Monday, November 10, 2014

TX/OU weekend

TX/OU weekend was a lot of fun. My brother and his family came and even though we lost the game, it was a good game and one that Texas actually showed up for. The kids played and played and then we headed to Rudy's for dinner for some great BBQ. The rest of the weekend including heading to a pumpkin patch near our home to capture pictures, ride the hay ride, go through the maze, jump in the bounce house and play games. We also celebrated David's 37th birthday with a cupcake ice cream cake and the kids (including Dakota) helped him blow out the candles. We got him a framed Top Gun movie poster and a new book by his favorite character on television, Ron Swanson (Parks and Rec). David bought his own handgun as his main bday gift. :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Student council Rep

Drew chose to run for student council representative for his class this year. Nichols Elementary takes fourth and fifth grade reps from each class. Drew made a poster and gave a speech. He had to talk about leadership qualities and the changes he wanted to make. He came up with being helpful as the most important quality and gave examples of how he likes to help others. Then, Drew spoke about the changes he wanted such as teachers only giving one test per day, longer recess, and to spend mornings in homeroom instead of switching early to another classroom. When I asked Drew if he was okay with making the speech, he told me that he had given many talks in primary before so he was used to it. He had such a great attitude about it all. I was more nervous of whether he would win than he was. When I picked him up from school on Friday after the elections, his teacher, Ms. Vanderplas, came up to the car congratulating him and that is how I found out he even won! He was very humble about it and yet he was also excited. It should be a great year in student council!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nichols Dash 2014

Drew and Dilan enjoyed running the Nichols Dash this year. It was Dilan's first time and you can see the excitement on her face. Drew ran nonstop and completed 37 laps which was over 3 miles. (12 laps=1mile). Dilan ran 20 laps which was almost 2 miles. The funniest part was that the fourth graders took off so fast and most of them stopped running after two laps. Drew just kept going the entire time. And the kindergarteners ran much farther than the 4th graders! They just kept running and running. It was fun to watch. After Dilan's run, we were at the water table and Dakota put on a show with her dancing. She loved it :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mother-Son Date Night 2014

It's September and that means it was our annual Mother-Son Date Night at Main Event with 30 of our friends. It was so much fun and once again, Drew was the perfect date. He is so sweet and really just enjoys being with me. He likes to be with his friends too but after dinner, he waited for me to play the arcade games with him instead of going off with the rest of the boys. We started off with a game of laser tag where Drew was #15 and I was #23 (our bdays). I tagged Drew 7 times and he tagged me 5 times. We ate pizza for dinner and then we played our favorite game of Fruit Ninja scoring a record-breaking 50 points during one game. We also drove race cars, motorcycles, did the photo booth, air hockey and then he picked out a Wolf stuffed animal named Coal for his prize that night. We headed to Kroger and bought ice cream to enjoy at home. We ate the ice cream and told David all about our night. We love doing this every year.

Drake starts Preschool

Drake could not wait to start pre-school. Ever since Drew and Dilan started school, he would ask me every single day when it was his turn to go to school. It was finally meet the teacher night and he was thrilled. He met Ms. Kristi and found his desk. He ate his snack at his desk, tried on his jungle mask, and could not wait to start his first day.
The first day he had his backpack on and ready to go almost an hour beforehand. His friend from church, Luke, is in his class and in the car Drake was asking me if Luke was in front of us or behind us. He wanted to know if Luke was at school yet. Once we got there, Drake had no problem going right in and coloring his picture of a school bus. He waved by to me and Dakota and that was it. This kid is so easy and happy and he loves school. :)

