Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back to school...we have another kindergartner!

Cannot believe Murphy is in kindergarten! He was more than ready to go to school, and he's rocked the first couple weeks! He got some great teachers in Mrs. Soerhen and Mrs. Henderson, and he's even in the same classroom MR had in K. He was very excited and only a little nervous at open house. It was fun to see so many friends and find all their rooms too. He was thrilled to find out that his room is such an easy walk from carpool drop off, which resulted in him wanting to walk in by himself the first day. 
Next up was MR's open house at Ward Stewart with Ms. Turman. She loves her already! We were so excited to find out that so many of her friends from last year are in her class again this year.
The incoming third graders had a Headed to the Hill pool party that night, hosted by a bunch of sweet mommas. She had the best time swimming with Maggie Rae and Addison that night and then a sleepover with them that weekend.
Wednesday was open house day for the littles at CLC. Max is in Pre-K with Ms. Martha (can't believe that either!) and Mamie is in the two-year-old room with Ms. Mallory. Neither cooperated with pics, but they both LOVE their new teachers!

Couldn't go to bed without the sprinkles from Murphy's teacher! The big three all agreed that the sprinkles helped calm their nerves. :)
My big kindergarten boy!!! Murphy was so pumped about finally starting school, and he loves his new backpack and lunchbox.
K and 3rd grade ready!
Four kids, three drop off locations...I guess this is the story of our lives for the next decade or so ha! All my babies lined up and ready for their first day of school! So much excitement and very little nerves, thank goodness.
Murphy was probably one of a very few kindergartners who didn't get walked in on the first day, but it was his choice to go through the drop off line. He did it like a champ! MR didn't want to be walked in to her new school either, so no time for tears for either. Independent kids rock!

Luckily, another K mom snapped a pic for me. Hunter and Murphy were also in the same Pre-K class, so it was nice to see a familiar face.
A few mamas met up for breakfast and mimosas at City Bagel after drop off. So fun! Then I volunteered for lunch duty for the first two days of school to help the newbies get acclimated to the ways of the big cafeteria, so I did get to sneak a peek of Murf and snag a quick hug when his class had lunch. He, of course, was doing great. The other night during prayer time, he thanked God that he got to go to school "because I didn't know it was going to be this fun." Love that he loves it already and has had good behavior reports each day so far. 
Max is doing awesome with Ms. Martha! He's our third kid to have her, and she's such a blessing to our family! She is exactly who Max needed this year to get him ready to start K next year. There is already such a change in his attitude about school and his behavior at home and school. Ms. Martha is so patient and encouraging with all the kiddos, and I know Max is going to have a great year with her!
Mamie's class gets to walk to breakfast and lunch now, and she feels so big. Loved this pic from the school on her first day. She is having fun with her friends, and according to her teacher, she is so smart and great at sharing...I believe the smart part, but not the sharing part! ;)
We are thrilled with everyone's teacher and classes, and we are looking forward to an awesome year for all our babies! Starkville is crowded again, and I'm back to school too...still living our lives on semesters after all these years. It's so fun to see the energy in town with college kids back in town. We wouldn't have it any other way!

Max is 4!

Our Max Abdi turned FOUR on Aug. 3! How is he so big?! We started the day with his fave doughnuts, celebrated with dinner at his choice of "Salsa Doritos" (aka Salsaritas) and then ended with more sugar, cake and presents at our house. Max loved all the attention and was excited to continue the partying after the Atlanta trip. BeBe and Pop, M, Nick and MT all celebrated with us. 

