Mimi & Grandpa on Vacation, Jaemor Farms

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This week has been really busy. Max had yellow and green days at school, which indicate warnings and good behavior, respectively. Mrs Banks has been gone from school because her daughter Danielle has been sick. He had Mr and Mrs Paff as subs for the week.

Last Monday night Mimi and Grandpa took us out to BiBa’s for dinner because they were headed out of town for the week. One Tuesday night Daddy took Max to his soccer practice. Daddy said the kids had trouble focusing on practice. It could be because practice starts at 6:30 pm or the fact they’re six years old.

On Thursday Daddy and I went to the hospital to visit Danielle, and Max and Marlie stayed with Granny. We didn’t get home until late and were surprised Max was able to get up and going on Friday morning.

On Friday night Max and Daddy hung out while I went to paint with a friend. We had a great time and hope to do it again soon. Saturday Max and I went to Lowe’s for a Build and Grow. We made a cool set of wooden binoculars. Our next stop on Saturday was Max’s soccer game. He was the green team this week. Max scored two goals this week. Saturday night daddy and I watched the UGA football game while Max was at Parents’ Night Out at Gymnastix.

This leads us to today. We started off with breakfast at Granny’s and then Max and I headed to Jaemor Farms for a fun afternoon. The weather felt like fall, so we enjoyed some fall-like activities like a corn maze, hayride, apple cannons, and picking out a pumpkin. We had a great time today. On the way home Max fell fast asleep.

Tonight we’ve been working on sight words. We’ve had trouble with the word that. We did flashcards and sight word bingo, so, fingers crossed, we may have Max’s current set of sight words mastered.

Mimi and Grandpa come home this week from Montana and Canada. We’ve missed them.

Becoming a Soccer Star, Busy, Enjoying Family Time

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We had a pretty good week. We had soccer practice on Tuesday. Before soccer we went to Lego mini-build at Sugarloaf Mills. We built a cute airplane.

Max loved seeing me at school this week. He’s all excited about the book fair’s coming to Ivy Creek. He got to have his book fair preview on Friday. He was green one day, red one day, and yellow a couple of days. Green indicates good behavior, yellow indicates warnings, and red indicates misbehavior after warnings. We had a short week due to Labor Day.

On Saturday Max had his first soccer game of the season. He was a big star at his soccer game, scoring about five goals! After his soccer game he wanted to go to Granny’s. He said he wanted to go to Granny’s “not just to get Marlie.” He and Granny watched a mummy movie. Lil’ Fellow jumped in her lap when the movie showed snakes. When he saw commercial interruptions in the movie he was watching, he asked Granny why those people interrupted his movie. He’s accustomed to watching movies and videos without commercial interruption.

Saturday night Max went to Parents’ Night Out at Gymnastix. This morning he went to church with Mimi and Grandpa, and this afternoon he went to a birthday party for Nina, Miss Dale’s niece. He also went to the church picnic this afternoon. Before going to Mimi and Grandpa’s for the night he came home to build a Thomas & Friends TrackMaster track that covers all four quadrants of the main floor of our house.

Good Week Last Week, Playing at Home, Spending Night with Mimi & Grandpa

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Max had a pretty good week last week. He landed on a yellow apple on Monday and on green apples Tuesday through Friday. A green apple indicates good or excellent behavior, a yellow apple indicates warnings, and a red apple indicates misbehavior after warnings. He had his first soccer practice of the new season last Tuesday.

This was Labor Day weekend, which means Mama and Max didn’t have to go to school today. Max stayed at home all day until Grandpa picked him up this evening. The little fellow begged Mama and me to play with him many times yesterday and today. His favorite activity is playing with his Thomas & Friends trains on the floor. We’ve ordered more track and if everything works out, we should be able to make a huge circle on the main floor of our house that goes into every room.

Yesterday Mama took Max to Toys"R"Us to spend some of his gift cards he received for his birthday. She said he was a good shopper. He complained about a Thomas & Friends toy’s using too much of his gift cards. He didn’t spend all he has, though, so he still has some for another day.

Today he asked if he could say “the F word.” I asked him what the F word was and he couldn’t tell me. Mama and I are a little disappointed by his hearing stuff like this at his age.

He said something funny yesterday regarding the new underwear Granny gave him for his birthday. They’re larger than what he’s used to and he said, “they don’t fit my balls just right.” What a funny thing to say.

He’s still preoccupied with potty words. When he’s trying to be funny he fits in at least one potty word in every sentence. Poop and toot are his favorites. He threatens to do one or the other on Mama and/or me every day.

