Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bobby's Birthday

Apparently hardly anything happened during the week of September 19th.  Drew and I ate dinner out on Wednesday evening and the kids ate out with Lynn.  Exciting week, huh?

We went out to eat again Friday night and then we headed to Charlotte on Saturday to celebrate old Bobby's birthday.  We got down there in time for lunch and we stayed through dinner.  We were so glad Bob could feed us so well on his birthday :)  We enjoyed a day of relaxing, hanging out, watching football, and playing on Snapchat.  Suzette had a knee replacement surgery at the end of August so it was good to see her up and moving.  She has worked hard on her recovery.

Sunday we had church and then we met Mom and Dad in WS for lunch after church.  I had some things I needed to get from them.  We ate and then Mom and I ran a couple errands and we met back up with Dad at Costco. 


 Sorry buddy, doesn't fit now! ha!
 Presents for the old man!

 Suzette iced her knee so Lindy had to as well!

 He's such a little dear!  So sweet! ha ha!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Back at it

I don't know why I've had such a hard time keeping up with the blog.  Somehow my usual night of blogging, Sunday, somehow keeps being busy.  I feel like every night is busy, or I'm too tired during the week to write.   I'm going to try and get caught up.

I left off with the 2nd week of school and the book festival.  The major highlight from the week was Curriculum night at school.  Since I had already met with Lindy's teacher, I sent Drew to her class and I went to Will's class.  We learned what they'll be covering this year and learned about end of grade reading tests.  Standardized testing.  uggggg. 

Wednesday was an early release day.  It works out that all early release days are on the days Lynn picks the kids up.  That is helpful for me.  They went to her house for awhile and then headed to our house. 

Friday night we played the game of Life.  Saturday Will started with fall tennis lessons at the park across the street.  It's the same coach he's had all last year and at camp this summer.  He has a full class of 8 this year.  7 girls and Will!  He doesn't seem to mind. 
Lindy and Drew spent the morning at the Vision Walk in Greensboro.  They went to support a church member who has a degenerative eye disease but also to support Lindy!  She likes Papa Tom from church because he is like her.  He has glasses and hearing aids too.  They talked and played around and did very little walking. 

Saturday night we had a Wake Forest football game.  We tailgated ahead of time with Ed, Jamie, Bob and the Bryants.  The Deacs are off to a good start this year.  Kind of a nice turn of events from the past many years. 

Sunday we had homecoming at church.  We had a guest preacher and a yummy covered dish. 

Lindy at the Vision Walk

 With Bolt - the local baseball mascot
With a pretty cool dog face painting!
 With Ms. Sabrina and one of her granddaughters.
 With Papa Tom
 Walking a lap with Ms. Sabrina
 She was so proud of her volunteer t-shirt! 
 I have discovered SnapChat and I love it!  The filters are so fun!!
 Doesn't she look SOOO old???  It's a filter!
One of Will's recent creations.   


Friday, September 23, 2016

2nd Week of School

Thankfully it was a short week because of Labor Day, but man did it feel long.   We made it through the second week of school.  Will's homework started for real and he was in a bit of shock.  He had a 2nd grade teacher that hardly gave any homework.  Lindy always had more than he did.  He was forever off doing things while she was still toiling away.  He was surprised at the amount of homework he had the first night.  I heard, "Third grade is a lot different" many times that week.  He isn't used to it, but it's good for him!  ha!  Now Lindy isn't the only one doing homework!   I spent the week getting ready for my consignment sale.  Which means there were piles of clothes, hangers, tags and safety pins all over the den. 

Thursday night I got to babysit Ellie for the first time.  We had so much fun together!  I don't think I'll get to watch her much because she has one grandmother that lives in town and another one that comes often from out of town.  Ed, Jamie and all the grandmothers (and a grandfather) were together at an event of Jamie's, so that left me!  It was sweet getting to watch a baby.  Lindy doubted my skills and wanted to know what babies I had ever watched!  ha!  It was like riding a bike - came right back to me.  There is nothing sweeter than holding a sleeping baby!

Friday night I had to take my stuff to the consignment sale and I was on setup duty.  I got there at 5pm, we set up, brought our stuff in at 6pm and we got to shop at 7:15pm.  I was home around 9pm. 

Saturday was a full and fun day.  Will started a new session of tennis lessons at the park across the street.  It was also the day of the big Bookmarks festival that Aunt Jamie puts on at her job.  Drew left to go hear one of the authors while Lindy and I took Will to tennis.  We amused ourselves by downloading Snapchat and playing with the filters.  As soon as he was done we loaded up and headed to the book festival ourselves.  We got there right in time to see Lauren Tarshis, who writes the I Survived books, give a talk.  She was really interesting to listen to.  We went and got in line to meet her and get Will's book signed.  We ate lunch and had some icies before getting in line to meet Annie Barrows, who writes the Ivy and Bean books.  We missed her talk but Lindy got a book signed by her.  The last author we were able to see was Kate DiCamillo and she was great too.  I was really excited to hear her.  We had read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane to the kids so they knew her books.  We got in and got seats and unfortunately I had to leave after 15 minutes.  Drew and the kids stayed but I had to go get my clothes from the consignment sale that didn't sell.   Drew and the kids went and met her and got her to sign our book.  We were able to see Mimo, Aunt Anna and Brian, Uncle Ed, and Aunt Jamie's parents and their best friends at the festival.  I met my family back at home when we were all done.  Aunt Anna and Uncle Brian came over for dinner and to hang out and we once again amused ourselves with our new favorite app, Snapchat. 

