Summer is officially over for our house...as school started back for the kids on tuesday..but, before heading back to school we took a quick trip to Katy to celebrate our niece/cousin turning 2! It was a great trip and a fun birthday party that was held at My Gym...so, hanna was totally in her element and Ty got to act like a ninja turtle going down the T-Bar hang glider...and Claire enjoyed getting to roam and play as well. We left midland friday and came back home sunday...with record time of 7.5 hours..including one stop and driving through Rosas on the way home. That will probably never happen again..but, we are definitely proud of that achievement. haha!
Out the driveway by 8:30 on friday morning...
once we pulled into katy (area) we first stopped and checked out Gamy and Granddaddy's new house. It's almost finished and looks great. Since they are out of a house, we stayed with Ash and Brian...and that was great spending more time with them.. and the kids just played their hearts out.
saturday was Addison's 2nd birthday...so she woke up to presents....and later that afternoon was her party...followed by the fam coming back to their house for the Tech game. Great, fun-filled day.
of course, Ty had to bring his sticks. He is not allowed to play in our backyard anymore b/c he hits it over the fence...but, b/c there is not a house directly behind their house, he got to play...but, still hit it over the fence...luckily, just a draw is back there!
hanna's favorite part of any party...the cupcakes...:)
Sunday mid-morning we headed back to midland...and after eating went down to the pond to fish with ty's new fishing pole and tackle box!
after catching a couple of perch and sweating our body weight...we spooled it up!
Since monday was Labor Day...we enjoyed the day off as a family...and the cable guy..haha! he was here for several hours.
But, it was nice having the day off with Trav....he took Ty and Hanna fishing before 8 and Ty caught 6 fish.. he was so excited. I hung back with Claire as she napped and as I waited on the cable guy..don't you love when they give you the 4-5 hour window...and naturally, he didn't show up until almost 2 hours after the allotted time! boo..haha.
we were able to knock a few household chores out of the way...so that was great.
and to top the day off, Trav went Dove hunting with my dad..so, of course, that made his day! They both wanted Ty to go..and so did Ty, but since the 1st day of school was the next day...the 10:00 bedtime was not going to be good....so, mean mommy said no...but, Ty only asks everyday, multiple times a day, if he can go dove hunting, and fishing, deer hunting and to go watch the ninja turtle movie...haha...he's got a full list!
Tuesday, was the day we had been waiting for...school started back up! woohoo!
I was ready for a little break....but mainly b/c the kids were! Ty and Hanna both really missed their school and were super excited! Claire of course, didn't know what was about to happen...but she remained in good spirits! ha.
Since all 3 are in the same school..it's super nice and convenient..but requires more organization...phew! 6 teachers, 3 backpacks, 3 lunches, bottles, nap mat for hanna, and I thought I was a pack mule last year...ha!
Ty started 4 year old pre-k...he has the same teachers as last year in the 3 yr old pre-k class...so that was exciting for him..and me, I absolutely loved his teachers. ..and of course, when I told him he doesn't even have to take his nap mat...he was fired up! haha! out of the 12 kids from last year, all but 3 are back. so that is fun for Ty as well!
Hanna was excited...but didn't understand why she didn't have the same teachers...she moved to the older 2's class. But, she got reunited with her classmates from last year..and will bond just as much with her new teachers...and of course, wants to check on claire all the time. I have a feeling she'll hold up the line when they are passing the infant class b/c she'll be peeking in on Claire.
Claire Bear started MDO as well in the infant class. I signed her up immediately when I could but then wondered if I was making the right decision...or if I should keep her home...but, I am a huge advocate for MDO or some sort of consistent play group/learning setting...and I knew she would love it...every time she is around kids her age she has the best time. So, I kept her in and I am so glad I did...come to find out...there are only 6 kids in her class..all within days/weeks of each other...and all are siblings of older kids in the program...so, I would have never got her in had I waited. So, it's super fun having friends we know in her class.
and we face a new problem we have never come across before....there is another Claire in her class..and they are like a week apart! haha! so, those poor teachers! ha! wonder if bottles will ever get mixed up! don't think my Claire will discriminate though! haha!
She had a great first day, the teachers said...she was in a jumper when I came to pick her up...and well, she hasn't been a fan of the jumper anymore for several months now...so she wasn't too thrilled..but wasn't crying! She'll do great, learn a ton and enjoy the socialization!
my sweet little boy picked me these flowers before walking in! :) love him to pieces!
After school was over at 3 (all the kids had a great day)..it was time for hanna to get dressed for a new year of dance and gymnastics that starts at 4.
Since my mom's school is next door to their school and she had to give me some stuff...I just changed her there. worked perfectly!
showing her passe's and Plie' ....
She was excited to see her friends!
OH! but, before we traveled to katy and before school started..Hanna got a big girl haircut...second haircut to date!
Hanna was sooooo excited about it...so, there was no nap....she did stay in her room...but clearly a tornado went through with the culprit jumping on her bed while singing/talking loudly! lol.
since there was no nap..she sat so still and literally almost fell asleep! haha!
and the finished product!
she loves it...and I do too.
but, I have yet to dry it with a round brush...so, it doesn't look professionally styled anymore! haha.
Bring on Fall...our favorite time of the year! :)