Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jack and the Beanstalk

I had forgotten to post about this - how could I do that?

In late April, Tracy and I took the girls to see a black light puppet show presented by Theatre/Converse. They did a presentation of Jack and the Beanstalk. Both girls really enjoyed it and for the most part Julia Grace is good when we go to productions like this. I have been pleasantly surprised! It's a good thing it was a kids show though because Julia Grace got a little interactive with it. When Jack and his cow were fishing, Julia Grace said "MOOOO!". And this is my most proud/embarrassed moment - Right when the beanstalk started growing to the sky, Julia Grace said "What's THAT?"! This is a proud moment because we just had her evaluated and she qualifies for speech therapy. Part of that diagnosis (of sorts) was based on her not asking questions and having many phrases. Embarrassing obviously because she was loud and beat Jack to his next line which was "What's that?".

Both girls really enjoyed the show as did the adults - it was cute and funny. Converse College theater shows are always great - I often forget this and they're affordable too. Although, you need to check because most of them aren't family productions unless they say they are (language and situations within the productions). Julia Grace really enjoyed climbing the steps up to Hazel B. (the theatre). Tracy and I also got to introduce Mallory to Ms. Mary Nicholson who has been instrumental in too many things to even write about with theater in our community. Tracy and I got to work with Ms. Mary at the Spartanburg Youth Theatre and I got to be in her theater class and a production at Converse College as well.

I almost forgot about one other cute thing - Julia Grace was taking the steps DOWN two at a time after the show. She kept putting her finger to her lips saying "SHHH!". Apparently, after she climbed in Tracy's lap from her seat, she tried to be more interactive and he was shushing her. So she thought that was something you did was to "SHHHH!" - so cute!

We followed with dinner at McDonald's and playground afterwards. Needless to say both girls were asleep shortly after arriving home! It was a great night out with the family!

It was in here that Jack would speak to the cow, the cow would "moo", and Julia Grace would "MOOOOO" back to them.

The Giant is eating Pig and won't share with his wife!

The Giant is dead!

This is Theatre/Converse's promotional picture - I can't take credit for it. :)

This is Julia Grace walking on the sidewalk like a big girl - I love these pictures!

Monday, May 25, 2009


Julia Grace didn't know what to think of that Mocha Frappuccino!
She hugged Grandma and was patting her back with her right hand.

Julia Grace and Grandma are listening to Julia Grace sing on Daddy's cell phone.

Grandma is tickling Julia Grace!

More tickling and trying not to smile...

Julia Grace is on Tracy's shoulders in the airport parking lot.

First escalator ride!

If you ask her is she a little rotten, her reply is "I tink so" (tink not think)!

More being a little rotten!

Julia Grace kept stopping to check out things - she was looking downstairs at the steps and escalator.

Also on Saturday, right after Zoo Tots, we drove to Charlotte to meet Grandma and Grandpa at the airport to see them off to Boston!

Unfortunately you can't go past the check-in area upstairs so we sat at a little spot called the Charlotte Bistro. It was definitely a misnomer if I ever saw one! It was a snack shop with coffee, soda, juice and other drink selections with pre-made sandwiches. They had little bistro-type iron tables and chairs outside the snack shop across from the baggage claim. We didn't get to spend much time with them since they had to be upstairs and in their "gate" by 2.15 and we couldn't get there from Greenville until just after 1 p.m. Tracy and I had Frappuccinos (thanks Dad!) and my mom tried to get Julia Grace to try some but she wouldn't. Thank goodness! I'm not ready for that yet!

Julia Grace got to see some of the airplanes around the airport during the car ride. We also saw a bird inside near the ticket area and she rode down an escalator for the first time. She definitely enjoyed looking around and I know Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed seeing her before their takeoff to Boston! We'll see them later this week when they get back and stay in town for a few days!

Zoo Tots

Julia Grace is playing with the plastic animals and learning their names.

Julia Grace pet the leopard gecko above - I couldn't get a pic of her petting the snake. She wanted to squeeze him and I had to keep trying to show her the "right" way to pet the snake - with the back of your hand.

She was confused by the big bucket of crayons in the middle at craft time!
They were passing out pie plates with glue and paintbrushes too.
Naturally she thought it was paint since she just learned to paint in the last 2 weeks!
JG is coloring her animals...

The finished product with her snack - the photo was upside down and that's why the funky angle! She was sitting there but had got up and run away right when I snapped the pic.
Imagine that!
ZOO TOTS at the Greenville Zoo!

On Saturday, Julia Grace and I attended a zoo program just for 2-year-olds. She was scheduled for April, May, and June - we missed April because we were stuck in Louisiana.
The program for May was called "The Skin You're In...". They talked about how our skin feels soft, how different animals feel, and why their skin feels that way. It was really neat. They had circle time and each child got to pet a leopard gecko, named Leo, and a black snake that was white (not an albino), named Louis I think. I forget the word she used but the director said the snake was not albino but had something else that caused the snake to be white. The eyes were the normal color for a black snake.
They also had a craft and snack time. They had cut-out shapes of lions, pigs, and birds. We talked about the sounds they made and how their skin felt to touch as well. They were given crayons to color them, some glue to put the "skin" on each animal, and the "skin". They were given a piece of furry fabric to go on the lion, some feathers for the bird and a pink piece of foam sheet for the pig. Julia Grace seemed to think it was paint since they had a paintbrush with it. Her animals were over glued but they turned out OK.
Their snack was "lizard skin" - a green rice krispie treat. She just licked it for a while but finally decided to eat it in the car on the way home. This was definitely a cute little program. I hate that we missed April and I'm looking forward to June's class!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fancy Paper Crafters

Round two of Scrappy Bingo is going on now! What on Earth is "Scrappy Bingo"? Come on over and find out! I won last time so I'm not sure I'm allowed to play this time around - lots of fun swaps and challenges going on each month too. Last sign up for swaps and challenges is May 15th!
Come Scrap with US!

Monday, May 4, 2009

We had a great weekend!

Great weekend with the kids! I had to work Saturday night so we didn't get to do much together on Saturday but we went out on Friday evening and to Spring Fling on Sunday. I'll post more and put up some pictures hopefully later on this evening! Josh had a great show and we had a good time at Spring Fling aside from Julia Grace's hissy fit (after his show, not during). She fell asleep in the stroller about 10 minutes later so we at least knew what was wrong in the first place!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I enjoyed catching up reading some of my favorite blogs! I like seeing what everyone is into these days! :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Josh Ridings

This weekend is Spring Fling and on Sunday afternoon our worship leader at Hope Point, Josh Ridings , is performing at 2 p.m. We plan on trying to go see him if the weather permits and check out the other festivities.

Josh Ridings and his band are awesome - if you know him or you come to Hope Point, you already know this. If not, then check out his website - I posted the link above - or his YouTube videos. He also has a blog and he's a pretty funny guy - it's on my blogroll.