School Starting – First Grade and 3 year old Preschool

The boys were both very excited to start school again this year.  Nolan has Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Marshall for first grade.  Wesley was a little more hesitant but has so far really enjoyed school and hasn’t cried at all during drop off.

Here is the “Conversation with Nolan” that I try to do every year at the start of school.

Fav Food:    I like all of them but if I had to pick then gummy worms (and beef stroganoff for dinner).

Favorite Sport to Play:  Lacrosse

The Best Show on TV:    Rescue Bots

Coolest person on Earth:  Nolan

The thing I do best:  Loving on Mom

If I had to change my name it would be:  Cooper

Favorite Toy:  Nerf Gun  (that I won’t let him have 😉

If I could go anywhere on Earth it would be:  Antarctica

Favorite Color:  Neon

When I grow up I want to be a:  Professional Athlete

Favorite Movie:  Elf on the Shelf Movie

Favorite Song:  Dynamite

Favorite Book:  To the Rescue!

3 words to describe yourself:  Happy, Compassion, Sporty

When I was little I used to:  Play with my Grandma all the time.

Favorite Season:  Summer

Favorite Snack:  Birthday cake ice cream

Food I don’t like:  Spinach and Brussel Sprouts

My Best Friend:  Mommy, Daddy, Wesley, Brody and Cooper

If I had one wish it would be:   To fly.

My favorite memory:  Getting to go on my backpacking trip with Grandad

My favorite thing to do at school:  Have recess.

Here is the “Conversation with Wesley” (I asked them each alone in a room otherwise Wesley probably would have mimicked exactly what Nolan said).

Fav Food:    Buttered Noodles

Favorite Sport to Play:  Soccer

The Best Show on TV:    Rescue Bots

Coolest person on Earth:  Mommy

The thing I do best:  Wash the counter.  Play superhero where Dad be Abomination and I be Hulk.

If I had to change my name it would be:  Wes

Favorite Toy:   Superman at Stone’s house

If I could go anywhere on Earth it would be:  The Arctic

Favorite Color:  All of them

When I grow up I want to be a:  Soccer Player

Favorite Movie:  Superheros

Favorite Song:  Dynamite

Favorite Book:  Batman

3 words to describe yourself:  I saw a daddy long legs in the alley before.  I like the Arctic.  I like eating cereal.  🙂

When I was little I used to:  Like Mommy.

Favorite Season:  Winter

Favorite Snack:  Bar

Food I don’t like:  Broccoli

My Best Friend:  Stone

If I had one wish it would be:   A blanket.

My favorite memory:  Playing on firetruck at the fire truck museum.

My favorite thing to do at school:  To learn.




My mom took these pictures of them right before school started.  I loved so many of them that I couldn’t narrow it down!


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Wesley 3.5 



Wesley is nearly 3 and a half now.  He still loves superheros but is starting to branch out a little bit with what he plays and wears.  He also loves playing around the house and doing imagination games with Nolan.  He is still wearing size 3 clothes and is about average size for his age.  He still has his little round belly but is definitely starting to look more like a little boy and less like a toddler.


Wesley was loving school during the spring, but once summer started he was thrown off his routine.  He started crying again and asking if he didn’t have to go to school.  We think part of the problem was that he only went a total of 8 days over the summer and his group of 3 other friends weren’t all there.  We are trying to get him ready for a new preschool in the fall and building excitement for getting to go back to school like a big kid.  He will go on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning again this year.


Wesley still plays a lot of superheroes (Batman, Superman, Captain America, Hulk, and Flash are his favorite). He still loves to wear his pajamas all day long.  He loves it so much that it is what we use a punishment if he gets “3 strikes” for doing something wrong in a day.  He then can’t wear pjs during the day the next day.  This strategy as worked better than any other time out or anything else we have tried.


Wesley has been doing great in his bed and (knock on wood) sleeping has been pretty smooth.  He likes to have all his Lovies (about 15 different stuffed animals) and he is very particular about his blanket being laid on him FLAT.  Chris also put an ice cube in his water one night so now he has to have “icy cold water” for bed.  But once all those conditions are met, he really is a pretty good sleeper.  He will take the occasional car nap, but otherwise does fine as long as he can get to bed around 7:30.


Wesley still adores cats and dogs.  I feel kind of back they are pet-deprived but I am hoping that Rosie the neighbor’s cat will suffice for a little while longer.  He also likes to tell people about his robot cat Sake.


Wes also likes to play sports stuff with Nolan and he is actually pretty good for a 3 year old, but he has the typical 3 year old attention span.  He can hit a ball thrown to him, but then runs to first base and will sit down or typically wander off.  He consistently bats and swings left handed, but will throw right handed.  We still can’t tell if he will be right or left handed because he switches back and forth almost 50/50.


Wesley loves to cuddle at the end of the day and read books together.  He is such a sweet little guy but definitely has his determined times.  Nolan and I will usually look at each other and say that sometimes it is hard to be 3.  Wesley loves to play with other kids, especially his cousins.  He is lucky to have 3 cousins all within 6 months of his age, so there is a never a dull moment when families get together.


When Nolan was away on a mini-trip, I told Wes he could pick anything he wanted to do.  He pick The Cat Cafe, a little coffee shop that has cats roaming around to play with.






Wesley and his buddy Maddie.  They played so well together during all the older boys’ baseball practices and games.  


Typical outfit for Wesley to spend his day in. 


Wesley went through a very sleep stage for a couple weeks.  This was right after one of his naps and he fell back asleep on me.  I remember vividly thinking that this could be one of the last times I hold him while he was sleeping.


Further evidence of his sleepy stage! 


He was very proud of his picture of himself 🙂

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