Thursday, May 31, 2012

Potty Training Has Officially Begun!

You know it's time to start potty training when your kids tell you they don't want to wear diapers anymore! That's exactly what happened when the boys got home on their last day of school on May 18! We were actually planning on starting after summer school ends in early August so it would give us a month of being at home before the new school year begins, but the boys were getting anxious to try on their new big boy underwear that we had purchased a few days earlier. So, that afternoon, potty training officially began in the Berg household!

 Bryce picked out Toy Story underwear and Benjamin picked out Cars...

Once they had them on, the boys decided their new underwears were way too cute to cover up with clothes!

This is what I got when I asked them to pose... :)

Ben couldn't stop admiring his new underwear even while driving...

Luckily, they decided to put their clothes back on when Payton, their buddy from across the street, came over to play!

It's now been almost two weeks since we started training, and the boys have shown slow but continued progress. We switched from underwear to pull-ups pretty quickly though! It was just too hard and yucky to go cold turkey!

Update: After 2 long months, the boys finally became potty trained (except for night time) at the end of July, just a couple of weeks after they turned 3! Yay!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

2nd Semester Artwork - 2-yr old Class

The boys brought home a bunch of cute artwork through out this past semester. And, as someone suggested, I took a picture of each piece of art, filed my favorites in a manila envelope to give to the boys one day, and discarded the rest. Here are the pictures...

The cotton ball sheep is definitely one of my favorites from this semester. It looks like one of the boys wasn't in the mood to decorate their leaf that day!

How do teachers work with glitter with toddlers without losing their minds?!

The U.S. mailbox was so clever, and I loved the colorful crosses. The flowers on the bottom right were from their school fair day and showed all the activities the boys participated in. Neither of them wanted to play in the jump house... such odd little boys!

They finished the rest of the alphabet, but it looks like I may have lost a few letters!

The boys got a kick out of playing doctor on daddy with these adorable doctor kits they made!

Perhaps this will become their future career! :)

Yep, that's the cotton ball that Bryce is trying to stick in his ear!

They've really learned their shapes this year...

Every now and then they'll count to 10 for us, but that's still hit or miss because they can't sit still long enough!

Paper plate art!

Lots of cute animal art...

Bryce decided Sponge Bob wanted a ride on his turtle... I guess Ben wasn't in the mood for art that day.

I loved these bluebonnets made out of blue popcorn!

This made me realize that out of all the little things I've tried to teach them, I've never told them where we lived!

The class made their own Easter "baskets" for the Easter egg hunt...

This made me smile...

Inside the little jars were real flower petals... I have these displayed on a shelf in our house now. :)

Seeing their little hand prints always makes me emotional!

Another one that I love and will keep forever...

I've always loved this Bible verse...

More hand prints that I wanted to keep, except Bryce got his hands on his green one and it came back missing a few fingers. :(

I loved the standing octopus. The bottom left was painted using yarn.

The boys learned a lot of Spanish words this year. They came home recently and told me the colors in Spanish. I was so shocked!

These kites were so cute and colorful...

I asked the boys to model them for me. Bryce broke the string on his after about 2 seconds.

Then we went outside to play with them...

I was going to save these to have the boys give to Evan on Father's Day, but I couldn't wait to show it to him!

They must have been learning about the ocean...

Such a great project!

This one blew my mind! It was a beautiful book illustrating each letter in the alphabet. I only took a picture of the first and last letter, and now I'm regretting it! I saved these books for the boys though.

The boys are starting to recognize their written names...

I'm so thankful for preschool teachers for having the creativity and patience to work on so many adorable art projects with our toddlers! Every time I pick the boys up from school, I look forward to seeing what piece of art I will find in their folder that day. :)

Last Day of School & 2nd Semester Photos

The boys celebrated the end of their first year of preschool! I'm so proud of how much our boys have grown... they walked out of those school doors on the last day a little TALLER, even SMARTER, and so much more CONFIDENT than from their first day back in September! 

Since they have a summer birthday, their sweet teachers had an early birthday celebration for the boys on the last day of school. :)

And not only did they get an early birthday party that day, but they also got pizza and lemonade for lunch, got to change into their bathing suits to splash around outside, and got to skip nap time! Needless to say, the boys had a great day and took a long nap when they got home!

A week before the last day of school, the boys performed in their Spring Program. I couldn't believe how well they did this time... remember, how "uninterested" they were in performing in the first program? :) Our boys were front and center during the entire show and looked so cute! Here they were singing with their 2-year old class...

They even did the arm movements. :)

And clapped along...

Then all the older classes joined in...

Bryce had his serious face on...

Then, he got bored... :)

After school, we all went to Braum's for ice cream! (Yep, that's our fearless Bryce with all the scratches on his face... he had a little run in with our driveway a few days before the show.)

I love seeing pictures of the boys at school! Their teacher sent me this one taken in their P.E. class... it looks like they're inseparable in school too!

This picture is from Super Hero Day!

We were really sad when the boys' teacher, Mrs. Kenton, had to leave at the end of March to start her new job with Allen ISD. We miss her a lot, and she will always have a special place in our hearts for being the boys' very first school teacher. Here are some pictures from Mrs. Kenton's going away party...

When the moms arrived for the party, most of the kids were still napping...

Everyone woke up shortly after... except for Benjamin. :)

Later that evening, we went back to school for a book fair and "cookies and milk night"... the kids were all told to wear their pjs. :)

This class picture was sent home in the boys' folder on their last day. What a sweet surprise from the school!

Needless to say, we had a great first year of preschool! I can't wait for the next school year to begin! In the mean time, the boys will be going to summer school on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a different school (since GEM only offers weekly summer camps), swim class on Mondays, and lots of play dates in between!