Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 9:25 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Today is the first day of Fall Break for Austin's school and I am bound and determined to spend as much time with my kiddos as possible. Because this time of year is so busy for me with my photography business I feel like I am always on a shoot, or in front of the computer editing, I wanted to give them one on one time with mom, and not only that some fun Halloween and Fall activities and play time too!!!
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 11:50 PM
Monday, August 23, 2010
She started school this morning,
And she seemed so very small.
As I walked there beside her
In the pre school hall.
And as she took her place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.
Remembering, I saw her as
She first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When she began to talk.
This little girl so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though she must have grown
To girlhood overnight.
My eyes were blurred by hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar her first big day.
Oh how I longed to stay with her
And keep her by the hand
To lead her through the places
That she couldn’t understand.
And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride.
I knew she would no longer be
A baby by my side.
But she must have her chance to live,
To work her problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about.
And I must share my little girl
With friends and work and play;
She’s not a baby anymore –
She’s in pre school today.
Alyssa started pre school today! She was so excited!! Time couldn't pass fast enough she wanted school to start NOW!! So to pass the time we had a little photo shoot on the front porch!
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 9:00 PM
Friday, August 20, 2010
Chad and his dad and brother are hunting this weekend. I was bummed it was over my birthday, so I decided I would do something fun! So I decided me and the kids would go to relaxing lava hot springs, my mom thought it sounded like a good idea so I asked her to come along! Then my brother Matt, and my nieces Ashley and Grace decided to come along too!!! :) Funny thing though the motel didn't have any more rooms with more than 1 bed! So here we all are in a King Bed jacuzzi suite, hahahaha! I walked into the room and the jacuzzi is in the room, so I can't even enjoy soaking in it, unless I want to scar my family for life!!!
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 9:23 PM
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Austin's 1st day of First Grade was a SUCCESS!!!
We celebrated by going out to dinner at the Olive Garden (or the O.G. as Chad calls it, he is big on initials) at the request of Austin. He has been begging to go to the olive garden so several weeks now, so we finally caved! I think he found his new favorite soup..MINESTRONE! mine too!!
Alyssa was so tired from trying to get used to the new early morning routine, she was in a little trance at dinner, I thought she would conk right out when we got home, but she caught a second wind, and was jumping on the trampoline and giggling right along side Austin.
The best part of an early morning schedule...kids not fighting you when you say "BED TIME!" they gladly brushed their teeth, said their prayers and climbed into bed! (sigh) Now time for me to crawl into bed!
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 9:52 PM
Today is the day that Austin started first grade!!! Last night, Austin told me that he was a little nervous but I explained to him that most everyone is nervous, but it would be fun and after the first day he wouldn't be nervous anymore. So he took a nice relaxing bubble bath and then Chad gave him a blessing. In his blessing Chad blessed him to have confidence and my shy, timid little guy walked into his classroom more confident than I have ever seen him! He saw friends from his kindergarten class so he was very excited!!!
I wanted to be there with him and not leave, because it is hard knowing, that he is now going to be with his teachers and friends more than he is with me, I wish I could be there to protect him from anything that comes his way, but all we can do is prepare our children so they can handle the obstacles when they come their way. I'm excited that he is growing and learning, but there is a part of me that wants to keep him my little boy forever!
Today will be the first time he is having school lunch, he was pretty excited about that! They also get Pizza Hut Pizza every Thursday so he was really excited about that. He was also really excited that he will now have 3 recesses!!! I just hope he does well with the WHOLE DAY of school... we'll see! These first 3 days this week are short days, so the full day of school doesn't start until Monday.
Last year Austin and his cousin and best friend Abby was in his Kindergarten class. This year they are in different classes. They were both a little bummed and I am sure out of their comfort zone a little but they were excited that they would be able to see each other at recess :) I'm glad that they have each other!!!
Alyssa starts preschool on Monday, so I get to do this "letting go" thing all over again, next week!! OY VAY!!!
Austin's first day of school went great!!! We had a few issues with the pick up procedures, apparently they don't tell you what to do you just figure it out. So there were a few tears, but we got it all figured it out now, and tomorrow should go much, much, smoother!
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 10:48 AM
Friday, August 13, 2010
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 9:30 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tomorrow well technically today is the kids last day of Swimming Lessons...they have taken 3 sessions this summer, and they are quite the little swimmers now!!! They have always loved the water but now their confidence and ability has gone through the roof!!! They love to swim, and I love to watch them learn and grow!!! My favorite thing is when they learn something new or finally get the hang of something they look over at me with a big grin to make sure I was watching...SO CUTE!!!! The teachers are so cute with the kids and have taught me some fun games to play with the kids in the water ("What time is is Mr. Shark, Fishy in a basket, Treasure Hunt)
I like how they had fun cute names for everything like monster arms, catch a falling star, starfish floats, monkey-airplane-soldier, it helps the kids remember the different moves and motions with their legs and arms!! They have been GREAT!!!
And although they don't always do it at home, it makes me very proud to see how well Austin and Alyssa both listen to their teachers...other kids will be swimming and doing their own thing and my kids are little angels sitting on the steps waiting for the teachers instructions...they save their devious behavior for mom and dad...Lucky us!
Tomorrow is their celebration day where they get to just jump off the diving board over and over again....they love it!!! (these pics were taken at the end of their last session)
Posted by Chad and Kristen at 12:05 AM