We do not know any other parents with kids Ace’s age. All of our friends either have 4-5 year olds or babies. No toddlers.
So, Ace has really been deprived of interacting with other children his age. Do they have a Facebook for toddlers? He is an only child (although we have been working hard to change that, just no luck yet), but does get to interact frequently with older kids…which is good…but not what he needs. We do not want him to grow up and be socially retarded. 😀
So, Momma found a “Mommy & Me” class for them to take, but there was only one other kid there besides Ace. So, she dug a little deeper and found a Gymboree class for him to attend. Tomorrow will be Ace’s third class.
It really is kinda fun…even I enjoy it! Miss Alissa, the teacher/activity leader is very good with kids. She sings and dances and is extremely animated which draws the toddlers’ attention away from their shoe-laces (or whatever may have caught their attention).
There are multiple group activities separated by “play time” where the kids can go down the slides, shoot some hoops on a two foot tall basketball rim, climb different obstacles, and interact with each other.
The first visit Ace was very shy (gets that from me) and the second visit he opened up a whole lot. He actually participated in the group activities, but not so much with the other kids.
However…so far Ace has successfully knocked down a girl, head butted the same girl, and climbed on top of a girl…the same girl (whoa whoa buddy!). Aren’t little boys mean to the girls they like? I’m going to have to watch these two… 😀
Overall it is a good time had for all, and I hope that Ace gets something valuable out of it. Momma has already made a friend with one of the other Moms there and they are planning a play date outside of Gymboree. Maybe Ace has made his first friend his own age? We’ll see… 😀
We spent the weekend in my home town at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Riding the 4-Wheeler, lying by the pool, going swimming, and doing a little bit of partying on Saturday night.
Ace, however spent the weekend sharpening his speech skills and getting lessons from some of the best out there… 😀
Aunt Amber and Aunt Amy taught him some silly Frog song and he spent the weekend running around saying “mmmmm-eckkkkk mmmmm-eckkkkk mmmmm-eckkkkk-eckkkkk “. Don’t ask me… 😀
Aunt Amy also thought it would be just darling for him to start his flirt training. She successfully got him to say “Hey Gurrrl!” to a few of his potential future mates. You better watch out girls! 😀
Grandpa pulled in the driveway in his old truck, but Ace could not see him. Ace looked to the sky and said “Hewicoptur!”. I think he is indirectly telling you it is time for a new muffler Gramps. 😀
And last but not least, Ace was walking barefoot across the patio when someone noticed he was not putting weight on the heel of his foot. Everyone thought he may have stepped on something sharp. So, I picked up his foot and brushed off a bunch of dirt and rocks. I announced to the peanut gallery that it was just some “Rocks and Shit”. And of course, Ace proceeded to copy my excellent English lingo and announce by himself that it was just a bunch of “Rocks and Shit!”, “Rocks and Shit!”, “Rocks and Shit!”
Can’t Bose make some curse word canceling headphones? I mean hell they make the noise canceling ones! 😀
I remember back when we were expecting Ace. Everyone kept telling us how much it would change our life, but all they told us was, “Diapers and formula are expensive!”…or, “You’ll be getting up every couple of hours every night to a crying kid!”.
So I’m going to let out the secrets…what are some of the things that change…that no one tells you about. 😀
1. You venture into areas of your TV volume meter that have never been explored…(No I do not watch the fashion show shown on the TV…that was all Momma’s doing.) 😀
2. You must now share cabinet space with brightly colored sippy cups. Be glad you did not install those fancy clear cabinet doors…because I guarantee the neon rainbow does not go with most kitchen decors. 😀
3. Other cabinets are completely taken over… What used to be there? Hell, I forget (loss of memory is another thing they don’t tell you about) 😀
4. You find it financially necessary to buy a digital camera. I have taken over 2000 pictures in the past 19 months. You know how much it would have cost to develop 2000 pictures? Most of them blurry, off center, or otherwise not visually pleasing…
5. Your computer wallpaper can no longer be some cool scenery or your favorite sports team. It is, of course, a picture (or even slide show) of your kid…
6. Hearing a kid crying is no longer like nails on a chalkboard. It still bothers you, but you are extremely desensitized compared to it’s pre-kid effects…
7. Other people’s kids crying doesn’t bother you like it did before you had kids either. It has other effects on you, like…chuckling quietly because you know exactly what the crying kid’s parent is going through and you are just glad it is not you this time…but you know your turn is coming. 😀
8. No longer does your back yard look like a golf course green. Now it looks like the playground at the park…
9. Your refrigerator will now be a major source of entertainment for your little one. A little side effect? Coming down in the middle of the night to get a drink and busting your ass on refrigerator magnets that have been left lying on the floor. ;D
10. It is not only recommended, but often necessary to change your disgusting habits. Those little people are like copy-catting sponges… 😀
But even though you have to deal with the noise, the cabinet rearrangements, the wallpaper hijacking, the buying of a digital camera, the crying, the loss of your beautiful backyard, the refrigerator decorations, and the nose picking…it is all worth it…because of moments like this…
Last weekend was a blast! Friday, Momma and I went out to celebrate our 6th Anniversary (we’ve been together for 10 years now)! Then we went to an awesome dinner at Tony’s Italian Restaraunt here in Columbus, and ended the night out by seeing College the movie…pretty freakin’ funny flick!
Saturday we had big plans. We drove Ace and his cousin, Olivia, to the town where I grew up to check out a Fly-In. Here we got to see a bunch of cool air planes. Instead of blabbing on and on about the planes, I’ll just post some pics…
Then we were off to the Demolition Derby! One of my favorite things to watch!
My brother had been building a car to drive in the derby. We went down to watch him wreck his car, but he had to back out at the last minute due to some car troubles. Oh well, we still had a good time!
Have I ever mentioned that Ace likes anything with wheels? Well, he does…and he loves derby cars! He ket pointing at the cars and blabbering in giberish…that means he likes what he sees. 😀
The derby was very crowded and we were late to find a seat, so we had to stand and watch. Of course there were a few rednecks (I fit right in. 😀 ) standing in front of us so the kids could not see.
So, here comes dad/uncle to the rescue! Go go human pedestal!
At the end of a very long day we all had a very good time. I’m glad that Ace and Olivia enjoyed the planes and the derby so much. Now I know I have someone to watch the derby with for years to come. 😀