Saturday, September 6, 2008

Rain rain go away

Actually, I don't really mean that. When it rains, I don't have to water my yard!! That is always a good thing. :) Thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna, who will be hitting our house in a few hours, we are getting a days worth of rain. The kids are going kind of bananas in the house today due to the fact that we haven't been able to go outside at all, and that has been a little tough.

Things are pretty good. This was Arlington's first week of school and the babies first week of daycare. Arlington and Cainan LOVED every minute. Arlington even loves Kindergarten enrichment and her afterschool program. She always whines when I am there to pick her up because she wants to stay longer! And Cainan is all smiles and saying hello to everyone when we arrive and byes when we leave.

Finley on the other Finley. Always the drama queen, she has not been as happy with the transition to school. She did fine the first day, but then the next three, not so much when we dropped her off. She would cry and say "no school". The teachers say she is fine 5 minutes after we leave and is all smiles all day. I am sure!! We did this routine with her at her last school and after about 2 weeks, she was over it and loved going. She is just spoiled. And, of course, (for all of you who know her) she has a cold. Of course. She even ran a low grade fever on Friday and the school thought I might have to come for her. But it came down on its own and hasn't returned. Sigh. It is going to be a long couple of months. Now that she has a runny nose, it probably won't disappear for a few months. Poor girl. She just has a weak immune system.

Finley, today got into red paint. I tell ya - can't leave her alone for even a few minutes. The babies wanted to play in the playroom, so they went downstairs, and I wanted to clean up the morning dishes before heading down. It wasn't even 3 minutes, and up she came. She was covered in red paint. Her lovely older sister had left it out last night and she got ahold of it. At first, I thought she was bleeding, but it was paint. And no only was it on her and her clothes, it was on the steps, the wall, and our CARPET in the basement. I was very sad about that. Luckily for us, our basement has the FLOR carpet squares, so I was able to change out the painted ones for some clean ones. But she was still in really big trouble! Bad baby.

But the preschool is great. They have a small class, and a small ratio, and the kids are doded on all day. The babies are eating REALLY well there and are getting a lot of attention. And Arlington is getting a lot of extra Kindergarten learning in the morning before she leaves for school in her enrichment class. They mimick the school's activities so she gets extra worksheets and extra cirriculum and I love that. I have hated that Kindergarten was only 1/2 day, so this is nice.

Cainan will be starting speech therapy again, hopefully this week. We got his IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) in the mail and he is all set. After this year, when he turns three, the public school will take over his speech therapy and he will get an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) from then on each year until he no longer needs the service. The service is VERY inexpensive, and they will see him once a week at the daycare, which is cool (the service comes directly to wherever he is). I am anxious for him to start again, and hope between them and daycare, his speech will get clearer. He gets better every day.

Arlington also started fall soccer today. It is from 8:30-10am for the next 6 Saturdays. She got it in before it started raining. Mat is an assistant coach for the team, so they went together this morning. She loves going and can't wait to actually get to play some real games - which will come when she is older!

Tomorrow we are going to church - FINALLY! We have been very bad about that. Tomorrow starts the fall sessions at our local church and sign ups for Bible School are then. I need to check to make sure bible school for Arlington is the same time as church service. That would be the best, but we will see. Arlington loves bible school, so it starts up not tomorrow but next week. She will be excited about that.

That is all that is up this weekend! I only have a few pictures - I am sorry. They are from last weekend and a few others, I think. Last weekend we had a fun set of guest. Our friends the Dominquez family came to visit us on Sunday! It was great! They were are wonderful neighbors while we were in Florida, and about 1 year before we left Florida they moved to New York for a job transfer. We were so sad to see them go - their girls are around our girl's ages, and they always had fun playing together. So when Belinda called to say they were going to be in the area and wanted to come for a visit we were VERY excited! We haven't seen her girls in a while and they are getting so big! They are 7 and 4 now. When we first met them, the girls were 4 and 1!! So different. The kids had a blast together. They stayed all afternoon and left around 7pm to head home. We were so greatful for their visit and now that they are only 1 1/2 hours away from us, we hope to see them more often.

Today is my Grandmother Bonnie's birthday. She is 83 today. She looks like she is about 50 years old.!! She is a beautiful lady both inside and out. We are very very lucky to have someone like her as a grandmother. You will not meet someone more giving, compassionate, firey, God loving, humble, life loving, beautiful person EVER. Her passion for life and love are unparallel to anyone I have ever know, and I strive to be even 10% of the woman she is. Happy Birthday to the best Grammy and GiGi in the world.

On a sad note, today my grandmother Bonnie lost her sister, Angie. How sad to have someone you love so much die on your birthday. Angie was my grandmother's youngest sister. She has been sick for a few months and even though we all prayed that she would get better, she lost her battle today. She was surrounded by her children and family when she passed into God's hands today. Now she will be an angel in Heaven watching out for us. My Aunt Angie was firey just like my Grandmother! Just thinking about her now makes me smile because she was a terrific lady and we grew up spending a lot of time with her. My family is small and very close, so we knew many of our extended family members very well. She will be missed terribly.

Enjoy the pictures. Oh - in some of the pictures you will see what happens to Cainan with two sisters. One - Arlington has put a diaper on him on the outside of his clothes. In the other, Finley has gotten ahold of the sunscreen and put it in his hair. Sigh.

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