Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Getting Ready for School

The past couple weekends have been fairly quiet for us so there hasn't been that much to post.

The weekend of Julyl 8-9 was a good one. We spent the afternoon at MeMaw and Paw-Paw visiting with family. Grandma was down from Maplesville and Uncle Charlie and Aunt Bobbie were up from Florida. We had a good visit and the food was great too. That evening we went to Quint and Sheilas and played cards until after 1:00 a.m. (Don't worry we had bathed and put all 5 kids to bed around 8:30 p.m.) Sheila and I were exhuasted at that point and went to sleep while Joe and Quint stayed up until I think 4:00 a.m. playing video games. It had been forever since we had done that and it felt good to do something "young" again. However... the next morning I woke up with a migraine. I spent all day either sleeping or throwing up. Joe took the girls to church and Joel and I stayed home and slept. That was also the day Joe lowered Joel's bed because our little acrobat fell out when he was supposed to be tring to go to sleep.

Monday, July 11, 2011, we had Joel's appointment with the pediatric cardiologist. When we first walked into the waiting room there was a fairly large family waiting for someone who was meeting with the doctor. The mom, before even asking why we were there, said she would pray for Joel. That put me in a really good place before we saw the doctor because both Joe and I were super nervous. They did an EKG on Joel's little heart, we met with the doctor, and then the doctor did the ultrasound of his heart. The ultraound felt like it lasted forever. I think we were in there for 15-20 minutes. He said Joel's heart murmur is an innocent one. It does not affect his quality of life and we do not have to go back. Praise the Lord. Joel had so many people praying for him and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Josie got to go on our third field trip of the summer. They went to the Rave (a movie theater) to see Narnia. She loved it, and the field trips make her feel like such a big girl.

That night Jolie got to go on a date with her dad. They went to Pet Smart to see all the animals and ate dinner at McDonalds. The night before the date Joe told her that they were going to go on one. She asked what they were doing and Joe said it was suprise (he had no clue what they were doing at that poing) and she asked him if they were going ice-skating. He said "No, Daddy doesn't ice-skate." To which she replied, "That's ok, you can just watch me." The girl cracks me up.

Friday at our house has turned into movie night. We rent movies from Redbox, eat popcorn and usually a very unhealthy dinner, and have a good family night. This week I borrowed movies from the library. The girls' movie was Dumbo. I don't think I have seen that since I was a child.

We were supposed to go to the Lake on Saturday, but with us not knowing if storms were coming, we opted not to. So we did some free fun things instead. We went to Bass Pro Shop and "rode" the four-wheelers, "drove" the boats, walked through the tents, and saw the fish. After that we went to Pet Smart to look at the animals. After that we went to the Mall. I'm working on planning both Jolie and Joel's birthday parties. Jolie's is a cowgirl theme and Joel's is a dinosaur theme. We decided to have Jolie's at the Mall at the carousel so that the kids could ride the horses. We needed to get more information so the girls got to ride the carousel and watch the ice skaters and we found out what we needed to plan Jolie's birthday party. That night we had my early birthday dinner with Other Mama and Pap-Paw. The girls spent the night and Joe and I went home.

On Sunday mornings we have singing at 9:15 and Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. We have to leave our house at 9:00 to make it to the 9:15 singing. I also never set the alarm for Sunday mornings, because I have three kids who are usually up no later than 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning I woke up and looked at the clock it was 9:00 a.m. Even Joel had slept until 9:00 a.m. Needless to say we rushed to get ready and somehow only managed to be a minute or two late for Sunday School.

This week is dedicated to cleaning our house. My mom comes this Friday and will stay until Friday the 29th. I know some of you are wondering why it will take all week, but we have three kids. Whatever we do is instantly undone, and not only that but we can't officially start cleaning until all 3 are in bed, which is usually sometime between 7 and 8, depending on moods.

Josie's time as a preschooler is quickly coming to an end. School starts on August 15, 2011, but I am not sure when her first day will be. They stagger the kindergarteners for the first three days and then everyone goes on Thursday. We have an open house on August 9th for us to meet Josie's teacher and get her acclimated with her new school. She is super super excited about starting school. I am a little worried about Lollie will react. For as long as she can remember they have been together or in the same building. So I'm sure it will take some getting used to her not having Josie there. Because her birthday falls after the cutoff date it will be two more years before she starts kindergarten.

I have had some people ask if they can help with school supplies. YES!!!! I had no idea it would be so expensive to start school. Here is the school's list for anyone who would like to get something for Josie:
Steno Book- 3
#2 Pencil- 12 natural and no paint, pre-sharpened if possible
Set of washable Crayola Markers- Wide tip- 1
8ct small Crayola Crayons- 1 pack
24 ct Crayola Crayons- 4 packs
4 oz. Elmer's School Glue- 3
9 X 12 50 Ct. Asst. Construction Paper- 1
Xerographic Paper Ream- 3
Color paper ream- 1
Colored Plastic Pocket & Brad Folders- 2
Blunt 5" Fiskar Scissors- 1
4 ct. color Expo dry erase markers- 2
Glue sticks- 4 large, 4 small
Crayola Watercolor paints
PARENT TO SUPPLY: Nap Towel, No Wheels Book Bag, Plastic Supply Box, a 3 pack of Youth Large (14/16) white T-Shirts, and one of each of the following: Germ-X, paper towels, Lysol wipes, Kleenex, headphones, baby wipes

I have also been told that there will probably be more than her individual teacher will require, but we won't know who her teacher is for two more weeks.

We also have Tanner's birthday coming up soon. I can't believe how fast all of these little ones are growing. It makes me happy and sad at the same time.

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