Written on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 10:32pm EDT, by Jaddie
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.
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.
Written on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 10:42pm EDT, by Becky
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.
Written on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 9:29pm EDT, by Becky
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.
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.
Written on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 9:46pm EDT, by Becky
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.
Written on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 9:06pm EDT, by Becky
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!
Written on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 10:45pm EDT, by Becky
Max got up and went to church with Mimi and Grandpa this morning, and Daddy and I went to Granny’s for breakfast. When we left Granny’s we took Marlie to the new pet store Unleashed. They were having a grand opening. Marlie received a pound of free treats from the treat bar.
When Max got home we all rested. Then Mimi and I went to order Max’s birthday cake. While at Costco we noticed they had put out their Halloween costumes, so we bought Max one. He’s going to be a knight. When I got home he tried it on, and he was adorable in it. We went down to show Mimi and Grandpa. Max got Grandpa to wear a pirate’s hat and they were playing when I left.
Tonight I’ve been busy wrapping Max’s birthday presents. My baby is going to be six in three days! That’s so hard for us to believe.
Max, Daddy, and I got to sleep in a little this morning. Once we got up we visited with Bridget, Daniel, and Aunt Mary before they left to go back home. Grandpa and Daniel were sweet and played baseball with Max for a while.
Max and I went to The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was a great show. After the show the puppeteers asked for questions from the audience and Max got called on. He told them that it was a great show. It wasn’t a question, but it was sweet. Afterwards we got to make a butterfly puppet and tour the puppet theater.
When we left the show we went to Atlantic Station, but they were too many people to enjoy ourselves. Our next stop was IKEA. Max played in the kids’ area while I shopped.
Tonight Max went to Parents’ Night Out at Gymnastix and Daddy and I went to Toys"R"Us to do some birthday shopping for Max. Marlie didn’t fare to well while we were gone and required a bath upon our return. We’re all tired around here and are ready for the bed.
Written on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 11:40pm EDT, by Jaddie
It’s late and Max the lights aren’t off yet. Aunt Mary; Cousin Bridget; and Bridget’s husband, Daniel, were here and Max and Mama visited with them this evening, getting home just a few minutes ago.
Max was a little loud during reading time today at school and moved his worm to the yellow apple, which is between the green apple, which indicates good behavior, and the red apple, which indicates misbehavior after warnings. His attitude at home has been great.
After school today Max and Mama had a water gun fight, and he played Minecraft while I bowled on his Wii U.
Poor ol’ Grandpa tried hard to get the little fellow to spend the night with him tonight, but Max said he was going to spend the night with his mama. We love having our little buddy sleep with us.
But it’s far past time for us to be in bed. We’re looking forward to sleeping late in the morning.