Wade and I had a date night planned for tonight. We got the kids started on their dinner before we left. The instructions were they had to have a vegetable with their main dish (anything they wanted – leftover, pizza, Mac & cheese, etc). Alex chose black beans and loves to make me cringe by eating them cold straight from the fridge.
Month: September 2023
Teague’s chore list included washing his sheets. When I was turning off the lights to go to bed tonight, I happened to notice that the washing machine was full. I transferred all of Teague’s sheets and quilt to the dryer but I wondered where he was sleeping and what he was sleeping on. Above you can see the answer.
Every season change, we have to do a little trying on of old clothes to see what fits or what needs to be bought. Kaitlyn normally does this with the least complaining, but even her patience normally runs out before we are done.
I have no idea what game was being played, but it was hilarious to watch him cocoon himself in the umbrella.
We had horrible rain all day yesterday. Kaitlyn’s soccer game late this afternoon has already been cancelled. Ben’s hour of practice/game continued as scheduled. The fields were muddy but there was no rain. Ben obviously loves soccer, but he was not interested in listening to his coaches. (Especially when they wanted him to take a time out to let another player have time on the field.) He was very focused on trying to get a goal and very disappointed when he personally didn’t get one and when his team didn’t do as well as their opponents.
More pictures from the last cross country meet! I was so excited to get an email with links to additional pictures from yesterday’s meet.
Alex missed out on the chocolate chip muffins Kaitlyn made recently. (There were only two left when he finally got up.) Today he decided to make a batch all for himself.
Normal evening craziness.
The school posted this photo today and I asked Ben about the circumstances behind it. He said he was giving the thumbs up in response to how he felt about the Mac & Cheese Pizza.
The cross country team had its third meet today. Three teams met up in Auburn, walked the course, and then ran all together. Teague ran a great race and thinks he knocked several minutes off his best time. That would be amazing considering his hurt foot (courtesy of a lego injury last night). We should get exact times from his coach soon and I’ll update this post. We do know Teague came in 55th out of three schools combined.
Race time – 17:23 (1.6 miles)
Cross Country Meet.
Monkey Balloon Pop – everybody’s favorite evening game.
Alex’s perfect half-day. Music and popcorn.
Ben got really excited during lunch to use his sight word cards to create a “story” (otherwise known as a sentence).
Half-days are always crazy. I feel like Alex is coming home just after I got Ben out the door. Then poor Ben doesn’t get off the bus till 1 and is starving for his lunch.
Today Kaitlyn had a playdate. Alex had a friend show up at our house and they disappeared toward the middle of town. Teague then showed up at our house with two friends and one little sister, who happened to be friends with Kaitlyn and her friend. There were people coming and going all afternoon, but a lot of fun was had!
Ben brought home this drawing today and I thought it perfectly depicted our weekend at Apex. He drew his favorite game – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). I also loved that he worked so hard on his writing. He is writing every change he gets.
For humor’s sake:
I have no idea who Jac is – there were no kids named Jac and nobody in the TMNT game with that name.
The writing on the left says – “I went to the arcade”
The drawing on the right shows a dice game. You roll the black dice and get an amount of tickets corresponding to what you roll. I have no idea what the person is saying.
This is homecoming week at the high school. I’m pretty sure today is the only even Alex will participate in – Pajama Day.
Teague has now added cream cheese to the grocery list three times. I’m not sure if he doesn’t realize it or he is annoyed that I haven’t been to the grocery in the last two days.
Kaitlyn convinced me to buy the “special” Lucky Charms. She was so excited to see the dragon marshmallows transform she even wanted to put milk in her cereal. She hasn’t had milk in a couple of years (in any form).
Ben has been carrying around a pile of Raddish recipes for a week or so that he desperately wants to cook. Top on his list is Family Fun Fondue. Tonight we finally made it happen, but of course Ben added his own flair.
