Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Mamo/Mom!

Happy Birthday to the best Grandma and Mom.  Of all the people in this world, I think my Mom is the nicest and most caring woman.  She is nice to complete strangers and it's not just a fake nice, no it's a genuine sincerity.  My Mom is the type of person that will do anything for you and even if you don't ask for help, she's always there, willing.  As a little girl, that's what I remember most, her constant caring ways.  She always, always listened to me and made me feel like I was the most important person in the world.  If I was sick or didn't do too great at my speech meets or didn't get the grade I thought I deserved, she was always there supporting me.  I always got the feeling that Mom liked spending time with me and Cyndi because she'd always let us tag along and go with her.  Maybe that's why both Cyndi and I love to spend time with her today. 

I can always count on my Mom, I knew it when I was a kid, in high school, in college, in facing difficult times in my adulthood and now being a Mom myself.  My Mom doesn't know this but I strive to be like her.  I think about my own youth....all the love and support, believing in me, encouraging me, disciplining me, making time for me, demanding I take responsibility for my own mistakes and making me work hard.....all these things I got from my Mom.  So I strive to be just like her everyday when I wake up and hear Aidan's voice.

Aidan is very lucky to get to spend his days with Grandma.  He already has a kindness about him that has to be attributed to his "Mamo".  Mom and I don't agree on everything and we have struggles but I respect and love her so much and we always find a way to work through things.  I guess Mom did forget to tell me that parenting is not easy and it's not for wimps! 

Happy Birthday Mom, I love you.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Aidan's first week of preschool

Aidan started preschool this past Tuesday, November 29, 2011.  For now, he goes Tuesdays and Thursdays for five hours in the morning.  Ideally what we would like is for him to go Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  Aidan did really well this week and loves to go.  Being around kids his own age, learning to share and get along with many kids, not constantly being the center of attention, learning to be more independent since there is only one teacher and two helpers and getting use to a structured learning time, song & circle time, playground, arts/crafts and designated snack/lunch time are wonderful for his growing and development.  He eats lunch at preschool and they decide and provide the meals.  For his first day, the kids had bean/cheese burritos, broccoli and peaches.  Aidan has not successfully ate these items before but on Tuesday, he did eat part of the burrito.  Apparently all it takes sometimes if for kids to be around other kids and miraculous things happen!