Saturday, January 30, 2010

Midterm Reports

They're here!

Audrey is doing great! She's on target in academic subjects. She's advanced in language and writing. And she's above grade expectations in art. Yay!! Just like her mommy!

JT's progress report was impressive, too. He is expected to meet all of his IEP goals this year!

Fantastic news all around :)

We are SO proud of our little smarties!

Snow Buddy

Snow Bunny

Friday, January 29, 2010

Audrey's Idol Interpretation

See this post for reference... This is Audrey singing the 'Breakup Song'.


Yesterday I went in and ate lunch with Audrey at her school. This is always a fun experience - those kids are hilarious!

They happened to be buzzing with excitement about the predicted snow today and tomorrow. When they lined up to walk back to the classroom that's all the entire class was talking about. Audrey was at the front of the line - her job this week is 'line leader' - so she's always first.

I should add that since we've moved here, they've predicted big snow twice and been completely wrong. One time we got flurries for one hour (nothing even got close to sticking) and the other time *nothing*.

So, as they're all talking about the snow excitedly, Audrey turns around and says, "It's not gonna snow. They're always wrong. There won't be any."

All the kids got quiet, and the teacher cracked up. She said, "I think you're right Audrey. There probably won't be any snow." (No adult has faith in the meteorologists here).

All the kids looked crushed except Audrey. She is such a little grown up... Most kids would be screaming (and were screaming, LOL) - "It's going to SNOW!" But not Miss Audrey.

Always a realist...


Audrey has informed us she no longer wants to be called 'Audrey'. She prefers 'Audrey'.

So, her blog address may be changing... to something with Audrey instead :)

Once I get it all exported/moved, and she decides on what name (or lets me decide), I'll put a link on here :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Need a Laugh???

Sissy taught JT a new trick today... sliding down the stairs in a sleeping bag.

He *loves* it.

First Audrey:

Then JT:

*please excuse his face painting - he enjoys coloring his own face with markers. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Counting Down... and Up?

JT has a new trick... he counts up, down, up, down...

For instance...
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4...

It can go for a reeeally long time. He can also stop at any of the middle numbers and go up or down from there. It's pretty cool!

(almost... only "1" is the middle finger, haha)

He's been big on counting on his fingers, too. Only "1" is his middle finger (cracks me up!). He loves "10" with both hands - he is so enthusiastic about 10 :)

Audrey to BZ

This is how Audrey and Beezy (aka BZ) communicate. Audrey holds up the picture close to Beezy, and she touches 'Yes' or 'No'. It's actually pretty funny!!!


A new one: JT knows his colors... not just the colors though (we knew that!), but he puts them in the order of the rainbow.

I think that there must be a color song that he's learned it from: he sings occasionally while he's sorting the colors.

"red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple"



A new one: JT knows his colors... not just the colors though (we knew that!), but he puts them in the order of the rainbow.

I think that there must be a color song that he's learned it from: he sings occasionally while he's sorting the colors.

"red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple"


Monday, January 18, 2010

Sibling Love


JT's favorite thing to do right now: walk up beside Audrey, position her hand open, hold her hand and take her to play with him (usually running around the living room holding hands or playing some other 'bounce' game on the furniture).

They giggle like crazy!!!

It is the cutest, sweetest thing ever to see your two kids play *together*...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Two Questions?

At Audrey's bus stop... JT throws his cup across the yard.

Me: JT, where's your juice?

JT: O'er der. (points to sippy cup in yard)

Me: Can you go get it?

JT: No.

Bahahahaha!!! I did end up going to get it ;)

Great eye contact... it's a conversation!


This morning, playing with Moon Sand:

Audrey: DAD!! JT won't share! (insert whining and pouting)

The Hubs: Hey - guys... can we share?

*a few seconds of silence...

JT: Yeah.

Kids start playing together again... :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010


is not going too well. Don't know what the deal is, but little man doesn't want to go to bed... in his bed.

Here's what happened last night.

He's been such a mommy's boy lately. He cries and won't calm down until I come and sit with him. Last night was one of those times, after we tried to put him to bed. He usually plays in there then falls asleep. Lately, he just sobs immediately - so we get him right back up and let him come back down. He kept crying last night, and since Audrey was already asleep, we got some mommy-JTmy time.

We both passed out; this is how daddy found us. He took JT to his room, and JT slept all night as usual. Just kind of weird...

Help me be a Heart Hero!

Dear Friends and Family,

I'm joining millions of other kids to help save lives with the American Heart Association's Jump Rope For Heart Program! Will you help me?

I'm doing Jump Rope For Heart at my school and learning about kids with special hearts. I'm also learning about my own heart, and how to take care of it. And I'm getting active and jumping rope!

Some kids have special hearts and need our help! I'm raising money to help kids like them. The money I raise will help pay for education and for new medicines and treatments to be discovered. It could help cure heart disease for everybody!
You can help too! Will you make a donation? It's fast and easy to do on my personal Web page! Just use the link below. Or you can mail your donation to me.

Thank you for helping me save lives and be a Heart Hero!
To make a donation online, visit my personal page.

While there you can also meet some of the kids we can help!
You can also mail me your donation (leave mommy a comment on her blog to get our address).


Special Notes :
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dewone Robinson, American Idol and Audrey

Miss Thang was watching AI with us again last night... and we saw this audition. At the first break, she belted out the crazy "laaaa-ty, I knooooow you" - first high pitched, then low pitched - just like this guy!!! She thought it was HILARIOUS!!!

And it really was when she kept doing it. She definitely had us cracking up.

Oh - and she's STILL singing it today. Joy!!

PS - the BEST audition ever:

It's a hit!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cats and Socks

Audrey got to sleep in my bed while The Hubs was at inventory this weekend.. she LOVED it. Evie was sleeping on the other side of her, and Audrey was petting her. She meowed a few times, and Audrey turned to me and said, "Mommy, Evie's mouth STINKS!"

"Well, Evie eats cat food," I told her.

"What's cat food made of anyway?"


"It smells like stinky socks. Maybe Evie's been eating stinky socks instead."

Funny girl!


JT put on his own shoes with NO assistance this weekend!!! We were at the Raleigh Museum of Natural Sciences, and his shoe fell off. Instead of bringing it to us, he sat down and put it on himself.

VERY proud moment!!!

Here's a few cute pics of him at the museum:

His favorite was the fish and the turtles. He wasn't too impressed with the butterfly room :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Big Day for Dillards!

January 1st is Dillards HUGE sale - 50% all clearance. If you've never been, first, you're missing out, and second, it's CRAZY. People are buying EVERYTHING.

So, The Hubs's store (Cary Towne Center) did the most business the store HAS EVER DONE January 1st. EVER - like in the whole history of the store!!!

I am super proud of The Hubsber - that is a HUGE accomplishment.

Just thought I'd share, in case anyone else wants to send him a congratulations :)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

The Duzan family wishes everyone a happy, healthy and fabulous 2010!

Here's to a new year, and a new decade!