For the teachers….
For the kiddos….
We are ready for fourth grade….
I cannot believe summer vacation is over! The boys were ready to go back to school, I was ready for them to go back to school, but I still had a moment of “woah, did it really end that fast?” We did a lot this summer! We went to the beach and Texas! We had loads of cousin time, ran laps through our “family farm”, spent hours at the pool, went fishing, and saw The Incredibles, Han Solo, Hotel Transylvania 3, and Christopher Robin. We played Fortnite, MARIO, and Kirby All Stars. We read a whole bunch of books (J read thirty Magic Treehouse books!), and we made it to story time at least three times. There was VBS, FCA, baseball camp, and swim lessons. And best of all we slept in (some, my kids get up early), took time to be lazy, and spent some afternoons just doing nothing.
To me that is the best part of summer.
J got up on Saturday and declared that he could make his own breakfast. Not one to ruin a good thing I went through the steps with him, and he can now make his own bagel (not toasted, J is a bread purist) and applesauce breakfast. He was so proud! These moments are some of my favorite parenting moments…even if it was at 6:50 a.m. and I hadn’t had my coffee yet, and I was up at 6:50 a.m. on a Saturday.
And with that recipe accomplishment, I also spruced up this week’s chicken enchiladas with a mixture of cheddar cheese, super sharp white cheddar cheese, and Monterey Jack:
Nine years ago, B and I began the biggest and best adventure of our lives…A. This boy made me a Mama, and we love him to the moon in back. A has always been our deep thinker. Funny and sincere, joyful and kind, I honestly cannot remember when he couldn’t talk, or sing, or ask all the questions. Here’s a trip down memory lane of our first nine with A:
Whether he’s writing a story, creating a short film, reading a book, or working on solving all the math problems, A’s mind is always on the go. He loves big, hugs tight, and constantly tells me that “I’m a great Mom and doing a good job”. My life long cheering section, he watches football with his Dad and Food Network with me with equal enthusiasm. He is the best big brother, I’m not sure many have the patience to hang out with their little brother as much as he does.
I cannot believe nine years has gone by! It seems like only yesterday I was standing up rocking him in the middle of the night. Happy Birthday A! We love you!
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!
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!
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!
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!
A had his first game of the season this week! He has such a great enthusiasm for playing, and it was really great to see his skills develop from last year to this one. For his first game, he blocked a rebound shot, and played great defense. Here are some more pics from his game…
While this picture is from a far distance…
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!
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!
We blinked and eight years went by! I cannot believe that our sweet boy is A! Here is a little bit more about his festivities, and an update on A at age eight….