Month: September 2022
This is one of the few chores Alex could do today with his poor hands.
Kaitlyn’s cheer team did great at their competition and came in 2nd.
Teague ended up babysitting quite a bit today while Wade and I attended Kaitlyn’s cheer competition.
Kaitlyn has her first cheer competition tomorrow. That means a dress rehearsal tonight. (This crazy, awkward pose was all Kaitlyn, but I love it!)
Alex decided to join some friends at the high school football game. He evidently took off running down the hill (we live minutes from the school) and quickly noticed that his shoe lace was untied. He said he was about to stop to tie it when instead he tripped and fell. To make matters worse they have completely torn up our road (down to dirt right now while they regrade). He was back at the house in minutes with blood dripping down both knees and both palms. The biggest bandages we had in the house were old eye patches so we made do.
Donuts coming right up.
Typical crazy school morning breakfast.
This kiddo had a want list a mile long today. It was getting late in the day and we still hadn’t made the M&M chocolate chip cookies. I warned him that I was heading out to dinner with some friends and we might not have time to bake the cookies but we could at least make the dough. However, the stars aligned and we got a single sheet of cookies baked – just enough for everyone in the family to have a few.
Ben and I were making cookies but Ben did allow Alex to help form the dough into balls.
A duel between a lacrosse stick and pinwheels.
As I was cooking dinner, Alex walked in and asked to help. He said he really wanted to learn to chop carrots as fast as the chefs on TV. I told him practice was the best way to learn and set him up to start.
Kaitlyn seems to come home with a new bracelet everyday. She turns them in for raffle tickets for a drawing done each week at school by the principal. You earn the bracelets for acts of kindness, which I love to hear.
The current craziness that is my kitchen.
Tonight Wade and I had Back to School Night for Teague. I left the big boys in charge of the baked potatoes. They were having a little too much fun poking the holes as I was leaving…
Doesn’t everyone do homework in a bejeweled fox mask?
I have had a ton of afternoon/evening meetings lately so this guy has gotten a lot of extra iPad time.
Ben and Kaitlyn started swim lessons at a new place – Goldfish swim school in the middle of last year. Instead of having to wait to move up to a new level at the end of a session, the enrollment is continuous and you move up to a new level as you pass requirements. Kaitlyn has moved up several levels in the last year. Ben has not moved up a single level. I was determined to work with him in the pool this summer and with me he would put his face in the water and swim without a floaty. (Note here that he has no problem with water in his face. He just has no desire to put his face in the water while kicking.) Today his teacher worked miracles.
Not only did he put his face in the water and swim, but he passed his requirements to move on to the next level!
Homework in his favorite place.
They wait for each other as they get off the bus and then race to the house. It’s the cutest.
The cutest napping duo.
This year all of Kaitlyn’s soccer games are at 3 on Sunday. I love that the time never changes and I don’t have to constantly look at a schedule. That also means we are the only two teams on the entire field, which I have never seen before. Kaitlyn’s coach said he had requested the latest game time to accommodate all the girls’ schedules. It’s kind of nice!
Sunday roundup – minus Kaitlyn. She went straight from church to a birthday party.
Ben got invited to his first birthday party from a school friend. He was so excited to pick out the present and even more excited to attend.
Evenings with the boys.
Pepper isn’t the smartest dog we have had, but she has figured out routines. She knows who feeds her and who doesn’t. She won’t bug me at all for food because I don’t offer her snacks or ever fill her dog bowl. However, the minute Kaitlyn sits down to eat she starts pawing at her leg to be fed. (This only occurs on the days that Alex sleeps late and she hasn’t already eaten.)
Bedhead and scrambled eggs.
Today was our yearly Back to School Picnic for the two elementary schools. I’m on the PTG board so I spent most of the day helping organize and most of the evening manning the table, but it was a lot of fun! I love seeing everyone get together and have a great time.
Ice cream at the Back to School Picnic
Flavored ice at the Back to School Picnic.
When asked, Ben was excited at the idea of playing soccer this fall. When it came time to actually get dressed and go to the field….Well then it was another story. He wasn’t so sure about the whole thing. In the end, he went with a good attitude and did last the full 45 minutes. However, I maintain 30 minutes would be much better.
I went to bed while Alex was still up working on Spanish homework that he conveniently forgot until bedtime.
Teague chose a spontaneous nap over discussing his choice not to do homework. (It’s been a day…)
Ben has been asking to play this mini Pac-Man game constantly.
Ben came in my room this morning to wake me up (which he never does) because his eye hurt. We tried drops, a shower, a nap, and a call to the eye doctor. Ultimately, Ben stayed home from school and the eye slowly got better as the day went on. He alternated being fine and laying on the floor crying in pain. We never heard back from the doctor, but after a 3 hour nap, the eye seemed fine.
Video games with Daddy!
Video games with Daddy. Wade said Ben was hilarious. Ben and Wade were supposed to be on a team together but at the last minute Ben hit the wrong button and switched himself to the other team, but didn’t realize it. Then he would get mad when Wade killed him in the game (it’s a fruit ninja game). But he would get even more excited when Wade killed the other bad or Ben would even sometimes forget which fruit he was and get excited for the wrong reasons.
Ben has been begging me to cut the watermelon for days. I finally cut it and he ate and ate and ate.
This boy is staying up later and later – just like his dad. Tonight I told him goodnight while he was still roaming the house.
Just killing time.
Math homework (flashcards) online. Life is crazy..
Ben styled this look and then requested the picture.
If only all cookie dough were presented to me this way….
Just doing a little yardwork.