We went to the zoo last week and went directly to the Reptile House (of course) and met the herpetologist who took us backstage and showed us all of the lizards that are not on display. She let us hold many of them and Sam was in HEAVEN!!!! I think a leopard gecko might be in our future....
Sam and his friends, Owen and Anna, completed the 2.5 mile MLK march last Monday. We had a great time talking about freedom, racism and Rosa Parks. In fact, San Antonio's MLK march is the biggest in the country, attracting over 125,000 walkers, interesting for a city with only 8% African American population.
As we were leaving Sam's school last week, we saw a lot of commotion at the Auto Parts store and sure enough, the Avenger had come to make an appearance. Sam and Tyler were besides themselves and couldn't wait to sit right inside the tire. Sadly they missed the Monster Jam this year as it coincided with Sam's basketball game....here is to next year. Go Avenger!
Sam's bottom adult teeth have already started to poke in behind his front two baby teeth and he was trying desperately to wiggle them out. In the midst of getting ready to go to Houston, he was eating strawberries (of all things) and it came right out. He is now working on the second loose tooth.
Over the school vacation, we decided to spend the Christmas weekend in Houston, which is a mere 3 hours from San Antonio. We had a great time exploring and the boys especially loved eating in their hotel room and viewing the King Tut exhibit. We went to the Aquarium as well and had a great time.
We took a trip to Houston, menorah in tow, and enjoyed lighting the candles in the hotel. The boys also loved the Children's Museum, the King Tut exhibit at the Art Museum, the Science Museum and hotel life which included room service!
Here is our performer and all of his Chanukah spirit at the Heintz Preschool Chanukah Show.
Gema and Grandpa loved the show, thanks for coming. In our neighborhood this year, for the first time, along with all of the Christmas decorations stood a huge, bright menorah. I guess we do truly live in the shtetl of San Antonio.
Here is Sam performing the Polar Express with his entire kindergarten class. There were many Christmas songs and a lovely Chanukah song as well. Well, our first public school December experience and it was tough on the sole Jewish boy in his class and possibly only one out of a handful in the entire 800+ student school. Let's just say that we had a fantastic Chanukah party put on by the Piesman family along with help from Gema and Grandpa, thanks to all for making Sam feel less 'left out'.
One thing that Tyler loves is music, as well as dance and dress-up and putting on a good show. He loves his weekly music class with Mrs. Anita, a wonderfully patient teacher. Here Tyler has been charged with conducting a bunch of 3 year olds, rowdy bunch for sure, but he appears to have command of the musicians. Go Tyler!
Well, this week, they were at least, most of the time, they enjoy the same pursuits. Here is Tyler in the aisle at Target enjoying some gun range time and here is Sam painting a masterpiece. Cowboy and Artist!
This is from the Thanksgiving 1/4 mile run, but it shows just how much of a true big brother Sam has become. Here you can see him holding his hand and then gently putting his hand on his back leading him to the finish line. I just thought this was too cute. They actually held hands the entire run!
Long overdue, but here are some pictures from our wonderful trip to Las Vegas to celebrate, yes, Mike's 40th birthday. Wow, looking at the posts it sure does look like we celebrated for an entire month (we did)! We had a great time on our first ever Piesman vacation! Can't wait to do it again.