Thursday, August 27, 2015

Instagram Killed the Blogger.

If video killed the radio star, then logical reasoning would have one conclude that instagram killed the blogger.

It occurred to me the other night as I was perusing through old photos that Tylers first two years of life are largely caught on camera... the phone camera that is. Which makes me a little sad to think that I won't be able to blow up big pictures of lots of fun memories. It's OK. Better than no pictures (obviously), but still sad.

So for the past week I've tried to be more intentional about pulling out my big camera during the every day moments of my life. It's so much harder to do when I now have three kids. It's big to lug around, and I'm almost inevitably having to put it down to rush and get Tyler out of something he's not supposed to be in (there is good reason why we all call him Tyler the tornado. That boy is a P-I-L-L!). These moments that are seemingly mundane, are also the most sweet to me. They are the moments that only I get to witness. When my boys feel safe and free enough to express imaginations of grandeur super hero status and world changing strength. The moments where the dance and sing and say sweet things that show their innocence and preciousness.
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I sure do love being their mom. Our days are filled with love and laughter (and some fighting, because: LIFE.). As Jen Hatmaker says, I hope their childhood days are mostly good. Because mostly good will turn into magical when they turn 40 :) As for Instagram, I'm not backing down. As much as I'd like to think that I'll pick up the camera regularly, if I don't, Instagram's got my back.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Exits.

Today I was reading back through the post I wrote about Kindergarten last year. It made me smile thinking about all the ways Gods hand was evident throughout the year last year. Public school is not a choice I had ever considered for our children initially, but so far it has been the biggest blessing not only for Brayden, but also for Drew and I. The Lord has been so faithful to walk before us in each step.

We're beginning our third week of school, and I have to say, it's going as well as I had anticipated. Brayden likes his teacher and his classmates, but is a little peeved that there aren't centers and that first graders are required to count to 120 (instead of 100-- the gall of these teachers, pushing these kids to uncharted counting waters!). I've had to lovingly inform him that life gets a little harder every year. Such a disappointing thing to find out at the age of six.

Connor has been a bit bummed having to wait one more year for Kinder. I am not complaining... I love having him home, and think the extra year will be good for  him. Still, he does mope around a bit during the days asking why he can't go to Kinder. Trying to explain a birthday cutoff to an almost five year old is a bit of a daunting task.
Caught Connor taking his super heroes on a ride on his horse. This boy has been a little bummed watching a few of his friends head to K this fall, while he stays behind at preschool. I'm so grateful for one more year at home with him, especially when I se
He's just the sweetest four year old I know!

The weather has been a bit nicer and there's a slight hint of fall in the air. As much as I am sad to see the summer weather come to a close, fall has a special place in my heart. There's also no bugs in fall (we got a bad case of chiggers from going on a mini hike last week and are still suffering through), which is a welcome change from the bug infested summer we've seemed to have.
It's windy today, and the wind smells and feels like football season. #mboys2015

Fall sports is about to kick into high gear soon. Our schedule is about to ramp up to lightening pace, so Drew and I took an opportunity to get away for an evening last weekend. We decided to just stay local and enjoy some of the restaurants that we live near but never frequent. It was so nice to relax and enjoy time alone without interruption (and sleep in till 10am!). I'm so thankful for our friends who help with the boys so that we have these opportunities.... such a blessing!
Date night with my man :)

Here's to sports season- goals and touchdowns and lots of fall fun!

Monday, August 3, 2015

First Day of First Grade.

Today was Brayden's first day of first grade. I'm not a runner by trade, but I imagine that if I was and I had taken it upon myself to run a marathon, the feeling I am currently feeling is what I would feel like post-marathon run. My body aches, my head feels like it's going to explode and I am not sure I'll even muster up the strength to peel myself from the couch to the bed. Transitioning from summer to school may be harder on the parents than the kids afterall!

Brayden had a good day today. He loves his new teacher and has already made several friends (which is not too surprising given that he tends to be a social butterfly). I did well too. No crying, although I did pull into the exit instead of the entrance on accident. Guess I'm just living up to my "bad driver" reputation that my boys give me ;) The saddest occurrence of the day was when I was halfway to school and realized I had left my big camera at home. Drew was following behind me in his truck and talked me out of trying to attempt a u-turn in the van in on coming traffic. Mom emotions run high the first day of school, y'all.

I did happen to snap a few pics of Brayden before we left the house, so I'm thankful my mind was not completely gone this morning. The change from last year to this year is STAGGERING. I sent Drew a text today telling him I felt like we should just go ahead and write our letters for his high school graduation (I'm not dramatic at all).
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When I first started snapping pics I asked Brayden why he was smiling funny. He said "because! I need you to see where I lost my tooth!" Ha!
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cannot. get. over. how. big. he. is.
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Love him so much!
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and just stick a fork in me. I about came unglued looking at this comparison. He was still a BABY last year when he went to Kinder and now looks like a full grown boy.

After my realization that we left my camera, I don't think I've ever been more happy to own a smart phone than I was today. We walked Brayden into school (along with every other parent there-- it was like herding cattle through those small hallways!), snapped a few pictures with my phone and said goodbye like we've been doing school drop off for years.
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Tyler with a classic photo bomb. Trying to drop off a kid in school is infinitely harder when you have little siblings involved.
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all ready to learn!

The remainder of my day consisted of going to a brunch with other moms from the school and then errands with the two littles (which feels like a bit of a vacation after having spent this summer bringing all 3 to the store). This afternoon I was quickly reminded of my dislike for car rider line, especially on the first few weeks of school. I'm thankful Tyler is a bit older this year, so instead of him crying his head off in the van, he spent the time singing alphabet songs and calling the hogs :) Here's to more days spent in the car staring at other parents just as desperate as me to get their kid home so they can talk about their day (or in the boy moms cases... feed the child and get one word responses about the day. ;)) Happy 2015-2016 school year!
 

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