Thursday, August 30, 2012

School Days . . . Week 2

     We are once again back to the old routine.  The smell of pb&j wafts through the house around 6 a.m. every morning as I start to pack lunch boxes.  I then go to Mia's room and drag her out of bed by her ankles and literally stand her up.  She then promptly falls to the floor and tries to go back to sleep.  I roll my eyes at her and turn her light on as I leave to wake the boys up.  I go to Jackson's room and usually after a few taps on the shoulder he is awake.  I make him sit up and open his eyes before I go to Parker's room.  Ahhh, Parker!  My only morning person of the bunch.  This is why I save him for last.  I sit on his bed and tap him on the shoulder.  He stretches, climbs up in my lap, gives me a big hug and says, "Good morning mommy, what's for breakfast?"  We then begin the breakfast-brush teeth-get dressed-brush hair-make beds routine.  Sometime in the middle of this craziness Everett usually wakes up ready for breakfast.  Everyone is usually ready by 7 a.m. which leaves them a few minutes to play/chill before carpool at 7:15.  Jeremy's hours have changed this week, so he has to be at work at 7 a.m. instead of 6.  The kids love getting to see him before they leave for school and vice versa.
     This week Parker had to make a person that looked like him and we wrote about a few of his favorite things.  They are doing an "All About Me" unit so everyone gets to know each other a little better.  He's never been one to want to sit down and do homework, and this project was no exception!  We finally got him to sit down and work on it the night before it was due.  Jackson, Jeremy, and I all had to help to keep him interested.

     I got to help at kindergarten this week, which I love.  The first few weeks of lunch with hundreds of 5 and 6 year olds can be pretty crazy, so a few moms always help out.  All the kids have their own lunch number that they punch into the computer, so they're trying to get used to that.  And then there's milk.  Those little cartons can be tricky, so we spend most of the time helping to open them.  I got a little teary eyed watching my sweet boy go through the lunch line and carry his tray to his table.  They get big so fast!

     This week also starts spirit day, which is usually on Friday.  It just happened that the game this week is tonight, so all the kids got to dress in their Trojan colors (red & black) for school.  Mia, ever the fashionista, wanted her face painted, so we got artistic this morning.

     Meanwhile, back at home, Everett and I are doing a lot of this:

     With our first full week of school almost behind us we are looking forward to a nice 3 day weekend.  Happy Labor Day and Roll Tide!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Days of School

     Jackson, Mia, and Parker all started school this week.  The hard lesson I've had to learn is that the older they get, the less they want mom to walk them in and take pictures!  Jackson started 5th grade and was appalled when I asked if he wanted me to walk him to class.  I did get a picture before he left with carpool, and Jeremy took a picture of all of them when they got out of the car.  He has 3 teachers this year: Mr. Jarmon, Mrs. Lockhart, and Mrs. Carpenter.  He had Mr. Jarmon last year and was so excited when he moved to 5th grade.  He hoped all summer that's who he would get, and he did!

Aliee, Haley, Max, and Jackson

     Mia started 2nd grade this time and she has Mrs. Wooten.  Jackson had her in 2nd grade and I loved her, so I was excited Mia got her.  Mia was not excited.  Not about her teacher, but that her 2 best friends from last year weren't with her this time.  She has really struggled this week with not wanting to go at all, and she wants me to take her, which looks like it will nix our carpool schedule.  I know it's hard when you don't have any of your best friends in class with you, but Mia usually makes friends fast, so I'm praying for the Lord to calm her nerves and strengthen her confidence.

Mia and Mrs. Wooten

Camryn and Mia

Kennely and Mia

     Today was Parker's very first day of kindergarten.  They split the class into thirds for the first week and they are assigned to go either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, then the whole class will be there Thursday and Friday.  That way it's not so overwhelming for the teachers or the students.  Parker has Mrs. Malone and I have heard wonderful things about her.  He also has his really good friend Maggie in his class, so he was ready to go this morning.  Jeremy met us there and we walked Parker to his class.  He found his cubby and put his stuff away and sat down to color his picture.  Just based on how preschool went last year, I know he will love kindergarten.  They also get out early this first week, so Everett and I are counting down the hours until we can pick Parker up and ask all about his day.  Meanwhile, it sure is quiet around here!

Parker and Maggie

Getting his things put away in his cubby

Parker and Mrs. Malone

Ready for his first day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ice Cream Social

     Yesterday was it.  THE last day of summer before school started this morning.  We had our first annual Back-To-School ice cream social for all the neighborhood kids.  Almost everyone showed up and brought their favorite ice cream topping.  The kids all had a blast eating and playing.  I'm sure the wake up calls were tough this morning, but I'm glad they got to squeeze in 1 last activity together before getting back to work today!

Maudie and Mia

Aliee, Anna Kate, and Mallie

Maggie and Addison
Looks like they're in serious discussion about kindergarten!

Max and Jackson

Double Trouble!

The whole gang
This is the best pic I could get. It's a tough job getting 20+ kids to look at the same time!

Friday Night Fun

     Last Friday was our last chance for sleepovers before school started this week.  Jackson spent most of the afternoon with his friends at the movies, then they came back here to spend the night.  Mia and her pals went to Mrs. Lucy's to paint owls at her "Whooo's ready for Back-To-School" paint session.  They turned out really cute!  Then they came back home with us too.  Fortunately, Parker was having a sleepover of his own at Grandma's so he wasn't around to bother the big kids.  They were all good and were glad to celebrate 1 last weekend of freedom!

Bella, Kaylee, and Mia

Jackson, Max, and Dawson

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spring/Summer Recital

     Last May, Mia's dance studio was scheduled to hold their recital.  Mrs. Laura was very pregnant at the time, and ended up having her sweet daughter earlier than she expected.  So recital was postponed and we waited all summer to see Mia's performance.  Last night was the night.  She did great, despite nerves of forgetting her dance.  All the dances were cute, and the girls all really enjoyed it.  Mia said the best parts were her sparkly costumes and getting a trophy.  I'd had her costumes put up since Spring so we didn't lose/destroy them before recital, so now she's glad they can just be for dress up.  She did a ballet and a tap dance.  I only have pics of her ballet at mom's before we left, but a sweet friend took some of the tap on stage for me.  Though I think we're taking a hiatus from dance and going back to gymnastics this year, Mia has really loved her class and especially her teacher Mrs. Laura.

Mrs. Laura

Grace and Mia after their performance

Mia's audience