Back to school
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.
End of School
The kids had a blast the last few weeks of school.
I got to go with the 1st grade to the zoo.
I even got to sit by one of my best friends on the bus ride.
I got the cutest group of Miles' friends and it has been my favorite field trip I've gotten to go on by far.
I just love these little first graders.
This stud finished Preschool.
I don't know if either of us are ready for him to start kindergarten, but I know he's going to rock it. I just don't want to part with him everyday.
M&M had field day, soak your teacher, dance festival, and the 4th grade did an entire Harry Potter themed week. Good times.
We had the best teachers ever, again!
As you know I was terrified about first grade with Miles...terrified. But Mrs. Allen was the absolute perfect fit for this kid. When I would talk to her about Miles related things, she'd just look at me like I was crazy, because that was not the Miles she saw in class. :) She was soft spoken, kind, fun, positive, and patient. I told her I'd send his 2nd grade teacher to her for tips.
Macey lucked out again and got Mrs. Tingey. The year was filled with awesome science experiments and all things Harry Potter. She really help Macey expand her love of reading and learning. We are so sad she's moving and won't be at our school anymore.
If next year goes half as well as this year, it will be a good year. :) And yes, I'm a bit heartbroken over the fact that these 2 will be 2nd and 5th graders next year. It just doesn't seem real.
We did our normal last day of school things. Went to the park with some of our favorite friends and then had our first neighborhood movie night of the summer.
And Macey's summer bucket list made my heart happy.
- Go to Pearrygin
- Read and watch all the Harry Potters
- Go backpacking
- Go camping
- Go hiking
We've done something right and this is a bucket list I can get behind.
Life doesn't get much better than summer days with these guys.
BAck to school....Again
We have been back in the swing of things for a few weeks now and it's been going smoother than I anticipated.
This summer was quite crazy and for the first time ever
, I was actually a little bit happy for the kids to be back in school. Miles really wore me down this summer and having him in full day school has been quite refreshing.
We had our annual back to school dinner.
We got home from Bear Lake the day before school started, so I tried to get the kids to do Happy Meals for the back to school dinner. Shockingly, they refused, and wanted what we always have, brown bag lunches. Thank goodness I picked something simple from the beginning and didn't copy all those crazy pinterest people.
Macey was all excitement to go back to school, just like always.
She has an amazing teacher and Macey was very happy to find out her new teacher loves Harry Potter just like her.
I cannot believe she is in 4th grade. Like really, can not believe it. This should not be happening.
They did some assessments before school started and I was a bit nervous for Miles, remembering how horribly things went last year. This year was a huge improvement! While I was the only parent that actually had to go in with their first grader instead of waiting in the hall, he at least spoke and communicated with the teachers and they were as kind and patient as could be.
Miles told me he was only going to go to the first 2 days of school and the last 2 days. Luckily, he came home loving school and has gone back everyday since.
I'm not saying he goes happily everyday. It is still a battle most mornings to get the kid fed and ready, but we are getting there and I will not give up. Homework is another story and another battle that I don't always have the energy to fight. :)
Then there is Crew.
This kid has been dying to go to school His day finally came and it was all smiles and excitement. Ruby had to get in on his photo session.
He went into preschool as happy as could be, posed for a picture, and then went and read books with the rest of the kids. I didn't even know what to do with myself, it was the first time in a long time I wasn't actually needed. I didn't even break a sweat. What a difference from Miles.
The only issue we had at preschool drop off was Ruby thought she should get to ride in Crew's seat, since she's the big kid home with me now. So, after dragging a kicking and screaming Ruby into her seat, I actually was sweating and it felt like a normal school drop off for me. :)
These kids have the most amazing teachers this year and I am so grateful. You cannot replace a great teacher and I am thankful everyday for these teachers and the time and love they give these kids.
And I am so glad I get this crazy one all to myself for a few more years.
And, I need to report, this was the first year I did not cry sending the kids back to school! I am getting better at this letting go thing.
May was pretty much perfection. Well, now that I look back in retrospect.
Most of May was spent outside.
