Monday, August 13, 2018

Open House 2018 - Kindergarten and 4th Grade

This school year was a big first for us: having two open houses at the same place!  This will only happen two times ever in the course of our kids' school lives (this year and next year).  Since I got a new job, both kids were changing schools, too.  Cooper went from private preschool to public kindergarten, and LL went from Cook County schools to Lowndes County schools.  Open house was the Friday of my pre-planning.  Matt picked the kids up and met me there since I was coming straight from work.

Kindergarten and 4th Grade!

Cooper has been excited all summer about starting Kindergarten, and we have been hyping it up!

LL has been more nervous about 4th grade.  She just changed schools last year (she went from the primary school to the elementary school), and this year she was having to change again.  We talked to her about how she would know so many more people and see lots of kids from church and stuff, so we really tried to keep it as positive as we could!

Both kids did great at Open House, and I think it helped to make them way less nervous about starting school.  We didn't take any pictures in their classrooms because it was pretty hectic, but we did take some outside when we were done.

Cooper has just started wanting to take pictures with my phone a lot, so he insisted on taking this of us with LL.

The kids and I are all starting on a new journey this year, and I am just so excited to see what it has in store for us!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer: Week 10

Our very last week of summer vacation was from July 23 - 29.  The kids still had a little over a week of summer vacation left, but after this I had to go back to school.  Here's what we fit in on our last week:

I had PL (professional learning) on Monday all day, so I dropped the kids off with Gigi on my way to work.

Ben was at Gigi's house, and Gigi declared this day the "no technology day" - which I loved!  No computers, no phones, no ipads!  Obviously swimming was on the agenda!

They did a lot of board games together.

And they spent a lot of time being creative!

That night for dinner I had Book Club!  July's book was "The Favorite Sister".  If you want to read along with us, our book for August is "Bring Me Back" by BA Paris.

Tuesday morning I had an insurance meeting, and then I had lunch with my new team members.  

After lunch, the kids and I headed home.  When we pulled in, the kids were playing in the garage and Cooper started yelling about a huge spider.  He was right!  This thing was massive, and I could tell it had all of its babies on its back.  Of course Matt was out of town, so I put this bucket over the spider and texted this to Matt to let him know I had a present waiting on him when he got home in two days - haha.

The kids and I declared this night movie night!

As I was going to bed, the dogs got into a little scuffle.  I picked Lola up and realized a huge section of her ear was ripped off!  Ugh!  I called Matt and he said to just put some neosporin on it and watch it.  It's been a few weeks now, and her ear looks fine!

Wednesday I had New Teacher Orientation all day.

They gave us our ID's and I'm 100% orange in mine - haha.  Just call me an oompa loompa.  Thankfully, I think my school is doing their own ID's, so I don't think I'll be stuck wearing this one all year!

All of the 2018/2019 new teachers for Lowndes County!

This was the first day this week that I didn't have any school related activities that I had to do, so the kids and I fit in some fun!  First up: our last kid's movie of the summer!

Poor Logan wasn't feeling a group picture - haha.

After the movie, we met Oma, Opa, and Ben at The Mill for pizza and games!

After lunch, the kids wanted to play at Oma and Opa's for a little bit, so I took that opportunity to run up to my classroom and work for about an hour.  I started working on my bulletin board, and was about 2 feet short on my paper!

Friday was a chill day.  The kids and I started off by going to the gym.  We spent the afternoon at home, and then the kids went up to my classroom in the afternoon to work with me for a few hours.

I saw this on social media, and nothing has ever been more true for our house.  The downside of super long, dark hair?  It's everywhere!

Saturday morning all 4 of us hit the gym and I had a killer workout.

The kids wanted to see Ben, so we went to Gigi's for a little while.  That night, Cooper got to have his first big boy sleepover at Gigi's with Ben.  

LL was so sweet and didn't pitch a fit at all when Cooper got to stay at Gigi's and she didn't.  To reward her for her good behavior, we went and got froyo at bed time!

My sister came in town on Sunday, and she wanted to see my classroom.  Matt took the 3 kids to our house to play, and she helped me hang these lights in my room! 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer: Week 9

Week 9 of summer break was from July 16 - 22.  Matt was back from his trip to Chicago, but still had to travel two nights this week (which will be the norm for us for quite a few months).  The kids and I had a really fun week this week!

The kids and I kicked off Monday morning in the gym!

It's hard sometimes to feel like I'm making progress in the gym, but then I feel accomplished when I take my progress pictures!

After the gym, the kids and I went home for lunch and play time at home.  That afternoon, we went to the Parker's house for a summer pool party!  I only ended up taking one picture because it was just so hectic!  There were about 16 kids all in one pool, so it was a lot to keep up with!  I did enjoy my snuggles with sweet Spear, though!

Tuesday morning was our annual trip to the firestation!  Emily and I have been doing this with an ever-changing group of friends for years, and it is a highlight of the summer!

Lorelai has realized that she's old enough to hold Spear while she's standing up (we usually make her sit down when she holds babies), so she's loving holding him when she sees him!

Cooper was so happy to sit with the big boys!

Before play time, the kids got their fire safety lesson.

Cooper kept turning around and giving me a thumbs up during the demonstration - it was adorable!

Another thing that was adorable was when Tess went over to LL and crawled in her lap all on her own!

After the fire safety talk, it was time to explore the trucks!

The hose is a favorite for the kids for sure!

Our 2018 firestation crew!

After the firestation we always go to Chick-Fil-A for lunch, and this year we had a big enough crowd to need two kid tables!

That night we had family game time and played Monopoly Jr.  Mommy was rolling in the money this time!

Wednesday I documented our day for my summer "day in the life" post that you can read here!

We decided to have a chill day on Thursday and went to Gigi's to get in some pool time.

Matt was out of town and hard at work!

I had PL on Friday (professional learning), so I was in a workshop all day.  While I was doing that, the kids spent the day with Oma and Opa.

I adore this picture of my dad with my kids!

Saturday morning the kids loaded up with Grammy to go to Tallahassee for Anna Reed's 1st birthday party!

Since the kids were out of town, Matt and I decided to go on a date!  While we were sitting at dinner, my mom and step-dad walked in, so they ended up sitting with us - haha.

Sunday we had a relaxing day!  Our only events were church and grocery shopping - haha.  

Only one week of summer vacation left!