Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Just Swimming Right Along

Summer might be long gone, but things didn't quite calm down around here. We're still busy. But, it's a happy busy, so I'll take it.

Here's a kid update for posterity purposes...

JAINA:


She still wishes she doesn't have to go to school and do any work at all ever, but she's complaining far less being a student at High Point than she was last year in Dist. 2.

This year she is taking Biology, Geometry, English, Spanish, Theatre, Dance, and Geography. Here's hoping that she learns that London is not a state in New England. Seriously.

She received an outstanding grade on her Summer Reading Projects on To Kill a Mockingbird and Tuesdays with Morrie. 

She's anxiously awaiting her first report card that will hopefully be filled with all A's and B's. This will ensure that she no longer has to pay by month for her cell phone plan and she'll be able to enroll in Jazz Contemporary again. It's been a long summer filled with a lot of babysitting for her. Eh... I don't feel sorry for her. She's learned a great lesson about working hard, earning money, and earning good grades.

JAYCE:


This guy absolutely LOVES his new school, especially since he has so many friends that are in classes with him. He's taking English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Robotics, Chorus, and PE.

He did his Summer Reading Project on The Prince and the Pauper and Auggie & Me. 

He's handling the transition to middle school with a lot more ease than I had anticipated. I think part of that is the success we've had with his latest medicine change. The other part is owed to his new school for sure.

JOCELYN:

This girl cracks me up. I believe that her preschool teachers think she only owns clothes with cats on it.




She absolutely LOVES school this year and has no separation anxiety at all! She hops out of the van with ease at drop off this year. I'm a bit sad I don't need to walk her in any more! She has so many new friends... Hawk, Maddox, and Brody are the ones I hear about the most. Sammy, Lily, and Hayden are from her class last year.

As for me, I've been super busy as usual.

Brian and I attended a wedding for dear friends who finally tied the knot! We had a blast and stayed out in Greenville until 2:30 AM!












We had the best time! As much as I complain about my goofy husband, he is fun to hang out with :)

La Leche League and MOMS Club are also keeping me busy. As well as the couple photography shoots I've had this month.

But, like I said, I'll take good busy over crazy hectic chaos busy any day :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Grade C

Well, looking back at our Summer, we definitely had some highs and lows. Yet, overall, I think we had fun.

We had 23 items on our bucket list. We completed all but 6 activities. That gives us a grade of 74.

That's a C.

My kids will tell you that a "C" is not an acceptable grade. It means you did "okay", but didn't "try your best" or display a "good understanding of the material."

Hopefully we'll get a better grade next Summer :)

Here's what we did:

Beach at Pawleys Island:

Carowinds:

Gravitopia:


Water Parks:

Denny's:

Visit Grandpa:

Greenville Drive Game:

Children's Museum:

Take Shaggy to Paisley Paw:

Brusters:

Tutti Fruity:

Dollar Theatre:

Kings Mountain Lake:

Downtown Spartanburg:
Barnet Fountain:

Tyger River Fountain:

We didn't make it to IHOP, Century Park in Greer, Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, Cobb's Creek Pool, or The Zoo.

BUT...

We did a whole lotta other fun stuff like...

Making Perry Cupcakes:

Baseball camp:

Swinging outside:

Bowling:

The Mall:

Lake Wylie:

The Dog Park:


As crazy as this Summer was, we are all ready for Fall. The big kids love their new school and Jocelyn loves her new class at preschool. I'm hoping for a great school year :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Days of School

I'll go back and play catch up on the ol' blog here later this week, but for now, I want to remember Jaina and Jayce's first day at their new charter school! We took a leap of faith leaving a school district that we have been a part of for the last 9 years, but I think we made a good decision. This school has so much to offer our big kids and we will be excited to have Jocelyn join them in 1st grade.



Speaking of Jocelyn, she started preschool on Monday at the same place she went last year (and the same place Jaina went all those years ago!). This year, however, she'll be in preschool 5 mornings a week. She's having a bit of a tough time letting go of mommy's leg in the mornings, but has a great time once I'm in the hallway :)


She has worn a "kitty outfit" every day since she started, ears and all. And no... we are not getting a cat. Our dog would eat it.

I'm off to go get my Princess Kitty right now.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ten on Ten :: August Electronic Edition

We spent a lazy rainy day at home and the big kids were on their tablets almost all day playing Mine Craft. And you know what? I was totally okay with that. Soon we'll be back in school and my kids won't have time to crack open their tablets or turn on the TV. We'll have school all day, then dance and tumbling and baseball and photo shoots and marching band (well, Brian will have marching band stuff since he's on the exec board for the HS) and chorus and therapy.

So, for the next two days, they'll be a whole lotta this: