Monday, August 26, 2013

All Three All Day

I never thought this day would come. When I was deep in the trenches of no sleep, diapers, potty training, babies and toddlers, I never thought I would see the day where all three of my babies are at school all day. Time is going by too fast and it seems like just yesterday I was sitting in my recliner with a newborn asleep on my shoulder, a baby curled up in my lap and a toddler wrapped around my legs. I'm really missing those days right now, but it's exciting to see them grow up and learn new things and have new experiences.

 Soren made a big step to 1st grade this year and is at school all day. He's got a great teacher this year and I'm hopeful he will have an awesome first grade year. It was pretty hard saying good-bye to him this morning, I'm not going to lie. I think he was a little nervous but he smiled and walked on in. I can hardly wait til I get to pick him up and hear all about his first day.

 Shelby is a third grader this year. I think this year is going to test and stretch her, in a good way. She's starting cursive, multiplication, and G.A.T.E. She's got a great teacher as well (but really at Dooley that's not too hard to do) and I'm so excited to see her progress and grow, except I think she needs to stop growing taller.

 I could not believe the smiles I got out of him this morning. He had been kind of whiny about school starting the last few weeks but this weekend something shifted and he was one happy boy this morning. He's a big man on campus as he starts his fifth grade year. He's in a class with two awesome teachers and tons of kids he knows and has gone to school with since kindergarten. He did ask me not to kiss him good-bye and I was surprised at how hard it was to walk away from him.  He's growing up and moving forward and it's going to be an amazing ride for him and me.

 New shoes and new backpacks and new shirts.  

We walked to school this morning in the drizzly rain, something that rarely happens here in the desert.  The kids are excited about living here on Derby and getting to walk to and from school. 
I'm trying to adjust to this quiet house and counting down the hours till I pick them up.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

Our Cabin Trip 2013

Late into August with only a little time before school started, we packed up and headed to Ben's family's cabin.  It's been 2 years since we were there last but of course, nothing really changes.  We still eat really good with lots of junk food, play games, and stay up WAY to late.  This year was a little different for us in that we stayed an extra night after all the rest of the family went home.  It made for a little bit more work for us but it also made it super for fun for us as well.

 Kids never get to sleep in the bedrooms and all three of my kids shared one of the beds.

Then we woke up super early, before the sun, and headed to the Benches to fish.

 Each of the kids caught a fish, Shelby reeling in the biggest.

 It was a beautiful and chilly morning and I just could not get enough of these adorable faces.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Still Summer

School starts in 2 weeks and we are trying to suck every last fun thing out of summer and sure crammed alot into August.

 We spent an afternoon at the water park.

 We babysat my nephew.

 Enjoyed a free lunch at Burger King, thanks to some awesome coupons.

 Made a quick weekend trip to Salt Lake and had to stop here for dinner in St. George.
 We are crazy for chicken and wish we had a Chick-fil-a in our town.
 I love these boys!

I required an extra potty stop along the road and we pulled into this awesome joint.  Cute wagon wheel benches...creepy elk and deer heads (like 15 at least in this store).

Spent a full Saturday with family at our nephew's baptism and a cousin's wedding.  I really loved her backdrop and all of her decorations.
Found my lane...oh and I'm blonde now too.

We still have one more trip planned before it's backpacks and homework time.  Hopefully we can drag these two weeks out as well as try and switch out schedule to one of early mornings.  Summer sleeping in has rocked!