Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
We had Branson's kindergarten program that was so stinkin cute! It was impossible for me to not get emotional while the kids were singing the cutest songs! Grandpa Brian and Grandma April came with our family to watch. I was the best Mom ever and brought a video camera with a dead battery. And apparently the kids were supposed to be in Sunday clothes but we never got the memo! I also had to take a picture of Branson's school shoes and backpack that are completely trashed! Love it!
During Kindergarten Branson went from knowing sight words to reading full on books and anything else with letters, showed courage riding the bus to a new school, he learned to count by 2's, 5's, and 10's, had compassion for a boy being pushed at recess, learned to make friends, only needed his bear to "go down" once at school to recognize the feeling of disobeying. Branson learned to be responsible for getting ready for school on time, he lost his first tooth, overcame many fears of getting up in front of his class, learned a valuable lesson to not "waste" all his money on the pencil machine, realized some kids are just not nice. Branson grew 1 1/2 inches during the school year, got 100% on all spelling tests, learned to write 1-100, played on his first sports team (soccer.) We love our big boy Branson so much and are so proud of the good person he is. I have said this before but he really has a desire to do what is right and wants to please his parents.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I have to post about the best Mother's Day I have ever had so I will never forget. I realized in recent years that Mother's Day is sometimes hard because we expect to much. We want it to be perfect. Well this year I decided that I wouldn't expect anything. I was just happy to be with my family and know that we are all together under one roof. My thoughts first started Friday night when AJ and Branson were camping for Father's & Son's. How grateful I am for a perfect husband that is willing and happy to take Branson camping. Branson absolutely LOVES his Dad and spending time with him. Next, how amazingly fun it was to spend one on one time with Maycie (and Jerik.) Our tradition is this... Get our fingernails painted, have dinner together, go shopping, and she gets to sleep in bed with Mom. I was able to see life through her eyes. She is very easy to please, happy to be there, thoughtful, and sweet as can be. She really stops to smell the roses and notices things in nature. I was talking to my Mom and she pointed out to me how special it was that Maycie noticed the little things. When did I become so busy with things? I am in a hurry to get there and get back with out any "fun." Anyway, we all missed each other while the boys were away and had a good day together on Saturday. Well Saturday night starting at 8:30 Branson started throwing up. The poor kid threw up 4 times during the next 3 hours. He was so exhausted. I said "Branson go to the bathroom and wash your hands while I get a clean blanket down." "Ok Mom" (head hits the pillow), is all I got from him. At 11:30 Maycie started throwing up. I was washing her hair out in the tub and she said, "Mom I have throw up all over in my bed." I said, "I know hunny but Mom will wash all your blankets so they will be clean." Her sweet little shivering body looked over and said, "Thank you Mom for doing that." Seriously so thoughtful. She threw up about every 45 minutes until 5:30. It was so horribly sad to listen to her dry heave, cry, then lay right back down and be out! And can I say AJ is totally amazing? He was right there with me EVERY step of the way cleaning up messes and giving loves all night. I would have been a mess without him. Thankfully Doody slept through the entire thing. It was a long night but I never got frustrated. I was just grateful that we were all together and I was able to take care of these sweet kids. When morning came the kids got up and seemed fine. A little weak but happy! They gave me cards and fun things they had made. AJ put cute notes all over the house on things like.... On the oven, "Mom is the best cook ever!" And on the medicine cabinet, "Best Mama Doctor around." He is seriously so cute! So we all stayed home from church and did laundry like crazy. I think our washer went non-stop until 3:00 in the afternoon. Plus AJ made a laundromat trip for Branson's comforter. We also played together as a family all day. We colored, painted, played games, sang songs, read books, watched church videos, etc. My family spoiled me!! No fighting kids at all! And I ate Doody's cuteness all day too. He is so yummy!!! Grandma April said she didn't mind that the kids were sick all night and we could still come over. So we headed over there for some burritos. Everyone had lots of fun. Yay for an amazing day!