October 05, 2014


Something happened overnight in our household, at least over the summer anyway.  David has done a three sixty on us and morphed from a boy into a man.  He has been very "all about himself" since last year when he became an official teenager and we've been trying our hardest to break him of it but...let's just say there is more work to be done and we're thankful we saved the girl for last.

So last Sunday he showed up at his brother's little league game and we talked about girls at school and the upcoming dance for homecoming, he said that a senior in his French class had asked him but he politely declined.   His grandmother and I continued to drill him and he was pretty adamant there was nobody he was interested in, even if we were willing to buy the tickets and clothes.

That was Sunday afternoon...

 {fourteen going on twenty four}

On Monday at noon I got a text from David saying "I guess we need to go shopping for those clothes."  So I commence with crazy texting fingers trying to get information out of him, I'm stalking this girl online and I'm calling his dad and grandma frantically to tell them...he's got a date!"

Once the ball started rolling it didn't stop, he needed to get clothes that very evening because he had tennis matches the next two nights.  In a two hour window after his tennis match and haircut on Monday night Nonna was able to take him to the mall for a pretty sweet outfit, one that she probably spent way too much on but I think she was excited too.

Jon took him the ticket money on Tuesday morning and inquired about how he ended asked his date  to the dance and I'm thinking he had some help with this one.  He had somebody from the office open her locker, put some tennis balls inside with a note that said "I finally got the balls to ask you to homecoming, will you go with me?"  Now I'm not saying David is an angel but he's pretty proper and never swears so using the word "balls" like that would be totally out of character for him...but in any case, I loved it!

I spent the next few days sad faced because David was pretty serious when he said he did not want us to come to the place where their group of eight was having pictures taken.  He actually said "you four (meaning Jon and I along with his mom and step dad) will embarrass me...my mom will worry about everything and ask too many questions and you will probably cry."  One of the fathers is a photographer so David assured us that the guy would e-mail us some pictures.

{David and Olivia ~ his doubles partner from tennis last year}

Thankfully I'm married to a man who will not take no for an answer when it comes to a fourteen year old boy.  Although I didn't want to embarrass David, Jon knew how much I wanted to be there for pictures so he took his mom (how could David ever be mad when his grandma is there) and they showed up at the country club where all the kids were planning to have dinner.  There were lots of parents taking pictures so Jon blended right in and David was fine with it.

{David and his friend Gavin}

When I texted David the next morning for deets I found out he was dancing which surprised me and he even danced one slow song with Olivia.  He hugged her goodbye at the end of the night which was plenty after the fun filled night he had with his first date. 

Even thought I wasn't there to see him off, I know I had a hand in getting him there.  After all the fuss he made in the days leading up to the dance however, my mother-in-law and I agreed that maybe we should keep our noses out of it next time! 

September 12, 2014

My Baby Goes to Kindergarten.

Everyone tells you that the time flies by so quickly but it's hard to put into perspective when you are raising a baby and a toddler.  In the moment it seemed like time was standing still but now that my baby is getting on the bus to be carted off to school I can't believe it's real.

So this year I have a second grader and a kindergartener, I have to say it was much harder to send her off than it was him.  Ryan has always felt...a little less fragile than Haylee.  She is very na├»ve and sensitive, she's shy around new people and is generally a follower, not a leader.

Thankfully she gets on the bus just one driveway from our house with the neighbor kids she has known since birth so we were able to at least send her off with some familiar faces.  The first few days seemed to go well but mid-week she was melting down over the littlest things.

On the first day of school we circled lunches on the calendar that she and her brother wanted and on the other days, they would pack a sandwich from home.  On Wednesday I said "tomorrow is pizza day" which she acknowledged but when we laid down for bed that night she started crying and saying she wanted to pack her lunch.  When I dug deeper she didn't want to stand in the lunch line and ask for lunch, she was also scared they wouldn't give her any.  So I laid there and let her cry...I guess she has just been letting her anxiety build all week.

In the morning she stood in the kitchen and although she wasn't crying she had tears just dropping from her eyes so Jon made sure to get a lunch packed and now we won't ask again until she's ready.

She seems to be doing better this week, the one thing that keeps her going in the morning is getting to carry her Hello Kitty lunchbox and backpack...they are like her super powers!  It's not just pretending to play school anymore, it's the real deal.

{meeting her teacher and classmates}
I love that in the second week she still hasn't fixed the e's in her name, every day her paper comes home with them backwards and for now it's cute. The teacher says that this early in the year they do not correct them as long as they have the right idea. 

September 08, 2014

My Little Rising Star.

For the past few years Haylee has had to sit through baseball, football and basketball games while her brother played so finally we decided it was her turn to do something and she wanted nothing to do with t-ball...that's for boys, as if!

Truth be told the baseball for Ryan has always been free because Jon coaches, football and basketball were somewhere around $35 per season so it was affordable but gymnastics...not affordable! So a big thank you to her grandma for pushing us to sign her up and funding it on her behalf.

{these pics are from the spring session}
You can see from the picture, she was much happier on her second visit because she had a leotard like all the other girls whereas in the first class she had to wear a t-shirt and leggings, she was giddy and truly adorable.
Haylee has never been coordinated and I don't think we knew how badly she needed a class like this until we saw how it changed her.  It's been a joke with everyone who knows her that she can't chew gum and walk at the same time but only a few classes in and she was walking across a balance beam picking up little bean bags along the way! 

{doing a bridge}

{working those abs}

We did a six week class and then took the summer off.  The facility was going to be moving and we didn't want to commit to weekend activities because of our cottage.  Last week the new and much improved gymnastics center opened up and now it is right around the corner from our house so we will have no problem getting there on a school night.

The little girl next door signed up too so it was cute to watch them learn together, Haylee was a good listener and took her time doing all the stations as the instructor taught them to do, she remembered how to point her toes along the balance beam and do her little hands up tada on dismount.

Being Addie's first class she was flying around the stations trying to get each one done quickly and appalling her mother as she cheated her way through. I have a feeling we will see a different Addie this week if her mom has anything to say about it!  If not, I will just cross my fingers that Haylee doesn't play follow the leader with her.