Tuesday, August 2, 2011

School and Preschool starts soon!!

This summer seemed to fly by. I cannot believe how soon school is starting. Cambree will be going to Kindergarten full day which is going to be so weird for me. She is so excited to go and we actually did some fun school shopping last week and got her a backpack and lunchbox. We find out who her teacher is Friday and school starts the following Tuesday. CRAZY!!

Amidst all that, I have also been preparing for Preschool which starts the 15th but our Open House is next Thursday evening. I am so excited about this year. I have got so many new ideas and some awesome centers this year.

Here's my room. I know its not much, but I still like it.

The floor is a mess because the kids insist on playing with the toys when I'm in there. But it gives you an idea. In the corner is my art center and where we'll be painting, doing playdough, a new sensory table, cutting glueing- all those fun things.

Here is our calendar corner.

Our chicka chicka boom boom trees where we will add each new letter to it as we learn them and in the corner is our reading nook with new comfy friends to sit on.

Today as part of my preparation, we colored rice for the August sensory tub. The kids LOVED it.

Then we sat them out to dry, which didn't take long in this heat :)

Put it in our tub....

And the kids gave it a test run. I think its going to be a huge success. Just have to work on keeping it in the bin.

So here's to one more week of running around getting stuff done and hopefully to a fun year in Kindergarten and Preschool!!

Cambree's 5th birthday pics...FINALLY!!

I've been dragging my feet on getting the kids birthday pictures taken. But I finally got some taken this past weekend. Thanks to a good friend, I am learning more about my camera and how to take better pictures. We took Brecklynn out too to get some of her, but she wasn't having any of it so this is all we got.

Cambree is so natural in front of the camera. It truly cracks me up every single time. I love it.

This is not the one I took, but its so cute!!

I am still having to learn about photoshop so these aren't edited yet, but still like how they are just out of the camera so thought I would still share. Her personality shines through!!

These are totally her own poses...she would do a pose and say how about this one mom.

This is totally her too. Despite the black lid, I like it still. This was her idea :) It worked too.

Brecklynn's Bday!! She's 2!!!

This is obviously a bit late, but its been hectic. We celebrated her birthday actually on the 24th Saturday celebration just to make it easier on everyone.

She totally caught us all off guard this year. Cambree and Ridge at this age were so different. They both had distinct interests like princesses or tractors. Brecklynn has none. They both LOVED their birthday and were all about them, Brecklynn HATED her birthday. We first figured it out on the Sunday before her birthday. At the Allens, they always acknowledge everyone's birthday that might be coming up that week with a song and cake. Well as soon as we started Brecklynn would have nothing to do with it. She wouldn't blow out her candles or anything. Darrek on the other hand, is a trained professional. So he was excited about the whole thing. This continued all week. If we started to sing Happy Birthday or ask her if it was her birthday or how old she was, she would start yelling "no, no, I don't want my birthday". It was hilarious.

The birthday twinners....

Well I still had to do something for her despite her dislike of birthdays. This was my worst cake to date. I just had no creative juices about it and it didn't help that with how hot its been, it literally was melting on my counter. But who cares right :)

Brecklynn liked it though

Of course she didn't like this...

But she loved this...
And this...

And of course her big present was a new bike.

The next week, I had to go to my mom's for a bit to get last minute school stuff done and we did a small celebration there for her. This time luckily she didn't necessarily freak out about it but she still wouldn't blow out the candles.

So this little stinker is now 2. She is definitely become a little firecracker. She loves to scream if something doesn't go her way and throws fits all the time. Her vocab is hilarious. She loves to copy and do what her sister and brother are doing. She is still super small at only 23 pounds but she is my best eater by far. She is actively trying to learn her abcs and colors. She loves to do puzzles, color, and just play. She is a daddy's girl all the way still. I just love her so much. She's so fun. Happy Birthday Brecklynn.

24th Pioneer Day Celebration

This year for the 24th Celebration, Thatcher hosted it. I truly think Thatcher is the best at hosting everything. Festivities didn't start until 6:00 so Curtis spent the day getting our front yard ready for landscaping and the kids and I spent time over at Nana and Papa's on their water slide. The kids loved it. Right before the parade we hosted a small party for Brecklynn but more on that in another post. Then we all went to the parade and it was a pretty decent parade. The kids of course enjoyed the candy, cousins, and the parade. We headed over to the college field for the celebration and fireworks. Of course the weather couldn't cooperate. It wouldn't be the 24th if it did. It was ridiculously windy. But kids still had fun running around aimlessly and enjoying the fireworks.