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I put music on Ryan’s old MP3 player for you this last week and you are enjoying rockin’ out to the music! You also let Mommy put some mouse in your hair and spike it up some this morning! What a cool dude you are!

It's been a long week around here. Michael has been working 10+ days for a solid week now and it will continue through at least this Wed., and probally longer than that. It was hot here again all week too, which didn't help him any.

With the heat - we didn't have lunch recess at school for the whole end of the week. I've had DIEBELS testing for the students this week and was only in the room for morning recess and then lunch and lunch recess. It was not a good week. The kids aren't used to me or something and they were just all over when I had them. I am enjoying having from 1pm until 3 to myself! It's so nice to be able to run quick errands by myself. I feel guilty for not being in my room, but there's not much I can do about it! They keep saying they may add to our hours in a month or so.

Matthew had a could of bad times too. Wouldn't come off the playground for me one morning. Fun. We've been working on him going to the restroom in the hallway one (a larger, more than one bathroom), but it's not working well if any other boy is in there when he walks in. If it's empty - he does just fine. But being Mr. Social, not so well if someone's in there. I usually come help with that, for then it's me going in after him (when we clear it!!!!!) instead of his aide and that makes her more comfortable. He started his pull-out sessions with Miss F last Friday. She's only at school in the afternoons, so he will be down there for alot of it. Since his aide doesn't have so many hours, they're adjusting it so she's with him upstairs and has her off time when he's downstairs. I'm not sure how many are down there with him - but it's a much smaller setting, so it whould he him concentrate more in the afternoons. He was getting kinda squirrely upstairs in the afternoons!

Ryan seems to be adjusting well to his classroom. He is liking his teacher! She gave them a unique assignment for spelling where they had these little "projects" to do, like alphabetizing them, writing down the definition and such to get points. It really made him pay attention to the spelling, which I appreciated. I think he should have gotten a 100% on spelling this week - we'll see! :)



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Ryan got out his trumpet yesterday morning to take to school and Matthew started talking about drums - saying he wanted to play drums. So when Miss Lee came today for MT, he put down her paddle drums on the couch and played them like a set of drums. He’s getting pretty good with the rhythm part!



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OT with Miss Lynnette today. She brought the shoes for you to tie and then you painted with watercolors for awhile. You can get the 1st two steps pretty good, but your little fingers aren't too sure with pulling the loop through the other loop yet.



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Second week of school and the homework has began. Ryan mostly had spelling for the 1st week - with 5 little projects to do for his spelling.
The bigger change is for Matthew this year with a daily homework sheet coming home. So far it's a little easier than last year - 1 sheet a day vs. 4 sheets per week. We can get it done in about 5 -10 minutes. But I'm sure there will be sight words and spelling coming home soon. A couple days this week we had to finish up some of his work from school that he hadn't done there.



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I had gone in before school started to pick out a new pair of glasses. My other 2 pairs weren’t cutting it anymore! One pair seems so small on my face and the purple color has totally faded out on the other pair! So I went in after a darker pair. I wanted a thicker, more plastic-y pair, but this pair looked good on me.



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Matthew played with PlayDoh with Miss Adrian. Here they had made a cupcake and had just sung "Happy Birthday". Matthew loved it and was clapping!



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Daddy back at work today. It's a little cooler today (102), so you keep going outside to swing. I went out with you this morning with my camera and caught the sunlight in your hair.
We met Daddy at Wendy's for lunch at noon. Other than that - it's a quiet day. Mommy caught up on her photos and finished the laundry and Ryan was catching up on train magazines.



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Matthew and Daddy in the pool throwin’ me some “peace”. The pool has definately cooled off in the last week. It’s getting a bit chilly for me! Still really nice in the heat of the day though...
Ryan had Josiah over in the afternoon and then ended up spending the night over there.



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Miss Lee (MT) came today and she got out this horn for you to blow. You said "trumpet!" and proceeded to blow it (loudly!). She played a few songs with you tooting along with her and you loved it!

