Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hudson's School Year Wrap Up

Hudson had such a fun year at school this year!  He had all of his friends in his class, and he was constantly updating me with his tales about his buddies.  He kept working hard on his letters after he got his Phonics Book in November, he played a lot, and he has some pretty great friends.

In a total Mom Fail, I completely spaced on the day of his Spring Conference.  The other kids were at school, it was on a Tuesday (which was his typical day off), and honestly, I just forgot.  Fortunately for me, I was up and dressed and on my way to Target when his teacher called and asked where I was :).  His conference was great, I learned that he was doing really well, and that overall, he's just a really nice kid.  The funniest thing about his conference though, was his answer to his name:
Because that isn't his middle name.  His teacher and his teacher assistant both even asked him if he said Brian or Ryan, thinking he may have been named after Brian.  Nope.  He was like, "RY-AN.  RY-AN."  Totally made up his own name,  When Reese asked him why, he said, "Because I can't say Ellsworth!"  Except, he totally could.  CRAZY kid.

He even managed to snag a reader near the end of the year.  I was so happy because it was ALL he talked about.  He only had it for a handful of days, but he wants to stay on top of it this summer.   And Reesie is a really great helper when it comes to his reading lessons!
And here he is on the last day of school.  He grew up so much this year, but I can't believe that it was his last year with days off during the week. Next up?  Pre-K 5 days a week next year!  He is unbelievably excited, crazy kid!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Reesie's School Year Wrap Up

I am trying hard not to be sad that this girl's Kindergarten year is over!

She has had a phenomenal Kindergarten year, and I am so, so happy that we decided to send her to school with Wyatt instead of keeping her at Preschool for Kindergarten!

The last few weeks of school were full of fun activities.  Of course there was Field Day.  With potato sack races.
And the parachute.  Obviously more fun with Daddy.
And Gaga ball.  I can't even with this game.  The are currently in the playroom playing Gaga ball.
It's basically Dodge ball, but the ball stays on the ground instead of being thrown.

She also had an Accelerated Reading Assembly.  She had the most AR points in her class and in her grade - she read 150 books this year.  She was able to get up on stage with each class's top reader, and they sang songs while the Principal played his guitar. They recognized the top readers, and then the teachers put on a fun talent show.  It was very entertaining!
This was an exciting time for her - not only because she had the most point in Kindergarten, but also because she had more points than Wyatt! He did his best to try to accumulate more points towards the end of the year, but there was no catching up to this girl!
She wanted a picture taken with her teacher helper, Miss Scarlett.  Her Kindergarten class had Miss Scarlett, who was a high school student who helped out every day, an aide, a teacher, and there was even a little slice of the year that included a student teacher! It was a very well balanced classroom!  Miss Scarlett helped Reese log onto the computer to take her AR tests, and she talked about her all the time!  Reese saw her sitting in a McDonald's the week after school got out, and she rolled her window down and was frantically waving to her.  It was kind of adorable.
And this lady here is the biggest part of Reese's Kindergarten success. We had such a fantastic year in Ms. Burton's class.  She took such good care of our girl and always helped give her a little extra push. Her son was on Wyatt's baseball team, and we had the best year knowing that Reese was with her at school, and then hanging out at the ball field!
And that's a wrap on Kindergarten - and half days of school!  WHAT?!  She starts full days of school in the fall, which is just crazy - but we're crossing our fingers that she gets the same awesome teacher Wyatt had for first!  I know she'll have another great year!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Spring Sports Wrap-Up

Just a few "follow up pictures" to the rest of our spring sports recaps.  I'm pretty sure that baseball will probably go on forever, but rec season is done!

Hudson finished his spring soccer season - he had a lot of fun!
He played in a U6 League - which means that most of the kids were 6 years old!  He even played against a few kids in Reese's Kindergarten class - two years older than he is.
It was hard for his little legs to move as fast as the bigger kids, but he still hung in there.  He really likes playing soccer, and he begged to do it again!
Wyatt played U8, although we tried to move him up to U10.  He had some moments of frustration playing defense all season, but he was still happy that he was able to play.  Plus, he was able to help move the ball down the field to prevent the other teams from scoring. He has tryouts for a select team on Tuesday!
Reese and Hudson both had fun playing t-ball - as always!

