Happy Wednesday from Walt Disney World, friends!
As Madeley, Erika, Britt and I enjoy our day at the most magical place on Earth, I have THREE THINGS about each of the kiddos for you. You know, every time I do one of these posts, I get the SWEETEST feedback. It seems like so many of you love those random little details that make a person a person and a family a family.
This fall is going by way too quickly, and I’m trying to soak up as much as I can. Actually, this season of motherhood is going by too fast too.
Here we go, THREE THINGS starting with KENSINGTON…
#1: Our girl is officially obsessed with MUSICALS! As an elective this year, she took theater and loves it!! She auditioned for a part in Elf which made us so proud and now, she listens to Broadway show tunes and watches Broadway performances on TV. She is just about always singing some sort of song (her new favorite musical is Hairspray!), and she joined the church’s youth choir. We are seriously so proud of her!
#2: I don’t know if it’s her age, or the fact that it’s fall or the fact that she’s her mother’s daughter, but we cannot keep her out of the kitchen. Kensington is a baking machine! Pumpkin bread, chocolate chip cookies, cakes, bars…she is super into baking! On Sunday, she asked me when the kitchen was going to get quiet so she could do “her thing”. I said “What is ‘your thing’?” and she told me “Watch You’ve Got Mail and bake pumpkin bread”. I mean…holy cow. It was like looking in a mirror. I love it so much!
#3: This year, K is a cheerleader at her middle school, and it’s become such a fun sport we didn’t know we were missing over here! She’s been going to tumbling/cheer classes weekly for several years, but having her on an actual squad, watching her cheer at real live football games…it’s all SO MUCH FUN! She loves it! When I say she is constantly walking around the house saying and doing cheers to herself, SHE IS CONSTANTLY WALKING AROUND THE HOUSE SAYING AND DOING CHEERS TO HERSELF. At least twice a day, I have to ask her to stop and/or move to another room because I cannot talk to one child while another is belting out Lions, let’s do it, come on fans, show your spirit. Ha! Seventh grade has been a realllllly great year for K!
Next up, Smith!
#1: Smith has been playing the violin for over four years, but now that he’s a part of an actual orchestra, he is OBSESSED with playing the violin. He’s playing it at 6:10 in the morning…he’s playing it at 11:10 at night. He’s playing it when I’m making dinner. He’s playing it when he should be getting ready for school. He’s playing it in the living room, the kitchen…heck, he’s playing it in my closet. He is officially passionate. He’s also now listening to classical music, talking to me about people named Bach and Mozart (I’m like dude, my knowledge goes as far as Little Einstein’s, slow down!). Ha! He loves the violin. He also loves…
#2: Football! This was Smith’s second year to play tackle football, and he loved it even more than last year! I always get excited when my kids are excited about activities and well, this kid can’t grab his pads and head outside fast enough. He plays with a great group of kids, coaches and parents…it’s been an extra fun fall with football!
#3: Oh my word, we laugh and laugh and laugh because this year, Smith is in middle school and he is loving all the clubs. All of them. Smith has signed up for approximately 85 clubs. Most 6th graders are in school 7 hours a day, Smith is in school about 17 because he goes early and stays late for clubs. Bahahaha! They had this “club fair” where you could go and check out all of the clubs and well, he went and came out with brochures for so many and then proceeded to sign up for them all. If you’re looking for Smith, he’s at FCA. Or maybe Music Theory Club. Perhaps Calculator club. Or Student Government. I mean…y’all…he’s loving middle school and all the clubs.
Next up, sweet Ashby…
#1: Well, Ashby Shull is apparently a goal scoring QUEEN! Two weeks ago, she scored her first goal in soccer and then this week, she did it again! It’s like soccer finally “clicked” and she loves it more than ever before! Seeing Ashby love soccer so much has made Andrew and I enjoy it even more. It has been SUCH a fun soccer season for our goal scoring, hustling, super fast, always aggressive girl!
#2: Ashby has been reading Wonder this fall! So, I read Wonder a few years ago (you can read my review HERE, I had mixed emotions), but Ashby really wanted to read it, and I always want to encourage reading (especially challenging books like this!), and my goodness, she loves it! She reads a little bit each day, and we chat about it. When she finishes the book, we’re going to watch the movie together. We have had so many sweet, sweet conversations because of this book. I’m so happy she’s turning into a reader too!!
#3: Ashby has really blossomed into the big kid category recently. Even though she’s still “a little” around here, she’s just BIGGER. She gets our sarcasm (and can dish it right back to you!), she is starting to really help/take care of Madeley in ways that typically the big kids do. She’s really into going to church, learning new things (she loves checking out non-fiction books!) and has all of these advanced ideas/conversations that she can’t wait to talk to us about. I’m telling you…she’s just not little any more.
Last but not least…
…Madeley! Or Mades as she’s more commonly referred to in our house 🙂 .
#1: Well this girl just wants to craft. Or paint. Or draw. Or doodle. Please just hand her a marker/colored pencil/pen/crayon and she’ll be happy for hours. While all of my kids have liked to be artsy from time to time, Madeley prefers it the most. She is just super content with a notebook and pencil.
#2: Madeley puts on her makeup every morning. Guys, she LOVES makeup and hair. She has been saying for YEARS that when she grows up, she wants to be “a hair salon girl” and I honest to goodness can see that (she would also like to be a police officer too, so you know, she’s keeping her options open… 😉 ). She comes into my bathroom every morning and uses my brushes (no makeup, just the brushes) and pretty accurately “applies” her makeup. I think it goes back to item #1 above…she is just very artsy and creative including wanting to play with and experiment with makeup.
#3: Madeley is doing great in school! Our big 1st grader went through a wonky kinder year with COVID and all (didn’t we all…), so I was a little nervous about what 1st would look like this year, but on Monday, I was up at school having her first quarter meeting (all parents do this), and her sweet teacher just beamed talking about how well she was doing both academically and socially. She even said that at the beginning of the year, Madeley quietly asked her one day if she could have her seat moved closer to the front as some of the other students were “distracting her”. Agh! I love how she advocated for herself!! I am so proud of our big girl!!
And that, my friends, is three things about each of the Shull kids.
I’m off to enjoy Disney! I’ll see you back here tomorrow though for a post I really enjoyed pulling together!! 🙂