Friday, August 14, 2015

Fun at the Williamson County Fair

We made our annual trek to the Williamson County Fair last weekend! We missed last year due to our beach vacation. 

It was a beautiful day and really fun to see the kids experience the fair.

Evie loves all the BIG rides! She had a ball riding everything to her hearts content.

Henry surprised us with his love for the fast, fun rides too.

I rode a ride with Evie and thought I might need a visit to the Emergency Department afterwards. Carl rode a Pirate Ship with Evie and thought he was going to lose his equilibrium. 

We all enjoyed the little farming area - it is so well-done. Carl treated the kids to snow cones and popcorn. I had lemonade - perfect way to quench thirst at the fair. 

It was fun running into friends and reminiscing. I cannot believe this was our fifth fair outing. 

We ended the night with cotton candy and went out for Mexican in lieu of fair food for dinner.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Henry's First Day of School - PreK

Henry started back to preschool on Monday. He was thrilled to be off to school just like his Big Sister. Henry loves school! He loves his friends, his teachers, learning new things and the routine.

He has sweet teacher teachers - Ms. April and Ms. Laura. His class is 10 boys and two girls which should be interesting. 

Henry has a summer birthday which means most people in Nashville hold back for a year before kindergarten. We are still on the fence and will decide by the spring what our plan will be for our sweet boy. Kindergarten is definitely not what it used to be so that plays into our decision. 

I am going to enjoy this year and cherish our Tuesdays and Thursdays together. It is such a pleasure to spend my days with my favorite little boy. 

I dropped him off and reminded him that I'd be back - his response was . "I'll be right in there" while pointing to his classroom. He is a hoot!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Evie's First Day of First Grade!

Meet the Teacher was on Wednesday and Friday was the first day! Evie was thrilled to get back in the classroom. Carl and I were excited to take her and Henry loves the classroom too. 

Evie really lucked out with three friends that she knows well - Sarah, Leah and Charlotte. Sarah was in her class last year and they are wonderful friends. Leah and Evie have been friends since before they could walk. Charlotte is our neighbor!  There are a few boys that she knows too! I was relieved to see smaller classes this year - only 18 in her room which is much better than the 22 in kindergarten.

Evie's teacher, Mrs. Holmes, is adorable! Evie really wanted this teacher because she "had a beautiful voice." I agree with Evie - Mrs. Holmes has a soft, sweet voice. Carl and I both feel great about the teacher and know that she will be perfect for Evie. Mrs. Holmes is sweet, organized, excellent communicator and has a wonderful reputation. I taught first grade before Evie so this will be interesting for me to see what first grade is like now. 

Friday was a half day to ease into the year. We met Leah at the park for a picnic and then had popsicles at Las Paletas. Leah has a brother Eddie that is Henry's friend. 

Here's to a fabulous year in the first grade!

Friday, July 31, 2015

County Championship Meet

Evie swam in the county meet earlier this month! It was an experience for all of us. It was the best of the best swimmers after a long season of early practices and tough lessons - hundreds of kids showed up to swim. These swimmers were all six and under. 

 Evie was ranked 20th in the county going into the meet for her age group which is pretty spectacular.

I am most proud of Evie for beating her personal record over and over all season long. Evie improved by leaps and bounds which is what matters most. It's always better to compete against yourself instead of others although Evie did a fabulous job with her competition too. Evie did not like moving to the faster heats but it made her work harder to beat her personal record each week. 

County championship was stressful, steaming hot and crowded. It was held late in the afternoon and started thirty minutes late due to technical problems with the timers. None of that helps out in the six and under age group. 

Evie was about a second late jumping in for her freestyle and she rolled over too soon with her backstroke. That's okay though - her time for backstroke was about a minute faster than her first meet. She finished in 33 seconds at the championship but that shoulder roll caused her from placing.  Swimming provides lots of life lessons! 

On a positive note, Carl was able to take this fabulous picture of Evie right before she jumped into the pool. I love watching the older swimmers because their form is perfect and their times are amazing. There is something special about watching these tiny swimmers prance out onto the platform and dive into the big pool without even considering the magnitude of what they are accomplishing. 

Evie came in third for relay - she loves the relay and swims with a super fast fish, Sarah. 

One of her friends from school came in 6th in the county - way to go, Faith! Evie asked me how Faith did so well. My reply was Faith has her own swimming pool, is the fourth kid in her family to swim competitively and she practiced really hard all season.Hard work pays off - sometimes it takes longer than we would like but it does happen.  Evie was proud of her friend and I am proud of Evie. 

Henry also deserves some accolades because he sat through every hot swim practice and cheered for his sister at the long meets. His sweet little voice chanting, "Go Evie" is something I hope to always remember. 

Evie won 13 ribbons this swim season including first through seventh places plus two medals. She made new friends, took risks especially using the block for the first time and spent dozens of hours in the pool. I'd call that an amazing first season. 

We are looking forward to another swim season next summer with an extra swimmer in our family. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Henry's 4th Birthday Party!

