Oh this dog loves us (and tolerates so much).
Month: May 2016
Waiting on bedtime books.
Their mom has a thing for red, white, and blue.
We spent the day in Milwaukee with friends. We ate, we laughed, we played. It was a perfect Memorial Day.
I convinced everyone to get together for a group shot this year!
Today’s family activity was bowling. The boys loved it and Kaitlyn was fascinated. It actually makes me miss my one year on a bowling league while I worked at the Patent Office in DC. (Those were the days….)
Summer is the neighborhood kids building a spy club in your front yard and even convincing the oldest kid to join in too. (By the way, Teague doesn’t have a coat rack – it’s a bazooka.)
Monkey see. Monkey do.
We love our beach days – especially when we’re the only ones there!
Kaitlyn’s first time in the boat. She was just a little excited.
To really get summer going, we convinced Wade to join us at the beach. The boys loved having him and Kaitlyn got her first ride in the boat.
Alone time? Unwinding? What’s that?
I’m going to go ahead and call this a parenting win simply because she isn’t using her hands to eat it straight out of the big bowl. Bonus points that she is using the serving spoon to try to fill her own bowl.
Kaitlyn couldn’t stand not being in the end of year pictures.
At some point I noticed the marks on Teague’s arm and the conversation we had went like this.
Me: Teague did you draw on your arm?
Teague: No, Goose. It’s a map.
My new favorite picture of Kaitlyn and me – taken by Alex.
Alex’s last day of school was today. We did pictures in the morning and then Maria had some awesome after school traditions we joined in. Evidently the kids are met at the bus stop by Moms and siblings with silly string! Everyone knew was what coming except for Alex. He actually took it pretty well and I thought it was an excellent idea.
Then we headed up to Maria’s back deck for ice cream and water balloons. The kids had a wonderful last day of school and I am officially ready for summer!
To wrap up Alex’s school year here is a first day and last day comparison:
Books. We all love them. Alex’s teacher is evidently getting rid of some rather sorry looking paperbacks. Not to fear, Alex brought them all home.
Kaitlyn was already dressed when I got myself ready. The minute she saw me put on my denim shirt she ran to her room and came running back with her jean jacket. She’ll always want to dress like me, right?
Today Teague had his last day of school in preK. We decided to celebrate big. There were lots of pictures (of course) and the school provided popsicles. Then Mary and I loaded up the kids for lunch at Lindy’s Landing. (A place where we can eat outside and the kids can play in the sand. Best idea ever!)
Then we had a crazy evening of a babysitter not showing up, a rush to dinner with Kaitlyn in tow, and off to Teague’s preschool graduation. As you can see from the pictures, he handles being in the spotlight quite well.
To wrap up the school year here is a first day and last day comparison:
The countdown to the end of school continues. Want to guess what today was at Teague’s school?
Alex and I started reading a new series together.
Swim lessons with a best buddy.
She still pulls everything out of the cabinets, but at least now she knows how to work the puzzles.
We always seem to have some extra time in the mornings and usually spend the extra minutes outside at the bus stop. Some days Alex is a little too wild and crazy so today I convinced him to bring a book. Kaitlyn also realized the boys both have her favorite kind of clip to fasten (the chest clip on all backpacks) on their backpacks. They were kind enough to let her clip it over and over and would undo theirs while she went to clip the other boy’s.
If Alex didn’t have blue hair for crazy hair day, this might be one of my all time favorite pictures of walking to the bus stop.
Kaitlyn still has only a few words. Her only animal sound is “quack” and she loves to show it off. That might be why this duck is one of her favorite toys. She loves to walk it around the house saying, “Quack. Quack.”
First beach day of the season.
These two were determined to play in the water. I think they were rushing warm weather a little, but it was fun to take their pictures.
We kind of have a Saturday morning tradition of Cinnamon Toast.
I opened my freezer to find….
The craziness of a life with boys.
Kaitlyn sleeps with 3 blankets, 3 or 4 stuffed animals, 5 or 6 loveys, and 1 baby doll. She rarely every asks for something to leave the crib, but if she wants something it is always this particular blanket.
This one has a personality all her own. I predict the next few years are going to be filled with many, many battles but lots of laughs.
– The hat was all her own idea, but definitely cute enough to leave.
After school bubble blowing.
Taking her baby shopping.
This is life. Kaitlyn was adamant about wearing a too small winter puffy vest with only a diaper and a yellow hair bow. They all wanted seconds on fruit for breakfast but wanted it out of the big bowl – why not?
Today was blue day at Teague’s school and he didn’t just want to wear blue. He really, really wanted blue hair. I had tried to find blue hair chalk or temporary blue hair dye online but found nothing. I tried to prep him that his dark hair might make blue hair hard. The night before I sent Wade to Walgreens for blue hairspray (remembering when we used some on Madison – see here). Amazingly, it worked! Teague was so happy.
Frogs. We love to catch frogs.
(They might get this from me.)
She wants to be just like her big brother.
This picture always makes me do a slight double take. Backwards day at school today – part of the countdown to the end of the year.
These little explorers spent all afternoon exploring the woods.