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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pax turns 5!

Today we spent our day celebrating this boy. He steals my heart over and over again. He is a tender-hearted, kind little boy. And I am one lucky girl to be his mommy. A 5 year post and our birthday celebration will make it up here on this blog...one of these days.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pax in Kindergarten

We kicked off our school year at home yesterday. See Pax's favorites from last year.

Holden in 1st grade

School over here began yesterday! So we are two days in. See Holden's favorites from last year.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kindergarten School Boy!

Tuesday we will begin our second year of homeschooling. I will be teaching a 1st grader this year and a kindergartener. Crazy! Pax will turn 5 just one week after we start school. But much to my surprise he caught onto reading just by participating with us in the kindergarten curriculum last year. So even though he is young, I see no reason to delay starting him. So tonight, Pax opened up his Kindergarten goods!
 
 This new big boy backpack will get very little use since we will be at home most of the time. But every kid needs a backpack!
 
And all the fun goodies that were inside! He is so excited to start his school year.

Just like daddy

Last week Jeremy had another work related trip. He left Sunday afternoon and flew back in to us on Friday evening. It was a long week here at home. But we survived once again. I mean, you can't help but survive it. There are no other options. Crawling under a rock sometimes sounds appealing to me, but it's not really an option. I mean, what were my little boys going to do while I was hiding out under a rock? That just didn't make sense.

One night as I tucked the boys in bed, I did a little interview with each of them that I'll post on the blog later this week.  I posted their favorites last year as we began our first school year. Pax's Pre-K favorites. And Holden's Kindergarten favorites. So I was doing those little interviews again for this year. The last question was "When I grow up I want to....." Pax was being interviewed first. They were in separate rooms so they weren't even hearing each another's responses. He didn't quite understand the answer I was looking for. So I briefly mentioned jobs and explained that one day he would go to work each day. What did he want to do for work? After my explanation he immediately said "I want to build jets, airplanes and helicopters." He has taken a bigger interest in Legos lately. So that may have had something to do with his future job description. But this is also probably what he imagines his daddy does each day. It's definitely not an accurate description. But in his (almost 5 year old) head, he was describing his daddy's job. I just thought it was sweet. He wants to be like his daddy. Then I headed into Holden's room to tuck him in and do his quick interview. As I got to that same question..."When I grow up I want to..." Without skipping a beat or needing any explanation his response was "be just like daddy." And there went my eyes spilling over with water. I told him what a great idea that was and that his daddy was a wonderful man. Clearly, he doesn't need me to tell him this. It has been evident for nearly Holden's entire life, that the boy thinks his daddy hung the moon. We talked a little longer and I explained I was looking for a career and job. You'll see later when I post them that Holden has high hopes of playing soccer for his job. :)

But these boys and their daddy....it's a very special bond. All boys need a daddy! All children need a daddy! It's the way God intended the family to be. And I know it can't always be that way for every family. Divorce, abandonment, death and other terrible things happen to families that may make them feel incomplete. But with Jeremy away last week, and my boys reminding me of the pedestal they have him on, I had to stop and thank God again for bringing us together the way He did. For giving these three boys a daddy that is crazy for them. And they are equally crazy for their daddy.
Reuniting at the airport on Friday. Pax had fallen asleep in the car. But this big boy could wait to jump in his arms.

Friday, August 8, 2014

First sleepover.

My boys hosted their first sleepover this week with their two boy cousins. After the boys had a fun dinner at The Rainforrest CafĂ©, I knew they would love some good solid time together to play. So me and my sister made it happen. She brought Carson and Cameron over on Thursday at noon and I headed to the waterpark with 5 boys! Ages 11, 7, 6, {almost} 5 and 20 months. You may not see them all, but they are all back there in the mini.
We spent 4 hours at the water park and rode nearly every ride there was. It was a little chaotic at times. I was constantly counting 5 heads. But it was such a fun way to spend our afternoon.
Jeremy came home with pizza for dinner. Before and after dinner the boys spent lots of time on the trampoline. It was at least 100 degrees outside but they wanted to jump. Notice they are nearly all shirtless. 
The biggest cousin of the bunch spent some time reading to these guys. Pax LOVES Carson. Adores him. And for about 24 hours Pax was stuck to Carson like glue.
After Abe went to bed, the party continued. The boys played some games and ate some icecream before they crashed for the night.
This morning after breakfast they spent a good portion of their morning playing with legos and jumping on the trampoline again.
Today after lunch I met up with my sister and the boys parted ways. With tears in Pax's eyes he said goodbye to his buddy Carson. He had so much fun invading Carson's personal space while they stayed with us. :) And Carson handled it like a champ. It was such a fun time with my nephews. Having that time with Carson actually made me really look forward to the ages and stages that I have in front of me with my own boys. I know we will be doing this sleepover thing more often in the future.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

more summer fun!

I'll begin this catch up post with my trip to Colorado. It was only for a weekend but I traveled solo, leaving my family at home, to have a weekend away with my sister. We had registered to run a 5k together near her home. At the last minute, we decided to book a hotel and make it a girl's weekend. It was a lot of fun. I was feeling a little under-the-weather (9 days later my status is the same), so we kept it low key. With the exception of the race, we spent most of the time in our hotel room talking. We had lunches and dinners out and did a little shopping. But my talk time with her was the highlight, for sure. I'm sure with children around, it would have taken a full month to cover all of the conversations we had in just a couple of days. It was a great great time for me. When we do get time together, I'm reminded of how much I miss her!
I brought along some facial masks.
 
 The aftermath of our color run. FYI: Elevation makes a huge difference when running. On Tuesday morning I had run 7 miles. On Thursday morning I had run 5 miles. I won't pretend that either of those runs felt easy. But I will say that on Saturday, those 3.2 miles were the hardest. Honestly I went into thinking it would be a piece of cake. Not so much!
 I do miss my family when I am away from them. I really, really do. But I was greeted in the airport by 4 smiling, handsome guys. And I came home to this on my front door.
 We had some morning swim time and afternoon playtime with some special friends.
 With some more unusually "cool" summer days, we had an afternoon at the park and went on a turtle hunt. I saw about 40 small turtles one morning while running, so we attempted to hunt them down, but only found one large momma turtle. And my littlest guy thinks he is so big and climbed all the way up!
 Yesterday we met some friends at Lake Granbury. We took a day trip to this wonderful place last year as well. Check it out. Maybe it will be a fun summer tradition. It's the perfect little place to pretend you're at the beach when you don't have the ocean nearby.
 Last night we met my family at the Rainforest Cafe to celebrate cousin Cameron's 7th birthday. The boys had a lot of fun and I think Abe's favorite part were the pretend thunderstorms.
We have about 3 weeks left of this summer fun and freedom, though we may be starting school a littler earlier at this house. I haven't quite decided. I've enjoyed the relaxed schedule. But I know the school routine is so good for my boys. Either way, we will be soaking up these last few weeks of not having much responsibility and productivity. Hope you are enjoying your summer break!