Last Day of School Photos…

School is officially out and we’ve got final report cards to prove it.

I’m not sure who grew up the most this year but everyone is looking a little older. Some are missing additional teeth.  And some are counting down the days until braces are off. Judging from the first day of school pictures, everyone is in desperate need of haircuts!! Hunter has been trying to keep his hair out of his face for over a month now and I just never made time to cut it. He’s long past due!

Tennis shoes are officially trashed and we’re lucky they made it to the end of the school year (Thank you adidas superstar shoes for passing the 2nd grader test. He wore those shoes every day the whole school year. The rubber toe was a lifesaver this year!) Lunch boxes are officially disgusting and possibly growing something. And we were down to the final pages in their spiral bound notebooks.

It’s a good thing the year is done. We are sleeping in tomorrow!

Last Day of School

Last Day of School

Last Day of School

Last Day of School

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Our little graduate…

We have one very excited boy for kindergarten next year, but first he had the pressures of graduating from preschool!

Singing those songs, the dance moves – it was a tough gig and took a lot of practice and patience on part of the teacher. But he sang with all his heart and he was ready. Man I love his smirk!

preschool graduation

preschool graduation

He worked hard reading his books. Every day he came home from preschool with 15 new books. He’d read them to us on the couch, over breakfast and in his bed. He read and read…and then read some more. Towards the end of the year, he realized there were girls ahead of him that he would never be able to catch up with. We had to remind him, it didn’t matter how many they read because he read so many which was an accomplishment for him. He didn’t realize fourth place (out of 50 kids) would still get a trophy and as you can tell he was proud of that little frog trophy.

preschool graduation

He has the same teacher that Hunter and Bennett had and I absolutely adore her. She loves my kids and teaches them so much. Not to mention she’s way more fun than any mom would be!

preschool graduation

preschool graduation

My parents happened to be in town and I’m pretty sure this is the first preschool program they’ve ever attended!

preschool graduation

preschool graduation

preschool graduation

preschool graduation

He is ready for Kindergarten. He’s ready for lunch at school. Riding the bus. And he’s been practicing the monkey bars and he’s confident in the next two months he’ll be ready in that as well. I adore him. And Briggs has no idea the changes that are about to rock his world when his playmate/buddy goes to school all day.

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Organized game closet…

This closet used to give me nightmares. It’s in our hallway and because the doors are always open most everyone who walks into our living room gets a good look at the mess that it is. I walk by and shut the doors multiple times a day, but it is the most popular spot in the house with my younger kids and they always have them open grabbing toys and games.

A year ago, I saw someone organize their games in matching boxes so they would stack better. Genius! I love buying containers anyway so this was the perfect solution. (These are sterilite containers from Target)

There are games that have large boards, so they stayed in their original boxes. But you wouldn’t believe how much space you save when you get rid of the oversized packaging. (This was also a good opportunity to purge the games that we liked, but never played and the ones that were missing pieces.) And now instead of being a complete disaster, it’s only a mild disaster that is easy to recover from. Inevitably a game is played and pieces don’t make it back in the box. I find them in the house and put them on the shelf, figuring eventually it will make its way back into the box. And then pretty soon I have a shelf covered with mismatched pieces and one of the kids ends up with the Saturday chore of straightening the closet.

But we’ve managed to keep it this way for over a year which I’m going to classify as a win. And I’m still using the paper storage I built years ago and I still love it. Double win. I’ve been slowly chewing the elephant that is the kitchen remodel, it’s nice to have a little win in the game closet!

Organized Game Closet

 

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Mexico…part 2…

Because there’s always so many “favorites” from our Mexico trip, it usually requires more than one post!

Everyday, vendors come up and down the beach selling their products – this is ideal because we get all the souvenirs we need without ever leaving the house. We enjoyed our daily mango beach vendor and all the kids managed to find the perfect sunglasses from another vendor. There were bracelets, hammocks and hats – everything showed up at the beach and between all the families, there was usually somebody buying something!

 

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Mexico…part 1…

This little spot on the Mexico beach has our heart and our time to enjoy it is never long enough. We’re grateful for friends who love it just as much as we do and are always up for another trip!

Each time this trip gets a little better. This time, Briggs was potty trained which meant we weren’t dealing with swim diapers and such. Not to mention he can walk up and down the steep incline to the beach house which is a game changer. The kids stayed entertained for hours and Steve and I played beach games. Have I mentioned we’re in a good stage of life right now!?

And I include this picture because even in our happy place, we have these moments. The moment when you have one shovel but you really wanted two. The moment when you think two naps on a beach day would be better than one!

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