Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to School 2014

We got up bright and early this morning! I COOKED a breakfast for the kids of eggs and turkey sausage and fruit. That was just a first day kinda thing. Don't get the wrong idea. I plan to make some make ahead breakfast burritos to serve with ease each morning. :) We usually do granola bars and fruit but that is likely going to be their daily snack to take to school. We dropped Greer off at school first and then we were headed in for our big morning. Daddy stuck around for drop-off this morning. 
They couldn't have been more excited. First stop was Harrison's room. 


He knows what kind of place he is going to and that he is going to be safe, loved, taught about Jesus, and encouraged to have fun. He was thrilled! It helps that Sophie is coming with. He LOVES Mama so every day last year he would tell me how much he wanted to stay home with me...until Mrs.W opened the van door in car line to get him out and he would jump out of the van like it was his job. We got another little photo with Ms.F and to his seat he went...

Sis gave him one last hug before it was time to be dropped off. 




I got a quick picture of our big man sitting in his spot. 


and a picture at circle time. 
Ms.F's carpet is on the way, so they had to pretend they were sitting on a carpet!


Sophie all but ran down the rest of the hall to her room. We got her to stop for a quick picture...


She knew what to do before Mrs.W could even give her the pointers (think...LOTS of observation time from last year)


A quick squeeze for Mrs.W...


Some circle time action...


Mrs.W did a great job as she was helping all of her new friends understand how the class works. Sophie was so ready. Girlfriend was IN.THE.ZONE and didn't need any direction. I giggle just thinking about it. I am so excited for her. Last year was SUCH a build up and she has been looking forward to this moment. 

I love that there is a little girl who is Asian-American in her class with her. Just a little someone to "match" with...


A little silly posing before we headed out...




I came back in a couple of hours later and saw that she was the last one putting finishing touches to her second picture...she takes her creations seriously...


Proud of her whipping out her name on that paper like a boss :)



She looked over and saw me holding the camera and she flashed that million dollar smile...

I had forgotten to get a picture in the morning so they were more interested in running down the hallway than posing with Mama, but we got a little something on our way out...


We went to a favorite lunch spot of theirs and had a little celebratory lunch with friends! 


Then we headed home and started a new after school check list system that will be so necessary for me to keep up with two tote bags, two snack bags, two uniforms, two pairs of uniform shoes, two....well, you get the idea! They did great and then had a short rest. I am going to make the after school checklist system more official since it's just drawn out on paper to start and then I will share. It was a great first day and we are all ready to head back tomorrow! It's going to be a great year of loving our friends, obeying our teacher, having fun, and growing in Christ...the best combination!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teeny Tiny Backyard "Farm"

Somehow, we came up with the idea to get some chickens...

Brandon built that coop out of pallets we found around town and scrap wood we had. He is kind of AWESOME! If you look very closely beyond the coop, you can see some raised garden beds he built too. We haven't had the greatest success with the garden this year, but it's a start and we are starting to get some squash and tomatoes in. We'll see how it ends up.

We got 4 hens. Anna, Elsa, Skyla & Lola


and the kids LOVE them. We kinda do too. 



We should start getting eggs in August! :) 

Meet the Teacher 2014- The year of Double the Fun in PreK

It's that time again! Back to school for the kidlets. Greer's school is year around so he is already in school (and a GREAT one at that!) He attends a few days a week and then does therapy the other mornings.

We were MORE than thrilled with our experience with the school Harrison attended last year for PreK. We went into it thinking we would just try it out and now we have fallen in love with a place that nurtures children in so many ways. Their focus is on spiritual growth as a part of their academic growth and they do it so well. We knew it was likely Harrison would spend two years in PreK. He is starting again TOMORROW in the older PreK class. We are so excited for him as last year was an INCREDIBLE year of growth for our boy and we know that this year will be no different! Not only is Harrison attending, so is the Sophster! Girlfriend can HARDLY contain her excitement. and the two of them going together, they are just beside themselves. Today, after an 8am therapy appointment for Greer,  Mama's 9:30 Crossfit class, and a stop for the kids to pick out flowers for their teachers, we headed to meet our teachers for the year. 

I wish I could say it was a magical experience, but sometimes, ya have to be honest. Greer was having a moment. He is the most easy going kid 90% of the time. This morning was a part of the 10%, so we made it happen, but we were pretty much a hot mess doing so. 

Since Greer was having his moment, we thought we would stop in Sophie's class first. She has Mrs.W. The same teacher that Harrison had last year and she is THRILLED!!! With all of the room mom duties I did with Sophie as my helper, she had grown to love Mrs.W so being in her class this year is just an extra special treat. Sophie was so patient as she waited for her turn to attend PreK. I am just as excited for her to be having all of her PreK dreams come true. Sophie picked out PINK flowers for Mrs.W.

all smiles and giggles and pure joy as we spent some time in her new classroom


We had to take a break in between meeting teachers to let Greer calm down...


It was intense y'all. Greer refusing to sit in his chair, wheelchair falling over because it was too heavy from the supply bag hanging off the back when he wasn't in it, Greer bawling etc. and there was no hiding it. People everywhere. Motherhood, keeping me humble since 2009. Then, my other two decided it was time to go potty...like, potty potty. At this point, I stopped to look for the hidden camera. Pretty sure that sometimes, I am a reality star for a new show, "Untold Stories of REAL Motherhood!" I finally got Greer to the point where he was a little content with me holding him. So, we went to meet Harrison's teacher before time was up. 

Harrison has Mrs.F. She moved over from teaching kindergarten last year (isn't that just awesome...preparing our boy for what's next). She is teaching the older PreK. We have heard only wonderful things about her and are just so excited to spend the year with her. 

We talked with Mrs.F for a bit, Harrison found his seat, sorted out all of his supplies to where they go, met a few new friends, visited with some old friends, and then we were off! 

We got their tote bags for the year and Harrison and Sophie skipped out of the building holding hands chanting, "PreK!" 

Stay tuned for tomorrows post of their first day of school! We are a little excited. Last year, I was anxious and a little sad, but this year, I know what a truly wonderful wonderful place I am taking my kids to each day (just half days) and I am excited to see them learn and grow. I am sure I'll be there as much as I was last year if not more.

{I have gone back and updated posts as far back as last Fall. I have a few more between March and now. I am excited about catching back up with keeping our family memories. Time is flying and I love to keep all of those special moments in one place}

Sunday, May 11, 2014

{Mothers Day 2014} Taking the crew to the Zoo!

For Mother's Day with Brandon's family, we met at the zoo for an afternoon of fun! 

Grammy and her kiddos! 

Me with mine...




Aunt Heather with her crew...


Daddy's doing what Daddy's do!


Cousin Breah is an all around hit with the trio...ESPECIALLY Greer...




Selfies with Sophie...


Just a fun chance to catch them on their own...





Mommy & Daddy getting a rare selfie...


Cousin Deacon is just the cutest. He'll flash that million dollar smile with ease...


A rare father son photo...

Caught Cousin Colton sitting still...

Our whole gang...


It was a great afternoon! Grammy brought bags of quarters for all the kids. They could earn their quarters with their good choices throughout the day but they could lose them with bad choices. It was very motivating to the kids to make good choices! Love our family time.