Because I will now be living in the car!!! Mac LOVES soccer and wanted to play again this fall. It was such a successful venture last fall that I didn't think twice about signing him up. This year, Lily Kate is eligible for extracurricular activities too and if brother gets to do one, so does she. She chose dance. While all of this sounds uber exciting in the summer (i.e. when you are required to sign up for these activities AND when the kids are busy doing NOTHING in the lowcountry heat), you are surely thinking to yourself, "WHY didn't I let them do the same activity???". Well, it is all gonna work out. After all, within the last 7 days we have had our first day of school, day of work, soccer practice and dance practice. All I can say is, I am glad gas isn't $3 a gallon. I know for sure that this is just the tip of the iceberg, so I need not vent for long. I am thrilled to do it; really I am. I consider myself lucky to be able to tote them from here to there! I give it a couple of weeks and we'll have it down to a science...just in time for Lily Kate to decide she hates dance or for one of us to come down with the flu...just kidding karma. These pics are Lily Kate rich..I know this. I apologize! At Mac's soccer game I felt so sidetracked with keeping her off the field that I didn't get to snap any pics of Mac practicing. Without prompting, she struck a pose next to our friend Mr. Mark, and shot the breeze. Ms. Ashley grabbed the camera and captured the moment!
The time has arrived!!! School has begun for ALL of us!!! Mac has been talking incessantly all summer long about being in the "Pony" class. For those who have no idea what this is, let me borrow from the vast vocabulary of Mac-speak and say it is the "big kids class!". Mac is officially in the pre-K class, sniff sniff. It is his last year at home before starting kindergarten and while I am trying to make this time count, he is already talking about all his desired career paths (first a soldier, then a police man; just in case you were wondering). Lily Kate is in the Tiger class; ROAR!!! She has incorporated this new milestone in her life as part of her actual self. I know this because she was asked yesterday if she was three years old and she said, "no, I not three, I a tiger". She is quite proud and already in love with Ms. Sonya who gives her a lollipop each day. Mommy went back to school too! I am in the Ducks class...as an assistant, not a pupil that is. I work two days a week and am very overwhelmed with gratitude for this incredible blessing. I couldn't ask for a better place to work AND I am right there with my babies!!! I won't be following them all the way to college or anything, so don't worry. Mac is a little too cool for me now though...on the playground he informed me he was now a "pony" and ran off. Here is a quick snapshot of the kids on their first day....
Today was a sewing day..surprise. Leslie and I let the kids run wild in the house while we buckled down to accomplish some applique work. She is so generous with her machine as I don't yet have one with this capability. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get one soon. The kids did so good and were so exhausted that they were asleep within ten minutes of going to bed! In other news, Mac had a small dental emergency on Thursday. I was cleaning the bathtub so I didn't here what preceded the screams, but he and Lily Kate were playing in his room and he hit his mouth on his headboard. There was lots of blood so I was panicked at first, but after visiting the dentist to make sure all was fine I was okay. He was okay too. The tooth was loose and may fall out, but may not. It was a tooth that was dead anyway from a previous fall when he was two. While we were at the dentist office, Lily Kate could not leave the hygenist alone. She was so curious! Finally, she suggested Lily Kate get in the chair with Mac to get a birds eye view and he agreed. I had to snap this picture...
Daddy sent pics!! For those who don't know, Michael recently left for Afghanistan for a little while to do some work in "the sandbox". We miss him terribly but are hoping that he will stay super busy so that the time goes by fast. Nonetheless, we are lucky to be able to keep in touch by emails and frequent phonecalls. Here are some pictures he sent to show us what his life will be like for the next little while. If anyone would like his email address over there, just let me know as it is different than the one he uses on this side of the world! Back soon for sure this time...we are totally up and running now!!!
Before he was in Afghanistan, he was staying in Kuwait at the Kuwaiti Hilton for a few days. This is the view. The beach is man made and manicured daily with a rake by the staff. I don't want to know what that black smoke is.... Kinda looks like M.A.S.H. to me, except khaki interior. Maybe I could sew him up some nice home dec stuff now that I know his color scheme... Michael's bunk. When the kids saw this picture they said, "look! there's Daddy's shoes!!"
It has been the usual amount of busy at the Jones house, but with a few complications and human defaults. Old, slow computer. Old, tempramental camera. Cell phone dropping in the toilet. Potty training. Eight baby gifts to make and a slightly tremendous increase in my sewing creations. All of these things are my excuse. Well, and a couple of other things that you really don't care about, but anywho...
Got a nifty new little cell phone that I am a tad addicted to. The camera is working for the moment and when it isn't, the cell phone will do. My new phone has allowed me to do a lot more, therefore I am feeling a little more organized and back on track. Plus, summer is here!!! Hey!!! We all feel a little better about things when summer arrives!!!
I have been running my own little sweatshop here at the house, and want to show all of the pics but am having trouble with uploading the slideshow that I created to the blog. So, I guess I will just upload a few pics at a time to posts as I go because you don't want to spend your whole day scrolling.
Oh, the kids!! Yes, they are still here. School has ended at it was a really good year. Mac has mastered the alphabet and their sounds and we are just going to work on some word recognition over the summer. He also has shown a great interest in geography, so Michael has been working with him diligently on learning all the states. He is up to 48!! I am so proud of my little pumpkin!
Lily Kate was potty trained over Christmas and is doing really well except for a pull up at night. I'm fine with it but Daddy feels otherwise. She is just as sassy as ever. So animated...our little actress. The arteest.
Jack is hanging in there...just wants to sleep all the time so we do all we can to make him comfortable. He is healthy as a horse though!
Michael's work has kept him pretty busy. Between him cleaning up the crime brought on by the economy and stupidity, and an office that is a few men short, he stays quite tied up. He is gearing up for his annual camping trip at the beach with some guys. Did I say gearing up? I meant counting down. Seriously counting down.
We also just finished a 13 week Dave Ramsey class through church. We met one night a week, but it felt like that one night took 3 days off our week. It was really great though...we saw a huge difference in our finances within the first few weeks of the class.
I'll post more later, but hopefully this brings things up to date!!!
I am a super blessed wife and mommy of two crazy babies. My family is the sunshine of my life; in my wildest dreams I could never have imagined such a wonderful life!!! I have an incredible husband who loves everything about me and two kids whom I am oh so lucky to stay home with.
We are currently living in the Iberian Peninsula region of Spain. What a priceless adventure!