Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Less Words Wednesday

This is the Less Words Wednesday...random edition. A photo dump if you will.

Miles' team has moved up to kid pitch this fall. They had their first scrimmage tonight. They all got to play several new positions. Miles got to pitch one inning and did so well! He struck two kids out and caught a pop up. It's funny, I thought he would be very nervous but he actually looked like he was in his element. 

I wish my dentist appointments were this entertaining. He gets to pick a movie. He chose Spiderman. No cavities and the dentist even said that he might escape braces!

This kid keeps us on our toes.

This is in the dentist office waiting room. He wanted to stay after his appointment and play. Ummm, no.

It's been a while, but I ran a 5k with some friends and didn't die. Every time I run one I am reminded why I don't do them.

Granny & Pa came for a visit. Carson was very excited about that. He always asks where they are. "Where Pa?" "Where Gee Gee (Granny)?"

Look how proud he is to have his Pa in person and on the box!

Living his best life on the 4-wheeler.

Glow sticks in the bath tub are still a crowd pleaser around here.

I don't brag on this kid enough, but he is so studious. We never have to do anything homework or study related with him. Never. Since school supposedly starts in 3rd grade, I'm tempted to get involved and make sure he's doing everything as he should be. But then I remind myself that is a terrible idea. Why would start that now? I'll assess things at the first parent/teacher conference and go from there. My hope is that all is well and he's still taking care of everything as he should be.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up

Carson decided to have a party in our bed early Friday morning. It doesn't happen often, but every now and then he gets restless at night. I think I got him around 3am and he tossed and turned until I got up to go work out at 4:40am.

Then, he ate a lunchable for breakfast and watched Darrin take a shower. You win some, you lose some.

As I've mentioned before, Miles' school moved to a brand new building this year. They haven't figured out the best drop off or pick up yet. It takes 15-20 minutes to get through the line no matter when you get there. There is a group of people in the community that are volunteering to direct traffic in the mornings. The police are training them. They did a great job on Friday and it did help a little. I'm afraid that it's just too many people with only one way in and one way out. I commend everyone for trying. It's not a fun problem. Even our preacher joked about it during his sermon this morning. 

Friday afternoon, I picked up a bunch of boys and headed home for a sleepover. 

I told them to put their stuff in the guest room b/c it's away from Carson's room and has a bathroom. I thought that would work well for showers later. This is as far as their stuff got. They did put it in the room, I guess.

They played outside for as long as kids these days like to play outside, so basically an hour. Carson was in the middle of the action. Miles' friends are so nice to Carson. Although his screaming on the car ride home did about get the best of them. One of them said, "Miles, how do you deal with this?" A question we all ask ourselves often when riding with Carson.

They stopped long enough for one piece of pizza and a Sprite. Miles and Carson ate more than all the other boys. Miles has always been a big eater and Carson is slowly catching up.

They bonded over some electronic time. They flipped a coin to determine who got which device...the xBOX, DS, tablet and Kindle. I think the DS was the hot item.

But then as boys do, they ended up watching one kid play at a time while everyone else tells the one kid every move to make.

I'm not going to lie, it was a very long, loud night. If I ever decide to have another sleepover, I will send Carson away for the night. I think I told them to be quiet a hundred times, which really wasn't fair to them. I think they had fun anyway. If the condition of my house was any indication, they had a blast. 

After church today, Darrin took Miles to volleyball practice while Carson and I stayed home to work around the house, cook, play, and nap. Miles needed some time with Darrin. He told me the other day that he wished volleyball season was already over :( Preseason is hard and Darrin is gone a lot right now. I think it will get slightly better once the season actually starts. 

Darrin and I have been eating healthy for a couple weeks, which means a lot of food prep. We've been planning meals together and cooking together when possible. I had to do most of the cooking by myself today. It was a lot of work, but it feels so good to have a stocked frig. We are ready to go for the week. 

Time for some Bible study and TV time. Good night!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2 Year Check Up

We had Carson's 2 year check up today. He didn't like any part of it. He cried when they weighed him, examined him, gave him shots, and pricked his finger. Basically any time someone looked at him he started crying. He gets his cry face from me.

When they weren't around, he was perfectly fine.

He weighs 31lbs (90th percentile) and is 35" long (72nd percentile). It's taken him two years, but he's finally caught up to his brother, actually exceeded him in weight, at this age.

If the 'double their height at age two" holds true, both boys should be around 6' tall.

In the last 6 months, he's gained 3.5lbs and has grown 4". I didn't recognize it as it was happening but I can look back now and see how much he's grown.

It was a quick visit. The only issues I had to discuss were the bumps on his face (which Miles had too so I know they will probably go away soon) and his behavior. We are friends with his pediatrician on FB so as she was walking in the door she said, "this one is cut from a different mold, huh?" Um yes, he is. She offered some ideas for punishment. I told her that I was considering putting up the pack and play to use for time out b/c I don't have time to put him back 9,000x, but that I feared he would climb out but we agreed it was worth a try. I put him in the pack and play this weekend when I'd had enough and he came strolling in the kitchen in about 30 seconds. On to the next idea. He's saying a ton of words and learning his colors. He is definitely the entertainer in the family and cues the laughter himself when he's trying to be funny. He is still sleeping like a champ and starting to eat better. Other than his 'terrible two' behavior, he is a happy, healthy little boy! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Less Words Wednesday

I just have a feeling that this one is going to always beat to his own drum.

He certainly doesn't take life too seriously. He is happy, funny, and LOUD most of the time.

