Friday, September 30, 2011

Random Happenings!

Things have been so busy here. We seem to spend more time in our car than at home. Tennis is keeping us busy...matches on Monday and practices on Thursdays and Saturdays. Caleb is still taking tennis as well though he only practices on Thursday and isn't playing on a team yet so no matches for him. Taylor also have Girl Scouts 2 Friday's a month and we just signed Madison up for Girl Scouts though we don't know any details (when they are meeting and where).

Madison is doing good in Kindergarten. She had a list of 15 sight words she had to learn by the end of the month. She also had a homework packet that had a page for every night as well as having to read/have read to her 20 books this month. If she read all 20 books, did all her homework pages and knew all 15 sight words she received a special treat. She worked really hard to learn her words by practicing every night. Her treat was lunch with her teacher.

She has been cracking us up with funny things. A few weeks ago she informed me that George Washington was the best president ever and really missed him! I couldn't help but laugh. On Fridays at her school they can buy ice cream. Friday is our day to go to Menchie's and get a treat after I pick her up. I told her when I picked her up that maybe we shouldn't go since she already had ice cream. She was quick to inform me that Menchie's wasn't ice cream it was yogurt! Pretty good reasoning...and we ended up at Menchie's :)

Tonight Taylor went shopping with Nana so I took Madison and Caleb to see The Zookeeper at the $2 theater. Really glad we didn't waste $50 at the theater this summer. It was ok but definitely not worth spending alot of money on.

Matt is gone this is amazing how quickly drill weekends come up! Just a few more months and he will be off to CA.

Taylor has her first youth group function Saturday night. They are going to a Corn Maze. She is really excited and the weather is going to be rain and cool temps! I am so excited for her!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Get-away with The Tomlinson's

Last weekend we were able to get away from the business of our lives and relax at The Wilderness with our best friends. Matt wasn't feeling great (his hip/back has bothering him). He enjoyed some of our weekend but just stayed in the room most of Sunday. Matt's parents also went with us which was great....we played cards until late at night. Also Matt's parents watched all 5 kids Saturday night and allowed us to go enjoy all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobster. This is an annual thing for us. Can't wait to go again before it ends in November.

This was the last weekend for the outdoor area to be open. We enjoyed spending lots of time in the Lazy River. The weather was predicted to be cool but ended up perfect! The evenings were cool which made the hot tub wonderful. Both Clara and Caleb had grown enough to get to ride some new stuff since we went last. Caleb was able to ride Stoem Chaser and Clara was able to ride the tube slides and Runaway Canyon. They both loved it!

Heading down to the waterpark

The fabulous Lazy River

The kids hiding behind one of the waterfalls

The kids had a blast on the waterslides!

Clara and Aaron letting the bucket of water dump on them

The kids loved playing here too!

Clara riding Runaway Canyon for the 1st time!

Clara and Aaron riding the tube slides

Love these sweet kids!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Madison Goes To Kindergarten!

Well my baby girl has finally started Kindergarten. I knew this time was coming and thought I would handle it well especially with Madison being the 3rd child. I didn't do well....I cried before I even got her dropped off at her room on her 1st day :( Madison on the other hand was super excited! She was very disappointed that she only got to go 2 days for the 1st two weeks. She didn't think it was fair that Taylor and Caleb got to go while she had to stay home. She was thrilled when August 29th rolled around and she was going to be going everyday. She likes her teacher though was disappointed that she didn't get Ms Schaefer (Taylor's kindergarten teacher). We are extremely happy with Ms Joiner though! Madison is adjusting well....she is so tired in the evenings and that has made for some early bedtimes lately but overall is doing well. Last week she did inform me that "she wanted to go back to preschool b/c all she did was sit at her desk and work in Kindergarten and that it was no fun! The 1st full week of school I walked her to her room every day. Week 2 meant dropping the kids off in the drop-line and Caleb would be walking her to her room. She wasn't real thrilled with that idea but I thought it would be best to go ahead and start that or Madison would have me walking her to her class the rest of the school year :) Caleb was excited to be the big brother and be responsible for walking Madison to her class. Madison on her 1st full day of Kindergarten

Big Brother proud to be watching out for his little sister

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I am getting more and more frustrated with each day! For some reason blogspot isn't letting my add pictures to my posts. I have written a few new posts but not published them b/c I have not been able to get the pictures to upload. I have tried everything...blogging at different times, updating to the new software (which I hate), etc. but nothing is working. I thought maybe it was a system problem but see that other people have been able to update. It is making me so mad! I was already really behind on my blogging and this is just making it worse!! Can anyone offer any suggestions or has anybody else had this problem?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Not in the mood to blog.....

Lately I just haven't had the time or energy to blog. I am so far behind and after contemplating trying to catch up I decided not too. There were only a few things that happened that I didn't blog...the day we hiked to Laurel Falls which was lots of fun, Taylor's bridging ceremony, Madison's 1st day of Kindergarten and some miscellaeous things. I am going to blog about Madison's 1st day of Kindergarten but am going to let the rest go.

We have just been so busy. This is the 1st year since Taylor was born (not counting the years that I kept my friends kids since that didn't require me to get up and look presentable) that I am working full time outside my is kicking my butt! Monday through Friday is just crazy.

Matt has been working lots of extra hours due to 1) two people quit and 2) someone got hurt. As nice as the extra money is it isn't too fun trying to do everything by myself. I have also decided that 5:30 AM is a horrible time to wake up! Hopefully things will calm down a little since parent meetings/open houses are now over so my evenings (aside from tennis/church/girl scouts) should be relatively calm. Maybe my blog won't feel so neglected anymore.

Last week was Madison's 1st full week of school and I walked her to her class every day but this week we will just be dropping her and Caleb (who has volunteered to walk her to her room each day) at the front of the school. This should make things a little quicker! And this will be Matt's job until he leaves in March (already dreading that).