Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UIL Here We Come...

Well, all the chess the boys play in their free time has paid off. Both boys got notes sent home Friday- Remi made the 3rd Grade Chess Team and Roen will be the 2nd Grade Team alernate. This is something Remi puts a lot of love and time into and one of those 'little victories' that made him feel as smart as he is!

I sure do love seeing these boys do things as brothers!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Day Off...

Last Monday, the boys had a day off from school. We couldn't think of a better way to spend it than with friends! The boys played chess, had nerf wars, skated, played basketball and even taught each other new songs on the piano. The boys have some of the sweetest friends and I am so thankful for that!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Visit From Anne...

This past weekend, my mom came down for a little weekend visit. The boys love when Anne comes to town. We took the boys to see Small Foot (which the boys thought was hilarious), played a little Saturday morning football, and just enjoyed some time being together!

Roen's little team won again this weekend, and Roen got his very first touchdown...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fall Reading...

I always get so excited about Fall and Halloween and pumpkins and cardigans, that I can hardly wait to get my stash of spooky books out! Here are the books I have read so far from my spooky stash, but because I have so many good ones to choose from, I will keep on going with the genre for the time being.

What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott
I picked this little book up at last year's book fair. I have been saving it for a year now! This was a quick read that held my attention until I could figure out 'who dun it'. There is one more book that is along the same lines called, 'What Waits in the Woods'. If I ever get through my 'to read' basket- which has now turned into a three self cart, I may pick this one up too. These books could easily be read in a day and sometimes there is something quite satisfying about opening a new book and finishing that night!

The End of Alice by A.M. Homes
This is by far, the most disturbing and disgusting book I have ever read. There has only been one book that I have ever read that would even be a close contender (The Girl Next Door) and even that seems like child's play compared to this. There were so many times I almost closed this book and just threw it away. I think I was hoping for the ending that would make everything else ok- that just didn't come. By the end I was so numb to the grotesque scenes and descriptions that I was almost just waiting for it at the turn of every page. Further research has led me to believe that the author's real purpose in writing this book was to get a reaction from the readers. In that, I can say without a doubt, he does 100%. Do yourself a favor- skip this book- no one needs the filth taking up space in their heads.

One For Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
I just love this author. Last year, I read 'Took' by Hahn and liked that book as much of this one. She writes short, simplified ghost stories. If you go to a quiet room while everyone else is sleeping and read her books, you might find your self just spooked enough for fun, but other than that, these are just fun little ghost stories. I will say out of the books I have read I think 'Took' has been the spookiest.

The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn
This was a sweet little ghost story. It wasn't scary- just a lost little ghost soul who finally finds peace thanks to two sweet girls!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Halloween 2018

This is Roen's last year to dress-up at school and this is Remi's first year not getting to dress-up. Neither of my boys have ever really been big 'dresser uppers' so although Roen was excited to put on his Dallas Cowboys uniform for school, Remi didn't seem to mind in the least. I would like to point out, that this is the first year in 4 that Roen has not wanted to be a NINJA- hallelujah for that!

Halloween was wet and cold! I think it rained all day and didn't let up until early evening. We visited both grandparents, grabbed a bite to eat on our way home and skipped trick-or-treating to go home to pass out candy until it was bedtime. Although we didn't get to do our traditional hayride, the boys didn't seem to notice and it was a great Halloween!

Now that Remi is in the 3-6 building, he didn't have a Halloween party, so I got to spend the entire afternoon with Roen at his!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Carnival 2018...

Sunday, was the boy's school Halloween Carnival. I am usually running around making sure things run smoothly, so Micah is in charge of taking them around. I try and do a few games with them, but for the most part they get tickets and off they go with friends/Micah. In just a few short years, Remi they will probably think he is too big for our little elementary carnival so I try to love these years where getting a spot at the toy/cake walk is a big deal to them!

Both boys entered their pumpkins in the Pumpkin Contest and both came out winners! Roen won MOST ORIGINAL and Remi won SCARIEST...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Perfect Saturday...

Saturday was one of those days. One of those days that was so full of good things that I think I smiled all day long!

We started our day off bright and early by heading to the Annual Halloween Hustle, where Remi ran his very first 5K. The funny thing is, Roen is the one who came home from school with forms to fill out because he wanted to run in this so bad! Since Roen was doing it, Remi decided he might as well- although, a bit less enthusiastically. Well, turns out, Roen had a 9 o'clock flag football game and had to miss the race. Which left Remi running the race alone. However, one of his very best friends was running it as well, and I guess Remi decided in his mind he was going to do it, because I never heard a word from him otherwise.

Remi's little friend, just happens to be an incredible runner. As in, I bet he could have easily won the whole race. But, on the way to the race, he told his mom that he wanted to stay with Remi and finish with him. Running hasn't been something Remi has really enjoyed in the past, so I knew this would be slow going for him. As the runners went up to the starting line, Remi and his friend got right up close to the front and off they went in pretty fast start. I didn't see them again until the rounded the road to the finish line. As runner after runner finished, I kept my eye out until I finally saw Remi and Brian about 1/4 mile off. Remi was exhausted and started to walk, Brian slowed down and I heard him yell, "Come on, Remi, you can do it" and so Remi ran his heart out until the very end, finishing just seconds behind his friend.

In all honesty, seeing Remi's friend encourage him like that brought tears to my eyes. This was something Remi did all by himself, without me there to push himself harder than he has probably every pushed. But he had something even better, he had a friend there with him, that Remi said encouraged him along the entire way. Remi said they never stopped to walk, that they took their water breaks while running, and his buddy was with him the entire time.

The whole experience was amazing. I was so proud of Remi for stepping out of his comfort zone, I was so proud of his friend for being there for him and I am so proud that Remi has found such good buddies to surround himself with!

Remi finished 2nd in his age group at 32:31 minutes and paced 10:29 per mile.

(Keeping warm before the race began)

Closing in on the finish line...

In this picture, you can see his little buddy turned around making sure Remi is going to finish the race...

(Sweaty and tired)

These are the three boys from our school that participated. Sad Roen didn't get to be in this picture! I'm not a big runner myself, so I pinned Remi's number on his back instead of his front- I didn't even realize until I looked back at these pictures, lol!!

After running, Remi headed off for two back to back flag football games- the poor boy was exhausted to say the least. Roen ended up winning his game while Remi ran, which kept his little team undefeated, but Remi's team lost both games- playing the same undefeated team back-to-back.

After we got home, filled our tummies and put our fit up for a short bit. Since we still had not made it to the pumpkin patch, this was our decided day. I knew it was either fit it in or it wasn't happening before Halloween! We took the boys down the road to our little dairy where they met all the new calves, got lost in the corn maze and picked out some pumpkins to carve and a few for the front porch!

Micah decided to carve a pumpkin this year, when he found a huge, warted, green pumpkin. The boys loved this and I loved watching all the serious faces they made as they perfected their jack-o-lanterns!

Remi picked out a face and had me draw it on his pumpkin, then carved it entirely by himself. Roen on the other hand, took lead, drew nothing, just started carving as his little heart desired! My little free spirit and perfectionist- I love them both (even Roen's crazy pumpkin mouth)!