Month: August 2016
My little reader.
Kaitlyn created her own pull toy.
I managed to make it almost a year before Kaitlyn realized the grocery store had car carts. Now she asks for one every time and sometimes I say yes.
The Lego closet – and evidently my entryway is the lego play place.
Playing old school Nintendo with Daddy.
Just hanging out in the locker room during swim lessons for the boys.
Alex took several art classes this summer and one of them was a pottery class. He made the neatest bowl that his teacher told him to take to college (which he repeats every time he uses the bowl). The bowl is super awesome and was also in the art show last week. Alex is so excited to have it at home where he can use it.
Over the summer I asked the boys to unload the dishwasher before breakfast each morning. That chore has carried over nicely into the school year.
I think I just interrupted an important phone call..
Kaitlyn has been requesting all things potty related – books, conversation, etc. We had nothing planned today so I decided to see if she was ready to stop using diapers. She definitely understood what the potty was for and would sit on it for me, but she managed to go 6 hours without needing the potty (or a diaper). We tried again after nap and she went 4 hours without needing the potty. I’m going to say she’s not quite ready for the whole potty training thing, but when she is there will be none of this going to every public bathroom every 20 minutes.
Admiring some work from his last art class that was chosen to be in the art show.
Sneaky nap strikes again.
Painting rocks – the new best thing.
Wade got this in the mail a few weeks ago from his Aunt Sara. She obviously knows him well
I think it’s been much too long since we had a googly eye sighting.
We drove to Milwaukee for game night (for the adults) and shamelessly used the TV to keep the kids under control.
All of my children love books – thank goodness. It makes me so happy to hunt for a missing child and find her happily curled up with her books.
Walking to the bus stop – always a special treat when Daddy joins us.
Teague is definitely my baker – and Kaitlyn is his sous chef.
I told Teague before I took Kaitlyn upstairs for her nap that he should clean all the toys on the couch. When I came downstairs, I realized he found an easy work-around.
Drawing hand and feet outlines.
Playdates at our house are normal and safe – promise!
Teague is getting really good at action pictures..
This one and her dress up.
I’m not sure if Alex was ready, but I was ready to have two boys in school!
Back to school crew.
(First day for elementary.)
The only time I have ever seen these three walk down the hallway.
Wade is working hard on the tree house. His goal is to have it finished by our Halloween Party in October. The kids love to “help.”
He’s trying out a new outlook on life.
This one fought with me over my purse this morning. I finally found one that she would agree to carry instead of mine. Note that the first thing she had to put in it was her lovey.
Morning – early morning. The boys read quietly (most of the time) in their room until Wade or I comes to get them.
I can tell Wade’s been here.
Mary and I took the kids out for a playdate after school. Ice cream is always a hit!
Dad has his lap full and doesn’t mind a bit.
Another parenting first for me – giving up when my child chooses their own clothes and I don’t necessarily approve. She wanted to wear her “dress” and pitched a fit when I tried to pick out something else. I finally decided it didn’t really matter and she’d be happy.
(Of course the boys still don’t care what they wear and prefer to have me pick out their clothes.)
I can’t believe it’s that time of year – back to school! Teague starts today, Alex starts next Monday and Kaitlyn starts in a few weeks. Teague was ready and couldn’t wait to get out the door.
Kindergarten is optional in Illinois (crazy, right?). The public schools offer a 2 hour kindergarten, but we decided to keep Teague at the same school he attended last year. They offer a much smaller class (11 kids to 2 teachers), with a longer day (5.5 hours), and his best buddies from last year will be attending too!
Alex wanted to paint rocks and of course so did Kaitlyn. Thankfully Alex agreed to wear a smock so that Kaitlyn would too.
Teague starts school today. The minute Kaitlyn realized he was wearing his backpack, she ran to get hers.
This is the first time in 7 years of parenting that I have given out a bandaid without it being needed. Kaitlyn begged for it the entire day and I kept telling her, “You aren’t hurt. There’s no blood. No band-aid.” As we were driving to get Teague she kept pointing to her leg and saying “I hurt” in the sweetest little voice. She got the band-aid…
Teague met up with his two best buddies for “Meet the Teacher.” I can only imagine what this year will bring.
Sometimes life lessons are no fun.
Boxes really are the best toys.
Hoyt Pool in Milwaukee with our favorite Tosa neighbors.