Monday, August 31, 2009

The FINAL Weekend

Well, this past weekend was the last weekend before I become a "football widow." I LOVE football but not as much as my husband. He has season tickets to the OU games. He has so much fun & I love it. Hopefully I will get to go to a game this year.

Since football starts next weekend we decided to just spend the weekend together having fun. We started off by going to "God's country" (Norman) as Chris calls it.

Here is a rundown of what we did...

1. Campus Corner for some shopping
****CUTE STORY...We were in a store on campus corner & out of the blue Kaityn says, "Booma" and the other kids said, "Sooner" not missing a beat.

2. Playing at the park.

3. Happy Hour at Sonic.

4. Sam's - Did some sampling for a snack.

5. Home for movie night. The kids had some money left over from reading they did this summer. They decided to put their money together and get a movie. They bought "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in 3-D. It was so fun to watch them jump and reach out and try to touch things coming at them.

It was a great weekend. We did alot of laughing and just enjoyed being together!!!


Friday, August 28, 2009

We're Off...School Year 2009

Well, today officially ends the 2nd full week of school. I cannot believe it has gone by this quick. Thankfully I am able to say that the kids LOVE it. They look forward to going everyday and joyfully do their homework...right now. :)

The Tuesday before school started we had "Meet the Teacher." Before we left I prayed that God would encourage me to know that this is what we were to be doing. These were my babies who had been with me every day of their life and now I sending them off to be in the care of another. I KNOW this is what we are supposed to do but me of little faith needed another affirmation...God is good.

We met Kaibryn's teach first (Mrs. Bingham). She is very sweet. I think she could tell I was a "newby" because I kept asking questions. She said if I ever had any questions to let her know. She said that she knows how hard it is to send your kids off to school...they are your babies and you want to know that they are to be taken care of...remember the prayer I prayed that morning. Reaffirmation #1.

Next was Christopher's class. I prayed so hard for the kids teachers over the summer that there would be a special connection between them and my children. Christopher is ALL boy...hyper (all the time), finishes through things quickly (there is always something else to do or play with...and I wanted a teacher who would work with us to help him. Well, when I walked into his room tears came to my eyes. His teacher is a friend of my younger brother and used to go to our church. When I talked to her a few days before I did not recognize her married name. Reaffirmation #2.

God has been so good and faithful to this Mom of little faith at times.

Christopher & Kaibryn are both doing great. There have been a couple issues we have had to deal with but God has truly blessed us with kids who are teachable. My prayer now is that I won't look past "teachable moments."

Cooper, Kaityn and I go to "Little Sprouts Learning Center" at our church on Tuesday and Thursday. Cooper loves it & Kaityn walked into her class for the first time Thursday and did not cry. Another answer to prayer. On the first day (the first day of school for the older 2) she screamed and I walked out of the room with her...both of us in tears. She loves it though and I love going by and seeingw hat she is doing. She always talks about her friends "Dacwee" (Zachary), "Owie Tate" (Ellie Kate), "Atley" (Ashley) and "Ason" (Addison).

I teach in Cooper's class with a friend of mine. I absolutely love it. I was a little nervous at first but look forward to going each week. Cooper and one other boy are the oldest in there. He is learning that he is the leader now. He is to set the example and other kids will follow. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do school with him in the afternoon. He is doing so much better than I expected. He is sounding out words and learning to write his letters and numbers. I am LOVING this time with just him and look forward to it.

I have purposed in my heart that this year my kids will be sent off with a happy momma. Mornings can be hectic but we have made time before they leave to sit down, read out of the Bible and pray. They are going to be faced with alot from the world and I want them to know God's Word has the answer to any situation or problem that they will face. I want them to leave a happy home and come home to a happy home and Momma.

This is going to be a fun year and I look forward to growing and being stretched.

I also have been talked into being a homeroom Mom.....WHAT??????????!!!! Good thing I had good homeroom Moms when I was a teacher. They have set a good example for me.

Hope everyones school year is off to a great start.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Birthday Boy

Today is Christopher's 8th birthday...EIGHT!!!!!!!!! What a joy he is to our family. He is full of energy and has fun whatever he is doing. I get tired just watching him sometimes.

Here are some tidbits of information about our EIGHT year old...

Won't be long until he is taller than his Mom.
Still loves to be read to.
His Mom can almost wear his flip-flops.
He loves school.
He has never met a stranger.
Everywhere we go he makes a comment about making new friends.
Is a great big brother.
He is a leader.
He is kind.
He is obedient.
He is a big helper.
He loves OU...very important for this family.
He has a great imagination.
He At random times will just say, "Mommy, I love you."
He gets excited over anything "Star Wars."
He is tenderhearted.

There is so much about this boy to love.

Christopher, Your Mommy loves you so much. This week has been kind of bittersweet. You have spent everyday for the last 8 years with your Mommy and yesterday I took you and your sister to school for the first time. I am so proud of you and the little man you are becoming. Thank you for being a helper, a great big brother and for making Mommy laugh. I pray that this year God will continue to work in your heart and draw you to Himself. Hope you have a great day. I am so glad that God chose me to be your Mommy. I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

This Week

Well...this is THE WEEK!!!!!

This is the week I have prayed about for such a long time. At the beginning of the summer I thought it was a long ways away...then June went by so quickly, then July so quickly and AHHHHHHHHHHH here we are in August.

My oldest two go to school for the first time (without their Momma). I am emotional but really feel SO GOOD and at peace at what we are doing.

With all that said, I took the kids on a surprise trip today. They had all kinds of guesses...the zoo, a museum, "Sand Antonio" (that would be Cooper)...a movie...etc. A few weeks ago my friend told me about a place in Edmond called "Unpluggits." It is a play place that has a huge playing area which includes a pirate ship, a two story play "thing" (nice wording) that you can climb through and slide on, a sand/water table, and dress up clothes. There is also an "art" section. The kids were able to paint, play with play dough, puppets, chalk, stamps and other crafty things. We didn't do the "other" crafty things because those were not included in the cost. I was not sure how long we would be there but ended up being there from about 10 to 2. My kids had a great time. I would highly recommend this place.

This being THE WEEK. I have something fun planned everyday...maybe too much with all that is going on ... we will see.

Not only is this THE WEEK for school but also THE WEEK my baby turns 8!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!? More on this later.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sweet Friends

Yesterday on my facebook I got a message from my friend Courtney who said to come see her when we got to church. I just thought it was to give me the sippy cup we left at their house earlier in the week.


When I went to go see her this is what she gave me...

She is so talented. These cookies tasted great as well.

These are our friends who had Kaibryn in their Sunday School class when she was 3. They are HUGE OSU fans and we are HUGE OU fans. Every week Kaibryn's art project was sent home with something orange on it...on purpose. So I'm thinking the orange ribbons around the cookies was intentional.

That's OK. She is a sweet friend so I won't hold that against her. :)