Sunday, September 14, 2014

Anna’s Bachelorette Party

Nothing much with the kids happened last week.  Lindy didn’t feel great on Monday morning and sounded even worse.  But she ate breakfast and was acting okay so off to school we went.  It was one time I kind of felt bad for making her go to school.  I told her teacher she wasn’t 100% and then emailed her teacher during specials but she wrote back saying she seemed to be fine.  Finally after that I stopped feeling guilty.  She was fine when I got home.  We had her inhaler going every 4 hours and she was much better by Tuesday morning.

Monday morning Will was on Eagle Eye News, the little news show the school puts on.  He won the trivia contest the Friday before so he got to read the new trivia question on Monday and Tuesday.  I stayed and watched him Monday morning and Drew watched Tuesday morning.  After the official news show is over everyone that took part goes behind the anchors and dances.  Well, they are supposed to dance.  Monday there were 3 kids dancing, one being Will.  He was rocking the whole song!  He doesn’t care no one else around him is dancing!  

Tuesday I had to head out of town to Raleigh for state meetings for work.  I left Tuesday morning and got home Wednesday night.  Tuesday night was curriculum night at school and for the second year in a row, I missed it.  The kids went to Uncle Ed’s house while Drew went to school.  He went to Lindy’s class again this year.  

The rest of the week was pretty boring.  The kids and I went to Target Friday night and they both cashed in some birthday money.  Will walked away with a new DS game and a new lego set and Lindy got a pound puppy.  She used her cash to order some things on Amazon.  She is patiently waiting for her last two beloved Paw Patrol pups to complete her collection.

Saturday we were all up and at ‘em early but we were off to different places.  Drew took the kids and headed to Will’s soccer game.  He played defense and goalie and Drew said he did pretty good.  He said he started going to the ball and did better after that.   After the soccer game they ran home to change clothes and eat and then Lindy went to Claire’s birthday party at 1pm.  They went and saw Dolphin Tale 2 at the movie theater and then back to the Bryants’ house for cake and ice cream.  Will and Drew dropped Lindy off and then went to the book store and to play putt putt and arcade games.  They picked Lindy up and headed home for dinner.

I didn’t hang with the family that day because I was going to hang out with Anna for her bachelorette party.  Thankfully she wasn’t into the clubbing scene so we did something a lot more tame and age appropriate – a winery tour.  I set it all up with a local company and we met at a hotel in Bermuda Run at 10am that morning.  There were four of us and we were on a tour with four other people.  We went to four wineries and had lunch and got back after 5pm.   It was a really fun day.  I’ve always wanted to do one of the winery tours so I’m glad we got to go.  I won’t say I love NC wine but there were a couple good ones at most places.  It was interesting to see how all the wineries were different.   I hope Anna had fun on her little day out.  She wasn’t happy that I made her wear bride stuff but oh well – she did! 

Today we went to church and we’ve been around the house all day.  Will has been working on his new lego set and Lindy is playing with her paw patrol pups. 

I took hardly any pics of the kids.  But a few from the wine tour. 

Will on Eagle Eye News
Dancing it up!

The beautiful Bride-to-Be!
We found the blushing bride among the grape vines!DSC_0983DSC_0986DSC_0989DSC_0990DSC_0991DSC_0993DSC_0994
Our tour group was a lot of fun.  Props to the lone guy in the group!DSC_0995DSC_1008IMG_5468

Monday, September 8, 2014

Labor Day and Soccer

Sunday after church we headed over to my parents’ house and shortly after Katie, Kris, Micah and Claire arrived.  They came over for a day of fun.  The kids were in the pool in no time.  Late afternoon we headed out on the boat for some tubing.  The lake was busier than we’ve ever seen it, but we expected that since it was Labor Day.  We took turns tubing but I think Claire loved it the most.  Claire and I had the best ride out of everyone.  We hit a few huge bumps and she thought it was awesome!  We ate a late dinner and they had planned to go home but it got so late that they ended up spending the night.  The kids thought it was great fun to have their buddies stay over with them. 

Monday they left mid morning and we just hung out by the pool.  Lindy has come so far this summer with her swimming.   At the beginning of the summer she didn’t like putting her head in the pool.  On Monday I had her floaties off and she was getting dive sticks off the bottom of the shallow end!  Over and over and over!  She loves it now!  So exciting to see her doing so well.  Now if we could convince Will it’s fun to put your head under the water…  I helped mom with her pictures in the afternoon and we headed home around 3pm. 

