Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The First Day of School–The Real Story

It was back to school for Trenton and Charlotte today!

Trenton is in first grade this year and Charlotte is in kindergarten. 

I wrote the sappy “my kid is going to kindergarten” post on my Facebook page last week (along with a cute video).

So today I’m giving y’all the non-sappy real story version of how our first day went.

I’ll start the story off with yesterday evening when I took first day of school pictures.  Yep, you read that right.  I take these pictures the evening before school because I know the morning of is probably going to be crazy.

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Taking pictures last night definitely helped out this morning.  We’ve been working with Trenton on tying his shoelaces, and yesterday it finally clicked!  But that meant that he wanted to do it all by himself this morning and it was a bit slow.

I had lunches, snacks, and water bottles prepped and ready to go though, so even with shoes taking a little longer than normal, we were still able to get out the door and out to the bus stop five minutes early.

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But the bus was apparently earlier than we were!

Thankfully I had already planned on going up to the school to snap some pictures there and to see the kids walk off into the school with their classes.  Yes, I’m totally that mom!

We got to school, and I wanted to get a picture of Trenton and Charlotte together.  I had them all set up and noticed that Charlotte didn’t have her backpack on.  She had forgotten it in the car, so back to the car we marched to get it.  Charlotte grabbed her backpack, and as she came past me and I turned to close the car door, the camera that I had on my shoulder bonked her in the head.

So this is how the picture of Trenton and Charlotte together turned out.

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And when I took Charlotte up to where her class was lined up, her teacher came over to give her a hug and comfort her.  I had to explain that Charlotte really was excited about kindergarten, but mom-of-the-year had just whopped her in the head with the camera. 

Thankfully she recovered quickly, and was ready to march off into the school with the rest of her classmates!

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I couldn’t wait to hear how the first day of school went when the kids got home.  They came bolting off the bus down the sidewalk to where I was.  They both had great days and can’t wait to go back tomorrow.  What more could a mom ask for? 

Here’s to what will hopefully be a fabulous school year!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Color Vibe 2015 Recap

Trenton and Jarrod are away this weekend at Cub Scout camp.  Charlotte feels left out when Trenton gets to do things that she doesn’t, so I knew I needed to find something special for us to do.

And what’s more fun than a five year old and her 24-week pregnant mom running a 5K together in the middle of August?  Yep, running a 5K with COLOR BLASTERS!

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I was a little leery about how Charlotte would do.  She’s not my runner (Trenton is), so I wasn’t expecting her to run much, but I didn’t know if she’d even be able to walk the whole way without complaining.

But it makes things a lot more fun with you have friends to run with!

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The girls all especially loved the color throwing party after crossing the finish line!

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I was so proud of Charlotte this morning.  Not only did she not complain once about the length of the race, but she also ran more than I thought she would!  She’s already asking when we can do another run!  I love that my kids are learning that living healthy can be fun!

”Mommy, are there other runs where they throw different things at you?  Like maybe one at Hershey where they throw chocolate sauce?  I would really like a chocolate run.”

Girlfriend might be onto something…..

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*A great big THANK YOU goes out to Mr. Eric for keeping Evelyn occupied while us gals were “racing.” 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Cool Parent

I can’t always win the “cool parent” award.  Sometimes the award goes to Daddy.  And Saturday was one of the days that he won big.

How, you ask?

Monster trucks.

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And transformer dinosaurs that make a meal of cars.

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I mean, really?  How could you not be excited about that?

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Daddy was totally “the man” for taking Trenton and Charlotte to the truck nationals.  They watched the monster truck show, did arts and crafts, played in the kiddie area, and walked around looking at other cars and trucks.

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I don’t think these kids are going to forget about this fun day out with Daddy any time soon!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The time we went to a butterfly release and didn’t get any good pictures of actual butterflies….

We spent a couple hours Saturday at a local nursery for their annual Butterfly Day.

Our first stop was the butterfly coloring station where each of the kids “colored” their own picture.

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Next we decided to go on a butterfly garden tour.  The problem was that it was really hot and humid (yes, even by the Texas girl’s standards!), and the kids weren’t all that interested in hearing about what plants attract butterflies.  So we hopped on over to the children’s garden to sit in the shade and watch the kids play.

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A little before noon, we heard the announcement that it was almost time to release the butterflies, so we walked over to the release area.  Charlotte and I found a spot in the middle of the field, while Trenton, Evelyn, and Daddy (who were all pretty much D-O-N-E by this point) found a shadier spot on the outside of the field.  Not having ever been to this event before, I didn’t really know much about the release.  Apparently, you have to reserve/pay for your butterfly at least a month in advance to be able to release one.  I was worried that Charlotte would be upset about that, but she wasn’t.  And as it turns out, a nice family that we were sitting next to gave us one of their butterflies to release.  I went to grab Trenton, Evelyn, and Jarrod so that they could release the butterfly with us.  Once the time came, 100s of butterflies were released.  And we got one blurry picture. 

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But hey, at least my hubby tried!  He was probably trying to watch Charlotte’s and Evelyn’s expressions because they were pretty excited!  After we released our butterfly, Jarrod took Trenton and Evelyn to the car and Charlotte and I stuck around a bit longer to watch more butterflies flying around.  One of the ladies that gave us the butterfly told Charlotte about a butterfly house at a museum in New York City.  It is now on Charlotte’s bucket list.

Although it was a very hot day (and the heat wound up making me a little sick), we had fun at Butterfly Day and are already looking forward hitting up more special events at the nursery.

