End & Start of School

We found some old photos from last June when Mark and Brittney got to go to Max’s classroom end-of-year celebration. We watched him do his ‘work,’ including flower arranging and counting.

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Gym on the roof included a robot dance and balls in parachutes.

Doing a robot dance in gym on the roof

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Then we all went to the nearby playground. Max loves his teachers, Ms. Lopez & Ms. Talebian, and we think they are pretty great too.

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Max's wonderful teachers, Ms. Lopez & Ms. Tallebien

He was pretty excited to go back in September. He got a special back-to-school haircut.

Getting his back to school haircut

Doesn't want to stop watching Dora

Mark took the morning off work and we all rode the bus together.

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We tried to get a photo with the whole family but Max just wanted to flirt with his classmates. At his school, kids stay in the same classroom with the same teachers and most of the same students for three years.

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Max loves school. Two weeks ago he tripped coming up the stairs to the classroom and got a gash in his forehead. At the walk-in clinic (he ended up with 5 stitches), he kept saying ‘I want to go back to school and do my work.’ Promises of TV, iPad and chocolate were not as appealing to him as school. Here is some of his recent work; he’s reading, writing and doing two-digit addition and subtraction – he’s come a long way since counting last June. Still working on perfecting the robot dance…

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Max And The Ladies

With his long curly eyelashes and gentle disposition, Max has always been popular with the girls. Some of his signature moves:
Holding hands. He sometime walks part of the way home hand in hand with one of his classmates who lives in our neighborhood (and who conveniently has a sister Julie’s age). Pretending to see Swiper, the sneaky fox from Dora, also is a hit with this one.

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Giving lots of hugs. So sweet, except for when he gets tired and starts hugging too aggressively – we’re working on only hugging girls who want to be hugged, a good lesson for life.
Max and his classmate Monica at her little sister's birthday party
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Dancing, and, of course, hugging a friend we visited in a fun cowgirl restaurant in the Village.

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Lots of hugging
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Building cool stuff on the playground at school.
Blocks with Elinor during playtime at school

Maddy defending her turf

More hand holding with another favorite classmate.
Holding hands with another bff Maddy
Showing off his ball skills with a girl he picked up at Lincoln Center.
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Playing ‘family,’ which we’ve heard he does a lot of at school with various female classmates. He’s usually the daddy, though sometimes the brother. He’s also good at picking out romantic settings, like this verdant oasis by Turtle Pond under Belvedere Castle at a school picnic. He later told me a bird landed on their ‘house’ and he shooed it away.
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‘Go away Mommy.’
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Another scenic date in a tulip filled garden by his school.
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Flying away and playing hard to get.
Flying like a dragon
Making funny faces.
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Trying on their moms’ shades.
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One day I asked Max what he did while he and a friend were playing family and he said ‘kissing.’ But don’t worry, Julie’s usually there to chaperone.
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