Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First Week Fun

Highlights from our first week back to school (the last week of August)...
(these are all from Instagram, so you can skip this if you follow me :-)
By some crazy luck, all three of my kiddos have PE on the same day this year!!! Thank you scheduling fairies!
And they were all really excited about their new tennis shoes.
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2nd day of school and Preston got a mark in his folder for throwing dirt "several" times...awesome
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Each month the kids wear a new color to kick off a value that the school is focusing on and Wednesday was wear yellow day!
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Preston's cute backpack and lunchbox...he requested to have a baseball emblem embroidered on too :-)
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The girls are both swimming with Katy Aquatics this year. Ella was SO excited to start back up again! She was moved up to the 10&under elite group (now called Bronze), which is the highest for her age. It was a big achievement for her and we are all so proud of her! Addie is starting in the beginner group and is mostly excited to have a bag with a kick board and flippers in it for practice :-). I couldn't resist having her try it since they are practicing at the same school at the same time (although Ella's is longer). They sure look cute all ready to go.
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Our first spirit wear Friday with our new Fielder shirts! They did such a good job with the designs this year! (and obviously it was a rough morning for Addie...thank goodness it was Friday)
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I decided to finally go for a run one morning since I was running a 5k the next weekend and although the humidity was about 120%, I did get to see a pretty rainbow.
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A miracle!!! All ready for church early! This never happens, even with 1pm church.
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One week of school done, and already a holiday! We mostly relaxed on Labor Day and recuperated from our first week back to school (for Mike too), but we did head to Nana and Grandad's for some pool time and Grandad was a great sport with the kiddos as always.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Day of School...All Together!!!

I have been anticipating the start of this school year for a long time. It is our ONE year with all three of the kiddos at the same school. That means one drop off and one pick up time for me...and that is a miracle that I intend to enjoy fully!
The kids were all excited about the first day and even Preston, who had expressed nervousness at other times, was all smiles for the first day. I made puffed pancakes and bacon (although Addie still wanted cereal), we got dressed all cute, packed lunches and snacks (which is a full time job for me now) and then took pictures before driving to the school.
We dropped off Ella first, then Adeline and then Preston and I headed to his room. I think it helped him seeing the girls go to their classes so readily and he walked right in without hesitation. His only complaint was that he was at a table of all girls :-), but he started coloring and happily said goodbye to me. I was so relieved because he has been rather clingy over the summer and I was worried it might be my hardest drop off yet.
It was awesome to have all day to get things done by myself, but I was definitely ready to pick them up by the end of the day and hear how it went!
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All three of the kids have their Spanish teachers for homeroom...
Ella in 5th with Mrs. Pierluissi, Addie in 2nd with Mrs. Devars and Preston in Kinder with Mrs. Torres (who is my favorite teacher EVER!).
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Everyone came home with reports of a good day at school! Preston made new friends that like legos like him :-), and the girls were both excited to see their buddies at recess and in class. Nana and Grandad brought over yummy treats for the first day and then we went out to dinner to celebrate. Here's to a great school year!
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Fancy Back to School Dinner 2014

Our fancy back to school dinner is now a tradition that the kids really look forward to. It started in 2010 and although we have ended up winging it a few times (like last year), I know they would be sad if we didn't do it. This year we did fresh flowers and I had the idea to have some fun with balloons along with our usual goal writing. We wrote our goals and talked about them and then we wrote wishes for our year on balloons and let them fly. It was a great idea in concept but the kids' balloons all got caught in our trees, haha! Mike freed them though, so hopefully all the wishes come true. We got all prepped for the next day setting out backpacks and cute outfits, painting nails and the kids had their Father's blessings from Mike. I still couldn't believe I would be taking all THREE to the elementary school in the morning!!! but I was excited :-)
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I made this flower arrangement all by myself...I was pretty proud of it :-)
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I didn't want Preston to get spaghetti sauce on his church pants, hence the sweat shorts FYI :-)
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and this was Preston before church that morning...super excited to go :-).
I will say the past few weeks have been better. He's not thrilled to go, but at least he's not crying about it.
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