Jul 28, 2016

First Day of School 2016-2017

Oh, how the days, weeks, and years are flying by.  I now have a 1st grader and a 7th grader living under my roof.  It's crazy how much the boys have grown and matured since they both started school for the very first time.  When Landon started school, he jumped right into kindergarten.  He had a little bit of preschool at his day care, but that doesn't count.  Liam was different, in more ways than one.  He started preschool at his actual school when he was three, went for three years because of the way his birthday falls in the year, and then off to kindergarten he went.  He even had a brand new teacher!  No really, she was brand new to the school, not just to him.  She did a wonderful job!  I guess having a background in behavioral disorders, among other things, I'd say she fit right in with my little Liam.  She has taught him so much.  The woman has the patience of a saint.  Meredith has truly been a Godsend to our family and we have appreciated everything she has done.  In fact, the entire school staff is amazing!!!  Meredith teaches kindergarten through second grade, so Liam will have her next year too!  After that, it's off to another highly qualified teacher to prep him for the coming years.  Liam is loving life right now!  He bugged me for a long time during the summer about going back to school this year (this is a first for him).  He was excited to meet new students and make new pals.  I have a calendar in my office I used to count down the days until school started.  Liam was in the office every day watching me X out the dates.  Landon and Liam came home and told me that their first days were awesome.  They liked their teachers, classes, and students and reassured me that everything went smoothly.  That always puts a nervous parent's mind at ease.  Anyway, here are some shots I was able to get in-between downpours, weird bus schedules (always a thing on the first day of school), and dealing with hyper, overly excited boys.

Waiting in the car for the bus to arrive to avoid getting soaked.

Jul 25, 2016

River Run Water Park

My sister is in visiting for a little bit and trying to get around to see everyone that she can.  My other sister is babysitting my great niece and nephew for part of the summer so it's all about doing kid-friendly things.  Landon and Liam love it when their cousins visit.  Ross and Landon seem to hang out a little more than the others because they are closer in age and have similar things in common.  My sister had mentioned going to the Aquatic Center close to my house, but I insisted that we go to a new water park.  It's something different and Aaron and I were wanting to take the kids there anyway.  Bonus!  Liam went down all the slides by himself and without his floaties.  In fact, he didn't wear his floaties the entire time.  What scared me at first is when I found out that floaties weren't allowed to be worn on the slides and the bowl slide had a drop into 9ft of water.  Didn't stop Liam, though.  He'll try anything once and I love that about him.  He did great!!  We all had the best time!!

Jul 22, 2016

Water Balloons

After our little fun at Riverview Park, I took my mom back home.  Before we left, she gave them a ton of water balloons.  The boys couldn't wait to get home and play!  Liam kept saying, "Can we go?  Can we go?"  That's unusual for him because he loves going to my mom's to visit.  This time he couldn't wait to get out of there!

I made the mistake of telling Landon that it looked like he was peeing.  A light bulb went off, and then 12-year-old boy magic happened.  "Mom, you just gave me an idea!" *sigh*

The life of living with boys...