But he also doesn't mind hitting, kicking, screaming or even spitting to try and get his way.

So, the goal is to continue to teach him right from wrong without breaking his spirit. This personality deserves to shine.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up

Not from our weekend, but I have just have to say that nothing reminds me that we live in a small town quite like voting does. We live outside the city limits, so we vote in the neighboring town which has a population of 379. I love living in rural West TN.

As usual, our weekend consisted of lots of laundry. I've been wanting a new washer and dryer for years, but ours are still going strong, so I just can't put it ahead of our other wants/needs. I'll be so glad when I can get a bigger washer so I can do laundry in half the time.

Carson was very helpful, as usual.

We played outside too. It felt so nice in the shade. Carson ran over and grabbed my seat when I walked away for a second. Miles was playing at a friend's house after baseball practice.

I did a little grocery shopping. We've been trying to eat healthier and it's caused a lot of grocery shopping for fresh veggies. We did a lot of meal prep and planning today so hopefully I can stay out of the grocery store for a couple days. It's been hard on the checkbook. In keeping with my plan to make it a better school year, one of Miles' teachers asked for snacks from the approved snack list, so she's getting snacks tomorrow. Ask and you shall receive.

Darrin took Miles to see Mission Impossible Fallout last night. 

Carson and I stayed home. He actually let me sit on the couch and watch some HGTV while he played. The movie was so long that I got some alone time after I put him to bed. He's been so good about going to bed lately that he literally says "books" when he's ready to read books and go to sleep. Sometimes he still cries for a few minutes when you lay him down, but not very often and it's never more than 5-10 minutes.

The boys slept until 7am both days which is a Christmas miracle. They like to come in our room and play on our bed when they wake up. 

Miles also likes to check the garden as soon as he wakes up. He hasn't been able to before school so he was happy to check it both mornings this weekend. He had to draw a picture in art of his favorite thing he did this summer. He drew a picture of the garden. Granted, we didn't go on vacation, but I still think the garden might have won out over the beach if we had gone.

We went to church this morning. We just love our church. 

We aren't ready to give up the garden, so we researched what vegetables can be planted in August and came up with broccoli and cauliflower. They take 100-150 days to harvest, so we aren't quite sure how that is going to work out. 

We absolutely love having a garden. We love eating fresh veggies and giving them away. We still have things growing everyday. We have 5-6 watermelons that are getting big and the bell peppers are growing too.

Darrin had to till up the area for the broccoli and cauliflower, so Carson went and got his lawnmower to act like he was tilling too. He mimics Darrin often.

Carson ate all but two bites of his dinner which is noteworthy, to my dismay. He is such a struggle at mealtime. No matter what we try, he eats a couple bites, if any, and then wants to stand up, get down, or sit in someone's lap. It is very, very frustrating. We are just going to continue with our routine and maybe one day he will catch onto how mealtimes are supposed to go. 

And one of the best things from our weekend is, Carson walked by this box and thought it was Pa, Darrin's dad. He has carried the box around all weekend. At night, he takes the box to his room and sets it on a table until morning. Then, he picks it back up in the morning and carries it around. He really loves his Pa.

I mean, he's not wrong thinking it's Pa.

Volleyball preseason begins tomorrow, so life as we know it is over. This officially marks the end to our summer. It's been good. I'm a little sad that it's about to get crazy over here, but we'll make the best of it. Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Less Words Wednesday

First day of 3rd grade! 

The new trend of cool socks makes boy mom shopping more fun.

He said it was a great first day and can't wait to wake up and do it all over again.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

First Day of School Eve

I cannot believe the first day of school is tomorrow. We start early around here. This summer went by with record speed. I guess when you play baseball every weekend for half the summer that just happens. It was a very good summer. Usually I'm ready for fall, football, school, a routine...but I have to say I'm not ready. We have had so much fun playing outside at home all summer long. I know daylight savings time will be here before we know it and I'm sure not ready for that. But, ready or not, 3rd grade is here. Miles' school moved to a brand new building this year and they changed the name from Medina Elementary to South Gibson County Elementary. We went last week for orientation.

All summer, he has been saying that he does not like school and doesn't want to go back. We (he and I) did not have a good 2nd grade year. He did not 'get' his teacher. There were some incidents that left me scratching my head, but that's over and we are ready for a new year. After seeing his new room, he is finally ready to go back.

He has two teachers this year, which I think will be a good thing for him. He has Ms. Carla Stanfield for Reading & Language and Ms. Jennifer Hardison for Math & Science. They both seemed nice as they always do on the open house night :)

He's really only there for P.E., but details...

He was excited to explore the new library too. He had to find the section with the Magic Treehouse books.

I've never been an over-involved parent when it comes to school. I struggle to check the planner regularly and I don't volunteer in the classroom. He makes it easy b/c he just does what he is supposed to do. After all, I do have a little gig called a j-o-b that keeps me very busy. But, I'm here to say that I'm turning over a new leaf. 3rd grade is going to be the year that I get it together. My motives are selfish.....whatever it takes for Miles to have a better year. Our 'first day of school' teacher gifts are packed in his bag and ready to go. I know that sounds terrible, but if you can't beat them, join them! I affectionately call our school a private, public school b/c we are fortunate to live in a town that has an exceptionally high parent involvement rate. If I can help him get off to a better year and avoid some frustration then that's what we are going to do. I'll never take the responsibility off of him completely, I just hope to pave the way for a productive & happy year.