Friday, August 31, 2012

Lunch Surprise

Aaron surprised Owen by stopping at school and eating lunch with him today.  I sent Owen to school with an empty lunchbox so as not to ruin the surprise.  I wish I could have seen Owen's face when his 'favoritest' guy showed up.

What a great daddy the kids and I are blessed with!

I love technology...our neighbor texted this picture to me.  And, you may have heard me sighing that Aaron made it in time and Owen wasn't crushed by finding out that his mommy hadn't packed him a lunch.  

Update - Aaron just called to fill me in on lunch.  Owen had already checked his lunch box because it felt 'light' when he was unpacking his book bag.  Mommy fail.  I'll have to remember to weight it down with ice packs next time.

When a parent goes to each lunch with their child, their kid gets to pick a friend to sit with him and his parent at the special table.   We speculated on who he'd pick because he mainly talks about 2 little boys.  Well, Owen, ever the ladies man, picked a cute little girl from his class.  Watch out Macie!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anderson's First Day of School

And now it's Anderson's turn to go to school.  He seemed pretty excited...we've been talking about it for a while now.  

  He was swaying and singing, 'I'm going to school today.'

 I told him we needed to unpack his book bag and he sat down in the middle of the hall and got to work.

Anderson and Mrs. D.  She's one of the few teachers that we don't know.  But, we've been told she is great and does the best crafts.
All smiles when Mommy left.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


A few sweet things to share...

The dogs generally bark to announce someone's arrival at our house.  They started barking last week and Owen ran to the window.  Upon discovering it was his daddy, he said, 'My favoritest guy is here!'

Anderson cut his finger on the hinge of a step stool and it was bleeding badly.  Aaron and his mom were thinking he may need stitches.  Owen asked if he could pray for Anderson's finger.  Once Owen prayed, the bleeding stopped and Anderson stopped crying.  I'm so thankful that God showed himself to our family that day...what a blessing and an encouragement to all of us, especially Owen.  Owen has since, been asking to pray anytime Anderson cries or anything else happens.

And speaking of praying, Owen has taken to praying that he'll grow big.

Friday, August 24, 2012

After school treat

After school the other day, Miss Stephanie took us and Macie to get a nice cold snowball.  Anderson was over the moon that they had Spiderman flavor.  Owen, while excited about his Shrek flavor, was more excited that Macie was there.

Macie and Owen are in different classes, but they have recess together.  The kindergartners can be picked up before or after nap.  Owen is normally an after-napper.  The kids leaving before nap line up at recess for carpool.  I was not there for the following exchange, but this is what I was told...When they called for the 1:30 kids, Macie said 'come on Owen, you are a 1:30 today we are going to get a snowball.'  Apparently, a girl in Owen's class said 'you're not in Owen's class how do you know what he is going to do.'   Oh joy!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Anderson's adventures

Anderson doesn't start school until next week.  He's been having a lot of fun in the meantime.  He's spent time with Grandma JuJu and spent a couple of nights with her.  She took him to a music activity at the library, to Granny's, out to eat, and had lots of other fun.  He's also spent some time hanging out with me.  He came to work with me and charmed lots of 'worker mans' and 'worker helpers' (all the girls are apparently my worker helpers).

He's gotten extra painting and play doh time.

And he got to go to lunch with Miss Stephanie, our children's director at church.  And we ate in a boat, which he found very exciting.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More play, less fighting

A super duper plus to school starting is that Owen and Anderson have gotten a break from each other...which has led to better play time when they are together.  They have been having fun building forts, playing games, painting, building more forts and creating among other things.

Candy Land in the fort.

Daddy helped make an enclosed fort...

Owen had his first homework on Monday night.  He was a little bummed that he didn't have any on Tuesday night (oh that the excitement will last forever!), but he told Anderson that since he didn't have any, he'd teach Anderson how to do homework so that when Anderson does have homework, he'll know how to do it.

They sat at the table and Owen drew practice writing paper and was teaching Anderson how to write letters.    Poor Anderson was a bit confused when Owen would tell him his 'A', though written small wasn't a little 'a'.  It was super cute to hear Owen say, draw your circle and then give it a kick stand so it doesn't roll away.  

Sleepy Boy

With school starting, the kids have needed to wake up about 15 minutes earlier....and naps have been shorter or non-existent lately for a number of reasons.   Tired kids mean fun sleeping pictures.

It's hard to tell from this picture, but he has 2 shirts on.  Anderson fights nap time like nobody's business.  He almost always changes his clothes after we put him down for a nap and often does at bed time.
I actually had the tv on and saw him slide into this position.  I fully expected him to get right back up into bed, but after leaving him there for a bit, Aaron went up and moved him back into bed.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kinder Update

I know, we are barely in and I'm giving an update.  No, there won't be daily updates.

Yesterday was his first full day and it was a success.  Our rule is that they stay in their rooms until there is a 7 on their clocks.  I knew we needed to leave a little earlier that morning to drop Anderson at Maria's.  But I wasn't expecting to find Owen up, bed made, teeth brushed and fully dressed at 6:45 when I went to wake them up.  You think he was excited?

I was a little stressed on the drive because traffic was crazy and it took us a bit longer than I expected.  But, we made it with time to spare and got Owen in his room and settled.

The only concern he voiced about the day was what he'd do with his lunch box.  At preschool, they put their bags in their cubbies and their lunch boxes in a big bin for the fridge.  He found his cubby on Tuesday, but didn't see a bin for his lunch.  I told him Mrs. B would let him know.

The behavior system is brown sticks are good (happy) and red sticks are for bad behavior (sad).  He told me he's going to get all brown sticks this year.
 Compare this pic to the one from Tuesday...he is so much more relaxed here.   
Today, day 3, he decided he was ready for carpool dropoff.  Such a big boy!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Today was the much anticipated first day of big school!  Owen woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and excited for school.  All he had today was an orientation from 10-11, but he was ready at 7:30 and pestered me all morning about when we'd be able to leave.  Tomorrow he'll have a full day...8:00-3:00.

He got the teacher we were hoping he'd get and has 2 friends from preschool in his class so there are familiar faces.

 Anderson wanted to take his book bag too.  
 Guess who we found in the parking lot...Macie!  She and Owen aren't in the same class, but they'll see each other on the playground and at lunch.

 Macie's little sister brought her book bag too.

I love this cute!
Anderson sat down next to Owen. The assistant teacher told me she took a double take when she saw Anderson sitting at the table.  She's been a kindergarten assistant for 18 years and said she thought to herself, that's the smallest kindergartner I've ever seen.
When we got in the car, I told Owen that I noticed he seemed a little nervous when we got in the classroom. He said he was but that he's good now since the first day went so well.  I told him I was a little nervous too.

No tears...from either of us.  And I honestly wasn't fighting them either.  He was so excited and is so grown up!  I'm sure the year will be great.  I cannot wait to hear all about his first real day tomorrow!

Monday, August 13, 2012


Man, I have it good.  I hope my helpers still like to help when their skills are a bit perfected.  But, I'll take what I can get now.

Today, they have helped scrub sinks and toilets, make pizza dough and make pizza rolls and wash dishes.  Yesterday, they helped dust and vacuum!

They've not only done it all, but they volunteered!

They've also provided some comic relief...
 He caught a fish in the laundry room!

School Prep

In preparation for kindergarten, we took Owen to Uncle Ronnie's shop for a hair cut.  We usually just buzz it at home because it grows crazy fast, but decided a 'real' haircut was necessary for the big transition.  Uncle Ronnie has cut their hair many times, but always in his or our kitchen.  This was the first trip to the shop.