Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Katy Cakes, Tater Tot, Kate Kate

My little girl.  I prayed for so many years for this little girl.  And she more than answers all of my prayers.  She's everything I hoped my little girl would be and so much more.  SO. much. more.  This tiny little thing gives me a run for my money.  Literally.

Yesterday the kids had their well checks and flu shots with our sweet Dr. Honey.  Jude went first.  He cried but did ok.  Katy Jane started crying immediately.  Panicking almost.  James went next.  He handled it like a champ.  By this time Katy Jane had reached a full on frenzied cry.  I was helping James off the table when I heard the door open.  I turned just in time to see Katy Jane running down the hallway, pigtails flying, and screaming hysterically the whole way!  I looked at the nurse in shock and said, "She just left!"

The hallway at the doctor's office is long and has a couple of turns.  I took off after her and she had already made the first turn.  She made it all the way to a dead end.  She had two choices: turn left and she was home free, turn right and she's trapped.  Luckily she turned right and I caught her.  But that only made things worse.  I thought she was at full volume as she screamed her way down the hall.  Wrong.    She reached a pitch and volume that made me dizzy.  Thankfully our sweet nurse Raine took her from me while Katy Jane screamed, "NO!! NO!! NO!!!!" the whole way back to our room.  My sweet friend Raine LOVES my children and does not want to see them cry or make them for her to take a hysterical, screaming Katy from me was a blessing and huge help that she knew I needed.

By this point we were 3 nurses deep and still hadn't gotten to the shot yet.  The boys were wide-eyed and in shock.  Maybe because she actually had the nerve to leave the room and make a break for it, or maybe because their tiny baby sister required 4 grown women to get her restrained.  We won in the end though.  I can't count the number of times these precious ladies have had my back...and my child.

When we were checking out Katy Jane asked me when she has to get a shot again and I told her not for another year.  She collapsed onto the floor in a heap of tears and said, "How long is that?!?!?" I said, "365 days."  Sobbing she said, "But that's just like tomorrow!!!!!"

She calls the flu shot a blue shot.  In the car and for a couple of hours after the appointment, she was livid that she had a pink bandaid.  I couldn't figure out why.  She said, "The boys got BLUE!  I was supposed to get blue!!!!"  I said, "But Katy, pink is your favorite color!"  She said, "But the boys got a blue shot!  I got a pink shot!  Pink shots hurt worse!!!!"

One of the sweet nurses that helped up capture the escapee made the kids these awesome balloons.  The boys were thrilled, Katy Jane was still traumatized.
Not.  Happy.
Before all of the excitement I made the kids do their schoolwork.  Homeschool in the doctor's office? Sure, why not!
The other day Katy Jane was eating a cheeseburger and said, "I'm going to plant these seeds and grow a hamburger vine!" (The sesame seeds)  I like the way she thinks!  Fingers crossed that it works!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Much Better Day

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

So often this is the verse that comes to my mind during the day.  So thankful for His faithfulness.  Today was a day of renewed joy and energy for school for all of us.  And sometimes it's amazing how just how much one understanding, kind, encouraging comment can change your mood.

This little beauty quietly got up with me early this morning.
Brad's on a crazy schedule right now.  He was able to be home for part of our school day today.  I always value his input and opinion on how school is going because he often sees things I miss, or has an idea of how I could change things that helps us or leads to a breakthrough.  But this morning Katy Jane seemed to feel the pressure of having the principal observing the kindergarten class (of one).  At least she had her tiara on.  We think kindergarten is so cute!  Or maybe we think our kindergartener is so cute.  I'm pretty sure she impressed her dad with her math skills though.  
We saw our Dee Dee today.  She just had her hair done and looked especially lovely!
Jude found a fuzzy little caterpillar on her front porch as we were leaving.  Science, check!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Homeschool 2017-2018

Our school year has begun. James is in 3rd grade.  Jude is in 1st grade.  And Katy Jane is in Kindergarten!  We started our school year on August 28th, 2017.

