Friday, September 16, 2016

FunD Run

Way to go, Allie!  Another Fun Run!  Allie managed to make it all the way through Fun Run WITHOUT falling this year...A big improvement from last year!  Unfortunately her mom was not as lucky. Eeek!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ayden is THREE

Our baby is THREE!  I can't believe he is THREE!  Papa Ray took us all out to celebrate Ayden's Birthday at Wasabi.  We had our own private table.  Good thing, because all Ayden wanted to do was play with his gift Papa got him.  All Ayden has been talking about is getting a GARBAGE TRUCK.  Yep...that's what he wanted the most for his birthday.  So we sat through dinner with the garbage truck on the table...making it load mints for garbage. 

Ayden loved his new truck so much...he insisted sleeping with it.  I managed to get him to set it outside of his bed, although he would have much rather cuddled with it all night long.


Lots and lots of accomplished happened during his two-year-old times.  Ayden learned how to use the just about a day.  Very shortly after he graduated to a big boy bed and hung up his binky on the Binky Tree.  He is officially a BIG BOY and a PRESCHOOLER as he started 3 year old preschool a few weeks ago.  Ayden can count to 10 and knows how to sing the ABC's.  He can dress himself, but would rather Mom do it. 
Ayden LOVES to drive his Mini-Coop power wheels around the neighborhood.  He really just likes anything that drives.  Ayden had a blast riding around on the golf cart (aka: the rider) in PA.  He enjoys playing with any of his trucks/scoopers and digging in the dirt with them.  Ayden likes to play pretend and gets along pretty well with Allie.  He loves to dance and sing...especially if Allie is playing along too.
Ayden likes to watch America's Got Talent (which he calls Captain America) and listen to the song Me Too, Danger Zone, and Stitches.  Ayden's favorite foods are cupcake protein bars, Gogurt, and applesauce pouches.  He loves his apple juice and still refuses to drink milk.  Ayden is still in soccer classes and swim lessons.  He is so brave and is used to going under water.  Ayden enjoys being physical and getting tickled by Daddy.  He can do a somersault.
Update: Ayden celebrated his birthday with all his new preschool friends with Oreo cookies the day after his birthday, since he didn't have school on his actual birthday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School 2016

Back to school for this little dude happened last week! Preschool started one week before Labor Day.  It just so happened that Ayden's first day was my first teacher work day.  Ayden was A-ok the morning of...

He smiled for his photos.  Held his First Day of Preschool sign like a champ.  He even posed for a picture in front of his school sign.

...but come time for me to leave, he shed some tears (break my heart).  Mrs. Poxon loved him up for us. The teacher in me knows everything is fine...but the mommy in me is hurting inside.  Ayden did calm down and participated in his day.  He cried on day two, as well.  I have a feeling it will take a while to adjust.

Today was Allie's first day of KINDERGARTEN!  ...and my first day as well.  How cute is she in her Brown Bear dress?!?

Allie is thrilled to be in Mrs. Wild's class this year!  We can't wait to see how she thrives this year!  There were no tears from my little brown bear.


UPDATE (end of September): 

Allie is doing wonderfully!  Mrs. Wild reported that Allie is her super helper and uses her and a few other friends from her 2YK class as role models.  She is loving having Allie in her class...and she DID grow as a reader this summer! 

Ayden still cries everyday he is dropped off (break my heart). It's getting better, but we aren't quite there yet.  He knows his routine and knows exactly how many more things to do until Mom or Dad come pick him up.  Maybe by June he'll adjust.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Summer 2016

BUSY! the word I would use to describe summer 2016!  The Hammerick's were on the go from day 1, however I wouldn't want it any other way.  This summer was filled with early mornings (thanks to my little buddy who liked to wake up around 6:30-7:00), and days filled with family time on vacations, day camps, jogs up to the park in the double stroller, and family bike rides.  This summer's biggest accomplish for Allie was learning how to ride her bike!  So, the second half of summer had many family bike rides to the park and around the neighborhood.  I'll have memories of Ayden riding his mini-coupe while Todd and I RUN alongside with him. 

The day after school was out we took a road trip to Sesame Place, Philly, and Punxsutawney...and stopping in PA to stay a few days with Auntie Ellen and Uncle Joe both ways.

Three days after returning home...we flew to Houghton Lake for the 4th with the Ader's.

Allie attened three camps this summer...Cheer Camp, Safety Town and Vacation Bible School.  Ayden and I tag-teamed VBS and lead the craft station all week.  Those songs will be forever stuck in my head as Ayden STILL wants to watch "God is With Me Wherever I Go!" on YouTube even a month later.

We had lots of play dates with friends...


...and Allie attended 7 out of the 8 birthday parties she was invited to (popular girl!)...Jaelynn, Skyla, Leighton, Olivia, Lexi, Hailey,  and Leona all celebrated their birthday with our girl this summer.


This end of summer is both bitter sweet.  It will be the first end of summer where we have BOTH littles starting school...Allie in kindergarten and Ayden in preschool.  Wow! How time is flying. Allie will continue to attend Gretchko where I teach and Ayden will be right down the convenient?!?  Before these kiddos start earning their real school grades...the teacher in me needs to report on how and what they did this summer.
There were HUGE accomplishments this summer as Allie learned to ride a 2-wheeler bike with only a couple major falls and crashes.  Allie completed ALL of the challenges for the library's summer reading program and read 100 HOURS!  Wow!  That was really hard for work (for Allie and Mom!).  Allie learned to love sleeping and work up around 9:00 every morning...sometimes even 9:30!  Allie played well with Ayden MOST of the time, especially if he did what she wanted him to do.  Allie completed many workbooks this summer and read her leveled books (she HAD to have improved her reading level a tad).  She continues to love wearing dresses.  Allie is determined to learn to tumble more and practices her handstand, carwheel and back walkover with the help of Mom and Dad, or anyone else around.

Ayden had big accomplishments too this summer.  Ayden hung up his binky on the Binky Tree.  He uses the big potty now.  Ayden now sleeps in a big boy bed...unless he wakes up in the middle of the night and comes into Mom and Dad's room to sleep on his sleeping bag (small steps!)  Ayden LOVES to play with Allie and wants to all the time.  He's also gotten good and annoying her at times, on purpose.  Ayden was thrilled to find out there is a house being built behind us this summer and loves to watch the construction vehicles work...playing with his scoopers at the same time. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Summer Reading Success

Allie participated in the summer reading program through school this summer...and boy was it a CHALLENGE!!  There were over 100 challenges to be exact!  Not only did Allie read...and read and read and read all summer...she also completed ALL the challenges and earned a total of over 4,000 points!  WOW!  I have to was a struggle at times.  But, Allie made her goal and KEPT IT!  She wanted so badly to reach 100 HOURS of reading this summer.  I'm so proud of her for all the work and effort she put in this summer!  She earned all 5 brag tags...we will have to save them and add to them next summer.  Go Allie!

The very last program to attend was the PROJECT SHOWCASE where all the readers showed off their projects they made for some of the challenges.  Allie made a guitar and a nature stained glass chime. 

I'm sure with all this reading and learning this summer, Allie's Kindergarten teacher will be super proud of her reading progress...fingers crossed!

Update:  Monday, September 26, 2016 - Allie was recognized at the board meeting for being one of the top 5 readers this summer at her school!