Sunday, March 27, 2016

February Little Things

We started February with a teacher work day.  In our house a day off from school means a trip to the zoo!  Fortunately we had a really great day for it.  These four aren't always a delight to take out on my own, but they have learned over time that if they want to have any fun, they need to behave themselves.  

That doesn't mean that they're always great at taking a group picture.  The most cooperative person in this photo was Taylor, Reese's American girl!  Ha!
This Buddy Holly shirt has been through all 4 of the kids.  Brian is a fan, and he "had" to have it for Wyatt.
Hudson had a lot of fun playing basketball this season.  He was in a Kindergarten/First Grade division at the Y because he's 5, but he's still only in Pre-K.  He played in the four year old division last year, but he couldn't do that again.  There was a big size difference between him and the first graders, but he had fun!
He learned about the Presidents at school in February, and he made this Abraham Lincoln project. He liked pretending he was "Honest Abe."
Nothing sweeter than catching my girls having a story time before bed.  Reesie is a great big sister, and a great reader!
Speaking of readers, this guy is working hard on becoming one!  He likes to sit up front with me after we park at Reese's school every day.  Before we go in, he comes up front and reads me the next few pages of his reader.
The Spartans worked hard all month and they kept winning!

We had to share our ears last month for Make a Wish.  Very appropriately with a picture from our last vacation behind them!
She insisted on buying these leggings on a trip to Target.  At first I said no...but they are kind of garishly adorable, and they are super soft. And they have "pincesses," so they ended up in our cart!
Hudson made it to Reader 3 (and he got a haircut)!
Nothing like a day hanging out on the couch with your puppy, reading books and watching TV by the fire.
Circle time before bed is also always a fun option.  Especially with this assortment of characters.
Brian volunteered as Watch Dog at Reese's school on her half birthday.  With a summer birthday, you have to do what you can.  It's always so fun for them to have their dad around at school - hanging out with their friends, seeing what they do in class, and bringing them lunch!
The three of us one morning before school!  I started a long term sub position at their school at the end of the month.  It's always fun getting the "early shift" out by 7:20, and then rushing to get the "second shift" out the door by 8:10.  Let's just say, my alarm goes off at 6, and I don't stop moving for 2 hours!
Getting their medals for an award winning basketball season!  Ha!

And because we can't go a week without a sport....the day after basketball season, we started prepping for baseball!  It was a discount day for lots of local leagues, and we ran into RipTide!  And we walked out with 4 new pairs of cleats, a new softball helmet, and countless other supplies to get the season started!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

January Little Things

Woefully behind in my blogging, but such is life. Our January was packed with lots of little, fun things!

We started the new year by going out to breakfast with Mimi and Baba and Aunt Allison and Colin and Piper!  This girl can shovel in some breakfast.  I think it's her favorite meal of the day.  
Hudson played indoor soccer this year.  He and his buddy Jesse were a force to be reckoned with on the field - they scored 12 goals in their first game.

We went to see The Force Awakens again before school started back up!  Reese really was happy to be there!  She was just waiting on her cheese fries.  This girl was starving!
Doesn't Hudson look so sweet and innocent drinking his hot chocolate?  He BEGGED me to make it after school while Brian was home fixing some things around the house.  He and his buddy Marc were fixing some posts on the deck, and checking a problem we were having with our ceiling fan.
When they left to go to Home Depot, they left the ladder up in the living room.  Hudson climbed on it, and when he jumped off to go back to school to pick Finley up from dance, guess what happened?  That my friends, is a busted TV. Brian stays really calm in situations like this, and we actually ended up with a much better deal on a new one at Target than Best Buy offered (I ordered a TV, and then got an email that it was backordered until after the Super Bowl)!
This girl loves some baby dolls!
And she loves Doc McStuffins! 
Wyatt's TASL soccer team also played indoor this season.  He had a lot of fun!
This girl loves her Daddy!  Although she probably likes it more when he remembers everything he needs for his work day and saves us the drive. Ha!
She also loves her Momma about as much as Hudson loves photobombs!
After Hudson got his reader, he got serious about reading!  
He loves his little sister so much.  But he also loves to annoy the garbage out of her.  Lately they have been fighting like CRAZY in the car, and I've been working at their school - so my drive to school is fighting, then working with 18 kids, and then more fighting on the way home!  Soooo, who wants to start driving them home so I can get 10 minutes of peace every day?
Jeter spent most of January on Noelle's his dog bed cuddled up by the fire.  No worries, we ordered him his own dog cover for the bed!
Wyatt also played basketball at the Rec Center this year.  He is a beast on defense!
We got a little bit of snow, and this kid took full advantage.
Huddoo got reader number 2!
Finley took practicing her dance skills very, very seriously!
And Reese became a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court!!!  The boys on her team weren't big fans of passing the ball to the girls, so she's basically rules out playing a coed sport every again!