You also brought home this super cute little print of your hand with a part of the "Kissing Hand" book. These kind of projects are just my very favorite! I *heart* them!



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Ryan's shoes.
We buy a new pair of tennis shoes for the boys for the 1st day of school every year. They wear them everyday and usually need new ones. Ryan and I had gone last weekend and had gotten ones for he and Matthew. Buy one get one 1/2 off at Tack Room Shoes - Nice! I had to return Matthew's the day before school and get the next size up for him (13's). Ryan goes to put his on the 1st day of school and says they don't feel right - too loose in back and too tight across the front. He ended up not wearing them (and wasn't very happy about it) and we returned them that night for a different pair. He ended up getting the same size (8.5 mens), the same brand (New Balance), but a completely different style. So - on the 2nd day of school, he wore his new shoes!
Daddy got to go with us to school this morning, for it was his day off. He picked me up from school and we went to Applebee's for a nice quiet lunch together - just the 2 of us!



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1st Day of School!
I forgot the pandamonium at school of all the parents dropping their kids off for the 1st day! LOL! But we made it in time!
Matthew did pull a fast one on them and disappeared once, I understand. His class went on a restroom break. A little girl got sick and Matthew's aide took her to the nurse. She gets back in the room, askes where Matthew is and his teacher thinks he is in the bathroom still. Nope. This is one kid who sees an opportunity and takes it! They called in the ladies from the office and finally found him downstairs. I think he was looking for Ryan, but who knows. I can smile about it now, for they found him. But it could have been altogether a different situation if he had wandered outside instead! He probally would have gone to the playground - but who knows?!? So glad he was safe...

I thought I had taken photos of the boys in front of the door for the last few years, but it looks like I just have photos of them on the 1st day of school in the front yard together for the last few years. *shrug* Oh well.



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Even though I had finished the living room awhile back, I wanted to show a photo of the finished product. The blue walls used to be all white too. We re-arranged the furniture some too.
Today was mostly cleaning house and getting the laundry all done. Everything ready for tomorrow.



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Meet the Teacher Night!
I left the boys with Gma this morning and went to school for the Hello Kindergarten party. Got to meet most of the new kiddos and was able to talk to alot of the teachers there! I went downstairs and met Ryan's teacher (she's new to the school) and stopped in to say "Hi" to Matthew's.
Then in the afternoon, we went back and went to the boys room. We had been prepping Matthew to be able to say his teacher's name (it's a long one with 3 syllables) and he did great saying it! He has the same 1st grade teacher that Ryan had! Fun! Then we went downstairs and Ryan met his teacher. They both got to pick out their desks and see some of their classmates.



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We had a quiet day at home today, letting Matthew rest up - stayed in our PJ's for quite a bit and just lounged around. Matthew did draw with pen and paper for a bit...



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Matthew came down with croup again last night. So - off to the doctor for a round of steriods today.
We had gone swimming really early on Friday morning - like 7:30am. He was swimming on his own alot and came up with that strider sound at the end of the hour that we were in the water. We weren’t sure if he had gotten a little water in his lungs, but as the day had gone on - he seemed totally fine. Well - 9:30 and he wakes up with the strider again. We gave him a breathing treatment, but he didn’t rest comfortly until after 2am.



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We tried to go by Sky Harbour to eat at Sir Frank's Alot today, but they were on vacation and closed. We love it there - good hot dogs and they recognize us when we go there. So - we went to Ted's Dogs instead!



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Matthew had MT today. Ryan is very into magic tricks again right now and showed one to me while Matthew was working with Miss Lee.



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Another quiet day at home. Mommy cleaned out the pantry today. Matthew saw the paints out and decided to paint a picture - or paint his hand and then make a picture!



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We took Ryan to Gma's this morning so he could see her new kitty. We stopped at Target for a bit, since we had time for Miss Adrian wasn't feeling good today. We found this mini golf game on clearance and bought it for you with your money from your birthday. It's rated E, but it putts differently than you are used to. When Miss Lynnette came, you and she played 9 holes, but it took both of you around 5 holes to figure out how to putt!

