Alex joins us late at night at Gram’s house just like at home. Tonight the boys played video games while Mom and I talked and prepped for tomorrow.
Mornings at Gram’s are very slow and relaxed.
Late night snacks at Gram’s are always in great supply.
It should surprise no one that our first stop of the day was Waffle House!
Alex’s bedroom is on the second floor but his bathroom is on the first floor. Every morning he runs up the stairs in his towel and I get a kick out of it. (Of course, I am a get-dressed-in-the-bathroom kind of person.)
Because we will be gone on Ben’s birthday, we had our own celebration today. (You can just feel the excitement a 13 year old feels while watching a 4-soon-to-be-5 year old open presents.)
9:02 pm (The homework was supposed to be done immediately after school.)
When I took Alex shopping for clothes this fall, I learned that he loved purple. I have no idea if this was a new thing, or simply that it’s an “in” color and now easy to find purple clothes.
Alex traded coding time for cooking dinner. I am enjoying these deals more and more.
Saturday chore lists.
This is 13.
We ended up with another bird in the house (see here), but this one was not my fault. This bird flew in the front door tonight when Wade opened the door. Alex blocked off the main opening, and I got a chair and blocked off the space between the door and the ceiling. Wade used a broom to convince the bird to fly towards the door. Thankfully the bird did choose to fly outside!
It was agreed that cookies were needed. Alex volunteered to bake.
Family movie night – A League of Their Own.
Alex has been looking for extra jobs in exchange for extra electronics time to code. Tonight I traded him cooking dinner for time to code.
He likes to pretend he is shocked and upset by the chores on his Saturday chore list.
Alex decided to start eating breakfast again. The breakfast of choice is English muffins because he can eat them while he walks to school.
Alex was having a blast trying to pelt Ben with those two balls. (This is why Ben built the pillow shield.)
It has always amused me (in a good way) that Alex makes his bed every day. It is not made exactly the way I would do it, but HE MAKES HIS BED without being asked.
That is the face of a kid excited to do morning chores!
Alex being Alex.
Alex decided to go to church youth group at the last minute – which required a costume. We came up with a “burglar.”
Trunk or Treat at the church.
My yard was full of teenagers today. Alex informed me he only knew half of them and really wanted them to leave so he could code (his new project). I told him he should go make some new friends.
Alex was my babysitter tonight and this is what that looks like in our house.
It’s a rare morning that all four of my kids are in the kitchen at the same time.
We were all doing a million things and needed some help in the kitchen. Alex jumped in to trim the chicken.
He and I were both laughing that the majority of his pictures are of him doing chores or on his computer, but those are the main reasons he comes out of his room these days…
I tried to be on top of things and take the Sunday picture before church – nobody liked that idea (even if I did get a few smiles).
I tried to convince all the kids to play in the leaves. This is what Alex gave me before heading back inside.
Alex hung out with me while I cooked dinner tonight and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Alex had an accident and broke his monitor. The new one arrived today and he was absolutely giddy.
Alex was so excited to get the new phone case he picked out.
Teague brought this game home as a Fun Run prize and convinced Alex to play.
It’s been a really busy afternoon. Alex was bored. Teague was tired of waiting for me to get to his homework. Alex decided to go ahead and check the homework. Hilarity ensued.
Party cleanup underway.
Pumpkin carving time!
Poor Alex – here we go again. At least he knows this is the last round of bands for his braces.
Kaitlyn wanted popcorn and needed a little help with the microwave. Alex decided to give her an important life lesson on how to pop popcorn.
Leftover night so we decided to teach Alex to make quesadillas out of leftover chicken.
Wade gave Alex this sweatshirt and I laugh every time he wears it. The back says “coach” and Wade wore it to coach Alex’s soccer team the year we lived in Kansas. Alex was 5 years old that year.
Today church looked like this. (Note – Ben is my backrub kid. It’s one of the few times he wants to sit still.)
This is why it’s really nice to have a “real” photographer take the pictures sometimes.
Juggling all of the things.
Teague actually did the cooking, but he let Alex do the cleanup.
These two found a new game to play.