Sunday, August 30, 2015

First Day of School!

August 24th was the first day of school! 6th grade, 3rd grade and 1st grade...they are getting so old!!!
Middle school starts early and Ella had to be outside waiting for the bus at 6:45am. We weren't going to have her ride the bus at all (because it scares me :-) but we decided to have her ride in the morning and then we pick her up in the afternoon. She has a couple friends on it and she has enjoyed it so far...although she also enjoys not riding it in the afternoon. I was up extra early to make puffed pancakes and bacon for breakfast but Ella has wanted to make her own lunch all week which is awesome...no complaints from me :-)! She looked adorable and was so excited to head out, although she obliged me taking a few pictures before she walked to the bus stop. I kept looking at the schedule all day and thinking about her in each of her classes. She came home happy as can be and loving the middle school life! Here is to a great year for her!!!
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With Ella off, it was time to get Addie and Preston ready and even they were a little bit excited getting ready for the first day :-). They looked adorable and this year was the first time Mike got to come with us for the first day drop off which was exciting. We dropped Preston off first and he was the first one in his class. He seemed a little bit nervous but Mrs. Bayliss was so friendly and helped him find his desk. We told him we would come by after dropping Addie off and say a final goodbye. Addie walked right in to her room, sat at her desk and started coloring. She knows the drill :-). On our way out we ran in and gave Preston one more hug and that was it!
It's always a little strange the first day of school after having the kids home all day every day to suddenly have an empty, quiet house. As nice as it is, I was excited to pick them up by the afternoon and hear all about their days.
always their initial reaction when I am getting them to take a picture :-)
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to School We Go!

Suddenly, we were back in the hallways of the schools!
Setting up Ella's locker (we had two days to work on this...and decorating lockers these days is no joke so it's a good thing :-) at the junior high and meeting Preston and Addie's teachers at Fielder. We knew we loved Preston's teachers since we have had them both before, but didn't know anything about Addie's and were happy to find that the seemed great! I also got to bring home my packets of forms to fill out and sign :-), but we stopped for our traditional ice cream after so it made everything else A-Ok.
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I found a Wii basically for free the Saturday before school started and Preston was beside himself with joy! We had heard Big Lots had cheap games so that was our next stop and although he was pretty excited about a recliner with cupholders, no games were to be found. Mike found a good deal on Craigslist for some Mario games and the kids were in heaven the rest of the weekend. As an added bonus we now have a great bribery tool for good behavior at school :-).
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We also had our fancy back to school dinner on Sunday night (shrimp scampi this year with our favorite asparagus and brownies and ice cream for dessert) and set our new goals for the school year. Everyone did pretty good with accomplishing all their goals except me...I better get on my A game this year! Mike gave the kids each a blessing that evening, we took baths and dried their hair so it would be beautiful the next day and then we all tried to get some sleep!
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Last Days of Summer

It was sad to say goodbye to summer this year even more than other years for me. It just seemed to fly by much faster for some reason! We tried to pack in lots of fun those last days...swimming, friends over, a day at Splashway water park, back to school shopping, plus bowling and the arcade.
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Splashway was a blast!!! I was considering getting season passes for next year even though it's an hour away and now we will have our own water park in Katy so we are extra excited!
There is a crazy story about us losing Preston at the end of the day and exiting the park to walk to the parking lot and see if our car was still there before coming back where a nice lady saw him and gave him to an employee who paged me...it's kind of like a dream at this point, but we all made it home so we are just forgetting about it now. It was scary!
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