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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