Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Long School Days

While Kherington was at school, I took Kevin and his buddy Isabel to the splash pad.  They had a blast since all the older kids were back in school and they could rule the pad.  The pictures I took of them cracked me up.  I didn't realize until uploading them that they are both doing the same thing in each picture.  Cute kids.

The sun is still shining and the days are still long and hot.  On the drive home from school each day, all the kids fall asleep.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kherington's First Day of School

Kindergarten starts at 7:40 here in Texas. That is crazy!  Plus for the first week of school we are still in our apartment which is a good 20-30 minutes from the school.  Well, we made it out the door in the morning. Kevin was excited to take Kherington.  It was pretty cute.  We took her to the cafeteria where they lined up, then the parents got to follow the kids to their classroom.  When I got there, Kherington had pulled her teacher (Ms. Augustine) aside and was showing off her $3 walmart backpack.  I told her we were leaving and she shrugged and when to her seat.  I thought it was going to be much more rocky than that.  Kevin was excited that they had donuts out for the parents and younger siblings. 

When I picked Kherington up she was super happy. She had a great first day.  I didn't get many details though.

I asked Kherington what she wanted to do to celebrate her first day of school and she said she wanted to get a pink smoothie from Costco.  We decided to go for dinner as soon as Ryan got home.  We also needed to pick-up a couple things and Jonathan rode in the seat part of the cart for the first time.  What a big boy!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet the Teacher

We had Back to School night at Kherington's new elementary school.  Kherington met her teacher, but wouldn't make eye contact or say her name.  Uh-oh.  We hung out a little in the classroom and I convinced Kherington to try saying hi again and taking a picture with her teacher.  Well, when we went to do it, there was another family chatting with the teacher and they just kept talking and talking and talking.  It was a bit ridiculous.  I ended up interrupting them to ask for the picture (which the teacher seemed thankful for).  While in the class the teacher had a table full of sign-up things and a whole packet full of paperwork to fill out before the first day of school.

The Kindergarten wing had Tupperware spread out for us to sort all the school supply items into then we headed to the cafeteria for more information sheets.  I signed up for the PTA and bought Kherington a school shirt (they are supposed to wear school color on Friday's...I don't know if this is a Texas thing or what but seems pretty standard here).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Library Summer Reading

We picked up summer reading calendars from the library at the beginning of the summer.  Each time the kids read for 20 minutes they got to check a box off.  For each 7 days there is a different reward that the library gives them. 

The kids were super excited to earn a medal (the final prize).  We did really good with the reading at the beginning of summer, we needed to refocus.  I would set the timer for 20 minutes and tell the kids to go read.  One of the times, I walked in to find Kevin laying in the middle of the books asleep.  Pretty cute.

They had just 5 days left until they finished everything but we decided to stop at the library to pick-up the other rewards they had earned with the thoughts that we would return in 5 days for the final reward.  The library gave them the medal even though they hadn't finished.  When I pointed out that they still had a couple day left the librarian just responded that she was sure they would finish.  It frustrated me since I want the kids to learn they need follow all the way through and earn their reward.  I took the medals away and made them finish up their reading.  When they finished we had a little award ceremony at home.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Erin - Three Decades Old

I turned the big 3-0! I keep wondering when I'll actually feel old.  I think part of not feeling old yet is that there aren't many younger people around me which is probably because they still in college.  Anyways, I don't feel old.

Ryan made steak fajitas for dinner on Sunday.  The kids were excited to have me use the birthday plate, but I had already packed it. Oops.  They also sang happy birthday and let me blow out candles that had been stuck into peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough balls (my current favorite cookie).

My actual birthday was on Tuesday.  We had a pretty relaxing morning.  I decided to let the kids make me brownies on their own.  I set the oven temperature, poured the batter into the pans and put them in the oven.  Everything else was done by them.  Kherington as upset that I told her Kevin got to help (he dumped the bag of brownie mix into the bowl.  So after they were cooled Kevin was in charge of scooping ice cream on top of them to make a brownie/ice cream pie.

I also made a chocolate mouse that was pretty tasty.  It as just dates, cocoa powder, coconut milk and vanilla.  I will make it again sometime.

Around noon a friend came and picked up Kevin and Kherington to have them play at her house.  They did bunch of crafts and were super excited to show them to me.  I did the afternoon workout class at the Y and even ran 3 laps around the track using the gilders (think bear crawl with sliding discs on your hands).

Afterwards we went to Rosa's Tortilla Factory for dinner.  A free birthday meal plus the taco Tuesday deal made it an awesome deal.  When we got home I got sung to again and blew out another hodgepodge of candles (that's what happens when you're living in boxes).

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Packing in the Fun

With just two weeks left until the end of summer and beginning of school for the next 20 plus years, we have been trying to pack in as much fun as we can.  Most of the fun comes from playing with friends.

We went to a huge indoor play area called Going Bonkers one day.  They had summer deal for half off if you're wearing your pajama's.  The kids thought it was awesome to wear their PJ's to the Y and then to play.  I found it slightly amusing that they both actually changed into their pajama's in the morning since Kherington said her's didn't smell good and Kevin just wears Ryan's T-shirts which would have been way to difficult to climb and play in.

We spent plenty of time at the splash pad and the pool.  Hannah is much more mobile than Jonathan so I'm hoping he'll start picking up on some of her tricks.  They do a lot of car seat or tummy time chilling.

I started packing up the kitchen on Thursday.  I figured if I packed all the fragile stuff first then everything else could just get thrown in.  I got over half of it packed before the weekend.  On Saturday I went out to run some errands (finished buying Kherington's school supply list items).   I was gone about 2 hours and came home to a completely packed up toy room.  Ryan really makes tracks when we packs.  So awesome.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Found a Place to Live

Our apartment contract is up mid September, so when we go home from Myrtle Beach, my focus was finding a place to live.  We had the option of staying and going month to month in the apartment, but the rent was going to go up so much it wasn't worth it.  Both the buying and rental markets here are hot so things good quick and if it doesn't go quick it is a pretty good indication that you don't want it anyways.  We looked at a couple place in Coppell, but they weren't what we wanted.  Our criteria was pretty basic: at least 3 bedroom/2 bath, large yard, no pool, min 1500 sq footage, elementary school ranked at least a 7, and within 15 minutes of the Y.

There was a house posted Wednesday night with no pictures but it sounded nice. I was watching kids all day Thursday and our realtor was out of town so I didn't see it until Friday.  I saw it around 11am, talked to Ryan and we had the application in by that evening. We learned there was already another application in so we ended up sweetening the pot a little and the landlord choose us.  We signed the contract Sunday morning.  Whew.

I am super excited about the place.  We can move in Sept 1st.  It is 4 bed/2.5 bath with a huge yard and garage.  Everything else met our criteria.