Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Interview about Daddy

Two years ago I interviewed Luke about his Dad for Father's Day. I thought it would be fun to do again and include Katelyn this time. I used the same questions and it was fun to see which ones Luke answered the same and which ones he changed.

Luke's answers at 5 years old...

What's your daddy's name? Kevin
How old is your daddy? 35
How tall is your daddy? ummm...I don't know... ummm... maybe 20 feet
What color are his eyes? blue
Is your daddy strong? Yes How strong? he can lift up the couch
Where does your daddy work? at his work What does he do? builds stuff and gets money
Does your dad ever get mad at you? Yes
Why does he get mad? because sometimes I hit or push
What does he do when he gets mad? he sends me to my bed or puts me in time out
What do you like to do for fun with daddy? wrestle, got to fun stores, go to the playground...lots of fun stuff
What is he good at doing? playing What do you like to play? ninja warrior
Is your daddy smart? yes, he knows what 100+100 is and he teaches me lots of stuff
If your daddy was a superhero who would he be? Wolverine
Is your daddy your best friend? Yep!

Katelyn's answers at 2 1/2 years old... (it took us three different sessions to answer all these questions)
What's your daddy's name? uhhh...Daddy
How old is your daddy? maybe 2
How tall is your daddy? big
What color are his eyes? brown
Is your daddy strong? Yah How strong? he does push ups
Where does your daddy work? far away What does he do? push ups
Does your dad ever get mad at you? uh huh
Why does he get mad? "I make him happy." What do you do that makes him mad? "because I'm not happy"
What does he do when he gets mad? maybe he puts me on the stairs in time out
What do you like to do for fun with daddy? wrestle and go to Depot, Depot (this is what she calls Home Depot)
What is your favorite thing to do with daddy? go to Disneyland
What is he good at doing? work
Is your daddy smart? yes, he rides in a truck
If your daddy was a superhero who would he be? a man What kind of man? spiderman
Is your daddy your best friend? Yes

My kids are so lucky to have such a fun, smart, hard working daddy. He is always involved and helps me out so much. We love him!!!!

I also want to give a shout out to my Dad.
My dad has always been my number one fan. I have fond memories of seeing my dad in the stands at all my high school basketball games cheering me on and sometimes giving the refs a hard time. :) Many times he was there in a suit having just come from work or a church meeting. He has always been a support and strength to me. Not only has he been a wonderful father, but he is a super grandfather. My kids love to go to grandpa's house and help him in his garden or play in his fun backyard. He is always willing to take them to the park and have fun with them. Thank you for your great example Dad! I love you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Creativity At Its Best or Worst

Katelyn loves to color, draw, and paint. She has really progressed a lot in her coloring and drawing. She can now draw a circle face with the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair in the proper place. She wanted to try painting and did really well the first couple of times. No big messes and she was occupied and I was happy.

Well, I guess regular painting on the paper was not creative enough for her. She started painting her hands and trying to make hand prints on the paper. Of course she was using watercolor paints so the hand prints weren't really working, but she did have a mess on her hands and down her arms. I let it slide the first and second time, but by the third time I told her no more painting for awhile. That made her so mad and the tantrums began. Even though it wiped off easy it left a dark stain on her hands for the rest of the day.

On Saturday I decided to give her another chance. She hadn't painted for a few days and she was needing something to keep her busy. I told her that if she painted on her hands we would put the paint away and she couldn't paint for a long time. I got her all set up and then left her to do a few things around the house (this was my mistake). Each time I would check on her she was quietly painting and the last time I checked she was done and sitting on the couch(with her back to me) watching TV with Luke.

I cleaned up the paints and then a few minutes later I heard Luke saying, "Katelyn has paint all over her face!" What?!?!.................

She was just sitting there like it was no big deal and I guess it wasn't a big deal to her. I guess I need to be more specific with her. No paint on your hands, face, knees, legs, feet, ears, etc. Luckily it wiped off pretty easy and there weren't any dark stains left.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Preschool Graduate

Preschool has been soooo good for Luke. He has come a long way from the beginning of the school year. His behavior has improved so much and he is now reading and writing. He would sound out words and write words all day if I could be there to help him with the ones he doesn't know and be able to give him my attention all day.
His preschool experience was a little different because he had Miss Kathy from the beginning of the school year until the first week of April and then went to Miss Heather's preschool until the end of May. Miss Kathy had to stop because her son was sick. I was worried how Luke would transition, but he surprised me and did really well.
(Signing the ABCs. I was cracking up because the teacher was going a little fast and Luke couldn't keep up. He said really loudly, "you are going too fast!" That's my boy, not afraid to say what's on his mind.)

(The fam minus dad in Luke's first preschool room.)

(Miss Kathy-she was so patient with Luke)

(Miss Heather-(not a great picture of Luke)she had a dog that Luke learned to love. This is pretty amazing considering how terrified Luke is of dogs.)