Our Weekend

We had a pretty low key weekend.  On Friday night we were all in bed just after 8pm.  We were all exhausted from the first week of school and George has been working lots of hours at work.

Saturday George took the monkeys to town and ran a few errands while I picked up the house.  I think we need to make that a Saturday tradition.  :)  They got home just in time for us to switch drivers and the kids and I headed to a birthday party at The Little Gym.  Emma and I did a mommy & me class there just before she turned 2 and loved it.  We all had a great time and Emma wants to have her 6th birthday party there.  :)



After the party the kids and I ran some errands and then spent a quiet evening at home.  George worked from about 1:30pm-1:30am and the kids were so tired that we just stayed home.

Then on Sunday morning I got up with the chickens and did my long run of 9 miles.  I have the Women’s Half Marathon coming up in 3 weeks so the past several weekends I’ve been doing 9-10 miles on Saturday or Sunday.  Then we went to church.  Emma moved up to Trek Town (K-4th) and we moved Hudson up to the 3 & 4 year old class.  Both love it!

Then we ran some errands after church and I had to finish sorting/stacking the workbooks for Emma’s teacher.  That was a handful!  Now I know why teachers ask for parents to help.  I couldn’t imagine being a teacher and having to do all of that work at home on top of other work.  It probably took me 3 hours to tear out all of the pages and separate.

George ended up going back into work for the night so the kids and I once again had a quiet easy night at home.  Thankfully they have both been so good and playing so well together that it was really nice.  Emma was exhausted last night and I had them both to asleep in record time!  :)

Today she is riding the bus home for the very first time.  It makes so much sense for her to ride the bus.  She will be home super fast and Hudson is so excited about seeing her get off the bus.  Hopefully I can get a picture!


First Week of Kindergarten!


Well we all made it through the first week of Kindergarten and Hudson’s first week of MMO.  George has been swamped at work, I’ve been busy running errands/cleaning, and of course being a chauffuer!   We were all so tired last night that the kids were sound asleep before 8:15 and George and I went to bed too.  Unfortunately my little night owl Emma was up several times in the night though.  Little stinker.  :)

I had signed up to work in the lunch room at 10am yesterday (super early lunch!) and boy was it fun!  I was worried that Emma would get really clingy and be upset when I left but she actually did very well.  I loved seeing her classmates interact and they were all very well behaved.  I helped them open milk & ketchup and cleaned up spills, etc.  More than likely I’ll help in the lunch room at least once a week.

Emma’s teacher also asked for volunteers to tear out workbook pages and cut papers, etc.  Of course I volunteered and Thursday she met me with my first assignment.  She asked me to tear out 60 pages of 18 workbooks and then I have to put each page in a different stack.  Wow!  So far I have all of the pages torn out but I still have to separate them.  Since it is cheaper paper it was so difficult to rip out and so I’ll to trim up some with scissors.  No wonder they ask for volunteers.  This stuff takes forever!  But I don’t mind helping.  :)

Overall, it was a busy but wonderful week.  Emma LOVES school and even though I know she’s tired, she has come over every day and been so well behaved!  I was worried that she would be cranky and whiny but it has been really nice.  She and Hudson have played so well together every afternoon too.  Hudson misses her so much during the day!  It definitely makes it easier with him going to school 3 days.

I also wanted to add something funny before I forget.  We all know that our last name is rather funny.  I’m used to all of the remarks now and yes, I still get them all the time.  George and I have always said that the kids will get teased in school from it but that’s just part of life.  So on the first day of school when we did kindergarten pick up, they called into the mega phone with our first & last name.  No big deal.  Then on Wed, Thurs, and Fri I noticed that they called every other child by their first & last name except for Emma.  Every single day they just said “Emma” into the mega phone.  At first when they did it I thought “how in the world will Emma know it’s her turn to leave b/c there are several Emmas!”  But I guess the teachers have talked & probably agreed that when they announce “Emma” they mean her.  It doesn’t bother me, but I think it’s funny.  I didn’t realize our last name would be an issue so early!  Kind of funny, huh?

Alright, time for a birthday party!  Yay for the weekend!