We had some tickle time today and some sword fighting, and he enjoyed both. He enjoyed playing with the remote-controlled car his friend Joshua gave him for his birthday. It runs forward and backward and will do cool spinouts. It has a fifth wheel so it can also run in a vertical position.

He got to see his sweetheart Annabelle today when she and her mother dropped by to pick up something they left behind at Max’s birthday party. Max would’ve loved to have entertained Annabelle all afternoon, but she and her mother had stuff to do and couldn’t stay.

He’s as hyper as ever, but he’s mostly sweet. The boy loves his mama and daddy, and we certainly love him. He’s been asking me if I’m his friend, and I assure him I’ll always be his friend, but I have to be his daddy first. He seems genuinely impressed by my telling him that I’ll always love him regardless of what he does.

He’s spending the night with Mimi and Grandpa tonight and I’m looking forward to giving him a big bear hug in the morning.

Last Day of Daily Entries, Everyone Tired, Spending Night with Mimi & Grandpa

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Ax, Mama, and I were tired today from yesterday’s birthday party frenzy. They took a nap together this afternoon and I rested on the sofa.

We all went to Granny’s this morning for breakfast. Max didn’t go to church because we wanted him to sleep late and rest.

Today’s entry will be our last daily entry for a good while. Mama and I plan to share news and holiday- and special event happenings, but we’re cutting daily blog entries from our nightly bedtime routine.

When we began blogging daily at the time Max was born, we didn’t know for how long we’d write daily entries. After a year or two I figured we’d stop writing daily around Max’s fifth birthday, but I’ve been putting it off for a year. We asked Max what he thought about our not blogging daily and he was enthusiastic for the idea. He said he didn’t want it to take so long for us to get into bed with him at night.

Our main reason for not writing every day is a lack of time and energy at bedtime. With Max’s getting up so early to go to school with Mama, we have to go to bed at least an hour earlier we did last year. Writing a blog entry takes between twenty minutes and more than an hour, so we’d like to use that time for getting Max to bed earlier.

The little fellow is spending the night with Mimi and Grandpa tonight. We miss our favorite snuggle buddy.

Max’s 6th Birthday Party

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Today was the day of Max’s sixth-birthday party with friends at The Ice Forum. Friends Kayli, Joshua, Max M., Liam, Annabelle, Rylen, Erin Marie, Annie, Candi, Laura, Mackenzie, Mimi, and Grandpa joined us to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Max’s birth.

Quite a few of Max’s friends had never ice skated before, so we were glad the facility offered an introductory lesson for them. Just about everyone fell sooner or later, but no one was seriously injured. Max came home with light abrasions on the right side of his abdomen and a water blister or two on his feet, but he had a wonderful time skating with his friends.

The theme of Max’s party was The Polar Express, so that’s why they chose The Ice Forum for his birthday party venue. And a great place it was to beat the heat. The areas near the two skating rinks were very cool, even a little cold for some of Max’s friends. Max was bundled up in warm clothes, but they were all soaking wet from his many falls by the end of the party.

Max fell asleep on their way home and we almost didn’t let him go to Parents’ Night Out at Gymnastix this evening, but he demanded to go.

And that’s after going to Lowe’s this morning to build a robot puppet from the movie Monsters vs. Aliens, errands with Mama to gather things for the party, and to take Marlie to Granny’s. Marlie still can’t be left by herself without having potty-inducing anxiety, so we take her to Granny when we need a sitter.

We’re all tired, ready for bed, and hope to sleep late in the morning.

Good Day at School, 6-Year Checkup, Playing in Mimi & Grandpa’s Shop

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Max had a good day at school. His worm stayed on the green apple, which means he was pretty well-behaved! We were so excited. He got to go to the media center with his class this afternoon and pick a new book. His choice was a train book. I popped in to check on him at lunch.

Daddy checked out Maxipoo for his six-year check up. Max got a great report. He’s in the fiftieth percentile for weight and height. Max was most concerned about shots and having things put in his mouth. Luckily he didn’t have anything to worry about because he didn’t get any shots or tongue depressors today, though Dr Smiley recommended a flu shot in a few weeks.

Max went to play with his birthday toys in Mimi and Grandpa’s shop after his doctor visit. He and Grandpa had fun. Mimi and I went to decorate for Max’s party this evening and then enjoyed dinner together. Max was back home with Daddy when I got home. We’re all tired and ready to call it a day.

