Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk or Treat 2015

Our trunk or treat was with our brand new ward this year before we had even met for a Sunday together. So, most of the people we didn't know but there were some familiar faces so that was good. It rained so the event was held indoors and the kids loved going from classroom to classroom getting candy. Dakota got the hang of it real quick and she and Drake stuck together. I didn't see Dilan most of the night because once she found her friends, she went around with them. She even sat with her friends at their table for the chili cook-off. It was a sign of things to come if she is choosing her friends at age 6 already! MawMille and Popo were here with us for Drake's birthday weekend and were able to share in the fun along with us. They enjoyed seeing the kids dressed up in their costumes and seeing them trick or treat at the church.

Sky Ranch

Drew's overnight 5th grade trip was to Sky Ranch. He left on a Wednesday morning and came back Friday afternoon. When I dropped him off in the cafeteria, he found out he was in the teal cabin and placed teal tags on his bags. At first, he was disappointed thinking he wasn't with his friends but as more of them showed up, they all had teal tags too! His best friend, Matthew, and his Dad were in Drew's cabin so that brought a smile to Drew's face immediately. Once he was off on his trip, I didn't get to hear from him until he was home on Friday. I picked him up and he reported that he had so much fun. He bought two stuffed animal souvenirs and bought some extra treats at meal time. He did say that he "had the worst spaghetti of his life" but the breakfasts were really good. Drew loved bouncing high on the Jumping Pillow which was a huge inflatable all of the kids could get on together. He also enjoyed ziplining for the first time. His first overnight trip without family was a success! Drew didn't get homesick or "miss us that much." :)

David turns 38!

David's birthday was on a Monday this year and it was an actual holiday for the kids but David had to work. So, Drew came up with an idea to create a birthday scavenger hunt for David when he got home. We grabbed some of David's favorites at the stores and bought smaller presents to make it fun. Drew did it all himself and the kids loved following David around from place to place in the house as he found clues. David got a new Minion t-shirt, x-box live, the new Star Wars xbox game, Kit Kats, chocolate chip cookies, Dr. Pepper, and an awesome pumpkin ice cream cake. It was a lot of fun to see the kids take over the holiday and celebrate. A dinner at Chili's after the scavenger hunt was a tasty way to end the night!

Nichols Dash 2015

 Drew and Dilan participated in their school's fun run to raise money for the school. They all received new spirit shirts with the state of Texas on them and new colors this year, dark blue for 5th grade and green for 1st. The 5th graders started out strong and fast and then just had fun with their friends. The Specials teachers started a mob flash dance to Thriller which was fun to watch. Drew ran x laps and Dilan ran x. Both of them did very well and really enjoyed the run. Dilan's teacher, Mrs. Harrison, even ran with her for a few laps, both of them trying to beat the other.

Do the Locomotion with Me

Drew had a 5th grade performance this week where each class sang a song, Glee style. It was after a PTA meeting which by the way was painful to sit through but the highlight came when Drew's class sang, "Do the Locomotion with Me" and had to dress in red, white or blue. Drew was surprised I knew the song and could sing it along with him. I used to dance and sing along to that song when I was his age! But he loved the song chosen for his class because of course, it had to do with trains and he was excited most of all because he was the engine of the train in the song standing on the end. It was a happy performance filled with smiles and joy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dakota's First Day of MDO

Dakota was so excited to go to her first day of preschool. She only attends one day a week on Wednesdays but she was ready! Dakota insisted on wearing her princess backpack (even though one was not required) and she went right into her room and immediately sat at the table to start eating her snack. No need to say bye to me and no time to play with the toys as all the other kids were doing. Dakota took her nap well at school and when I picked her up, she ran up to me smiling and said, "Mommy, I missed you so much!" She squeezed me very tight. Her report for the day said she was happy, and chatty. The teacher also indicated that she didn't know what she was going to teach Dakota this year as she is so smart and knows everything already! Dakota loved her first day, and I know she will really enjoy her school experience this year with Ms. Melissa.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Drake's First Day of Pre-K 2015