Max's four-year-old birthday interview:
How old are you? 4!
What was the best thing that happened to you last year? Going to the beach and going to the pool
What makes you happy? Having a celebration and a party
What is your favorite thing to do? play with my Max truck
What is your favorite thing to eat? donuts in the morning
What is something you don't like to eat? broccoli
What is your favorite animal? oohooh aahaah monkeys
What is your favorite Bible story? learning about Noah and making the ark with all the animals
What is your favorite TV show? Blaze and the Monster Machines
What are you really good at? hooking a tow truck to a different car
What's something you're not so good at? doing a puzzle
I spy a sneaky finger going for icing!
What is your favorite movie? Cars 2
What is your favorite color? blue
What is your favorite song? ABCDs
Who is your best friend? the Thomases {Henry and Will}
What do you and your mommy like to do together? clean the house
What do you and your daddy like to do together? get wild
What do you and Murphy like to do together? get wild and tackle and be rough
What do you and MR like to do together? go to sleep
What do you and Mamie like to do together? play with her computer
What is your favorite thing about school? nothing
Why are you excited about Pre-K? I do not know
What is your favorite sport to play? baseball
What is your favorite sport to watch? baseball
Where is your favorite place to go? on a birthday trip to a baseball game
What is your favorite book? Noah and the Ark
Why are you happy to be 4? Because I'm a super hero
When do you feel the most loved? Being at my house with my cuddly momma
What makes you mad? Whenever Daddy spanks me
What are you afraid of? spiders
If you had one wish, what would you wish for? I'm not going to say it out loud because my wish won't come true. 
What is the funniest word? Dada
If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? Give it to all the people I buy food and clothes from
Where do you want to go to college? the Bulldogs
What do you want to be when you grow up? A police officer and I will keep you safe and never let no bad people come to your house.
Max, you are such a fun part of our family! You said,"when I turned four, I turned out great!" and you are right! :) You are probably the best sharer in our family, and you have such good manners. You are a wild man at time though! Just like your momma, you show your feelings with your facial expressions, so there's no hiding those ha! You love snacks, trucks, and your brother and sisters. You are a huge blessing to us, and we are so thankful to be your parents!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Surprise ATL trip!

We finished out the summer with a bang! Wes was headed to ATL for work, which the kids knew about, but it was so fun to surprise them that morning with the news that their bags were secretly packed and we were all going! Celebrating the last weekend of summer and Max's 4th bday! They were thrilled!
It's not a road trip without a stop at Krispy Kreme to let everyone pick a doughnut!
Next stop was lunch and playing at CFA with Lauren's crew...so glad it worked out that we got to see them and finally meet cute, chubby Anderson. Murphy and Chandler were both headed to kindergarten the next week, and they had fun together.
After checking in and feeding the koi fish in the Embassy Suites lobby, we had the best meal of the day, Ethiopian! Such a treat since we only get it in big cities. The Gordons took DOWN some food.
We all loved it, especially the boys.
The next day, Daddy had meetings all day, so we swam at the rooftop pool. The kids were having fun, until the little two got hangry. I called for pizza delivery, but it was going to be too long. Instead, we changed quickly into dry clothes, and I called in pizza across the street. Let me tell you that we were a sight walking to Buckhead Pizza to grab our lunch! The kids got a great lesson in crosswalks in the big city ha! I'm sad I didn't get a pic but I was trying to keep everyone calm and happy. ;)
Daddy was off, and it was time for more fun...the Braves! Murphy was pumped to see them twice in one summer, and it was neat to see them play during the last season at Turner Field.
Mamie kept calling the mascot Bully, and she looked for him all night. She saw him on TV the other day, and yelled BULLY!
Huge highlight of the trip....the birthday boy got a ball during batting practice! One of the Philly players tossed it up in the stands, and Max was pumped!
Murf loves that ball too...
It was fun to see all the former player intros for alumni weekend while we grabbed dinner overlooking the field. Wes did lots of clapping for his boyhood faves.
If I were a bigger Braves fan, this would be our Christmas card ha! All six looking AND smiling, just for a random usher with some good photo skillz.
We had great seats with no one crowding us so we were able to spread out, move around, etc. Everyone did great until about the fifth inning when we spent a couple innings walking around the stadium and getting ice cream. 
Then it was back to our seats for the final two innings (Braves won!) and the fireworks, which Wes told Max were just for his birthday. ;)
We were up bright and early for the Georgia Aquarium the next morning. The kids were so excited!
They couldn't wait to get to the touch pool. Max reported that the thing he touched was "lumpy" and cold. 
We loved the dolphin show.
It got really crowded as it got closer to lunch, but we saw everything and didn't feel rushed. It's such a fun place!
We walked in right before the scuba diver experience without meaning to and happened upon seats on the floor right in front of him. Interesting stuff.
MR again reported that the jellyfish were her favorite. She has a pic of them from our last trip several years ago hanging on her bulletin board.
We had to finish up our Atlanta adventure with a late lunch at The Varsity.
Mamie loved the Varsity Orange so much!
Such a great way to round out our awesome summer!! We lived it up for 2 1/2 months! Cannot say enough how thankful I am for the fun memories we made together! Then it was home for four dentist appointments, three open houses, one doctor appointment, one 4th birthday, and the first day of school!