Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First Day of School

I say this every year but boy are these kids growing up FAST!




 Cardin started the 10th grade today.  Only 2 more years and then she's off to college.  She took driver's ed over the summer and has her driver's permit now.  Did I mention she is growing up too fast?
 It's a good thing she's not in a hurry to grow up.

 This sweet kid turned 13 this summer and started 8th grade today.  In case you can't read the chalk board it says "8th grade the most terrifying grade of them all."  That's because she's not a little kid anymore but not an adult.  She calls it terrifying.  I call it the teen years.

 This kid started 5th grade today.  He's not quite sure how he feels about that.




 But I  would say he's feeling pretty good about it.  He's the big kid on campus this year.  I can't believe next year he will be in middle school.  I need to remind this kid to slow down and not grow up too fast.
 This little guy started third grade today.  He's excited to be at Russell Elementary with his big brother this year.  You can't tell from the photos but he is super excited to start another school year.  He was so excited he couldn't sleep last night or eat breakfast this morning. He's such a sweet kid.  I just hope that excitement last when the homework starts.


 Meredith started first grade today!  FIRST GRADE!  Wow!  She didn't need me to help her get dressed, or walk her to the playground, or tell her where to line  her backpack up.   She's getting so big.





Did I mention these kids are growing up way too fast?

First Day of School

I say this every year but boy are these kids growing up FAST!




 Cardin started the 10th grade today.  Only 2 more years and then she's off to college.  She took driver's ed over the summer and has her driver's permit now.  Did I mention she is growing up too fast?
 It's a good thing she's not in a hurry to grow up.

 This sweet kid turned 13 this summer and started 8th grade today.  In case you can't read the chalk board it says "8th grade the most terrifying grade of them all."  That's because she's not a little kid anymore but not an adult.  She calls it terrifying.  I call it the teen years.  She had to leave early for school before we could get a group picture.

 This kid started 5th grade today.  He's not quite sure how he feels about that.




 But I  would say he's feeling pretty good about it.  He's the big kid on campus this year.  I can't believe next year he will be in middle school.  I need to remind this kid to slow down and not grow up too fast.
 This little guy started third grade today.  He's excited to be at Russell Elementary with his big brother this year.  You can't tell from the photos but he is super excited to start another school year.  He was so excited he couldn't sleep last night, or eat breakfast this morning. He's such a sweet kid.  I just hope that excitement last when the homework starts.


 Meredith started first grade today!  FIRST GRADE!  Wow!  She didn't need me to help her get dressed, or walk her to the playground, or tell her where to line  her backpack up.   She's getting so big.  She was excited to have a few of her classmates from her kindergarten class in her class this year.





Did I mention these kids are growing up way too fast?  I can't wait to hear how their first day of school went.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

John Turns 9

John turned 9 today.  He keeps me laughing almost as much as he keeps me on my toes.  Especially this morning when he opened his gift and pulled out a black top hat, then quickly raised the hat above his head and made the sound of  heavenly angels singing. He wore his new tuxedo every where today: to the grocery store, the Dollar Tree, even to help our friends load up all their belongings in a UHaul who are moving a few hours away.  He was hands down the best dressed mover there.











Happy Birthday, John!  We love you!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

And then there was one

Another Halloween has come and gone.  The years seems to race by faster and faster whether I am ready for them or not and honestly . . .  I'm not ready for them. It wasn't long ago that we were trekking around the neighborhood with five kids in tow but this year  Jackson was out of school all week with a concussion after falling off a swing face forward on Monday.  He's feeling much better now no more headaches, feeling nausea, nose bleeds or numbness on his left side.  His sweet grandmother made sure he got the rest that he needed while James and I were at work.  We love that grandma.  She takes such good care of us.



Jackson opted to stay home on Halloween.




He was still feeling a little tired  and the rain and cold weather wasn't encouraging but he had some good company... Cardi stayed home with him.   They watched Pixel and I'm pretty sure they may have picked through the bowl of candy we left for the tricker or treaters.  








Bella spent the evening hanging out with her  friend, Emily.  I guess that's what middle schoolers do...hang out with their friends on Halloween.  She's definitely the most social out of all of us.





My idea of a good time is hanging out at home watching a movie or just spending time with family. 


 John and Meredith were our only trick or treaters this year and even then given the rain and cold weather John opted to go home early and . . . then there was just one kid left.  She wanted to hit every house on the block with the porch light left on.



As we walked along the dimly lit sidewalk, hand in hand wrapped in our coats as the rain drizzled on us  we talked about our favorite candy and what costume she was going to wear next year and how she likes our neighbor Marie.  We stopped by the lavender house on the corner  with the white columns which led to the revelation that when she grows up she is going to have a pink house and live next door to me so I can watch her kids( Dandelion and Buttercup) while she goes shopping.  On the way home we stopped by the brick house with the nice lady who said to hello to us one day when we were walking by her house over the summer.  She put a few pieces of candy in the pink plastic pumpkin  and then said "God bless you" before she closed the door. As we walked down the sidewalk to go home she squeezed my hand and said "I love you, Mommy.  God bless you."  And I squeezed her hand back and said, "He already has."