As you can probably tell from my lack of posts, school started! The kids are loving their new school. Tyler has girls that as he says 'actually like him' and McKayla is singing songs every day that she learned in 1st grade. Tyler has a boy teacher this year, Mr. Crockett, whose theme is Harry Potter. Ty can't wait until their Hogwarts Feast they get to go to if they turn in their homework. Micky's teacher has a camping theme and they are earning a banana split party. Both are making friends and doing so well. I am also liking my new position and loving how relaxed my new team is. The school has such a great atmosphere, and all the teachers are so nice. We are looking forward to a fabulous year.
So summer has come and gone and a new school year starts tomorrow. I have spent so many hours in my classroom this summer that it hardly seems like I left. I am feeling a little nervous being at a new school and not knowing what to do. I'm sure it'll come easy, but I still feel scared; like the first day on a new job. The kids are ready to go and excited though. Ty has a boy teacher for the first time, and Micky thinks her teacher is, and I quote, "so cute". Andrew is going to a new babysitter also, and seems to really like them. It is interesting because they are both deaf and use hearing aids. He especially likes the babysitter's husband for some reason. We are crossing our fingers for a great babysitting and school year. I'm posting some pictures of my room that I worked so hard on. My theme is Pirates: Sailing into Learning.
Jerry took Tyler and McKayla to a Michael Kelsey concert. For anyone who doesn't know who that is, you are missing out. I unfortunately wasn't there because Andy was sick, however my family had a ball. The best part of the evening was when Kelsey came down off the stage and made up a song about McKayla right then and there. She thought that was so cool! She's pretty sure she is famous now, and I'm just going to let her believe it. Jerry bought her a CD, which she had signed, and has packed around ever since. To hear the song live, follow the link on my page to Kelly and Melissa's page and there is a video there. Check out Micky's 15 seconds of fame.
Well summer is grinding to a halt with me having to go back to school next week. YUCK! I'm feeling the pinch of losing my freedom, so we are doing as much as we can in this last week. Yesterday we decided to go on a picnic at Bridal Veil Falls. So we called up my sister mindi and her family, my cousin Heather and her daughter, and my cousin Holly and her 3 kids. We packed a lunch for the kids,loaded up the cars with car seats (stupid new car seat laws mean everyone pretty much needs one),and stopped at Zupas for food for the grown-ups. I love Zupas 'Nuts About Berries' salad. After about an hour we finally headed up the canyon only to find out that Bridal Veil Falls is closed off because of a huge fire blazing there. Supposedly this was all over the news, but I hate to watch the news. Unfortunately I'm one of those people who prefer to remain ignorant and believe the world can be a happy place. Anyway, luckily we found a different park, Nunn's Park, very close by. We were able to picnic in the shade and while we ate the kids played on a cement slab close by, reminding me that kids find fun things to do no matter where you are. They eventually gravitated toward a water spout where Andrew of course fell into the muddy water underneath the spout. (You'll notice he's wearing different clothes in the pictures.) We talking the kids into playing on the actual playground they had there and then they waded in the Provo river. It turned out to be a fun day even though it seemed to take forever to get to the actual picnic. I've found that taking more than one child under the age of 3 is harder than I remembered it, and we had 9 under the age of 7. It was crazy, but memorable. Sometimes the best times come when you least expect it. Hopefully I can cram a couple of more memorable moments in before I head back to the grind.
On Tuesday we decided to take a trip to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving point. During the month of August everything is $2 on Tuesdays. We took my cousin and her daughter along with my nieces and nephew. The kids had fun and it was only slightly busy (as in packed). I tried to keep Andy corraled in the stroller, but finally decided to let him free. The second I set in on the ground he starting shouting and running all over the place. He was like a dog when you let it off its leash after about a week. The kids especially liked digging for dinosaur bones and going to the candy store afterwards to pick out a treat. It was a fun afternoon. Check out our pics below!
Freaky Me Kaycie is the Winner of the Night! Vampire Babes I Vant to Suck your Frosting
Just in case you didn't notice, the countdown is done and Breaking Dawn is here to stay! I still haven't gotten my book yet because I ordered it off the internet. I'm still biting my nails in anticipation. I did have a chance to go to a Breaking Dawn Party with my mom, my sisters and my neice. They gave out T-shirts and plastic teeth, and we played Twilight Jeopardy. I realized at this point that there are a lot of people who have a lot of time on their hands. I mean, who knows what Jacob's great, great grandfather's name was? Not me. However, it does make me feel good knowing there are crazier people out there than me. Of course, I still am a geek about it because I was able to answer many of the questions. My neice was a winner that night and got her own free copy of the book right then. I'm so jelous! Well, I got to go stare at my mailbox until it produces my copy of Breaking Dawn.