Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lots Going On!

We took the kids fishing one Saturday morning.  The following photos make the morning look so tranquil.  It was actually a little stressful.  Graydon's first cast got stuck in a tree.  Then his line got tangled.  That wasn't the only time that happened.  But everyone at least got a little turn.
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Later that day, our church had a community cook-out.  Free food and games.  We had a GREAT turnout!
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Bella wanted me to take her photo here.  She was practicing her smile for picture day the following morning.
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I got a job! After eight years as a stay-at-home-mom, I'm back to work as a teacher's aide at the kids' school.  This is a job that I planned to volunteer doing; but when actual paid positions became available, I applied and was offered a job!  I'm working with the first grade classes and LOVE it so far!  It's a perfect "mom job" since I have all of the same days off/vacations as the kids.
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Bella's class had a "Steve Urkel Day".  Their teacher rewarded them with a special day for good behavior.  This was what they chose.  I have NO idea how any of them even know who Steve Urkel is.
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I had an awesome birthday celebration this year.  Due to soccer games and a wedding rehearsal that Andy was a part of, we celebrated my birthday a day early.  The kids had a grand greeting for me when I arrived at the Meade's house.
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I turned the big 3-5!
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My big gift was a new pair of cowboy books.  LOVE them!  I don't have any photos of me wearing them yet, but they are my far my favorite foot accessory!

Such a happy birthday!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's Soccer Time!

Soccer gets going pretty quickly out here. We had our first practice AND first game last week.  And when I say "we", I literally mean, all FIVE of us.  All three kids are playing this season. . . and I'm coaching! {With Andy as my lovely assistant}.

As far as coaching goes, I am completely unqualified as I have never played soccer in my life.  And I initially tried to get out of it; but as time ticked on and coaching positions still weren't filled. . . I gave in.  Fortunately, it's a fairly low pressure position.  I'm coaching Graydon and Curtis's team of eight 5 & 6-year-olds.  We don't keep score at the games and we're just getting them exposed to the game.  But still, I do feel a little in over my head!

Here's Miss Bella before her game.  She was pretty excited to be on the orange team.
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She and Tyler ended up on the same team!
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Pre-game stretches.
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While I was watching Bella, I lost track of Graydon.  After looking around for a moment or two, I spotted him across the field, running on the track.
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Our girl in action!
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The rest of us are on the red team.
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I tried to strike a delicate balance of coaching and taking a few snapshots of the kids playing.
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Three hot, sweaty, and tired soccer players.
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Andy had a surprise for them after the game.
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New fishing rods for each of them.
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We used them the next day.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back to School

We kicked off the new school year with our back-to-school dinner.
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The napkin holders were from Thanksgiving a few years ago.
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Bella added the limes to the glasses to make them "fancy".
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Wednesday morning arrived and there was a definite stir of excitement in our house.
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This little guy is ready for kindergarten!!
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Off to the bus stop at the end of our driveway.
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That school bus made me cry.  Even though I was going to be spending the entire day helping out in Curtis's classroom, I still couldn't hold back the tears.  All three of our kids are now in school full time.  It's a big step.
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Off they go.
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Their cousins go to the same school!  This is the only year that all six of them will be together since Jacob heads to junior high next year.
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So far the school year is off to a great start!