Thursday, January 25, 2018

January days. . .

Bella had a little oral surgery a few days after we got back from Wisconsin. One of her eye teeth has not been coming down, so the doc sliced into her gum to reveal her tooth, attached a bracket to the tooth, and connected it to another tooth with a chain. I was in the room with Bella (she was awake for all of this). There was a fair amount of bleeding, so I couldn't look exactly at what they were doing (I have been known to faint when I see too much blood). So I just stared at her legs! She was such a champ. We treated her to her favorite soup (broccoli cheddar from Panera) that evening and for lunch the next day.
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A few more birthday cards trickled in with some birthday money! Funny story: two of his cards from two different people who live in completely different areas were both addressed to Curtis!
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Twinning!
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It wasn't until looking closer at these photos that I noticed that they were each wearing a black glove.
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And one sock!
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I love their relationship. They do bicker from time to time, but not actually that much. They are such great friends!
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Bella's confirmation class prepared and served the meal for our church's free Monday night meal that is open to anyone in the community.
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Bella became a Hope Jet Pilot for the third time! We're so proud of her!
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Confirmation retreat at church this past weekend.
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The boys played their last biddy ball games of the season on Saturday. (And I am rejoicing that we are getting our Saturday mornings back!)
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Graydon's Birthday Party

Our kids get to have a friend birthday party every other year. This was one of the years that Graydon got to have one. He wanted to have it at Sky Zone (a trampoline place in Indianapolis) which was fine, but it's kind of expensive, so we only let him pick a few friends.
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The dodgeball spot was definitely a highlight for the boys.
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Afterward, it was back to our house for cake and presents!
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Who knew that just a few boys could sing so loud!
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Graydon and his friends had fun playing and celebrating that day!

Happy birthday, Graydon!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Christmas in Wisconsin

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We loaded the van and began the trek up north on the day after Christmas.
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While on our journey, Bella used her new stylus from Graydon. It still makes me laugh!
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We celebrated with the Kilps side first.
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Uncle Tom and the cousins are into RC cars these days, so they all went to a track to race some cars.
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The weather was absolutely FREEZING! But the kids really wanted to go sledding
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Graydon also got a little early birthday celebration.
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After a few days, it was time to move on to Kenosha. Auntie Kristen bought Graydon the Pie Face game for his birthday, so they of course played it right away!
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Ready for Christmas Number Three!
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These cubes are quite a hit with Graydon. He's gotten really good at solving the pyramid and is working hard on some of the others.
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Bella's future kitchen is already getting stocked!
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Pillow fight! I have no idea how this got started, but I'm amazed nothing got broken in the process!
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The next day was Graydon's official birthday! He wanted me to wake him up when he officially turned nine. He was born at 8:21am Eastern Time, so I woke him up at 7:21am. It was still pretty dark, so the photo didn't turn out great. But this was the moment he officially became a nine-year-old.
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A few hours later, he was a bit more ready for the day.
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All three kids screamed with delight when they saw this new basketball hoop!
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That evening we rang in the new year with my parents.  We watched "The Little Rascals" and "The Parent Trap". The kids enjoyed some kiddie cocktails!
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The next morning it was time to head back to Indiana. Uncle Scott surprised Bella with a case of the beverage he'd been drinking that she really liked!
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There's always mixed feelings about heading home.
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When we got back, Graydon still had his gift from us to open up: laser tag guns!
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We had a day to unpack, do laundry, and restock the pantry; and then it was back to school. Due to the cold weather, we had two-hour delays each day that week! That was a nice way to transition back into the school routine.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy Birthday, Graydon!

Graydon is NINE today!

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2009

2010

2011

2012

2013
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2014
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2015
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I think that this year was the year of the hair. As you watch his slideshow, this will become clear. He had a lightning bolt on the side, a mohawk, and long hair (that he wanted to grow into an afro!)

One big area of growth for Graydon has been in the area of money. He used to be such a spender, but he is learning the benefits to saving. We started an envelope for him that he adds to whenever he gets his allowance or holiday/birthday gift. I took him out shopping once and the old Graydon would have wanted everything that he saw. On this particular trip, he was much more discerning and realized that there were things that he wouldn't play with or that he'd get bored with pretty quickly.

Third grade has been a bit of an adjustment for him. Prior to this, school had been relatively easy. Math still clicks with him really easily, but he has started to struggle a bit more in reading. He's a fluent reader, he just doesn't always understand what he's reading and therefore scores low on reading comprehension tests. We're continuing to work on test-taking strategies and also visualizing what he's reading.

He continues to play soccer, basketball, and baseball. His favorite sport right now seems to be basketball. He also participates in Cub Scouts and karate. Lately, he has expressed an interest in learning to play the saxophone. We'll see if that comes to fruition.

Graydon is sweet and silly and I'm so thankful that he's our little boy! Happy birthday, Graydon!

And I meant for this video to get included in the slideshow and just realized (after having finished and published the slideshow) that it got left out. It's too good not to share.