Tuesday, April 22, 2014

October Fun!

Back in October we had some really fun things to do!  We were excited that fall was coming!  We took a picnic to a park....

and visited a nearby pumpkin patch for a picnic another day.

We did not do a good job at the grass maze, thus we will not be doing a real corn maze!

Life with boys...finding a toy snake in the wash!

Sometimes it's nice to just stop and read a book when they want you to.  They're only little once!

I took these 2 yahoos with me on a Walmart trip and they insisted on carrying the Bible in with them.  How could I say no?!

I braved the area craft fairs and took them all by myself one afternoon.  It went better than I expected!  They did pretty well.

They even got to ride the cow train all by themselves!  They are growing up so fast and getting so big!

Monday, April 21, 2014

September Wrap Up

So I'm trying to get caught up on the blog month by month, so I'm just picking a few of the highlights from each month!  

We began to find a groove in how to homeschool on our at-home days.  I'm probably still not perfect at this (with 2 other littles at home) but I feel like it's an ever-evolving thing and we'll just go with the flow and live and learn!  I have been so proud of all the things John Michael is learning!

Just a snapshot of life at our house!

I found this picture of when the boys tried to "help" me clean the hardwood floors.  Nice.

We saw "Planes" at a drive-in theater!  It was so much fun!

I quietly and sadly realized our once three-crib house had slowly dwindling down to ONE crib and soon, NO cribs.  

We bought a set of bunk beds from a friend for the boys' room and they were so thrilled!  It was almost time to start the transition of Noah into their room in a few weeks.

I found this cute picture of Matthew being my biscuit cutter-outer helper!  I think he likes to help cut the biscuits out so he can sneak pieces of dough!

I love catching quiet, still moments like these when they have no idea you see them.

We had one last batch of tomatoes from the garden and they were so yummy!

And we reveled in something new to us: a child that can read!  I have NO idea why it's been so amazing to watch this year, but I've just been amazed that within only 3 weeks of school starting, JM was learning to read small things like the "Dick and Jane" books.  We were so proud and he was so embarrassed that we were so proud!

September is always a strange month.  You can't quite kiss summer goodbye because it's still so hot, but football season has begun, school has begun, church activities have picked back up, and fall feels like it's just waiting to burst forth with that first early morning cold snap.  September was a good, slow month of getting back into the swing of real life after the break of summer!

Preschool Time!

Next up, it was Matthew's turn to start preschool.  He was doing 2 days a week this year and I would pick him up before lunch.
He was really excited to start school and get to see some of his old friends and teachers from last year.

Look at that sweet smile!

With both brothers at school, Noah and I had a little bit of free time to just play!

We had a bit of park fun......

and then picked Matthew up from school.  We had some yummy lunch and then everyone passed out from having such a busy day!

I think Matthew had a great first day back to preschool!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Continuing my trend of catching up the blog from a few months ago, I can't forget to blog about John Michael's first day of school!  We have the unique opportunity to do a classical education Christian school model in our area.  We have prayed about this for a few years and just really felt that this was the place for our kids.  Because it's a mix of home school/regular school, I really wasn't all that sad about John Michael heading to kindergarten.  If he was leaving me for 5 full days a week, I probably would have been a basket case!  I was really excited for him to begin this awesome new journey!

The morning-of we woke up super early and had breakfast as a family and then headed to school so that we could drop him off and say goodbye!

Be still, my heart!

He looks a little dazed?!  We said our goodbyes, I reluctantly left the room, took one last look back, and left.  I think I did pretty well!  I still can't believe all those hard years of raising little ones just passed so quickly and now it's time for school.

After we dropped brother at school, Matthew went to meet his preschool teacher and see his room that he would be in for 3 year old preschool.  He knew Mrs. Brooke very well, so he was happy to go see her and check out his room!

For a fun treat, we went to Waffle House for lunch, because....well, life is short and sometimes you just need to say YES to waffles for lunch!

It was a long day waiting for brother to get out of his first day of school.  I learned a little about navigating the school pick up line too!

For an after school treat we stopped by our favorite cupcake shop to celebrate our first day of school!  John Michael had a great first day!  Now that the school year is almost over, I cannot say enough great things about his kindergarten year.  I have loved his precious teacher, the school, the sweet days we get to spend together as a family doing home school work, and the sheer amount of amazing things that he is doing now! It has been a great fit for our family! I can't believe his first year of school is almost over!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wrapping Up Summer

Yes, I am blogging from August, but I'm a little busy!  After Jordan and I got back from the beach I knew we only had a few short weeks left to really hold onto summer, and if I was being truthful with myself, to hold onto my baby as he starting kindergarten.  It made me realize that the saying of "the days are long but the years are short" is so very true.  It just broke my heart that 5 years seemed so long at times, but it passed so very quickly.  Five years, gone in a flash.

I wanted to make our last little bit of summer really fun, so we did a lot of fun things....

A random Krispy Kreme breakfast surprise....

Library outings...

Trips to the park to throw rocks and look for crawfish.  This picture of them just kills me!  I love them so much!

Walks on the trails....

Picnic lunches at Crystal Bridges....

Speaking of Crystal Bridges museum, John Michael accidentally touched one of the paintings and I thought we were going to be in trouble as one of the workers approached us.  I was pleasantly surprised when she brought all 3 boys a coloring books and crayons.  I was shocked that they all sat on a bench and colored until their books were full!

We tried to get in as much swimming as we could...

We took a trip to Silver Dollar City and discovered that Noah had grown enough to ride the little kid rides now!  He was seriously so proud of himself!

He's a big kid now!

It was hot but we had a really fun day!

Before summer was over, Matthew moved out of the little kid Sunday School area and into chapel for church.  He's now in there with big brother!

We also squeezed in one last trip to the splash pad!

And just like that, summer was over! I know they may not remember all the fun things we did, but I know I surely will treasure all these days with my babies.   Next up, sending my first baby off to Kindergarten!