Brian and I coached the boys in T-ball several months ago and had our fill. "Never again!" we said. Then we got emails from the recreation league that they needed a coach for the flag football team we'd signed the boys up for. It took a couple of weeks, but Brian asked me to volunteer us to coach. I'm so glad we did! It was the most fun 90% of the time. The other 10% was rough, but what else? It was worth it. We had games every Wednesday night and Saturday morning in September. Bridget had volleyball games on Saturdays in September as well. It was a month of The Amazing Parenting Race, but we did it and it was pretty awesome. Because it was temporary. YouknowwhatI'msayin'.
As I mentioned, Bridget was doing volleyball in September. When we could, Brian and I would be to both (and Brian went to all her practices, which were on Friday nights at 7:00pm - boooo). Sometimes the Saturday games overlapped, so I'd go to Bridget's and Brian would go with the boys.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Bridget started 5th grade this year. It is one of the only two years she'll be at the same school as her little brothers. She was so excited to ride the bus home with them and see them in the halls. Bridget may be the Greatest Big Sister of All Time. Emil and Colin have no idea.
Bridget bought gold Converse high tops with her birthday money. GOLD.
The boys, Pikachu and I walked her to the bus stop on the first day. (Emil is obsessed with yellow.)
Posing with our friends while we wait for the bus. Tradition.
There they go!
One week later it was Emil and Colin's turn. I combed through the paperwork (so very much paperwork) and couldn't find anything about when the bus showed up at our stop. I remembered seeing moms and kids out there around noon last year, so we tried that. We waited for 35 minutes. Two buses passed by and the drivers waved, but didn't stop. The three of us ran back to the house to get in the van and drive to school. (I know now that I probably missed it by 30 seconds that first day.) Of course both Emil and Colin were freaking out about this whole situation. How could they go on when what I told them was going to happen didn't end up happening?! HOW? I got them there - it was fine.
I snuck a picture of Colin sitting at his desk. He's next to one of his friends, Gavin, and across from his future flag football teammate, Brody.
There's Emil on the front row of the rug right next to his future flag football teammate, Duke (raising his hand). If I could go back in time and tell their teacher to not call on Duke ever, I would do it. It's a trap! He's just going to tell you he's thirsty!
We're several weeks in now. I have a lot happening, most of it is extremely temporary so I can cope knowing that. I feel like I had five and a half years of constant Go Time (aka keeping Emil and Colin alive) and now I have a greater capacity to handle a busy schedule. Give me three hours off every day and I will rule the world! Suckas.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
School has started and we're in a totally different mode now, but I have to report on the rest of our summer because it was magical. We woke up late, had adventures almost every day, and felt the love every day. I never thought I was a Summer Mom, but I am. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have school start because we all need to get back to work. We're already talking about next summer, though. :)
The kids had a blessed overnighter at Grandma and Grandpa's house. While Grandma and Grandpa were having all the fun, Brian and I went to "Music Man" at Sundance and ate at the Tree Room. Then we came home and slept like the dead since we didn't have any little boys using our bathroom, then crawling into bed with us. Or a sweet girl talking crazy in her sleep.
Bridget's first time on Cannibal.
Emil, Colin, and Cousin Ian on a spaceship.
The soaking wet kids after Rattlesnake Rapids.
Of course we had our big Lagoon Day. Kodi joined us again this year and made it extra fun for Bridget. I mostly hung out with the boys and stood in lines. We caught up with my brother Rob and his family for a few minutes, which was the highlight for Emil and Colin. We only let the kids take us on Rattlesnake Rapids one time this year so that we wouldn't be totally soaked for hours. Nobody broke a phone this time and we didn't have too many tears when it was time to leave... after 9 hours.
My favorite Summer Only activity was the day we slept in and did NOTHING almost the whole day. So glad I could sell that to the kids. ;)
Last, but not least, we went to see Dad at his work and have lunch with him. We kept saying all summer that we were going to do that on a weekly basis, but it never ended up happening. So glad Bridget got to spend her last day of Summer Freedom with Dad. :)
Then Bridget went to school and the boys and I had another week before Kindergarten would start. We kept the party going and I took them to "Kubo and the Two Strings" one of the days and then on the 25th of August we did something AWESOME. I took the boys on the Mount Timpanogos Cave hike. It happened to be the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so we got cake and nice feelings. You may recall, that hike is hard. I did it with Bridget last year and she really had to work. Emil and Colin stepped up big time. They looked for the numbers on woodblocks. They asked me a lot of questions, mostly about what we were seeing and hearing. At the top of the hike, we ate a picnic lunch, then went into the caves. I couldn't believe how closely they paid attention to every word the ranger said. Emil even hit his head on a stalactite because he'd turned to tell me about something amazing and didn't see it. I know it hurt, but he swallowed his tears and kept going so that he wouldn't mess up our perfect day. Colin pushed his way to the front every time we stopped so he could hear and see everything the ranger was talking about. We filled out their junior ranger booklets. On the "What Lives in a Cave" drawing they did, Colin drew a picture of Emil. And labeled it. Funny funny funny. The walk back down made my legs shake with fatigue. It was the Best Day Ever. So glad we did it.