Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Week of Firsts

This past week brought many new changes to our house.  First, Kayley started Pre-K on Monday.

She was very excited to go and didn't complain about the fact that Drew was staying home with me and Ryan while she went to school.  Andy said she cried when he dropped her off though.  New room and new teachers was a big change for her.  She did great the rest of the week though.  She tells anyone she meets that she is in Pre-K! 

Tuesday brought Ryan's first cold.  Kayley had a cold the week before when we were on vacation so we knew it could happen and it did. 

Drew and Kayley didn't get their first colds until after they were two so this was a new experience for us.  I guess that is the difference between having your kids stay home all day and sending them to daycare/preschool!  Poor Ryan is going to get everything this year.  Luckily, it wasn't too bad.  He has stopped coughing and now is only a little stuffed up.

Wednesday was Drew's first day of Kindergarten!  I can't believe I have a Kindergartener!

The transition to Kindergarten has been a little rough for Drew.  He was excited, but definitely nervous about going at the same time.  Andy and I walked him down towards the bus stop when our neighbors stopped us to tell us the bus will come down our street to pick him up.  I told them the bus schedule said he was supposed to go down the street to the bus stop.  They assured us the bus would be coming to us so we stopped and talked with them and their kids in their driveway.  Well, next thing we knew, the bus arrived at the bus stop and then turned down our street the other way.  Ahh!  So, I ended up taking Drew to school on his first day.  It was no big deal for me to take him, I just wanted him to get used to riding on the bus.  When we got to school, I took him down where the buses unload so he could walk in with the kids on the bus like he will do every day.  He was less than willing to go into the building so I had to kind of drag him in.  I dropped him off with the first teacher I saw and left.  I felt so bad for him that I was starting to tear up so I knew I needed to get out of there before he saw me and I know from daycare that a quick exit is best. 

Wednesday was just a half day so Mom, Ryan and I picked Drew up at 11:15am and took him to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch.  He was beaming when he walked out of school and told me he loved it.  I told him I was proud of him.  He said he stopped crying when he was in the gym (they go into the gym before they go to their class) so that was good.  Then he told me he would probably cry again on Thursday because he was going to have to ride the bus and go all day and he didn't know what those things would be like!  Oh Drew!  We assured him that he probably wasn't the only kid that cried and he said he was.  Break my heart!   

Thursday was Drew's first day on the bus so Andy and I walked him down to the bus stop.  Halfway there Drew stopped and started crying a little.  My heart sank and I could feel the tears starting for me.  Andy just pulled him along and we continued walking.  Then the three mothers that were at the bus stop with their children looked back and gave us the "we feel so sorry for you" look and that was it for me.  Right then the tears really started for me (wonder where Drew gets it) and I whispered to Andy that I couldn't do it and he whispered back to get out of there.  I abruptly stopped and bent down and gave Drew a kiss on the forehead and told him to have a good day.  Horrible parent right here who can't stay strong!  I just felt so bad for him because he was so nervous about getting on the bus.  I am absolutely positive he will love kindergarten once he gets into the routine.  I just feel bad for him that it takes awhile for him to get used to something new. 

Drew got right on the bus when it came and told us later that he wasn't crying anymore when they got to school.  He is only on the bus for about 8 minutes so that was good to hear.  He did say he also cried a little at lunch because he wanted his mom and grandma.  He only managed to eat a bite of hot dog, but was able to eat all of his cookie!  When we asked about his day, he told us about the fun things they did and he clearly loves his teacher so that is a great sign.

Thursday was also my first day back to work.  Mom is here to watch Ryan for awhile so it wasn't so bad leaving and I was honestly way more worried about Drew in Kindergarten than I was about Ryan.  I knew Ryan was just fine! 

Andy had an early morning meeting on Friday so it was just me to get Drew on the bus.  I knew I had to be strong this time!  And I was.  Drew said he didn't want to ride the bus, but we went outside and walked across the street (the other mothers in the neighborhood got the bus driver to agree to come down our street and pick the kids up in front of our house) and waited with our neighbor and her son.  Drew cried a little, but when the bus came I gently pushed him on (no tears from me).  He told me later that he cried until the next bus stop and then stopped.  Progress! 

And finally, the last "first" from this week is that Ryan is now sitting in his Bumbo seat (yes, I know about the recall and we are waiting for our attachment to come to fix it).  He LOVES it! 

It was a busy week with many changes.  I am hoping for a little calmer week next week.  One can always hope!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lake Okoboji

In what is becoming an annual tradition, we went with my family to Lake Okoboji last weekend.  The kids absolutely love Okoboji and ask about going there all the time.  We drove to my parents' house on Wednesday and up to Okoboji Thursday morning.  With the addition of Ryan, our traveling time is getting longer and longer.  Not surprising.  Good thing we have our minivan with the entertainment package!   We only heard from Drew and Kayley when they wanted a new DVD or a snack.

With as hot of a summer as we have had, we couldn't believe our bad luck with weather.  It was cool and rained the last day.  Of course, it didn't stop the kids from spending hours in Arnold's Park.  We stay with friends who live right next to Arnold's Park.  So close that when Andy and I were outside of the house, the kids and mom yelled hi to me while they were on the log ride.  The location couldn't be better!

New ride - Pirate's Revenge.  They rode it 3 times in
a row and Kayley ended up with an upset tummy.
Someone takes after her Daddy!

Drew was NOT impressed with this little train!

This train was a little better

They still love the boats

Just what we need - more stuffed animals! 
And Kayley picked a raccoon.

They wanted the best ride possible so
they only sat in the back

Kayley loves the dragons

Grandma and Drew on the ferris wheel

Kayley and me on the ferris wheel
Drew driving the boat with Uncle Matt

Swimming by Arnold's Park

Trying out Uncle Matt's new motorcycle.  This
is as close as they will ever get to riding a
motorcycle if I can help it!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ryan's Baptism

We had Ryan's baptism this weekend.  Everyone arrived on Friday and the kids started playing immediately and didn't stop until everyone left this morning.  We spent a lot of time playing outside.  The gator and Pirate's Bay were big hits.  We also celebrated Macie's fifth birthday.  It was a great weekend! 

JD and Kayley
Setting up Pirate's Bay

Aunt Jenny and Ryan

Matt, Macie and Grandpa

Ice cream cake!  Yum!!

Opening presents

Macie and Ryan

Macie, Ryan and Noah

Ryan with his Godparents, Chris and Jenny

The Thiel cousins with Grandpa
Drew, Noah, Kayley, Grandpa, Ryan, Macie and JD

Maddy and Butch


Our first family picture as a family of five

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Fun

I can't believe it is already August.  Where did the summer go?!  Why don't the winters seem to go by as fast?  We have a busy August planned so I am sure this month will fly by. 

Last weekend, I took Drew, Kayley and Ryan to Bicycle Safety Town while Andy went golfing.  They loved it and Ryan slept peacefully in his stroller as I walked all around following the kids.  Drew got tired of going as slow as Kayley and me so he took off on his own and we saw him every few minutes as he zoomed by us.  I think it is time to get rid of the training wheels.  They love this park and Drew is very good about following the signs and the signal.  He scolded us when we made a u-turn even though there was a no u-turn sign. 

The next day, the kids and I headed to the Quad Cities to meet up with one of my best friends and her family.  We hung out at the pool all afternoon.  Drew and Kayley had so much fun playing with Amelia and Ang and I chatted by the pool while Ryan slept beside us.  It was a perfect day!  Having friends like her so close makes living in the Midwest again worth it! 

And here is a picture of our future Hawkeye.