Monday, September 22, 2014

And then it was September

The month is flying by and we are fully immersed in schedules and routines, which I mostly love, but sometimes hate.
Here is our schedule in a typical day...
6:30am- Mike leaves for work and the kids and I get up. They watch a show while I start breakfast and lunches, or sometimes I relax in bed a bit longer to delay the inevitable :-).
7:30am- Everyone is upstairs getting dressed, brushing teeth and hair and I finish up downstairs. They get some play time and piano practicing in while I get myself dressed.
7:55am- Leave for school
8:10-2:30pm - In theory I have ALL these hours to get things done, but it never feels that way unfortunately. If I go to the gym, have a photo shoot, go grocery shopping, run other errands, do visiting teaching, possibly meet a friend for lunch, etc. the day is suddenly over and I got very little editing done. I am working on this because I simply cannot get behind at this time of year!
2:30pm- head back to the school to get in the parent pick-up line (soon I will hopefully have won a top spot in line so I can leave at 3:20pm instead, and we want to ride our bikes when it is nicer as well...we have a bus but the kids would be on it for an hour which I don't want, and which doesn't work with our schedule anyway).
3:35pm- Kids in the car and home we go. Eat a snack, look over folders, start homework, watch a few minutes of TV, etc.
4:20pm- Leave for swim practices (Ella everyday and Addie on Monday and Wednesday)
*Thursdays we add piano to the mix for the girls and go right there from school and then right to swim after
6:15/6:30pm - practice ends for Ella and home for dinner we go
6:30/6:45pm- dinner, baths, stories, etc.
8:15pm- done with mommy duty...most the time :-)
So, it's busy but fun and we have gotten in our groove for the most part.

Highlights of the first 10 days of September...
wearing brown to school for September's character trait...whatever it is :-)
Addie is having a great year so far!!!
Last year of science labs with Ella Bella and I was tagged to take a selfie
Grandparents' Day lunch on Friday, September 5th. Grammy and Nana were at the school pretty much the whole day to be able to have lunch with each of these cuties!
Ella with her buddies
Date night for Mike and I to of my absolute favorites!
The amazingly artistic Addie is at it again :-)
Saturday, the 6th, was a busy day!
Photo shoots in the morning, Katy Aquatics team picnic/party right after and then I headed to Galveston for a 5K with friends. I still hate running, but I wanted to keep Aida company on her first race while Jen won her age division :-). It was a fun night running on the beach and getting attacked by bugs!
Addie and Preston are on a My Little Pony kick and Addie keeps amazing me...over and over again :-)
Preston has gotten one mark in his folder each week so far (until last week when he got none!). He had told me about this one on the way home and I was glad he wasn't in the room when I checked his folder because I started cracking up when I saw he had tried to make his own happy face on top of the sad one..silly goose.
These two have back-to-back lunches which makes it awesome for me if I come eat with them! Preston was so excited to have me for the first time!
And lastly, we finally got all of Ella's patches from Katy Aquatics so Nana could get her bag all up to date. She was so excited to show it off :-). I am so proud of how hard she works and so happy she has found something she loves so much!

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