Monday, August 27, 2012

They Say the Darnest Things....

Since this IS my baby book for each of my kids, I want to write down a few things the kids have been saying that just crack us up, so we won't forget them.

Pres (July 2012): He was sitting at the bar, pulling on his ear.  I asked him what was the matter and if his ear hurt.  He said "No, my ear is just turned off."  Our guess is that his ear just needed to pop or something because it didn't bother him after that.

Bennett (July 2012): She was getting ready for church and after getting dressed and putting her headband on, she walked over to the mirror and said "Now that's what I'm talking about" with a very cocky tone.  Steve just busted out laughing.

Pres (August 2012): He has started this new thing when we look at him with our disciplinary eyes, "what?  what are you looking at?"

Pres (August 2012): I tried on a new lipstick, one that is a dark red.  I was just wearing it around the house, but when Preston saw me he looked at me and then said "I don't like your lips mom."  You have to love the honesty of that kid!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Bennett's 1st Day of Kindergarten!

Mrs. Greer & Bennett at orientation
 It is hard to believe that my little girl is old enough to go to "big school," but she is.  In fact, she started kindergarten today!  She has Mrs. Greer as her teacher, who she met last week, and I think it will be a good year.  Initially, Bennett was sad because she was separated from all of her little girlfriends (9 in total, and 2 are in each of the other 4 classes).  However, I think it will be a good opportunity for her to make new friends, so I am not upset.

Bennett before school
Mrs. Greer loves dogs, and calls her students the "kennel club."  Guess who she has a lot in common with her already??  Each day, Bennett starts with 6 bones in her dog bowl.  If she can make it all day without any warnings, she gets a stamp in her book.  However, if she makes a bad choice, then she starts getting bones taken away from her.  She didn't lose any bones on her first day (yeah!).
Walking through the tunnel to school

When we walked her to school, we took a few photos and then walked her to her room.  We got a little lost (don't ask me why because the school really isn't that difficult to get around), but made it in without any tears.  Bennett was a little hesitant to enter the room, but she didn't look back once she was in, and we weren't allowed in.

On our way home, I cried a little.  It is just so hard to believe that my baby, my first born, is off to school!  However, once I got back in my routine I was fine.  The weird thing though was at 12:30, I started getting antsy, thinking I needed to go get her soon.  Since I have been on the 9-1 schedule for the past 4 years, it will take a little getting used to these longer days.

In fact, shortly thereafter, I started thinking about Bennett and how her day was going.  Hoping she was having fun and meeting new friends....

Pres wishing her well



Me holding back the tears

Finally 2:30 pm rolled around, so Pres and I started to get ready to leave.  We left our house at 2:45, didn't get Bennett and Caroline into the car until 3:20, and didn't get home until almost 3:30.  Needless to say, carpool line SUCKED!  I am definitely walking from now on, unless it is over 100 degrees because I think it will be faster!  But it is not about me....Bennett had a wonderful first day of school!
All smiles after school!

Bennett & Caroline (1/2 of the "Mayfair Girls" Carpool)
She and Caroline were all smiles as they loaded into the car, and chatted the whole way home about their day!  When we got home, I started asking Bennett more specific questions about her day, and here is how it went:

Me: Did you have a good day?
B: Yes
Me: Did you eat all of your lunch? (she ate the school lunch today)
B: I ate all of my chicken and some of my mashed potatoes, but not all because they weren't as good as Mimi's
Me: What did you learn today?
B: A lot of rules!
Me: Who did you play with the most?
B: Miley
Me: Who did you sit next to at lunch?
B: Miley
Me: What was your favorite part of the day?
B: All of it

I hope Bennett's enthusiasm doesn't wane, and the rest of the year goes as well as today did for her!  She is a precious little girl who we love more than words.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Roughing It at Ruffner



We are still on a mission of crossing as many things off of our summer fun list as possible, so today we tackled two!  Since the weather is a bit cooler than normal, I recruited Mary Michael and her kids to join us for a hike up Ruffner Mountain.  It was a cloudy day, so we thought it would be a pretty pleasant experience.

The kids all started off excited and running up the path.  Initially we thought we would keep it close and short, but the kids were all doing well, so we kept on going.  As we finally reached the peak (1.3 miles up), the kids were tired and a couple had cried.  We should have turned around earlier, but we were so close, so we kept going up.  We used the "summit" as an opportunity to rest, rehydrate, snack and take a few photos, and then we turned back around.
Pres with his big bug find
The kids taking a break
After another .25 miles, Mary Michael and I were starting to get a little tired because she was carrying Lynlee (who refused to walk in the dirt), and I was taking turns carrying each of my kids.  Bennett did better about walking herself, but Preston kept tripping on roots and rocks, and insisted on being held.  It was frustrating, but I know I pushed them too far, so I only had myself to blame.


Landon navigating
We did the quarry trail




Fortunately the walk back to the nature center was primarily downhill, so it was much easier for everyone.  In fact, when we got real close, all of the kids really picked up their pace.  When we got to the bottom, we used the restroom, washed our hands and headed on our next adventure....a picnic at The Vulcan!

At the "summit" with the kids (1.3 miles up)
Pres crying after one of his many falls
Though the wind was starting to pick up, and rain was imminent, we dined with the view of downtown Birmingham on one side, and The Vulcan on the other.  After lunch, the kids played on the grassy knoll.  They rolled down the hill, ran back up, then raced back down!  It is amazing how they have so much energy!

We finally came home early afternoon, showered and then the kids took a long nap.  I guess all of the complaints about their legs hurting were valid because they were out hard!  I had to wake each of them up after several hours.
Rolling down the hill

Running down the hill
All and all though, it was a fun morning and the kids loved "going for a hike in the woods."  I definitely see more hiking in our future.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Splash Adventure

School is rapidly approaching, and we still have a lot of things that we want to do!  Since summer technically ends September 21st this year, we may have to keep checking off items into next month (that's not cheating is it?).   Especially since a couple of things we really want to do, we need to find a nice cool night to do them...camping and drive-in theater. 

Anywho....we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather we had today and drive out to Splash Adventure for a few hours.  We've had several friends go this summer and had heard good things, so why not!  The prices are discounted at 4pm, and it closes at 8pm, so we thought going the last four hours of the day would be the perfect amount of time to be there, and it would be less crowded.  We were correct with our two assumptions, but we forgot to take into account the cooler weather as the sun sets.



Though our kids had purple lips and were shivering, they continued to up and down the slides and play in the pool until we pulled the plug.  They had a ball!!  Preston absolutely LOVED all of the waterslides, and insisted on going by himself after a few times.  Several of their slides have 42 inch height requirements (which he does not meet), but we slipped him past the guards and he enjoyed himself thoroughly.  We went with Shannon and Christian and met the Neeses there too, so our kids had fun playing with the other kids.



We packed a few snacks since we were there over the dinner hour, but really tried to just pack it all in so we could leave and have dinner at home.  It all worked out well and the whole family had fun, even though it was a little chilly.  It was certainly a fun way to spend a few hours, and I imagine we'll return again next summer.