Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Turning 34 and other things. . .

This is not my first birthday in a new place.  It seems that, whenever we've made a big move, it's always been around the beginning of August, with my birthday arriving just a few short weeks later.  But this is my first birthday that has ever fallen on a school day.  It felt a little strange to send Bella and Graydon off to school when I've become so used to having my kids around on my special day.  But I still had Curtis and we got some special hangout time.  And he got to run errands with me - lucky boy.  The real celebrating began in the evening when everyone came home.  We had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and Andy made me some brownies (which turned out much better than LAST YEAR'S!
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The following day, we went on another farm tour.  Andy got to drive a gator. 
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If you look closely at the picture, you can see that Graydon is steering the tractor.  They didn't go straight or anything, but he sure did enjoy that experience. 
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A little over a month ago, the kids were getting buried in sand.  Now it's corn!
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Bella's turn to steer this time.  She did pretty good going straight!
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A Happy Meal toy at McDonalds. 
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Graydon asked me to take his picture. 
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Curtis is starting to get much better at cleaning up after himself.  He wanted me to take a picture of him cleaning. 
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Bella and Graydon's school photos have already come back!  Both kids are looking so much older to me. 
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My parents were in town and my mom purchased a slip n' slide for the kids that was on clearance. 
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We played lots of games: movie trivia, Spoons, Uno, and matching. 
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My mom brought her cotton candy maker!
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And though we're closer, we were still sad to see them leave.  Thankfully our next visit will be sooner than later!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Curtis's First Day of Preschool!

After watching Bella and Graydon get up and go off to school for the past two weeks, Curtis was definitely ready for his turn.
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His preschool is just across the field. 
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Yellow cubby! 
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Working with Play-Doh when we said goodbye.  No tears!  He's such a big boy. 
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I forgot to post Bella and Graydon's "First Day of School" videos, so I'll include them here as well.  Here's how all of the first days went from the kids' perspectives. . .










On a more random note, a hummingbird got stuck in our garage.  He was flapping around so fast that I thought he was just a big bug at first.  He flew around for hours and often perched up on top of the garage door track.  Bella tried to lure him out with a flower taped to the end of a broom.  Finally, he flew to a window and Andy was able to lift up the screen.  Cute little fella.   
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Andy's Installation as the new pastor at Hope Moravian!

Andy's first official Sunday at our new church was August 17th. 

Before the official "installation", our family was welcomed in as new members.  (Curtis is hidden behind Graydon, but you can see his Batman shoes).
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The installation is the formal part of the service where Andy is officially made the pastor of this church.
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Praying for Andy and his ministry here. 
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After the service, we enjoyed a gathering of new church family and some yummy food.  Everyone has been so warm and friendly.  We are very "hope"ful about our days to come at this church!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Soccer has begun!

Bella and Graydon are both on teams this year.

One practice for each of them during the week and both games are always on Friday evenings.  That means Saturday mornings can still be slow and lazy.  Yay!

Here are some photos from the kids' first games last Friday.  
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It sure is fun watching them play!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our Neighbors' Farm

Our next door neighbors own a farm.  First off, I am going to say that I love having next door neighbors!  We used to be next door to a Dunkin Donuts on the right and a strip of little stores on the left.  Having actual people living next to you is pretty cool!  And they are super nice and we already enjoy spending time with them, which makes it even better.

And they have a farm!

We got a nice little tour the other day.  The kids were super excited about getting in the tractors.    
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Andy was too. 
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Graydon seems to be such a natural little farmer. 
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We also visited the hog house.  But the smell out there was pretty strong that we didn't last too long!  So no photos from that.

We all got a little education on all that goes in to running a farm! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School!

I was feeling so sad that it was already the first day of school.  The previous few weeks had been so busy with packing and cleaning and moving.  Our first few days in Indiana were heavenly because, although there were a ton of boxes to unpack, there was no deadline to doing it.  We unpacked a little, played outside, explored the town, took naps, etc.  I loved the pace of it all.  And then four days later, we had to exchange our easygoing pace for structure and schedules and early mornings.  And, we had just moved here.  Everything was so unfamiliar.  And now I was sending off two of my three kids off to a whole new school for eight hours each day.  Plus, Graydon was just starting kindergarten.  I'd have been emotional about that anyway.  I had a whole mess of emotions going on that morning.

Fortunately, the elementary school counselor is also an active member of our church.  She was in our home the evening before and had settled a lot of my nerves.  I felt much more comforted knowing that she would be there looking out for my little ones. 

So the morning arrived.  I got out my good camera and snapped some photos of my growing children on their first day of school.
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Thankfully, both of them were very excited. 
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Still can't believe he's in kindergarten. 
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Our school bus picks up the kids right at the end of our driveway.  I am loving the convenience of that!
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Curtis was still in his jammies because his preschool doesn't start until two weeks later. 
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There he is getting on the bus. 
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I feel so much better that Bella goes with him. 
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Of course I cried all the way back to the house.  But then I just channeled my sad energy into unpacking.  I must admit that I got a lot done that day and before too long, it was time to pick the kids up.

Back at the edge of the yard, waiting for the bus. 
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They're here!  First day of school successfully completed.  
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With Bella and Graydon gone all day, I've had a lot of quality time with Curtis.  I'm enjoying this time with him.  "Look what I can do Mom!  Take my picture!" 
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Of course, I am only fun for so long.  When boredom sets in, naps soon follow. 
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