Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Boosterthon Fun Run

Each year our school participates in a Boosterthon Fun Run to raise money for our PTA and this year was another successful run!  The kids get pledges for the laps they run and as they make each lap it gets marked off on their t-shirts.

There is a DJ that plays fun music, themed laps for them to run and lots of excitement! This was Hudson's first year running and he was so pumped!

He ran his little heart out and finished the 35 laps in no time flat and continued on to get way more than 35.

After their run his class enjoyed popsicles to cool off and celebrate their hard work!

Next up was Harper's turn!  She ran side-by-side with her friends the whole time and got more laps than anyone else...48 total!

 Fifth grade ran last and their's was a color run!  It was such a mess, but so much fun for the kids!  Some of them were covered!

And, at the end they even got to throw the colored powder all over the principal!

I was lucky enough to be able to volunteer all day and help pass out water to the kiddos so it was a hot, but fun day for all of us!

Total Eclipse!!!

We survived the total eclipse! It was the talk of the town leading up to the big event and we couldn't believe all of the excitement surrounding it.  Our schools were dismissing late so that the kids wouldn't be on buses and without direct adult supervision during the peak times and it worked out great because they got to enjoy it with their classes, teachers and friends! 

I hadn't planned very well and didn't have my own glasses (the school was providing them for the kids), but ended up getting some last minute and was so happy I did.  I went to the school to watch it with the girls' classes. It was totally different than what I was expecting, but totally cool!  

 Only 3rd - 5th grades were allowed outside during the eclipse, but all of the grades made a big deal about it. We sent in treats for the classes and the kids were encouraged to wear yellow for team sun or black for team moon.  When Hudson got out of school he could still see part of the eclipse happening and he loved it also!

I loved all the hype and excitement and hope it's something the kids will remember forever!

Montana Ranch Trip

 A few weeks ago Robby and I got to go on an adult only trip to Montana where we stayed on a ranch and had the very best time ever!  My mom came in town to keep the kids and before we left we spent a morning hiking at our favorite trails.

 When we arrived in Montana we were greeted by ranch workers on horseback and given all sorts of great gear like these hats!

During our time there we go to try some really amazing activities and our first one was clay shooting. I'd never even shot a gun before, but I must have had beginners luck, because I ended up doing really well!  

Robby did great and even won the award for our group for hitting the most!

We also got to ride ATV's, do some archery, some mountain biking, hiking and more, but my very favorite activity from the week was when we got to go on a cattle drive!  It was seriously such a cool experience.  

After a short lesson on how to properly ride a horse we headed out to the pasture and moved a heard of cattle from one part of the ranch to another.  I couldn't believe we were out there!  It was so much fun and I could have done it every day if we got the chance.  I felt like a real cowgirl!

 It was so nice to get away and spend some time together and really enjoy the slower pace and simpler life on a ranch!  The whole time we kept saying how much we thought the kids would enjoy it so I'm hoping to plan a dude ranch trip for our family in the next few years!

Monday, July 31, 2017

First Day of School!!!

Today was the first day of school and the kids were all beyond excited.  I was even feeling pretty excited and anxious. SO much so that I didn't sleep very well at all.  Thankfully, the adrenaline got everyone up this morning with no problems. 

All weekend Hudson had been saying that he was nervous or scared about school because he didn't know anyone, but he also was very excited and couldn't wait for the first day.  I was happy that his excitement won over this morning and he couldn't wait to get to school.  

I'm driving them in the morning due to a very early bus time and they will ride the bus home. 

I felt totally OK sending him into the school because Handley's hallway is very close to his room so I knew she would make sure he got there OK!  

When Handley started elementary school I was a nervous wreck.  We didn't know a single soul at that school. No neighbors, no friends, no teachers, no one! With Hudson though, we know tons of people, I know he'll have people looking out for him, and he's comfortable at the school.  I'm just sad because my baby is growing up. 

I felt a little sad when I watched him walk in the school, but did much better than I was expecting...until I ran into a friend later that day and then it hit me and the tears came.  

All day I kept wondering how they were all doing and hoping it was a great first day.  Thankfully, I kept myself busy and before I knew it, it was time to head to the bus stop.  

They were all smiles hopping off the bus and Hudson came up and gave me a huge hug.  They all had great days and couldn't wait to tell me all about their days.  From the sound of it, everyone loves their teachers and their new class.  They each gave me a play by play and Handley told me she gets to lunch just as Hudson's class is leaving and that he was so excited to see her today. 

Handley thinks her teacher is going to be tied for her very favorite ever, Harper loves her class and Hudson said Kindergarten was better than he was expecting, just very long.  I think we're off to a great start this school year and can't wait to see all of the wonderful things this year holds!

Back-To-School Meet & Greet

Last week the talk of the town was finding out what teachers our kids would have this school year.  Hudson got to find out a few days ahead of the girls because our school does a Kindergarten Popsicle Party the week before. He learned that he would be a Bear Cub and have the same teacher Harper had for Kindergarten!  We loved her and were so excited that he would have her also!

Then last Wednesday evening we got to learn the girls' teachers and they were over the moon when they saw the class lists!  Harper got one of Handley's previous teachers that we loved and Handley got one of the teachers she had hoped for!  Thursday morning they were SO excited to go meet their teachers and see their new classrooms.

Any sadness they had about summer being over went away as soon as they met their teachers.  They kept saying how excited they were and how they couldn't wait for the first day!  We are so thankful for amazing teachers and just know this is going to be a wonderful school year!

Last Minute Summer Fun

As summer was coming to a close we knew we had to squeeze in as much fun as possible the last couple of weeks.  It was busy and chaotic, but all sorts of fun!

We started off meeting old friends for lunch and some jumping one afternoon.  Our neighbors from our old hood will always be like family. We pick right off where we left off and the kids grew up together so they are all still so close!

Next, Harper went to visit her BFF who just recently moved out of state.  She got to stay with them for the weekend, and had so much fun that she didn't want to come back home.  We all miss her sweet friend, but are happy they are only 2 hours away so it is still manageable to meet up!

While she was off doing that we were at the lake for the weekend.  It also happened to be Walker's birthday so we had fun celebrating him.  He's 3!!!  

Six Flags was also on our summer to-do list and the kids earned free passes for reading during the school year.  They were about to expire so we picked a day and went.  It was hot, but oh so much fun.  

We ended our summer fun by spending as much time at the pool with friends as possible.  The summer flew by and seems super short this year, but we still managed to squeeze in tons of fun!