I'm so happy to tell you that both kids will be going back to a brick-and-mortar school in a few weeks.
As you know, we pulled Reagan out last October. And we pulled Riley out when we moved in April. Reagan and I had many conversations about school. She decided that she would rather be in school. She is ready to give it a go.
Words fail me here. I am beyond proud of her for her decision.
I am so grateful to my husband for pulling her out in October. I know removing her from her surroundings last year was the right move. The Reagan she is today is confident and more self-assured. The Reagan we withdrew from school was struggling and breaking from peer pressure.
She needed an environment where she felt safe to be herself. And homeschool/virtual school gave her exactly that.
So, it is with extreme pride (and quiet, internalized fear) that I get ready to send her back out into the world.
My family has recently taken up gardening. My youngest sister has been planting and growing things for several months now. My mom got into it when she found these adorable planters at the store.
Legos have taken over the mall. And Legos are taking over Stucrewfun's Fun Photo Friday!
This week, for our Fun Photo Friday, the kids went to our local(ish) mall. The mall has been overrun by giant Lego displays. We LOVE Legos. This seemed like the perfect Stu activity.
The Media Specialist at Buddy's school is awesome. She comes up with the most interesting, creative and adorable activities. She was the one who pulledoff the Ellis Island Immigration Day for the 2nd graders last year.
This year, the 1st graders put on a zoo. The students were each assigned an animal. Buddy came home one day and proudly declared he was going to be a gorilla. He needed a costume. The school said we could be creative, or not. It didn't have to be some elaborate, expensive costume. I thought we might be able to get away with black pants and shirt, with a mask. Buddy would have none of that. He told me to order a gorilla costume from Amazon. (insert eye roll)
Let's take this all the way back to February 2010. Buddy was just one month old. Reagan was an adorable, babbling 2 year old. Life was wonderful.
We had a super talented photographer friend come to the house for a photo shoot.
One of my all-time favorite outtakes from the day was this gem:
Buddy is going to be a gorilla in an upcoming school adventure (more on that later). Since we did not have a gorilla outfit anywhere in our house, I ordered one. It arrived yesterday.
He was incredibly excited to try it on.
Luckily, it fit.
I love our weekends. Having Stu home on the weekends has been SO nice*. We (read: "I") usually pack the weekends full of stuff. This one was no different. So, here's a simple recap:
We had a series of terrible storms blow through our area last night, including a tornado or three. It was a crazy, stressful, sleepless night.
I am EXHAUSTED.
At around 1am, my phone beeped with the tornado warning. It said "get up and take cover." (<-- ok, that's a paraphrase.) It did the job though. I was awake. The lightning storm was crazy - quiet, but super bright. The lights woke up Buddy. He pitter-pattered into my room and climbed into my bed.
A few minutes later, my phone beeped. This time, it was my mom. She said I should go watch the TV.
The night unraveled from there.
Buddy and I were downstairs with my parents. The weather guy said there was a tornado in the area. My dad said we were in its path. I went upstairs and grabbed Stu and Rea. We brought pillows and blankets downstairs.
I really didn't know what to expect. I have never been in this situation before. Hurricanes?-No worries. Tornados?-No thank you.
Rea is 9 and Buddy is 7. Everyday is an adventure with these two! I love them so much.