At this point, I must admit that it feels a little overwhelming to try to catch up over a year's worth of family events. But, then I remember how much my kids and I love to look at old posts. I am not a scrapbooker, so this is all I have. I'm iced in today and thought I'd try to keep working toward catching up.
*Also, my phone camera was getting worse and worse at this point, so the picture quality is not great. I have gotten even worse about remembering to use my nice camera too.
November brought some fun times and some more sick times, unfortunately.
Poor Mallory got her first black eye after a run-in with the coffee table:(
I love the choice we made for the living room. It looks great with some of our new furniture.
November also includes American Education Week. One of the fun activities was allowing the kids to dress us as what they want to be when they grow up. Last year, they wanted to be a contractor and a vet. This year, they changed. Will wanted to be an Allergy Doctor, like his Uncle Robbie. Madeline decided to be a librarian, like Mrs. Franques at school. That was perfect for my girl who loves to read!
On Black Friday, we went to Home Depot to get some new Christmas decorations for the new house. The kids wanted to go see Santa and the whole experience cracked me up! Both Will and Madeline refused to sit in his lap. It made for awkward pictures.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
To start off October, Mallory decided she loved taking selfies, lol! It was one of the only ways to get a decent picture of her at 17 months!
Posted by The Henrys at 12:40 PM
This was a busy and kind of crazy month! We started it by coming home from work/school one day and find out we had no water or sewer service. It turned out that there was a mix up with our bills while transferring everything to the new house. But, the water company said they had no workmen who could turn it back on until the next day, ugh. Five people with no water or toilets was not going to work, so we booked a room at our local Country Inn and Suites. The kids were excited:) Will had the best time. We all got a pretty good night of sleep and it was fun to start our day with a continental breakfast:)
Of course, we looked like we had packed up for a week stay, lol! Our stuffed animals just had to come too!
Will had a football themed party at Larry's Pizza. He invited his new friends from his new class. This cake was from Walmart and I was so impressed with how well it turned out!
Posted by The Henrys at 10:22 AM
Saturday, January 24, 2015
August was a month of transitioning into our new normal. We closed on our house August 3rd and moved in on August 4th. We were blessed to have my mom come to help and Robbie and Connie came down to help too. Because we were moving into a split level home, we also needed to hire a moving crew for our heavier furniture. It was a great decision and the move went really smoothly! The kids stayed with our friends, the Johnston's and had a lot of fun too.
My mom stayed for a week, so I got busy finishing up my Kindergarten classroom. All of the teachers at Yocum have a theme. I picked a garden theme but it was mostly a color scheme:) I love the bright and cheery look of things!
I officially became a working mom again on August 7th. Nathan and I both had to do a lot of Professional Development before the first day of school. That's always hard when we have 2 school aged kids who need child care. Luckily my mom kept them the first week (while Mallory was still easing into daycare). That weekend, we took her back to Little Rock to fly home and took Madeline and Will to Conway so they could stay with their Granny for the next week of Professional Development for us.
We love to hit Chick-fil-a when we get a chance since we don't have one in El Dorado. This was Mallory's first try of their ice cream and she loved it!
The day we headed back to El Dorado, I decided to do some teacher supply shopping in Little Rock with Connie, so we met up with her Robbie, John, Lindsey, and Lucy at P.F. Chang's for dinner. The girls had fun playing together at the table and loved their Chinese food!
We worked hard that next week to get ready for our students between meetings. Mallory got adjusted to going to daycare full time as well. She did so well with it:)
The weekend before school started, Nathan and Mallory went back to Conway to pick up the big kids. I took advantage of the time on my own to get the kids' rooms settled. We had done some shopping with Nathan's mom the week before and she got both big kids some really cute bedding and decor. Nathan had worked hard to paint Will's bunk beds turquoise for Madeline's new room Here is the finished product:) She loves having a "bigger girl" bedroom now!
On August 19th, Madeline had her first day of 3rd grade! She was excited to start a new year. This will be the first time she will trade classes for different subjects between 2 teachers.
A friend of mine who teaches at Will's school caught this picture of him and Brylee in the classroom. It was hard on me not to walk the kids in for the first time. I had always done it:( But, I was thankful Nathan was able to, and for a friend who shared this moment with me to make me feel better.
As we settled into our new routine, I realized how much I missed catching pictures of the kids throughout the day, so I started taking pictures in the morning before I left.
Here's a sweet selfie of Mallory and I:
Madeline was so ready for dance to start back in September, so she did some practicing on her gymnastics mat.
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