This morning Sebastian and I headed to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for a fun bug-themed 3rd birthday party for friend James. We started with a craft making coffee filter butterflies, then we headed to a bug themed play area, followed by a bug exhibit (which had live hissing cockroaches - gross) and birthday cupcakes! James' mom took these pictures of Sebastian and I with friends Kelley and Caroline, and Sebastian and I in the insect exhibit! We had a great time! Sebastian loved the museum...we'll definitely put this on the list for when his grandparents visit in January!
Yesterday I got the call....Sebastian had been accepted off the wait list for a coveted spot in our area preschool. Woohoo!
To give you an idea, in the area where we live there are three options:
Daycare/Preschool combo. The majority of these are geared towards two working parents.
Mom's Day Out. Many of the local churches offer a one or two morning a week "mom's day out" program which is an inexpensive option for getting out to run errands without taking the kids...and it gives the kids some time to socialize.
Preschool only. There are only a few of these programs in the area. The two that I know of offer a variety of programs depending on the age of the kids (usually they start around 15-18 months). They are not all day programs so they don't work well for parents who work full time because there is no extended daycare. One of the programs I know of involved getting up at 4am and waiting in line the day registration opened to get on the wait list because if you were new, you weren't getting in. The second program which is bigger, involved signing up for the lottery, and getting on an extensive wait list. That is the one we were on.
It is totally crazy. Everyone I know applied for the same pre-school, everyone got wait listed. If they had children there in a previous year they didn't get into their first choice of class so they were wait listed for that but at least they got into SOMETHING. Everyone else was just wait listed and praying that a spot would open to get your foot in the door.
You see, the program works as a lottery but you get credit for being a member of the church (sorry, not us), and for # years/ # children that attended in a past year. So, if you are a church member with kids that have been going there a while, you probably got in your first choice of class. If you have a kid that attended in the past you probably got into a class but it might not be your first choice. And if you were a newbie, like me, you probably got wait-listed. The earlier you start your kids the easier it is to get in. Sebastian will be in the late 2's class. Someone I know waiting to get into the late 3's class has about 30 people currently on the wait list (I'm not sure how many they started with after the May lottery). Someone else I know trying to get into the 4 year old class has about 45 people ahead of her. Seriously.
So anyway, we are glad we are in. That means Sebastian is pretty much getting a spot next year, and we have a better chance of getting Abby in next year too (she'll be old enough to start the one or two day a week baby class for the 2008-2009 school year).
So today we headed to Target and got Sebastian a nap mat and he picked out his lunch box. And we got him some sneakers because Crocs are not allowed at school. Right now he is scheduled for the Friday only class but he is first on the wait list for a two day a week class so we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Well, for the first time in a while, all 6 of my mom's grandkids were in one town at the same time. On the last day of everyone's visit we tried to get the kids all together for a quick picture. Unfortunately Gracey had just woken up from a nap and really REALLY didn't want to be part of the picture. Marisa was very sweet with Abby, making sure she was happy for the pictures.
Some photos from the beginning of our trip to NY to visit my family. Sebastian enjoyed watching Caillou on our iFlip. He did a surprisingly good job of keeping his headphones on. We got them especially for the trip - kid sized.
Tuesday night Sebastian had a few rounds of vomiting over night. This resulted in three changes of bedding, and him eventually nodding off to sleep in little more than a diaper.
Yesterdy he seemed fine except he didn't want to eat or drink anything. If you know anything about Sebastian, it is that he usually has a strong appetite, and could drink milk and water all day long. Even Sprite didn't generate interest.
This morning he looked a little worse for wear. He did drink two cups of milk and eat some cheerios this morning but he is definitely not 100%. Right now he is nested into the recliner, with a pillow and a pug for comfort, and a towel "just in case" as he has told me a few times this morning "I throw up".
To make matters worse, we are flying to NY tomorrow. Ugh!
Abby is currently LOVING her bumper jumper. She gets into a good rhythm and just goes to town. When Sebastian was a baby he seemed much more erratic in it...but he liked it tool.
Sebastian has become crafty. He loves playdoh and coloroing. Lately he is has become very interested in drawing on his mini-magna doodle. The timing couldn't be better; it'll be the prefect activity for his new Bob the Builder backpack for our trip to NY on Friday!
Watson doesn't get much air time here on the blog. He is usually sleeping (under the bed in Abby's room, in the closet in Abby's room, in the master bedroom closet) or stalking us from the top of the kitchen cabinets. This morning though when Abby was up but Sebastian was still sleeping he came out to check on what we were doing...and of course, I was testing the light in my dining room for pictures. He was perched on top of our dining room table checking out the action.
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