Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Day in A Life: August

A Day in A life:  AUGUST

I really enjoy doing this project, although I bombed this month because it was going to be insanely crazy on the 4th so I did the 3rd.  It was too boring of a day to get in 14 pictures.  I am really a boring person, sad. I will try to do something exciting next month.

 Knowing you have to take your kids school supply shopping is a dreaded moment.  Finding an extra big box of Hot Tamales in my sock drawer…SO AWESOME!!
 First, I wasn't taking anyone out in public unless they look clean and happy and like someone cares about them!  So…Tate took the slowest bath in history.  Filling it up so very slow.  I just smiled and told him what a good choice he was making.  3 of my kids hate showering and baths.  They hate being clean I guess which is a battle.
 So many school supplies, with the help of the kids getting their own and me refereeing that helps a lot but it is always crowded and can be frustrating.  3 grades and a lot of stuff.  We tried to beat the giant storm.  We drove through it, ran inside the store while it was sprinkling, and it hit while we were inside!  During shopping I say things like "why are dry erasers so expensive when we need 24 all together" and "for goodness sake just pick a folder!"  Add in a bulk box of snacks for each class and socks. It is the most un-fun bill of the summer.
Side note…of course, Caleb "accidentally" only brought one shoe (I think he was hoping we would have to go home).  I made him sit in the cart while school supplies were being tossed in left and right.  I am very sure that next time he will choose differently.
 The kids were excited to divide and pack.  I called out who needed what and they dug through the pile.
 Aubrey is the most organized of course having to put everything in her backpack in the order it says on the list, Caleb would just assume fold everything and crumble it to fit, and Ainsley puts everything in every single pocket.
 Tate felt left out the he didn't get to buy school supplies, until he opened his birthday card and his Preschool teacher sent a text saying he needed glue sticks!  
 Sharpening 100 pencils is a terrible sound.  Time consuming.
Lets not forget about Winston's involvement in all of this.  He got a hold of a tissue box.  WINSTON!!!!

School prep was done.  Of course, I forgot a couple of things but not so bad!  Until next year, or until January when most the supplies are out and I have to stock up again.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First Day of School 

The night before school starts in always exciting.  Aubrey says she wish school never got out for summer!  Ainsley lays all of her clothes out and Caleb finally goes to sleep without arguing with Tate.
 Ainsley is stuck with the Hulk comforter until her birthday because he got "FLARP" all over it.  I absolutely can't get it out and it doesn't try so is can stain and spread.  She still looks comfy enough! 
 Caleb slept cozied up next to Tate like always.  I try to put them in their separate beds and they end up right next to each other.
Aubrey, while excited, still has her nightly routine.  

This year I have caved to the fact that I can not pick out the children's clothes.  If Ainsley doesn't want to wear a dress or a dress shirt on the first day then let her pick.  I did make Caleb take a break from basketball shorts (I hate those things and he has 10 that a friend gave me) but I am pretty sure he will wear them until January when it snows.
 First Day Pictures (with multiple "OH MOM", it is for the memories!!!) 
 Ainsley, 1st grade.  She has the teacher I wanted her to have and she gets to sit across from her buddy Wyatt.  She was pretty excited to be at an all boy table.  What a silly girl!
 Aubrey, 4th grade.  This is her last year of elementary school.  She has the kindest, soft spoken teacher.  Aubrey was excited to have her and I am too.
 Caleb, 3rd grade.  He was less than excited when he found out none of his best buddies were in his class.  He was "bent out of shape" about going to Meet the Teachers last night but just like I told him…the minute he walks through the door everyone is calling his name!  He has a boy teacher, which I wasn't so sure about but now I am excited.  His teacher is really fun and loves science, perfect for Caleb!
 Walking to the bus wasn't so bad…30 minutes later than last year but the bus was 15 minutes late!  Yikes, I hope the get to school on time!  A new bus and a new bus driver this year!
 Tate, bummed about not getting to ride the bus and being left behind.  He gets to start preschool across town next week.  He has a wonderful teacher that takes them on nature walks and is just incredibly wonderful!

With small class sizes this year, a new school layout this is going to be a great year for the Griners!!
It is kind of a bummer that I won't ever have all 4 kids in the same school, not good planning on my part!  :)


Tate is 4.  He is my best buddy, we do everything together.
He wants to be a construction worker when he grows up (the kind that dig in the dirt)
He is kind, and constantly randomly tells me he loves me.
He loves swimming and paying with action figures.
He is always exploring and digging.
He loves to ride his bike!
 On August 4th I told Tate he could do anything he wanted and pick a restaurant to eat out.  He just wanted to stay up forever and drink juice boxes.  He drank 3 and lasted through Swiss Family Robinsons, 9:00pm.

The weekend before his birthday we went camping and sailing!!
He said it was the best time of his life!!
We love you Tate! (not Tater Tot…he does not like that anymore)