Sunday we had church and then I worked on packing clothes up.  I sorted the ones that didn't sell and packed up a bunch of summer clothes.   I eventually left to go meet my mom and her friend and we listened to a talk by John Grisham!  He was the closing author for the book festival.  We all really enjoyed his talk.  We went to dinner afterwards and then we all headed our separate ways. 

Just a few pictures from the week.  But some fun ones with authors!

Ellie loves her Aunt Jamie!

Lindy at Will's tennis lesson
 Will and Lauren Tarshis.  She writes the I Survived series of books.  The funny thing is she looked up and Drew was standing over out of the way.  She goes, "Is that your dad?  You look just like him!" 

 Yay for personalized books!
 Lindy and Annie Barrows!
 Lindy and her personalized Ivy & Bean book!
 Lindy and Will and Kate DiCamillo!  So cool to meet her!
 Personalized to them!
 Fun with Snapchat! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

First Day of 3rd Grade

School started bright and early on Monday, August 29th.  It was a bit of a tough week having to go five full days just starting back.  But we made it!

3rd grade!  Can you believe it?  I can't.  I don't know how this happened so quickly.  I wish they were just starting kindergarten.  I'd love to go back to learning the ABC's. ha!

Lindy has Ms. Taylor this year and is thankfully staying in her room all day.  It was a bit of a crazy morning for Lindy.  Because she got new hearing aids this summer, her equipment changed.   Her old hearing aids had an integrated FM boot on them.  It stayed on all the time and her teacher just turned her FM system on each morning.  On the first day of school her hearing therapist was there as soon as we walked in to help get her equipment up and running.  She has to take off her battery door and put on a new shoe.  This shoe stays on all the time.  They ordered pink shoes to match her hearing aids but they haven't come in yet so right now she has a tan shoe.  This shoe is basically just a different battery door.  Then she has to attach an FM receiver to her hearing aids every morning.  It's school property so it's not allowed to leave the property.  Each morning she has to put it on the end of the shoe and then she has to take it off every afternoon.   Once her hearing therapist got the equipment all on but the FM didn't work.  I stayed for awhile but eventually had to leave.  Her therapist did call me an hour later to tell me she finally got it working.  She only has the FM system in one ear right now, which is better than nothing, but I look forward to getting both ears up and running. 

Will is actually switching classes this year.  He is doing the AG program so he goes to another teacher for language arts and math.  He described his first day as confusing!  He checks into his homeroom, Mrs. Munford, puts his lunch down and then goes to Mrs. Lipe's room.  He stays there till 11:30am and goes back to finish the day with Mrs. Munford.  He has lunch, specials, recess, and science or social studies with her.  He has a desk in Mrs. Munford's class, but not in Mrs. Lipe's.  He has to carry everything he needs for Mrs. Lipe's class in his backpack.  Poor kid is weighed down everyday.  It took a few days to get things figured out but I think he has it now. 

There were a few kinks the first week but overall we made it through.  Friday night we were all exhausted and just hung out at home.  Saturday we did chores and work around the house.   The kids  were excited to relax after their big first week of 3rd grade.

Sunday we had church and then we packed up and headed to my parents' for the Labor Day holiday.   Katie, Kris, Micah and Claire arrived soon after we did and we had a fun day of playing in the pool.  It was a little bit chilly in the pool but the kids still had fun.  We had a yummy dinner and the kids swam some more before the Bryants headed home.  Monday we had another pool day.  My parents' best friends' granddaughter and her fiancĂ©e came up from Charlotte to visit.  We played in the pool, ate dinner and headed home.  It was nice to have Saturday to get stuff done around the house but have two more days to do something fun. 

The first day of school pics!

Breakfast for some 3rd graders!
 First day of school pics!  3rd grade???

 Aiden must have been doing something crazy inside!
 Will and Mrs. Munford
 Will and Mrs. Lipe
 Lindy and Mrs. Taylor
 Lindy and Mrs. Rose Lynne - her hearing teacher

 In June 2015 we started the license plate game on our trip to FL.  We continued to play around town and on our trip to MO for Thanksgiving.  We found every license plate except North Dakota.  We went months looking for ND and I finally found it the first week of school!  We finally got all 50 states!! 
 Will and I have worked hard on finding the license plates!  He was excited too!
 Mr. Pringle Duck face
 Swimming with the Bryants - Drew and Katie about to race!
 Real pic
 Funny pic!