Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Off to School

Ya know I was really worried about the kids getting up and getting ready on time for school...well, mainly Aaron to be honest. During the summer I have to be honest - there were a couple of days he went to my mother's house in just his underwear! In my defense I was trying to teach him a lesson - you don't get up when I tell you, you leave just as you are when it's time to go. It did work, though - he only did it a couple of times before he realized I was not joking!

Don't threaten your kids with things if you don't plan on following through - I told him when I was ready to go if he wasn't ready too bad...and I meant it! LOL

But honestly - I haven't had a problem getting them up. Emma picks out her clothes the night before (and sometimes even her brother's outfit), she has her alarm set, they get up, brush their teeth, their hair, get dressed and all I have to do is just do time checks! This working mom is rejoicing!! Aaron hasn't mastered tying his shoes, yet - he is getting close, but until then mommy & sister are still needed! ;)
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I think little brother pinched her right here! Ha ha!!
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I am so happy they have one another and even though they do fight like brother & sister, they love like brother & sister, too!
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And can I just add - I love Emma's blue & white Sperry's. I want to find those in my size!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3rd Grade & Kindergarten

School is back in session...and Aaron went into his first day of Kinder like a Boss!!! I didn't even cry believe it or not - I think b/c I was in shock as to his level of "I got this Mom!!"

Emma was so awesome - not only did she pick out & lay out their clothes for the first day, she also helped her little brother with his shoes! What a sweet big sister!
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She is such a little grown up...sometimes!

I have to say I was a little disappointed we didn't get many pics the first day at all...and those I tried to get at the house were difficult b/c the second I walked outside my lens fogged up!!! REALLY!?!?
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Aaron's says he wants to be a WWE Wrestler & Emma's says she wants to be a Fashion Designer (still) and a WWE Diva (or at least design their outfits)!!
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And I did manage to get one picture of them at their desks. Emma was not ready to give up her summer! This was the most smile I could garner from her!
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Aaron was happier to be there than sister!
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I hope everyone returning to school had a great first day - students & teachers alike!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Countdown Is Over

School starts TOMORROW!!!

Aaron is so ready - he told me this evening that I didn't have to walk him to school. That I could just drive him and Emma and he would go to his class on his own! I informed him that parents had to walk their kids to class on the first day of Kindergarten! Hey - I'm sure he'll tell the same fib to his son, too!! **sniff sniff**

I still cannot believe he's starting Kindergarten - he promised me that he wouldn't grow up! He promised!!!

Emma, on the other hand, is not ready for summer to be over! She's been having way too much fun! LOL! She is quite the little momma, though - tonight she laid out her clothes and Aaron's!

Aaron and his little friend Jordan haven't got to see one another that much this summer and since they won't get to be together in Kinder we invited Jordan over for a sleepover Friday night so the boys could catch up on some good quality play time! They definitely made the most of it, too!
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Best Friends!
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There were glow stick wars!
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And movies to end the night!
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They didn't make it through the whole movie...
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Neither did she!
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Aaron also got a fun trip this weekend with daddy to go muddin...no, not mudding...muddin!! He had a blast and came home telling me all about it!
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Boys and Dirt! What a pair!
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Sundays are my prep days...I've been doing the Advocare 24 Day Challenge - I got started with friends I do crossfit with and I have to say, I have never felt better! While the challenge has a finite number of days, the prepping has become a way of life! I eat paleo for the most part and I prep not only my meals, but also my snacks - and it's a pretty therapeutic routine for my Sunday evenings, too! I've rediscovered a love for cooking!
This week's menu - sweet potatoes and rosemary sauteed with bacon & onions, roasted seasoned brussel sprouts and chicken "spaghetti" - spaghetti squash actually! It is all super yummy!
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I'm all ready!
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These containers from My Fit Foods are perfect for prepping!
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My workouts at the box go better, I sleep better, I feel so great all day, no more fatigue...it's healthy! And my kids love to eat food like this anyway, so it's something I can do for my whole family. I don't have to cook a meal for them and then something separate for myself! 

Well, big day tomorrow...I am gonna need my strength to keep it together tomorrow until I get out of Aaron's sight! Good luck to all your kiddos who will be starting back to school tomorrow!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

3rd Grade & Kinder Here Come the Kubeczkas

It has been such a busy day! I've been taking half days this week to hang out with my babes a little extra before school starts on Monday. Today we had dentist appointments - both had great check-ups by the way! Dentist said that Emma's teeth were text book actually!! WooHoo! Aaron had a good check up as well - he has a couple of teeth getting loose now, too so we may be seeing the tooth fairy again soon. Not for a while again, though for Emma - he said she has lost all the teeth she is going to lose for at least another year.

