Posts tagged ‘Simon’

May 8, 2011

A Mother’s Day Adventure

Whenever possible, I enjoy finding new places to go and new things to do. I especially enjoy finding new places for us to experience as a family. So when Alex asked if there was anything I wanted to do for Mother’s Day this year, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Sandy Lake Amusement Park. This place isn’t exactly new, 40 years old to be exact. But we had never visited this old school amusement park before, even though it’s only half an hour from our house.

I found a coupon on their website allowing us to get in for free (typically costing a whopping $2 per person). Free admission? Hello, I was all over that. If this place stinks, we can just turn around and go home, no money spent.

So we pull up, hand them our coupon and drive through the gate. Where are we? And what year is it? It was surreal. We felt like we had stepped onto the set of Adventureland. (Great movie!) Simon was so excited I thought his head was going to explode.

Once you are in, each ride takes between 3 to 5 tickets, and tickets cost 50¢ each. We immediately went to the ticket booth and bought the biggest book of tickets you could get – $20 for 44 tickets. It took Simon a long time to figure out what ride to do first. It’s an important decision, you know. But once he started, he went very quickly from one ride to the next. There were no lines!!! We blew through those tickets in less than an hour. Oscar even got in on the action.
After doing the rides, we walked over and checked out the arcade, the miniature golf course and the paddle boats. At this point we were all hot and tired and decided ending the day with a train ride around the park would be perfect.

Needless to say, the kiddos crashed as soon as we got into the car. It was a successful adventure and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

January 26, 2011

Age 4, smell you later

Today is a day full of conflicting emotions for me. It is the last day that my oldest son will be a 4-year-old. Tomorrow, whether I’m ready or not, he turns 5, and for me, that age represents a lot. It represents the transition of a little boy into a big boy.

To Simon, this means no more naps at preschool and no more “T” after the number on his clothing. Apparently, he thinks that turning 5 means all your 5T clothes no longer fit you anymore, and he’s very excited to lose that “T”. To me, this means more independence (as discussed in this previous post) and more embarrassment towards his parents. And, I don’t think I’m ready for that.

However, 4 hasn’t exactly been the most lovable age. For us, it’s been the most trying. Maybe turning 5 will bring an end to the “terrible fours.” Also, the older Simon gets, the more fun it is to watch him. He’s playing sports and learning to read and write. He amazes us all the time with some new skill he has developed. So, in some ways, I’m really excited about having a 5-year-old and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

I guess, no matter how conflicted I am, it’s going to happen, and there is nothing I can do about it. If there were, he would still be that little boy in the picture to the left. So, I’m ready to welcome age 5 with open arms. Bring it on!

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January 20, 2011

Simon Says: Stranger Danger

As your children get older, there comes a point where you have to start teaching them about aspects of this world that you might not really want them to know about. Simon is at the age where he is seeking more independence, and we are encouraging it because it’s good for him and maybe it will even help him to overcome his shyness a little.

One night, he decided he really wanted to go to Alex’s hockey game so he could practice skating. However, I wasn’t able to go, so Alex offered to bring Simon and let him skate around on his own during the game, which meant Alex wouldn’t really be able to watch him closely. Simon thought this idea was great, but being a protective mother, I felt it necessary to tell him some rules about being in a place where unfamiliar people might talk to him. So, we basically had a short conversation about Stranger Danger.

Apparently, this subject really hit a nerve with him. And it has brought up many questions since and has become a common topic of conversation in our house. Of course, this has me questioning whether I broached a subject that he wasn’t quite mature enough to handle. I didn’t want to scare the poor kid, but I also don’t want an uninformed child naively following a stranger out to his/her car to get some candy or pet a puppy. So, I did what I thought was right at the time.

Anyway, the other day, Alex was home with both kids. Simon was in his room playing by himself, so Alex took the opportunity to go out the front door to get the mail. While outside, Alex decided to grab the trash/recycle bins from the street and bring them around back. So he came back into the house through the back door.

Simon heard the back door unexpectedly open and came running towards it with a look of determination in his eye. Then he stopped, looked at Alex, and said, “Oh, I thought you were stranger danger. I was going to punch you in the weenis!”

January 18, 2011

The Blue Room

When we bought our house, our son, Simon, was 3 years old. He didn’t come along with us while looking at houses but we knew as soon as we saw a particular bedroom in this house, it would be his room, no matter what. Why? Because it was blue, his favorite color. And when we actually told him of this aforementioned blue room, he was so excited and couldn’t wait to move in. And we were just happy to give him something to look forward to since we were moving to a different state and taking him out of his preschool and away from his friends.

Here’s a picture of his room shortly after we moved in. We had already purchased a few new things from Ikea at this point. Sorry for the bad image — we were in desperate need of a new camera.

Unfortunately, the blue isn’t exactly the blue that my husband and I would have chosen. But Simon was so excited about it we decided to go with it…for now.

Here’s a picture of what the room is looking like these days. The blue walls are coming across a little differently in these new shots (better lighting and better camera…YAY!)

This was shot from the same angle as the BEFORE image above – standing in the doorway. The quilt on the bed was a baby gift for Simon, made by my mom. He loves it, and we think it works perfectly in the room. Most of the furniture and some of the decor was purchased at Ikea. We think it’s the perfect place to shop for kid’s rooms.

This shot was taken from the corner near the closet. The red bookcase was given to us for free. After a couple coats of glossy red paint, it was the perfect addition to Simon’s room and his growing book collection. The paintings on the wall (yes, they still need to be hung properly) were painted by Alex. He still has one or two more he plans to finish up soon…hopefully.

And this shot was taken from the opposite corner, standing near that red bookcase that was in the previous shot. You can see a couple smaller paintings by Alex hanging over the dresser. And we love those green wall shelves in the corner from Ikea, of course.

Simon’s room is the closest to being done, but there is still a small list of things left to do:

1. Finish monster/alien paintings and hang properly
2. Get curtains (Probably going to make my own no-sew curtains)
3. Figure out a good organization solution for the always messy art desk

January 13, 2011

Simon Says: Your face

One of the best things about having an almost 5-year-old is listening to the things they say. And when it comes to Simon, he sure says a lot. Nobody else would know this because he’s painfully shy around anyone other than his immediate family, but he lets loose in the comfort of his own home and gives us an earful. Sometimes this can be exhausting, but often times, it’s very entertaining. However, on occasion, it leads to late night conversations between the hubs and I as we evaluate our parenting.

The other day, Alex, Simon and I were in the middle of a very intense game of Headbandz. (SIDENOTE: For any parents of young kids out there, Headbandz is actually a fun game to play. I highly recommend it.) Anyway – talking about letting loose – in the middle of the game Simon “toots.” This is the word our son has chosen to use, so I’m putting it in quotes.

Usually we just ignore this type of thing so as not to encourage potty humor, but I just couldn’t help myself and had to say, “Geez, Simon, you smell.” And without missing a beat, our sweet little boy says, “Mommy, do you know what else smells…. your face.”