Teague ended up babysitting quite a bit today while Wade and I attended Kaitlyn’s cheer competition.
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.
A duel between a lacrosse stick and pinwheels.
The current craziness that is my kitchen.
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!
The cutest napping duo.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Ben styled this look and then requested the picture.
Ben and his style choices..
Rally Sunday at church today!
Both Kaitlyn and Ben have made up their own rules to Clue and love to play. Gram is awesome enough to humor them.
This boy and his iPad…
I knew Ben had been a little too quiet for a little too long. Then he appeared with a green finger and was so proud of himself!
Ben has spent lots of free time coloring lately and has come a long way. He can almost stay in the lines when he wants to. Now if I could only get him to use a coloring book instead of demanding a custom printed coloring page every time the whim strikes him.
First day of preschool for Ben.
Wade decided to make dinner a little more interesting tonight. He was trying to teach the kids how to balance a spoon on their nose and it spiraled from there. (Kaitlyn really missed out by being at cheer practice.)
Tonight we practiced hidden talents.
Kaitlyn and Teague decided to cook donuts for breakfast. Ben was offering his help but nobody took him up on it.
It seemed like the perfect weekend for an outdoor movie night. Alex had some friends over and Teague joined in the fun. The little kids were a little jealous. Wade and I gave them the choice of a movie night with us or some iPad time. You can see which one they picked.
Ben has become Wade’s little buddy and they often run errands together on Saturdays.
After three days of school, the kids have off both Friday and Monday. Since Wade doesn’t get back in town till late tonight, I told the kids we were spending the day hiking but I’d treat them to ice cream afterwards. This has been planned all week, and all seemed agreeable. Alex had some hesitation this morning, but quickly turned it around. We actually all had a lot of fun.
Morning on the couch.
Movie night made more special by a parenting first – Ben but not one, but two popcorn kernels up his nose. Who knew age four was going to be so much more challenging than age two?
We have had a lot of trouble with Ben taking things from Kaitlyn’s room. One of the items that he keeps taking is babies and baby items. Kaitlyn agreed to let Ben have her babies in the hopes of keeping him out of her room. Today we went and bought this bunk bed to help store the babies in his room.
Today it was Ben’s turn to meet his teacher for the new school year. We met Ms. Laura and she seems great. We ran into some old friends from Kaitlyn’s first ballet class and their son is going to be in Ben’s class too. He seems ready for school and I know I won’t mind having our regular schedule in place!
He always puts his own tweak on everything – even bedtime attire.
One last movie night before school starts tomorrow.
Sunday afternoon snuggles.
Saturday morning cartoons.
Ben has been begging Alex to draw him a pirate ship. Alex finally gave in today.
Today Kaitlyn, Ben, and I joined some friends at a place we had never been. It’s a combination splash pad and small beach. It was perfect for our group.
We checked out a new beach/splash pad today and had a blast.
This boy loves his tomatoes.
I sent Ben upstairs to change clothes. He was gone a suspiciously long time so I went to investigate. When I tried to hurry him along, his response was, “This is a good part. I only have a few more pages.” He’s definitely my child!
Ben convinced Kaitlyn to play dolls this morning and it was adorable. She had hers all boxed up and got it down out of her closet to play with him. Kaitlyn even helped “Little Ben” get dressed.
I left this one in the upstairs bathroom with his clothes and instructions to get dressed. When I turned around, this is what I saw. (Ben has a real problem with “listening.”)
Today was a wonderful, lazy Sunday. We spent most of the day outside and the kids joined us for most of the afternoon. Kaitlyn has been loving the speaker Wade hooked up to her iPad. Now she carries both with her everywhere so she can listen to her music constantly (usually soundtracks to the Zombie and Descendant movies).