Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's a Foamtastic kind of day!

Now that Holden is in school, it's just me and Rylan most of the day.  We have been to the park, played with friends, played games and so forth but I still believe he is a little lost without Holden.  So when I saw that our church was holding their annual Preschool Foamtastic Party I knew I had to sign Rylan up.  He could play with kids his own age and if you remmeber from last year, he went a little crazy playing in the suds.  A foam party is just like a huge bubble bath without the water.

As I called it, Rylan was the first one in!

He was running around, not affraid of anything, while the other kids stood close to the edge.  Oh no, not Rylan!  He is up for anything!  Sliding, jumping, running, and yes being a wild boy!  I swear, the messier this kid gets, the more fun he has!  Just look at his face, he could not be happier!

I guess a little foam was all Rylan needed to help his day go by a little faster until we picked Holden  from school.

Fall Ball

Sunday we kicked off Holden 1st season of Fall Ball.  This is a shortened baseball season to get the kids ready for league up next spring.  Our first practice was Saturday, yes, the day before the game, and to say the kids looked a little an understatement!  I thought for sure Sunday's game was going to be a bust.  But somehow, the kids did pretty well.

Since this is such a shortened season, the request for uniform pants to be all the same was not a must.  Hence the various colors.

So what did Rylan do during the game?  He found a little buddy to pretend they were football players together.

 And you may be wonder what on earth is on his back.  Well, as I was trying to get everything together and get out the door I see Rylan out of the corner of my eye bent down trying to write on his back.  With no doubt a sharpie marker...great!  I asked him, "What in the world are you doing?"  He responds, "I want a number on my back like Holden."  That is why he has white surgical tape with the number 8 on his back.

Never a dull moment, right!  

The kids decided on our team name too.  Any guesses???  The Green Cobras!  How they came up with that name is beyond me.  Now even though I said we did pretty well, we could not pull out a win.  We lost 5-7.

But as we all noticed, the kids were having a blast playing and isn't that all that really matters at this age.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's Back to School for Holden

We officially have a 1st Grader!  WOW!  Isn't that hard to believe.  It just seems like yesterday we were just beginning preschool.  I knew this year was going to be quiet an adjustment for us.  You see for the past 4 years Holden has only gone 1/2 day to preschool and then even Kindergarten last year was only from 8:25-11:15.  I knew going from 8:25-3:00 was going to wear him out.  So for the longest time I did not mention school starting because as I have learned in the past he gets a little anxious and then is dreading the actual "start" of school.  So this year I took a different approach and just said school will be starting back in a couple of weeks and so on and he seemed fine with the start of school.  Then on Monday I mention what I planning on packing for his lunch and then the look on his face said it all.  "What?! I stay at school for lunch?"  "Well, I am not going."  Oh Geez, here we go!!!  And yes, this conversation continued all night long, along with the tears, which I think was coming from the fear or anxiety of something new.  Tuesday morning, Holden woke up in a good mood and excited.  Hmm, maybe after a good nights sleep he calmed down.  Wishful thinking right?!  I made a special "Back to School" breakfast with apple waffles, which I knew would put everyone in a good mood.

And I was right all was good up until it was time to actually get in the car and leave for school.

Then he started again about how he was only going to go half day and so on. As soon as we pulled up to school, he saw one of his friends and all was ok.  Relief again!  Rylan and I walked him to his classroom, where again he saw some familiar faces, which eased his fears.  After several big hugs we said "Goodbye" to our big first grader.

Rylan on the other hand was a little lost without Holden, we went to the park and he just did not want to play.  Poor little guy was sad his best friend was gone to school all day.

To help pass the time we made a big cookie and set out some after school treats.

At pick-up Holden was all smiles, very tired, but all smiles and he said several times had a great day.

At home, Holden quickly changed into his play clothes and went right back to being himself.  When I tried to get him to take a picture with his big cookie this is what he did...

I guess he was excited and wanted to dig in!

Today, I am happy to report no tears on the way to school and I truly do believe we are going to have a wonderful year now that his fears have all been lifted.

Me on the other hand, I did have a little bit of sadness yesterday and today.  Yes, Holden may drive me crazy at times, and yes, I may never get anything done all day because I am cleaning up "messes" but I miss the little guy.  He has been with me so much since the day he was born that this really is the longest we have ever been apart.  Yikes!  My little man is growing up!  I suppose the saying is true, "The days are long, but the years are so short.”  Remind me again, where is the pause button on these kids?!

As we begin this new school year, my wish for Holden besides the learning aspect, is to enjoy his 1st grade year, make lots of friends and fill his days with fun, laughs, and lots of memories.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Week of travel...Part II

After we left Kevin's parents on Thursday, we headed to Tennessee for a visit.  The main reason we decided to go to Tennessee was that my nephew Hopkins was playing football in Olive Branch, Mississippi on Friday night. Olive Branch is not that far from Covington, so we knew we could visit family and still see Hopkins play without going too far.  Since the game was not until Friday night, we spent the morning playing at the park.

After a little energy relief, we headed to my granddaddy's garden.  The boys were eager to pick some vegetables.

Rylan went right to picking!

You have to watch this little guy, he will pick anything!  Holden on the other hand, found a worm and then a lady bug.

Gosh this boy loves his creatures.  After picking enough to open a farmers market, just kidding but just look at the stash we came back with!


Friday evening finally rolled around and it was time for some football.  There is just something about high school football in the South.  It really is something else.  This game was a family affair, our family, my sister(and family), the grandmothers and my aunt, and even my granddaddy came too.

The boys were excited.  We even made posters to help cheer on the Jaguars.

The band was playing and everyone was cheering as the team entered the field.

 My nephew Hopkins is #74.

There were lots of great plays, tons of penalties, horrible play calling, but Hopkins did great,  I just love this picture, it shows the emotion of the game.

Too funny.  I wish I could report they won but in the last play of the game the Jaguars lost 31-28.

It was an exciting game and we are so glad we were able to see it first hand.