Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to School

WOW....I can't believe how long it has been since I've posted. So much has happened, and I could try and catch up, but I'm not sure I'll be able to remember it all, and do all of what has happened justice. Maybe I'll just move forward from here on out.

Starting with the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! I can't believe how nervous I was about the first day of school this year.  I'm not sure if it was the pregnancy hormones, or the fact that both Keegan and Camden were going to be at school this year, or what, but I was seriously freaking out! Which, to me at least, really didn't make that much sense, seeing as how Keegan was in preschool/Early Admission Kindergarten all last year, and I handled it just fine.  Maybe I'm just losing it. ;-)

Keegan started on Tuesday, the 4th, which seemed late in the year to me, seeing as how most other schools now seem to start before Labor Day, and then Camden started on Wednesday, the 5th.  Keegan starts school at 9:05 (which just sounds late), but Camden's preschool starts at 7:40 (but he only goes Monday, Wednesday and Friday for now), so we made the decision to just have the boys wake up at 6:30 every morning, regardless, that way they wouldn't get used to sleeping in on some days and then having a harder time waking up on the early days.  Needless to say, it's been a little bit of an adjustment for everyone involved and it makes for some L-O-N-G days.

AJ and I are a little hesitant about Keegan's class this year...we were hoping he would get a certain teacher at his school that his friend had had last year, but no such luck.  He's in a Kindergarten/First Grade combo class, and right now, AJ and I are just trying to keep an open mind about it.  I guess we'll see how we feel about it in a month or so.  It could either be a really good thing, or a really bad thing.  His teacher, however, seems really nice, and he seems to be doing just fine, so we are willing to give it a chance.

Our morning started out with a breakfast of french toast, because Keegan informed me that it is his favorite (and I was more than willing because it's one of my favorites, too).  Then we had a lot of time to just sort of hang out (because of the early wake-up and late start for Keegan).  He was all smiles when we got to school, and only started to look a little nervous right before we left, but by the time we went to pick him up he was back to being all smiles.  His favorite thing to do at school (at least at recess) are the monkey bars...seriously, if there are monkey bars anywhere near him, he will be on them in no time at all (blisters on his hands and all).

I was more than a little bit nervous for Camden, mostly because any "learning/education" that he's had up to this point has just been what I've done with him at home, and it's not been on any sort of regimented schedule.  He didn't seem to have any problem getting up and getting ready for his first day, and the only thing he seemed worried about was if the others kids would laugh at him.  It broke my heart that such a great little guy would be so worried about something like that.  I reassured him as best as I could, and by the time we got into his classroom, he was just fine.  He found the toys, and pretty much couldn't have cared less after that.  He was actually kind of annoyed when I tried to get him to take a few pictures.  Keegan and Hunter gave him hugs and loves, he got kisses from me, and he didn't look back. :)  When we picked him up, he was excited to see his brothers and I, but he seemed just fine.  Other than a little bit of tears at nap/rest time where he told his teacher that he missed his mom, he had a great day.  He even asked to come home and do some "homework" (which I happily obliged him with in the form of a couple of worksheets!).  Somehow, I have a feeling that he will be just fine...again, I have a feeling that I'll have a harder time then he will with this "separation" (Hunter on the other hand was LOVING all the one-on-one time with just Mommy, and informed me that he wanted to go to Mission Bay, Sea World and the Zoo with me).

Friday, January 20, 2012

Conversations on the way home from school

On our way home from picking Keegan up from Kindergarten today, I overheard the following conversation taking place in the back of the van:

Keegan: "Camden, it's not nice to play tricks on people. Remember when we were watching He-Man the last day (which is the way he says yesterday), and the guy came on at the end and told us that it's not nice to trick people. So, we shouldn't trick people. And Jesus wouldn't want us to trick people. So I'm following Jesus' instructions, and because you tricked me, you are following Satan's instructions."

I happened to look in my rearview mirror at the point to see Camden's reaction, and he looked so sad, so I asked him what was wrong and he told me that he was bad, because he had been following Satan's instructions when he tricked Keegan. So then we had to have the talk about how he had told Keegan that he was sorry for trying to trick him, which is what Jesus would have wanted him to do (because he had repented) and that he was actually listening to Jesus' instructions too.

Guess some things are sinking in between Primary and reading scriptures each night as a family, and of course, from watching He-Man (which, can I just say, I think it's awesome that my boys love the shows that AJ and I used to watch as kids!).

Man, I love these boys!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Better late than never

I love getting everyone's Christmas cards in the mail each year. I hang them up on the wall and am reminded of all the people that I love and miss on a daily basis. Usually, I'm just not really good about sending out ones of our own. But, believe it or not, I actually got Christmas cards ordered this year! Guess that's what happens when you have a code for for 50 free photo cards (thank you Pampers Gifts to Grow and Shutterfly). Anyway, check out the posts below to get a sneak preview for those of you that I'm sure are just anxiously awaiting them! ;-)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

Originally, we weren't going to do costumes this year.  And then AJ decided we should, so I spent the better parts of three nights not sleeping and putting together the boys costumes.  Keegan insisted on being Obi-Wan Kenobi, Camden had to be Luke Skywalker and we were originally going to make Hunter an Ewok, but by day three of sewing my brain was fried and he ended up just being a little Padawan (that's a Jedi Apprentice to all you non-Star Wars obsessed people). :)
Overall, not bad...and the boys loved them which I guess is the most important thing of all.  Next year, we're buying them from the store, I swear. ;)

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Hunter, courtesy of both his brothers at this point (I'm pretty sure they were both taking this one but it might have just been Keegan).

Camden, as seen through Keegan's eyes (and the camera lens). I'm amazed at how great this picture is. And this is such a typical Camden pose...I couldn't have planned the shot any better.

Keegan, courtesy of his brother Camden. For a 4 1/2 year old and an almost 3 year old, I really do think this are pretty good pictures. I guess I should let the boys play with the camera more often...I'd probably have a whole lot more photos of all of them.