Sam and I visited his old preschool this afternoon. He was so happy to see his friends, especially Liam and Huxley. When we got there, we stopped outside the fence for a little bit to talk to Teacher Joella, who was on her way out. The other kids inside the fence were so excited to see Sam that they looked like bunch of extras in a zombie movie trying to get through the fence to eat some surviving humans. We stayed for two hours and were the last ones out the door at 6:00.
He wanted to wear his Green Power Ranger mask. This picture attempts to capture the initial chaos once Sam actually got into the play yard.
Sam and Liam spontaneously posed like this and then Huxley came running over to join them.
I was taking pictures and then Sam commandeered my camera to take pictures of his friends.
This is one of the pictures Sam took.
He enjoyed himself immensely, then all his friends had to get a turn with the camera.
From there, things transitioned from posing into group hugs. Photo credit: a preschooler.
Group hugging, of course, led to group falling over into a pile.
Then I had to step in to prevent them from crushing each other.
Liam and Huxley begged for Sam to stay for 5 o'clock activities (which I was already planning to do).
We made magna-tile crowns. This game eventually wound up with me being a queen and telling them what to do. At first I gave commands like "Jump up and down!" or "Pat your head!" Eventually, it turned into me telling them to "Pretend to be a rabbit!" "Now pretend to be a whale!" "Now pretend to be a chair!" Every time I named an inanimate object, Huxley would tell me that it's not possible, but Sam and Katherine would immediately gamely pretend to be an apple or a tomato or whatever.
The day ended with story-reading with Huxley and Katherine. When Katherine's mom came, she was really excited to see Sam and told me all about how Sam was the first person who welcomed Katherine at the preschool and how when the preschool activity was overwhelming, she would often find Sam and Katherine playing together in a corner.