Kaitlyn’s staff (from last Halloween) has been living in the kitchen all week. Alex decided to take possession and carried it “close” all evening.
Sometimes Mom makes you eat fruit with your breakfast.
Some days, your brother’s toys are just better.
Super Ben – wrist bands courtesy of his prize tickets at Apex yesterday.
(Yes, he wore them to school too.)
Ben has had quite the weekend. He had one birthday party yesterday and another today – both at the same place! He was very excited to return to Apex today for a new friend’s party. This one was quite a bit bigger than yesterday’s but equal fun! Ben loved playing with his new friends and the Pokemon theme was perfect.
We got home right before the downpour to find Alex had friends over. It wasn’t long before the three goofballs were outside playing in the rain…
Our weekends in the fall are always busy. In the morning Kaitlyn has cheer practice and Ben has soccer. This morning, I got up at 7 to find that Kaitlyn was already up and had muffins (from her princess cookbook) already mixed and ready to go in the oven.
The weather was supposed to be horrible, but the rain held off most of the day. Ben had soccer practice and is continuing to love it. He and the other kiddos on his team ran around and had a great hour on the soccer field.
We had a couple hours of downtime and then Ben had a birthday party for one of his preschool friends. He had such a great time seeing his buddies from last year.
This is what after school looks like. One making a snack. One cleaning up from a snack. One doing homework.
Ben being Ben.
Tonight was the elementary school’s Back to School picnic. I had to be there early to help out. Teague agreed to come and watch Ben. Alex stayed home (he is officially too old and none of his friends even have siblings attending). Wade took Kaitlyn to soccer and they left early to come to the picnic. Eventually we all met up and had a quick picnic dinner together and the kids had a treat from the ice cream truck.
I was shocked to hear Alex actually talking on the phone tonight – normally he’s a texting only kind of guy.
Our school had its annual back to school picnic tonight. There was an ice cream truck so of course the kids got dessert. The cotton candy was bigger than their heads!
Teague had his first away cross country meet. He was required to ride the bus with the other students and the parents met the students at Oxford. I’m not sure why, but this meet was really slow to start. Due to the nature of this particular course, the girls and boys had to run separately, which also made this meet much longer. I was supposed to be at Ben’s back to school night at 5:30, but I realized the only way I was going to make it was if I left immediately after Teague finished and didn’t cheer on the girls. Teague wanted to leave with me and I’ll know to allow plenty of time next time just in case.
Because most of the course was in the woods, we only saw the boys at the very beginning and very end of the race. I knew Teague was almost the last runner but I didn’t know the full story till I got the below in an email from the coach.
TEAGUE BURCH: Teague sacrificed his own time to assist the last-place Oxford runner, who was struggling to finish. Teague talked him up and encouraged him all the way through to the finish line. If you were there, you remember.
Race Time – 24:33 (1.7 miles)
These three had some big kid gaming after the littles were in bed.
Another Cross Country meet today. Teague said this school had a true cross country course – through the woods and everything.
Kaitlyn checked out the princess cookbook from the school library (again). She really wanted to try almost every recipe but settled for just a few. Tonight we made Fa Family Lo Mein.
Bus stop reading.
A few days ago, Ben saw Pepper drinking water from the toilet. It bothered him quite a bit for some reason. Today he decided to do something about it. Now there are signs outside each bathroom showing dogs aren’t allowed to drink out of the toilet.
Sneaky nap struck again.
We are finally getting the tree in the backyard cut and the kids were so excited to watch.
Kaitlyn waits all year for the pumpkin bread from Pepperidge Farm. It’s normally sold from September to November and I stock up in November so that she can have it through December. This year she seems to be particularly worried about having enough and her brothers keep eating it too. To make everyone happy, I just wait for it to go on sale (which it does periodically) and then buy all that a store has. Kaitlyn is still rather unhappy when someone else has a piece, but we definitely aren’t going to run out anytime soon!
It has rained all day today. Three of my children wore raincoats. Guess which one refused?