Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kathryn Kees Turns 1!!!

Before we get to the highlight of this post, (BABY KATE TURNED 1!!!!), I found these pictures on my phone and wanted to remember the excitement and anticipation our family felt as we prepared to get Savannah set for school!  Here is Savannah's shopping list of the last things we needed for kindergarten!

Just she and I went to Walmart for "super special girl bonding time" and we went on a scavenger hunt finding all the things on her list!  She loved it!!

She also fit inside of this box and I thought she was SO cute! :))

On August 12, 2014, our little 9 pound 10 oz Kate had turned into a big ONE year old!!!  Of course, Heather put together the cutest little first birthday party, complete with an Ice Cream Sundae bar!

Kate's favorite uncle cooked the meat for Pulled Pork Sliders!  Yummyyyy!

The same cookies that were at Heather and Jason's engagement party a year and a half earlier!!  They are wonderfullllllll!

Hezzy and her Vannie!

Seriously??  Stop being so cute, Heather!!

Sampling the goods...

There was a slip and slide outside and of course, Baby Grant got soaked.

Hooray for ice cream sundaes... and for the cutest kids ever! 

Chasing the chickens!!  Ha!! 

Beautiful Baby Kate!!!!!!!!!!  And the gorgeous, giant cupcake Heather made for her!!

Shoveling it in, haha!!

Isn't she just perfection?!

Baby Kate has so many people that adore her, love her, and can't wait to watch her grow up into a beautiful, Godly woman!
Happy Birthday, precious Baby Kate!!  It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we were in Ft. Worth watching you be born... literally!  :))  You make us so happy with your smiley, girly self and I love that you get to be the baby Brinker GIRL!  We have so much to teach you, like how to do the Brinker squeal, how to make homemade bread, how to appreciate Anne of Green Gables...  Jenny can show you how to garden, your momma can show you how to walk in wedges, and Aunt Lissie can be your cool aunt who you can sit and talk with over a giant plate of chocolate chip cookies.  Or a tub of ice cream.  I'm always up for either. ;))  I LOVE YOUUUUUU, my sweet Cakes!
Happy, happy birthdayyyyy!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Our First Week of Homeschool!!

Using that perfect curriculum that we have (thanks, Aunt Mandy!!!!), our first two weeks were totally focused on building the foundation for the rest of the school year, to transition us into the homeschooled life, and to review over concepts that are generally understood when starting kindergarten (shapes, colors, etc.)  It was so nice to just ease right into the process.  It was gradual, simple, and the kids looked so forward to school time!  #winning

We reviewed over the first week of the world, reading Scripture, counting the days, drawing pictures, and reading books on creation!  Here are the little school children, creating the clouds and sky with cotton balls!!  One of the best parts of this curriculum is that it's CREATIVE... not to be confused with crafty!!  Glitter, feathers, and googly eyes make me hyperventilate.  Of course, if you can handle that kind of thing, you could totally go all out here.  But for me, pulling out 5 cotton balls and a box of crayons was about all the crafts I wanted... and that's really all you needed, which was so nice!  Creative, NOT crafty. ;)

Another perk of homeschool??  Packing up and taking a field trip whenever it suits our fancy!! This was Tuesday, August 12 - Baby Kate's FIRST birthday!!!!  So we finished up our lesson, packed a lunch, and got in the car to go visit our favorite Aunt Hezzy and Baby Cakes!
Oh.  And Cherry Jam, the cat. :))

Sneaking play-dough and cookie cutters at Hezzy's house!

While we were there, Heather treated us to some chocolate cupcakes... homemade, GOURMET chocolate cupcakes at that!!  The kids were super impressed! :))

Who needs pants when you're in the country??

After a wonderful afternoon of visiting our Kees family and planning to get back together on Saturday for Kate's party,  I had to hurry back to Pineville... as it was Sadie and Rylie's FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!  Heather even sent back some cupcakes to celebrate!!
Here are our beautiful FIRST GRADERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are a few more pictures of the kids hard at work during their first week of school!
I did get slightly more crafty when I busted out the construction paper and dot-a-dots.  Points for mom! 

On the third day, God created plants!
Including apple trees and blueberry bushes, as evidenced by Vannie's work :))

Matching upper- and lower-case letters and putting them in alphabetical order!

Andrew got some hands-on school time with Pops when they replaced our brake pads!  What a big boy, just learning from the best! 

Ahhh, this is just too much!!

Cousin Callie gets to come over for school time some days and that always makes it super fun!!!  After learning about all the fruits and vegetables that God made, we threw some of them into our blender and made a smoothie!!!  Spinach, avocados, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, you name it, we put it in!  And it was deeeeelicious, can't you tell??? :))  Our God makes all good things!
More school fun, coming soon!

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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.