Friday, August 31
and Umm next time I sound fobby in my posts, please tell me LOL I just went through this one and edited it bigtime hahahahaha~
Maddy loved his new classroom. He found his desk with his name on it, and a information package for mommy and daddy. They were given treasure hunt sheets to find things in the classroom while the parents spoke with the teacher/s.
We then went on a tour of the school and saw the music lab, computer lab, gymnasium, playground (maddys favorite of all), the main office, and also met the school counselor and Principal.
Overall it was a great Open Day. Maddy was very excited and couldn't wait to start already!. I think I am more nervous/anxious than anything and not sure what I should buy him for his first day school outfit. There are lots of sales this weekend and even though sports shorts and tees would be ideal and comfortable, I noticed most parents dressed their kids up in cargo shorts, polo tops and sandals LOL He does have these but they have been worn a lot so it might be a good excuse to buy some more or at least a few outfits for his first week of school (and also for me LOL).
Friday, August 24
We just received in the mail a welcome notice and information brochure about the Open Day scheduled for next Thursday for all the newcomers. We will be meeting his teacher, finding out which class he belongs in, and deposit funds into his lunch account. Each student has a lunch account with the school and its up to us to keep it topped up every week. Maddy gets to order his own lunch at a cost of $2.15 per day which also includes milk. Parents can also join their children for lunch at a cost of $3.15 per adult. I asked Maddy whether he would like me to come and have lunch with him from time to time and he shook his head and said that his school is not for Adults, so to me that means "NO". Oh well :(
The lunch menu for the first day of school is :
Chicken Nuggest w/Muffin
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Choice of two:
Vegetarian Baked Beans
Celery/Baby Carrots w/Dip
Chilled Pears w/Cherry
I am happy that there are a few items on the lunch menu that he does like i.e all of the first four except pretzels (don't think he has tried those). Back in my day, my mom made my lunches and they were not as exciting as what he will be eating at school.
His school even provides several websites like "keep in touch"(receive timely information about the school system and other schools) and "wecare@school" (a secure access site where we update emergency care information for Maddy) and "parent view" (where we can view Maddys school work progress, home assignments and other communications with the teacher and school). Pretty neat I say having access to all of this. It means I can monitor Maddys progress and be kept up to date with what is happening at the school.
We even received a list of the bus routes and have figured out that I only have to walk Maddy around the corner to catch his bus at 8.06am. Looks like bedtime will have to change just so he is up and ready and had breakfast by at least 7.45am.
I hope that I don't get teary eyed when he goes to school. I know he is very excited (just like we are) and he can't wait to start.
Tuesday, August 21
Saturday, August 18
Yesterday afternoon we were invited to Matts work bbq and it was wondeful. We all had lots to eat and a nice fruit punch to drink and then sat around listening to all the stories the team shared about their trips to Africa and other places. Maddy was the oldest there and had three children following him everywhere. He was like a big brother to them all.
Adam, Candi, Mark, Chris, Seth and his son
Maddy, Stella and her Mom Lauren
Stella, Lauren, Seth and his son, Sakib and his wife and son and Roseanne
Saturday, August 11
The next morning, I awoke at 6am and headed downstairs to Starbucks for my daily dash of coffee (Dulce Le Leche Latte) and walked around and looked at the souvenir shops. I got Maddy and Matt up and ready for our trip to Seaworld which was only 10 minutes away.
On Wednesday we went back to Solaris for a buffet breakfast which was very yummy then headed off to Seaworld for the 2x Shamu shows. We waited until the afternoon as the temperature hit the 90's. The Shamu shows rocked especially the evening show, where we got splashed (soaked more like it) and sang along with the crowd to all the songs they played. We had so much fun.
We stayed for the fireworks afterwards and then headed back to the hotel.
On Thursday we spent all morning in the pool and then headed for the outlet shops and bought some clothes and shoes for Maddy (since he will be starting school in September) . We then went to lunch at Taco Bell then found a mini golf and family adventure park to play at.
By the end of it all, Mommy and Daddy were all tired out and Maddy was still rearing to go. Thursday night was spent relaxing in the room, packing and getting ourselves ready to head on home the next day. We managed to squeeze in breakfast and a two hour swim before returning our rental car and heading to the airport for our flight at 4.45pm to DC.