First Day of School

So the big new adventure begins.  My Little Ones are off on their first day of the new school year.  New school and for this year, new ride… they are taking the school bus!!

I have to say I am so proud of them both – they’ve been getting the routine and doing a great job. Make your bed, wash your face, brush your teeth, dress yourself, put your clothes in the hamper… They are all over it and the reminders are becoming less necessary!

In my mind, I have amazing pictures of them getting on the bus and waving good-bye.  In reality, I didn’t even raise my camera (there was something in my eye… really there was), but I do have a little story  from the adventure to share.

We started off yesterday at the Open House, so that gave me the chance to see the kids in their new environment and to meet some of the other students.  In their class, they had to put away their things, explored the classroom and spent time learning about this years theme… BUGS.  I have to say their school is lovely and I am really excited for the year!

We had an early Capoeira evening and Phil and I got to put my Pinterest skills to work coming up with a lunch we hope they will enjoy.

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Today, they woke up, made their beds and were off to the races.  Breakfast as a family is a habit that will be hard to break!

 

After breakfast, we went out to the school bus stop.  It’s about a mile away, so that meant we had to drive and wait… and wait… and wait.  Worried we missed it on the first day (oh no!) we called and it turns out the bus was late.  15 min, but at least we didn’t miss it — school bussing is not an exact science.  The kids were a little impatient – Wilson even suggested we call an Uber :).

I know there will be hard days, but I really hope the kids keep up with their routine and growing independence.  It’s lovely to watch and makes the mornings much easier. A huge thank you to Ms P. for preparing them so well on the morning routine over the last few years!

To see them helping each other and working together in their new adventure is totally cool!  My littlest ones are turning into my big ones… but they will always be my babies.

Prayers up for an awesome school year!  I hope your new adventures are going as well as ours!

 

 

 

6 on the 6th August

August was a fantastic month!  From beginning to end, it was filled with fun, family and lots of adventures.  And I am so pleased to be able to participate in the 6 on the 6th Blog circle again this month!  With the whirlwind of activity, its a commitment for all of us, but don’t forget to head on over to check out the amazing work of Cynthia Valdez as she shares her Summer with us!

We had a family reunion with one side of the family (you can check out more of those adventures here and here) and then a visit from Grandaddy Ted to see us was a major highlight!  The kids enjoyed ‘teaching’ reading and math!

 

I also had the chance to look at my city in a new way!  This is near the train station in Newark, New Jersey… and I just loved the lines.  I am enjoying exploring black and white more – creating more ways to look at the area I’ve lived in for a number of years.

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August also meant the opportunity to take a girls trip to Miami – it was not restful by any stretch, but certainly restorative!  Amazing how some time to be someone other than “Mommie” can re-energize you.  As they say however, “What happens in Miami, stays in Miami!” so I will share one shot I took at Wynwood.  It’s a wonderful arts district and has a series of murals by very talented artists that seem magical – especially at night (which is when we made it)!

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And finally – I have to say August was so much fun in terms of times with my little ones!  One adventuresome day with no babysitter yielded lots of laughs (take a look), but we surely had time to spend together, talk and I love how they are growing, being and becoming!

 

 

Hours of Entertainment

I love my kids.  They are really lovely and although there are ups and downs, the wonderful times outweigh the difficult ones.  I had a recent example when unexpectedly we were without child care for a week!  Our day went something like this:

I started on calls at 7am, kids ran in and out, wanting to hear the calls, wanting to speak on the calls and making quite a bit of background noise as I tried to work.

At 9am, I took a break for a pit stop to the bathroom with a detour to get Little Mstr’s hyena.  It was in solitary confinement due to the kids non-compliance when they were supposed to clean their room several months ago.  Hyena was forgotten until very recently when he was rediscovered and my little Mstr has been on a relentless pursuit ever since (and cleaning his room like a champ)!

Sometime between 9-10, Little Miss managed to get me to let her polish her nails.  She picked out a color and went to work.  That focused activity (did I mention I had calls) lasted about 10 min before my husband found a spill on the floor and that was the end of that.  A bit of a bummer as she is usually pretty good at polishing her nails and gets mostly in the lines!!

At 10am when I finally had a break, we went outside for the kids to ride bikes and me to work on my laptop.  Of course our neighbor came home about 10 min later and my children badgered (uh I mean beguiled) her into a playdate with her son who is a year older.  That resulted in said neighbor and I sharing a workspace at her dining room table while the kids played together for a couple of hours.  It was actually quite productive and mostly interruption free.

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We raced off at 12 because Little Mstr had an appointment at 1p.  We didn’t have enough time for lunch before leaving the house, but did get some yogurt from Starbucks next to the office before his appointment.  And the kids took the opportunity to have an in depth conversation with (quiz mercilessly) a local police officer – they discussed all of his ‘tools of the trade,’ his car and lots of things!

Little Miss wants so badly to go to her brother’s appointment so today’s treat (distraction) was to get her a pedicure (did I mention she only did 2 toes before the spill)?  It took a bit longer than expected so I had to carry her back with no shoes to get Little Mstr.

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On the way home in the car, we had a great conversation about their dialogue with the police officer in town.  I finally found a way to explain that police are there to protect and to serve, but that you always have to trust your intuition and respond accordingly.  Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world and some of them might be police who might not have your best interests at heart.  The kids key takeaways: listen to your intuition  – if it tells you someone is bad, be polite and respectful, but get out of the situation, you can always rely on your wisdom from God, call Mommie and can always pray.  I was quite pleased with how well our discussion landed.

Lunch was served and I was super proud of my little ones who decided  they were still a little munchy (or I didn’t feed them enough) and they made their own cheese sandwiches.  This included getting a real plate and warming the sandwich in the microwave with only the help of a step stool (no help from Mommie needed aside from finding the cheese).  They even did the dishes after lunch!

The next big activity was for a ‘stand’ in the yard – they would not be deterred from this venture and in fact, it turned into the highlight of the day!  The kids made their sign, helped make the tea (no fixins for lemonade), got the ice from the ice machine and helped set everything up.

They made $4 on $0.50 cups and met some friends who were on a walk which turned into another fun ‘playdate’.

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With a day like this, I didn’t have much time for photos, but I did manage to snap a few.  Having said that I really want to remember this day.  It was a great example of the gift of watching my children grow up right before my eyes!  If you made it this far, thanks for reading and sharing with me.