Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Leo is 5 1/2!! Woot woot!

I am late posting, but I still wanted to document that for Leo, 5 1/2 looks different than 5! Here's what Leo is up to lately:

  • He is doing awesome in Kindergarten! And by that I mean he is following the rules, being a good friend, meeting or exceeding the benchmarks he is expected to, making new friends, and going with the flow when schedules/rules/friends change. These are pictures tweeted by Leo's teacher. (1) flexible seating during "word work," (2) Leo is in Batman pajamas using technology as a reward the class earned, and (3) Leo is talking about shells from our last beach trip for show and tell.

  • Leo got his training wheels off his bike recently and rode without them well that day! Now he is more excited to ride bicycle!

  • Leo is continuing to do great work with piano. His teacher is always pleased with his progress and he cracks me up how he makes up his own songs. His teacher helped him write out one he continued to play for her week after week to check each time if he was changing it. He wasn't!

  • Leo is writing a bit, and happy to do so!

  • Leo is finally starting to night potty train. The pediatrician said don't push him since kids let you know when they are ready--and that was our experience with Olivia and Jason--but a while ago Leo didn't use the bathroom the whole day at school--7.5 hours!! So, I said to him, if you can hold it that long, I think you could try holding it at night. He said he didn't want to since the hall is scary without a light and he doesn't want to leave his bed. We added a nightlight to the hall and gave him a goal of seven to ten nights dry to get the thing he really wants--Clay's Falcon Fighter Blaster Lego set--and he has been dry ever since! I guess we should have tried sooner!

Friday, August 11, 2017

OMG! It's Boosterathon time again! The worst time of the year!

Please consider sponsoring the kids! They run 35 laps, so a quarter per lap is still a good pledge!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Refinishing chairs is hard!!

Refinishing chairs is hard, but here is my post from wood rush to silver with cushions! (Three down three to go...)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back into a routine

Nicholas is back from his July trips, the big kids are in school each weekday, and Jason and I are falling into a routine of errands, housework, my work, and play. All is good until track out in September!

Family meals are back! I feel like they took a real hit during swim season since practices were at 5:45 and meet check-ins were at 5. (Rosemary chicken and potatoes with fresh fruit and veggies.) Grandma Mae would be proud of the "fancy cups" of milk!

The nitty gritty: practicing even when you don't really want to--Saturday mornings and after school.

The boys are sleeping in the bunk beds most nights. Olivia sometimes joins them, but often sleeps in her own room since it is cooler.

Trying to stay organized, so we are setting out clothes for the week in these closet organizers and making snacks and lunches the night before. Olivia is able to sleep until 6:40 and be out the door by 7:05 this way!


Leo's lunch since lunchables went in sale 10 for $10!

And we are enjoying the good weather in August! Lots of outside and inside play!




This is Olivia wishing for a sister and Jason humoring her!