Friday, September 13, 2013

Update: Here is the only picture I have of Nathan's face--its a bit fuzzy, and it was taken after he was cleaned up, but it captures his misery.

Today is Aaron's birthday, but I'll post about it later (trying to find photos, etc...). I have to share a remarkably hectic day--vent for a bit, so I can put it behind me:)

Wake up, 6:30--prayer with kids, send Hannah off to the bus. Help Rachel and Nathan get ready for school and school pictures and shower and finish invitations for Aaron's birthday party next week.

8:40--send the 3 younger ones off to school, then head to Walmart to pick up a classroom birthday treat. Drop it off at school, then go visit with a friend who has cancer. Go to Target for a quick errand.

11:45--pick up Aaron, take him to a special birthday lunch (Happy Meal), head to Sam's Club. Home for about 20 minutes before Hannah gets home.

4:10--leave the house again. Drop off Aaron at a friends' house, take Hannah and Nathan to piano. Leave piano early to get Nathan to soccer practice. Take Hannah home, then pick up Aaron, then back to the soccer field to pick up Nathan.

6:45--home again, trying to make dinner. Nathan ran out to ride his bike, only to come back a minute later, screaming and covered in blood. Apparently he flipped over his handle bars and landed on his face. Tons of blood coming from his nose and mouth, and scratches all over. Try to patch him up as best I can and hope nothing is permanently damaged, including the expander he got from the orthodontist on Monday. His lip is swollen and gums are cut, which is lame because it makes it challenging to keep the expander clean. Oh, and its even harder to eat. Poor kid hasn't eaten a regular meal since the orthodontist on Monday.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Back to School=Back to Busy

The kids are 2 weeks into their new school year. Hannah is in 6th grade, Rachel is in 4th, Nathan is in 3rd, and Aaron started 1/2 day Kindergarten. That means that I have kids in 3 different schools, with different bus times and start times, but most importantly, I have 3 hours to myself every single day:)
 Hannah looks nervous, but she had a great first day of Middle School.



Don't know why Aaron looks so grumpy...a minute later he looked like this:


 He completely loves being in school and meeting new friends, riding the bus, and not being left behind when the big kids go to school. He is a bit annoyed that he gets home so much earlier than they do.



Rachel just kept posing...and posing...and posing...


 This is Aaron on the bus on his first day...I got to ride the bus with him, had a parent meeting while he met his teacher and explored the classroom, and then we rode home on the bus together. I thought it was a cute way to introduce kids to school.

And then he came home and did this:
(That's a sweatshirt, except his legs are in the sleeves and his head is in the hood. He danced around the living room like this.)

After a busy but unstructured summer, it is nice to be back on a routine...but I forgot just how busy the school year can be. We are all awake by at least 6:30 for prayer and scriptures, so that Hannah can catch the bus at 6:55. The younger kids get ready for school and usually have an hour or so to play before their bus. Then I have free time, but I also volunteered to help the PTA with Box Tops and Promotions, so that will use up some of that time. The boys are in soccer, which can take 2-3 days a week, plus Hannah and Nathan are doing piano (which they both hate) and Rachel has gymnastics. On top of that, Christian is traveling a lot starting this week, and we have Aaron's birthday this week plus school open houses coming up.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The end of summer as we know it

To wrap up the last of our summer...
Christian, who is obsessed with all things Frisbee, took me on a fun date playing Frisbee golf at a nearby park. It was really fun, although we obviously need more practice and Christian caught his 2nd round of poison ivy this summer.
 This is one of the goals...

 Hannah wanted to practice curling her hair, which I know from experience doesn't work well with her hair type. We tried 4 different methods of curling her hair by dividing her head into 4 sections and doing them at the same time. It was clear that only the small curling iron and the crimpy one lasted for more than a few minutes.

We did a week-long cousin swap--I traded Hannah and Aaron for my niece, Karen, who is Nathan and Rachel's age. I loved the swap and want to do it again. The kids were creative and fun and watched far less tv than usual.

Here we are at Applebees after watching Percy Jackson.


 The kids played "modelling", so my camera was filled with these creative-and unusual-poses:













Rachel also had her 2-year post-op appointment, including a CT scan to verify the cysts that were removed hadn't grown back. We got an "all clear" from the doctor :)

The kids made the most of this little kiddie pool I bought in June, although it killed a patch of our grass and got a hole in it.


Oh, and I try to give the kids jobs every day. I got a kick out of seeing Nathan trying to add to his job list.
Happy summer!