Oh, what a month. September came and went and like every other month, I assume we didn't do much until I go back and upload the pictures, then I feel exhausted and accomplished all at once.
Hannah is loving kindergarten. She sits at the green table with her friend Alaina Zobrist. She is often asked to send messages to this office and she's often visited by the school technology teacher, Mr. Turney. Adam says that the vice principal will ask him on a daily basis, "How's my favorite kindergartner?" She is doing so well at reading and writing. I was able to go in one day and volunteer in her class. I took some pictures of her. It was fun to see her working hard! We read Matilda and Junie B, Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, and Adam read her Sideways Stories from Wayside School and The Boys Start the War. She's loved reading big kid chapter books!
Paige had a big month. Not only did she turn THREE on September 2nd, she also started preschool that same day. It's been such a big deal for Paige, who was so tired of being left behind. Now she can learn in school with friends like Hannah, and she's having a great time. Paige loves learning her Alphabet and numbers, and she can even write a few letters and numbers now. For her party she wanted a Sofia the First themed celebration. We invited all her preschool friends for cake and ice cream, coloring, duck duck goose, balloon--don't touch the ground, and a dance party. Paige loved being the center of attention, and all month she's said she's the birthday girl (which drives Hannah CRAZY). Paige also received a hair cut from her sister, which...still isn't funny, and still makes me want to cry. When I asked Hannah why she did it she said, "Well I couldn't cut my own hair! That's against the rules!"
Sam is growing like crazy. He is learning to roll. We discovered it one day when he went ahead and rolled off the bed. Mommy was super upset, and Hannah kept shouting over my sobs, "It's a good thing he didn't die! It's a good thing nothing fell off!" We love him so much, and his smiles bring us such happiness. I have a lot of fun dressing him for church on Sundays like a little man. He always looks so handsome.
Over Labor day, I organized a barbecue up at Spring Mountain Ranch with our family friends. It's difficult to live away from family, but we have the best friends in the world. The kids have all grown up around each other and just love each other so much. A week or so later, one of those friends, Sheena, turned thirty, so all the girls went out to celebrate. We went to the High Roller, the worlds largest Ferris wheel, and out to eat at Cafe Rio. Then we hung out on the strip, which was great.
Speaking of friends, our best friends, the Packards, just accepted a job in their home state: Idaho. My heart literally broke to learn the news and I sobbed for three days until I didn't have anything left to cry. The Packards have been our closest friends for three and a half years. They are the closest we have to family in Las Vegas. Anyone who has been around Hannah long enough has surely heard her say that she was going to marry Tayden. When I told Hannah they were moving, her reaction was much like mine. Her face went blank, her eyes spilled over with silent tears, and she put her head in my lap and cried. I think we've come to grips with it now, and we have a few ideas to keep our friendship going from two states away. One things for sure, life won't be the same without them. After Granma died, I had this strong desire to go back to Utah, and now that the Packards are leaving that desire has grown, however, it's not time.
We were doorbell ditched, and we found The Giving Tiger on our front porch. According to legend, the tiger brings treats from a friend, and you pass on the kindness to another friend. The girls got a big kick out of the tiger, though it scared me to death every time I walked into the garage. We passed it on to the Maloys and we were totally caught, because Paige jumped out to yell SURPRISE right when they opened the door and we were trying to hide. When we dropped off the tiger we saw a cardboard cut out in their neighbors trash and took it to the Packard's house. I rang the doorbell and ran. Scott has this super intense security system, and they went through to find out who left it, only to see I'd posted it on Instagram for them to find, anyway. It was pretty funny.
September in Facebook:
(The pictures are out of order, which is driving me crazy, but in the grand scheme of things it won't matter).
Stacey, Chelsea, Sheena, me, Cori
|Happy thirtieth, Sheena!|
|A mother's reward for taking her children to the park. Pine cones!|
|Sneaking a picture of Hannah in class.|
|Alaina, Hannah, Emma: Lifelong friends and kindergarten buddies!|
|Watching the Packards for Stacey and Scott's anniversary|
|Family night with six kids: Sam not pictured|
|Tracing her name|
|Mommy's helper sneaking some chocolate chips|
|Paige's birthday gift: A bubble machine|
|Saturday at Cafe Rio|
|Check out those chunky legs!|
|Creepy one-eyed Giving Tiger|
|Hannah and Emma|
|I had a hankering for some English chocolate!|
|Hannah's hack job on Paigey's pretty hair. (Insert sad face).|
|Grilling the chicken|
|Happy Birthday, love!|
|Homework is a new experience|
|We read Matilda together and loved it!|
|Paige made a "Spider web"|
|Happy boy, after winning the battle to sleep in our bed.|