Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday Night Lights

It was 'report card Friday' and to celebrate three great report cards, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather by dining al fresco and making s'mores over the fire pit.  The kids are always excited to do anything out of the ordinary, so they were all on board with our evening plans!

Making the s'mores is almost as much fun as eating them!


Anytime marshmallows are around, you have to play Chubby Bunny, right?  I think Sydney maxed out at 4 marshmallows, and Clare was the big winner with 5!

Sister hugs!

 I think Sydney must've seen a ghost!

The kids played happily in the backyard until well after dark.  Flashlight tag, chase, and many other games!  It was a fun, family Friday night!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Silly Girls

I wanted one picture of Jane and Sydney.

I got a lot of silly ones....including this one with the weird eye thing going on!

These two girls are as different as night and day, but I think I'll keep them both!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Clare Reads at Church

Clare had the privilege of reading at church on Sunday morning.  She read the story of Ruth from the Children's Beginner Bible.  She did such a great job, and Casey and I were both so proud! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Catch-Up!

I think this might have been my longest blogging break ever!  It wasn't intentional, and I am going to try to get back in the habit!

Here is a look at a few things that we did this month!

We spent a day at Deedee and Papaw's lake house, and the kids got to go tubing.  Sydney loves the water, and everyone loved being on the boat!

Soccer season started, and the Diamonds are off to a great start!  Sydney has scored some goals in both game that they have played.

This year the teams play with a goalie.  Everyone is a little nervous about playing this position, but Jane made some awesome stops!  

Coach Casey is back in his familiar role!  The girls love having him coach, and Graham keeps asking when he gets to be on the Diamonds!

The weather has cooled a bit, which allows for so many more outdoor activities.  Graham and I have enjoyed a few mornings at the park.

Clare brought this home this weekend.  Are you jealous?  Can't you hear Hot Cross Buns playing in your head?

Clare is excited because her "real" teacher comes back from maternity leave tomorrow.  It's like another first day of school!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Graham's First Day of Preschool

After much anticipation, it was finally time to meet Graham's preschool teacher. He was so excited!  The girls have been in school for over two weeks, so Graham was definitely ready for his turn!  We all went up to his preschool, and with many requests for the girls to give him some room, Graham was happy to meet Ms. Jennifer! 

He asked me several times yesterday if  I had packed his lunch yet!  He was more than ready for his big preschool debut.

When we pulled up to the school, lots of kids were waiting outside for the doors to open.  Graham said, "Mom, the kids are lining up.  I need to be out there."  When we got to his class, I helped him put his stuff away, gave him a big hug, and then left him playing with play-doh!  He did great! 

The girls were so excited to hear about Graham's first day, so after we picked them up, we went for ice cream.  They asked him a ton of questions and were so interested in his day.  I love to watch how caring they are toward their little brother....most of the time.

Something tells me he was enjoying the spotlight.

It is so bittersweet that my little man is in preschool.  How can he seem so big and so little at the same time?!?

 Here's hoping he has a great year in Ms. Jennifer's Monkey class!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Catching Up With Clare

Clare is really liking third grade!  She loves that they are upstairs in the building, and that she gets to carry a binder instead of a folder.  These things are a big deal!  She likes that she HAS homework....she just doesn't always like DOING the homework!

She ventured out to her first slumber party last weekend, and she deemed it a success!  There were eleven girls there; makes me tired to think about it!

I think this is the sign of a good party!

Clare is growing up so quickly!  She's responsible and kind, and she's great with younger kids. She often rounds up the younger kids at Jane and Sydney's soccer practice and plays games with them.  So helpful!  She takes her role as Graham's big sister very seriously.  She is about to start a swim team program, and she is excited about that.  Clare is a great reader and writer, and she is constantly dreaming up projects to be completed....that usually involve paint, duct tape, glitter, and any other craft material you can dream up!

Looking forward to see what the rest of this third grade year brings!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Business

We got our teacher assignments in the mail last week, and we were ready to go Meet the Teacher last Thursday!

Everyone's classes received seals of approval, and we began making preparations for the big day!  Sunday night we had a "Back to School" feast!

I had written some questions for each girl,things like "I'm excited about..." and "I'm nervous about..."  Imagine my delight, when I read what Jane, my sensitive girl,  was nervous about....'nuthing.'    For the record, Sydney was nervous about lunch, and Clare was nervous about her sub. (Her teacher recently had a baby and is out until the end of September.)

And finally, the big day had arrived!  The girls all awoke before their alarms went off, and they were excited.  The first day of school drop-off is always a bit chaotic, but aside from a few tears from Graham, it went well!  The girls happily went in and found their seats!

I was ready for school to start this year.  After the summer, it just seemed like everyone was ready for a change of pace.  It's so funny how even though I was ready, as soon as I dropped them off this morning, I was ready to hear how their days went!  I was anxious to see them at 3:00!

All reports were good!  Everyone had a great day, and had good things to say about their classes.  We went for ice cream after school and the details of the day slowly trickled out during the afternoon.

This little guy was certainly happy to have "his girls" home after school.  The house was quiet without his partners in crime around!

Everyone is excited and ready to go back tomorrow!