Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Roen's Meet The Teacher...

This morning Roen got to see his new classroom and meet his teacher. On the way there, I gave him a pep talk about replying to his teacher when she spoke to him and using good manners. Well, when we got there it all went out the window.

It is true, that Roen tends to be my easy going, happy and just really my child that likes to please. However, he is EXTREMELY shy and tends to get nervous and silly around adults he does not know... which often times comes out seeming disrespectful.

He refused to come in the classroom, just sitting in the hallway with a smile on his face refusing to budge. Once, I got him in the classroom, he wouldn't speak at all. His teacher wanted him to color an apple for the classroom apple tree... there was no way he was doing that. He hid under the table or behind me the entire time.

Mamma Bear was not happy. Roen is grounded from TV all day (a big deal in his world) and I am just hoping he can someday learn to come out of his shell when not around the protection of big brother!



Monday, August 31, 2015

My Birthday Weekend...

We spent the weekend in Ft Worth with friends, celebrating my birthday! We almost always head to Ft. Worth for my birthday and we always have tons of fun! We started the day off with shopping in the stockyards, had dinner at Joe T's (my favorite), did a little country dancing, and then woke up and had Joe T's for breakfast! We stayed at the historic Stockyard Hotel and not only was it really neat, but also so convenient to everything we did!

Of course, when we saw the old timey photo booth, we had to partake in the fun. The guys weren't thrilled about it, but because it was my birthday, they had no choice and I secretly think they had more fun than we did dressing up!





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Little Brother Adjusts...

Roen has adjusted without Remi, much to my surprise, without a second thought. I honestly, thought Roen would be bored and lost without Remi around to boss, fight and entertain him.

Roen seems to love having the house, toys and tv all to himself. He is an EXTREMELY quiet little boy and our days are calm, quiet and uneventful. It is like going from one extreme to the other!

I will say that I don't think Roen has spent anytime outside at all. It is so weird, because Remi spends almost all his time outside when he is home. When they are both home, they will both spend a lot of time outside together, but I guess that is just not Roen's thing unless Remi is around. It's almost like I am learning all kinds of things about who Roen is when Remi is not around.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

End of the Summer Reading...

As much as I love a good 'ole novel from modern day talent, my true love will always belong to the classics. And I think I might even be most partial to the children's classics.

I ended my Summer with some amazing books. I got this sweet little collection a while ago when I fell in love with the art on the covers. I had already read two of these books in my childhood, but re-read them because it had been so long. I am sure most of you have read at least one of these books- probably Little Women. I read Little Women in the 8th grade and Anne of Green Gables at an even younger age. But I honestly couldn't really remember much of either of them.

I think EVERY girl (big or small) should read these books... go buy this exact set! They are not only absolutely stunning but... oh, they are such a breath of fresh air. They are so very inspiring in the most innocent, simplistic way. They seem to cleanse the mind of all indecencies and take you back to daydreaming at grandma's house. I LOVED every single one of these books and think every girl needs this set of books setting on her dresser!

I think my favorite had to be Anne of Green Gables. I literally laughed through the whole book. I just love sweet Anne! It really is hard to say favorite though, because they all really tied for me. I guess Anne just has a special little place in my book heart :) Anne inspired me to always try. She never was perfect, but she always tried her very best with a good heart!

The Little Princess inspired me to be content and practice tact in everything life throws my way. The Little Princess was such a sweet, little composed girl in the face of good times and bad!

Little Women for me, was about the importance of family... especially a mother's love. Respecting our parents should always be number one. When we do that, everything else seems to fall into place. These sweet 'little women' learned from their mother and always went back to her for advice and counsel... I sometimes think our modern times have lost this important quality.

And, Heidi was a girl that put everyone before herself. Taking pleasure in the beauty God surrounds us with and learning to help others on daily basis is truly what this book came down to for me. This sweet little orphan girl definitely reaped the benefits of all her good deeds in the end!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How My Day Went....

My day without Remi was a lot like this...



It was a mix between being sad, checking his schedule often to know what he was doing at school and wanting to go spy on him!

When I picked Remi up, he was in a great mood and said he had a lot of fun! He made one friend... a little boy named Jackson and seemed very happy with how his day went. He liked his cafeteria lunch, did his homework promptly after school with a good attitude and came home talking to Roen like a teacher :)

Here was our conversation on the way home:

Me: You were gone forever! Did it feel like you were gone forever?!

Remi: No, but I sure did miss you.

MELT. MY. HEART.

Monday, August 24, 2015

In A Blink...

I just dropped my baby off at Kindergarten, and I do not like it one bit. It doesn't really feel fair that they get to keep my baby away from me all day long.

However, our morning was storybook perfect. We don't get many 'storybook perfect' mornings around here, but today, it truly was. I woke up extra early at 6:30. The rest of the house was still sleeping. I snuck into Remi's room to sneak a peak at my littler Kindergartener, then hopped into the shower. About 10 minutes later, Remi popped his head in to say good morning. He requested cinnamon rolls and cinnamon toast for breakfast and told me he was going to go make his bed and brush his teeth... which he did. He ate, watched a little Octonauts, got dressed and had the sweetest little attitude all morning.