H-man started school on Tuesday (MMO) and so far he loves it!  He’s going 3 days this year instead of 2.  That really helps us both b/c I think it’s more fun for him.  With Emma being gone all day, he constantly ask “now we go get Emma?” about 10 times a day.  :)  The sun was super bright that morning so he had a hard time smiling for the camera.  He also had to wear his new shoes that don’t really match his outfit but who cares, right?  He’s so cute!  I have found that he lives in his athletic shorts now that he is potty trained.  At school he has to be able to pull his pants up/down by himself and it’s really hard to do with buttons.  I did put his khaki shorts on him today but I’ve seen him get them up/down by himself before so hopefully no problems.


With Hudson having a late birthday he is in the older 2’s even though he’ll be 3 in Nov.  Ms. Kristi and Ms. Jennifer are his teachers and our little friend Asher is in his class too.  That made the transition so much easier!  He’s also in the “yellow” room again which is where he was in the summer.  Hudson is so well behaved at school and his teachers think he is the cutest sweetest boy.  He definitely is a keeper.  :)

Emma wanted a picture that morning too.  :)  She actually had Tuesday off of school so we went and got mani/pedis, ran errands, and had lunch with my friend Christa and Heather.  She was a big girl!



I feel like we are now getting into the swing of things but I have been so busy while they are in school.  Today I got to help with Emma’s class in the lunchroom at 10am and I loved that!  I’m also tearing out hundreds of pages and putting them together for Emma’s teacher.

Also, on Wednesday they had to wear the color red to school.  I realized that Emma only owns 1 shirt and 1 Christmas dress that is red!  Everything is either pink or purple!  :)


I’m off to a lunch date!

Emma’s 1st Day of Kindergarten!

Monday was Emma’s first day of Kindergarten and only the girls went.  Then yesterday the boys went and today all the kids went.  So far she loves it!

Monday morning started off just a little rough.  She was really tired b/c she was up twice in the night and we woke her up a little before 7am.  Normally we don’t “eat” breakfast as soon as we get up so she was not in the mood to eat!


Then we were rushing out the door and we were afraid we were going to be late.  As we were backing out of the driveway we almost hit a neighbor who was walking and his wife/child that was in their van.  It was rather embarrassing especially when the wife gave us a very dirty look.  Whoops!  Turns out their daughter is a kindergartner too and her classroom was right beside Emma’s.  Double whoopsie!

Anyways, once we got into the parking lot everything was peachy.  Emma was stoked and we took off across the parking lot.  Normally George will drop her off on his way to work but we all 4 rode together on the first day.  I love this picture of Daddy and his babies.


Emma and Mommy


Emma in front of her class


She went right in to her class and was all smiles and giggles.  She sat right down after saying hi to her teacher and then we bombarded her with pictures.  Love these!






We left quickly after taking pictures b/c there were still several parents in the room and it was time for school to start.  Everything was so rushed that I didn’t even cry until I downloaded the school pictures about 20 minutes later.  I tried my best to keep it together so Hudson wouldn’t think I was crazy.  :)

I was really surprised that Emma wanted to buy her lunch on that first day.  They had pizza, peaches, salad, corn, and chocolate milk.  We told her to get regular milk but of course, she didn’t.  ha!  Lunch is only 1.85 which is super cheap, right?  I sent money that first day but they give every kid a 5 digit number that has to memorize quickly.  Guess we should be working on that huh?

Since Emma goes to lunch so early (10am), they have a snack in the afternoon.  You can either pay 1.25 and buy it at school or take your own.  She was all about buying it at school so she bought some chips and a bottle water.  I think it ‘s funny that we bought all of these snacks and mini waters and she wants to buy it.  Hopefully once the newness wears off she’ll take stuff from home.

Hudson and I went to pick her up at 2:45 but you can’t pick them up until closer to 3 after the busses leave.  Then today we left right at 3 and she was one of the last kids left.  Whoops!  I felt so bad!  The funny thing is the bus was already at our house when we were leaving.  I think next week she might start riding the bus home in the afternoon since it is faster than me picking her up b/c she is the 2nd stop in the neighborhood.  Hudson still naps too so both days I’ve had to wake him up to go get her.

