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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

my friendly school boy.

Well, you all know that Holden attends "school". On Mondays he goes to Mother's Day Out at a local church. He has done so well and I really think he enjoys it. I often catch him singing parts of Jesus Loves Me, The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star . . . just to name a few. And I am pretty certain that he has been working on these songs at music time in school. One day when we were headed home from school, a teacher from another class gave a friendly hello to Holden. She said his name, so it was obvious that she knew him. I smiled back and so she explained that her class is in the gym at the same time as Holden's each week. She had gotten to know him because she said he is so sweet and friendly and always hugging everyone. That made me laugh. It just kind of surprised me that he goes around hugging strangers when I'm not around. But okay. So today, I headed to the school to buy a class picture that was taken a couple of weeks ago. I went in with both boys and no stroller. Paxton on the hip, Holden on my hand and checkbook in the other hand. I made my way to a classroom where the photographers were set up with pictures to purchase. As I found Holden's class picture and began writing my check for this precious memory, one of the photographers explained that she remembered Holden. You see he was the one that had to hug each of them after the picture was taken. What in the world? It's funny to me. How does he act when I'm not around? If I could be a fly on the wall for just 1 day! Apparently he is affectionate. Each day at school they circle words that described the child's demeanor for the day. In the past almost 3 months, 95% of the time these words have been circled: happy, friendly, busy. Every week. Same words. But I'm happy with this. Other options could be grouchy, sleepy, sad. But he has never had those words circled. His little personality is getting so big. He's almost 2 and that is so hard to believe! He just seems like such a big boy to me now.

So I want to introduce you to the 2010 Most Friendly in the 18-24month class . . . it's Holden. I guess he's following in daddy's footsteps with this title. (And yes, technically I am the only one that voted.)

If only I could catch that smile on camera these days! I have stared at this picture at least 20 times today. He is pure delight! And I am truly blessed to be his momma!

8 comments:

Molly said...

Oh my goodness! That picture is to die for cute! I am the same way. I wish I could see what the kids were like when I am not there. One day one teacher told me that she had NEVER put Cooper in time out. Then she stopped, asked the other teacher, then said they had never even had to discipline or get on to him. Now, as much as I love my boys, they are dudes and they like a little mischeif. I was like, "no, way. that little chocolate fella there?" Yep. They are just so stinking cute!!! We are so incredibly blessed and I am glad you are soaking up every minute of this!!!

The Bradts said...

OH MY GOSH!!! I miss that sweet little face! Look at him smiling from ear to ear!! How comforting to know that he is so happy at school!!

The Skains Family said...

This just makes me smile! I love it. Such great memories.

Laura said...

Oh Melodie, is he kidding me with that smile?! I could just melt into the floor right now! And how sweet is he, hugging everybody. Oh, I could just eat him up! I know how you feel wanting to see them when you're not around. I can't tell you how many times, in the 6 years I have been a mother, I have said those exact words, "I wish I could be a fly on the wall." I used to try to spy on my oldest from the window on the door of one of his classrooms a few years back, but inevitably one of his classmates would see me and say, "Trent, there's your mom!" and I was busted! At my youngest's MDO, they have a 2-way mirror so parents can see their kids without being spotted and I love it! Some day I wish I could just spend my whole MDO time watching him! LOL

Sara said...

How sweet is that picture! His smile sure is contagious! What a great memory.

Jordan & Angela said...

What a cutie! That is so funny!

Amanda said...

Yep! That sounds like Holden. :)

And...I love the fact that he is obviously a little tickled in the picture while everyone else (except the little boy next to him who is probably giggling contagiously with Holden) is quite somber. May he always be full of joy!...bubbling over...love that kid!

Oh yeah...happy birthday...um...30th birthday, sister! You will always be 10 to me. :)

Daysha said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Melt my heart right now. I'm so proud of him and he's not even mine. Sweet boy, just filled with hugs. And that grin!!!