Friday, August 28, 2009

First Grade

Yesterday was a big day for my big boy...his first day of first grade. Dropping him off was much different this year than it was last year, I must admit! I found the start of first grade much more emotional than kindergarten, for some reason - - perhaps because he seemed like a "real" big boy this time, and not so much a little fish in the big sea. No, I did not cry all over my poor son as he found his desk and hung up his backpack...I saved the sniffling for when I was in the car, on the way back home!

Yesterday was also a big day for Griffin, as it was hard for him to let his best buddy go for the day. They squabble just like all siblings do, but at heart, they really are such good friends. Griffin must have asked me a million times, "When is Cammy coming home?"

It was also a day of firsts for Griffin and I, as we have never really been alone with each other. Camden was gone just under 3 hours each day last year, so that didn't really give Griff and I time to settle into any type of daily routine. Although Griffin missed his brother, it was obvious that he was enjoying having Mummy all to himself, which made me very happy. I am so glad that Griffin won't be starting preschool until next fall, so that we can have this time with each other.

Camden's teacher has a program to encourage positive behavior called "The Busy Bee", where one student is the "Top Bee" of the day. When I dropped Camden off yesterday morning, I asked him what his goal for the day was, and he promptly told me it was to be "Top Bee". When I picked him up in the afternoon, sure enough, he had been chosen as Top Bee in his class. My boy is determined, I tell you!

The afternoon didn't go as well for us - - Camden was out of sorts and ended up shedding quite a few tears, asking lots of questions as to why I couldn't go and sit with him at his desk when he's at school, etc.. Heartbreaking to hear, but I assured him that probably most of the kids feel the same way on the first day of school. So, here's hoping that today, and each day forward gets easier for him. I'm so proud of my Camden.
Thank you for all of the nice emails and messages yesterday, letting me know that you were thinking of Camden...I appreciate that so much!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

And Now for Some Shameless Self-Promotion....

I can't help myself...I am so excited to tell you that I have been "featured" on another blog for the very first time! I feel like such a rock star! If you like a good makeover like I do, then you will love this new blog. It is called Better After, and it is a collection of all kinds of makeovers, from home to furniture to decor. You'll be amazed at all the wonderful ideas lurking there. To see my feature, click here. Then, take some time to check out the rest of this great new blog. It is so much fun!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Wrap-Up

School starts on Thursday, so we are scrambling around this week, hoping to get all of our last-minute things done before then. In the meantime, here's a look at what we've been up to.

After a long, hot two weeks of Annual Training, Steve hiked the Seven Devils with two of his Army buddies Cliff and Bud. Bud was Steve's CHU-mate when they were in Iraq. They had a great time and came home with a bunch of great pictures.
The little boys spent a week at Vacation Bible School (along with their cousin Banzer) and they all had a great time!

Then, there was a canoe trip with Daddy....

A first, and very successful "Moms Night Out" at the Yellow Cottage, with good friends...

A little camping trip for Camden and Daddy....

While the big boys were off camping, Griffin and I enjoyed some special one-on-one time.

Back-to-school cupcakes...

And last, but not least, cousin fun!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Spanish Lesson

Griffin loves "Go Diego, Go", and is constantly asking me, "How do you say it in Spanish?" Here he is, giving me a little Spanish lesson of his own. Gosh, I love this little boy!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I've been having some blog troubles lately...maybe you've noticed. In a nutshell, it is all about balance. I have a lot of things I'd like to write about, but just haven't been able to make the time - - whether it be from pure busy-ness, or that I just can't get organized enough to sit down and make it happen. As many of you who blog may know, it can become a vicious cycle - - the more you don't blog, the more you feel like you have to blog, which, for me, leads to the serious inability to blog.

Steve has just returned from a three-week absence. The boys are in Vacation Bible School all week this week. The first day of school (for Camden) is in 16 days. We are off to Florida next month. These are the things that are on my mind lately. So, while I try to get my blogging act together and get back at it, I apologize for wasting your time as you click over here, only to see the same stale old post that has been here for two weeks.
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