Sunday, August 28, 2016

July Little Things always comes in with the excitement of SUMMER and ends with me huddled in a corner counting down the days until school starts.  Just kidding!  (Kind of).

FQB got new pajamas, and wanted to send a picture to Daddy.

Brian came across a Target ad and saw these chairs and mentioned that they were on sale and I should look at them. That wasn't a coincidence.  Ha!  My parents were selling their house and I inherited their dining room table, but we were looking for new chairs and a bench.  SOLD!

I (spent an entire day) deep cleaned the boys' bedroom.  They were pretty happy with the end result, and I was very happy that it was DONE.  And they've done a semi-decent job keeping it clean since then!

These two are best buddies.  Last night we went to hang out with my family and my sister told Finley that she was coming to live at her house.  Finley didn't cry about leaving me or Daddy.  She cried because she would miss her Jete-Jete.

At our final tournament of All Star season.  Aidan was ready to pitch, and Wyatt loves being behind the plate.

And the sky that night was perfection!

We spent some time practicing this girl's letters.
We were back at the fields the next night, and the sky put on another great show.  These boys played their hearts off that night and lost in a heartbreaker.  But it was a great game.
Huddy Buddy was exhausted from the late games.

We had swim lessons and then dropped Wyatt off at the waterpark for some fun with his friends.  Hudson was screaming that he needed to go to the bathroom, so we did something that we could only do for a few more days: stop at Didi and Pop Pop's house.
He peed in the backyard, and they took a few final jumps off the diving board at the house.
Wyatt had a double header one Sunday and didn't realize that he lost a tooth until we were home!

Reesie went to a three day Dogs & Cat art camp. She had so much fun learning new art techniques!

There was some Home Run Derby watching.  They love to have popcorn and watch baseball.
We went to support our local children's hospital at a lemonade stand.  Finley loved her green lemonade.

Reese participated in a 2 week summer enrichment program for the school system.  It was a really neat opportunity to explore topics and how they relate together in language arts, math, science, and history.  She had one of her best friends in class with her, so that made it extra fun.

At the end of her two week course, the parents were invited to come in and see what they had been learning about.  They had lots of fun showing off their new knowledge about math and science, especially since some of the things they covered were "sixth grade topics."

Reesie has been begging me for awhile to paint her boring brown room.  It truly was boring.  The beige color was great for Hudson's baby room, but wasn't so awesome for her room.  We went to Home Depot and chose the colors, and she helped with some of the painting.  We even added a little glitter to the pink wall.  She loves it and is doing a great job keeping it clean.

Wyatt spent the last week of July at soccer camp at a local college.  It was the hottest week of the year, but he was a champ.  It was a really great week full of learning about soccer and lots of fun.  He LOVED his coach, who is playing for the college this fall.  The top picture is his team..the bottom pictures are some action shots that were taken by the camp photographer.

And that's a wrap on July.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Finley's School Year Wrap Up

Finley's first year of preschool went so well.  She started the year in the 2 day 3's class, and finished the year going 5 days a week.  There were grumpy, tired moments in the afternoons while she got accustomed to having less down time at home, but she did really well.  She never asked to stay home from school, and she really loved going everyday and seeing her friends and teachers.

When she made the switch to 5 days, she stayed with her teacher and was in two "classes."  That meant she had lots of friends between the T/Th group and the M/W/F class!
She was definitely well behaved at school and was an eager helper.  She's not quite as interested in mastering her letters as the other three were at 3, but she's getting there.  She definitely has her "how to behave in a classroom" manners down.  And she practices them at home.
And here she is on her last day!  I can't believe how fast that year went by!  But I think I said that for all of them at this age.  And now we're done with 3 year old preschool for all 4.  I'll say it again: I jsut can't believe it!

And now everyone has a book signed by their teachers and special people in the school.  I guess I came across this idea on Pinterest when Wyatt was in his first year of school and it's proven to be a great idea.  I love reading their notes from their teachers each year.

And now that school is all wrapped up, maybe I'll move onto our actual summer before school starts in two weeks!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hudson's School Year Wrap Up

Huddy Buddy is all finished with Pre-K!  He had such a fantastic final year of preschool.  When he started the year he knew all of his letters and sounds, and he was a beginning reader, but he flourished this year. 

His teacher gave him the time to get acclimated to Pre-K, and waited until he really had an interest in reading before she gave him a book.  That was all that it took.  Once he started reading, he didn't want to sopo!

