Monday, January 31, 2011
Nana and Papa came down this past weekend to take Jack to a hockey game. Dad and I have been going to hockey games since I was just a little older than Jack is now, so it was fun for the three of us to finally get to a game together. I know Jack, Michelle and I had a great time at the game and we think Nana and Papa probably did too.
Jack is such a busy body that he never stays still and on a certain task for more than a couple minutes at a time. Unless of course, he is at a hockey game. He pays attention to hockey like he has understood the game for years. He likes to yell "Meeeeesed" (translation = "missed") when a player shoots the puck and misses the net. He doesn't like it when the periods end and the players skate off the ice, but he then he turns his attention to the Zamboni and all is well again. Yesterday I dug out an old toy Zamboni that I had a long time ago, and he hasn't let it out of his sight since.
I think we may have the next Alex Ovechkin on our hands, or possibly the next great Zamboni driver. Either way, it's so fun to watch his interest in hockey grow since that was what my Dad and I have bonded over since I was a kid.
Tomorrow school starts. Tears will flow, legs will be held onto for dear life, and lives will be changed forever. And I'm just talking about Michelle and I! We'll update on his first day soon.
Friday, January 28, 2011
We have been "shopping" and interviewing schools for several months now. We were wanting a structured environment with a low teacher/student ratio that was also academic based. Finally, we choose a private school about 15 minutes away from our house. We paid the waiting fee, but did not expect him to actually get in until June. I officially got 'the call' yesterday that a part time opening came available and we JUMPED on it! WooHoo!!! I can't believe that Jack is going to finally start school!
He has been home from October 2009 to February 2011, so around 15 months. We are both secure that he has bonded to us as his parents and feel comfortable that we are doing the right thing by putting him in school. He will have computers, Spanish, Art, Dance and a few other subjects on a regular basis. I like the Director a lot as well.
The plan is, he goes part time on Tuesday and Thursdays until a full time spot becomes available. If one doesn't become available, then he can start full time in June. However, for the first few days of the part time program, we will just take him from 9am - 1pm so he can get acclimated to his surroundings and also understand that we will be back to get him.
Last week marked an important date for us. He has officially been with us now & been a part of the Curran family as long he was in the Russian Orphanage. That fact makes me smile :)
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Bill took Jack and I to our first Admirals Hockey game a couple weeks ago. Jack LOVED it! Bill had told him a week before we actually went, and he asked ALL day EVERY day until we finally made it to the game. To say that he had the attention span of a 40 year old is an understatement. He focused the entire time.
We started to prompt him about 30 minutes before we left. When we actually got up to leave the tears started flowing. We learned 3 things....1) Surprise him that we are going the actual day we are going; 2) There is no easy way to break it to a hockey fan that the game is over; 3) Jack may be the biggest 2 year old hockey fan on the earth.
Now if we can just get Papa to come down for a game!!!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We went to Nana and Papas house over New Years. Jack was able to visit with his BFF cousin Emily and they had a blast. As always, the visit was too short.
Jack loves to clean (yes, you heard me)! I can't wait to show him photos of him cleaning as a 2 year old when he is a teenager. Anyway, his favorite gift was the new vacuum and some other cleaning items that he received. He cleaned Nana and Papas house all weekend. Cousin Emily brought him some bowling balls and pins that are super loud (thanks for that Aunt Carolyn) that he loves as well.
We finally took down the Christmas decorations and are happy to be back in the swing of 'normal' life. Jack is still talking about Santa though :)