Monday, August 24, 2015

Kindergarten and First grade here we come!

Well, the day has come. The kids are starting school together. We've had a really great summer together and they are ready for school!
Tatum is off to kindergarten and is in Mrs. Guest class (i couldn't be more thankful) and Cade is off to first grade and is in Mrs. Green's class! 
They were SO excited for their first day!

 Tatum has no idea what to expect. She was sure excited, but I could also tell she was nervous. She always follows me around the house, but this morning she held on to me as she followed me, i love her so much!
Look at that face, the excitment is just written all over it!
 My little Tay Tay....oh how I have loved all my days with her! It has truly been the joy of my life to stay home with the kids the last 6.5 years! I wouldn't trade a day of that time with the kids for anything. We are entering a new season that I am sure will be great and wonderful! 
 Family selfie before we got out of the car. We were so thankful that Jon could join us for the first day walk in. I really didn't know if I would cry or be sad or what I would feel like walking out of the school childless (wahhhhh), but I was good. I feel like Tatum is at "home" being in Mrs. Guest class, and that feeling is priceless. I don't know Cade's teacher very well, but I hope to this year!
 Cade found his kinder buddies and they thought it was so cool their shoes matched!
 She found her place at the table and was so happy!

 The kinder moms went to breakfast after, it was a good idea!
 My pics are out of order today (which annoys me, but not enought to re-do). The kids lunches this morning! I love being mommy!
 A few more....










 My mom is so used to seeing the kids just about everyday, so this school thing is really messing with that. I told my mom she should come with me to pick up the kids, so she did! She came to pick me up and it was pouring down rain, the biggest and craziest storm came right at pick up time, oh man!
 Car line selfie!
 Tatum used to tell me last year when we were in the car line together that I am going to miss her next year. I always agreed with her! She would tell me I wouldn't know what to do without her, and she is so right! I miss her being with me already! But, i pulled up to this...
 Look how happy she is to see us! Oh this made me so happy!
 We decided to celebrate the first day with sweet frog! 
 I got this email from Mrs. Guest, she is so wonderful!
 The kids were exhausted! Nowhere i would rather be then laid all over at the end of the day! The kids had a very happy day! We will figure out this new normal!
Happy first day kiddos!

Monday, August 17, 2015

2nd Annual Back to School Family Weekend!

We decided last year before Cade started Kinder to take the kids on a family getaway before school starts. We hope this is a tradition the kids love so much and will look forward to growing up, I know we will!
This year we decided to go to The Woodlands resort since it was just 3 hours away! Jon found it online and it looked super fun, so off we went!
Happy and excited kids!
Happy husband! We were just driving right along having a merry time....
and then....THIS happened.
Jon had asked me to get gas before I came home from lunch with friends so we could be ready to go when he got home, well, I didn't get gas. I hadn't packed us completely so I was hurrying home to get that done before Jon got home. It's easy to get gas on the way out of town, right?! Well, Jon quickly noticed when we got on the road that I didn't fill us up and that he would need to do that before we made it to The Woodlands. Should I say again, HE NOTICED! :) Jon thought it would be fun to stop at Bucees in Madisonville along the way and show the kids the fun store, and let's be honest Jon just loves a good gas station. He planned the gas stop all around stopping at Bucees. So much so that we needed gas immediately when we pulled into Bucees. Well, yall will NOT believe this....Madisonville power was out, yep, that means the gas pumps don't work. OH MY! So we drive down the street and sure enough every gas station around didn't have power. What were we going to do? We literally were on fumes and no gas stations around could help us. So, we pulled into a gas station, like every other person traveling down 45 and waited. We heard that the power had been out for 2 hours and would not be on for another 3-4 hours. Are you kidding me?! We literally were stuck. OnStar an AAA couldn't help a sister out either. The towers were down for phones and we were literally hot and desperate. I got tired of waiting (about 3 min into the waiting part) and walked across the street to a car dealership and asked if they had gas, they did not. I went back to update Jon, he thought I was crazy for even asking. There was another family near us with tiny babies and they were so upset and hot, I felt so bad for them. My babies were hot too and Jon needed a drink....I got them settled and went back to the dealer. I walked myself back in there and asked since the power is out and you people cannot work, would any of you be willing to drive and get me gas....and ya know what....one sweet man did! YAY! There are nice people in this world! The nice man came back with gas about 40 minutes later and we were able to give the sweet family with the babies gas too so they could get back on the road to the next town. Jon said, lesson learned. I think he means not ever asking me to get the gas! :)
Back on the road, happy family!
We made it!! Micocina for dinner!
Hotel fun!
Night Swim!
My pretty pool girl!
We love hotel breakfasts! Cade especially loved making his plate and asked me if I could make a "station" breakfast like that at home. Bless his heart, son did you mean a buffet! :) I love him!
Tatum ate the fruit loops and said she was full...she is about as good as a buffet eater as me!
Headed to the pool for a fun and chill day! This resort was BEAUTIFUL!
There was a slide in the tall tower that dumped you into the pool behind Cade, and then you went down the slide he is on to he main pool! SO SO FUN!
Jon thought so too!
Tatum and I laying out together! Yall, we actually had a great relaxing day mixed with lots of fun in the pool too! These ages are SO great!
So pretty sitting poolside with my girl!
They were having some serious guy talk!
I love my family so much! It's so great to escape life for a bit every now and then and just relax without distractions and everyday household chores! I pray we are always this close of a family and that the kids want to be close to us forever! :)
The resort had activities for the kids all afternoon, here are the hula dancers!

Lunch at the pool, yummy!
oreo shake, hey it's vacation!
Dinner at Grimaldi's, this resort was just made for us to be at....our favorite pizza place just 2 miles away-score!
Tatum said Gigi will be sad we ate here without her! She is probably right! :)
I love my boys so much!
After dinner we came back and made smores, so so yum!
And then watched a movie at the pool and ate popcorn, loving vacation!
We stayed up until about 10 Saturday night and then all crashed until about 8:30 Sunday morning. We headed to breakfast and the kids said, "hey it's cinnamon roll Sunday for us just like at gigi and papaw's house" they know their routine quite well! This was their Sunday pic this week! :)
Cade is exhausted!
We headed home, with a full tank of gas, and stopped at Subway in Buffalo on the way home. We had a great weekend and I will forever cherish my family time!
Now, we finish the last week of summer with some FUN times! I cannot believe next Monday I will be dropping off my baby girl and boy at school....and going home to a quiet and empty house. Oh my, I am getting anxiety just thinking about it. Let's don't speak of it until next week-too much fun this last week of summer to be had! Until next year! :)