I feel so lucky that I was able to work at his school for the last few months of the year!  I knew beforehand that he had a great group of friends, but being able to see them together all of the time was the best.  I know that he is going to miss his buddies in Kindergarten!  Fortunately he will still see them at his extended day Kindergarten, and at baseball!

And now this little fella is Kindergartner!  I can't believe it!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Father's Day. Really, Baseball.

As we've done over the last two years (2015, 2014), we spent Father's Day weekend at an All Star tournament!  This year was a little different because Brian was the manager of the team.  He and the other Raptors coaches coached the team in the All Star tournament.  Most of the boys on the Raptors have played All Stars together over the last few years.

Because the boys moved up to a new division, our "work up tournaments" were at different fields than we've played in the past.  We started this season in Suffolk over the weekend!  The boys had 4 games over two days, and because it was about an hour from home, there was a lot of waiting.

Fortunately they all like each other!  Ha!  We're resting those arms on a long break right now, and I know that they are all itching to play ball again...and to see each other.  Ha!

One thing that I LOVE about this team is that we have the greatest group of parents and siblings.  My three younger kids are always excited to go to the games because they have friends there, and one of the boys has an older sister who is terrific with the little ones.  She keeps them busy and they love it!  She is a gem!
The boys went 1 and 3 that weekend.  And Wyatt's struggle at the plate was real.

He loves to be behind the plate.  Although he probably gets annoyed at me for constantly shouting, "Be a wall!"

We had a break between games, so the boys had lunch in the dugout.  Which is not to be confused with the day that Wyatt walked out onto the field with pizza in his hand.  There were words with his father after that....for real.

After the games Brian took the day off and came home with us!  We had pizza at Mimi and Baba's and then came home for early bed times.  These kids were wiped!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reese's School Year Wrap Up

Reese is done with First Grade!  First seems to be the year that they start to lose their "baby faces" and start to look bigger!  She has grown almost 3 inches this school year, and she learned so much!

After the Field Day extravaganza, the kids made shirts.  Some of them wore them to the class party the following week.  Reese had quite a design on her shirt.

We had to get a picture of these 4 with their fantastic teacher before the end of the year.  I know that they are going to miss her so much!  Reesie learned so much and developed so many new reading strategies this year, and her teacher is just the best. Hopefully we have her in another year for Hudson!

At the end of her class party they handed out class "superlative" awards. Reesie got the Team Player Award (Wyatt got the MLB Award two years ago...check out that picture and we can have a moment of silence for when he wore pants with a button to school, that doesn't happen anymore).  Her teacher said that she is tough, brave, and smart, but that her favorite thing about her is that she works well with others.  It's because she's such an easygoing girl and knows how to strike a compromise, but she's probably also learned a thing or two from having so many kids in the family!
Daddy took them out for their traditional "last day lunch" after he picked them up on the last day!  And their summer began!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wyatt's School Year Wrap Up

This kid is moving on the the fourth grade! The school year just started, didn't it?  This year was an absolute DREAM.  I'm not kidding.  Second grade was tough for him.  There were PACKETS and PACKETS of worksheets.  And overall, it just wasn't a great fit.

But when I say that this year was the total opposite, I'm not kidding.  We all have teachers that we remember forever (I ran into one of my favorite teachers ever just a few days ago), and I really think that Wyatt will always remember his time in third grade.  It was a perfect fit, and he thought his teacher was the greatest guy ever.  There wasn't a complaint about going back to school after breaks, he always wanted to be prepared for tests, it was just fantastic.  When I say that I was teary eyed at the end of the school year, I'm not kidding.  I know that this school year, with this teacher, is something that will always stay with him.  They were even twins for awards day!  :)

He also had a great year academically!  Soooo close to straight A's at the end of the year, but he missed an A in math by 60 points.  When he tallied up the silly mistakes that he made and realized how close he was, he realized there was a reason his teacher had him write "I checked my work" at the bottom of those pesky tests.  He was actually supposed to check it.  Ha!  He still ended up with Principal's Honor Roll for those A's and that B.

He had lots of fun friends in his class.  Several of them also played in the sand soccer tournament, so they were all wearing their gear.  When I walked in Wyatt's class for the party, his teacher said, "So, I heard Wyatt got a yellow card this weekend.  It was the first thing he told me today."  I know Wyatt will miss talking sports with him!

And the last day picture.  Here comes fourth grade!


We took advantage of a nice May day and set our inflatable pool up in the backyard.  The pictures will do most of the talking of the fun that they had that day!