 I love my sweet little class.
James wants to be a chef when he grows up.  This has not changed.  He has wanted to be a chef since he was in preschool.
Jude wants to be a doctor and a cowboy.  This has not changed either.  I think he was 2 when he decided he wanted to be a doctor.  And being a cowboy is just in his soul.  He's worn boots since he could walk.
Then there's Katy Jane.  This year she decided she wants to be a fairy and a princess when she grows up.  NOT a fairy princess.  I made that mistake.  But a fairy and a princess.  Ok.  The next day she wanted to be a housekeeper so I think she's keeping her options open.
Every year we start out our first day of school with a walk.  We talk about the school year ahead, what we want to learn and do.  What we are excited about and not so excited about.  James and Jude were most excited to learn about math and science and Katy Jane was most excited to learn about Jesus and the Bible.  I think she got confused with Sunday school and homeschool and gave her church answer.  Good either way though because she needs a large dose of both Jesus and the Bible.
I LOVE Kindergarten.  It is my favorite grade to teach so far.  Everything is new and fun and exciting!  Every workbook was like the best present ever.  She was so excited!  I prayed that excitement and joy would last.   More on that later.

So. Excited.

Every year after our first day of school we wrap up with a cookie at the bakery.

Katy Jane's joy and excitement for school faded pretty fast.  At least when it comes to writing the number 5.  I get it, it's hard.  Kindergarten is hard.

Thankfully, I was able to bribe her with a chocolate chip for every 5 she wrote.  Much like her mama, she can easily be bought with chocolate.  We were able to rally and come back from the hardships of writing a 5.  Whew.

I love that our school day can include fun visits to go see our sweet little Dee Dee!  I'm sure that falls under the field trip category.

I'm not sure why but I was under the impression that homeschooling would get easier the longer we did this.  I was wrong.  So wrong.  It's not that I'm not grateful that  we get to homeschool or that I wish I could send the kids on down to the public school.  It's just that, some days are hard.  Today was a hard school day. I woke up late and grumpy.  The kids had destroyed the house before I had even had my first cup of coffee. James wasn't feeling well.  Our schedule got thrown off.  All 3 kids seemed to have forgotten EVERYTHING we learned last week.  Jude poured egg nog (I know it's only September...don't judge) all over the counter, floor and me.  And my heart just really wasn't in it today.

BUT!  Tomorrow is a whole new day.  I know this much for sure.  My day is infinitely better when I wake up before my kids, read my bible, pray, and prepare my heart and mind for our day ahead.  Not just for school but as a wife and mom.  I know that since the Lord called me to this, He will enable me.  Even when I feel utterly inadequate.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer 2017

 We have had a wonderful summer.  It has gone by too quickly though.

 Katy Jane has her own sense of style and I love it!

 Jude graduated from Kindergarten!  He was the best and smartest Kindergartener in his class!
 He won several awards! Top mathematician, Future doctor, Most Likely to become a ninja, Best jump roper, Best overall for Kindergarten, Good Citizen, Most Caring, Excellent Effort, and Perfect Attendance!  Way to go Jude!!!
Katy Jane's awards were Good Friend to Everyone, Most Thoughtful, Most Creative, Most Outgoing, Perfect Attendance, Best Overall for Pre-Kindergarten, Most Dramatic, Class Clown, and Little Miss Fashionista!
 James' awards were Most likely to Succeed, The Best Hula Hooper, The Best Attitude, Best Manners, Most Helpful, Top Reader, Most Responsible, Best Overall for 2nd Grade, And Perfect Attendance!

 Brad and I are so proud of all of our students!
 James was baptized on Brad's birthday!  What a special day!

 We went to the Gaylord for vacation and loved it!  It was the perfect way to kick-off our summer!

 We went to the zoo while we were there.

Our sweet neighbor gave Katy Jane and I tickets to go see the performance of Cinderella.  It was wonderful and a truly magical experience for Katy Jane!

 June 21st we celebrate the big 5 for our girl!

 #Goodwilldatenight with our sweet friends!  We got lots of looks.

 Cousin Time!

 We have loved spending a lot of time at the pool with our friends!
 We celebrated our sweet Dee Dee's 99th birthday!  Wow!!!

Now its time to start preparing for the upcoming school year!  Box day is a big, fun time in a homeschool family!  All of these boxes are full of our curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year!  We can't wait!