I keep telling myself I'm not going to get that behind with posting these, but I do it anyway!
Not much else going on here. We have 1 week until school begins! I can't believe how fast the summer went. I got alot of the painting done that I had wanted to do this summer, but haven't finished yet. I still have a few more projects that need to be done, a few more clean up areas. The living room is done, need to take a photo of it to share. Ryan's room is done, but we are waiting on Gma to make curtains. Then I'll share a photo of his room. It looks so teen-ish now!
It's really hot right now. Supposed to cool off to the 107's this weekend. When it's in the 114's, it's a huge difference those few degrees! Makes for such a long day for Michael when it's that hot out! No A/C in his hanger. It will be miserable for me next week too - either we're out in the heat on the playground or on "heat day" and inside a little room with all the K classes for recess. Eeeek!
Have a good one!



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You had a make up session with Miss Lee for MT today. Had a bit of a rough time of it today for you wanted to do what you wanted - not what she was wanting you to do. You are so cute when you are playing the guitar on the couch though - just chilled out!



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I came out from my shower this morning to find that Ryan had made you a "feathersword" like on the Wiggles. You had your pirate hat on and were riding your horse, racing around trying to tickle everyone with your feathersword! I'm glad that the 2 of you have a good imagination!



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You have figured out that you can swim without the vest on! We had just gotten you a new Lighting McQueen Swim ski vest, but you finally figured out that you can do it alone! So cool! you can swim from the steps to right across it at the wall and then back again. You are doing it several times each time we go out and are getting better and better at it. You have even jumped off the edge and swam over to the steps without it! You go, Dude!
We also had a huge splash out this morning with all 4 of us canon-balling into the pool! You boys loved it!



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Another quiet day at home. You got out the watercolors that we got from WalMart and painted a picture today.



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You had to get out all the pop up play houses to play in today. The tunnels seem to be your favorite!
We went out to meet some friends at the AJ public pool on this afternoon. They have a nice kiddie play area, a "toilet bowl" lazy river and some fast waterslides for the low price of $5 for all of us to get in. It was a nice break from the sameness of our pool! you had fun swimming and getting water dumped on your head from the buckets and Ryan loved the waterslides and jumping off the diving board into the deep pool. Mommy and Daddy enjoyed conversing with other adults! It was a fun afternoon!



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Smokey climbed right up into the chair with you today. He didn't care that you were in it (watching your new Little Bear Halloween movie that we had found at Big Lots), he wanted to be able to look out the front window and that's the best seat in the house for it!



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Miss Adrian brougth PlayDoh to use with these letter cut outs today. She would use the letters to cut out the PlayDoh in a word, you'd sound out the word and then pick out the photo that went with the word. These were "s" words - Smokey, Simba, Scary, Stuck - that Mommy had provided photos of to her. You - of course - had a blast doing this with her!



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Your last PT session with Miss Kelly for the summer. She doesn't have any opening after school for you. You actually didn't even finish the session with her. You had a little something, something (we have no idea what) running through your system and you had a meltdown, so we stopped early. You were just off your game for the next week... never got really sick, just stayed off.



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A quiet day at home today. Matthew went into Ryan's room for awhile in the afternoon and played a Spongebob game on the PS2.



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Today was Grandpie's (in VT) birthday, so we celebrated with cake! Happy Birthday from AZ, Grandpie!!!



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30 hours of alone time - just the 2 of us! Something we don't get near enough of...
Gma took the boys on Friday morning and we didn't come pick them up until Friday evening. We went shopping, out to eat dinner at 8pm at night, out to breakfast and on a 50 miles motorcycle ride in the morning. Lots of time alone to speak to each other without being interrupted within 30 seconds of speaking! Very nice indeed!



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One of Matthew's (many) favorite things to do while in the pool is for Daddy to throw him up high in the air into the water! He gets such a huge grin on his face!


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