Alex didn’t mind Spanish class last year. This year it is kicking his butt. He would say mostly due to the teacher. He’s determined to do well on his next quiz.
Month: May 2023
Teague has settled right back into life at home. More sleep and more chores.
After dinner shenanigans.
I opened my backdoor to find….a cowboy lacrosse player?
Wade has been building some signs for the school FunFair on Saturday. He was adding another layer of paint this afternoon and the littles wanted to help. Since it was only the first coat of color, Wade decided to let the kids have a turn. Ben was so frustrated that he couldn’t spray on his own, but he was determined to try. Kaitlyn just had fun with it.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day started with breakfast in bed. Kaitlyn evidently got up extremely early to make me donuts (a Raddish recipe). Wade joined her at some point to help put them in the oven and hep cut the pear.
Then we were off to church where a flower bar had been prepared for all the ladies. The kids made pictures frames in Sunday School and then Wade took me out to lunch. The boys treated me to dinner. Alex made fajitas and Teague made a chocolate chip pie.
The late afternoon Wade and I spent at Kaitlyn’s soccer game.
Ben and I got to soccer practice about 20 minutes early today. He requested some photos on the bleachers and of course I said yes. I love the poses that he came up with!
I looked up from cooking dinner to find these two kiddos helping Wade out with his branch cutting.
Teague loves drawing his nightly shower out as long as possible so that Kaitlyn and Ben have to wait on him to brush their teeth.
Kaitlyn brought out her lemonade stand on this glorious day.
Ben came home from soccer practice to find a lemonade stand in our driveway. He couldn’t wait to jump in and help.
Teague returned home today from a week at Camp Cody in Freedom, NH. We had gotten a few pictures during the week, but no actual contact with Teague. Wade and I were at the school to pick him up when he got off the bus and we couldn’t wait to hear all about it. He was rather blasé about it, but seemed to have had a good time.
Alex was bored today and begging for chores. I had no trouble coming up with a few for him.
Some of Teague’s favorites – monkey and a good book.
Kaitlyn started a new book series and is already quite engrossed.
Ben and I built a robot this morning!
Kaitlyn was very excited when her latest box arrived from Raddish kids. It had a recipe for Pork Bao Buns and Kaitlyn has been begging nightly to make them. Tonight Kaitlyn made the Buns and I made the Chinese Sticky Rice.
Today’s picture from Nature’s Classroom.
The littlest baseball players are always a hoot to wrangle on the baseball field. The only question is what will distract them. Tonight it was the dust. The kids played in it. The kids kicked it up when they ran. They loved it. The poor adults tried so hard to redirect the kids, but it truly was a losing battle and it made for some fun pictures.
I was laughing at Alex drinking his 2 Liter. He pointed out how practical it was. Evidently, this drink was $1.69 (store brand) compared to a can of Sprite which is over $2. I just shook my head and laughed at being a 14 year old boy.
From his face, I’m going to guess Teague didn’t love the all day hike.
These two are, without a doubt, up to no good. I’m pretty sure KitKat knows it too.
This cool dude is patiently waiting for me to get his morning reading done. (We tried this almost a year ago and then put it on hold due to lack of interest. Thankfully, this time around Ben is very interested and attentive.)
Ben was so excited to have his own playdate today. Lucy came over for the morning and stayed for lunch. These two always play well together and today was no exception. They spent most of the day outside with little time inside for various activities. Lunch was the cutest. We made two types of macaroni and cheese, which Ben then combined with frozen peas. They had peppers and hummus on the side with milk. They chatted and ate an then were off to play outside.
With the latest software put on his school computer, Alex has been able to do very little and has been very grumpy. Today he evidently found a game that he can play and life is much happier.
Teague showed up in the pictures taken by the teachers!
Afternoon iPad time.
I definitely didn’t know Little League was going to be multiple nights a week when we signed up. I was thinking more like 1 time slot a week, similar to soccer. The schedule is twice a week – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (but only two of those days). Thankfully the games move quickly and so far Ben is enjoying the practice. His coaches seem to have quite a bit of patience – thank goodness!
Alex decided he was bored this afternoon and wanted to cook. He went through the Raddish recipes and decided to make the Cinnamon Star Bread. He did an excellent job and we all enjoyed the treat.
We had Teague at school bright and early this morning – 7:15 am. He was packed and ready for a week at Nature’s Classroom. He, his classmates, and his teachers are spending a week in New Hampshire doing all kinds of fun things. I won’t hear from him till Friday, but I’m hoping to see him in pictures the teachers send.
Lately, everyone has been bringing their favorite lovey/blanket to breakfast.
Kaitlyn hasn’t played a soccer game in several weeks – first an off week, then a couple rain outs. Today they were playing makeup game and it was obvious all the girls were ready to play. Kaitlyn scored a goal in the second half and then she was on fire! Fairly quickly she scored a second goal! I love to see her so proud of herself.
Ben is always a little crazy at church. He does fairly well sitting with us during the service. Sometimes he wants to go down to the nursery after the Children’s message and sometimes he is content with all the fun items I have in my bag of tricks. Recently he decided it is his job to sign the entire family in the pew register, but that only takes a few minutes.
Today, he made himself well known to the entire church (again). The youth director had all the children up front and was giving the children’s message. She started by talking about macaroni and cheese. She pointed out if you want to cook it, the directions are on the back. She had a few other similar examples of where you find directions. Then she asked the question, “What do you need to do if you want to go to Heaven?” Ben immediately piped up (loudly), “You die.”
The entire church burst out laughing. He was of course completely correct and is still a little too young to say things entirely for humor’s sake. Looking back, the youth director probably should have worded that question a little differently, but her children’s message won’t be soon forgotten thanks to Ben.
This is Alex’s preferred method of toasting bread – especially for sandwhiches.
Teague decided to make cinnamon donut holes this morning – everybody’s favorite.
Saturday morning snuggles.
Good buddies playing tball together.
Ben ended up with both tball and soccer scheduled for the same time this morning. I let him choose where we spent our time. He chose tball so off we went to a little league jamboree. The teams were very light on players, so I am assuming most of the boys went to soccer (there is a lot of overlap on those two sports). There were six stations set up and the six teams rotated between the six stations. It seemed like a great way to work on skills and everything moved pretty quickly so the kids rarely had a chance to get bored.
Then it was home for lunch and a nap for Ben. I started some yard work and Kaitlyn got ready for her playdate. Olivia arrived and they played inside and outside, repeat. They were into everything but had a great time. They did request to bake a cake so of course – chocolate cake.
Alex being Alex.
Pizza for dinner tonight. We made three so Teague was nice enough to help me with the dough.
Today we planted raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
Ben found an ant and was very mad when he found out it couldn’t come inside to live in his room.
I got to chaperone Kaitlyn’s field trip today. The entire second grade was going to the theater to see the Pout Pout Fish. Overall, I had a great time. The play was adorable and the kids had a fantastic time. I didn’t count on the noise. The bus was loud (but didn’t really bother me). The entire theater was full of school children from various schools and so LOUD. I knew quite a few of the chaperones so we had a text chain going before the play started. We also agreed that a lunch out (Mexican themed due to today’s date) was going to be much needed!
I got Ben’s tball pictures sent today. Ben looks pretty excited to be holding that bat.