Friday, September 23, 2016

Doctor's Visit

James had his 4-year well-child check-up today. I forgot to take my camera! But I did gather some vital statistics.

Height: 3 feet, 3 inches (around the 15th percentile)
Weight: 35.8 pounds (around the 50th percentile)
Shots: 1 (flu)

He can do all kinds of cool things.
  • Counts to 25, counts backwards from 10, counts with one-to-one correspondence to 12
  • Cuts with scissors
  • Writes his name, and can copy other letters, numbers, and shapes
  • Draws detailed pictures of people, pokemon, starships, pirates, and other things
  • Memorizes songs
  • Dresses self (except for his shirt)
  • Can sort by size, shape, and color
  • Can throw a ball overhand and underhand, can kick a ball
  • Exaggerates to make his story more interesting (or outright tells stories - for example, his babysitter has come to Ready Set Learn and let him watch a video on her phone)
  • Has held on to some "baby" sounds and speech patterns (it's still "mine friends" and "Amawee")
  • Makes friends easily and plays well with others

Here's the link to his 3-year visit for comparison.

I also looked back at Amelie's 4-year visit, and James is 1/2 an inch taller and a pound lighter than she was at this age.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Birthday Party

James turned 4 on the 15th and then we had a birthday party for him on Saturday. Sam wanted to rent a bounce house again. (The kids are going to expect it next year, I bet!)

We had presents:

James requested a pirate sword, so we got him a cheap one. He slept with it in his bed.

 Playing with toys the next morning:

There were ninja turtle toys from the Buffaloes and mitts from Nana Jana.

Of course there was bouncing:

 Here's the birthday boy! He looks so big with his haircut! (I may make a separate post about the haircut - Aunt Holly gave it to him.)

Blowing out candles. He talked Aunt Holly into putting 5 on his cake. One to grow on, I guess.

Happy birthday, James!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Birthday Interview: James is 4

James had his birthday party yesterday. I've been trying to do this birthday interview with him for the last several days, though. He only wants to play along for a minute.

  1. How old are you? Three. But isn't today your birthday? Yes. So how old are you now? Four. Am I Four right now?
  2. What is your favorite color? Blue and green
  3. What is your favorite toy? Me. Garfield. Now I can't have any more guesses. (I guess the interview is over?)
  4. What is your favorite game? Not any more answers! (He kept insisting the interview was over, so I tried again the next day.) What is your favorite game? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! (This might have been bolstered by the fact that he was wearing all of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday gifts at the time I asked. Also, he still says something a lot closer to "Too Much Mutant Ninja Turtles" than "Teenage")
  5. What is your favorite song? "Bingo Was His Name-O," that's my favorite song
  6. What is your favorite animal? Turtle
  7. What is your favorite book? Robosauce. It's at the library. So this boy eats Robosauce and he turns into a robot. That's Robosauce. And he turns his dog into a robot. Even his family. Did you know that? He does robot plunger. If you have Robosauce you have to eat it.
  8. What is your favorite movie? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They're heroes in a half shell. (As far as I know, the only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles he's ever watched have been an episode or two at Aunt Holly's. He's never seen the movie. I guess it made a big impression.)
  9. What is your favorite thing to eat? Ummm. Watermelon. And I want some watermelon right now. Do we have any watermelon?
  10. Where is your favorite place to go?    Umm. Mississippi. I mean the splash pad. 
  11. Who is your best friend? Nobody! Nobody? Oh wait I do have a best friend. All of my friends at Ready Set Learn except for Clara.
  12. What is something you learned last year when you were 3?Nothing! Nothing at all? Yeah!
  13. What is something you'll learn now that you're 4? Nothing! Nothing at all? No!! I want to go outside.  This is enough answers. (So we stopped again for the day. This is the longest-running birthday interview ever.)
  14. What is hard for you to do? Nothing! I don't want to do an interview! (So I snuck the last ones in in non-interview settings this morning.)
  15. What is your favorite thing to do? Eat cake!
  16. What do you like about Me (Mama)? Nothing! I only like cake!
  17. What do you like about Dada? Cause he always lets me watch movies.
  18. What do you like about Amelie? (laughing) I like when she punches me! (then James grabbed Amelie's hand and made her hit him and then he laughed.) I like when she shares toys with me.
  19. What do you like about yourself? Cause I always like to watch movies.
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't want to ask questions!
It is clear that James was not as cooperative this year as he was when we did the interview last year.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

James Says / Amelie Says, Olympics Edition

Amelie really liked the opening ceremony:
"They're dancing with fireworks! That is so not safe."

During several events, Amelie asked, "Which one are we voting for?" Remember, we'd just stayed up to watch the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Boy are we in for a rude awakening when school starts.

James, watching Olympic track: "Which one's the Flash?"
Later he said, "Actually, they're all Flash."
Amelie, explaining Usain Bolt's speed: "The lightening goes into him."
She then proceeded to demonstrate Bolt's speed by racing around the house. After a fair amount of boasting, Sam had to say, "I don't think you could beat him in a race."

Honestly, I thought they'd be more interested in all of the events. They'd peek in every once in a while while Sam and I were watching and then try to imitate the athletes.


And one non-Olympics one: Coming out of school the other day, Amelie told me "It's as hot as a baked bean out here."

Thursday, August 18, 2016

First Day of First Grade

 I'm not going to call this look exactly thrilled. That sticker says "I do not ride the bus."

Update: Amelie says so far they've learned their table spots, their carpet spots, and their line order. Her job this week is door holder, and her teacher is Ms. Hanney again.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Kadie's Post

I asked our babysitter for the summer to write a blog post, so here's a guest post from Kadie, aka the best babysitter ever:

I asked the kids what I should write about. Amelie said "well, we love to watch Pokémon!" I'd say that's true. The Pokémon GO craze did not miss the Buffaloe kids! In fact, it encouraged the kids to get outside, like when we went to Cosmo Park (or, as the kids call it, the Dinosaur Park).
James is on the lookout for something!

Slide races were my favorite part of our trips to the park and one of the kids' favorite parts too--the only thing they liked more was getting me to chase them.

We spent some time inside too. One day we went to my house to meet my dog, Sally. The kids took a liking to her and she took a liking to them too.

All three like to watch TV. It's probably Pokémon.

Our unstructured time was nice, but my favorite thing we did all summer (and by the looks on the kids' faces one of their favorite things too) was go to Mizzou's Art and Archaeology kids program. We learned about the history masks and then got to make our own!

The kids masks (James managed to leave me maskless after claiming mine as his own)

Related to masks, the app Snapchat has a feature that James just calls "Silly Faces." That was a favorite of his for sure.

A "Silly Face" example. James wearing a flower crown.

These kids are goofy and sweet, rowdy and funny, but more than anything, these kids are loving. My favorite days were the ones when they would catch me on the way out the door for hugs and kisses. What sweet kids.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Make New Friends

I didn't realize I had this one! Taken on Grandma Doris's cell phone:

The second verse was new to me. We haven't been able to convince the kids to sing this in a round yet, and that's the best part!