Thursday, June 25, 2015

The End of May

Yes, it's the end of June. I can't keep up with anything! The house, the groceries, this blog. But, we have had some big events this summer with some more to come so I feel like I should try to document them. At the end of May, the kids got out of school which meant lots of awards, programs, and celebrations. Kyle participated in a program called Playball after his preschool on Tuesdays. It is 45 minutes long and each week they focus on a new skill or game. If you know Kyle, you know he enjoyed this. The kid loves any type of ball and being physical. Justin was able to come with me and see him receive his medal, which Kyle couldn't wait to get!

 Here he is with Coach Michael. The medal was worn for a couple days and now it is hanging in his room next to his trophies. He sees Brice receive many accolades so he loves to be included in awards like this! Coach Michael filled out an evaluation form and said Kyle excelled at ALL the physical "tests". Not. Surprised.

Kyle also finished up his season with the Cubs. He improved from fall ball. One game he hit two off of coach pitch. He is already planning for next fall ball. This kid loves baseball!

Onto Brice...he ended the year as well as he started. All A's all year long, made the Million Word Club, received the Georgia Author's award for his class, award for fitness, and biggest of all was chosen to be a member on the school's Leadership Council. The council is new for next year's 5th graders. There were only 5 students chosen to represent 5th grade and they will be working with the middle and high schoolers as well. I am so excited that he made this as he really wanted it and I think it is just going to be a great program all around. One of the Assistant Principals will be guiding the students. (She also happens to be married to one of Larry's cousins!) Small world, great community. I would include a picture of Brice but I only took one when he was receiving his awards and he just saw it and said, "I look like an idiot."! Brice does not like recognition in a crowd which means he won't smile! He has a lot of Justin in him but there are quite a few of his mother's traits in him as well. :)

And, while all of these awards are wonderful, what I want most for my kids is for them to be kind to others, and put others first. The first week of summer was a little rough with learning how to be around each other so much of the time. We all got to be together for a car ride up to Charlotte to see the newest member of the family, Miss Sarah Catherine!!! Blaire had her on Memorial Day and so it worked out nicely for us to drive up for a quick visit and back again in the same day. I am so glad we went. These pictures are actually from the 2nd trip I took up to Charlotte but I will go ahead and share them. So excited to have another little girl in the family. Anna is the most excited, I think. She has flung herself into practicing motherhood, stuffing baby dolls in her shirt, making Kyle be the Daddy, has mastered swaddling, and has been asking lots of questions about carrying and birthing a baby. For whatever reason, the question of where do babies actually originate hasn't come up and for that I am thankful!

 Here she is! She is just precious and has been a very good baby so far. And, I may have dressed her in this after giving her a bath. I love babies. I love bathing babies so this was pretty much heaven for me. :)
 Here is the new Mommy and big brother Christian. He has been the sweetest little dude to his new sister. Lots and lots of kisses and holding.
And that is how we spent The End of May!!! You will NOT want to miss the next post!