Back to School

Nov 13, 2019
Paul and I got back from Florida and it was pure craziness as we tried to get ready for the first day of school.  We also had 3 different start dates this year. 

The main stress for Macey was the locker situation at school, but after practicing for about an hour before the first day, they got it down and were ready to go.  



We did our back to school dinner like always.



I just love how simple it is and that I do pretty much the same thing every year, so there's no stress involved.  Especially when I get back into town the night before.  


The excitement this year was these amazing pickles I found, they were the highlight of the meal.  :)  

There were WAY less tears than last year, it was mostly all smiles. 



Macey started first since she had 7th grade day at the Jr High. 



The bus ended up being late and they missed the entire first period.  Plus, Macey had some things she needed to fix on her schedule at the office when she got there.  But, she handled it like a champ and got her schedule settled all on her own.  This girl was more than ready to leave elementary school behind and couldn't wait to be reunited with some old friends from Suncrest.  



I've loved listening to all the Jr. High stories, so much more entertaining than elementary school stories.  Bus drama, boys that like them, the stress of remembering all their different locker numbers, and the chaos of the halls that were not represented accurately in movies they'd seen. :)  Macey could not love Jr. High more.  


Crew and Miles started next.


First day of 2nd Grade.
All smiles for this kid until about the 3rd week of school, where he realized that 2nd grade is a lot harder than 1st. :)  He's killing it though and got an amazing teacher and lots of awesome kids in his class.  



He had to include Fang in his paper doll project. :)  



first day of 4th grade. 



I tried and tried, but this kid would not cooperate for a picture.  He is not one to hide his emotions.  His morning was full of lots of yelling and throwing things, but we got out the door and once he saw his friends he ran right to class without me.  


The day went better than these pictures predict though. He got an amazing teacher, with a few friends in his class and came home smiling. 


Although we did have a massive anger explosion that night, where he ripped up all his hard earned money.  This kid.  



We took a picture on the 2nd day of school, it turned out much better. 


I know it's going to be a good school year, even if it kills me. 


Ruby and I then had our last week to ourselves before she started school.  

We had lots planned. 

Zoo Day with The Miners.



It was hot and busy, but a perfect way to spend one of our last days of freedom.  

Splash Pad with Michelle and Lottie.

Our last breakfast Date at Chickfila.



A few more lazy mornings, just the 2 of us and Fang.






Kindergarten Testing.



I wasn't exactly sure how'd she do.  We didn't even start working on letters and writing her name until the week before her test.  Can you tell she's my 4th kid? :)  I was happily surprised when she didn't do too bad (I was sitting across the room filling out paper work and spying).  



this was my favorite moment:

Mrs. B. : Count from 1 to 10.

Ruby:  1, 10

Mrs. B. : Say the numbers inbetween 1 and 10.

Ruby: 1, 7, 5, 2, 8..

Mrs. B. : Finish counting for me 1, 2, 3....

Ruby: 4, 5, 6, 7...

I was dying.  Poor kindergarten teachers.  


We had a princess movie party with Reagan. 


And then in the mist of it all she BROKE HER ARM and I didn't think it was broken, so I didn't take her in for like 4 days.  

She was running in the backyard, tripped, and her hand went between our tramp hole and the tramp. She only cried for a min, so I didn't think too much about it.  

That night she was still complaining, so I wrapped an ace bandage around it to make her feel better.  She went right to sleep and I chalked it up to her just being dramatic. 

She made me keep it wrapped during the next few days, but at night I would unwrap it when she was sleeping to see if she could remember what arm she hurt (she's crazy dramatic, so it's hard for me to trust her).  She did remember and then when I spied on her sunday getting dressed for church I could see her wince when she was putting her dress on.  So, the day before kindergarten started I took her in just for peace of mind, still not thinking it was broken.   


Broke 2 bones in her wrist.  Good thing about waiting so long is that the swelling was down and she could get her hard cast on right away.


When they were putting her cast on she looked at me and said, "This is the Best day of my entire life".  She kills me.  



Finally the much anticipated first day of Kindergarten came and it was only made better by the bright pink cast she got to sport.  





Pretty much the cutest, and pinkest, kindergartner around.  



She was a little  nervous since she didn't know anyone in her class and mad at me that I put her in AM Kindergarten, while Reagan was in PM Kindergarten with the same teacher.  

She had a great first day though, made new friends, and got to have a photo shoot with Reagan before it was her turn to head off for her first day of kindergarten.  


I was very successful in my 2 hours and 45 min of alone time.  

I read a book and organized my pantry.  




Then before I knew it, it was 12:00 and time to go pick her up.  

And we still had about 2 hours together before the big kids started getting home.  


While somedays I wish she was in all day kindergarten, I'm trying to soak her up as much as possible, because I know this is the end for me.  Next year they will ALL be gone ALL day and I will actually have to take up some hobbies or something.  











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angie
I LOVE the plants you have in your living room and on your front porch. Cute place! That kind of freaks me out that a kid could have a broken arm and you don't know it. Don't bones jut out? I guess not always ... Todd hurt his wrist last weekend at the skate park (lol) and won't do anything about it. Said this morning it still hurts. What if it's broken, too?!?!?!

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Back to school

Oct 16, 2017
I was ready for school to start this year, I actually felt a little guilty about it, but I got over that pretty fast. 

