Alston is 3!

Alston at 3…

He’s very funny and sweet, uses his manners (most of the time) and continues to amaze us as he grows and developes his little personality. We think he’s the best thing since sliced bread and he keeps us in stitches. He’s started talking in his sleep, which is always funny. He loves music and instruments. He never meets a stranger, will give anyone a hug, but still has a bit of a shy side at times. He’s really taken well to being a big brother. He always asks if we’re taking Baby Brother with us, or if he can come, when we start to leave the house. No signs of jealousy, thankfully! He always wants to help and is always “saving” somebody when he plays. He carries on funny little conversations while playing and has a very active imagination. He’s quite the character and we’re so glad he’s ours!
For his birthday day, we made homemade from scratch chocolate chip pancakes.

Alston, 3 years old (Oct. 2011)
Alston, 1 year old (Jan. 2010)

We spent some playtime outside while the weather was fair…

Our dear friends Josh and Kristin were so sweet to stop to visit and bring us dinner…

Alston didn’t quite understand why we weren’t having another party. I tried to explain that we already had his party, but he kept asking if his friends were coming over to sing happy birthday. Thankfully we just happened to have these friends over, so we celebrated with cupcakes and another birthday song!

2-Year-Old Kindergarten

This year, Alston started 2-year-old kindergarten. Since he’s been back at school, I’ve found him standing at his chalkboard lecturing to his stuffed animals, “Okay, class…” This year is much different than last. He has graduated out of the toddler room and I now drop him off in the front room with all the other “big kids”. It was a hard pill to swallow realizing he was a big kid.

Now some bragging on what this “big kid” is up to…

  • He can count up to 20, sometimes he misses a few numbers on the way…
  • He can sing the ABC song, along with a few other favorites
  • He knows all of his colors
  • He knows all of his shapes, including s few that impress me – ovals and octagons…
  • He’s almost completely potty trained. He wear big boy undies all day and night, but we’re still working on #2. (Apparently this is a common problem with boys.)
  • He can count to 10 in Spanish. I overheard him while doing dishes one night and was completely amazed. Who knew? I know I didn’t teach him that. Thanks, Dora and Diego!

First Day of 1-Year-Old Kindergarten

August 9th was Alston’s first day of 1-year-old kindergarten. Although he’ll be two in just a few weeks, he just missed the cut-off for the 2-year-old class, so he’s one of the oldest in class. On the way to school, he was very happy, but that quickly faded when he realized where we were going. Even though he has a new teacher and classroom, he still goes to his old “daycare” classroom until “class starts” around 8:30.

Thankfully, a whole week of school got him back in the groove and he has been much happier going to school. Unfortunately, another bug has him at home this week with a slight fever and a runny nose. Hopefully he’ll be ready for school again next week.
Daddy has been back at work and seems to be all better, which we are very thankful for. Things with the house are moving right along and we are very grateful for all the wonderful ways God is moving in our lives right now!