Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1st Beach Trip of 2013

We were supposed to head to the beach on Friday but we had a death in our church and Drew had to do a funeral on Saturday morning.  As soon as he got home and got changed, we headed out.  We made awesome time – 4 hours.  Actually a little less.

The kids were so excited to get down there and see Mimo and her dogs.  We got down there in time for dinner and then we met a friend from Winston and her girls at an Italian Ice place for a treat.  Too bad it was really cool out and we were all freezing after eating our treats!

We woke up Sunday and it was cloudy all morning long.  We were lazy all morning and finally the sun came out and we headed to the beach.  It was a gorgeous day!  The kids had a blast.  Will wasn’t his usual beach bum self.  I’m not convinced he felt well.  I don’t know if it’s allergies or a cold but he had out of control snot and he developed a cough.  He also had a willing grandma that would let him play her phone!  Sunday night we ordered pizza and took it easy.   Sunday getting ready for bed I was brushing Lindy’s teeth and I knocked her other loose tooth practically out of her mouth.  It started bleeding like crazy and I reached in pulled it out.  She was excited to have another ‘window’  in her mouth. 

We  woke up Monday morning and when Lindy looked under her pillow there was no money!   But the Tooth Fairy had been there and had put $1 under her pillow.  Mimo searched and found the dollar under her bed.  So Lindy thought the Tooth Fairy must put the money under the bed at the beach house.  ha ha.  (Little Man is getting a bit jealous of Lindy losing two teeth and getting $2.  He doesn’t understand that in due time it will happen to him.)  The rest of the day was an exact replica of Sunday.   We had a lazy morning, an early lunch, and then an awesome afternoon on the beach.  We grilled steaks for dinner on Monday which were oh so yummy. 

Tuesday we hit the beach early in the morning and then came back around lunchtime.  Mimo packed up and headed out and then we headed to Southport to look around.  We went in a few shops and then ate at one of our most favorite places on earth – the Provision Company.  We got the kids ice cream for a snack and we headed back to the house.

This morning we got up, got everything cleaned up, and we left around 11am.  We stopped for an early lunch on the island and headed home.  It was kind of nice getting home early because everything got unpacked quickly and we had a normal dinner and evening.

It really was one of the best beach trips we have had.  Awesome weather and a relaxing time.  I read a book.  A whole book this weekend!  I also looked through about 6 magazines.  I did no work and that was awesome!  The only thing that stunk was keeping my toe clean and clear of sand.  I wrapped it up in a bunch of bandages and then wore a sock and water shoe and looked like a dork.  I didn’t want sand in my stiches.  I couldn’t get in the water or jump waves with the kids.  I played some with them on the beach in the dryer sand.  Thankfully the kids are so much more self sufficient at the beach that everyone was able to read and relax a bit while they played. 

Tomorrow is back to life – back to reality!

I don’t understand the mustache craze going on but we got in on it!DSC_1851The kids and their friend Paige.DSC_1853The Beach!  Jumping waves even in the cold water.DSC_1865DSC_1870DSC_1873DSC_1880DSC_1888DSC_1892Will was under the towel playing Mimo’s phone.  DSC_1896Lindy thought the tent was a great idea.DSC_1899Another tooth gone!DSC_1905Under her pillow in a tissue.DSC_1906Where’s the money??DSC_1907Mimo found it under the bed!DSC_1908So cute!DSC_1910DSC_1912Miss PrissDSC_1915DSC_1924DSC_1925DSC_1934DSC_1937DSC_1940The green potty is still a beach must.DSC_1950Sweet boy.DSC_1954Our beachy family!DSC_1958Mimo and her grandkids.DSC_1959DSC_1963At our favorite restaurant, The Provision Company.DSC_1965DSC_1967DSC_1970DSC_1971DSC_1973DSC_1974DSC_1983

Preschool Graduation

Tooth fairy and then preschool graduation – Good grief this is all happening too fast.  How are they graduating from preschool already?  Didn’t they just start preschool?

Last Wednesday, May 22nd, was the big day.  Drew dropped them off at school for a last minute graduation practice.  We got there around 10:15am for the 11am graduation.  I was 100% fine sitting there but man when the doors opened and the pomp and circumstance started playing – I did get a little teary eyed.  They all looked so cute in their little graduation caps and gowns.   

