Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Water In May

I don't care that it is still May.

It is hot.

I am hot.

I am so going to complain all summer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

National Anthem

Gracie has been super excited for this day for awhile.

She and her 5th grade chorus friends were invited to sing the National Anthem at the Richmond Flying Squirrel's baseball game tonight.

She has been bouncing, despite what seems like a cold she picked up over the weekend.

While, we were proud of her for singing, this also served as Thomas & Daddy's first Squirrel's game, and another bucket list cross off for the family.

Despite the heat, and the late hour, and it being a school night (with an SOL tomorrow!!!), I think we all enjoyed the evening out watching the ballgame--especially the boys.

You did a great job Gracie--we are super proud as always!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend At Grandma's

I didn't do a good job of picture taking this Memorial Day weekend, and I even failed to get a patriotic picture of the kids like I do each year.

I am seriously slipping (but, to be fair, I have SOOOOO much on my plate right now!)

Here are a few I did get.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Glasses For Two

She really is okay now with the reality of glasses. We just have to get her through the "adjustment" period of wearing them.  Her daddy told her it would take about 3 days or a long weekend.

What better way to adjust to something new than at Grandma's?

And, while the glasses are a fashion statement for her, it is much more awesome now that her doll has a nearly matching pair to show off too.

Gotta love grandma & Grandpa who never fail to spoil--and make life better. At least for their grandkids.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Letter "M" For Maymont

I know a promised I wouldn't do every letter, and I have kept that promise, but there are a few that deserve their own blog post :)

Today was Thomas' 2nd (and last) Kindergarten Field Trip.

And, as it happens is was "M" day, which was perfect, because we went to Maymont!

Thomas was in a group with Bryce, so he was super happy, and all of the kids really seemed to have a great time.

We were actually one of many (I counted at least 2 other schools!) kindergarten groups to have their field trips today, but everyone seemed to manage their time and space and it actually wasn't overwhelming.

We didn't do the entire estate, which I highly recommend if you ever visit Richmond, but the kids didn't care. They loved being outside and getting to explore and be loud and see all the animals.

Of course I took more than a hundred pictures, but I will just share my favorites.

It was a great field trip.  I love that I can do these things with my kids. I am truly blessed to get to stay at home and care for them before and after school, and to get to volunteer and share so much of their special days with them.

Gracie Gets Glasses

I don't remember much about getting glasses in 4th grade, except I was sure I didn't need them. 

As, a parent, I was surprised at how long this whole process took, so I can only imagine how long it took in 1988.

From "needing them" to actually putting them on her face took more than a week. But, now they are resting very nicely over her eyes, and she is very happy...and quite beautiful.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Temperatures (Although Temporary)

When Grace suggested we soak up the slightly cool (i.e Spring temperatures) while we had them, as it is going to heat up to "summer" again next week...

... I was all for it!

Thanks for the afternoon of fun guys!!

Little Miss. Sunshine Cutie Pants! ;)

 Best Friends!

ABC...A Little Closer To Z

Stop time stop!

People, you are going to have to bear with me.  Next month I:

*watch Thomas graduate from Kindergarten

*watch Gracie bridge forever from elementary school

*pack up all our belongings and move to a new place we have never lived

*say goodbye to a whole lot of super wonderful people

Please send tissues to:
Over Distraught
c/o Barbara Shipley
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Okay, back to the ABC's!  I did pretty good on photographing the last month or so of preschool, so here's hoping I can stick with it for all 26 days this time around.  

Grace is blogging all 26 days, but really, you all know I would have too!

**Oh, and notice how we made up for career day on Hat day!  He wanted to wear his tow truck stuff that day, but couldn't thanks to yucky ole strep! So, we added to our tow truck hat, and got a two-fer!**

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Check Ups

While Thomas' day started off well, went pretty well through out the day, and he had an awesome check up--big sister was not so lucky.

So, lets start off with little Mr. Lucky Pants first.

Thomas is 46.5 inches tall, and 49.5 pounds, Both of these numbers put him in the 50-75th percentile. So, not much has changed there.

He rocked his eye test, and he did pretty well on his hearing test. She says there is one pitch he didn't get, but she isn't super worried about that yet and to keep an eye on him.

Other than that, he is super healthy, super chatty, and a super happy big boy.