Oh, and if you’re wondering how I get my kids to pose for pictures, here it is: the promise of the silly face picture!  It doesn’t always work, but it does make for some pretty good outtakes!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Few Days at the Farm

Military moves can be hard, but it is always so much fun to meet back up with friends from past duty stations.

Kate (from Kate Tells Stories) and her crew lived just down the street from us in Monterey, and Trenton and Cullen were the best of friends.  They moved to the DC area two years ago.  We went a whole year without seeing them, and then were able to catch up with them last summer when they came to visit us here in Pennsylvania.

We were long overdue to see each other again, so when Kate texted me a couple weeks ago asking if we were available to get together this week at her parents’ farm (which I had heard MANY stories about and seen so many beautiful pictures of), I jumped at the opportunity.

The kids were up early on Monday, and we were out the door and to the farm (located in the mountains of Virginia) by lunch.  Everyone ate lunch, and I don’t think the kids stopped going until bedtime!

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I love that they automatically pick up right where they left off!  That’s when you know you have good friends!

Charlotte somehow convinced Bennett to marry her.  I spied them holding hands many times throughout the day, and even caught them dancing.  I just wonder if Bennett told Charlotte about his plans to live in a monster truck….

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The kids spent the first day on the farm swimming, swinging, playing Legos, riding the golf cart, playing house, feeding Marme’s animals, roasting marshmallows at the bonfire with Papa Fritz, and eating s’mores. 

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It was an amazing first day.

….Until Charlotte decided to run into the high chair as she was coming in from the bonfire.

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I took this picture to send to Jarrod, and right as I was putting my phone back in my pocket, Charlotte threw up everywhere.  Thankfully once she finished throwing up (on Marme’s new chair and the rug), Charlotte felt a lot better, but I felt horrible!!!

Tuesday we went to tour Skyline Caverns.  We were all excited about exploring the cave, but once we got down into it, Kate started getting claustrophobic.  She knew she wouldn’t be able to make it through the hour-long tour, so she took Wells, Bennett, and Evelyn out with her, while I continued on through the tour with Trenton, Charlotte, and Cullen.

All three older kids really enjoyed the tour.  I was wearing a dress though, and didn’t bring in a bag since I was going to be carrying Evelyn, so I don’t have ANY pictures from inside the cave.  But there were really pretty formations, streams, and a small waterfall.  There were also a couple times that our guide showed us what complete darkness looks like.  That wasn’t a favorite for the kids.

We spent the rest of the day at the farm swimming and playing.  And Trenton and Charlotte got to ride a little motorcycle for the first time!!!

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Wednesday before we headed back to PA, we all stopped at a little creek/park to feed the ducks and burn off some energy.  It worked because all three of my kids napped on the way home, and Kate told me that her three slept on their drive home too!

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We’re already starting to plan our next get-together with Kate and crew, and we’re hoping to include the hubbies too!  Trenton and Charlotte are also talking about trying to have Daddy convince the Navy to move us wherever their friends go next!

The Farm was such a nice little getaway (even if the kids NEVER stopped going!), and we had such a wonderful time.  Trenton and Charlotte talked nonstop for 30 minutes yesterday evening telling Jarrod all about their fun times!  Thank you to Kate for inviting us, Marme and Papa Fritz for cooking for us, building fires, riding motorcycles, and opening up your home to us, and the rest of Kate’s family for being so open and welcoming to us. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Whoa, We’re Halfway There

So I haven’t really posted a lot about this pregnancy.  Oh, the lucky fourth child!

As you can tell from the post title, we’re halfway there!  My official due date is December 2nd.  But, I had an ultrasound yesterday and an OB appointment today, and I’m measuring 9 days ahead.  My doctor said that they don’t change the due date unless the baby is measuring 10 or more days ahead, so for now, we’re sticking with an early December estimated time of arrival.

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The little nugget looks great otherwise.  Yes, it is still an “it” to us.  We decided that we wanted to be surprised this go-round, so we didn’t find out the gender yesterday!

All of the doctors and midwives that I’ve seen say that I’m a perfect candidate for a VBAC as long a Baby cooperates.  Yesterday it was laying transverse all the way across my belly.  Very few babies actually stay transverse up until delivery, so I’m hoping for a head down baby soon!

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Many of you may remember that I had Charlotte early because my amniotic fluid levels dropped too low.  Right now they are looking good, and I’m hoping that they stay good!

I started to feel the baby move around last month while we were in Texas.  At first it was just sporadic, but now, it’s like clock work every night when I get in bed.  I don’t feel as much during the day, but that’s just because I rarely sit still enough to pay attention.

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Charlotte figured this picture out right away when I showed it to her.  Yesterday at the ultrasound, Jarrod thought that the stomach (on the right) was the face!  In his defense, even though I’ve had a lot of ultrasounds between all of my pregnancies, he hasn’t been able to make it to very many of them.

I am still feeling really good too!  At my appointment today, the nurse went on and on about how great my blood pressure was.  I’ve never had bad blood pressure readings, but I’ve also never had anyone gush over how great they are either.  I’m still keeping up with my 21 Day Fix workouts and nutrition, and I really think that’s why I’m doing so good with this pregnancy.  So far, I’ve gained 4 pounds and I haven’t had to move into any maternity clothes yet.  I’m hoping to make it through the rest of the warm weather months still in my normal everyday clothes.

We are so excited to be bringing another blessing into this world, and are praying that the second half of this pregnancy goes as smoothly as the first!