This is the week that Gracie has been waiting for. She finally got to start pre-school. She woke up on Tuesday all ready to go and even had her outfit all picked out. She is very particular about her fashion, so I was thrilled that it was actually a normal outfit and not a bathing suit adorned by a slip.
Carson was just as excited for her because she will be attending the same class that Carson attended! He was really sweet with her all morning, explaining what she could expect to see and happen at school. Because he is an afternoon Kindergartner, he was able to go with me to drop her off and he showed her everything she needed to know. There were a few tears when we left, but Carson was so protective of her and reassured her that we would be back in one hour to pick her up. She did great and had an even easier transition yesterday! She gets to go twice a week for 90 minutes, so that is the perfect length for our little homebody.
She is really growing up so quickly. She loves to play house and help me out in the kitchen as much as she can. She also loves to mother Bayden. Today he stood up in his high chair to get down and she ran over and put her arms out for him to jump into. Well the poor soul, he jumped and they both landed very hard on the wood floor with Bayden hitting his head! The best part was Gracie just kept talking to him in her high pitched mother voice, "Ohhh that was such a big boy jump" as Bayden lay there screaming. She loves to help out. She also loves to eat (a girl after my own heart) and does it quite often. Her favorites as of late are steak salad, spinach basil pasta and chicken basil panini's. She has the most mature taste buds, unlike any of my other kids. She is also loving art. Give her some crayons, paper and scissors and she is off to create some new masterpiece.
Bayden is crazy! He is a mischievous little soul. I'm talking- toothpaste in the electrical outlets, entire Costco size boxes of cereal dumped all over the floor, play-doh thrown in fountain-mischief. On Wednesday I was at my wits end. When he wasn't destroying some part of the house or yard, he wanted me to hold him and carry him all over the place. For a kid that can't talk yet, he has no problem communicating what he wants in a very LOUD and DEMANDING way. He cried most of the day on Wednesday.
This week he discovered a new little treat that my friend Leanne found at Trader Joe's, they are these little mint Oreo ice cream cookie sandwiches. Bayden loves them. On Wednesday, in order to soothe him for a few minutes I offered him one. He literally gulped it down in 3 bites and then screamed demanding another. Because I was so fed up with him, I didn't care and just kept feeding them to him in an effort to maintain some sanity. Well here are a few pics of Bayden when he discovered the package was empty and there would be no more. He cried for a good 15 minutes in total anger. Luckily, Mark and I had a babysitter for the evening and so our sitter Annie had to deal with him from 6:00 on.
So Mark and I got to go celebrate his company's 10th anniversary at the coolest restaurant called the Kitchen. It was such an amazing evening and the food was incredible. The concept of the restaurant is that you are visiting their kitchen and they prepare a six course meal in front of you. No part of the kitchen is off limits, so you are free to explore, watch or help out with any part of the meal. They gather the finest and freshest ingredients from all over the world and support a lot of the local growers as well. The food was so divine! The best part you get to eat as much of anything as you want. My favorites were the homemade hot chocolate, the Lobster, the tempura shrimp, the crab and their homemade bread. Mark and I ate so much that we were ill by the time 11:00 rolled around. I seriously haven't been that full in a long time. If you ever get the opportunity to go to the Kitchen, I would highly recommend it. You can click on the link above to see our menu for that night. It was great to come home to a houseful of sleeping and quiet children (thanks Annie!). I peeked into Bayden's room and was able to fall in love all over again with the sweet little guy. A night out can do wonders!