Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012

Both babies have started pulling themselves up on the furniture.  Brax is even trying to take steps.

Twins are 10 months!

Brant's has a new angry move.  He balls up his hands and grunts.  He also now moves his tongue side to side.  The kid just never stops.  Too cute.

Elias is finishing up kindergarten.  I don't think he's gonna miss it much.  He does get in trouble a lot and has to sit alone in the back of the room.  Poor kid.  On a higher note, we have a new neighbor behind us.  Elias met Kate.  She is a year older and very outspoken.  I think she'll be good for him. 

Elias is playing soccer again.  He is getting to be really good at it!  He's a great defender and excited about the thought of playing goalie next year.

Elias:  "Watermelon tastes like rainbowwsss..... and macaroni."

For Mother's Day, I asked the boys to construct the pergola for me.  Elias was the supervisor.  He, of course, did a fantastic job.

Brax loves books...  I caught him reading Pooh and talking.  In this picture, he's reading Peek-A-Who.

Brant makes a ton of noise...squeals and kicks and bangs.

Brax taking steps!  May 27 - started taking 4 steps...

At the end of the school year, Elias' teacher asked for me to come in and speak with her about our plans for Elias for the following year.  When I arrived, I found his teacher, Miss Carmichael, and the gifted teacher waiting for me.  She proceeded to tell me that Elias was very intelligent, perhaps the highest kindergartener not only in her class, but the entire school.  I had wanted to have him repeat kindergarten so he would not be the youngest in his class, but after listening to her, we may have to change our plans.  We received a letter in the mail letting us know that he would be tested for the gifted program.  A couple of weeks later, he was tested.  When I asked him how it went, he said it was very easy.  Near the end of May, we received another letter with his test scores.  He tested into the 99th percentile!  What?!  I later attended a program for other parents whose children were tested.  I knew several of them, and asked about their child's scores.  No one came anywhere near Elias', so I started to get nervous.  After the program, I asked Mary Geisting about the score.  She told me that only 7 children actually tested gifted and no one scored in the 99th percentile.  After I showed her Elias' score, she told me she wanted to be sure it wasn't a typo!  The next day, she confirmed that he indeed scored that high and that we would have to keep a very close eye on him.  Oh boy.

Brax got stuck in his shirt.

Mamaw won an award at school for best teacher's aide.  The school called Steve and asked us to keep it a secret.  They also asked us to surprise her by showing up at the school.  So Jim, Jeff, Steve, the kids and I all went.  She was very surprised, started crying (which made me cry, of course) and was very touched to have us all there.

We have now begun summer vacation.  I decided that I needed to make up for the blah summer we had last year (for two very cute reasons) and created The 75 Days of Summer.  Each day we are going to do something out of the ordinary or picture-worthy.  I created it's very own post!

Friday, May 25, 2012

The 75 Days of Summer 2012

Because we did NOTHING last summer (for two very cute reasons), I want to make up for it by doing something fun, unusual, picture worthy etc. every day.  Basically, I want to do something beyond "business as usual."  And so we don't forget one second of the fun, we're gonna blog about it.  I have visions of bike riding, swimming, crafts, zoo visits, popsicles, parks and so on.  I wish I would've planned ahead a little, but that's life for us...flying by the seat of our we go!

Day 1 - Playing in the Water Park at the Zoo

Day 2 - Handprint Flowers

Day 3 - Indy 500 Race Party

Day 4 -  Memorial Day Memories

                                                Brax ready for craft time!                       

                                                  Doing well...

                                    Until the star got stuck to his finger...then he got mad and left...

                                                 ...and took my glue stick with him!

                                              Brax was more interested in eating the stars.

Day 5 - Ruff's House Textured Bones

Day 6 - Cubs Win!

Day 7 - Library Kick-Off Summer Reading Party

Day 8 - Babies first trip to the Zoo

Day 9 - Jacob's Graduation Party

Day 10 - Grissom Air Museum

Day 11 - Balloon Bash

Day 12 - Piano Lessons!

Day 13 - WonderLab

Day 14 - Bubbles

Day 15 - Painting a Super Secret Project

Day 16 - First T-Ball Practice

Day 17 - Swimming with Kate

Day 18 - Soccer Camp

Day 19 - Homemade Strawberry Jam

Day 20 - Colt's Mini Camp & Fan Open House at Lucas Oil Stadium

Day 21 - Strawberry Festival and Monument

Day 22 - Playing with Mamaw and Grandpa Jim

Day 23 - Super Secret Project Part 2

Day 24 - Father's Day!

Day 25 - Backyard Swimming

Day 26 - In a Band

Day 27 - Cave

Day 28 - Free Movie at Rave

Day 29 - Family Trip to Wal-Mart

Day 30 - Departure Ceremony

Day 31 - Jax and Haven Play Date - The Aftermath

Day 32 - First Day of Summer Camp

Day 33 - First Ride in the Twinmobile

Day 34 - Mummy Day at Camp

Day 35 - Pirate Day at Camp

Day 36 - Guess the Food

Day 37 - First t-Ball Game

Day 38 - Jeremy's Hurling

Day 39 - Journey 2: Mysterious Island

Day 40 - Flip Flops 

Day 41 - Swimming and Vinny's Band

Day 42 - Canoeing and Cubs Game

Day 43 - Lake and Birthday Party

Day 44 - Twins Turn One! Lemon Tasting

Day 45 - Indoor Fireworks

Day 46 - Making Lunch Bunch Sandwiches

Day 47 - Lunch Bunch

Day 48 - Indoor Soccer

Day 49 - Build-a-Mania

Day 50 - Indian's Game

Day 51 - Arielle's Wedding

Day 52 - Birthday Parties

Day 53 - Bounce House

Day 54 - Photo Shoot

Day 55 - Rain in a Jar

Day 56 - Mommy's School

Day 57 - Number Puzzle Boards and Pegs

Day 58 - Fort & a Puzzle

Day 59 - Barker Pool Party

Day 60 - Chuck E Cheese

Day 61 - Pirate Show at Children's Museum

Day 62 - Dry Napkin in a Cup aka Mom is Magic aka Air Has Mass

Day 63 - Grandma's Birthday Dinner

Day 64 - Water Balls and Shaving Cream

 Day 65 - Trophy Day in Baseball

Day 66 - Orange Leaf

Day 67 - Playset

Day 68 - Oily Fireworks

Day 69 - Painting with Pudding

Day 70 - Mommy's Assistant at School  ("Mom you are the queen.")

Day 71 - Grandpa Jim's Birthday

Day 72 - State Fair

Day 73 - Brax's First Haircut

2 days left to enjoy...