Other than the above, things have been relatively calm in our house. We have been lazy the past two weekends and have not had much on the agenda. Labor Day weekend we had a playdate with the Collins Family Friday night, Saturday I took the kids to Chuck-E-Cheese with Quint and Sheila and later we watched the first Bama game, Sunday we had church and Monday we had lunch at Other Mama and Pap-Paw's house. Josie got a 100 on her first and second spelling tests and brought home a big stack of graded papers the other day that all had 100s on them. She is loving school and loves doing homework. Jolie is excited because she has been getting homework as well. Her handwriting is improving and if I knew the techniques for teaching her how to read, I think she could learn. She wants to learn, so we need to find out what we can do to help her learn.
Last week our van also broke down. I was on my way to take the kids to school before going into work and it started making a funny noise. I pulled off and checked the tires, and got back in the van and it would not go. Thank goodness Joe was leaving work so he came straight from Hyundai to pick us up. We still do not know what is wrong, but we are thinking it is the transmission. We have already started looking around for another van because we have a feeling that is going to be the best option.
This past Friday evening Other Mama and I took the girls to Ballet and the Beasts at the Montgomery Zoo. It is a free event that the Montgomery Ballet and Zoo put on. It was awesome!! I think we will definitely try to make it a girls tradition each year. The Zoo reopens at 6 and you can walk around or ride the train and they also have educational animals out, then around 7:30 the ballet starts. You can take blankets, chairs, or there are bleachers. You can take your own food or buy concessions there. We had eaten before, so I just took snacks. The girls loved it and at intermission got up to dance around. They were so cute. Saturday morning we left the house so Joe could get some sleep. We went to Hobby Lobby looking for things for Joel & Jolie's birthday party and then Bath & Body Works. The woman who worked there spoiled the girls. The smelled all the different smells, she let them wash their hands in two or three different scented soaps, and then got ribbon bracelets that she sprayed with their favorite scent. It was definitely a good outing when all I went in for was one little thing. Then we came home to pack for their first ever not at home, non-relative slumber party. Ms. Jessie (Jolie's teacher from MCDP) invited some girls over for a slumber party. They had a blast.
My kids love Ms. Jessie and she takes the best pictures of them. Here are a few more that she has taken of them at school:
Joe had to work Saturday night so he got in to help me get Joel ready for church and then Joel and I went to go get the girls from Ms. Jessie's house. We got them ready and headed to church. After church we took afternoon naps and woke up to do a John Deere photo shoot in the field in front of our house for Joel & Jolie's birthdays. (Joel & Jolie's tractor shirts were made by Joe's cousin, Rachel, for their birthday party.)
Final plans are being made for their party and they are getting excited. I can't believe we are about to be able to say that we have two children over the age of 5. Time is flying by and we're just along for the ride :)