I haven’t shared one of these in a while, but today, I have some THINGS for your THURSDAY!
Just a bunch of random things about each of us right now 🙂 .
I hope you guys all have a GREAT day!!
1: This girl is about to start middle school!!! Virtual/in person…either way, it’s a huge milestone and my mama heart is all sorts of anxious about it! Middle school is so BIG! How did this happen?! She’s so pumped about her classes (her first time to pick and choose!), the new building, meeting new kids and all of the extra “perks” that come with life as a middle schooler. If you have suggestions about where to get backpacks for kids this age, we’re all ears!!
2: Kensington’s birthday gift this year is a little bedroom remodel. She’s been asking for one since January…annnnnnnd since we’re already living upside down, we’re going to spruce up her room too. #whynot #constructionzone It’s been so much fun to let her look on my Pinterest and pin ideas to her very own (secret) board. She’s so excited!
3: Right now, this girl is my reader!!! I have been so proud of her this summer for reading so many more books than she typically does!! I will share a complete list soon, but she has really taken to reading as one of her favorite hobbies and that makes her mama proud.
1: This pic sums him up. Ha! Smith is our busiest bee!! He has been practicing his violin, playing baseball and now, football too! He has some really great buddies on both teams that he has enjoyed spending his time with this summer. With so many things he normally does during the summer cancelled, he has had extra time to devote to these things and people.
2: FISHING!! Smith loves to go fishing almost daily with his buddies. Andrew grew up fishing with friends all summer, so he has LOVED that Smith is now doing it too. They can hop on their bikes, fish all day and ride home for dinner. He is active, smelly and oh so happy!
3: Smith is excited to be the top dog at school this year. He’s a big fifth grader and for the first time, he will not go to school with Kensington…but he is SO PUMPED about going with Mades! Yes, Ashby will be there too, but this is his one and only year to ever be in the same building with Madeley, and he cannot wait! Even if they never go back in person, I think he’s going to make it his personal mission this year to be her “helper” with all the things kindergarten.
1: Our little rockstar here is going to dominate second grade! We are going to use technology this year to REALLY assist Ashby with writing so that she does not have to do everything herself always (it’s so laborious to write with your non-dominant hand). She is excited, she is ready, she will NAIL IT. She’s started picking up books more on her own to read in her spare time. I love to see people become readers 🙂 .
2: Want to know what else she’s nailing?! Cheer! Ashby has been working hard with Kensington at this little neighborhood camp this summer (one family per time) and LOVES cheering. She’s been jumping and working on her moves…she gets so excited to show me a new cheer. I get so excited to see her do so well at something new!
3: Ashby is for sure still the dog whisperer. We were at football practice the other night and this lab practically sat in Ashby’s lap the entire time. Ashby is a magnet to dogs…all dogs, any dogs, your dog, my dog…she loves dogs.
1: Miss Madeley is all ready for fall! We were in the car the other day with Ebby Lee and from the backseat, I heard her say “Ebby Lee, pretend like it’s the first day of kindergarten and you’re a new friend. I want to tell you who I am.”. Bahaha! Ebby Lee played along while Kensington and I cracked up! She has a whole speech memorized that basically includes her life story.
2: Madeley is turning into Miss Independent over here. Where we used to have to assist her with several little daily activities (showering/washing hair, reaching the sink, getting her breakfast), this girl can handle on her own now. If she can’t reach, she’ll find the step stool…the other day, I found her microwaving frozen pancakes! Those fourth kids catch on quick!!
3: This girl has our biggest and bubbliest personality. I’m really excited to see her step into that “big school aged kid” role because I think she’ll do fantastic! She loves to learn, she loves to try new things, she’s funny, witty and ready to be a big girl. I was talking to them about after school activities and she told me she wanted to sign up for hip hop. Baha! Okay, Mades! Sure! That totally sums her up. Ballet? Kind of slow. Hip hop? More her speed 😉 .
1: Well, we’re just trying to keep our heads above water over here. Seriously, the whole house thing will be fine. We’re moving right along (perhaps not as quickly as I would like…haven’t these people watched Extreme Home Makeovers?! I thought this could be done in 24 hours?! 😉 ). Once it’s all said and done…you know, in 2024, we will be so happy with the changes. : )
2: Andrew and I have been trying to carve out “us” time lately earlier in the evening as it’s hard when the kids have activities and such. We’ve been telling the kids to go away, (we’re such good parents. ha!) so we can enjoy a little charcuterie board before dinner and craziness at least once a week. You have to make the time, friends! You have to!!
3: The list is looooooong of places we want to travel…so we’re anxiously awaiting the time when we can do that again. Anyone else holding tight until they can explore again?!
Three things about these three…
1: They’re either all three sleeping like angels…
2: …or all three running around like crazy dogs being incredibly loud. The other day, Erika called and thought the construction was really amped up…but no, it was just the sound of three dogs chasing one stuffed animal across the room. #sigh
3: We all know that Poppy is the undisputed alpha…but Yankee will challenge her from time to time. Frenchie is not interested in any sort of power, so she lets them duke it out and then after they’ve settled who eats first/goes out first/gets the toy first, she steps in and happily takes third place.
Three things for your Thursday 🙂 .
Don’t forget, time is almost up for this…
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Have a great afternoon, everyone!! See you tomorrow!!!