My new niece

Lorelei Kinsey was born on Sunday, August 31st over Labor Day Weekend. Keely went into the hospital to get monitored on Saturday because of a concern and some blood work indicated that she could have a small placenta tear. Due to that, she was induced Saturday night. I got the call and immediately packed three kids and me up and got in my car. I was ready in 30 minutes and out the door. We drove straight to Damon's house in Pearland and made it just after midnight. I put the kids down and Dakota would not sleep in the pack 'n play so I had to lay down on the couch with her until she fell asleep a few hours later. About 5 am I got a text from my mom asking if I could come to the hospital. She indicated that Keely was in a lot of pain and she needed me.
I immediately got up and wrote a note to Damon that I was leaving for the hospital. Damon and Amy took care of the kids once they woke up and I was able to be at the hospital for my niece's birth. When I arrived at the hospital, Keely was in a lot of pain. She was going through so much with a placenta tear and petocin and she wasn't progressing very fast. Seeing her go through labor was like watching myself doing it because we are so similar with everything we go through. About 10 am it was time to go. I was literally standing on the couch to see and capture the moments with the camera. It was so special to see my niece come into this world especially because she has my name as her middle name. I was the first one to hold her after her parents too. She is so loved. :)
 
David and Drew flew in and got to the hospital around 1 p.m. The whole family was able to hold Lorelei after she was born. It was such a special day. The next day, David took care of the kids while I got to be with Keely at the hospital and see her twin boys meet their sister.

Rice vs Notre Dame

My Dad invited Drew and David to the Rice vs Notre Dame game over Labor Day Weekend. They flew to Chicago on Friday and the game was on Saturday. PawDee got Drew a new Rice shirt and hat to wear to the game. Drew and David got stuck in Kansas City for about 5 hours and arrived just in time Friday night to eat some Chicago deep-dish pizza. But they had a great time walking around the campus, attending the game, and eating steak on Saturday night. Go OWLS!

First Day of School 2014

Drew and Dilan on the first day of school. Excitement was in the air as we went to Dilan's kindergarten class first. She hung up her backpack and sat at her desk without any problem. We left and walked Drew to his class. Drew sat down and immediately began working on the questions on the board such as what were his goals this year in fourth grade. David asked for a hug but only half-joking as Drew chose to high-five him instead. On our way out we walked by Dilan's class again to check on her. Her seat is with her back facing the door so we saw her coloring and thought she was fine. As we left, they had donuts for kindergarten parents in the library so we stopped by to get Drake a donut. He ate it on his way back to the car.
After school, Dilan told me she started to cry after we left because she missed me. But when I asked her if her teacher noticed, she said no because she stopped crying pretty quickly. She said she realized that she had met the teacher before and this was really her second day there so she would be okay. :)
When Drew got in the car that afternoon, I asked him how his first day went and he said, "I loved it!"

Meet the Teacher 2014

Dilan has Ms. Cornatzer for Kindergarten this year. She was so excited to meet her teacher and see her classroom. She found her cubby easily (#17) and one of her classmates said their teacher looked like a Disney Princess.
 Drew has Ms. Vanderplas this year and Mrs. Bell. He was very excited to get school started. He knew just what to do when he walked through the door and sorted his supplies.
 My kindergartener and 4th grader

Best week of Summer 2014

Our last and best week of summer included hair cuts for the boys by me and a new haircut place for Dilan. As you can see from her face, she didn't enjoy the experience.
 We went to Little Elm beach with the E. family. The kids had so much fun and Drew and C. made their annual mote in the sand. Dakota did great learning how to dig up sand and put it in the bucket.
 We were able to go to the Perot Museum for the first time. Saw the dinosaur exhibit, were able to race a dinosaur, gymnast, and a football player, spent time playing in the children's museum, made birds and flew like them, and saw a lot of fossils. The kids loved it!
We capped off our week with an FC Dallas game against Real Salt Lake. Drew invited his bf, Matthew, and it was Dilan and Drake's first game. We got a babysitter for Dakota. We had so much fun cheering and eating pretzels and popcorn. Drake had a lot of energy and was just trying to stay awake for the late game. Dilan said she liked playing soccer a lot more than watching it. :)