They had a serious graduation.  Like a little speaker – she read a book  to them.  They each got called up and their teachers talked about each and every one of them.  They were all asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Will’s class went first.  As Will walked up front Mrs. May said, “Will is one smart boy.”  She asked Will what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said, “A teacher.”  I’m sure his Nana, Mimo, Aunt Amy, and Aunt Anna would all be proud of him if he became a teacher!  Then his teacher said “I know Will will be a great teacher.  On their very last share day I told them they could bring anything they wanted to, they just had to tell me what letter it started with.  Will decided to bring a poetry book and then he stood up in front of the class and read poetry.  He is a very smart boy, a very good boy, a good listener and a good rule follower.” 

When Lindy’s name was called, she walked up and said, “That’s me!”  When her teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she proudly exclaimed, “A builder!”  Her teacher said “Lindy builds some of the most magnificent creations you’ve seen with the legos and tinker toys.  I will always remember Lindy for her imagination.  Every morning she comes in with an imaginary friend, an imaginary toy, or an imaginary teacher, there is always something imaginary.   Her imagination is wonderful.  She has wanted to be so many different things this year, from a pirate to superhero, to mom.  Lindy is a special little girl to me.  She could light up my life when she walked in that door each morning.  She gives the best hugs ever.   And if she ever does something wrong, which isn’t often, she says, Mrs. Sue, will you forgive me?  And I’ve also discovered, learned today, that we have a play date next week at your house.  I guess I’ll be over!  I’m very proud of you Lindy, you’ve learned so much this year.”  Lindy proceeded to talk and talk and talk to her teacher, and the director (who was calling out all the names) said, “Maybe I should let Lindy finish up the program!”  ha ha!

The kids had their Mimo, GrandBob, Aunt Jamie and Ms. Martha all there to watch.   We went to lunch with Mimo and GrandBob afterwards to celebrate.  They each got $10 for graduation so Mimo went with us to Target and they got to spend it.  Lindy bought a superhero toy and Will got a new movie.  We stopped by for a celebratory slushie from Sonic and headed home!  We were all worn out from the big events of the day!

Their last day of preschool was on Friday.  My office closed on Friday at noon so I met Drew and the kids at McDonalds for lunch.  We went home for a few minutes and then we headed back out to an end of the year party at Airbound Trampoline Park with their friends from school.  They had a blast jumping with their friends.  Will had a blast playing with the mom of some twin girls. 

I can’t believe preschool is over.  The end of an era.  We have loved, loved, loved their preschool.  We’ve been so lucky with Lindy’s two schools and Will’s one school.  All of their teachers have been so fantastic.

Now what you’ve been waiting for – pictures!

Dressed up all nice and headed to school on Graduation Day!DSC_1667DSC_1672She cracks me up.  All…DSC_1680The…DSC_1681Time.DSC_1682Walking in!  Will is in the picture too.  The one with a tassel hanging in front of his face!DSC_1696Listening to the book.DSC_1705DSC_1708William Allan Southern.  What do you want to be when you grow up?DSC_1718”A teacher!”DSC_1719DSC_1723DSC_1728DSC_1729DSC_1733Most handsome boy EVER!DSC_1734Lindy Jane Southern.  What do you want to be when you grow up?DSC_1739”A builder!”DSC_1740My beautiful graduate.  Or as she likes to be called, My Handsome graduate.DSC_1742DSC_1745DSC_1746DSC_1755Ms. Martha!DSC_1783Aunt Jamie, Mimo, and GrandBobDSC_1786Mr. John – who greets us everyday and who the kids adore.DSC_1791DSC_1797DSC_1802Mrs. SueDSC_1794Mrs. MayDSC_1803There is this little alcove at their school and I’ve never, in 3 years, let them stand up in it.  They walk past it every day, twice a day, and see other kids doing it.  I finally let them do it on graduation day.  A special treat.DSC_1811

Last day of Preschool!DSC_1816DSC_1820DSC_1822How about a little comparison. First day of preschool each year and the last day of preschool.2013-05-24 Preschool Graduation22013-05-24 Preschool Graduation1

Be still my heart.  They were mere babes when they started.  Babes.

Friday we went to Airbound Trampoline where they jumped their hearts out. DSC_1825DSC_1833DSC_1834Lindy and her buddy Parker.  DSC_1837Who she is apparently dating????DSC_1838DSC_1841She literally just falls straight in!DSC_1843DSC_1845