In Trouble at School, Paddling, Everything in Timeout

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This morning Maxipoo didn’t want to get up and going. He had too much fun on his birthday. Once we got up and got going he was a happy camper. I saw Lil’ Fellow on the way to lunch and he told me, “I love you and I’m on yellow.” I warned him not to go to red apple, which indicates misbehavior after a warning.

As I was teaching social studies this afternoon I got a visit from Mrs Banks, Max’s teacher. I knew that couldn’t be good, and I was right. Max had trouble getting along with a classmate and had said something he shouldn’t. Mrs Banks made Max call his Daddy.

Daddy and I decided he would come and get our little boy afterschool. Daddy had to give lil’ fellow a paddling when he got home. Also, all of his toys, games, and electronics were put in timeout. When I got home from school Max was asleep in our bed.

Lil’ Fellow finished up his homework tonight and it’s already time to turn in. We’re hoping for a better day tomorrow.

Max’s 6th Birthday

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Max's 6th birthday


Oh, it’s been a big day around here. Today was Max’s sixth birthday. Mama and I woke our little buddy by singing “Happy Birthday” to him. He was so excited and asked us to sing to him a second time. Mama pinned a button on the shirt he wore to school today to let everyone know it’s Max’s birthday.

Mama’s colleague Caroline surprised Max and her this morning at their car in the school’s parking lot with a very sweet birthday surprise for Max. In class Max got to choose a special lollipop because it’s his birthday, and he and others were wished happy birthdays on Ivy Creek’s closed-circuit television system all day.

I attended my first room parent meeting this morning. I found it mildly overwhelming. There’s a lot of stuff to remember. I don’t believe I could handle it without Mama’s help.

I joined Max at school for lunch today and Mama passed out cupcakes to his classmates. I’m thankful Mama joined Max and me at lunch because she made our rambunctious and hyper bundle of joy behave himself. He was running around and socializing with everyone he knew, which is a lot of people, and there were a lot of people stopping by to wish him a happy birthday. He licked the icing off of two cupcakes, ate part of his sandwich, and then it was time for him and his classmates to return to class.

When Mama and Max came home Max opened one of his presents. He chose the biggest one, which was a package containing four Thomas & Friends character engines. And then the waiting for the little party we had for him this evening began. “How much longer?,” he asked repeatedly.

Neighbors Stephen and Dale joined Granny and us with Mimi and Grandpa in their shop for a small party. We’re having his main party on Saturday at The Ice Forum. Mama let Max open his presents before eating and he got a bunch of them. He got more Thomas & Friends engines, a big Thomas set, a couple of smaller Thomas sets, a Hot Wheels set, a few Hot Wheels cars, and a lot of cash. Granny gave the boy some underwear, which he told Granny he didn’t like, but he said he didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Ha! The movie The Polar Express played on the television while we partied.

When we all got home Max wanted to build a Minecraft LEGO set, but we wouldn’t let him because it was getting late. They went upstairs to get their bath and Max watched the Thomas DVD The Birthday Express.

We’re late getting to bed, so I’m going to close for now.

Green Apple, Day Before His 6th Birthday

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Max was so excited when he got up this morning because tomorrow is his birthday. After we got up and got going we arrived school on time with everything we needed. Max had a great day at school. His behavior was on a green apple all day, which means he was well-behaved. I did a happy dance this afternoon when he told me. Max had a lot of friends in my classroom this afternoon. He loves being a staff kid.

When we got home Max was ready to play trains with Daddy. Grandpa called to get Max to come down to visit with him. I took Max to see Grandpa while I went to pick up his SpongeBob cupcakes for school tomorrow.

Max is beyond excited about his birthday tomorrow! We’re headed to bed to ensure he has the best day he can have.

Green Apple at School, 1st Homework

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Max was ready for school this morning when Daddy and I picked him up. Daddy rode with me because he wanted to see his lil’ fellow before we went to school. Max had a great day at school. He stayed on the green apple all day, which means he was well-behaved. Yeah! I got to see him several times throughout the day, on his way to lunch, and on the playground.

Max got to play with Camden, Davis, and Amelia this afternoon. When we got home he watched Daddy play Wii U bowling. He played Minecraft and built his train track on the living room floor. We had dinner and then worked on Max’s homework. Yes, that’s right—he had his very first homework assignment. At first he wasn’t too happy, but he quickly got it done with a positive attitude.

Tonight after our bath we read part of Max’s library book. He checked out Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss.

We’re all about to call it a day around here. Two sleeps until Maxipoo’s birthday!