Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Day of School and Aleister Wit

Tuesday was Aleister's first day of school. This was something he has been excited about for a LONG time and it was probably also the final inspiration to complete his potty training.

Finally, the day had arrived and I had prepared him with all the appropriate accoutrements for the occasion as well.

Aleister has a nightlight in his room that doubles as an awake/asleep trainer. I know I've written about this device before (probably more than two years ago) but I cannot stop raving about the genius of it. Aleister used to wake up SUPER early (we're talking 4-5am) and it used to be a real problem. Well, after a few weeks of 'training' with this light, he finally got it and I was once again in charge of what time he got up. Essentially, you program a time for it to wake up and it lights up a big sun. You also program a time for bedtime and it lights up a big moon which stays lit (as a nightlight) until the sun comes on. See....genius!

Anyway, Aleister's normal 'sun' time has been 7:15am but often during the summer he would sleep late, sometimes even until 8am (BLISS!). Since we live out in the country and at one end of our county (the opposite end of the county seat) we have quite the commute to get to Aleister's school. About 20-25 minutes to be exact. School starts at 7:30am for these little guys (does anyone else think that's crazy early for 4 year olds?), so I like to be on the road by 6:50.

I changed the program on Aleister's light to start the sun at 6:30am. Monday morning (after I had cleverly laid out everything the night before) I let him sleep as long as I could and went in to wake him up at 6:40. I said his name a few times and he mumbled something to the effect of  "What IS it mom? I'm trying to sleep". I told him it was time to get up and get ready for school and he looked at me, then looked at his light (clearly showing the sun now) and said "Mom, I think my light is broken, the sun is on but it's still bedtime". There were several more statements about it still being bedtime and the light being broken before I had convinced him that it was just a bit earlier than normal. Finally convinced, we gathered up all the accessories needed for a first day at Pre-Kindergarten (bookbag, folder, lunchbox, nametag etc. ) and opened the door to head out. Aleister took one look at the dark, dreary, rainy sky and turned to me and exclaimed "SEE, it IS still night time!!" Oh boy...

In the end, we made it on time and without too many complaints along the way and Aleister seemed to have a good time. He did mention that he was a bit dissapointed in a few things. One being that he didn't get to go out on the playground (it had rained all day) and another that he didn't get to make any 'art' (something he has been really looking forward to). I assured him that it was only the first day and I'm sure his expectations would be met soon enough.

I asked him if he had made any friends in school and he said he had made a few. I asked if the kids in his class were nice and he remarked that most of them were very friendly. He also said that there was one girl who was not, she apparently kept talking about monsters and being scary. Not to worry though, Aleister told me that he told her it was much better to be friendly like him and then she was. Ha! That's my boy alright.

There has been a lot of wit about lately where Aleister is concerned, and I frequently forget to document it, or it goes up on Facebook and gets lost. One of the more recent revelations has been the addition to our family of 'Pantry'. No, this is not an imaginary friend....err, mostly not. This is the name that has been given by Aleister to his stomach.

Here is how it started, one Saturday morning we were on our way to breakfast and Bo made a comment about how hungry his stomach 'Pedro' was. It was just a quick nothing to get Aleister to laugh, he had no idea what he would start with this little fun statement. Well, Aleister decided that he needed to name his own stomach as well. He came up with 'Pantry' all on his own...which I personally think is brillant! I know, I know, I'm biased, but still...come on - he named his stomach after the place which holds the things his stomach will eventually be digesting?!? He's clearly a wit genius! Haha!

All that was cute until Pantry started making demands and having strong emotions. Suddenly I find myself getting aggravated that I have to argue with my son who is talking in third person to emote the feelings of one of his body parts! "But mommmmm, Pantry really wants a sucker and he gets so sad when you won't give him one". "You hurt Pantry's feelings when you say we can't go out to eat". Etc., etc. ad nauseum.'s time to make the trek to pick up the kiddo from school so I'll end this post here, but will hopefully be back with more of his antics soon.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mom's Brainwashing

I tend to think of myself as a pretty moderate parent - not too strict, not too loose (although Bo would disagree here). I fully admit that I'm a complete paranoid parent and worry about everything but I try not to let that reflect on my child.