Now sister....

Gracie is 62.25 inches tall!!  Yes, that's 5'2" at age 11. She remains in the 95-97th percentile for both height and weight--a place she has called home since 3 months old.

Unfortunately Gracie did not "rock" her eye test, and we were told to get her to an optometrist. And to make matters worse, I made a bad and incorrect shot promise!  Again!

You would have thought I would have learned from the last time I did that! I told her "no shots" and she had to have one back at her 7 or 8 year old check up. And for #11, I said "it's just one shot."

Liar liar, pants on fire!

She had to have 4!!  3 boosters and another vaccination!

Yeah, her day was getting rough.

Daddy and I bought her off with some ice cream, but that wasn't about to gloss over the whole " I need braces and NOW glasses for middle school!" shock/emotional pre-teen pain.

Mama could tell that she was really getting herself worked up, so I suggested a trip to the Walmart Eye Center to look at glasses.

I think seeing the different cool options and styles helped ease her mind--at least a little.

Thank you to all of you who praised and complimented her on Facebook this evening. I showed her the comments and it made her "frown turn upside down."

The glasses that she looked at tonight, were not a permanent selection, I have a feeling that her thoughts on the designs will change between now and actually picking them out "for real"

First Grade

I am not going to blog (i.e do a write-up) about each and every single 26 letters for the end of Kindergarten, although, please note you will get to keep track--trust me.

But, I have to blog about this one.

Thomas was so excited for today. It was "F" for "First Grade." The entire class was so excited to go and visit a first grade classroom today!

I dressed him nice, and sent along "The Night Before First Grade" to share with the class, and apparently Mrs. Naff read it to them all.

And, they didn't just see one class but all 4!

Of course, we can't get too excited knowing that we won't be apart of any of those MES classroom's next year, but first grade is indeed exciting and I plan to keep it that way for our big boy.

**Our awesome Mrs. Naff took some pictures for this mama and texted them to me! I love the kids in front of the door.  She did super well! **

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

I thought about all sorts of ways I could blog about Mother's Day. But, I think I will scrap it all and share these three gems from the day.

1) Mother's Day is not, and will never be, like the Hallmark commercials-- even though you trick yourself into forgetting that the first Saturday night of every May.  And, you will in fact have a harder time with the reality that it is a Sunday like any other, with a special name stuck on it. Messes don't skip it, drama doesn't skip it, rushing doesn't skip it, the usual morning til night hustle and bustle doesn't skip it.

2) Money can't buy a mother's love, no matter what "Kay Jeweler" says.  There is priceless in handmade cards, grilled in the back yard steaks and cookie runs.

3) I am blessed beyond words, even in the exhaustion, chaos, mess, and Sunday morning drama--to be called their mom.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week and we were sure to let Mrs. Naff know how much we adored her as a class.  Grace and I came up with a week long of daily themes and I let the other parents know our plans and encouraged them to participate as many days as possible--and they did! Mrs. Naff was really showered with love each day of the week!


Wearing Green & Blue (her favorite colors) and sending her "love notes"

Teacher School Supplies

(Yeah, I forgot to take a picture today :( We got her sticky note pads and told her she was the "Write stuff for us" :)

Chocolate (her favorite food!)

Showered With Gifts
(well, gift cards! We took up a collection and 9 families participated and brought in over $70 to her favorite stores!)

ABC's Of Kindergarten: Letter C

No wait...Strep begins with "S."

Nope, it wasn't a sinus infection like I thought.

Thomas was great all day Thursday, until about 30 minutes after he got off the bus. Suddenly he was cold and shivering, and sure enough he had a 100.1 degree fever.  Now, everything he has been exhibiting with the headaches, stuffy/runny nose and upset stomach (usually snot) is recognized by this mama as another sinus infection--he has had several, so I figured we better get him in to the pediatrician.

Luckily they could take us yesterday  afternoon.

Thursday. It's Strep Chewey!

Not so luckily, the test came back positive for Strep!

So, now we are on antibiotics, we are missing "C" for career day (he was so excited to wear his Tow Truck stuff!!!) and we are hanging out with mama all day. And, I do mean all day because sister is on a special 5th grade field trip to Lurray Caverns and won't be back until 5pm!