Tuesday, August 31, 2010
He is also doing really well with potty training-still some trouble with #2 but it's getting better! This week he has done so well when I drop him off at school-no crying for mommy and he heads straight for the puzzles. He's been bringing home some cute crafts that he's painted too. The first thing he says is "Mommy, I made this for you. Are you going to hang it up?" Too cute-and of course it goes up right away! I know that he will change so much throughout this year-I want to savor every minute!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
We took this one before we headed to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate my birthday. Me and my silly girl-usually it's her and daddy with the silly faces but I thought I would join in!
We have been so busy settling into our new routine. The school year is off to a great start! Emma is officially a kindergartener--oh my goodness--am I that old? and Max is in the 3 & 4 year old(he turned 3 on Saturday!) class at Little Friends School House. Emma also started gymnastics and ballet this week and we had Max's birthday party on Saturday-whew!!
I am not loving waking up at 5 am again(or my hour drive to/from work) but I do love having a routine. I also forgot how exhausting the beginning of the year teaching first grade can be...teaching the rules and routines is wearing this girl out...but I know it gets easier once the kids know what is expected and thank goodness I have A LOT of patience!! I am hopeful for a terrific year with this class. I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that my class size stays at 16!
I really cannot believe September is upon us...Damian always says that once his birthday is here-September 14-Christmas is around the corner--he's so right too! I don't like to rush things especially if it means my kids are getting older & growing up but I cannot wait until this fall!! Even though Florida doesn't officially have a fall season--it's always warm and the leaves don't change colors-I will be happy when it's not 100 degrees and we can do fun things like go to the pumpkin patch and football season-GO GATORS! which means get togethers with friends on the weekends! Bring on the fun!!
I mentioned before that we celebrated Max's 3rd Birthday on Saturday..where have 3 years gone?!? I honestly cannot believe he is 3 ...it was a great celebrationwith family and friends--he has been talking about his party nonstop today...I'm planning on sharing those pics later on this week. I'm hoping my mom and sis took some good pics because my camera is on its last leg.
Here's hoping everyone has a terrific week! I just remembered that next weekend is a 3 day weekend! Whoo-hoo! How exciting!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
back to reality...
School has started for me again and boy am I feeling it! When the alarm went off at 5 am I could barely open my eyes...then I remembered all that I had to do before I could get out of the house. As much as I love routine...it's going to be tough to get back in the swing of things. The kids have been sleeping in until 7:30-8 am all summer...and staying up a little later. I'm sure they will adapt quickly though.
I am excited to start a new school year. I am thrilled(yet a little emotional) about Emma starting kindergarten. I am also looking forward to a great school year for Max in Ms. Linda's 3 & 4 year old class. Besides getting my classroom ready... I am also trying to plan Max's 3rd birthday party in two weeks. Yikes...he's almost 3!! Luckily, I've been picking up a few things throughout the summer but I still have so much to do. I have the cutest pictures that I wanted to post but they are still on my camera and I'm too exhausted to wait on them to download.
This would normally be my Tales of a Two Year day so I'm going to add that here. I have some big news....Max is potty trained!! He is doing an amazing job and I am so proud of my big boy! He has been doing really well throughout the summer using the potty at home...not so much when we would go out though. But all that changed this weekend. We ventured to Target, Sam's, and a few other errands on Sat. and he did so well. On Sunday we went to church, out to lunch at Chili's and he did an awesome job again!! He started school yesterday and I know it will stay consistent.(he loves the little potty at school) I have also been putting him in underwear at bedtime since June and he hasn't had any accidents during the night. There has been such a difference potty training Max than Emma. She was sooo easy. Just decided she didn't want to wear diapers anymore at 2 1/2 and that was that. Max on the other hand has been a little more difficult. But I am so excited to not have to buy diapers/pull-ups anymore!
I have some great pictures from my mom's graduation and our birthday celebration at Disney that I'll try to post later this week when I don't have to pry my eyelids open!!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I love reading the different prompts for Mama Kat's each week and since I'm new to blogging decided to join in for this one:
The most unbelievable blue eyes you've ever seen.
I have blue eyes and so does my sweet hubby. In fact, they are almost the same shade. It was inevitable that our children would one day have blue eyes too. If I would have answered this question over six years ago there is no doubt I would have written about my husband. While I still think his eyes are amazing and I am more in love with him now than all those years ago...there are two pairs that are even more unbelievable to me. In my children's blue eyes...I see so much. I see the past, present, and future.
When Emma was a baby we often heard--"Look at those BIG blue eyes!" or "Her eyes are so beautiful!" This has pretty much been heard whenever and wherever we go out(even now)...out to eat, to the grocery store, to church, you get the idea. The same goes for Max. I love looking in their big blue eyes and knowing that they are mine!
I wish I had some better pics to share but here are a couple I found...
Emma Alyse and Maxwell James
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Emma: April 2006-18 months old
Play along with Cheryl at Twinfatuation...it's so much fun to reminisce!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Emma loves the mirrors on her closet door. She is always practicing her dance moves and dressing up in front of them.
Emma amazes me every day. Sometimes I forgot that she is only 5 years old. She is so smart, compassionate, and funny. She still loves to play with her baby dolls and dress-up. Which I'm thankful for...I don't want my little girl to grow up so fast. She also loves to do crafts, draw & color pictures, and help bake anything sweet. She is like a little fish when she swims. I actually think she is a better swimmer than I am..ha ha! She has learned to read this summer and is soo proud of herself. Her favorite daily read is Go, Go, Go. I can't even imagine how much more she'll learn in kindergarten. She is going to amaze us even more. She is a great big sister to Max--not perfect because no one is perfect--she loves him with all of her heart though. When she looks up at me with her BIG blue eyes and says "Mommy, I love you so much"...I melt! I am so blessed to be her mommy.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Max, Joshua, & Nathan watching tv on the pull-out sofa bed at the end of the day.
Joshua and Max working on their putting skills
Monday, August 2, 2010
Now I'm wondering why I scheduled a dr. appt at 9am today. This was the first time all summer I've set my alarm clock...I guess I need to get ready to have a routine again.
I also spent the day at my sister in-laws house and brought back my nephews Nathan and Joshua for a sleepover...while Emma stays at their house. I love these boys...we took them to hit golf balls at the driving range and had some pizza--now they are playing hockey in the playroom...should be a fun night!
Here are some pictures from last week. I finally took the kids to Zephyr Park. They loved the playground and water/splash park...especially in our 95 degree heat. I also got some pics of them making ice cream creations with playdough...one of their summertime favorites!
Whew-it's hot out here!
Max LOVED the water gun...
How sweet...Emma said "Come on Max-I'll help you".
Max's favorite thing at the park-this kid could swing ALL day.