Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back To School for 2014-15

Our Summer went by in a wink, but you know what? I was actually ready for school to start back this year. I love my kids and I enjoy them being home and spending fun times with them. Yet, the middle kid really really craves the structure of the public school system. He likes to wake up to an alarm, have certain choices for breakfast, eat lunch at exactly 12:05, and finds comfort in his "1. Snack 2. Chores 3. Practice 4. Reading 5. Homework" afternoon chart.

So school is back in session and all is well with the world.

The preteen is excited to show off her new iPhone (Thanks Uncle Jason!), her new chevron patterned clothes, and see all the friends she's missed all Summer long.

I thought Jocelyn would be sad with her big brother and sister gone all day, but we had a great time at the library on Monday, just her and me.




I have a good feeling about this school year :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our August

Here it is, the middle of August, and school is starting on Monday. I have mixed feelings about what our Summer has brought us. It looks so different now than years past. There is much less structure and much more spontaneity. But that also means that a lot of things we planned on doing this Summer just kinda never happened.

"I thought we were going to go to Columbia?"

Whoops.

"How come we missed some of the $1 Summer Movies?"

Lots and lots of doctors appointments that happened to fall on both Tuesdays AND Wednesdays.

"We didn't really go swimming a lot, either."

Blame Mother Nature on this one. And the fact that we don't have a pool.

So, what DID we do?

This  is what our August has looked like.

A whole lotta outside time:








My mail box flowers have really flourished with all this rain.


If only the bugs would leave them alone!


My twelve year old seems more like 13 and less like 11 this month. Craziness.



Of course there were Mickey Mouse Pancakes. My son will not be happy going back to a breakfast menu of cereal and poptarts. He likes freshly baked muffins, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls. Momma ain't got time for that!


We crafted a lot.




As you can see, the kids have really fallen in love with the show Adventure Time. I guess I must be old because I don't really "get it".



There was some outdoor chalk coloring going on...





Brian and I also celebrated our Anniversary a few weeks late.





I also had my wisdom teeth removed and Jocelyn kept me company in bed for a day :)


And we've eaten at Taco Bell the last three Fridays. Lots of Taco Bell love going on here.



So we might not have done it all, but I'm gonna call our Summer "Good Enough" and just go with it.

Bring on School!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tumble Tots

Monkey See, Monkey Do and all three of my little monkeys take tumbling classes at a local gym/dance studio.

For Jaina, tumbling classes means she's one step closer to meeting the requirements for middle school cheerleading. She has several goals to meet, but none more important than the elusive back handspring.

We put Jayce in tumbling because he has hypotonia, or low muscle tone. We are always looking for ways to build his muscle. And since he is scared of the outdoors (bees and thunderstorms anyone?), tumbling in a gym is perfect. He's already shown improvement and moved up bat sizes in baseball.

As for Jocelyn... well, she just wants to do what her big brother and big sister do.

You are supposed to be three years old to start the Tumble Tots preschool class. Jocelyn won't be three until January 26th. However, she can follow simple instructions and is generally well-behaved during classes (i.e. doesn't run around crazy like doing her own thing) so the tumbling coaches suggested that she take Summer classes.

I wear my swimsuit when I get home, Mommy?

The first class in June went very well. She was attentive, cooperative, and separated from me just fine. Jaina stayed with her to be an assistant to Miss Amy.

The next few classes? Um, didn't go so well. She required Mommy AND Jaina to be right by her side. She was too scared to do a forward roll on the tumble track. She was very afraid of the bars. And she wouldn't let Miss Amy have anything to do with her.


So, even though Thursday night classes weren't going so well, Jocelyn sure came out of her shell on Monday nights during Jaina and Jayce's class. Evidently she thinks she needs to be in Level 2 Tumbling with Rocky as her instructor. I can barely keep her off the mat! And let me just say that watching Jocelyn attempt a push up is quite hilarious :)


Yet, there was quite a change in Jocelyn this past week during her Thursday night class. All of a sudden she was back with her full attention and cooperation. And I got to sit on the bench and just watch :)




I think there will be more tumbling in the future for this little monkey :)

Here's some quick video from a few weeks ago!



Sunday, August 03, 2014

Rub-a-dub-dub

I don't know about you, but we tend to skip bath night a lot here in the Summertime. Doesn't running through the sprinklers or swimming in a pool count as bathing?

Jocelyn picked out a cute new bath toy set at the Freckled Frog toy store in Pawley's Island Hammock Shops. This means she frequently asks to take baths so she can play with her doggies.





There names are Rover, Sheepy, and White. I think. They change names often.



How do you know when its time to get out?

"My fingers are wrinkly, Mommy! Fix them!"

Its only a matter of time before I won't be able to take bathing pictures of my littlest one any more. Sniff. Growing up is hard on a momma.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

July Tucker Visit

If I've been absent from the blog, it only means one thing.

We've been busy having fun! :)

Most recently, we went to Tucker, GA to visit my parents.

We arrived on a late afternoon on Friday after many rough starts to our trip. We relaxed for a few hours before heading over to my brother Jeff and wife Pam's house.

 (lights strung up outside on their porch. I'm in love with them!)


Pam is an avid gardener and we walked down to the back to see everything growing.

Jeff put Jayce to work making homemade garlic knots.


Jocelyn preferred the cookies.

Sister Jami regaled us with magic trickery with a diet coke can. No, she did not share the can with her dog, Buddy.

Grandpa got in on the pizza making action.


And then tried to remember some guitar chords that he knew from years ago. All three of my brothers, and my dad, know how to play the guitar. I really thought I'd marry a guitarist, too. Instead, I got a trumpet playing band geek :P


The kids played Minecraft almost all day on Saturday. But later that night, we dragged them away from the computers to go to Medieval Times. I had never been and it was pretty fun!




Jami caught a rose from the Red Knight. She was thrilled :)



When we got back, Jocelyn asked to draw chalk outside. Silly me forgot about the massive mosquitoes that live down by the lake near my dad's house. Both Jocelyn and I got eaten alive!





My sister asked me to take some pictures of her cat, Abby, because she was really hard to get a good picture of. Let me just say that I am not an animal photographer for a reason! Abby kept me chasing worse than any fast toddler!



We couldn't leave Buddy out of the pictures!

It was a fun, but short, time in Tucker. I did get to see my friend Melissa from church but missed hanging out with my HS friend Meredith. Oh well, maybe next time!