Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer '14 Flashback

Like I said in my last post, the summer passed us by in true crazy flying colors!  It was a blast and a blur with too much work and a *little* fun too!

We spent most of June here, at work, at camp, or at the pool.  Awesome.

July 4th we stayed in town and hung out with some friends at their neighborhood driving range and club.  It is becoming a tradition and we love it.  There are so many school friends there, and it is great to catch up with everyone in the middle of the summer.  Here are a few pictures from that night:

Next up was Kate's 7th birthday.  She wanted to have a party just like Brett's party - invite a few friends over for a fire pit party, have one friend spend the night, and call it done.  She just forgot to ask for the same weather :)  The party was a blast, but it was HOT... you know, like it's supposed to be in the middle of July!

Kate wanted a "Woodland Creatures" theme... this is what we came up with :)  I had already used the trees for my VBS classroom a few weeks before.

Brett hung with the girls without *too* much complaining!

Sitting at the picnic table, working on their crafts... it was a much different party than it was with the boys!

Everything is better with chocolate and marshmallows

1-2-3-4 I declare a thumb war

Happy 7th birthday, sweet Kate!

Celebrating with the family the next day - Kate and Aunt Dithy were twins in their purple Polo dress with a yellow horse!  I'd say we picked the perfect godmother for this pint sized feisty mini-me!
We ended the summer with an awesome 2 week trip to the pacific northwest for WPWTW '14, but that will be another (long) post all by itself because it was AWESOME! 

Now, here we are... Labor Day Weekend.  Brett is enjoying his time playing up a year on a U10 Challenge soccer team (a tryout league, up from  the rec level where everyone can play).  He is the youngest on his team (he just turned 8 in May while most players are almost 10), but seems to enjoy the challenge and is learning a TON about soccer, speed, and playing smart.  Todd is the assistant coach for that team.  Brett is also technically on the same Parish Athletics team that Kate plays on - it is a 2nd/3rd grade co-ed team.  It is a much more relaxed league, which has given him a chance to build his confidence as one of the better players in that league, plus it gives him another 2 days of running on the soccer field.  Kate plays purely for the social aspect - soccer isn't really her sport, but she tags along and gets some good runs in here and there.  Todd is, of course, coaching, and we help run that league... 700 kids on 50 teams.  H-o-l-y smokes is it chaos, but it's organized chaos... at least I'd like to think so since I'm behind a lot of the organization!  Kate's true love is gymnastics, and she is on the specialty team this year.  She has practice 4 hours a week, but does not compete.  She absolutely loves it and has come a long way since she first started in June.  They started the basics for back handsprings this week... should be entertaining!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Welcome back!

Apparently this is my new tradition... post the end of school pictures, and check out for the summer.  I view this as a good thing!  It meant that we spent as much time as we possibly could packing in as much summer as possible!  We worked, we camped (I mean, went TO camp), we played, we traveled.  A successful summer!  Now here we are, 3 days into the next school year.  I guess it's time to re-cap a summer of fun :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Last day of 1st and 2nd!

Hooray! We survived another year - 1st and 2nd came to an end at last. I have to say, we had a really good school year. Two working parents and homework and extra curricular activities make it a little nuts most all of the time, but it is worth it to see these two grow and mature so much! I am so proud of the great students they are becoming!  We conquered reading novels and doing projects and social studies and science and addition and subtraction and fractions and even a tiny bit of multiplication and division (maybe next year this little blog can work on commas and run on sentences... nah!).  Can't wait to see what fun next school year brings, but in the mean time, HELLO SUMMER!  See ya on the flip side!

Second Grade Mass

Every year the first graders sponsor a reception after All Community Mass for the second graders. It was a little weird being a first grade parent and a second grade parent this year :) The kids all looked so sweet dressed up in their First Communion outfits, and the first grade parents did a great job at the reception! I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I wish I would have, but here you go!
Brett and his friend, Jack

"1 2 3 4... I declare a thumb war"

Brett reading at mass... I didn't have a great view, but did ok around the large bald head in front!

The sweetest class of second graders I know - singing Ave Maria in Latin and English

Brett and his buddy, Max

Brett with his teacher, Mrs. Franks - we LOVE this woman!  She was the perfect teacher for Brett.  Maybe we'll get her with Kate again next year!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy 8th, Milkshake!

Brett's birthday always falls right around Memorial Day weekend, which is a blessing and a curse all at once. It is a blessing because it is usually a fun, laid back, long weekend full of birthday fun for my sweet, sarcastic, funny, inquisitive, not-so-little man, but also a curse because people tend to head out of town. This year, Brett wanted to invite a few friends over for a fire pit party and to spend the night (his first sleep over). We got lucky and the three friends he wanted to invite were in town for the weekend! Hooray! 

We started with morning prayer on Friday morning.  They call up all of the birthday kids for the WHOLE weekend, which sometimes takes a little while, but is still a fun way to recognize all of the kids.  Brett is still the only kid in the whole school with that birthday.  There was a little girl who would've been a year older than Brett whose birthday is that day.  She passed away a few years ago, but the school always says a little prayer for her that day as well.  While I did not know this little girl, and I only know of her family in passing, it seems like she had the personality to light up the room, and I see that in Brett.  I can't help but to think of Faith and her family on Brett's birthday.

After morning prayer, we brought donuts from Daylight Donuts (yay for peanut product free) and took them to Brett's class for snack that day.  The kids were wound up already, and then we gave them sugar. I'm sure his teachers love us :)

After school, we headed to Frankie's fun park with Grandma and Grandpa (Todd's parents) for mini golf and some games.  As you can see from the pictures below, it's safe to say that Brett had a GREAT birthday!  Happy 8th sweet milkshake!
Running up for his birthday pencil at morning prayer
Brett's classmates, welcoming him back with high fives
Todd and I got donuts from Daylight Donuts and brought them in for his class.  Brett LOVES it when they all sing Happy Birthday to him.
After school, we went to Frankie's for Miniature Golf and more games
Kate celebrating her hole in one!
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They even had a pirate ship - ARGH!
Celebrating 8 at hole no. 8
Boys will be boys
Grandma and Grandpa joined us too!
Brett spotted the Transformers game as soon as we walked in the door... he could not WAIT to finish playing mini golf to go checkout the game!
Concentrating hard - I'm not sure which boy enjoyed it more
Air hockey champ
Birthday cake, courtesy of Pinterest (I might have an addiction... just might)
We went to Dos Taquitos with all of the family
Blowing out the candles
Brett had 3 friends over to roast marshmallows and play outside.  One of the boys even stayed over to spend the night (first sleep over for both of them)
Kater potater was a good sport with all the boys there
S'more for me!  (That's what her shirt says!)
B and B - double trouble since preschool
B's sweet friend, Max, from school and Bridges (after school program)
This just looks like trouble...
Kate was cold... did I mention it was the end of May in NC?  It was gorgeous and 75 degrees that day :)
I love these pics of Todd and Kate
A girl and her daddy
Love this little group of friends - such sweet boys from such sweet families
Really glad it worked out over a holiday weekend :)
Mr. Fix It to the rescue