School talk, birthday talk, talk talk...
We went over to my parents to celebrate my birthday early because it was smack dab in the middle of
one heck of a crazy week a normal week
E unsure of the cream cheese frosting
Beer can chicken and if you think that looks good you should have seen the homemade Chinese dumplings that we had for lunch!
The cake was awesome.
I requested carrot cake and of course Grammy came through. The girls were SO AGAINST CARROT CAKE that I heard about everyday for at least 10 days leading up to this day.
E/R/M - You know you aren't having chocolate cake for your birthday
Me - Yes I know
E/R/M - Why/
Me - I just wanted carrot cake this year
E/R/M - I don't like carrot cake! I'm not going to eat it
Me - Okay, there will be more for me
Well I least I have trained them well in their love for chocolate.
Grammy totally caved and made some cupcakes with chocolate frosting because I certainly wouldn't have... take it or leave it. #meanestmomever R did try some carrot cake and liked it. E of course wouldn't touch it
So then it was the day before E's school started sooooo.....
We have some super great friends who took E to the pool for the morning to spend the last day of summer vacation doing what she has been asking to do since June... Go off the high dive (at a pool we swim against). Our pool doesn't have diving boards so this was kind of a big deal plus she didn't have to hang out at work with me (which she did do the week prior because some little boy in the house decided he needed to have free reign and that can't happen at one of the places I work). So E and A swapped places and while I'm sure she enjoyed Frozen (she could be heard singing Let it Go a floor away) and Star Wars, I know the pool and friends was way funner than spending the morning holed up in the conference room.
Then the 3 yr old Penguins convened the season opening practice. I have a theory about coaching 3 yr olds. Teaching passing/sharing is pretty pointless. Just getting the kids going to the correct goal and not using their hands is about all that can possibly be expected of 3 yr olds plus the games are just comical. Anyhow, M isn't quite 3 yet but E and R both opted out of soccer and I couldn't bear not coaching so M was recruited to play for the 3s.
She's actually surprisingly 'into it' seems to like it but we'll see what in the world happens at our first game in a few weeks.
Finally on the eve of 1st grade, E spent her last night with the class pet she took care of for the summer. Fidget was wrapped in her nice pink hairband for the night and hung out with Olaf. I was quite convinced E would shed some tears over Fidget and she asked me to give him back to her K teacher.... I think she knows he'll be around next year when R gets to petsit Fidget.
Speaking of K... I almost had a small breakdown when R tried E's uniform on for size. Yes that is her in the pic... I don't know where E is.
The long story is, this new priest at a church close by asked to have a parent from the school speak after each Mass about our school and how great it is. Well someone asked me to do it? And I passed that buck right onto Lee because HELLO Alumni-Parent-Deacon. So we got E and R dressed in uniform and headed down to Saturday evening Mass. Slash I think it was the first time Lee has ever not served as a deacon plus all the
crazies kids were there which again is a totally novelty for him. (This parish has a very active deacon and there was a 50th anniversary celebration for a Jesuit priest plus a visiting priest from Rome so the altar was overflowing with clergy so... to the pews papa-deacon) So I think A made it to about the Gospel and then I had him out during the homilies (oh and the Mass was bilingual : ) Then I passed A off to Papa who was privileged to stay out in the narthex with A for the most of the rest of Mass (I could hear him wailing during the quiet parts). Then there was one more reflection on Jesuit life/education and then Lee got his 15 minutes of fame with E and R but he really kept it to about 90 seconds because Mass was tipping the 87 minutes mark (#notlying)
ANYWAY, I am very grateful that this priest is a promotor and advocate for Catholic education and he wants the local Catholic school to have a presence at his parish. Very promising. Next time, I hope we can actually speak because he seems awesome.
And then the first day of school happened. But this is what my kitchen looked like after getting everyone out the door 10 minutes early for obligatory first day pics:
Pretty sure I could use someone to come through my kitchen every morning
Because it is logistically impossible to clean up breakfast dishes, pack snacks/lunches and facilitate getting people dressed as well as teeth and hair brushed. It is a pressure cooker of things that require a certain amount of time and attention and well something has to give and usually it is le kitchen.
I've been trying to get a pic of A's teeth for awhile now and he not being terribly cooperative in the matter. The kid has 6 teeth now. They have been working him hard since the beginning of August and he has been pretty moody and sad about them all coming in at one time
I'm not sure why I bother with a bib for him...
But I know he likes using it because first he'll let milk dribble out of his mouth and then he'll eat some goldfish and get all the salt off of them and then spit them out and let the fish marinate in the milk for a few minutes and then he'll grab a fistfull of soggy fish and stuff them in his mouth.
It happens more often than you think for it not to be a well hatched plan on his part.
RANDOs for the week....
We walked the track while E was at swim practice. For the first 35 min it was R and M in the stroller and A in the carrier but then I let the crazies loose and hopefully they didn't bother too many people because staying in the lines is not something they are great at : )
Buy 3 products get $10 for the school? multiple by four (per receipt) =
And overloaded cart with nowhere for A to sit. Plus he was being crabby anyway so he didn't want to.
This is how my birthday was spent (after school and work):
I got to go for a swim while E was at her swim practice. Then we shot over to the back to school ice cream social and then R had tee ball. Pretty much sums up my life as a mom but I happen to have zero problems with that.
The day after the craziness of my actual birthday Lee and I went out to dinner
To one of our favorite restaurants that we actually haven't been to since Valentines Day (the service was pretty terrible but this time is was back to normal). It was so good and I'm glad I didn't try talking him out of the 25 minute drive over there