Sunday, August 31, 2014

Remy's Orientation (and our first week of school)


Rylie had a great first week of school!

I wish I'd taken more pictures in her cute new school clothes, but we're still getting into a new routine. She made me take this photo Friday in her new dress to send to her Mimi. She's been pretty tired this week waking up early again and staying over an hour later each day than last year. Then it's 30 minutes of fun at home before she has to get her bath while I make dinner and after we eat, it's homework/reading, pack lunch, lay out clothes and bedtime. We were all pretty tired by Friday!



I've had a great week at home with this little tot! We've played and she's just been my cute little buddy with everything.


We had to stop at HEB after dropping of Rylie last Tues and I'd read online that Starbucks was bringing Pumpkin Spice Latte early this year so we stopped in our new one by HEB and were bummed to find out this location didn't get it early. But they gave Remy her own "coffee" (milk in a coffee cup)


So we drank our drinks together (which she called hers coffee) then hit up the store


I've been going through bread like crazy between Rylie's school lunches and David's work lunches. By Wed we'd finished one loaf! I remember when Rylie was little and it was hard for us to finish a loaf in a week, so we barely bought bread. Now it's a huge staple in our house!


Remy has had earlier lunches and naps this week so she gets a good one in before car rider pickup for Rylie! It's been a crazy week doing car rider and we usually wait 20-30 minutes in line. Remy entertains herself though :)



I found a Dunkin Donuts gift card with a small balance in my car (from my birthday in Jan-the card had a Christmas wreath picture on it lol) so I treated Remy and I on Thur after we dropped Rylie off. At least they have pumpkin spice lattes now :)

Remy had her school orientation that morning so we needed to kill an hour before going to that anyways.

She was SO excited to be going to her little preschool that day, but as soon as we arrived, she clung to me and acted SO shy! She buried her head in my shoulder and sat on my lap during the orientation in chapel. She finally opened up a little in her room (same room she was in during the Summer, so a little familiar)


She's in the Fish class now, and insisted on wearing her "fish" shirt


I was listening to her teachers talk about their classroom this year while Remy lined up all the trucks


And I mean ALL the trucks hehe


Having a little snack and listening to her teachers



Her sweet teachers! Miss Diane and Miss "Mikki" as Remy calls her. She does have 1 girl from her class last year joining her this year, so she's happy about that. Looking forward to her school starting Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rylie Takes on 1st Grade

Twas the night before first grade when all through the house....lots of us were stirring, but thankfully no mouse!

Stories were read.....

a special lunch was made, a snack was packed and prayers were prayed.


Pictures were taken in the morning with care

to remember your size and how pretty your hair.

Nails were done at the crack of dawn, but Mommy did them before the moment was gone!

A treat for your teacher, in a cute little sack.....

After breakfast, it was time to put on your pack!


Time to head out the door! 
How could this be? 
You're not in Kindergarten anymore!


First grade, here I come!


(Mommy cried as soon as she got home)


You're growing up quickly,

Such a big girl!



I hope and pray you do well in this new First Grade world!


You met with the Principal,

then off to your class.


Said hi to your teacher,

A friend! Now I know you'll have a blast!


Hugs for Mommy,

Saying goodbye to Dad,

You start your first assignment and you look so glad!

One more peek as I go,

I know you'll do great.

And I'll see you at pickup.
I can't hardly wait.


{My not-so-good attempt at rhyming! Rylie had a great first day of school and it was definitely harder on Mommy this year for some reason. She gets out later in the day and has homework every single night. First grade is such a big step, but I know she'll do great!}



Rylie's first days of school




And I have to share this funny video. Love all their videos they make!



Rylie even told me Monday morning that I could dance like these moms and go shopping without her. It was her attempt to cheer me up because I kept crying while taking her to school lol


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last Days of Summer

Rylie officially started 1st grade yesterday. Cue the tears :( But I'll write all about that in a separate post tomorrow. First I need to recap the rest of our Summer break!






Rylie ran errands with me the weekend before last and one of them was hanging MOPS posters in local businesses, so of course we had to get ourselves a yummy sno-cone while putting a poster in Bahama Bucks!


So pretty for church!


Sweet hugs!


I had Book Club last Monday and Rylie was mad she couldn't go, so Tuesday morning she setup her play tent and had a book club meeting with Remy and I wasn't invited!

