First day of school

Unbelievably enough, our summer break is done and the boys are officially back in school. These eight weeks flew by, I’m not even sure where the time went! I picked up a few happy back to school treats for the boys’ teachers:

And a few surprises for the boys:

An owl (I managed to find one that looks like the school mascot) and some books for J.

And a pencil case, books, and Pokemon cards for A.

And in a blink we were up dressed and taking our first day of school pictures:

J is in Kindergarten this year! He is so excited to be at school with his brother. He is such a sweet, kind boy and he loves school! I know he’s definitely ready, even if I’m not quite ready for him to be this grown up, so fast!

A is in third grade this year! He gets to move upstairs at the elementary school, which is a big deal. He is such a sweet sincere boy and I know he’s so ready to tackle third grade! He didn’t want me to walk him in, but at the last minute he ran out and hugged me.

We got our backpacks on:

And they were ready to head to school!

B and I walked them in:

And J took a picture with the owl:

And then we walked him to his classroom and he sat down to read his book:

At the end of the day J leapt into my arms, A gave me a side hug, and we headed home as they all shared their many adventures of their first day!

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Our library book stack:

Every year my sister makes these pickles:

 

A is obsessed with these, and he doesn’t even like pickles. He’s eating them faster than I am!

Fine motor skills:

Summer goal accomplished:

Which is after we eat we rinse our items and put them in the dishwasher. And put trash items in the trash.

The flowers on my work campus are in full bloom and gorgeous:

 

And this line of wear on B’s hat that J wore:

Melts my heart!

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Last day of second grade

In August of 2016, A entered second grade…

He learned about arrays, higher level addition and subtraction, creating graphs, measuring, and more. He worked on handwriting, story creating, comprehension, and formal vs. informal speaking. He gave presentations on a variety of topics including the giant panda and a chronology of his life. He wants to be an author when he grows up, and math is still his favorite subject.

He is definitely ready for third grade. He loves everything about school, and I’m little worried of how I’m going to keep him from becoming thoroughly bored this summer (thankfully my Mom dropped off a whole stack of math games). However, I’m sure with his brother to create games with, math games, and a stack of new library books he should at least have things to do the first week. Ha!

A loves reading, hiking, and creating books about all kinds of topics. He is always ready to learn anything and everything and I just hope he always retains his love of learning. He is honest and silly and sincere. And we celebrated his stellar gold rally day by going out for frozen yogurt as well.

I loved getting to take each of the boys on their own outings to celebrate the end of school. A is looking forward to moving upstairs next year as he is officially transitioning to upper elementary school. I can’t believe it! We are so proud of our sweet boy!

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Last day of pre-K

In August of 2016…

J began his last year of preschool.

In what seemed like a mere blink of an eye, our baby, the youngest, was suddenly a full on kid. J can count to 100, recognizes all letters, is steadily reading beginning books, and can color inside the lines like a rock star (although I feel like most rock stars color outside the lines). His teacher has commented throughout the year on J’s endless kindness and patience with his classmates.

As he began his last day I asked him a series of J’s favorites questions, so here are my questions and his responses:

What do you want to be when you grow up? Zookeeper.

What’s your favorite movie? Finding Dory. Show? Paw Patrol. Video Game? Mario 3D World. Dinner? Pasta. Tsum Tsum? Eeyore (although I’m pretty sure it’s Stitch & Roo).

What does Mommy always say to you? Get dressed.

What’s your favorite game to play? Freeze tag.

And a few more things that J loves right now: board games, giggling, eating dessert, going to the pool, and going to get frozen yogurt…

Which I treated him to after school on his last day! He met up with several of his friends and ate a whole bunch of candy with a little frozen yogurt and giggled a lot. And if his love of dessert isn’t clear here’s a closer look at that bowl:

A sweet treat for our sweet boy! Both B and I are a little sad that J is leaving his preschool years behind, but we are so proud of him and so excited for everything he’ll learn in Kindergarten!

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Goaaaaalllll

While this picture is from a far distance…

Goal!J played one of his BFFs from school this week (I think almost all the kids in his class are playing soccer this season). And even though it was VERY cold, and I think he was still a bit tired, he scored a goal!

Here is a picture after he kicked it in doing a robot happy dance!

Goal! He only has one game to go in his soccer game season and I know he’s really going to miss getting to play and run each week with his friends!

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Last day of school project

J 3 YR Pre KYesterday was J’s last day of 3 year pre-K! He has grown so much this year (and not just in height). He can count to forty, knows all of his letters, and can tell us lots of stories from The Bible! He LOVES school and much of that is because of his wonderful teacher this year. I’m so thankful for the program that J has been a part of and I can’t believe next year will be his last year of pre-K.

As it was his last day of school, I decided to forgo my usual lesson planning in the morning and tackle a project I’ve been planning that would be more difficult to accomplish with him at home! We have two bar stools in our kitchen:

Bar Stool RefreshObviously this is not our kitchen. And obviously I need to pressure wash our drive way. However, that’s besides the point. My parents gave these stools to us when they moved and they are great function wise, but the color doesn’t match our kitchen. At first I decided to just buy new bar stools, so I headed to Target and picked up two. A showed me how immediately he could easily tip them over just trying to get on the stool. Thus, we returned them immediately. I then started looking elsewhere, but really didn’t want to spend $300-500 dollars on a bar stool.

While at Hobby Lobby I picked up this paint:

PaintI had read about it here and decided to give it a try. The 8 oz jar was more than enough to paint both bar stools (with two coats). You only need to lightly sand (if it’s finished) the furniture and you don’t need a sealant.

I collected a few more tools that I already had on hand:

PaintI did the first coat:

Bar StoolsThe main issue I had was there are a lot of nooks and crannies with the stools, so I had to use the brush to get in different corners and then smooth it out with the small roller. I used really light coats. You want to avoid glopping it on because then it will bubble up (something I’ve learned from past projects). I let the chairs dry for about thirty minutes and then lightly sanded them and did a second coat.

After the second coat, I looked at the chairs in the sunlight and noticed a few more spots that were not completely covered:

Bar Stool RefreshSo, I touched up those and then let the stools dry in the garage for about two hours:

Bar Stool RefreshAnd voila! Chairs that look as good as new.

 

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Random items

While this kid quietly plays…

Random Items You can find the following items of his in various spots around our house.

Like Clifford, his dog, on the hardwood…

IMG_0521 His thermos on the floor of his brother’s room:

Random Items A stormtrooper on our bathroom floor:

Random ItemsAnd a party favor in the middle of his bedroom floor:

Random ItemsDid you ever play the game Clue, Jr.? Where they are on the hunt for a missing item? I feel a bit like that with J.

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