Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nathan's First Day of Kindergarten


Like, whoa. Sending your firstborn off to kindergarten is no small deal, my friend.

All summer long, we've talked about kindergarten. People have asked us about kindergarten. Is he riding the bus? Where is he going to school? Public or private? Does he know anybody going there? Do you have your school supplies yet? How are you feeling about it--anxious?

Well, by the tail end of August, let me tell you: I was ready for him to go! The anxiety was just about killing me!


Nathan, true to form, has not been nervous or anxious for a second. Rather, he's been super pumped and ready for kindergarten to just start already!


I was very proud of myself because I shed not a tear before he got out of the car. Not while I was laying his clothes the night before or writing a note in his lunch box. Not when I was packing up his backpack, or attending orientation, or visiting his classroom for the first time.

{Be kind. I'm having a baby in three weeks. I know I look like a swollen potato.}


Of course, when my baby got out of the car, well that's another story entirely. I really did cry hard for about two minutes. Like, I was embarrassed to be out driving and sobbing at the same time.

Like I said, it's no small deal to send your firstborn off to kindergarten.


It's like you spend five or six years parenting and teaching and loving and encouraging and disciplining, and then one day, they're gone from 7:30-2:30 five days a week. WHAT!? Does he know how to open his gogurt by himself? Will he know where the bathroom is? What if he's confused on a direction for a class assignment?

And you kind of just say to yourself, Well, I guess he'll figure out how to open his gogurt and find the bathroom and figure out school. Without me there to help him. Oy. Gulp.


Thankfully, Scott made it home early for pictures and to drop Nathan off with me. I think he's equally baffled that Nathan is in kindergarten. I'm not sure how other couples are, but how can you not have the "Don't you remember when he was born and we were bringing him home from the hospital?" conversation!?


I really, truly don't worry about my Nathan James at all. He is so outgoing that he always has lots of friends. He's wary of children with bad behavior {thank goodness! hope that one sticks around forever}. And in terms of academics, he's been reading for nine months, he's working on first grade sight words, he's incredible at math, and well, braggy mom or bust, he's just very smart. I know he will thrive and shine in kindergarten!


Jack keeps asking me throughout the day, "Are we going to get Nathan now?" It's hard for me to explain to him that Nathan is gone for most of the day now. I can tell that Jack misses his big brother fiercely. Bam, sadness. Wasn't even thinking about the effect it was going to have on little brother!!


His first day was a huge success! I asked him, "What was your very favorite part about your first day in kindergarten?" And his answer was, "EVERYTHING!"


When we picked him up from his first day, I told him we would go and get a treat. He said he wanted to get a snowcone, so that's exactly what we did!


I'm so proud of my Nathan James! This is the very first little push out of the nest for him. Middle school, high school, driving, college, marriage. I know we, as parents, give our children these pushes throughout their young lives, but it doesn't make it any easier!


Here's to a great year for my sweet boy! I love you to pieces, Nathan James!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nathan's Kindergarten Orientation

Yesterday was Nathan's kindergarten orientation. He was very excited! {His mama was a little nervous!} He was also super excited that he finally got to wear his new shoes that we bought two weeks ago!


We first went into Nathan's classroom and met his very sweet teacher! We found his table, and set up his school supplies. {I turned to Scott right before we walked into his classroom and said in a panicky voice, "I think I might cry!!" I didn't, though. I was a big girl.}


Nathan got to color a picture that said "Welcome to Kindergarten!"


Then, the parents and the kiddos separated--the kiddos to go have fun, the parents to attend an anxiety-inducing meeting with lots of details that made me feel more than a little overwhelmed. Oy. But we made it! And with no tears {from mama--tears from Nathan was never really a concern}!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Henry's Baby Sprinkle

Last weekend, my sweet friend Virginia threw a little baby "sprinkle" for Mr. Henry! My mom even flew in for the occasion! I had such a wonderful time visiting with my friends and opening precious gifts for my little Henry!











I can't wait for this baby boy to get here! He sure is blessed to already be this loved, adored, and cherished before he has ever drawn his first breath! :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Morning On The River

With Scott's craaaaaazy work schedule this summer, we're savoring our Saturday mornings with Daddy. Last weekend, we went out to the Roanoke River and had so much fun with the boys. We went fishing, caught some crayfish, went kayaking, threw rocks, and just generally soaked up some good family time!

Here's a picture of Henry! ;) My belly is getting bigger and bigger as this active little baby continues to grow. I've been having my fair share of contractions. Five and a half weeks to go....not that I'm counting down the literal days or anything!!





Doesn't Jack look so mature!? My baby is growing up! I'm completely in denial that he's turning four this year.


This picture is a bit deceptive. I promise we didn't let our baby Jack float out to the river. If you look in the foreground, you'll see the rope we were holding on to. Also, he's all of about ten feet from us.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Very Eventful Trip to Little Rock

As we have every summer since moving here to Roanoke, the boys and I went to Little Rock for two weeks. I think every single day was jam-packed with stuff! Since I am saving up my PTO for when Henry arrives, I did go into work every day, also. Whew! It was a lot for this pregnant lady.

My parents are in the process of redoing their pool; it was so nice to get to "break it in!" The boys swam just about every single day.



Even this day...when Nathan busted his chin and got stitches for the very first time! Golly! He was so tough when Uncle Bob put in his stitches; he didn't make a peep. I was very proud of him.


We also celebrated Nathan turning six years old! I left work at lunch and took him to his requested lunch spot, The Purple Cow {for a purple milkshake, of course}!



We had the whole family over, and it was a sweet time of celebrating this boy with many of our loved ones!



We also went to a Traveler's game one evening. I bought cotton candy for the boys, and they totalllllly didn't know what to do with it. They kept licking it, which of course turned it into a huge, blue block of solid sugar. Fail. Oh, well! Made for some cute pictures!








We also celebrated the 4th of July in Little Rock! Jack was terrified of the fireworks, and my mom lovingly went and stayed with Jack inside. Nathan, on the other hand, was mesmerized by the loud fireworks, the sparklers, and the poppers. 





Oh, and of course, Nathan re-busted his chin open, and had to get stitches a second time. This came a whopping two days after getting his first set of stitches removed. Oy! That boy!


And Nathan lost his first tooth! {Maybe I should just re-name this The Eventful Nathan Trip to Little Rock.} His tooth was hardly even that loose; he told me he yanked it as hard as he could. Ouch! I'll never forget, I was just about to turn in for the night, and I hear slamming footsteps down the hallway and "MOMMY! MOMMY! I PULLED MY TOOTH!" I cried, because there are just too many changes going on for this big boy! Silly boy had blood absolutely covering his chin because the tooth really wasn't ready to fall out. He didn't care, though. He was thrilled to pieces! Oh, and that tooth? It was about the size of a grain of rice. Preciousness.


And after a couple busy, busy, busy weeks, we headed back to Roanoke! These boys are old pros on this stinking long drive now. I'm sure it will be difficult all over again once Henry comes. C'est la vie!