It’s so hard to believe that she goes back tomorrow and the next day!  I think it’s a big adjustment for me b/c for the past 2 years she’s only done T/TH at MMO.  Hudson and I enjoyed ourselves today and I got the bathrooms cleaned and made a nice big dinner.  Very easy day.  :)  Hudson is so laid back that we just chilled together.

On Friday I’m helping during lunch which I”m super excited about!  I hope Emma doesn’t get clingy while I’m there.

She was telling me and George tonight about what happens if you get in trouble.  Then she said she’s working really hard to be the best behaved girl and not move her card.  It was so sweet.  :)

Time to get these monkeys in bed!  They both have school tomorrow and I’ve got a hot date with Honda for an oil change.  Never a dull moment!

Tooth Fairy Visits Again!


Yesterday I dragged sent Emma to her room for doing something she wasn’t supposed to.  Probably kicking her brother or something to that effect.  :)  Anyways, a minute later she started saying “mommy, come here” in a rather happy voice for just getting in trouble so I was worried.  Turns out she had went in her room and tried to pull her 2nd loose tooth out and it was barely hanging in her mouth.  She was grinning from ear to ear and I had to help twist it out.  Mommy did the heebie jeebie dance just a little and then Emma started screaming “awesome!”, “this is so AWESOME!” and all was peaches and cream in our house.

She already has both grown up teeth in and now they just need to move into place.  The tooth fairy left a $5 bill again and she was very happy!  I thought we might leave $2 this time but George said he was leaving a $5.  These teeth are going to get expensive!

Just like the first time, Hudson was so sad that he didn’t lose a tooth too.  He wants to do everything just like Emma and it is so cute.


In other news, school starts next week!  Tomorrow night we have Emma’s open house and on Friday we have Hudson’s.  Emma is all ready but poor Hudson is not.  He keeps saying he’s not going.  Poor kid.

On Saturday we went to Swim For Melissa with our wonderful friends Kylie, Ella, Lucas, and baby Cooper.  We had so much fun swimming and visiting with our best NICU friends!  Emma even swam 4 laps as an individual swimmer and we were so proud.  Poor thing has a really bad cough so when she got out of the pool she started hacking like crazy.  :(

I took lots of pics but here’s one for now.


Oh and I almost forgot this super cute picture.  We went to TN for several days over a week ago and I took this on my granny’s porch.


I also liked this one of Arnold and Hudson.


Now for one of the sweetest pics ever!  I think this will be on their Christmas card this year.  LOVE LOVE LOVE these girls!  My cousins, Monya & Melica…

Kindergarten Camp

Last M-W Emma attended Kindergarten Camp at her school for 2 hours each day.  She absolutely loved it and she can’t wait to start school on the 20th!

Hudson and I got to walk her in each morning to her class.  She said her teacher, Ms. Carter, is super nice.  Ms. Carter has been teaching for several years and lots of people seemed to know her.

She had the kids sit down and color while all the kids arrived.  Then they walked around the school and learned the rules of walking in the halls and bathroom.  One day they got to color with chalk outside and another day they played on the playground.  I just can’t believe the time has come for kindergarten!  I had to really fight back the tears that first morning of camp but I did okay.  :)


While Emma was busy at school, Hudson and I joined our Moms Club on Monday for cupcakes at Gigi’s!  The kids had mini cupcakes which were awesome!



We even got Emma a HUGE pink cupcake for her big day at school.  Don’t worry, she didn’t eat all of it.  :)  She was so happy!


Just a little over 1 week until school officially starts!  I can’t believe summer is almost over.  Time definitely flies by.

Both kids also started gymnastics last week.  Emma has been begging for gymnastics for the past year now so we signed her up for a beginner 5/6 class and Hudson is in a preschool class.  They both LOVE it especially Hudson!  This is his first time doing an activity besides school, and he just has a huge smile on his face the entire time.  I’m able to watch them both and it’s fun.  One of my favorite parts is when they are both on the gym floor and whenever Hudson sees Emma he’ll say “HI EMMA!” and wave to her until she acknowledges him.  So sweet!

Emma is also doing dance and soccer again this year so little miss is going to be really busy!  Looking forward to our big year!