And while we're on the subject of those friends. Lets all take a moment to enjoy the fact we survived this summer incident free! Our boys play together nearly every single day in the summer and the past two summers there has always been one incident where we are shaking our heads and grounding the boys. They are all good kids but boys will be boys and stuff happens. I am happy to report there was no roof jumping or peach throwing or horse cleaning this year! Jill and I are treating outselves when school starts back up in celebration of stupidity free summer! lol
Anyway back to Sunday it was our last not school night so we stayed up late playing and enjoying our last moments of summer. Monday we got everything ready for school, went Wendy's for lunch and went to bed early so we could wake up on time Tuesday for the first day of school.
|tug of war|
|The boys and their marshmallows|
|Brielle and Liam in the (finished and awesome!) sandbox|
|This boy ate about 3 lbs of Jill's melting chocolate|
|Almost all of us that were there :)|
It's a brand new start at a brand new school and we survived our first week! The twins are in 6th grade (holy crap!) and Logan is in 4th. I seriously LOVE Logan's teacher. I went to the school on Monday and volunteered for several hours and got to meet a lot of the staff. Logan's teacher was a primary teacher for 28 years. She told me to tell Logan that so he wouldn't be scared and Logan said "That helps a lot!" She is OCD and a grandma and so excited to teach! I just love her! The twins have multiple teachers. Their homeroom teacher and I got along great and spent a couple hours together building a book shelf. Unfortunately she's leaving in a couple weeks and moving back to North Carolina :( So we have to start fresh with somebody new soon. The science and math teacher is a prepper and kind of a whackadoo. At least he's passionate. It will be interesting and it's good to let the kids start learning to work with people with different personalities. They will be exposed to all different kinds of people from all different walks of life throughout their own lifes so the sooner they learn to accept it and work with it the better.
We did have one minor incident.
What is AJ, you ask? Well first of all the more appropriate question is WHO is AJ? And he is apparently my child.
The kids come running out the first day of school so excited to tell me all about it and Kaiden tells me that the teacher was taking roll for the first time. She told them if anyone had any nicknames they like to go by that they should tell her. Kaiden for no apparent reason says, "Call me AJ". She said "OK". Ya. He went the whole day as AJ! Where that name came from I have no idea! He switches classes throughout the day and all the other teachers called him AJ as well. He says "I don't know how they knew or why they did that!" Kar says "because the teacher gave them the roll! And I told you not to say that!" Apparently they were sitting next to each other and Kaid warned Kar whispering "I'm going to tell her to call me AJ" Kar said "don't do it". He sat shaking his head when Kaiden did it. I think he was just trying to be funny but then she moved on quickly and he felt silly correcting her after that. Yep the whole first day he was known as AJ. We had to go to school the next day early and go talk to the teachers and tell them that isn't his name. Justin told him to go say "I was just kidding. My name is Stewart!" He said he should change his name every day for a week! HAHAHA! Luckily he was smarter and just fixed it.
Other than the AJ thing it's going well. The kids all have new friends already and Kaiden already has a crush who likes him back. The academic part is already more rigorous than what we're used to. Or maybe it's still just the shock of being back in school wearing off. The twins both had about 2 hours of homework the second day of school. It will be good for them though and I'm excited to see how they learn and grow.
The first day we dropped off and picked up it was a nightmare! Nobody read the traffic pattern info I guess and it took FOREVER! We found an alternative the next day and now we are getting to and from in about 10-15 minutes per trip is all. I wasn't able to get out of the car the first day (because of the traffic rules and I didn't want to park and fight getting back out). The kids actually said the next day "Why didn't you take our picture at the school?" I asked if they missed it and they said "No. We just miss you chasing us and *trying* to get a picture!" Funny boys. They fight me and tease me but when it comes down to it they secretly like it! I knew it all along! :)
We are lucky and found somebody to carpool with who lives not even a 5 minute drive away from us! I'm super excited about that and hope things work out well. So far so good and her and her kids seem awesome.
We'll keep you all posted on how the school year goes and all the extracurricular things we do along the way.
|Daddy took Liam and I out to a delicious lunch at Zupas to cheer us both up about the big boys being back in school.|