Soccer

We finally broke down and signed Ezra up for soccer.  It’s really me but I think children’s organized sports is completely out of control.  It’s expensive, time-consuming and so many parents are just ridiculous.  I guess I’m old-fashioned but I wish kids would just play outside and enjoy their young childhood.  I could go on a really big rant right now but I’ll spare you;)

As you can probably guess, Ezra was pretty excited about it:)

He’s all dressed and ready for his first game at 7:15am (the game isn’t until 10:00!)

He would have been ready sooner but his shirt was in his bedroom and Tobin was still sleeping and I wouldn’t let me go in and get it!

First Day of School

Well, the kids have been in school nearly a month and I’m finally up to the first day of school.  Pretty big day around here, Ezra going into first grade and going all day, Marian going into 4th and the big shots at school and Tobin starting Kindergarten, we’re so thankful that we have 1/2 day still.  All three kids in one school-the only year this will happen.  Everyone was awake and excited to go:)

The traditional first day pictures, not crazy about the “composition” but now I’m stuck with it so I can compare their heights on the red door.

Tobin is in afternoon kindergarten, so we got the other kids off to the bus-we have about 20 kids at the stop again this year

Then it was Tobin’s turn to get ready

He got a little tired of my pictures

Tobin and his good friend waiting outside the school to go in

They all lined up and went into school and Tobin never even turned around and once again, I didn’t cry-honestly, I guess I just don’t have it in me.  It actually didn’t even choke me up, now if he had been clingy and crying then it might have been a different story.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t doing a happy dance or anything like that.  It’s just where we’re at now and I’ve never been one to mourn the passing of their stages.  It is weird though-more on that in a later post.

And, his first time ever on the bus

Kelly came home to watch them get off the bus-not sure what they are talking about:)

And, a group picture (Tobin was in his pj’s when they left in the morning)

Oh, and Ez doesn’t have shoes on and Tobin’s hair gives him an extra inch so they are actually not the same height, although they are pretty close.

Everyone is adjusting well, I do feel fortunate that the kids inherited my love of school:)

Ummm, Mary, did you cry for me?

America’s Roller Coast

I took the kids to Cedar Point . . . the day before school started.  It was with great hesitation and heavily influenced by my friend Heather who was taking her son Noah.  But, I LOVE Cedar Point and we didn’t actually really have anything to do on Labor Day and the first day was only a 1/2 day after all.  I made the deal with the kids that they must sleep on the way home and everyone would be laying down in the afternoon for a nap/quiet time the next day.   I posed the question to my facebook friends as to whether this made me a good mom or a bad mom-I got overwhelming response that I was a great mom.  And, to be honest, they did just fine the rest of the week-with some very purposeful early bedtimes:)

The big questions, would the boys like it as much as Marian & I?  Would Marian ride the Millennium Force?  Would I end up carrying Tobin around the park because he was tired?  Would he be too scared to ride anything?  The answers — yes, yes, no, & yes/no

Tobin was exactly 46″ with shoes so there was a lot he could and a lot he couldn’t ride.  I discovered that even though he was tall enough for many, he was still not quite 5 and was just not ready for some of them.  He went on Disaster Transport-which turned out to be a bit more thrilling (for him) than I remembered and it was not pretty.  We followed that up with a spinny ride that left the ground-he was fine until we left the ground.  So, we didn’t have a great start but he didn’t let that ruin his fun.  We figured out that if it stayed on the ground, even if it was really fast, he was happy with it.  He got brave enough at the end to ride the Jr. Gemini.

This little kiddy ride was Tobin’s favorite

Ezra’s quote “I LOVE THIS PLACE”, he rode the Blue Streak, Iron Dragon, Gemini and lots of other things.  He wasn’t quite ready for the really big ones-although I believe I could have talked him into them but I figured I probably shouldn’t damage him on his first visit.

Terribly blurry picture but LOVE his smile!

Marian had the best situation.  Because Heather & I both love roller coasters, we got a family ride pass which meant that Marian & I would wait in the line (usually 10-30 minutes) while Heather took the boys someplace and then she could get right back on it a 2nd time with Heather going up the “exit” without waiting, great deal for all of us!  She added the Raptor, Wicked Twister, and Millennium Force to her list of rides:)  She would be quite nervous waiting in line but when it was over and I asked her what she thought, “I LOVED it!” was always her response.  That’s my girl!

We had such a great time, we got there at 10am and left at 8:15pm and they did great.  Just might have to do it again next year.  Oh, and Kelly didn’t go-he had a fantasy football draft (zzzzz), we had way more fun!

Grandparent time

My parents came out for the day on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Kelly’s parents watched the kids for awhile while we all went golfing-it was fun except that I didn’t do very well and my Mom beat me!

Anyway, the kids got some good Grandparent time.  We’re thankful that they are young, healthy and can still pretty much keep up with the kids (even Ezra and all his ball sports!).

New Playmobil stuff

We had a garage sale at the end of August, not so much to make money but to eliminate stuff.  I love going to garage sales but hate having a garage sale-or at least hate the work leading up to it.  But, our house was feeling overrun and with school looming in the near future (and Christmas in August) it seemed like the fastest way to purge!  We actually went through every room of the house (including storage areas), not to the degree we could have but I’ll call it success.  Part of the deal was that the kids would get to buy something new with some of the money, since we were getting them to part with some of their toys.  Oh, and they wanted a lemonade stand.  We decided that the money from the lemonade sales would go to a food bank along with 10 percent of our garage sale funds.  We made just over $300!  And, more importantly, we eliminated at least 150 things from the house:)

So, off to the toy store we went.  They had all been drooling over the PlayMobil catalog since visiting a store earlier and had an idea of what they could agree on.

We don’t have any of this stuff, it’s pretty pricey but very cool so it was a good choice.   They spent almost an hour working together to put it all together!

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