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Sunday, September 29, 2013

School, Activities, and Some Fun In-between

The beginning of school is always an adjustment, but with that first couple weeks comes some adrenalin.  Everything is new, you’re organized, and you pack kick ass lunches.  Well, okay, maybe just that I packed a lunch was kick ass enough.  Then around week 3 you remember the daily grind sucks, June feels like eternity away, and you’re back to buying Pop Tarts. Last week felt like a slump, but finishing week 4, I think we’ve hit our groove. 

I’m an extra curricular activities junky.  I believe in them.  I require my kids to do them.  I think it’s healthy, and defines your social group and free time.  I will admit the way Adrienne does it is not necessarily “healthy”.


After dancing 8 hours on a Saturday you can come home and tear into a bag of peanut butter M&M’s.  She leaves the house at 7am for school, and doesn’t return until 9pm after dance.  Every. Day.  We’ve talked at length about it-priorities, juggling, goals, and enjoyment.  What she keeps coming back to is that she loves it.  She’s used to being that busy, and she can maintain her grades while doing it.  I can’t deny that.  Most of her social group is at dance, but she occasionally squeezes in a visit with school friends.






Adrienne embraces her dance schedule.  She doesn’t know anything else.  For now, it’s working for her.  Lexi, on the other hand, has always enjoyed having time at home.  She can easily busy herself outside or in her room.  She enjoys organized activities, as long as they’re not every night.  I’m excited about her choices this year.  They seem to fit her personality and don’t require too much commitment.  She’s going to be doing cheerleading one night a week(Sunday).  Try outs were last weekend, and she had her own little cheerleader watching her!


   She’s really excited about this, and so am I!  It uses all her dance and gymnastics skills, but also gives her something new.  She also joined cross country.  I don’t think it’s her passion, but some of her friends were doing it so she gave it a try.


Funny sidebar…the two girls with her here are twins.  They were in Lexi’s preschool classes.  We did a few mommy and me things with them back then, but lost touch after the girls went to school.  Go figure they ended up in a bunch of the same classes and hit it off again!  I’m super happy because not only are they nice girls, I like their mom too:) 

Sof started back up with dance.  She absolutely loves it.  She asks everyday if it’s her dance day!  Luckily she goes twice a week this year!  Her Monday class is tap and jazz.  It’s a little bit over her head, but it’s a performing class which means she’ll get to compete in the spring.  She’s been practicing her basic steps at home, so hopefully she’ll figure it out!


Kaitlyn is also in her class!  Bonus cousin time at dance:)


They also take ballet on Saturday mornings.  So cute how Sof follows her big cousin!



Adrienne worked the lobby that morning, which made a big ol’ family affair.


I think we’ve got the extra curriculars covered pretty well.  Each girl has their niche, and I think we’re in for a fun, busy year!

I’m loving my work schedule.  Not only do I have one full day off, but I was able to work out a carpool for Adrienne so I can work more afternoons.  This gives Sof and I three mornings at home.  I’m loving having her as my little buddy tagging along on errands.


We finally got her hair cut.  Just a little trim off the ends!


We spend a lot of time at the grocery store.  Since Monday is my day off, we spend most of it doing Sunday chores.  Which makes Sundays more relaxing.


Very serious conversation on the ol’ sweet potato phone.


Mornings are more relaxed too.  We can walk Lexi out to the bus in jammies.


We don’t have to rush out the door.


Checkin’ out her “lipstick”.


We can even meet a friend for breakfast.


Of course we fit in lots of fun stuff after school too.  We’ve had a couple fires.


We hosted our non-bowling group last weekend.  It used to be the bowling group, but we decided we don’t really like the bowling part, so we dumped it.



Could you get a worse quality picture??

We had  Friday night at Anne and Rick’s.


We also visited the St. Pat’s fair on a beautiful Sunday afternoon!




Natalie loved the slide!  She would have done it a million times!


Livy, Lexi, and Kaitlyn rode some crazy things!  No way I’d go on this!



Fun times!

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