Henry was so excited to celebrate his birthday at Jumpstreet! He wanted to have his party on his real birthday, July 5 which is of course a big travel day. 

Henry had a terrific turn out and enjoyed himself so much. Jumpstreet did an excellent job handling the party and it was nice having a smaller number of guests. Henry had 14 friends and it was perfect! He was most excited to have Sydney and Garner. Henry really missed Anderson and Matthew but understood vacation is fun too. 

The kids played and played. Then, we had cake and everyone went home. 

Perfect party - quick and easy! Sadly, I did not take many pictures. 

Henry loved being the birthday boy! We came home and opened presents. He wanted pizza for dinner and then we watched a movie before walking to the park for some fireworks.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Evie is 6.5!

Evie - You are 6.5! Time just keeps on ticking.You are an amazing little girl and have changed so much in the last six months.

You are social to the core. You find new friends everywhere you go and kids are constantly coming up to you to say hello that know you from around town. You LOVE people but also enjoy your "lonely" time. 

We are very similar my friend and that can be challenging. 

You and Henry are best friends and you keep him on the straight and narrow for me. He adores you too and listens to you so well. You hold his hand and keep him safe every where we go. You dress him, get his ice-water and his snacks and tuck him into bed. It's really quite helpful!

You have some serious Leadership Skills (thank you Sheryl Sandberg) and are able to get an entire pool to play swim team with you. Or a gaggle of kids to play school at the park. 

You feel very deeply and often tell me the "bad" things you do before I even notice. You have a strong conscious and it keeps you up at night if you do something wrong. 

You love to read and are making tons of progress. It is so cool to see you develop into a strong reader right before my eyes. It makes me so proud! You are a super smart girl and are looking forward to beginning your year as a first grader. 

Summer has been so much fun with you. Lots of pool time, playdates and adventures around town. 

You love pink, Lilly Pulitzer, American Girl and all things sweet. You are messy, funny, wild about your family and friends, a big snacker and the best little swimmer I know. You love babies, you never stop talking, you are athletic and enjoy trying new things. Your moods change quickly, you love to cuddle, sing songs and explore new places. Your memory is amazing, you make connections in an unbelievable way, you always know the perfect thing to say and you love all things outside. You dream big and play harder. You are our best girl! 

It's an absolute joy to be your Mama! I love you Evie Claire. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday, Henry!

Henry - the day is finally here! You are 4! I have been asking you for months if could please stay three forever but you told me that turning four is the rules! Earlier this week, you asked me if I could still cuddle you when you were 4. I'll cuddle you as long as you will let me!

I have loved this past year with you but know that year four is awesome too. You have changed so much. Last year, you wore diapers, slept in a crib and hated the pool. This year, you wear undies to sleep in your big boy bed and you love the pool.

You are such a HAPPY boy and so well-behaved. I am amazed at how compliant you are with most anything that I say. You tell me "sa wee" all day long and are quick to help me if I need it. You have a BIG heart for others and want to be a good friend. You are sensitive to what others say and think - you do not like being called "baby" by anyone but me. Apparently, that is a BIG insult for a preschooler.  You tell me that you are my baby but not my real baby just my Henry baby.  You still rock at bedtime and love for me to sing songs. You beg to sit next to me or on my lap and give loves of cuddles. I carry you around a lot still at home but you told me that I cannot carry you in front of your big boy friends.

You are still a Mama's boy and choose me most of the time. You love Daddy too but I am usually your first choice. I will cherish these days because I know they will not last. Soon enough, Daddy will  become your best friend but I sure love how you reach your soft little hand for me, break out into a huge grin every time you see me and cover me with hugs and kisses.

You love playing outside, helping in the kitchen, mowing the grass with Daddy, acting out scenarios with your Rescue Bots and of course your favorite friend is Evie. You love her deeply and play with her for hours every day. Of course, you argue and hit but within minutes you are happy again. You miss her when she is gone and greet her like a rock star when she comes home. Last week, you had a babysitter and you ended up in Evie's bed. Evie LOVED it but you like to sleep more than play at nighttime. It was sweet though to see you cuddled up next to your sister.

We are on the go a lot since you have a big sister. You have learned to adapt to hot swim meets, to wait patiently in car line and listen to Evie read lots of girl books.

You have plenty of friends too! Anderson, Matthew and Eddie are your favorites. We have lots of playdates at the pool, parks and our houses.

You still love hummus, drinking white milk and anything sweet. You are finally eating some meat - Daddy's grilled chicken and pork chops are your favorites. All meat is "chickens" to you.

You say lots of cute things but one of my favorites has to be the YMC Way instead of the YMCA. When you burp - you say "up scuse." Everything you say is in a real Southern twang -pillow is pee - low, milk is meee ilk and cookie is kookie.

Henry - we cannot imagine our life without you our sweetest boy! What a gift you are to our family. We love you so much and are beyond thankful that God gave us such a special little boy.

We love you to the moon and back.

Love, Mommy and Daddy