Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cormac's Dinosaur Party

Cormac turned 5! We gave him a present on his actual birthday, and all went out for dinner (for mine), but his party was on Saturday. Both he and Russell are really in love with dinosaurs right now, so we had an awesome dinosaur-themed party.

I didn't decorate much this year, just dinosaur steps up to the door, and some dinosaurs scattered on the table. The kids played with them while we waited for everyone to arrive.

We couldn't resist getting the boys these awesome t-shirts!

We had some delicious pizza, and other great snacks.

Our activity was digging up dinosaur bones! All the kids got a block and excavation tools, and they dug out bones. (They had a lot of fun, but the blocks didn't actually contain entire skeletons, which was a little disappointing.)

Next, we took the party outside. We played with dinosaurs frozen in ice, we had bubbles in the kiddie pool, and the kids all got soaked and exhausted.

We had cake and ice cream outside, so the kids could dry off a little. Cormac loved being sung to, and loved eating cake with his favorite friends -his cousins.

Lastly, we went in for presents. Cormac loves presents as much as the next 5-year-old, but he was mostly excited to play with them with his cousins. He loves his family so much!

I think everyone had a great time. Cormac told me it was the best day ever. Many times. He thanked me many times, too, which made me feel good (not just to feel appreciated, but also to know he is growing up to be polite and appreciative!). We sure love that boy. He has started to talk back a little this year, and gives us attitude occasionally. But he is quick to obey when we call him on it, and really works to make us proud. He is still very sweet and I'm so proud of him. He's already a really good reader, and though he doesn't like writing, he is improving with much practice. Cormac is wonderful, and we loved him to pieces.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cormac's First Day of Kindergarten

Well, somehow it happened. Cormac turned 5! He was wicked excited to go to kindergarten. We talked about it all the time, and how fun it would be to go to a big kid school. I took him ahead of time to meet his teacher one-on-one, and we also found out his two friends from preschool would be in his class! Talk about answers to prayers!

I was pretty nervous, I'll admit. It was pretty hard for him to go to preschool all by himself, and he still gets nervous going to primary sometimes. I fasted and prayed that he would be able to handle it. And Scott gave him a father's blessing the night before. All of that, plus having friends in his class, was enough to get him through the doors! He was holding my hand pretty tightly as we approached the school, but as soon as he saw his friend Finn, he let go of me and grabbed Finn's hand. They are such sweet friends! He still asked me to walk to the front door when his teacher led their class in, but then he said "bye" and didn't look back. I was so proud! I did stand there for a minute, in case he ran back out, but he didn't  ;)

I know it's not over. With his anxiety, he could panic tomorrow or the next day and not want to go. But after the first few days, I think we'll be in the clear. He is hard to read sometimes. He likes to be the center of attention one minute, and shy the next. For example, the waiters at the restaurant last night sang "Happy Birthday" to him and he grinned ear-to-ear the entire time. But he told me his class sang to him today, and he wanted them to stop. I'm guessing that was a shy moment. We'll keep working on his confidence and hopefully soon he'll feel comfortable in more situations like that.

I love our little Cormac so much! He has learned to talk back and give us a little attitude, but mostly he really is still very sweet and loving. He likes to read with me and snuggle with me. He wants to grow up and work at Vivint with his dad. He loves his little brother, even though they fight all the time, like brothers do. He is usually too kind to hit him back -just prefers to tattle instead. I'm sad to see some innocence leaving him, as he stretches the truth occasionally or disobeys me, but I'm proud of his desire to do what's right, and his ability to forgive and seek forgiveness. He always wants to make us happy. We love him to pieces.

I should mention, Russell missed Cormac terribly. I took him to the park and he realized he didn't have his buddy. He told me I had to play with him (no other kids were there). I followed him around a little, but I think Cormac must come up with most of their games, because Russell didn't know what to do with me! We did better coloring and putting puzzles together later. We'll have to set up more playdates so he has entertainment. Mom is no substitute for Cormac  :)  Russell was very excited to pick him up from school... and so was I!