Tuesday it was back to school.  The kids struggled a little more getting up the second week.  They had been on the go the entire weekend so I don’t think that helped.  They both had another great week.  They both still love it.   Every week they have a trivia contest on their school news.  Will entered his answer and on Friday morning they read his name out as the winner of the trivia contest.  I had tried to explain to him that just because he entered didn’t mean he would win.  They would pull one out of the box and see if the answer was right.  I told him he probably wouldn’t win and wouldn’t you know, he did win!  ha!  He gets to read the trivia question on the school news show on Monday and Tuesday and he is super excited. 

Will had another soccer practice on Tuesday night and thankfully didn’t get stung.  (Although a mom did at the game on Saturday so obviously they’ve got some kind of problem out on the field).  I took Will and walked the track while he practiced. 

Mimo came up on Thursday afternoon and went with Drew to pick up the kids.  They were surprised and excited to see her and spend some time with her.  

Friday night was my mothers of multiples consignment sale.  I had been working for two weeks to get everything tagged and I took it on Friday night.  We got to shop that evening, too.  I got some good deals, like a complete snow set for Will, dresses and shirts for Lindy and even three pairs of slim size 6 pants for Will  for $68.  I love consignment sales!

Saturday was a busy day.  We got up and Will had his first game at 9am that morning.  It was cute to watch.  They got shelacked by the other team, even if they don’t actually keep score.   It was a big learning experience for our whole team.  We knew we had a new kid coming to the game Saturday and it turned out to be one of Will’s classmates!  In fact he was in the same class with him last year, too.  He was excited to see him.  He turned out to be a good soccer player so we were glad he came!   Will had to learn to move around on the field and not just in the form of jumping and flapping.  He’s got that down pat.  He seemed to like it though and he had fun – which is all that really matters.

We left the game and headed downtown to Bookmarks, a big book festival that Aunt Jamie helps put on.  They have all kinds of authors but the one in particular we were trying to catch was Eric Litwin, the author of the Pete the Cat books.  Will’s whole kindergarten class was based on Pete the Cat.  His teacher used his books all year.  We made it to the very end of his talk and then we went and got his new book and headed over to get them signed.  He had very strict signing rules – like you had to buy the new book and he would write your name in that one.  If you bought the new book he would sign one Pete the Cat book, but wouldn’t personalize it.  Kind of strange but he seemed like a fun guy.   We met up with Mimo and the Bryants and we sweated a ton.  We grabbed some lunch and then the kids and I headed home to cool off and relax.  Drew stayed to hear some other authors.  I went home and cooked some yummy food for our football tailgate for the first home Wake football game. 

We left and headed to pick up any of my stuff that didn’t sell at the consignment sale and then we headed to the football field.   We tailgated with the Bryants, Grandbob and Suzette, my parents, Ed and his father-in-law and his friend.  We had a fun time as we were watching some storm clouds move closer and closer our way.  The game started at 6:30pm and we made it till about 4 minutes till half time before I called it a night.  They would come on and say a storm was less than 15 miles away and they would keep us updated. We were watching on our phones and finally I decided I was going with the kids.  Bob and Suzette had already left and my parents left with us.  On our way out of the lot, it started raining.  We made it in perfect time.  They ended up stopping the game at 14 seconds before half time and they did eventually start it back up and Wake did win, but we were sitting safely in our house by that point.

This morning the kids and I ended up staying home from church.  Lindy started getting a cold over the week and she sounded horrible this morning.  In fact she puked two huge times last night right after she went to bed.  She actually got to the toilet which is new for her.  She slept okay the rest of the night but sounded bad this morning.  My stomach hurt and Will’s nose was running so we kept our germs at home.  She has been fine today but still has the cough.  I’ve started all her meds and will hopefully nip it in the bud quickly. 

