Sunday, August 30, 2015

Baptism Sunday at Hillcrest

Just in case you ever wonder if Dan loves his job, these pictures tell the tale:





Friday, August 28, 2015

Grieving. AKA: Beach Day

We are so very sad about this new phase of life,
with both children in school.

so very sad.

and since we both had the day off,

we decided to try to drown our sorrow in the Gulf of Mexico.


 Dan did a lot of fishing.
I sat in my magic chair...it sits on the beach and takes my cares away.




Somehow, we survived the grief of having 
seven entire hours together
(which has not happened in I can't tell you how long)
and were home to meet the bus at 2:00 p.m.
with big smiles on our faces.

I love Dan Davis.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Round here

We are in flux around here....our brains know the school year has started, but our hearts still think it's summer!!  :)  Here are a few of the fun things we've been up to as summer came to a close and school has started up:

Dan played on a summer softball league with some great guys from church.
We all loved it and can't wait for the next season!

 Tucker used a gift card to Books-a-Million that the Rutherford's gave him for his birthday to buy this  "sound gun."  You'll have to ask him what sounds it makes.  (cringe)

Lana used a birthday gift card to Books-a-Million to get an adult coloring book.
You better believe Mommy got in on the action, too!

Lana is wearing headgear at night!
We're working on stopping that upper jaw from growing so fast,
and giving the lower one a little time to catch up,
which will hopefully decrease the overbite.
The first night she wore it was so sad;
she cried and said it hurt & she couldn't get comfortable.
I laid with her until she fell asleep,
and she hasn't complained about it one more time since then!

Tucker's hair had gotten SO LONG before his back-to-school haircut!

Outdoor and indoor adventuring with their favorite babysitter, Madison:
 

Madison kept them for almost 2 full weeks while I was at preplanning and workshops.
She is absolutely fantastic, and the kids love her!
Tucker cried his eyes out on the last day when she had to leave:


Tucker found a stray capsule on the floor one morning,
and made a new weapon for Spiderman.
I love his imagination!

This beautiful guy hitchhiked home with me from church one Sunday morning.


The first week of school is long!  We made sure to have Tucker in bed by 6:30 p.m. each night, and Lana by 7:00 p.m., but the kindergartener still needed to catch up on his sleep this weekend!

The kids don't nap anymore, but they do have 1-2 hours of quiet time in their room each day of the weekend.  This is how we found Tucker when we came to get him from quiet time.

Can you see his little stuffed animal tucked in next to him?  It's a dog named "Bash."
And he has that sound gun next to him, too.
I asked him why he didn't get in the bed when he got sleepy,
and he said "I just feel asleep so quick!"

One night last week, 
Lana climbed into the bed with me and read poetry to us.
It was so quiet and peaceful and magical.

Tucker wanted to take selfies before bed:

We took Tucker out of group swim lessons, 
and are doing a private lesson every other week with Coach Alex.
He is making tons of progress!

My dear friend Mary & I are teaching kindergarten on Sunday mornings together.
This past Sunday, we learned that wisdom comes from God,
and He will give us "wise eyes" to see danger and run from it!

Having fun with a busted Wubble.
He always makes us laugh!

Oh, and Pepper still has it really rough around here:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Job sharing in pictures

I love job sharing!
This year I am teaching every Tuesday and Thursday,
and Lauren is teaching every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

When Lauren and I started teaching together,
we were strangers.
Headed into year 3 together, we have our groove,
and I couldn't imagine teaching without her!

For the week of preplanning and the first week of school, though,
Lauren & I both work all 5 days.

It's to make sure we're on the same page,
and have established routines & procedures with everyone.

One of my favorite things about this week that we are both in the classroom is the pictures that our sweet babies draw of us:



Here's the annual picture of our wonderful team of first grade teachers!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Panera = love


That time when you are totally exhausted during the first week of school and you get a text from a dear friend who lives 12 hours away that tells you to drive through Panera on your way home to pick up your family's dinner that is ordered and paid for.

Monday, August 17, 2015

First Day of School 2015-2016

Last night was pretty emotional for mama.
Hard to believe that my tiny baby is big enough 
to read this book I've been saving for him!
He almost broke my heart when he woke up this morning and said,
"NOW?!  But I'm not ready.  I just want to stay in Mommy's class."

When I reassured him that he could come to my class right after school,
he clung to me and cried his little eyes out and said,
"What if I don't know how to get there?  I can't remember how to get there!" 
GOOD GRACIOUS.

So we pulled out all the oils:
Peace & Calming for my little buddy,
Stress Away for me,
Thieves for everyone because school germs,
and Deep Relief for Daddy 
because I'm sure we were giving him a headache trying to get us out the door!


Tucker was so brave and told us that he wanted to walk by himself to his classroom,
so Dan stopped on the sidewalk and let him walk the rest of the way by himself.

There goes my heart.....
 

 I could hardly wait until dismissal!
It made my heart so happy to have these two with me.

They both had a great day, so we celebrated with ice cream!