VBS this week!
Month: June 2016
Kaitlyn loves to point out everyone she knows on this board.
Kaitlyn was working hard to convince me these guys needed a nap too. She put them so gently on her pillow and snuggled in beside them.
I heard them hit the floor about two seconds after I got downstairs and turned on the monitor.
Nice friends at the beach gave the boys a ride in their big blue boat.
Of course she wanted to bring a lovey to the beach. And it had to be the white one.
Our neighbors sleep a little later than we do (hello 6:45). I’ve given my kids strict instructions not to start calling for Leah to come play until I give the okay. Well today I learned that Alex figured out a “work around.” He attached a sign to his arrow and shoots it through the path in the woods. Dave was in the hot tub and evidently heard it land near their back deck. Hilarious! Even better is Alex evidently did this around 7 am while I was fixing breakfast.
The new rule is no going outside until Mom approves it!
Alex still spends every spare moment reading his two Minecraft books. It would make more sense to me if he at least asked to play the games occasionally….
Daddy’s home. Tackle!
Teague got this V-tech monkey as a gift when we brought him home from Korea. It was played with but only occasionally. Kaitlyn has definitely made me glad we never got rid of it. She loves to dress this monkey.
Today was the FARE Walk in Milwaukee. The kids and I drove up to walk and support Iris. She had a great group!
Then it was back to the Stroud’s house for food and fun. Iris and Kaitlyn shared a plate and tried to feed each other. Teague and Grant rode everything on wheels all afternoon. (Grant wearing his new conductor outfit.) I barely saw Alex or the other big boys.
Star Spangled Banner.
(Alex still has a little trouble with his right and left.)
Oh 66th St., we’ve missed you.
She was so excited to get her own controller.
Teague had a Lego Birthday Party to attend today. What fun!
This one is becoming so independent. Sometimes it’s incredibly helpful and sometimes it blows my mind that he’s that capable!
More and more this one is exploring the dress up trunk.
I took this picture specially to remind me of her habit of getting a pillow before she lays down on the floor to pitch a fit.
(Comfort first – always.)
We have had some workers in lately to do a few odd jobs. Our favorite, by far, was the man doing the drywall in the boys’ new room. He was so polite and great with the kids. After the first day he would do a magic trick for the kids every day when he left. Today was his last day and he did one last trick before saying good-bye.
Teague and Kaitlyn were playing upstairs when I heard a “real” cry from Kaitlyn. I went upstairs to check it out. I found her in her room with the door shut and Teague standing outside in the hallway. I asked him what happened and he couldn’t exactly explain it but it was obvious she got hurt and most likely it was his fault. I opened the door to find small drops of blood. I scooped her up and couldn’t immediately find a source of the blood. I opened her mouth thinking that was the most logical place and then realized it was her foot. Oh her poor foot. Evidently she was in the room and Teague was out and they were fighting over an open door versus a closed door. (Which is why in our our house we aren’t allowed to play with doors.) I’m pretty sure she’s going to loose her big toenail.
After Kaitlyn got calmed down she was really excited to get her first bandaid.
We are headed to Sam’s Club, a 20 minute drive away. I was happy to see everyone packed reading material.
Alex’s goal these days is to catch fish. His favorite method is usually a bucket and ritz crackers. He’s quite successful most of the time.
Schools’s been out a few weeks. I finally decided to tackle the mound of paperwork I let build up ALL YEAR. I confess I didn’t throw a single paper away during the entire year. Tonight I went through every single paper for both boys and picked a few drawings, a few writings, and a few special pieces to keep. Everything else is going in the recycling outside before they wake up and can suddenly demand to keep it!
As I was sorting, I ran across this “postcard” from Teague. He was so proud when he learned all the letters in my name.
“Don’t worry Mom. They aren’t real.”
Cut. Cut. Cut.
(It’s her favorite thing to do lately and now she realized there are kid knives in the drawer.)
She heard the beeper and before I could get to the kitchen she had my oven mitts on. Thankfully she has no interest in opening the oven.
Kaitlyn can take her shoes off, but can’t put on her shoes. This makes it difficult to change shoes the twenty million times a day she would like. Today she convinced Teague to help her put on a new pair.
I wonder where she got this idea? (see here)
Another benefit to having Gram in town is her green thumb. She helped me get my pots planted for the backdeck. (Or rather she helped me pick the plants and the kids helped us plant them.)
Wade and I left Gram in charge and snuck out the backdoor for a quick date night.
Snuggles with Gram.
Today started my three day garage sale. My neighbor coordinated a neighborhood-wide garage sale and it sounded like a great idea to get rid of so many unwanted items. Then I realized there was no way I could have a garage sale and watch Kaitlyn. (I might could have handled the boys.) My Mom was nice enough to agree to come for a visit and watch Kaitlyn while I sold $2 items. Kaitlyn did check out all the items before approving them for sale.
The race is on between Madison’s ability to stay and Kaitlyn’s attention span when it comes to cleaning up her mess. (Too bad the spill involves raisins which Madison can’t eat. Otherwise it’d just end up being a nice treat for her.)
This summer it turns out that all of my kids like cherries. Alex still eats the most in a sitting. He’s my champ cherry eater.
I walked into the kitchen to find Teague eating breakfast with his toes!?!
Kaitlyn couldn’t wait to help Gram with the replanting.