Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LL's First Day of Kindergarten!

LL's first day of kindergarten was Wednesday, August 6.  She's going to school in the same county that I teach in.  That means she rides with me to my school every morning and then catches a bus from my school to her school.  Then, every afternoon, the bus brings her from her school back to my school, and I drive us both home.  This means that I get to spend a lot more time with my girl!  

On the first day of school, I wanted to take her and walk her to her classroom.  I've never been able to do that before, and I knew it would help her nerves a little.  Well.  On the first day of school, something happened with my alarms and I woke up at 6:20.  LL and I have to leave our house at 6:25.  Talk about the worst possible start to the day!!  Luckily everything was packed and ready, so I got her ready, got dressed, and we ran out of the door!  I literally didn't even do my hair or makeup (and just did it as soon as I got her to my school because I have morning planning).  

Even with a disastrous start to the morning, we both ended up having a great first day.  She did good when I dropped her off, and she was so excited when she got off of the bus in the afternoon!  Since our morning was so hectic, we took our "first day of school" pictures when we got home in the afternoon.  This actually worked out better anyway since it's still dark when we leave in the morning.

My favorite.  :)

I took this picture when she got to my classroom at the end of her first day.  She had a "kindergarten is fun" hat on (and her big yellow bus tag so that they knew where she was going and didn't get lost - haha.)  I am so happy that she had such a great first day of kindergarten!

I couldn't believe the change when I did this collage.  Her first days of school pictures for the last three years.  She has grown so much!!


Monday, September 8, 2014

LL's Kindergarten Open House

We did quite a few things to prep LL for kindergarten.  She is so much like me, and it really helps her to talk about things and be prepared.  She does not like for us to spring things on her, and she just needs more time to process it all.  One of the things that we talked about doing was getting her hair trimmed before kindergarten.  I've trimmed it a few times at home, but she's never had it professionally done.  We didn't want to take off any length or anything; we just wanted it shaped up and healthy.  She's seen Cooper get his hair cut several times, to she knew what to expect and that it wouldn't hurt.  She got a little nervous when we pulled in the parking lot, but she ended up doing great!

I also got some "back to school" cupcakes when I did my monthly grocery shopping at the beginning of August.  That was something the kids loved having as dessert every night and helped to pump her up some.

Ben also started kindergarten the week before LL did (check out my SUPER HANDSOME nephew!  He's looking so big!!!), and it really helped for her to see pictures of him riding the bus and talking to him about how excited he was.

Grammy and Pop made her special pancakes for breakfast to celebrate the end of summer!

Two nights before school started, LL had her open house for kindergarten.  She was actually really excited to see her teacher and her classroom.  I drove her to her school several times over the summer so that she could see what it looked like, see the playground (that really helped!), etc.  I think it helped that she had an idea of what kindergarten looked like in her head.  Daddy got her ready and we met at my school (I had open house the same night for my middle schoolers!), and we all rode together to LL's open house.

Ready to go!

I wish I had gotten a better picture of her and her teacher (Miss Allison), but things were kind of crazy with all the kids and parents.  I did happen to catch this moment: Miss Allison had just told her that she had been praying for all of her students and that LL was in her class because that's exactly where God wanted her to be.  LL just gave her a huge hug.  How awesome is that?  I agree with her completely - LL is in the exact right class for her!

Up next: the big day!  LL's first day of kindergarten!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Swimming with Friends

While we spent most of our summer in the pool this summer, we also tried to have friends over to swim with us.  Swimming is always more fun with more people, right?  Usually it was just us, but we did manage to have some fun with friends.

Cooper and Andrew are only a few weeks apart in age.  Clint, Sarah, and Andrew came over to swim and eat dinner one night.  While the boys still are pretty young to actually "play" together, we all had a fun evening in the pool!

LL loves jumping in the deep end, and we all enjoy watching her!

Andrew loves the pool!

Coop and I enjoyed just hanging out.
Our crew has for sure changed over the past 5 years.  :)  We went from game nights just the 4 of us to swimming with 7 of us!

Stella also came over to swim with us one day.  LL and Stella have the exact same birthday one year apart.  Holly and I have talked about getting them together for a few years now, so I'm happy that we finally did!  Stella is so sweet and she was so fun to play with!

As a last summer hurrah, Aunt Laura, Uncle Gino, and Ben came down for a birthday pool party for Ben.  We spent so much time in the pool together and really had a blast!

LL convinced Ben to start jumping into the deep end, too!

We also spent the morning of Ben's party playing with temporary tattoos - Cooper was hilarious and loved all of them.  We thought it was so funny to just keep tatting him up.  By the end of the day, he had an entire back piece.  So funny!

We seriously had the best summer ever!  While I'm sad to see it go, fall is also my favorite time of the year.  I'm looking forward to cool weather, football, festivals, and pumpkins!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fishing With Mamaw

I hate it so bad that I took such a long blogging hiatus!  I feel like this happens every August, though.  Between school starting, having two kids at home, and LL starting Kindergarten, August was just a crazy month!  For the first 4-5 weeks of school (and we're still in that window now), I am literally just so exhausted.  I'm ready for bed every night by 7.  So blogging is just not high on my priority list until my life gets sorted out.  I'll start slowly getting caught up now that things aren't feeling so hectic.

At the very end of July, Matt's Mamaw Lucy came to visit from Louisiana.  We don't get to see Mamaw as much as we would like, so we really enjoy it when she makes it here for a visit.  Mamaw is an outdoors woman for sure - so she loves it when Matt takes her fishing when she's in town.  This visit, we loaded everyone up for a morning of fishing.

Pop and Cooper are absolutely the best of buddies.  They are always like this whenever they're together.

Lorelai loves to fish and was very excited!

One of her favorite parts of fishing is playing in the worm bucket.  She most definitely does not get that from her mommy.

Cooper was a little more skeptical about it, but he gave it a go.

Look at the worms, Mom!

Grammy caught a brim on LL's Tinkerbelle pole.  :)

Mamaw got a bait fish.

Coop was fascinated with the fish bucket!

Daddy used Mamaw's bait fish to catch a big bass!

This is the part LL loves.

I didn't catch it, but I'll hold it and pretend like I did.  :)

Mamaw and Aunt Denise

Coop's attention span is still pretty small, so he and Pop took walks in between people catching fish.

Uncle David caught a big bass, too.

Cooper was not too sure about a fish picture.

We didn't stay out at the pond long, but everyone had a really good time!  It is a fun way to spend time with Mamaw and it for sure keeps the kids happy and occupied.