Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adios Fiesta!

 We threw Emily a going away Fiesta the Saturday before she headed off to the MTC. 

As guests arrived, we asked them to make a Worry Doll for Emily, with a note written inside. Worry Dolls are a Guatemalan tradition.  Children make these small dolls to tell their worries to at night and then place them under their pillows.  She took these cuties with her on her mission. 

Of course we had to eat at our Fiesta!  We had enchiladas, rice, chicken, beans, veggies, and lots of fruit.  We served flan and Tres Leches cake for dessert.

After everyone finished eating, we headed outside to hit a PINATA! 

 This cute little guy managed to break open the pinata.  Everyone dashed for the candy, of course. 

There were still lots of people who didn't get to hit the pinata, so they just took turns beating his head. 

 We ATTEMPTED to play a fun hat game.  It is played in a similar way to musical chairs.  Each person begins with a hat and passes the hat to the person beside them.  One hat is taken out of play. When the music stops, the person without a hat is out.  This is what is SUPPOSED to happen.  

We started out well.  We each put a hat on our head and managed to form a circle. 

The adults got the hang of it and started out well. 

 However somewhere along the way we kind of bottle necked.  And hats seemed to multiply.  At one point I was holding 6 hats!  And several people had none.  We tried a couple of times to get it going, but in the end, we gave up and just had fun laughing together.  And the kids just had fun playing with all of the crazy hats!

Emily got pictures with all the guests before they left....all the guests EXCEPT for the Kruegers and Scribners.  

 We love you Emily!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

First Day(s) of School 2012-2013

 The boys had their first day of school this week.  

Andrew was excited about starting second grade.  When we arrived at school to drop him off at the classroom, he pretty much pretended we did not exist.  There were no pictures, simply a wave good-bye.....and NO HUGS!!!!!  I asked him about it after school.  He said he didn't want to hug in front of all those people.  He says he is too old now.  But he still gave us plenty of hugs the rest of the evening to make up for it!  When did he get too old for that?!?!?!?  So sad. :( 

Don't let Ryan's smile here fool you.  The night before, he didn't want Chad to give him his back to school blessing.  He thought if he didn't get one, he wouldn't have to go to school.  (We finally convinced him to let Chad give him one).  He spent the hour previous to this picture telling us he was not going to school, he didn't want to go to school ever, and that his tummy hurt really bad.  He laid in the middle of the bathroom floor all morning long until I dressed him in his school clothes while he remained on the floor.  We convinced him to drink a few sips of his special first day of school smoothie.   Chad gave him a great pep talk about butterflies in his tummy and being nervous.  We pushed him out the door and snapped a few pics.  

Daddy made both boys special Iron Man lunches to celebrate the first day. 

Ryan still felt a little hesitant when we arrived at school.  But he hugged Daddy good-bye and started to do a puzzle.  Chad and I walked into the lobby and chatted with a couple of parents.  10 minutes later the school secretary comes to tell me that Ryan has thrown up in the classroom.  I go and clean the room and bring my little guy home.  At this point he tells me he feels much better and would like to stay at school.  He said he wanted to go to recess and play with new friends.  I explained to him rule number one of school: You throw up.  You go home.  He was happy and healthy the rest of the day.  He had just worked himself up so much that he threw up.  Poor guy.  He has been frightened at the idea of starting school since his birthday in April.  

Aunt Emily came over that morning, and she and Molly made these cute cookies for my 2 aspiring ninjas to celebrate the first day of our new school year.  I think they did a great job!  The boys loved eating them after school.

On Friday, Ryan got a second try at his first day of school.  His class has a staggered entry where a third of the class comes for one day of the first week, then everyone starts on Monday.  So Ryan didn't miss out on anything by coming on Friday with the last group of children.  He was ready to go and did not cry.  When we got to the school, he got a little nervous again and didn't want to get out of the car.  But he eventually went in, hugged us good-bye, and had a vomit free morning!

When Ryan got home the first thing he told me was that he had not had to go to time out.  Then he declared his first day the BEST DAY EVER! Then clarified that Christmas was first, school was second, and his birthday was third.  So glad he had a better day.  He made a new friend and talked about her all weekend long.    Hopefully he goes happily in the morning.  