Drake started pre-K today! Drake was so excited to go to school and he didn't miss a beat. He got himself dressed and ready to go, didn't complain about me fixing his hair (a miracle!), and made a decision that his shoes were too small today. I hadn't bought him new school shoes yet because I was going to wait until he needed them. Apparently, he needed them today! So, he wore his casual gray shoes that looked even better with his outfit. The night before school started Drake told me to not to forget that he needed to wear the lei his teachers gave him. I explained that was for him to keep at home and play with. Drake said, "ok!," and then he was ready to go! We drove to school and Dakota had to put her backpack on just like her big brother. Drake walked into the classroom, hung up his backpack, and went immediately to his desk. He grabbed the red playdough in front of him and began playing with it right away. Drake had a hard time stopping so I could take a picture of him at his desk but eventually he did and then I gave him a hug and a kiss goodbye and that was it! Drake was on his own and loving every minute of it. When I came to pick Drake up, he was jumping up and down with excitement to see me but he was patiently waiting for his "surfboards" from his teacher to put up on the behavior chart. He was thrilled to get them for being on his "best behavior" today and then ran to me. The first thing he said was that he needed to take a shower tonight because he had been so hot and sweaty. When he walked in the door, he immediately went upstairs to play trains with Dakota. Drake had a great day at school!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Weekend 2015

Labor Day weekend was spent at home with friends this year. We watched the BYU game with the Curtis' and others and we went to the ward's pancake breakfast on Labor Day. We all ate delicious pancakes and bacon, then played games outside like bean bag toss, and hoola hoops. Then, we went inside to the gym where David and the big kids played a huge game of volleyball with so many friends. It was so much fun to watch. Later that day, we went to the Johnson's pool to go swimming. We ate pizza and fried chicken and really enjoyed the family time.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Meet the Teacher - Pre-school 2015

Drake and Dakota were so excited to meet their new teachers this year for school. First, we stopped at Dakota's teacher, Ms. Melissa's, room. It was so fun to see Dakota's name on her door. I can't believe my last little one is old enough to have her own teacher and a place just for her. Dakota went right in and started playing with the toys the teacher had out, specifically the trains. The teacher was impressed she was potty-trained already. and Ms. Melissa also knew who Drake was when he walked in. She's been at the school for 3 years and it warmed my heart that she paid attention to all the children enough to know Drake from his two-year old class and who his old teacher was too.
After Dakota's class, we went to Drake's classroom where Dilan had done pre-k as well. We were so excited to find out that Drake has Ms. Leigh Ann just like Dilan did. His second teacher is Ms. Terri who is the mom of a boy who was in Drake's 2 year old class a few years ago so we knew her too. In fact, Drake went to her son's birthday party at his home. Drake loved seeing his name in the beach-themed room on the door as well as his chair. He received a lei from his teacher and a fun bag of treats and play sand. Drake took the lei off as he didn't want to wear it when he went to his seat but as soon as I told him  to take a picture with his teachers, he put it right back on. He also saved the lei when we got home, put it on his dresser, and when the first day arrived, he told me he needed to wear it. I assured him that he could leave it at home so he did. Drake also received "first day confetti" where he was to put it under his pillow for the magic of the first day. Instead, I had him go outside that morning and sprinkle it in the grass hoping for a great first day of school.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In between school and pre-school

David's mom, Colleen, came into town for the first weekend after school started. That morning, David and Drew had soccer practice so I took the kids and Colleen to Warrior Martial Arts. That particular week Drake had come to me to show me his karate moves. He was actually interested in learning martial arts. I called Warrior Martial Arts and they were having a back to school party and free trial class. Drake loved the class and especially meeting Spiderman and getting his autograph. We signed Drake up for the first month of classes too. Dilan and Dakota loved the popcorn, snow cones, and the bounce houses. Then, Colleen, took us to Chick-fil-a to get lunch. Later that day, we headed to Target so Dilan could get her My Generation doll, Willow's ears pierced for free. Dilan chose the pink heart-shaped earrings and while they were piercing Willow's ears, Colleen let each kiddo pick out a toy they wanted. It was a bit more of a painful process than I anticipated but eventually they all made their choice (Dakota - my little pony, Dilan - three different animal figures: alligator, panda, and horse, Drake - Colleen picked out a mine craft toy for Drew). Later that night, we took Colleen to Tex Mex Salsa for dinner that night.