As I walked him to his class, he wouldn't hold my hand, but was really sweet about it. I could tell he was afraid it was going to hurt my feelings. I just smiled. When we got to his classroom, a lot of the other kids were already there sitting quietly at their desks. He chose his desk and sat down. He was nervous, I was fighting back tears. I had to run back to the car to get his Kleenex, so I gave him a quick little kiss. When I got back he was still sitting there with his nervous little eyes. I told him I loved him and I could tell he was a little too embarrassed for another kiss, so I just kinda waved.... I can't remember a I time I couldn't kiss my boys... and I left bawling like a baby.

So, for the first time, my house feels just a little too quiet, a little too big and maybe a bit too peaceful.

And just like that, in a blink it seems, everything has changed...







Friday, August 21, 2015

Meet The Teacher...

All week, we have been getting ready for Remi's big day on Monday! Yesterday, the boys had dentist appointments (no cavities!!) and hair cuts. After getting all cleaned up, we were ready for Remi's Meet The Teacher, last night. After a short introduction by the principal in the cafeteria, we were dismissed to the classrooms. Remi was very shy with his teacher, but LOVED looking around his classroom! There are only two kindergarten classes and Remi ended up with his top pick for a teacher.

This is going to be a great year...







Roen won't start school until the beginning of September, but I think he wishes he could just go to school with Remi... he loved Remi's new classroom as much as Remi did!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Magical Getaway...

On Friday afternoon, we hopped on a ship and sailed hundreds of miles into the beautiful Caribbean to explore the islands of the Bahamas.

We knew we wanted to take the boys to the beach this Summer. We decided that it was would be really fun to take them right before school started and after fiddling around with different places to go, we decided on a Disney Cruise. We ended up finding a great little getaway to the Bahamas for only three nights. Micah and I both knew any longer than that was most definitely longer than we could do. I love my children, but a vacation with littles is NOT a vacation for anyone BUT the kids :)

We got to visit two different islands; Nassua and Castaway Cay. They were both beautiful and the waters were crystal clear, but our favorite was Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

The ship itself was beautiful. As Disney is know for, every little detail was thought of, and the staff was incredibly organized and kid friendly. I, of course, loved the shows every night- they were like mini broadway shows for kids- but the boys, were unfortunately very bored. I have some pretty active little dudes (including my husband) and sitting down to watch people dance and sing is just a bit out of their element!

We decided to fly into Orlando the day before we set sail to avoid waking up at an hour that was too early even for the earliest of early birds.

Here are the boys Thursday afternoon, ready to hop on the plane...



Day One:

We woke up early the next morning, had a little room service pancake breakfast in bed and hit the road. It took us about an hour to reach the cruise terminal. From there, there was lots of lines, checking in, and impatient boys!


As they were checking everyone in, they took these little family pictures

Of course, once we actually got on the boat, we had to check everything out while we waited for our rooms to get ready...





Before getting into our swimmers, we had a quick lunch... we indulged in some amazingly yummy stone crab...





Following lunch, we promptly hopped into our swim gear and splashed around all afternoon...





The boys took a short break to watch the ship embark upon the deep blue sea...



Before heading back to our room to get ready for the evening show and dinner, we stopped for some ice cream...



Ready for "The Golden Mickeys" and dinner...







The boys were very excited to see the bed that folded down from the celling! After a long day, they tucked in for their first night on the sea...



Day Two:

Upon waking up, the boys immediately realized that we were at land once again and were just a little excited about exploring their first taste of the Bahamas in Nassau! Here are the little turkeys checking it out from our balcony in their undies :)





But, first things first, no morning would be complete without Mickey waffles...





We spent the day at the Atlantis Resort. It was huge! There were so many swimming pools that we lost count after about 10! The boys loved looking at all the sea life. Everywhere you looked where pools full of sting rays, saw fish and sharks!



The boys have been waiting to go dig for 'treasure' and splash around in the ocean all Summer long. So, the first thing we did was walk to the beach. The waves were pretty strong and with Roen still being pretty small, he got tossed around a bit, but wouldn't rest or take breaks for anything in the world!







Before heading back to Atlantis for lunch and swimming pools, we talked the boys into taking a banana boat ride in the ocean blue! It was really fun and I might have even pretended we were on the movie Jaws :)



I don't think anything could top snow cones on a Bahamian Island...



As we made our way back to the ship for naps, we went through all the underground aquariums... one of the boy's favorite things we did!





Saturday night was pirate themed on the ship. After our 'Villains of Disney' show, we found some pirate swords and guns to play around with on the upper deck before dinner...



Day Three:
This was my favorite day. Although, there were no pools on the Disney Island, there was a long cay that ran right in front of the actual beach of the island. This made the waters extremely calm, much like an ocean swimming pool and the boys had the best time ever! We spent all morning swmiming and diving for shell treasures. We ended up filling up a whole bucket!









Early afternoon, a torrential downpour hit the island and we deiced to head back to the ship. It rained most of the afternoon so we spent the afternoon in our room taking hot showers and checking out all our shells!



After the rain stopped, we went to the upper deck for a little more swimming before our last show and dinner...



Everynight, we got two big buckets of popcorn- every kernel got eaten.... it was the best popcorn ever! Our final show was 'Believe' and I loved it. We decided to skip dinner for a quick room service meal so that we could get the boys in bed early for a long day of traveling home on Monday.



I think the boys had a blast having mommy and daddy all to themselves! There really is nothing better than seeing your boys come to life as they explore the beauties and wonders of this great big world.

I hope that memories of theses little adventures will stay with the boys forever...