Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oma's Big News

Oma came to visit at the end of August and to keep Olivia company while I worked.
Somehow in the midst of her visit we finally convinced her that our kids are pretty cool and that she is missing out on lots of fun with they by living in Florida.  So, she when she got home, her house went on the market the very next day!  We are so looking forward to having family closer. 
Here are some of the moments that we think helped convince Oma that South Carolina really is better.
See that finger print at the top?  That's Oma's.  She was our first day of school photographer
Oma loved our nightly visits from our deer family

And daily tea parties with Olivia

She laughed at our crazy kids on the tube

And helped clean up poop from our deer family

And marveled out our cutie pie's artwork

She surprised Brooks and Kyrie at school for lunch
And enjoyed many glasses of wine around the dinner table.  That's truth and I will tell ya wine is necessary in this house.

So, when she made her decision to move, naturally we bought her a South Carolina wine glass as a birthday gift.
Now we just need to teach Oma how to say ya'll.

Back to School 2015

Second grade, Kindergarten and 3 day 3's preschool!
 I prayed and prayed all year for my children's teachers.  I prayed with extra fervor knowing the start of this school year will be rough with my trip to China.  We feel like we hit the jackpot and could not have asked for more nurturing teachers for our three children.  Such a praise!
2nd Grade!
With a rough start to her year last year we were thrilled to watch Kyrie's excitement about 2nd grade.


 Brooks went to Kindergarten with such confidence and excitement.  That wore off after the first day when he realized how long 7 hrs at school is.  But, he was fast to adjust, make new friends and was most excited about the opening day of the school store.

The only tears on the first day were from mommy.  Believe me it's not any easier sending baby #2 off to school.
Thankfully Oma was here so I was able to go join some friends for Mimosas for Mommy which helped distract me for a few hours.

Finally, 2:45 came around

Can you tell I couldn't wait to get my arms around those two?

For the next two weeks, Olivia asked every day if it was her turn to go to school.  Thankfully Oma was here to keep her occupied. (Next post)
When it was finally her turn to go to school, Olivia ran right in like she owned the place.

Doesn't everyone need a snowball after their first day of school?

I know it's going to be a wonderful year sweet babies.  Have fun and be kind.

End of Summer 2015

Summer came and went too fast. 
We returned from camp Nana and Poppie and had a month left before school.
Our time was spent at the pool, on the boat, in a few camps and just enjoying time together.
The boat is like magic to put Olivia to sleep
Brooks completed his first all by himself sewing project: a sleeping bag for puppy

We visited old friends at their mountain house

Kyrie and I saw Annie on broadway with friends

Kyrie made her first dress all by herself

Brooks finally got to join our traditional "big kid week"  First stop was for their very own library cards

They also chose to paint pottery

 After many months of waiting, Olivia got her very old Ponto hearing device

Boat tricks

Val acts about 10 years younger when she is on the boat.  It's her happy place

The kids learned to fish

We took a family weekend to Charleston for Olivia's craniofacial team

We bowled with friends

We said sad goodbyes to great neighbors and friends

We pampered ourselves a little bit

What a great summer it was!