3-D, Baby! She had Pooh Bear nestled between her body and the arm rest, and her box of popcorn, peanut butter cup and cherry Icee! She was even cozier when we ran into friends from church, and their two adorable boys sat next to us!
At the school...Okay, so I'd been talking to her about this important appointment in advance, telling her that it would be so much fun for her to meet one of the teachers and to see what her kindergarten classroom will look like! I told her that this woman or man would ask her questions to get to know her and to determine if she is ready for kindergarten! If you know Wendy, you know many questions ensued...Well, once there, she introduced herself, saying "I'm Wendy! W-E-N-D-Y! And I'm 4 years old, but I act like I'm 5!" My mom just about died laughing. Then she said, "And my whole name is Wendy L*** T****berger. There's a BURGER in my name!" and laughed. So hilarious. My mom, Linc and I waited in the classroom next door. I was nervous! Really! Afterwards, this lovely teacher said Wendy is ready! She told me that based on her birthday, she had doubted she would be, but she is! And I think that's because Wendy has had older friends with whom she just wants to be a "bigger kid." The thing Wendy has to work on is cutting out circles. The teacher said Wendy tried, making straight cuts around the circle, and then held it up to her and declared, "Look! An octagon!" She gave her points for that! So, following the meeting, my mom ran into Target and got her blunt scissors and paper and we practiced right away! Below, Wendy in one of the classrooms (which turned out to be preschool, so her class is actually a lot larger and more mature-looking. Gulp!)
The night before, we met up with one of Wendy's classmates from her school, Angel, and Angel's family at Chuck E Cheese's! What a fun time we all had!
Linc hung out near the ball-related games, chucking balls towards the goals and slurping Sprite, which I assure you is a RARELY permitted indulgence!
Wendy loved it when Chuck emerged from his "nap chamber" to say hello to everyone! Angel, however, had an aversion and hid beneath the tables until the coast was clear!
The kids received belated Christmas cards with some cash from some family, so I took them to Toys R US by myself (NOT again! Linc fussed the whole time, wanting down and throwing his drink and crackers to the floor, Wendy whined if we weren't on a GIRL TOY aisle, and after riding the choo-choo together, Linc threw the biggest fit when I removed him and he tried to bite me! I had to hold his forehead back with one hand so he wouldn't bang his teeth into the handle, trying to bite me, and one hand on the cart, steering it towards the van with fear and trepidation. Linc, like I did at his age (so I'm told), bites when he's mad and if he can't get me, he bites his hand--just like Mama used to do. So, I got Wendy this pony with a fairy doll. She was happy to have it out of its box.
Feeling tired from the toy shopping excursion....Oh, it's SO TIRING to choose among ALL THOSE TOYS!!!!!!!
On their perch...
This pic shows how similar their faces~~
James' mom found this cowboy hat and Linc is attached to it. He says, "HA-aaA!" when it falls off and he gets upset when it has to be taken off for the car seat. He beams when we first put it on.
I like his eyes in this lighting---eating a soothing treat on a hot day...Cold things seem to help his teething as well.
Following a run, James held Linc, and I was amazed at how HUGE Linc appears to be even up against his ole man! He's just destined to be a whole lot more substantial than the two human beings who, with God's help of course, made him! Somewhere in the ole gene pool floated genes for a giant. Look at him! He's 1 year old! Just a month over!
Later that evening, getting ready for bed, they grabbed a breath of fresh air, and I grabbed my camera.
I asked Linc to give Daddy a kiss, and he did! "MmmA!" he says!
We try to make Wendy feel like she truly is the older sibling and old enough for a few certain privileges that brother doesn't yet have. One of those things is to stay up for some of American Idol. Following an audition, she'll ask me earnestly, "Mommy, was that a pretty voice?" Sometimes it's hard to know....
In New Braunfels, we visited James' old college buddy, Scott, and his wife and their new baby girl, Judith. They are an Army family and will soon move to California for French studies and from there, will move to Africa! They are strong Christians with beautiful hearts, and I knew their daughter would be a beauty....So dainty and perfect...
Our other friends, Melanie, Jason, and their boys were there as well, and Melanie took this pic of me holding Judith. I wanted to take more pics of everyone, however, Wendy having been spooked by a bug outside, was just sort of crazy. We couldn't stay long past dinner because Wendy's voice carries and I knew they'd have trouble getting Judith down. 4-year-olds are somewhat easier to manage than 2/3-year-olds, but not quite easy-peasy yet. A tired 4-year-old reverts to her 2-year-old ways, and aside from putting her to bed, there is no cure!
In other, very exciting news, James' sister, Tiffany, and her husband, Chris, are expecting!!!!!!! After giving us some frozen meat from their slaughtered calf, they shared their happy news with us, and of course, I cried! I'm so thrilled beyond belief! I look forward to the months ahead, showering her, holding this new addition to my father in law's legacy!
In the van, following the party that was thrown in honor of James' Aunt Mildred's 90th birthday! The theme was Valentines Day and the colors, red and white.
Wendy allowed Linc to hold her older Pillow Pet, and I loved this pic, so I tweaked it.
I made some of the decorations, including this banner. The last three hearts said, "Mildred R*****...Established in 1921....Loved for 90 Years and Counting!"
At the party~ Melanie and I have baby boys the same age, and each time we tried to snap a pic of them side by side, one would fuss, so the only way to capture them together was to stuff their mouths with strawberries! Mercy!
The kids enjoying some time outside the hall...
Melanie and Andrew...
Aunt Tiff With her Bro and Nevie!
Linc is following in Lil' James' footsteps...
Wendy and Morgan---it was so cute cuz he brought his bear, too!
Grandma, Grandpa and the Grandkids---Next year, they'll have another! (Not mine, Tiff's!)
The pic I took of Aunt Mildred didn't turn out, but here is her sister, James' Grandmother, Alma, enjoying Linc!
At Grandma and Grandpa's before the party...
When he first got his hat!!!!!!!! Love at first sight. He's a hat-man.
Look at these strong cowboys!Prior to our visit, at home, Wendy's face is elongating, and she's looking so much more mature to me as her baby cheeks strech out!
We're growing her hair out, including her bangs, and it's fine but thick, like mine, but WAVY!
I decorated a present for her school friend, Angel, and Wendy was pleased with the finished product, which she carried under her arm to school.
Here's a leotard James' mom found once upon a time, and Wendy now wears it sometimes for gymnastics!