Monday, July 31, 2017

2017-2018 school year: Day 1

Can you imagine if I wrote a post for every singe day of school this year?  2017-2018 school year: Day 122.  I'm not going to, so no worries, but the idea itself is bonkers. 

July 24th was the first day of Kindergarten and 4th grade. 

Ginger knew something was up because the whole crew was out of bed early.

First, pictures with parents. 

Then pictures of parents, showing their joy for two children heading off to school. 

Then, all of the yearly pics.  Elliott was first.  He was positively awful for everything outside. 

Inside was better. 

These loaded alphabetically, so they're all over the place. 

Spencer's turn.

After pictures we drove the kids to school for their first day.  We got there just as the gates opened.  We took Spencer to his class first because we knew he would be a quick and easy drop-off.   It started sprinkling as we walked to his room. 

Then to kindergarten. 

One quick picture in the room and then we were out of there. 
We picked up donuts and coffee for our last day of eating sugar, and then headed home.

I took one last picture of the countdown board before erasing it and starting a new countdown to my birthday and Spencer's birthday. 

Then Ginger took a glorious nap, 

and we watched the latest Star Trek. 

We went out for lunch around 1:00 and when we got home we had very little time left before going to meet the kids at the bus stop. 

Success story #1

Success story #2

Elliott had swim lessons that afternoon and since it has become a tradition we went out to dinner after. 
And that is Day 1.  

There will most likely be no posting about days two through the second to the last day. But, I make no promises. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The end of summer vacation 2017

We had a nice weekend to close out summer 2017.  It was a good mix of staying home and relaxing and also getting a bunch of stuff done before school started. 

On Saturday I went through both kids' closets and dressers and removed everything they had outgrown.  Spencer has been wearing these shorts since, probably, first grade.  They still "technically" fit, but they are barely bigger than a 5T so despite his protests, they had to go. 
They also really had to GO.  They are pretty greasy from so many years of wear on Spencer with his eczema stuff, so they went in the garbage, not Elliott's drawer. 
He loved all of these shorts though, so I took pictures before dumping them, so he can remember them always and forever. 

Elliott took some pictures of Ginger. 

And Ginger got her nails trimmed and a bath.  She was a clean, unhappy pup. 
Spencer and I went to the candy store and bought gummy sharks to make an ocean themed dessert for his swim team family party. 

I did an entire glamour shots just in case we came in first place for the best themed dessert contest. 

Alas, this was the winner.  And I agree.  They deserved first place. 

Cute, but not ocean or pool themed. 

Delicious, but no theme. 

OK, we certainly beat this.  Right?

Nice effort on these three. 

Bizarre.  But they definitely win the Hulk theme. 

Right before we left Elliott decided he was brave enough for the diving board. 

On Sunday Elliott didn't want to wear clothes and he didn't want to take his socks off.  I let him stay out of clothes, but didn't want him walking around in just socks, so he added slippers.  It was an interesting look. 

I found Spencer helping himself to a snack in the pantry.  In the dark.  Wearing just underwear. 
Since it was the very last day of summer vacation we were forced to clear out the art/work boxes from preschool/3rd grade. 

This was Elliott's recycle pile. 

The maybe pile- maybe keep, maybe recycle. 

The keep pile. 

I had forgotten about this picture.  He did it early on in preschool last year. 

So we did a comparison. 

We did not keep these bunny ears, but I liked them so we took a picture. 

I think this was Spencer's recycle pile. We didn't get a picture of the keep pile. 
Lauren gave this stuffed panda to me when I was pregnant with Elliott.  He has recently become obsessed with it. 

She wasn't so amused with her visitor. 

But she did accept him. 
We did two major shopping trips on Sunday too- school supplies and groceries.  No pictures.  But no worries, because the next post is the first day of school and there are about a billion pictures.