After that we headed home to meet up with daddy and head to school to meet our new teachers! 
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We headed to the Kindergarten hall first...turns out Aaron has the same teacher Emma had for Kinder! Emma was excited for him and Aaron met two of his classmates so now he'll know at least a couple of kids on Monday. Could be more b/c I know some kids from his daycare will be there - hopefully they'll be in the same class. He was such a little gentlemen and introduced himself to everyone!
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And he picked out his seat! He went to day camps with Emma on campus this summer so he already knew his way around campus - he was actually showing us all around! I'm glad we decided to do that this summer so he would be on familiar ground when school started!
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(Yes, he has blue lips - they gave them suckers! LOL)

Then we headed over to the 3rd Grade hall...THIRD GRADE FOLKS!! How is that even possible?
Emma has switch teachers again, only this time the teachers will be switching instead of the students for this particular class! That will be nice for the kids I think - they can keep all their stuff together in their desk and don't have to carry it all around!

We were excited to see that we knew one of her teachers - she goes to church with us and her daughter is in Emma's Sunday School class and also a 3rd grader! We sit right across from her every Sunday so it was pretty cool to see her when we walked into the classroom!
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And this is her switch teacher. She was so sweet, too!
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Emma picked out her desk, too so she is all set for Monday!
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Welcome back Wolfpack!
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And I'm so excited for my sweet boy to start Kindergarten...very sad that it's already here and I know Monday is not going to be easy for me, but still very excited for him and so happy that he has his Big Sister to be there for him!
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They just looks so grown up...my babies aren't quite babies anymore. 



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teresa's Birthday Trip

Man - it's been nearly a month since I posted anything...sure doesn't mean we haven't been busy! Too busy to post maybe. I need to get better about short little daily posts so things don't get dusty around there, though.

So, my sister had a big birthday last month and we've been planning this girls' trip for a while! This past weekend was the first available where most were free - there were actually three folks missing, but they'll have to catch the next trip!

My sister's choice for the trip was to visit Fredericksburg - I was all over it b/c I had never been and it was Trade Days weekend and who would pass that up!?!? As if the shopping just in town wasn't enough, right??

So...we loaded up and off we went! Get ready for picture overload and this is just the few I loaded onto Flickr!
Toast to the Birthday Girl!
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My other sister trying to get a selfie of her & the birthday girl...she was learning!
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But she got better at it...(Don't I look exactly like everyone else in my family!?!?!) Ha ha ha!
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We hit up all the stores in town first...
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Found this quote in the window I really liked.
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And this one, too - and we honestly did not shop one single chain store while we were there!!
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And this sign b/c it said exactly what we were there to do! LOL
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My mommy and her first born being silly girls!
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We went to the farmers' market, too while there & I bought some yummy heirloom tomatoes that I snacked on while we walked...and while exploring around the market we found this water wheel, too.
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When we shopped every single store in town we headed out to the trade days, too!
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There were antiques, craft, junk, food, novelties...anything you can imagine was there! Even a bar with live music and dancing! Next time we go back we will spend more days exploring here!
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I may have even found a fun paper fan!
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We did it justice, though and very nearly really did shop till we dropped!
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On our last morning we enjoyed our breakfast outside...it was such great weather! So nice!!
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We had decided to stop at Hamilton Pool on our route home...unfortunately the water was off limits that day so we couldn't swim, but it was still beautiful and definitely worth the hike! I sent the kids a picture and Emma though it was so neat - we'll be taking them for sure!
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It was awesome!! The kids are going to love it!

Our trip home took a long time b/c we took the scenic route - the very scenic route! We drove through the National Forest, too and it was such a beautiful drive. We went through all the back roads and all the little towns...stunning! I told Michael we should move out to one of them. He said NO! LOL - Why not?? I grew up in the country! Country people are good people!

Yeah - I don't think I'll convince my city boy anytime soon about that one! :)

It was such a fun trip, though and I cannot wait to go again. It was very fun to have a long girls' weekend like that - I don't think I've done that since I got married. I did really miss my babies and was chomping at the bit to get back to them Sunday night, but it was a much needed trip and fun to celebrate my Big Sister! Love you Sis!