Friday, August 16, 2013

Last Days of Summer

At the end of July, Grammie came into town and took Sadie and Rylie on an adventure like no other.  They went to buy school supplies for their VERY FIRST TIME!!!!!!!  They will be starting kindergarten this year and Jen and I continually ask ourselves how this can be?!  We have spent so many days together.. days filled with cold popsicles, splinters, Mommy and Me's at the mall, and story times at the library.  To think that the spontaneity of the days over the last 5 years will change to schedules, carpool lanes, and lunch lines is a little overwhelming for Mom and Aunt Lissie!  We know the girls will do wonderfully, though, and we are already planning out their welcome-home-from-your-first-day-of-school snacks.  :)) I'm so thankful for these two and how I've been able to watch them become the independent little women they are now.

Showing everyone all their new supplies!

They were so proud to explain what everything was while they organized and situated it all. :))

The teacher in me is SO EXCITED about this!  Even the smells of the fresh crayons and markers make me so happy.. I am so looking forward to celebrating this whole new school year with the twins!
 August 28th will be the girls' first day of kindergarten!  How can I want it to stay away and hurry up all at the same time?! Ahhhhh!

While the days are burning hot, the evenings are actually nice enough to go outside and play in the hose, throw corn in the ditch (they did this yesterday... what a nice surprise this will make for our neighbors!), and play with Coco Chanel's kittens.  I know, I know.  She is only like 6 months old!  A stinking yellow tomcat showed up and now we have 4 baby kittens... grrrr.  We will be getting her fixed asap, but meanwhile, we have a few extra playmates hanging out. The kids have appropriately named them as well... Brother named two of them Blue and Pancake, while Savannah named the other two Chicken and Lady. 

Blue.Pancake.Chicken.Lady.  All free to good home. ;)

Everyone knows of my love for the library!  This summer the library held the Summer Reading Program, where kids are asked to read as many books as they can and keep a record of them all!  They earn incentives as they attempt to reach the goal of reading 100 books in 2 months... and guess who read 104?!?!?!?!?!?!   Meeeee!!!  Haha, aaaaand Van and Brother! ;))
Here we are at the Library Awards Ceremony with Arthur!!!
Here is Brother gettting his medal!

And Savannah's turn!

Because they went over the goal of 100 books, they received a special bag full of suprises!  #overachievers  #theygetithonest :))
(And what a precious daddy they have who cares enough about them to care about summer reading awards...  It's in moments like this when you are just SO proud.  When you know that you're beaming, but that if you try to stop the smile, you may just burst.  Because God is TOO good to give you a man like that.))

So excited about her medal!  She is already a bookworm and that's saying something... since she doesn't know how to read!  Ha! She loves to just sit and flip through books, look at the pictures, and make up stories as she goes along.  Such a smartie, this one.

I think they wore their medals for the entire day. :))
Love these two bunchkins.
Baby Grant and Baby Jude needed a picture in here!!!!  Here our the babies at almost 2 months!

So thankful for all the Lord has done this summer and eagerly awaiting all the changes that are coming!  Specifically seeing all those 100 degree days slide down into the 70s. ;)  Love you all!

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.