Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Brody did great at school for his first full week....only a couple of hiccups.

One being that they take no naps.  It has been an adjustment...

I mean these are five minute drives from the school to the house.  

And number two...he didn't have to pull a clip all week except the very last day. 

Yup, he pushed someone.  But in his defense, the kid was joking around and not walking when supposed to so Brody gave him a little shove to help him.  Ya gotta do whatchya gotta do when trying to get to the playground quick!

Mason had another loose tooth.  All of Tara Oaks knows that Mrs. Lavelle (his kindergarten teacher) is the "tooth puller".  Mason was hoping so bad she would get to pull it.  It wasn't ready on Friday afternoon but she did try! 

After dinner Friday, we tried a little fishing.  This is our millionth time to try and have yet to catch a fish.  No one in our family is going to be signing up for a fishing tournament anytime soon.  

 Well that tooth finally came out Saturday afternoon and right after this picture was taken, we dropped the tooth in one of the cracks in our driveway!!!  I tried to fish it out with dental tools but just ended up shoving it down further.  

Thankfully, he wasn't too concerned that we lost the tooth at the time.  

Then I think he started wondering if the tooth fairy would come.  
So we had him write a note to her...

John and I had a date night Saturday night on the town square.  
It's nice to sit around and have good conversations with friends and discuss important stuff like our kids and Game of Thrones....

Sunday morning, Mason was happy to see he tooth fairy didn't forget about him.  She even left glitter where the tooth had failed.  He was super impressed with her skills. 

After yard work, we decided to go to the Y for what may be the last time of the summer.  

Monday was the big day.  Solar Eclipse 2017.  
Mason's and Brody's schools have been learning all about it.  Mason got to go outside with the rest of the kids to see it in person, Brody's class watched all the coverage on Apple TV and did all kinds of fun work about it.  

Mason's school wore all black.  He even wanted to wear the black shoes. 

Totally stole these from Twitter.  So many kids missed school, but Mason's teacher snapped a couple of pictures.  He said it was sooooo cool and gave us a demo or two of the eclipse. 

My work blocked off the hour when we would have 95% totality.  We had the glasses and all.  Unfortunately for the people in East Memphis, it was super cloudy at that time and even started raining.  Super disappointing.  

But we did take nerdy pictures. 

BUT we did get to see the sun before and some after so it wasn't totally missed.  I have to say, seeing the coverage on tv makes me want to drive to Arkansas in 7 years to see it there at 100% totality.  My luck it would be raining again!

It was still such a cool thing to see (even if only for a minute or two).  Ashley snapped this picture and I stole it.  I think it is so good!  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

5 Year Stats and Lots of Livin'

We got the first week of school under our belt.  We already started homework this week....

Brody only went that one day last week.  Mom let him wear his spiderman costume to pick Mason up one afternoon.  Just a kid trying to save the world. 

Tuesday night we had a little girls night since Jessica was in town.  
Nothing like pizza and girl talk after a work day. 
We.  Look.  Hot.      ha

Brody said he loved staying with Mickey Mouse for the week because they got to do "what he wanted to do".....

Our first Friday of the school year.  

I love walking him to school. 

Brody and I had plans for Friday.  It was time for his five year checkup.  Our normal doc is out of the office on Fridays, so we decided to see Dr. Irwin so I wouldn't have to take off work.  We love him too.  Five year checkup means blood pressure check:

Ear check. 

And those dreaded five year shots.  They have combined them so there are actually only two shots total now.  Brody had been looking forward to them since all of his friends in his last class had already gotten them.  I didn't even say shots and Brody said "Oh, I will get to get my Kindergarten shots".  He was super pumped.  

5 Year Stats:

Weight: 38lbs (29%
Height: 43in (52%)  

So he is basically perfect like we've always known...

Mason had his five year checkup a couple of months late but they were very similar.
Mason was one inch shorter and two lbs lighter.  
(seems like a lifetime ago!)

Turns out, Brody didn't shed one tear.  He did let out a nervous giggle but thats all.  Then he sat up and said "that didn't even hurt one bit".  Ha. 

(unfortunately, he didn't get to put his handprint on the wall since it wasn't with Dr. Bubba, but he didn't care one bit)

Big 5 year old right here. 

Of course it started pouring when it was time to pick up Mason. 

We had gotten cupcakes and ice cream from Smallcakes after Brody's appt.  Mason was proud of his little brother but more excited to get ice cream!

Saturday we had no plans.  NONE.  First time in a while.  

After yard work, we sat around complaining of being bored.  I had seen online that the town was having a train day on the square, so we jumped up and headed there. 

The boys thought the trains were so cool.  I had never been on an old train like that.  

After exploring, we went to Dyers to grab Mason a burger (he was starved) and everyone else a milkshake. 

Then we returned home to this.  Fell asleep in the car.  
This no nap thing is gonna be hard for this one. 

Sunday was a busy day. 
We went to church, did more yard work, and then went to Miller's first bday party. 
The boys were excited to swim as always. 

 And play with water balloons.
Here are Brody and Davis waiting patiently for a balloon.

Didn't make a mess at all...

Sunday night, Highpoint had a back to school block party.  There were water slides, water balloons, bounce houses, food trucks, and supposed to be hot air balloon rides.  Unfortunately, right before the party, it started raining. It still went on but no hot air balloon rides.

As you can see, they had a blast.

My tennis shoes were absolutely soaked!!!!

So fun.

This one water slide was massive.  It was the big hit and longest line.

Mason went backwards down that huge slide right before we left.
He isn't scared of a thing!

Brody started his first full week of school this week.  We had an All About Brody assignment to work on over the weekend.  He was a tiny bit apprehensive about school Monday morning, but did great at drop off.  He had a fun day and loves Faith Lutheran.

The weather has been so nice.  We went to check on the progress of my parents house a couple of nights ago, and let the windows down.  Brody said "it feels so good!"   They thought it was the best ride ever.

Speaking of Mason, he has been asking when he can walk to school alone.  We are only one street over from the school and he knows his way to the school.  I told him next year he would maybe be old enough, but Body will be walking also and too young.

So we compromised (I hate to not allow him to be independent if he wants to).  We will now walk him to the corner, and stop before he crosses the street.  Officer Lambert is there directing traffic and Mason always listens for him to tell him when to cross (and we would be standing there also).  Then he gets to walk the rest of the way without his embarrassing Grandmother and Mother.  Ha.  He was pretty excited.