Sunday, September 28, 2014

Notes about Killian, the pre-K student

At the end of Killian's school year last June, Mike and I visited his class to share Killian's "Celebration of Life" story. After we finished sharing the story, his classmates had an opportunity to share their favorite things about Killian. I quickly grabbed a piece of paper and pencil, so I could jot down what they shared. While unpacking the last of the boxes from our move last summer, I just uncovered the piece of paper with my notes. Every sentence made me smile.

Carlee, with a big smile: He's funny. (Everyone laughed knowingly.)

Zy: I like it when he plays with me outside.

James: I like it when Killian gives me a lesson.

Jameel: I like it when Killian plays with me.

Bryce: I like it when Killian comes to my birthday party.

Agani: I liked Killian's birthday part and the magic show.

Brodi: I like it when Killian draws with me.

Ms. Holly: I love that Killian likes a clean classroom as much as I do. His favorite activities are dusting and washing the table.

Ms. Michelle: Killian loves math and now gets his lessons with the kindergarden students. The closer Killian gets to 5 years old, the more he loves to talk to everyone, even himself!

I love this "About the Author," Killian's teacher assistant, Ms. Holly wrote for him, that he brought home at the end of the school year. We are so grateful that he is able to attend Montessori school.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mike's Infamous Guacamole Recipe

12 avocados, 6 limes, half a head of garlic, 1.5tsp salt ... woohoo school potluck lunch!

4 large/medium avocados
The zest of 2 limes and the juice of 2 limes
2 garlic cloves smashed
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
"Ask your kid to poke it all together with a fork. Finish up with a good round of smashey smash." --Mike Walker

Monday, September 8, 2014

chatting about science with Killian

when we were chatting about science
you said 
what if a star exploded?

and I replied 
that would be sad,
because stars are beautiful

and you, 
without hesitation, said
that’s not true
exploded stars are *more* beautiful

and I, without hesitation, said
well, yes. yes they are. thank you!
and with a growing smile
my son remembered

planetary nebulae 

*written jointly by Mike & Mary

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Rules of the House, as written by Killian and Mick

The following rules were declared The Rules of the House by Killian and Mick in a family meeting, August 11th. I was surprised how many they rattled off without our input.
  1. No throwing
  2. No acting like power rangers
  3. Put books where books belong
  4. No hitting
  5. No kicking
  6. No banging or yelling
  7. No grabbing
  8. No pushing
  9. Keep your feet to yourself
  10. No TV until toys are put away
  11. No toys at the table
  12. No playing with your food
  13. No bathroom words
  14. Take dishes to the sink
  15. Never ever play with a window
Bunk Bed Rules
  1. No jumping on the top
  2. No bouncing
  3. Always go down face down, butt out
  4. No pulling the ladder up
Important Safety Rules
  1. No playing with matches
  2. Don't play with sharp things
  3. No playing on the stairs
  4. No playing with sockets
  5. No playing with real phones
Obvious and Unclassifiable
  1. No cutting people (Mick)
  2. No feeding zebras (Mick)

The Best Summer Ever #killiansummervacation

Being five years old and having the summer off is a pretty wonderful time.

This is the first summer Killian was not enrolled in any school (daycare or elementary school).


He kicked off the summer with a few weeks of downtime. I signed him up for art camp for July and August, but I wanted him to have some good ole unstructured free time for the pool, singing along to the Frozen Soundtrack every morning, exploring new places in Charlotte with Tina, and waking up and going straight outside in his PJs.  I am so happy that the timing worked out perfectly for Tina to be able to spend time with him in June after she graduated. And Tina took most of these awesome pictures. Thank you for the memories Tina :)



Ready for the pool!





Killian loves hanging with Aunt Julie

Killian originally protested going to summer camp, even though it was going to be run by the same art program he attended after school last year and loved. I am so glad I insisted he go because he absolutely loved it. And the counselors loved him too! Killian was awarded "Camper of the Summer" for his enthusiasm and eagerness to participate. He was the youngest in his class, as it as a mix of 5 - 12 (or upper elementary). Tina snapped this picture when she happened to see Killian and classmates walking down the street during SuperHero week, wearing the capes they made.


The summer was also memorable because we had kittens in the house! Beth and Mr. Woo lived with us this summer and Beth adopted a kitten, Luna. Killian adores them both. The cuteness level in our house this summer at times was sometimes unbearable between both the interaction of Killian and the cats and between young Miss Thang Luna and Middle-Aged Man Mr. Woo.



Cat cuddles

Killian also taught himself to swim this summer from spending so much time at the pool and some good tips from Grandma Maggie (cup your hands). We joined a cozy "neighborhood" pool this summer that a lot of our buddies from Plaza Midwood attend. It was nice for Killian to be able to re-connect with his old pre-school friends.


See you next year Shannon Park Pool.

See you next year Shannon Park Pool.

Yes, you can...

Killian, I'm sorry I didn't let you watch more TV when you were a kid. Actually, as kids say these days, sorry not sorry.


Yes, you can make a box slide and slide down the stairs.

Yes, you can scale a rope upside down in the backyard.

More feats of strength in the backyard

Yes, you can zip line in the backyard.

Yes, you can zip line in the back yard.

Yes, you can make an obstacle course in the living room.

Yes, you can make an obstacle course in the living room.

Yes, you can wear your SuperMan pjs all over town today.

Yes, you can wear your SuperMan pjs all around town today.

Inspired by Play at Home Mom