Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School 2010

  We sent our fourth baby off to Kindergarten today.  It's bittersweet.  I miss having the kids screaming and filling the house with a million decibels of noise, but I'm looking forward to the days with just Caleb and I at home, lunch dates with Jason, and time to get some things done that God has placed in my heart.  It's going to be a great year.
  We spent the weekend trying as best we could to prepare Bekeh for school.  We talked about lunch room etiquette, how she has to wipe herself in the bathroom, obey her teacher, stay in line, all the important things you know.  She did fine in her Pre-K class just down the hall last year, so I'm sure she'll be okay. . .  until 11:00am when she thinks it's time to go home and she realizes she's got 4 more hours!
The kids collectively decided that everyone should wear their new Converse shoes today, so the past week was also full of each of them deciding which outfit went best with their sneakers.  Bekeh was thrilled with her new school shirt and her "jeggings" that were "same as Brooklyn's."  She loves to point out things that are "same."    There were no tears shed by anyone today.  No one lingered at the door, or hesitated to leave mom or dad's side.  Brooklyn bolted from the car and only turned back to stick her tongue out at me as I brandished my camera half way out the window. . . They love adventure, new friends, and school too much to worry about such things.... besides they know I'll be first in line to pick them up, ok, fine,  so maybe, well, probably more like bringing up the rear in the carpool line as always. . . but nonetheless, I'll be there for them with all the hugs and kisses they missed while they were in class.

My Sweet Brooklyn is all grown up!  I can't believe she's in 6th Grade.  She is super excited about this year, mainly because she has started band.  She decided on the Clarinet, the girl is so much like her Aunt Becky it's crazy.  Her Uncle Kevin gave her the best possible gift over the summer.  He set up lessons for her with Mrs. Shine.  The Shines are Texas Band Educator legends from the Duncanville ISD and Brooklyn absolutely loved her.  It was worth the drive every week!  Brooklyn has a ton of confidence going into the year, and we are so grateful to Kevin and Mrs. Shine!
The other three are thankfully all at the same Elementary School this year, so my morning and afternoons aren't too crazy!  Corban is in 2nd Grade this year.  He's in his 2nd year of Looping with Mrs. Carter, so he has the same classroom, students, and teacher as last year.  There were no jitters or nervous worries this morning since he knows what to expect and what they year will be like.  We love looping.  He was insistent on wearing a purple or pink shirt, and fauxhawking his hair this morning.  He was going for a shock factor with his friends.  He figured since everything else was staying the "same' he should provide a little "different" to the occasion.  He's silly and crazy.  Nathan was quiet and reserved this morning.  Kind of his normal state.  He is in a co-taught class this year.  There are two teachers, and two classes sharing one room.  The teachers are excited about the concept, and we'll just see how it turns out!  Bekeh has the same Kindergarten teacher that Nathan had.  She is ESL certified, and has many many years of teaching experience, so I have confidence that she'll survive the Bekeh.  But we'll see.
Jason took the morning off work to take everyone to school.  They were super excited to have dad there when they woke up.   Jason didn't make it to Meet the Teacher, so Bekeh was thrilled to show him her classroom and her table.  
Caleb gave us the sad face when we got in the car and he was all alone.  Mainly I think he wanted to stay and play with the play-doh.  Jason's a softie though, and it wasn't anything Donuts and a juice box couldn't fix.  He's hoping around the house in a stolen pillow case now, so I'd say he's pretty much over it.  Although, I'll never get over that face, yummy, I could just eat it up he's so sweet!

And now just for fun. . .  a look back out how we've grown!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Family Photos

Emily sure had her work cut out for her this morning taking photos of 18 Crazy Roots, Mullens, Grahams and Blasers!  The sneak peeks excited me enough I can't wait to see them all!  Thanks Em!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Take Me out to The Ballgame!

Jason's family is in town from Wisconsin and Hawaii and we've been having fun living it up with them. Tuesday night we took in a minor league baseball game with the Frisco Rough Riders. It's a beautiful park, the weather was gorgeous, and the little ones had a fabulous time at their first Baseball Game.

More than the action on the field, I do believe Bekeh and Caleb's favorite part was the food. They enjoyed their first tastes of Cotton Candy and kept themselves busy going back and forth down the aisle eating everyone's ice cream, nachos, popcorn, or whatever else they could scavage. Bekeh still hasn't gotten the concept of not eating anything and everything that's fallen on the ground, and it was exhausting just trying to keep things out of her mouth! We appreciate Nana and Grandpa taking us along, it was a real treat!

Our favorite part of the game is always the singing of take me out to the ballgame, it's so cool that it's all about us. "And we ROOT ROOT ROOT for the Home Team!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Way to go Corban!

I try to raise my kids to make good choices and to do it on their own, so they don't always need me there reminding them how to behave. I got this note in my inbox this week, and I'm so proud of my Corndog.

Just wanted to tell you that Corban was an ANGEL yesterday.
He always stayed close and I was in AWE of the fact that he held the door open for me everytime we came out of one of the exhibits. Figured you would like to know that he was on his best behavior. Oh and I loved the fact that he sang Wiggles as we saw the Australian animals. LOL
Chase's mom

And she sent me this pic she took. Considering this is the same little blonde he insisted I take his picture with at their school play, I think it's safe to say my son has his first official crush. According to his teacher, she's a sweetheart, so that means, that so far, my prayers are working and he's got good taste in women! hehe

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Happy First Birthday Carson!

Can't believe it's been a year! What a sweetie!
We had a great time eating Fajitas and watching Carson smash the ever livin out of his cake. He is a cool dude. Thanks Uncle Jason for his rockin hairdo. We love you little man, thanks for inviting us to your party.

Where've we been lately!

So, I've neglected this blog. Sorry. I have great intentions and not enough time. Lots to post of all 5 of our kids, but to find the latest on the two chocolate kisses, you can visit our adoption blog

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rhett's Home!

Praise the Lord! Amy and Rhett arrived safely home last night along with Amy's amazing sister! You could see the relief on Amy to see that Brian was doing fine, and they were all finally home together!
It hit home hard for me that we're going to be doing the same thing in a couple of weeks with our own children. It all of a sudden seemed very real.
So glad their journey ended safely, and can't wait to begin ours in 3 days!!!!!!!! We love you Rhett!!! Welcome Home!