Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Day of School!!!! Jaydn started 2nd grade and Olivia and Madalyn started kindergarten.

Olivia, Gabriella, Madalyn, and Jaydn all ready to walk to Standford Avenue to start our first day of school.

Here are there cool poses. Maddy was so excited to start school this year. Maddy kept telling me if she were scared then she could just hang out with Olivia and her friends she already knew.

Here is Olivia's cool pose. She too was super excited to start school this year. No signs of being nervous to stay yet...

Jaydn's goofy pose. When he gets excited he starts to act silly.
He is in a class with two teachers who split the week. We pray that it goes well.

I did have to shed a tear or two thinking of how fast time has gone by. It was not too long ago that we were praying that they would be healthy happy babies and obviously our prayers were answered. Now off to school.
They have been in school for 9 days now and I really do miss them a lot. They are pretty exhausted by the time they get home so some days we have 3 grumpy kiddos after school. They will adjust soon though.
Mrs. Will's Kindergarten class. I am a little frustrated with the state budget crisis that we are in. It has truly affected our schools decision process. Budget cuts cause our kids to have mandatory full day kindergarten along with 30 kids per classroom, an aide for only 3 hours of the day. It is so sad. Really that is too many little 5 year olds with one teacher. We are fortunate to have 30 kids, a local school in our district had 40 to a class, now that is insane.
The first day was a little scary for Maddy and Lilly. They did start to cry when I left, luckily I had them play with a friend from preschool (Grace) and that took their minds off of the scary part of your mom leaving you with a bunch of strangers. They have loved school since then.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Kev

We celebrated Kevin's birthday yesterday as a family. Just us 6, which is not a normal birthday for Kevin. Usually we get to be with his parents and siblings on his birthday, but unfortunately they were out of town. He was super grateful that his siblings all called on his birthday though. I thought it was funny that the majority of his siblings that did call mentioned him not getting a birthday cake from his mom. (lol) Good thing he has a wife to make him a cake! We really enjoyed our Sunday.

Kevin is an amazing Daddy. We all know that he takes a huge part in being a Dad in our family. We all appreciate him.
Gabriella was being a pill so Kev put her in a time out as I was cooking dinner. We went to check on her and she had fallen asleep like this.
So the good Dad that Kevin is... he tucked her in for well needed nap.

Here are all the kids helping Kevin open his presents. They love to open presents. It got to the point where we had to stop them because they were not even letting Kevin have any part in the opening of his presents. I could just visualize the next birthday party my kids were invited to..... opening all the birthday kids presents.

Each of the kids picked out a little something for Dad's birthday. Gabriella gave her present along with a hug.

Maddy's present and hug.

Lilly's present and hug.

And Jaydn's present and hug. As Jaydn gets ready for church on Sunday's he always asks Kevin what they should wear. I love it, it is so cute to see a mini Kev.