Last Friday I pulled Joey from his daycare as you may have read. I had to wait until today to tour the other school.
The school is called Creme de la Creme. To say the school is awesome is an understatement. It's totally awesome. The kids go to a new room every 30 minutes. One class is art, then next is then math/science, spanish, computers, music, pre-write/phonics, gross motor in an actual gym and so on. They have a spray park in the summer time and the playground for the kids is nicely setup. The kids can ride trikes or scooters or play on the equipment.
The problem with the other daycares is the kids stay in one room all day and only leave to eat and play outside. Here the kids rotate rooms. They don't get bored because they get 30 minutes in a room and then they rotate. This is how it is in real life once they get into school too - they rotate to gym class, art class, etc. Justin, at the other school, stayed in one room all day and was totally bored. This type of environment Joe and I really liked. This was the number one selling point of the school for us.
The only bad part - it's OMG expensive. Yeah, like a TON more than my house payment. We actually are putting Justin in full time and Joey only in part time M, W, F all day.
I asked Joe to come home early today. I went at 11am and was amazed. I went with the kids and saw they really liked it. We obviously didn't like the price tag but at the same time saw how much the kids really liked this daycare. I asked Joe to come home early so he could see the school too.
Joe went back with us and saw the same thing. Justin loves it there. Everywhere else we go he doesn't want anything to do with the place. Here he got down, was walking around, leading us places, he was ready to start! He didn't want to leave either. It's so different than the reaction's I've gotten before where they didn't want to go every morning.
I'm so happy they are going to love it there. It makes it much easier to leave your children during the day. On the other hand, we are really going to have to watch what we spend for a little while to allow the kids to go here. So we'll see how everything goes.
On top of all other things - I didn't see it happen but my cat Ty Ty (the orange one) was sniffing some yellow liquid in the corner of the window sill today. Yep it was cat urine. Now I've noticed TyTy has been 'off' since we've moved here. He's lost weight, his breath was stinky and it didn't look like he was grooming himself much anymore. Once I saw the pee, I knew it was him. I called the vet and they got me in that evening. They called over the records from the vet in Michigan. TyTy has lost 1.1 lbs in less than 2 months! That's a lot for a cat who went from like 10 lbs to 9! He's a big tabby too!
They did some blood tests and a urinalysis. His urine had blood in it and looked cloudy. They said it did have a lot of white blood cells so there is definitely an infection going on. They'll know more tomorrow once the lab results come back but they gave me some antibiotic for him to pill him every day. Let me tell you, he had ONE pill and he already looks a lot better. That poor kitty! And that is why you take your cat to the vet immediately if they pee in a weird spot - it's because they may have kidney or bladder problems - especially if they are boy cats.
Joey broke new ground with me yesterday. Joe went to dinner with his boss after work so I took the boys out to get Pizza for dinner. We got there and we are sitting in the car and Joey looks over at this Indian man and says, 'Mommy, he has a BIG nose'. I am so glad we were in the car and not where this man could hear me. I gave Joey the talk about how everyone is different and how saying that can hurt people's feelings but I'm not sure it sank in at all.
The other thing is Joey does not listen. We tell him something and he doesn't do it, or we tell him not to do something and of course he does it more. It drives us crazy. We've been doing time outs. Tonight he wanted to read a book. SO he starts to goof off. Joe told him to knock it off. He goofs off again. Joe warned him and he did it again so he went to bed without a book tonight and screamed for a 1/2 hour until he finally calmed down.
He interrupts me constantly. I don't know if this is a 4 year old stage or not. Oh and he thinks burping is the funniest thing in the world. He does it so much Justin even tries to do it - DOH!
Anyhow - here's some recent photos!