Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tidbits: Back to school edition

*It's been a month, and the new school routine is feeling like the new normal. I drop off or pick up from school 14 times in a week, but we're in a good rhythm. Thoughts on kindergarten will wait for another day.

*Soccer makes the evenings feel busy (2 games a week, plus 1 evening at church), but we're already halfway through the season and it will be over before we know it. Katy continues to love it and looks forward to every game. Everyone remarks on how tiny and fierce she is, but her size and speed limit her success on the field. (What I'm saying here is that she doesn't stand out as a strong player except for her spirit).

*One day when I picked David up from preschool, his teacher pulled me aside and said, "He is SUCH a sweet boy. Such a good, good boy." I told her there was nothing I'd rather hear as a parent.

*I have never had an allergic reaction in my life (other than hay fever stuff), but I found myself covered in hives one night this week. It was very bizarre and I still don't know what caused it. (I didn't eat anything new, hadn't used any new soap or anything). They are gradually going away but my FEET are itching like CRAZY.

*We met my grandparents at Young's Dairy for pumpkin picking and had a lovely time. If you ever find yourself in that part of Ohio (any time of year), I highly recommend it.

Cracking up at the goats

Notice anything different about her? She has suddenly decided that she likes to wear JEANS. Wha?!?!

Love my grandparents...Grandpa is fully recovered from a summer of hip fracture and pneumonia. They had some catching up to do with Aunt Mel.

Most bountiful pumpkin patch I've been to!

Cleaning with leaves

*We've been dragging our feet to pay the money to have a tree taken down (victim of Emerald Ash Borer). We had gotten several quotes and just...ouch.  As it turns out, someone knocked on our door and offered to take it down for a third of the price if we could pay cash, right now. So just like that, the tree is gone.

I just...I had no idea. Those two guys are supporting his weight along with shoes that have blades in the tree bark? I prayed the whole time he was up there.

Two hours of entertainment.

Here's where I got REALLY nervous - when the two guys on the ground sent a running chainsaw up on a rope to the man harnessed 20 feet in the air so he could remove a branch. Lord protect us!

See the four men pulling the enormous tree TOWARD themselves with the rope? Two of those men are my husband and my neighbor who came out to help.

Didn't hit anything or anyone. *shew*
*Katy is learning to read, and I am really enjoying working through early reader books with her. She is really motivated and it's fun to see her making connections. Today I found her first attempt to write a whole sentence phonetically.

She told me that it says "David is learning letters. No pictures." (I think she means that once he learns his letters, he can learn to read instead of just looking at pictures?)
*More to come...where did September go?


Weed said...

We had guys come do the very same thing to two our of our trees a few weeks ago--also much, much cheaper than all of the quotes we'd had earlier. Wonder if it was the same guys? It provided hours of entertainment around here, too, and he wore those same spike things to climb our trees. It was so interesting to watch them, and I was amazed at how quickly the guy whipped that chainsaw around!

bluedaisy said...

That is a massive tree! Glad it is taken care of for you. Also, I need your kinder post ASAP. In some ways, Michael is doing great and in other ways, he is a hot mess. I'll write one if you do, mmkay? Love that last drawing and the teacher comment about David :)

Oma said...

Katy likes jeans? Someone at kindergarten has corrupted her! Hopefully she will still wear the cute dress I just ordered . . . .

David is the perfect middle child and gets lots of practice at peacemaking. He should be a diplomat when he grows up! His teacher is right.

I am overdue for a visit . . . .

Mommy Daisy said...

We love Young's Dairy. We go have gone almost every year with Zachariah since he was 1 year old. We were just there last weekend. :D