Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
After School I asked her who she sat by and she told me that they don't even have desks! They got to sit on the carpet the whole time. They had a party for the first day and they got party hats, noise makers and those things you blow on and they unroll - these didn't make noise. She told me that there is another Mia. I asked her if she needed to put her name on her school work as Mia L. and she said, "No. The other Mia spells her name Mia and I spell my name MiA."
I had a little bit of a hard time leaving her but I thought of all the adventures she was going to have and I didn't even cry one little bit. I almost started and then I changed my train of thought. I think Mia missed more then she let on because after she got home, she REALLY needed my attention and wanted to play with me and touch me and just be near me.
Now for the fun--pictures:
Mia let me fix her hair and I think it turned out pretty cute. I just braided the fronts and put the rest in high ponytails with the ends of the braids.
She refused to smile for me. I told her to smile and she told me, "I am." I just took what I could get.
Mia wore the bracelet that my friend helped me make. It was like a little piece of me went to school with her on the first day.
After eating we headed over to Kohl's to find a jacket for Jared. We hadn't gone far and Gordon ran over to pick something up. He shouted, "A Belly Button! Someone lost their Belly Button!" He stayed right with me and when I was looking at the clearance rack, there was a swimsuit that was just his size so we bought it. He put it on as soon as we got home to sleep in it and he has worn it for the last 3 days. I don't know if it is so much that he likes the swimsuit, as much as the memory the swimsuit brings. I am happy he likes it so much and I love to see him in it, too.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Later this same girl came up to Gordon and hit him. Gordon was crying and Spencer was yelling at the girl. I asked Gordon if he wanted Spencer to be his Body Guard and Gordon said, "Spencer IS my body guard!"
Spencer is 6 months younger than Gordon.
We started off the night by going out to eat. I cringed when they charged us $3.49 for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but it was her special night and I let her chose what she wanted. After eating, we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop. I let Mia choose a bear and she was off. When we got to the stuffing machine, the guy working there, I think, intimidated her. He was so hyper and kept talking to her and she just stood and stared at him. When he let her choose a heart for the bear and he kept telling her to rub it on her body, she got into it. He told her to make a wish and she just looked at him and told him she didn't have any wishes. (Last time she wished for something, it was that the world was made of ice cream...it didn't come true.) He asked her if she had a secret and she said, "I have a secret but I don't want to tell you." I was trying not to laugh at her. She really loved "fluffing" the bear in the bath tub and picking out some clothes for it.
She kept talking about everything her bear could do. She was so funny when she asked me to take the tag off her Bear's ear. She said, "Can you take the tag off my Bear's ear? It is really bugging her and making her kind of annoyed."
We walked around the Gateway for a little while just window shopping and then we were heading back to our car. I noticed a Barnes and Noble and asked Mia if she would like to go inside. She said yes, so we went in for a little look. I read her some books and she sat so still leaning against my arm, I thought she was asleep. On the way back to the van, we noticed that there was an outdoor concert very close to where we were. I asked her if she was interested in going over to take a look, or if she was too tired. She told me, "I am too tired. Actually, I am NOT too tired. I just don't care about it."
We got home and she went to bed and we were both filled with fond memories of our "Girls Night Out."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It was really sweet to be able to "spy" on her like that. I think she is going to do great!
Monday, August 25, 2008
He got to wear his new backpack and finally wear the shirt he has tried to wear every day for nearly a month.
He waited outside the school for the doors to open.
Was delighted to see on of his friend from First Grade, Josh, is in his class.
Now, I can't wait until school is over and I can hear all about his first day in Second Grade!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
He hates it so much in fact, that when he is wheezy, Mia will say to me, "Maybe Ellis needs that thing that makes him scream!" I have always dreaded using it on him because he does scream for the full 5 minutes that it takes to "nebulize" him.
Fast forward to today, Gordon is sick and is crying because his "booger are coming" and Ellis can barely breathe. He is coughing a lot and just really wheezing. He was like this last night too, but I really put off having to use the nebulizer. I put it on him because it was just getting worse and he was struggling for air and he just sat through it. Feeling it and trying to figure it out, but he didn't fight it. After I finished, I let him hold it and poke his fingers in the holes and explained to him what it did and why we needed it. Did he understand? Who knows. The point is that we are now friends with the nebulizer and it helped A LOT. Hopefully he doesn't start to wheeze again tonight. I have 4-6 hours before I can use it again and I hope he is fast asleep not up and coughing all night.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Mia is ALL about going to public school. She has been ready to go for the last two years while Jared has been going. Now that she finally has the chance, it would seem unfair for her to have to miss out on all the fun of going to school.
I REALLY feel that the kids would get a better education with me as their teacher. I know that they do great at school and as long as I continue to volunteer once a week and stay involved, I will definitely know if I should revisit the idea of homeschooling.
For another school year, I will push it to the back of my mind and try to not think about it too often and just let the kids enjoy being children.
Jared will be in Miss Casperson's class who I have heard wonderful things about. Mia will be in the afternoon Kindergarten with Mrs. Madsen who is just a lovable grandma. I know they will be in good hands. This doesn't mean that I will stop trying to teach them myself, though.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It was SUCH a good surprise and we are so glad that they stopped in for a visit.
Ellis LOVED being in the pool. We have taken his a couple times and he always begins clutching either Seth or me but this time he went right in with his teacher. It was so fun watching him. When I went to switch classes for Gordon, the lady that worked at the front desk told me that Ellis was too young to be in swimming lessons. The instructors said he was fine and there was no problem when I signed him up, but she decided that if I wanted to put him in, I had to put him in the "Parents and Tots" class. I told them I wanted a refund. He had a hard time watching the other kids swim today.
Jared was pretty excited when he finished his lessons today. He ran up to me and told me that he can float without any help. He has really been practicing any time we are in water and I know that this means a lot to him.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
These are just some pictures in front of our house. It was difficult to get good pictures because he is in that phase where he has to have his hands all over his face, making funny faces.
These are the presents he got. He was especially excited about the book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I am posting these pictures on Tuesday, August 12 and he has already finished one of the books and started the next one. This kid is a reading machine!
This is the finished product of the "Boom Blox" cake. Seth had to build it several times because it kept tipping over.
Then everyone got to have a chance to choose a "Zinger" without tipping it over.
Jared also received a new bike, it may be a little too big for him but it won't be long before he grows into it.
This is Jared when he crashed on the bike. He couldn't reach to stop so he went over to our neighbors soft green grass and crashed on it. What a smart boy. The best part is that he wasn't afraid to get back on.
Now, on to the pictures...
This picture is of my cute boys. Taken outside the Bountiful Temple while waiting for Amber to change.
Amber had her reception at Pioneer Hall, across from Gardner Village. The building was so perfect on the exterior for photos. This was my favorite spot. (Seth's sister told me that it is cute with Gordon's finger up his nose...I am not so sure...)
Finally, we have my cute kids. They are growing up SO fast! There is a cemetery behind Pioneer Hall which is where the men and kids spent the evening while the ladies took care of the reception.
I had to post this picture of Seth's sister Amber, just because she is so beautiful.