good at most of it. When he first began doing a roll, he would mainly roll to the side or sometimes over his head. Now, he really gets a good push off with his feet to roll straight over his head. And the headstands are too funny, but he is definitely developing some good trunk control. (The PT in me is proud!)

100_0485Jumping off the Spring Board

 DSC_0258Ready to Jump            

DSC_0345Hands Up

DSC_0347Hands Down and Up to a Headstand!   

DSC_0353Ta-Da! Superstar!

IMG_0469Ready to Roll

100_0466   Dancing with the Rainbow Rope

100_0440Cute Picture that his teacher used for my Mother’s Day card.


((See post below for more new stuff!!!))

Arkansas Children’s Week, Fence, and Park!

Jonathan’s preschool celebrated Arkansas Children’s Week on April 19-23rd. Each day had a theme. Jonathan and I had a blast coming up with different outfits for him to wear each week.

DSC_0188-1Monday was INSIDE-OUT DAY. He wore his pants, shirt, hat, socks, and even his underwear inside-out! He thought it was hilarious!





Tuesday was 80’s DAY. Let me tell DSC_0199-1you, this one was a challenge. I asked everyone and just couldn’t think of any good ideas. And then, we finally had one. Put a rat tail in his hair. It was a priceless idea and we did it up right. We went to Walgreens with the plan to buy some fake hair. That stuff is $18.99!! Needless to say, we didn’t buy that. What we did buy was a $3.99 baby doll and cut off one of it’s pony tails. Much cheaper and actually matched his hair better anyway. That night I was trying to decide IMG_0113what clothes to wear. I pulled out his Blue Angels t-shirt from this summer in Pensacola. I put labels on the back, “Maverick,” “Goose,” “Viper,” “Iceman,” and “Jester.” In case you didn’t get it, they are the call signs for the movie Top Gun. How much more 80’s can you get!?!? Anyway, it was hilarious. Jonathan absolutely HATED the rat tail, but it was so great. Everyone loved it. They had an 80’s Dance Party that morning as well. Jonathan rocked it out in his outfit and was even brave enough to ask his main girl Nasya for a dance!IMG_0360

Wednesday was BOOK CHARACTER DAY. DSC_0208-1Jonathan (with a little encouragement from Mommy) decided that he wanted to be Curious George. This was great as he had an outfit and I didn’t have to come up with anything for him to wear. He brought one of his favorite Curious George books with him to school. That morning, each class went on a parade through the halls with their outfits on. It is always so fun to watch all the kids having fun.




Thursday was ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S DAY AND PICNIC. The kids wore their Arkansas Children’s Week t-shirts and then their class went to a different playground for a special treat. After playing for a while, they had a picnic on the grass with a sack lunch. 100_0370


Friday was PAJAMA Day. I had a cute set of Mickey Mouse pajamas set out, but Jonathan insisted on his alligator ones instead. He still looked cute, but the pants are getting a little short! The boy is just soooo tall!!      IMG_0440


Mark and Jonathan also began PROJECT FENCE this month! Let DSC_0180-1me tell you, this is one never-ending project! My boys have been having a blast doing manly things outside. When we moved into our house, the fence in the back and on one side was complete. But, we were still missing one side and the small parts to the house itself. It has never really been a concern, but now that Jonathan is older, he is wanting to spend more time outside.DSC_0182 Soooo, fence it is! Mark has done a ton of research and decided that he could build the fence himself. So, he is, with a little help from a three year old, and a little supervision from the Mommy! Mark has been traveling so much and it has been raining so much that the project is dragging out, but they are having fun, so it is well worth it. This project has also given Mark an excuse to buy and use several tools with his air compressor (Christmas present). Here are a few pictures from the beginning of the project. More pictures to follow when the fence is completed…hopefully soon!! 

The Thursday of Arkansas Children’s Week, Jonathan and I had a play date at a little park with Mrs. Edie, Ali, and Asa. The kids had a wonderful time playing together. Edie and I had a great time talking, as we always do!! IMG_0398 IMG_0402 IMG_0404 IMG_0420

Well, I tend to ramble on, so I will stop this post now! Plenty more to say, show, but it will wait. Time to put a little man down for his nap! Happy weekend everyone!