Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Bee-Day Casey!

We were so excited for Casey's 3rd Birthday! The sun was shining, the cake was ready and the Happy Birthday banner done. A strange thing occurred before we left to set up at the park. Both the boys fell asleep on the couch. Strange. Casey rarely takes naps but it's not so unbelievable that he'd fall asleep but Bennett never takes naps anymore. Especially with so much excitement. I was happy though, maybe that would put them both in a good mood for the party and the rest of the day. Then Ben woke and was just shaking. We thought it was because he was excited Dad brought him home a yogurt for lunch from McD's. (He gets very excited sometimes) But he said he was cold. Then he fell back asleep.
At the party they were both so lethargic and didn't want to play, Bennett even said he wanted to go home. It was out of character for them to be like this I knew something was up. I decided to take Casey home and he went to sleep right away for the second time that day with a temperature of 102. Shortly after, Bennett came home and the party was moved to our house. Bennett went straight to his room despite all the kids playing in his backyard. The week went down hill from there. We all ended up sick. Casey probably had the worst of it, throwing up a few times the first night and ending up with a cold at the end of the week. Jeff stayed home a couple days from work. It was not a fun birthday. But now we are all better, the sun is shining again and the promise of summer is around the corner!

Happy Birthday Casel!

Favorite things to say: "I SAID PLEASE!" or "STOP BUGGING ME!" or "DON'T HIT ME!". All of these things are said when you haven't said please yet, no one is touching you or hitting you and they are all in your loudest Casey voice. You have been going through a bit of a stage lately and I'm positive it's because you get frustrated with not being able to communicate as well as you'd like. Even though at times you can be a bit bossy ;) you make it up with your sweetness and cuddles. You also say "because" a lot; for example, "I'm hungry, because I want some food." You're so smart and try really hard to communicate with us.

You love to sing. Some of your favorite songs are from Raffi: Mama's taking us to the Zoo, There's a spider on the floor, Robin in the Rain, Must be Santa Clause. But "your song" is the Banana Boat song - you know the one that goes "Day-O, daaaaay-O, daylight come and me want to go home!" Whenever it comes on you yell "My song!" You walk around the house singing little made up songs to yourself too.

Favorite movie: Pinocchio, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, you yell "look! they are sooooo cuuuuuute!" through the whole movie. You also like Curious George, the robot episode and of course Toy Story.

Favorite things to do: play outside in your tree house. You are so brave, you just climb up anything - I've always had to be careful about that with you. You also like to play in your sandbox, look for bugs, go to the library, read books, help me cook, play with your trains, take bubble baths and play with Bennett.

Favorite foods: Chicken Nuggets from McD's. Apples, cheese sticks, "bagos" (bagels), you also love meat. Pepperoni, hot dogs plain and bacon.

Casey quotes:
"Yesarooti, Positooti!" You got this from Bennett who got this from Pinky Dinky Doo, which you've never seen - yet. You look up to your big brother so much and learn to say fun words he says like that one and "Yowsers!" You also learned to jump when you're excited from Bennett. He's a pretty cool kid to look up to though!
"I broke my very own friend!" With an extremely sad face. You found a slug and brought it in the house without me knowing and played with it so much you squished it to death.
"Oh no my cookie! I yost it!" has become a family quote.
"I want to go to Casey's school" is what you call church.
"Bumble Bee" is one of your favorite words you love to say, which is why you had a Bumble Bee Party.

"No thank you and thank you" you're very polite, even if it's yelled sometimes, "I SAID NO THANKS!"

Casey I can't believe how big you are, you are my baby! You are growing too fast! We love you so much Monkey McBean and can't wait to see what this year has in store for you.

Chemical Reaction Experiment

I got this idea from Pinterest, you put baking soda in a dish and then color some white vinegar with food coloring. Take a medicine dropper and squirt the vinegar into the baking soda and fizzes. Lots of fun for the boys, kept them busy for a while. Then we did some sensory play and practiced writing letters with our fingers once the baking soda got all muddy. Killed 2 birds with one stone! :)

My current obsession

Raising Cain, The Emotional Lives of Boys. Read it, just do it. It's only 258 pages long and it will change how you view and interact with boys. If you have a boy in your life, whether you're a parent, teacher, mentor or friend, you need to read this.
"...But as their manuscript progressed, Kindlon and Thompson realized a simple "how-to" would not do. "In the end," they write, "we found that the best advice we had to offer was simply to understand boys as they truly are ­ rather than as they appear or as we wish them to be. Our deepest wish is to pull aside the curtain boys so tenaciously draw around themselves and offer you a look inside their hearts and minds. If we succeed, we hope that you will see more clearly the ways in which our culture conspires to limit and undermine their emotional lives. We hope you will understand boys better, and above all, we hope you will enjoy them more"
Read an interview with one of the authors, Dan Kindlon, PH.D. here.