Chad made a second special lunch for the boys on Friday, since Ryan didn't get to eat his Iron Man one at school.  He is such a fabulous Daddy. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Week 10 Bucket List

We headed to the park at the beginning of the week for Bucket List # 28, PLAY TENNIS.  We also fed the ducks while we were there.

Not a Bucket List Item, but we attended an Olympics Party this week.  My children have fallen in love with the Olympics and have each chosen a sport they plan on competing in.  Andrew plans to either row, swim, or play badminton.  Ryan wants to dive. (He told his Aunt Emily that when he grew up and was an Olympian, he would wave to her so she would know who he was.  He was worried she might not recognize him since he will be so old).   Molly wants to do gymnastics.  So when they got to attend their own Olympics, compete for medals and be part of a country's team, they were thrilled.  Andrew chose to be Japan, and so did his siblings.

 Molly loved hurdle jumping!

 Ryan was very excited about getting a medal, until he looked out at the audience.  Stage fright won.

 Andrew was also thrilled...can't you tell?  This is is serious game face these days.  He told me athletes were very serious. We are trying to talk to him about smiling more often.  

The next day, we held our Kindergarten is FIN-Tastic party (Bucket List 65) at our home.  I will just post a sneak preview here.  The rest I will be putting up on our Mommy and Me blog later this week.  I will add a link here, then. 

Later, that same day, Ryan met his teacher.  She came to our home for a visit.  We gave her cookies and a book Ryan had chosen as a gift, The Duckling Gets A Cookie?!? by Mo Willems.  She opened the book and Ryan read almost all of it to her.  He did a great job reading.  He was a little goofy at the visit after that.  He gets very silly when he is nervous or shy.  

 Speaking of being silly, in the inside of his card to his teacher, Ryan wrote, "Don't Eat Me!"  (Inspired by another favorite book, Don't Eat the Teacher by Nick Ward).

Ryan has the same teachers his big brother had in kindergarten.  I adore them and could not be more thrilled! 

On Friday morning, we went to the school to meet with Andrew's second grade teacher.  She was very nice.  And Andrew is excited that one of his best school buddies is in his class this year.

He gave his teacher cookies and the first book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.  (And no, I did not prompt him to write that on the front of his card)!

 His letter said, "Hello. We study Japan and Africa in second grade, right? I hope so!  Wow! 185 days, just like last year.  My favorite color is yellow.  My favorite fruit is pineapple. I am very excited about school. From Andrew"

Andrew was very funny with his visit, too.  He was very shy.  When he did talk, he managed to tell the teacher he liked to play war video games????, reading was his favorite thing to do, and that he liked to read books about wars and ninjas.  (We were very quick to share that Andrew likes to play Lego Star Wars....not Halo.  And only for 30 minutes once a week).  

Andrew read all 16 books of the  Guardians of Ga'Hoole books this summer, so he had a little party (Bucket List 19) with another friend who had also read the books this summer.  They played Guardians, watched the movie, ate pizza, and had strawberry cheesecake (AKA Milkberry pie...a favorite of the owls in the story).

I traveled with my sister and parents to Washington DC this weekend for Bucket List # 7.  It was originally planned as a big trip for Chad and the kids, too.  We were going to take the kids to the temple we were married in, the monuments, Capitol, and to the Smithsonian Space museum, our one big overnight trip this summer.  But at the last minute, Chad had an opportunity to see his sister who lives out of the country. He never gets to see her and misses her a lot, so he and the kids went to spend a day with her and had a wonderful time.  They got to meet their cousin Zane, for the first time, too.  They loved making him laugh.

I was so grateful I had the chance to be at the temple with my sister as she prepares to serve a mission for 18 months.  I know I say every week how proud I am of her and her decision.  But I can't help it, I am so excited for her and for the families in Guatemala who get to meet this amazing woman my baby sister has become. I tell everyone I meet about it!  Being in the temple with her is by far one of the sweetest experiences of my life.  I am thankful I got to be there with her.  She is amazing.