Macey started 5th Grade



Miles 2nd Grade



And Crew Kindergarten!



We of course had our annual Back to School brown bag dinner.  



I impressed the group with my amazing cake this year.  



And yes, those are bubble gum squares on top.  I know what they like. 



I think this is one of their favorite traditions and it's one of the simplest for me.  Win Win.  

Love these kids.  


Macey and Miles started a week before Crew.  


Macey was all smiles, while Miles had a bit of anxiety.

Luckily, one of his neighborhood bff's, Penelope, is in his class this year.  Made a huge difference and I didn't even have to go into the building with him.  He just walked in with his class and didn't even look back.  We have come along way!!


While the big kids were in school all day Crewby and I had big plans that included the new Orem Splash pad. 


always amazes me how easy 2 kids are when you're used to 4. 
After hours of playing, we raced home to make a special after school snack for M&M.



I was pretty impressed with myself, my kids don't get a pinterest worthy mom very often. :)



I was sitting at the table anxiously awaiting to hear all the details of the first day when they walked in.  Everything went awesome and it's been awesome ever since.  

I got about 10 min with them, until they were outside running around with all the neighbor kids.  As it should be.  


I still had a few days left with Crew until Kindergarten started, so we fit in a few more things. 

First thing on his list, play date with Madden.



2nd, Sodalicious date with just mom.



This kid has been my favorite lately.  He's funny, sweet, and as cute as they come.  After his kindergarten assessment he had both teachers fighting over which one of them got to have him in their class.  I will say, I am bit jealous of his teacher.  



This kids day finally came and Ruby and I were a bit sad about it. 



Ruby had to be in all his pictures and the ones where she isn't, she is on the side crying and screaming. 



I about died over this encounter. Something about little kids with big backpacks and siblings holding hands.    These 2 are the best of friends and Ruby is desperate to be like the big kids.  She just refuses to stay little for me. 

There were a few tears, but mostly smiles dropping Crew off for his first day.  He loves school and is the best at making me read with him everyday.  



And Costco with one kid!!!  Obviously I don't know how to order food for 1 child though. :)  

Life and time are a weird thing, can't believe I have 3 kids in school. 



 And bless half day kindergarten.  
  

An example of Crew's kindergarten cuteness:
He got a new teacher this week, so I asked him if he missed Mrs. Bauman.  His response:

"No, I didn't miss her.  Because every time I felt sad about her not being here I just thought of her and it made me happy.  I have a really big brain mom, so I can think of lots of memories of Mrs. Bauman". 

Love these kids.  Love their teachers.  And love I get Ruby all to myself a little longer.  


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Holly
I LOVE THESE KIDS.

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School's out for summer

Jun 8, 2015
It has been an amazing school year for these two.  

August 2014


May 2015


Let's start with Miles. This kid has loved every minute of preschool. Last year he always talked about how Miss Karli was his best friend, but this year, he actually made friends in his class!! Although Miss Karli was still in the top five. :)  


He pretty much had the best preschool teacher ever and I'm sure I'll be calling her next year crying and asking for advice. She's just one of those teachers that was able to see Miles for who he really was and was able to work with and motivate him in the most positive way possible.  


I seriously almost cried at the parent teacher conference having to say goodbye to her and having the fear that he might not be as lucky in the teacher department next year. 


We are also devastated to be done with Talking Time.


Miles' speech has come so far from when we started almost 2 years ago.  Once again he had some of the best teachers ever and I will miss them.  They never got frustrated with him and just worked and worked to find out the best way to motivate and get him to perform at his full potential.  

He is so ready for kindergarten thanks to these 3 amazing teachers and is always talking about how he needs to read and do his homework this summer cause he's going to be a kindergartner. :)


I have tons of anxiety about how he will do next year in a public school setting, but I've already met with the principal to discuss his needs and I really feel like they are willing to work with us! But really, who couldn't love this kid?!?  

I CANNOT believe Macey will be a third grader!  I of course shed a few tears after dropping her off on the last day of second grade.  


She has grown so much this year, made lots of new friends, kept her love for school and already misses it, one week into summer.  Plus, the clothes she wore on the first day of school don't even fit her anymore. :(


I'm am over joyed to have her home with me for the whole summer though and I guess I'll just have to make sure we have lots of fun, so she won't miss her school friends too much.  

I also have to document some of things I did for Teacher Appreciation Week.  It was a crazy couple weeks getting ready, but I think it all turned out and I hope the teachers felt the love.  

We celebrated school getting out by meeting some of our friends at our favorite park (meaning no swings) on the last day of school.  


And then ended the day with our first neighborhood movie night.  

it's a good thing I love summer so much, or I might still be crying over the fact that these kids won't stop growing.  





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Angie
You are a rock star mom. I admire how fiercely you fight for Miles' needs. It's really cool. I also love how completely you adore Macey and have such a close relationship with her. I can see that lasting for your entire lives.
Nana
Macey changed a ton this last year. I love how Miles is always wearing his Ninga Turtle shirt. Miss Karli is a gem and she is so right about how smart Miles is.
Nana
Macey changed a ton this last year. I love how Miles is always wearing his Ninga Turtle shirt. Miss Karli is a gem and she is so right about how smart Miles is. You did a great job on your doors and pop. Your starting out with a great summer.

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