Fire Station Birthday Party

Jaydon and Ryley are 3!!!!!

Today Jaydon and Ryley celebrate their third birthday by having a party at the Summerville Fire Station.

Sound the alarm, Invitations.

Sound the alarm, Invitations.

Fire Truck birthday cake, cupcakes, hats, and presents.

Fire Truck birthday cake, cupcakes, hats, and presents.

Specially designed water bottles labels celebrating Jaydon and Ryley's birthday.

Specially designed water bottles labels celebrating Jaydon and Ryley’s birthday.

Jaydon enjoys his birthday lunch.

Jaydon enjoys his birthday lunch.

Jaydon & Ryley stand next to Summerville Fire and Rescue Engine number 4.

Jaydon & Ryley stand next to Summerville Fire and Rescue Engine number 4.

Ryley, Jaydon and their friends get ready for a fire truck race.

Ryley, Jaydon and their friends get ready for a fire truck race.

Jaydon and Ryley take part hitting a fire truck piñata.

Jaydon and Ryley take part hitting a fire truck piñata.

Jaydon and Ryley look at their fire truck birthday cake just before getting a slice.

Jaydon and Ryley look at their fire truck birthday cake just before getting a slice.

Summerville Flowertown Festival

The Summerville YMCA Flowertown Festival is a 3-day event held in the spring usually the first weekend in April. It is a festival celebrating the azaleas, wisteria and dogwood. It is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Jaydon eating ice cream.

Jaydon eating ice cream.

Jaydon checks out an interesting looking machine.

Jaydon checks out an interesting looking machine.

Jaydon rides a truck/train.

Jaydon rides a truck/train.

Every year Jaydon likes to stop and listen to the exotic music.

Every year Jaydon likes to stop and listen to the exotic music.

Jaydon tries out a John Deere tractor.

Jaydon tries out a John Deere tractor.

Running, jumping, activities and characters at Wonderfest

Jaydon, Daddy and Mommy have a great time at The Kids Run & Wonderfest in Hampton Park.

The Kids Run & Wonderfest is a children’s festival set the day before the Cooper River Bridge Run. Children get to participate in activities, enjoy some great food and run a shot distance or all the way up to a mile in their very own race.

Jaydon slides down a jump castle slide.

Jaydon slides down a jump castle slide.

A Boeing representative shows Jaydon how to fold a paper airplane.

A Boeing representative shows Jaydon how to fold a paper airplane.

Jaydon sits and looks at a turtle sunning itself.

Jaydon sits and looks at a turtle sunning itself.

Jaydon and Daddy pose with Star Wars characters Imperial Bike Trooper, Darth Vader, and one of the Sand People

Jaydon and Daddy pose with Star Wars characters Imperial Bike Trooper, Darth Vader, and one of the Sand People

Jaydon practice his ability to balance on a Natural Balance Board.

Jaydon practice his ability to balance on a Natural Balance Board.

KID’S RUN & WONDERFEST BENEFITING CHARITIES

Hugs for Harper: http://www.active.com/donate/hugsforharper

Happy Wheels: http://www.active.com/donate/happywheels

Abby’s Friends: http://www.active.com/donate/abbysfriends

Keys for Hope: http://www.active.com/donate/keysforhope

Jaydon’s computer, daddies computer

Jaydon plays on a toy computer.

Jaydon plays on his toy computer.

Jaydon playing on daddies computer.

Jaydon playing on daddies computer.

Toddlers visit the Yorktown (CV-10)

Jaydon, Ryley and Conner set sail into history as they explored a World War II aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriots Point.

Conner, Ryley and Jaydon head off to explore the U.S.S. Yorktown.

Conner and Jaydon make sure the aircraft is properly tied down on the flight deck.

Conner and Jaydon make sure the aircraft is properly tied down on the flight deck.

Jaydon and Daddy sit in the captains chair.

Jaydon and Daddy sit in the captains chair.

Conner, Jaydon and Ryley take a break.

Conner, Jaydon and Ryley take a break.

"Captain, I'm giving her all she's got!"

“Captain, I’m giving her all she’s got!”

The boys look down an escape hatch. A ladder seeds down to the engine room.

The boys look down an escape hatch. A ladder seeds down to the engine room.

The boys had a great day at Patriots Point.

The boys had a great day at Patriots Point.

Toddlers Jaydon and Ryley visit Bee City

Jaydon and his best friend Ryley visit a local petting zoo called Bee City.

Bee City is full of exotic animals. Some you can pet and feed like lamas, alpacas, deer, goats, sheep and bunnies. And others you are glad are in cages, such as alligators, spiders, snakes and monkeys.

Jaydon and Ryley play peekaboo at Bee City.

Jaydon and Ryley play peekaboo at Bee City.

Jaydon and Ryley look at the ornamental fish pond full of koi and goldfish.

Jaydon and Ryley look at the ornamental fish pond full of koi and goldfish.

Jaydon feeds one of the lemurs.

Jaydon feeds one of the lemurs.

Jaydon jumps back in surprise as Ryley asks for more treats for the animals.

Jaydon jumps back in surprise as Ryley asks for more treats for the animals.

Daddy holds a baby alligator while Jaydon photobombs the shot.

Daddy holds a baby alligator while Jaydon photobombs the shot.

Ryley and Jaydon play inside a giant watering can.

Ryley and Jaydon play inside a giant watering can.

Jaydon pumps water to push a green ducky as Ryley watches.

Jaydon pumps water to push a green ducky as Ryley watches.

And of course there are bees at Bee City!

And of course there are bees at Bee City!

Decorating his first Christmas Tree

Jaydon’s first two Christmases were celebrated at his aunts house. He was too young to understand what was going on so we did not decorate a tree at our home.

This year at 2 and a half Jaydon is talking and asking about Christmas. The lights are currently his favorite topic and whenever he sees them Jaydon gets excited.

We decided to put up a small tree that sat on a table so Jaydon’s courious fingers could not touch and grab. Since we did not have decorations for a tiny tree the three of us went to the store where Jaydon helped pick out some of the ornaments.

After returning home I added the lights. Then Jaydon excited, helped mommy and I trim the tree as Christmas music played in the background. The three of us had a great time.

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Schoolhouse Rock’s Jaydon with multiplication

When I was a kid I loved watching Schoolhouse Rock on Saturday mornings. “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and “Ready or Not, Here I Come!” were just some of my favorites.

Last Saturday I happen to see a DVD copy of Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication at the library, so I decided to check it out. The DVD has 12 animated music videos about numbers and multiplication. At home I sat with my 2-year-old son and we watched the video. I did not think he would be that interested but after viewing the entire DVD Jaydon wanted to see it again.

Jaydon is eager to watch Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication.

Jaydon is eager to watch Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication.

Since then Jaydon has watched the DVD at least twice each day for almost a week. The last couple of mornings after getting up he would ask to watch what he calls, “the movie.” Jaydon is also starting to repeat some of the songs as they play, point out things he finds interesting and ask questions.

Repetition is a great way for children to learn something new, and Jaydon seems to be well on his way to learning his multiplication tables.


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