october 12, 2012

This year's annual trip to the pumpkin patch was probably our best one yet.  We went on a Monday night so it wasn't too busy and the weather was beautiful.

Cannon's horse was named Charlie and Charlie's horse was named Snowball.  They thought that was so cool.

Charlie got picked to cheer on one of the pigs in the pig races and his pig won.  

We enjoyed the world's largest corndogs for dinner.

Then we finished off the night picking out the most perfect pumpkins.

october 11, 2012

I have been praying that the right people are placed in Charlie's life at the right time, especially regarding school.  I could do that or I could let the anxiety attacks and feelings of hopelessness take over.  I figured the first option was the better way to go.

I had no idea that the school years were going to be this tough.  And we are only in the second grade. I feel sick to my stomach when I think about going through this for ten more years.  

We are all trying to figure out what is best for Charlie.  That boy.  He is one complex, amazing little person.

Originally his teacher dismissed my concerns because she was only looking at academics.  He is working several years above grade level in many areas and it is easy to focus on that.  I was shut out and told that the school district wouldn't do anything for him unless we got some kind of diagnosis.

Then Charlie had a meltdown at school.  It was a pretty big one.  And although I am not proud of this meltdown, I am happy it happened because the teacher began to wonder if she was missing something.  Then the counselor got involved.  And now we might be a little closer to getting Charlie what he needs at school.

It has been a few weeks and they haven't done anything yet (that I have seen), but I am trying to trust in the process.

Only ten more years.  Deep breaths.

october 4, 2012

 Little C was busy at daycare today....

He proudly said that he was a teddy bear.  Then he said "not really, I just colored all over my face mama."

Oh, really? I barely noticed.

september 20, 2012

A random note from Charlie on the pantry door.  Love it.

september 16, 2012

My mom thought the boys might enjoy the Rock Party at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.  She was right.

They had several stations set up with fun activities to learn about rocks and minerals.  Many of them were over Cannon's head, but he still had fun playing along.

Many of the people working the show were kinda nerdy and they had a lot of nerdy jokes.  Charlie thought they were hilarious so he fit right in.

And of course there was some panning for gold.

We ended the day with hotdogs and frozen custard.

A perfect Sunday afternoon if you ask me.

september 8, 2012

I am officially a soccer mom.

Cannon cautiously began his soccer career this week.  Let's just say he is not too sure if chasing a ball around the field is the most fun thing to do.

First of all, let's talk about the uniforms.  If they are going to offer soccer to this age group, don't you think they could find uniforms that actually fit?  I mistakenly called it an outfit, not a uniform, and now Cannon calls it his alphabet.

Obviously Cannon didn't know the first rule in soccer is no hands.

 He also didn't know that you can't just kick it once and then stand there looking all cute.

It is safe to say that his favorite part of soccer right now is snack time after the game.

We will see. Maybe he will grow to love it.  Or maybe it will be a short-lived career.  Either way, we are so stinkin' proud of him for trying.

project life: april & may

I'm still plugging away on my monthly project life spreads.  

This is how April turned out:

I used a lighter color scheme to complement the Easter photos.  The entire left side was dedicated to all the Easter festivities.

You can't see it too well in the picture above, but that silver washi tape with the gold and white stars on it is my favorite right now.  Love it.

The RAD metal badge from Hello Forever was perfect for this spread.

And here is May:

The photos from May were screaming for the brighter color scheme that I tend to gravitate to.

I love the itty bitty bags.  They fit in the pocket perfectly and it is a nice place to tuck in some journaling.

This project has made me excited about scrapbooking again.  I am catching up a little slower than I had hoped, but at least I am having a lot of fun doing it!

August 2012

August was pretty much a blur.  Not quite sure why, but the days all ran together and before I knew it, it was over.  So, here is August in a nutshell.

We crossed a few more things off our Summer to-do list, including a few science experiments.  The boys loved the naked egg experiment.

A picnic in the park.

Bowling at Pinz.  Charlie started off strong, but mom walked away with the win.

And the fair.  It was smokey and hot, but the boys loved it.  The ticket lady exaggerated on how many rides Cannon would actually be able to ride because of his height, but for the most part he was pretty understanding when he had to sit out on some of them.  We had pronto pups and strawberry shortcake.  We  enjoyed the animals and petting zoo.  We avoided the carnie games like the plague. It was all the fair is supposed to be.

We also played at the splash park.  Cannon was cautious at first but then he had no problem jumping in.  Just don't splash him because you will definitely hear about it.

We celebrated 13 years of wedded bliss. Awe.

We had donut dates with cute boys.

We bought school supplies for a certain second grader.

And that second grader started school.

We also had special treats to celebrate the first day of school.  Charlie can't get enough Kinder chocolate. It is probably his second favorite thing, after Nutella, of course.

Whew!  August, you were a busy one.  

We had a great summer.  Definitely one of the best for sure.