I get a bit of an outside view of my own standards when Aleister is with his Meemaw and Papa though. He's just crazy about them (as they are of him) and he's only just started having overnight visits with them. This past weekend was his second overnight adventure with them.

Among many highlights of staying with them is his ability to eat whatever he likes and get spoiled rotten. I have plenty of rules at home about things like sweets, snacks, soda, etc. but all these rules go out the window when its grandparent time and that's ok.

However, it turns out that he's actually been paying attention to my rules and my reasoning. While he still certainly indulges in the treat extravaganza that is his grandparents house (you'd have to know the Bandy's to really get a grasp on just how many treats this includes - haha), he still manages (at a mere 4 years old) to show a little restraint...and it amazes me.

One of the traditions of the sleepover is that Aleister gets to go to the Flea Market early the next morning - this is a BIG deal to him. He gets new toys from the Flea Market from his Meemaw every week so you can imagine his excitement to actually get to go and pick them out himself. Anyway, on this particular trip, she bought him a sucker ring (one of those candy rings you can eat) and he was loudly proclaiming just how delicious it was. Meemaw offered to get him another one for later since he clearly really liked it and Aleister replied " No, one is enough - they rot your teeth out".

He also apparently had a little bit of a soft drink while dining out with them (something I don't allow him to drink) but didn't finish it because he explained to his grandparents "it might make him stop growing".

I'm not sure if I'm making him neurotic or teaching him good habits but I'm proud nonetheless ;)

Here are two pictures of Aleister taken by his grandparents during the latest adventure:

The hat is from a restaurant they ate at after he requested they eat somewhere that doesn't serve tacos - haha. As I understand it, his drink that evening was a MILKSHAKE (shouted enthusiastically every time he tells me the story) with a CHERRY on top! :-)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

For Ginny :)

Aleister and I are in NJ visiting family and it came to my attention (many times *ahem Ginny*) that this blog has been seriously neglected. So, in her honor, I am breathing new life into it.

We started our trip with a flight to Atlantic City, while I love gambling this was just a happy accident as the flights to AC were 50% cheaper than the flights to Newark so what the heck. We stayed overnight so Aleister could enjoy the beach. Plus I got to sneak out and play the slots for a bit too!

Aleister loves beaches and playing in the sand but if that wasn't enough there were not only articulated bulldozers working on the beach but also a few tractors out raking the sand. We were out very early (thanks to a 5am wake up call courtesy of Aleister) so we got to see all the action and Aleister was just thrilled!!

 We stayed at Caesars Palace overnight and that place was a big thrill in itself for Aleister with all of its pomp and circumstance. On one of the floors, they had an indoor beach area with a view of the ocean. I appreciated the air conditioned beach and Aleister just loved being able to get his hands in the sand.

 After AC we headed to Egg Township Harbor to visit Storybook Land - a small amusement park designed just for children under 7. It was a wonderful place with beautiful gardens and a truly exceptional staff. We had a great time and rode lots of rides.

After that adventure we went off to Pennsylvania to visit with some other family and I really wish I had thought about taking pictures but the truth is, we were all having so much fun it didn't even cross my mind...bad, bad, bad. We talked and played and spent some time in the pool. A great time was definitely had by all!

I think all of my family was pretty impressed with Aleister's vocabulary and mannerisms. He can be quite the little man sometimes. One thing that really cracked me up is when he went and tried out the piano. He played a few notes and then came back in to the kitchen to tell my Aunt Ginny that her piano has "great tuning". I have no idea where this came from but it sure gave us all a good laugh!

There are more adventures in line but I'll sign off for now and hopefully will remember to take some more pictures in the future. ;)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Yule!

Aleister was very excited to wake up and find gifts waiting for him. So much so that he couldn't be bothered to get dressed or brush his hair. Frankly, I think that's just the way it should be! :-)

Aleister painted pine cones and added his Bear and Raccoon to the nature altar

Hope all of you and yours have a great holiday as well!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Visit with Grandpa and Grannie

Aleister's RVing grandparents were in town recently and we lucked out with some nice weather as well. Here are a few pictures from the activities.

Oh...and a bonus rain picture shot just the other day - a little rain isn't going to stop Aleister from riding his John Deere!