At least she loves to read! Hehe!


Wednesday our friends Owen and Ethan were in town for a visit but only had an hour so we met up at our playground. It was great to see them! The boys have grown SO MUCH since last year! I can't believe how big our kids are getting. It was great to visit with Susan too. It's never enough time though.

The girls and I had to run downtown to the Girl Scout store that afternoon and load up on supplies because we start meeting next week!

And I just have to add, it thundered Mon-Wed at the same time each day-Remy's naptime. Oh how I loathe thunder at naptime. It wasn't fun.



Thursday I surprised the girls and finally took them swimming (for the first time this Summer!)


To say they were excited is an understatement :)

We didn't do the kiddie pool because I figured it'd be crowded and I didn't want to deal with other people's kids lol So we had the plain pool all to ourselves!



A couple of videos.....








The plain pool has a little "kiddie" area with just fountains that the girls went back and forth to.



I packed lots of snacks that Remy gobbled up!

Little sun bathing

Little time out ;-)

She wanted to look underwater, but was afraid she'd "drown" so she added another floaty lol can't be too safe I guess!

After several hours, it was time to head out!

And cool off with sno-cones to go!

Love that they have drive thru!




That Thursday evening was Rylie's "meet the teacher" 
We went ahead and brought her school supplies. It was bright outside and both my girls had their eyes closed. Remy insisted on helping Rylie carry her supplies.


After getting her teacher's name, we headed to the classroom!

Her teacher had the room decorated in western/rodeo theme.

She had a photo booth set up with props and wanted each students' picture.

Rylie and her new teacher!

Her teacher gave each student these cute boot-shaped cups filled with goodies.

Rylie has been more nervous this year than last. She was REALLY nervous at meet the teacher. She was so excited all day about going, but the second she walked into her new classroom, she clammed up and wouldn't talk to her teacher. I'd never seen her act that shy. She's usually so outgoing. SO I asked her what she wanted for dinner and said we could go anywhere (David worked late so it was just us girls) and Rylie picked our favorite local Mexican restaurant. They just so happened to be doing karaoke this night! Rylie begged to sing, so I told her she could only if she eats her entire dinner. Well, that's one way to get her to eat, I discovered! She cleared her plate in record time! So I signed her up and she sang in front of a restaurant full of people for the first time! She even had a little backup dancer :)

So proud of my girl! I wouldn't have been brave enough to do that!


Friday morning I took the girls swimming again!

Remy was so cute in a swimsuit a friend gave her with matching sandals. All but 1 swimsuit that was Rylie's is too small for Remy because she's so tall. This one fit perfectly!


And our friends joined us this time! Remy and Lauren were all about the snacks! lol

Rylie and Raegan practiced swimming without floaties and they did great! 

Both of them can now swim across this width where the stairs are without floaties or touching!

Proud girls!


Then we all grabbed sno-cones after swimming for 4 hours! It was hotter this day too, so this hit the spot!

That night we had a MOPS spa night. I wrote the time down wrong and was an hour late, oops! But I wasn't alone so everyone still got to drink my punch I brought and I still had time to get my nails done. Now I at least look like I have everything together this Fall when things start back up. Hehe!


Rylie was bummed she couldn't go to my spa night, so David set up a "spa chair" for her at home and he actually did her toe nails! He's never painted any of our nails before, so I was surprised he actually painted her toe nails. It was the cutest thing! Totally made her night (and mine too)!


Saturday I finally got Rylie's hair cut for school! And don't you just love her outfit?! She put this together and insisted on wearing it and also insisted the entire time she was not hot. lol

Remy supervised with a lollipop lol


Saturday night Rylie had a campout in the living room!

She wanted to wear her "smores" shirt since we were doing smores. We really just ate the items without roasting marshmallows.


We sat in her tent and watched her new favorite show "Girl Meets World." It's cool how I loved watching "Boy Meets World" as a kid and now Cory and Topanga are grown up and this show's about their daughter (named Riley) and my daughter loves watching it.


Some no-makeup-but-still-cute pictures of us!

We had a great time!



Sunday our church had "blessing of the backpacks" so both girls got to bring theirs!



They held them up during the service and the whole congregation prayed over them. So sweet!

Ready or not, 1st grade here we come!