Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer Loving

Is it strange to say that I'm already missing summer and my kids JUST went back to school? 

It's true, though.  We had so much fun together, and I'm just not ready to say goodbye to the long, hot summer days! We crammed so much into the month of August!  We had a reunion, went to a birthday party, Lily turned 4, Liam turned 2, we celebrated their birthdays with our family and friends, and we went swimming.  In addition to all that...

In August, Dylan decided he really wanted to become a professional skateboarder.  While I'm sure it's just a current passion, we did log in a few hours at the nearby skate park!

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In August, Liam learned how to run.  He thinks it's hilarious!

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In August, we had playdates at the park with our friends!

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In August, Grant started a new job after getting a big promotion!  We took a family drive to see his new office near the airport, and watched all the airplanes fly overhead.

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In August, we had a birthday playdate with friends!

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In August, Liam started climbing on EVERYTHING!

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In August, popsicles and no clothes were a must!

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In August, the kids got creative with all the birthday present boxes!

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In August, we had a few lazy days (those were rare) at home!

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In August, we got super excited about our upcoming vacation! 

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In August, we spent a week at Virginia Beach (post to come soon)!

Good morning! Remind me again why I don't live here?!?

August was a GREAT month!  

How was the rest of your summer break?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Off They Go!

It's officially the first day of school!

Dylan and Lexie woke up so excited about their first day!  After our traditional Back To School doughnut breakfast, they put on their brand new Back To School outfits, and we snapped a few obligatory first day pictures!

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Dylan is going into 5th grade, which means he's moving into a new building.  It's a much bigger school and actually looks very much like a high school.  He was a bit intimidated when we toured it, but he's looking forward to seeing his friends and having a locker for the first time! His three teachers are very nice and he found out there's another skateboarder in his class, so he can't wait to meet him. Dylan's a great kid and I know he's going to have a great year!

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Lexie is starting 3rd grade! She's still in the same school, but is moving up to the top floor this year.  She has a male teacher for the second time in her short school career.  There are only a handful of male teachers in K-6, and I went to school with both of the male teachers Lexie was assigned!  I graduated with Lexie's kindergarten teacher and Lexie's new teacher was a year ahead of me in high school. Lexie can't wait to tell him that she saw his high school yearbook pictures! Lexie is going to have a great year, too!

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Dylan and Lexie are a bit bummed that they won't be in the same school anymore (they won't be in the same school again until Lexie starts 9th grade!), but they still ride the bus together!

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Lily doesn't start school until next week, so she was feeling a bit left out this morning! She watched sadly as Dylan and Lexie climbed on the bus and held onto my leg as the bus pulled away.  I think she's going to miss them!

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Here's to a great 2015-2016 school year!  My "babies" are growing up way too quickly!!!

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Did your kids start school yet?  If so, how is everything going? 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School with Netflix

We just enjoyed a wonderful week at the beach! We had a great vacation and we didn't really want to go home and face reality.

BUT...we reluctantly arrived home on Saturday evening, and tomorrow is our last day of summer vacation. It's officially Back to School time!

The first day of school outfits and new backpacks are ready to go. The lunchbox packing station is set up. School clothes, school shoes, and school supplies were already purchased. The kids got their teacher assignments in the mail and they know their bus schedule. It's go time!

On the day before we left for the beach, we toured the schools to find their new classrooms.

Lexie's was an easy one.  She's in the same school, and is just moving up to 3rd grade and moving up to the top floor. She feels confident about her first day!

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Dylan, however, is going into 5th grade, which means he's moving up to a BIG school.  He met his three (!!!) teachers and he even has a locker.  Although he's a bit nervous about being in such a big school, he's also looking forward to going back. He likes his teachers, he likes the classroom setup, and he's really excited about having a locker!

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The biggest change will be Lily starting school!  Yes, my sweet BABY is starting Pre-K 4.  I honestly can't believe it!

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I know a lot of moms are really excited to send their kids back to school, but I'm not.  I really do enjoy their summers at home (MOST of the time...just keeping it real!). I'm not quite ready to get back to a structured school schedule and go back to seeing them for only a few hours a day!

Netflix has been a daily part of our lives all summer (Thanks for solving all the sibling squabbles, Netflix.  I owe you.) and it will continue to be a part of our lives during the upcoming school year.

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Over the summer, our most watched shows on Netflix were Jessie (the big kids LOVE this show!), My Little Pony (Lily's other obsession after Frozen), Sense8 (a Netflix original that Grant and I loved), and Gilmore Girls (our 5th time watching the entire series...a total guilty pleasure!).

In addition to our favorites, we checked out a few more titles. 

The girls still love Ever After High, so they were thrilled when they discovered Ever After High Way To Wonderland (season 3).


I couldn't WAIT to introduce the kids to Reading Rainbow. I was so excited to find out that one of my childhood favorites was going to be on Netflix! It's a total blast from the past, and let me just say, the theme song still gets stuck in my head!


Our entire family loves to read, and we kept up with our reading through the summer.  I started reading The Magic School Bus books to Lily to get her excited about school.  They were always Dylan and Lexie's favorites, and Lily loved them, too.  After we read several of the books, we watched a few episodes of The Magic School Bus on Netflix!  Just for the record, Lily is super excited to go to preschool!


Finally, we watched Project Mc2, which is a Netflix Original.  Lexie and Lily loved this show, and even Dylan watched it!  It's about a group of girls who team up to do some investigating. They use their intelligence while doing their spy work. There's an episode called "Smart is the New Cool" and I truly love that title!  Lexie thought it was a great show, and she was in spy mode after she watched it!



Thankfully, Netflix sent an awesome package of #PROJECTMC2 goodies, so the fun could continue!

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Lexie couldn't wait to dig in and try everything, and Lily was disappointed that she had to wait to use the goggles!

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Lucky for her, Lexie is a good sharer!

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We only had time for one experiment before leaving for the beach, so Lexie choose the Glitter Tornado in a tube.  She gathered her supplies, wrote down a few notes about what she thought would happen, and got to work!

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Project Mc2 is a great show for young girls! Thank you, Netflix, for the "Smart is the New Cool" message and for providing my girls with hours of fun!

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Lexie can't wait to try the other experiments!

For more "smart" titles, check out:


     




 
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What are you watching on Netflix this month? 

*I'm a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam.  All opinions are my own. I was given a free year of Netflix Streaming and promotional items in exchange for my monthly review. The Netflix programming images  were provided by Netflix.  Thank you, Netflix, for sponsoring this post!

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