After 6 weeks of school, our morning routines seem to be in full swing. My alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m., I get out of bed and start my workout. I end my workout with some stretching, personal prayers, and scripture study... just as I am finishing up (6:40) Dave comes in to let me know the family is ready for morning scripture study (Dave wakes the girls all up and gets them breakfast while I finish my exercise -- such a great husband). We read scriptures and discuss what we are reading while the girls are eating their breakfast. Then, the girls and I head upstairs for hair and getting ready while Dave gets himself ready for work downstairs. At 7:40ish Dave comes upstairs, we all say a morning prayer together and the older two (Zoey and Alexa) head to school with Dave -- he drops them off on his way to work. I finish doing Paisley's hair, wake up Rex (and get him dressed because he thinks life is better to be lived in his underwear), and load everyone up into the stroller. Rex and I walk the girls to school (unless it's raining too hard) as the four of us walk we talk about what they might be doing at school that day, trucks and cars driving by, and 2 annoying dogs that always have to run up to their fence and bark at us.
I don't consider myself a morning person -- However, with a house that no longer has babies waking up all throughout the night, my body has been popping out of bed much easier these days. Mornings are genuinely my favorite time of day here!
After doing these two girl's hair they decided to pick out their own headbands... We ended up with a unicorn and cat. I love their confidence!
The girls love their keychains and hand sanitizers attached to the backs of their bags. They all have a "boo eye" animal keychain, like the one in the picture above (that particular one is Paisley's).
Alexa has had a handful of "spirit days" so far this year. The picture above was taken in our driveway just before leaving for "crazy hair day". Alexa is enjoying the school year so far. She is making many friends easily and quickly becoming a favorite of the teachers. Her confidence and bright personality make me smile. She loves to sing and is continually gracing us with her beautiful vocal skills.
Kinley is also enjoying the new school year. She has a great teacher and a classroom of friends that all look out for each other. Her classmates are constantly giving her gifts (mainly pokeman cards). Her favorite class is science. The science specialist often brings in fossilized items to show the class (Kinley's favorite to date -- fossilized poop). Kinley looks forward to this part of school all week long.
Rex and Kinley getting ready for school. Rex fills that little backpack he is wearing to the brim each morning before leaving -- it is filled with cars, cars, and more cars, and an occasional stuffed animal if it will fit.
This particular morning Paisley was having a rough time getting out the door. We are still working on a smooth kindergarten morning with this one. Mornings can be tough after staying awake to play way past your bedtime the night before. She loves being at the same school as her older sister.
Having a kindergartener in the home is pure joy. Paisley comes home with stories of boys that want to marry her (she said "no"), kids blowing booger bubbles, kids eating their boogers (not on purpose, having boogers run from their nose to their mouth), a boy that looks like an elf (the same one who wants to marry her), and all kinds of other wacky daily events told through the eyes of my 5 year old. She also fills me in on facts she has been learning about -- germs, fire trucks (I loved her stop, drop, and roll demo), school rules, and everything else you could possibly think of.
When we send her to school with home lunch she will come home letting me know which of the kids in her class liked my zucchini bread (because she decided to share a bite with all her classmates) and the hand sanitizer on her bag was empty by week two because she was sharing it with everyone and anyone who she thought needed it. She makes me smile.
Notice Rex's picture above, this is his new smile. He is such a cute little thing in real life, then I say "smile" and he makes this crazy face, every stinking time. Oh boy, hoping this phase is short lived... as in, by the time thanksgiving roles around and Michelle is taking his yearly pictures.
Zoey's year has been super eventful too. I don't have any pictures of her on this post but, wanted to document her updates too. Zoey, as usual Zoey fashion, is excelling at everything she dips her foot into. She is taking an honors math class, currently the fastest girl in her PE class, has recently been selected as part of an exclusive writing club from her language arts teacher, and has been placed in the top science group of her class. She tried out for a lead role (chitty chitty bang bang) in a local production and got the part (Jemima)! This little town can't seem to get enough of this over-achiever! Perhaps the biggest event of the month (and the one that made me most proud of her) was how she handled being asked out on her 1st official date. Yup, you heard me right, my 11 year old was asked on a formal date to a school dance... one that the date and her were to dress alike and have his dad come pick the two of them up for the night. Um, no! Zoey tried to handle the situation politely at 1st. Over the course of a few days, the situation quickly began to ravel out of control. The situation stressed Zoey out, her main concern was unknowingly breaking a personal commitment she had made to God -- not dating until she was 16. She was able to set the record straight with the boy who asked her and relieved to have a reply prepared for the next time someone asks her on a date. I was proud of her for doing the right thing so willingly in a difficult situation.
... and so goes the events of the school year thus far, can't wait to see where the next quarter leads us!