That is the news and I am now caught up on the blog.  Until next week…

These two had fun too! 
Trying a new way to tube.  Apparently it wasn’t comfortable.IMG_5435IMG_5434
We eventually wore most of the kids out.  Claire got a nice nap out there!
She is a fish now!
She loves these goggles – even if she does look goofy!IMG_5402
Maybe she’ll convince Will to go under one day.IMG_5407
The kids completed new lego sets this week.  Will did the advanced beach house all by himself.  DSC_0947DSC_0949
Lindy did the advanced tree house this week with the help of Drew and me!  You have to find the piece and show her where to put it so it’s a team effort.  She enjoyed it a lot though!  Only problem is she tears it down too quick! 
Will’s first ever soccer game!  He did a skills class when he was three but they never played a game. 
This is a good flapping picture!  ha!DSC_0958
One of my best pictures, ever?! 
He played defense the second half and did pretty good.  DSC_0962DSC_0965DSC_0966
Meeting Eric Litwin and getting their books signed!IMG_5428IMG_5429

Sunday, September 7, 2014

1st Week of 1st Grade

I’m way behind, can’t believe I haven’t put up the first day of school yet.  Backing the train up to August 25th.

1st grade has been a success so far this year!  What a completely different feeling this year compared to last year.  Drew didn’t even go with us on the first day.  We got up early, got breakfast out of the way so we could take pictures.  We headed to school early because we knew there were some new parking policies and I wanted to take pictures.  Both kids went happily into their classrooms and never looked back!  Drew brought them by after school and they both said they liked it and it was good.  And that was about all we could get out of them. ha!

The rest of the week went really well.  I tried to tell them we should stay home in our pjs one morning because they didn’t like school and they both yelled, “No, we love school!”  I took that as a good sign. 

Lindy’s teacher had sent an email on the first day to everyone saying it had been a good day.  She had my email address wrong so she ended up forwarding it to me and adding a personal note that Lindy had had a great day.  Friday morning when I dropped her off she said, “Lindy has had such a great week!  She has done so good and she has done great being more independent this week.  I’m so glad she is here.”  I really appreciated her saying that.  Let’s hope she continues to think that way!! ha!!   Will’s teacher has said nice things about him, too, such as he is so sweet and a good listener.  All things we know about him.  The boy is golden in a classroom.  A teacher’s dream student.   He’s pretty golden at home too but you know he has to pick on, pester and fight with his sister some.  He saves the little bit of attitude he does have for us, not his teachers.   All in all, it was a great week!

That week was mostly just spent trying to get back into the swing of things.  On Monday we did decide to sign Will up for soccer at the YMCA and he had his first practice on Tuesday the 26th.  It was going well until he got his first sting of any kind in the middle of it.  We assume it was a bee but he wasn’t for sure.  He said he heard something buzzing and he swatted at it and it stung him right under the eye.  The boy started screaming at the top of his lungs.  At first I couldn’t figure out what was going on until I finally heard him say “sting.”   He came over and it was already starting to swell.  They got him an ice pack he kept on for a few minutes but he ended up going back out to play.  He kept the ice on it on the way home.  The next morning it looked a bit bruised but thankfully wasn’t swollen.  What a horrible place to get stung.  I’m sure it hurt like crap.   The rest of the week he had bees on the mind.  There were apparently wasps on the playground and his teacher said he stuck pretty close to her that day.  Thursday night we were out in the backyard and something buzzed by him and he started screaming.  It didn’t sting him but it freaked him out.  Now he is leery of all things buzzing around.  Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again for awhile.

Friday afternoon I got off at 12pm for the holiday weekend and I met my parents to go shopping.  Mom and I looked for frames for their house and we were happy to get what she needed.  We picked the kids up from school and headed home.  My dad had gone to our house and was pressure washing toys in the backyard.  Then they started on the house.  I went out there after we got home and washed away.  It’s amazing what that thing can do. 

Saturday morning I got up and went grocery shopping and that afternoon the kids and I headed to Greensboro to pick up one more frame my mom needed.  They didn’t want to go but I bribed them with watching a movie on the way.  We went to Michael’s and Target and came back home.  Saturday night we went to Ed and Jamie’s for an end of summer cookout.  We had a nice evening at their house. 

Here are the first day of school pics.  Enjoy!

The big 1st graders!
Will and his teacher, Mrs. May
Lindy and Mrs. Peters
Will before his first practice and his first bee sting!  Amazingly we had all the soccer stuff he needed in our house.  Love hand me downs – thanks Amy!
Will and his silly mustacheDSC_0943
Lindy’s tall tower she built!  She found this fleece jacket and insisted on wearing it. 
Chicken taco shaped like Idaho?!