Reesie and her BFF Emma!
It's nice to be down two games a week now.  Wyatt is still playing for his Select team and he also made All Stars, so he has at least another month of tournaments and practices and conditioning and pitching!  It sounds like a lot - but he always wants to play.  And the kid has massive amounts of energy to burn!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pool Day!

Last weekend was our first free weekend in two months.  My mom invited the big kids over for a sleepover on Saturday night, so we went over a little early for some pool time.  Wyatt and Reese wasted no time getting in the pool - they also found Katie's rescue tube pretty quickly.

It's really a shame that Reese has no personality.  Ha!

I love this one because it actually looks like she's floating on the water!

She even had to steal the show when Wyatt was jumping!
Finley didn't really want get in the pool, but she wore her life jacket (pool rules!), and hung out with Bella!
He sat on the steps and practiced his kicks.
I miss the "baby stage" at times, but I'm also finding it a little easier to keep tabs on them now that they're getting older.  They were all really good at the pool, so I'm hoping that this translates to good behavior at the Y pool - and if not, there's always the daycare! More pool time for Mommy - alone!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Smalls Take on Busch Gardens

We had to redeem Hudson's preschool pass by the end of May, so Brian and I secretly plotted a trip last week while Wyatt and Reese were in school.  A weekend day wouldn't work because it would involve me up there alone with 4 kids in a long line.  No thank you!  Ha!

We dropped the two big kids off, and then trekked to Williamsburg for the day.  Hudson said, "Hey Mommy, take my picture right here, okay?"

We went over to the Sesame Street section, and he was pretty determined to do some things on his own.  When did my baby boy become such a big boy?  Especially chilling in his shades!

There's my baby!

Fin Fin broke free of the stroller for a little bit and got to ride with Daddy!  I looked back over the blog, and found this post from a trip with the big kids.  I can't believe it, but Hudson is actually older now than Wyatt was then, and Finley is just a little younger than Reese was.  That. Is. Crazy!

Always the cool guy!  These sunglasses have become quite the "thing" for him this year.  He's now on his second pair, the first one broke.  We almost lost the second pair at Target on Sunday, but we searched high and low and found them!

We got to ride the roller coaster over and over again - without getting off!  

These two stopped to visit with Elmo.

And then rode another ride with Daddy!

She obviously hated it!

We followed Elmo land up with slushes, a ride on the log flume, and a train ride!  We made it home in time to pick the big kids up from Mimi and Baba, get Wyatt's book report finished and his habitat project started (and we had to shop for it!  Totally last minute!), and then, by some miracle, he made it to his pitching lesson on time!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Waterpark Fun!

After spending all day Saturday and Sunday at Wyatt's baseball games, we decided to spend Memorial Day at the waterpark with Brian's family.

I had to make a mad dash to Target the night before to make sure that I had bathing suits (and swim diapers!) for all the kids.  Finley was definitely content to lounge in the shade of our cabana in the morning.

Hudson, on the other hand, was up for adventure.  It took him about .5 seconds to make his way over the slide.  Fortunately, it was right in front of our cabana!

He was also feeling brave enough that day to ride the "big boy slides" by himself.  I went down right behind him, but he didn't want the double tube. No fear in this kid!

Wyatt also accompanied us down this slide, but he spent most of the day hanging out with Aunt Allison, Colin, Piper and Reese, while I tended to the little kids with the help of Brian's parents!

Finley was not that excited to try any of the rides in the morning, but she found her inner daredevil after lunch.  She wanted to go down the kiddie slides over and over again!  Hudson slowed down a little while he was riding in front of us.  Rule breaker!

Every picture of her before we hit the water has her eyes closed! I don't think she likes the splash.

The boys hung out in the Bimini with their slushes.

And these two  cool cousins went back and forth from the Bimini to the cabana.
And Daddy stopped by for a visit!  It's crazy that even though we're there having fun - he still has to work.  The kids don't always grasp that concept :).  Of course, we're all still adjusting to the hectic schedule summer brings for him - we'll get used to it by July, and come October I won't even know what to do with family weekends.  Oh wait, yeah I will.  Sports!  Ha!