They were pretty adorable skate boarding, scootering, and balance biking.
There was lots of team work involved, especially when it came to getting out of the "pool". And you should of seen Julianne and I trying to get Ruby out...lets just say I am glad no one was there to video it.
I had to get in on the action too, but it turns out I was too much of a wimp to actually stand on the skateboard.
And every kid destroyed every piece of clothing every time we went.
- Lots of neighborhood park time.
Ruby LOVES all the kids and yells "hi ______", every time a new kid comes to play.
Their favorite game is to pretend Ruby kicks them while she's in the swing and they all fall over. It's pretty cute.
And this kid learned to pump himself!!!. Every day after school for about 2 weeks, he ran over to the swings to practice the moment he got home from the bus. And made sure everyone knew about his sweet new skill.
- We made a few trips to the pond before the huge crowds hit.
and this girl of course found the only sticker bush thing and got these nasty burrs stuck in her hair. It took me forever to get them out and I was worried I was going to have to cut her hair. But, everything turned out well.
- We went to a BYU tailgate and baseball game.
can't beat free hats.
It was a bit crazy, but it's always worth the kids getting some more facetime with Cosmo.
This would be Crew pulling Cosmo's tail at the baseball game.
- there is never a shortage of friends when the sun is out.
- And this is how dinner usually ends up.
kids eat as fast as humanly possible so they can get back outside to play and I am left alone to finish my meal.
- There was of course lots of end of school activities.
Macey and Abby worked hard on their 3rd grade egg drop. It was fun to watch them test their designs and tweak things until they kept their egg from breaking. Plus, it was so nice that I didn't have to assist them at all. I love how independent Macey has become with her school projects.
- We hiked in the rain to test out our gear for The Olympic National Park.
it was also Mother's Day.
I wanted to read a book, but Paul convinced me otherwise. Turned out to be worth it in the end, kind of. :)
- Ruby entered the terrible two's. And it has been crazy around here.
she likes to tackle Crew, steal all the food out of the freezer, draw on any and all surfaces, comb my hair, and scream anytime something doesn't go exactly like she wants.
these kids are crazy too.
and then sometimes I go to Costco and Winco in the same day with a screaming/whiny Ruby. And the "kind" cashier tells me that Ruby's screaming is giving her a headache. I then find it hard to put all this stuff away.
I lead an exciting life, I know.
-The highlight of the month though, was Trina and TJ getting married!!!
Schools out for summer
Miles did it! He made it through kindergarten and did pretty awesome too!
He of course had his moments. You know where I had to drag him into his classroom kicking and screaming. But, then the kids would cheer and chant his name, Mrs. Lee would put her arm around him and tempt him with smelly stickers and getting to try a hard book, and I would turn and run out the door while he was distracted.
I do not know what we would of done without Mrs. Lee. She pushed him, motivated him, left him alone when he needed to be, saw his potential and most importantly, loved this kid deeply.
first day of kindergarten vs last day
She told me he is one of her all time favorites and will never forget him. I might of shed a tear. This kid has just been blessed with amazing teachers and we all pray it will continue into 1st grade. :)
Macey was also blessed with an awesome teacher, who told me she wished she had 20 Macey's in her class.
first day of 3rd grade vs last day
Macey had a pretty rough class this year and would get frustrated by their lack of listening and respect they showed her teacher. One night she asked me, "Why don't they want to learn? Don't they know how lucky they are to get to go to school?" :)
Despite her constant frustration with the loudness of her class, she had a great year and it was good for her to learn how to work and deal with kids that were hard for her.
And like always, she still cried on the last day of school, because she is just going to miss all her friends so much. :)
We did our normal end of school stuff.
And met our friends at the park, like we always do.
And I brought cookies and drinks from Sodalicious to celebrate!
We have a lot of kids!
It's crazy to think we've been through 4 school years together!!
We met dropping our kids off for the first day of kindergarten and they both tried to make me feel better about crying. :)
Can't believe we are done with another school year and how much these 2 have grown.
Glad I get the summer to hang out with them!