Thursday, February 14, 2013

To Our Teachers: Happy Valentine’s Day

Miss Katherine and Miss Shannon are Ethan and Bennett’s preschool teachers at the YMCA.  I owed them a holiday thank you post and again I am just getting to the post.  Since I wrote the family Valentine’s Day letter I asked the boys to step up and write this one to their teachers. 

Miss Katherine and Miss Shannon

Here is what they said…

Miss Katherine & Miss Shannon,

What you doing?  We are home with mom making Valentine’s cards and writing you a letter.  Mom is making us trace your names on the cards which makes us think she is not paying attention to our worksheets you give her because if she did, she would clearly understand that we don’t need to trace at home since we do it so much at school.  Don’t worry we lost focus only three letters into your name. 

We are just going to be upfront right now, you are pretty amazing teachers.  Sometimes you are so cool that I don’t even mind that you make me pick up my lunch or make me keep my hands to myself.  You probably already know that our favorite part of the week is swimming.  We really appreciate you moving the rope back to the middle of the pool.  If we would of known that all we needed to do is NOT pull each other underwater we would of stopped a long time ago.  Clearly you can tell we love playing with the games and toys at preschool.  We love playing so much that we sometimes forget to tell you that we have to go to the bathroom.  Our white shirts will never look the same. 

We probably should take this moment to thank you for a few things. 

1.   Thanks for taking our snack out of our bags.  Our sisters sometimes take so much of moms energy.  Most days we are just glad that mom remembered to bring us to preschool.

2. Thanks for making us more independent.  It was for some time that we knew we could put our own pants on but didn’t like to exert so much energy in the morning.  We are ok with the change, because now we get to pick out our own clothes so mom can’t pick out uncomfortable jeans.

3. Thanks for making sure that we have something to show the class at sharing time.  Mom can remember to pack our lunch boxes but always forgets to tell us to pick something out to show the class.  Just so you know, sometimes we sneak matchbox cars into our bags when she isn’t looking so you can always check in there.

4.  And pajama day, well lets be honest…if you hadn’t called mom that morning we would of missed the day that we get to wear comfy pajamas.  Do you know how much we love comfy pajamas?  A lot!

5.  Thanks for caring about our mommy.  You should see this lady some days.  Her frustration probably has something to do with us refusing to put clothes on, having a fit because we wanted a bagel at breakfast and there were only waffles, peeing on the bathroom floor because we couldn’t get there in time, pulling out all of our cars that she just put away the night before, climbing on the counter, pulling the cushions off the couch, spilling our milk, and crying because we couldn’t get our fingers in our gloves.  What do you expect, we had already been awake for 45 minutes!

6.  But most importantly, thanks for teaching us.  We are sure that some day school will not be a highlight, but you have laid some pretty solid foundation for us.  We think we are so smart that we should change our names to Einstein and Edison. 

We are so excited for tomorrow and have been practicing our “Happy Valentine’s Day!”  chant.   Mom hopes you won’t dislike her too much after we give each of our friends a whistle.  Cruel, we know.  And as for your gift, at the store we picked out a sweet Mad Dog monster truck, but mom said you might like something more practical that you would use more.  Huh, little does she know that we play with our monster trucks every day.  Who wouldn’t?

Love your goofy students, Ethan and Bennett

Happy Valentine’s Day Miss Katherine and Miss Shannon!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine’s Day Letter: 2012 Recap

Adopted from my sister Kelly and family…the Valentine’s Day Letter.  She seriously has some good ideas and this one makes sense.  With everything going on during the holidays why add one more task.  Wait till the tree is packed away and the kids are tired of their Christmas toys.  Now is the time for me to write about 2012!ATP001-001

Thanks to Annie Torrini Photography we have excellent pictures to highlight the content!

ETHAN: The eldest of PairSquared!  He remains the funny guy of the group. 

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Loves:  Hot Wheels cars, comfy pajama pants, and his giraffe blankets.

School:   He has been doing a great job at the YMCA preschool and KPT.  Teachers dig this boy. 

Food: Vegetables take second to meat or fruit on his plate.

Color: Green

Dislikes: His clothes being dirty.  Our washer and dryer get a work out from this kid.

Activities: Swimming and ice skating for the first time this year.

Favorite Song: Old McDonald Had a Farm

BENNETT: The biggest of PairSquared!  He is really smart and will let you know that B – B – B is for BENNETT!!

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Loves: LeapPad, his blue blanket, tracing his letters, and getting tickled.

School: YMCA preschool and KPT.  Teachers say that he really knows his letters.

Food: Vegetables, peanut butter and celery.

Color: Blue

Dislikes: Pirates and pink silverware.

Activities: Swimming and hide and go seek.

Favorite Song: BINGO




AALIYAH: Queen of PairSquared!  This one is pretty stubborn.

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Loves: Hearts blankets, taking a bath, and puzzles.

School: KPT.  Teachers have no comment.

Food: Yogurt, cheese, fruit snacks when she goes potty

Color: Pink and Yellow

Dislikes: Timeouts and bedtime

Activities: Coloring and flash cards

Favorite Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star





JOCELYN: Princess of PairSquared!  This one really loves her daddy.

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Loves: Blankie Flowers, her thumb, and cuddling.

School: KPT. Teachers have no comment.

Food: Yogurt, white cheese, animal crackers

Color: Purple and Turquoise

Dislikes: Her thumb hurting from sucking on it too much, putting clothes on

Activities: Puzzles on the Nabi, reading books

Favorite Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider




The boys have had quite a year.  Their 3’s were good to them and from this date it is only 46 days until they are 4.  They have started to get taller as we noticed when they started to open the refrigerator for milk or grabbed the remote off the top of the TV.  They had a wild summer of moving to Lanesboro as we moved homes.  Even today they will ask for their white house.   They struggled with the start of preschool and having to be more independent.  We didn’t realize how much we were doing for them and how much they could do for themselves.  Might have something with them being our first kids.  The teachers say they did adjust and Bennett especially has turned a corner with tracing letters and having a longer attention span.  Ethan and Bennett still enjoy cuddling and we love that!

So I give the girls a hard time right now, but they deserve it.  Their 2’s are completely typically but have been hard on the parents.  From today they are only 120 days from turning 3.  Looking forward to that!  Despite their drama and loud screams they are pretty sweet.  They can talk more than the boys did at this age and so they are just able to express how they feel better than E and B.  They fight and tease each other most days, but at night they must have the other one next to them.  We know this because at 3:00 am we are woken to loud yelling of “Where’s my Aaliyah?” and “Where’s my Jossie?”  Which results in us going to their room and putting them in bed on top of the other one.  My guess is that these 2 will have a love hate relationship for a bit of their lives.




BRETT (from MJ’s perspective)

Works: Tennant

Wants: A boat that he saw at the boat show

Wishes: The ice skating rink would leave their lights on until 9pm so he could go skate after bedtime

Wonders: Where his summer went when he remodeled the main level of our house


Works: 3/4 of 2012 at home and various other business endeavors, 1/4 Children’s Hospital

Wants: A larger garden

Wishes:  The defective automatic doors on the van would work

Wonders: Why doesn’t money grow on trees?

Our 2012 accomplishments…

~ Potty training the boys

~ Staying home with the kids 3/4 of the year

~ Taking back our basement from little critters

~ Surviving the remodel, move, and our family living divided

Happy Valentine’s Day!