A Sloan Show

"S" was the letter of the week last week at the kids' school.  That just means most of their activities/centers correspond with the letter of week. Well, "S" is also for Sloan and she certainly had a big week last week.

First, she became an official Girl Scout Daisy.  (I was never a Girl Scout as a kid, but both of us are just loving it!) I went to her investiture ceremony at school. She received her vest along with a certificate, a pin and a few patches...I apologize to you Girl Scout scholars, I'm still learning what all these things represent.

When she smiled for this picture, I noticed it.  She lost her FIRST tooth!  She had forgotten about it so she was excited when I noticed it.  We had a moment...hugging and laughing.  Her two bottom teeth have been loose for a couple of weeks now, but she would barely let anyone look at then let alone touch them. I asked her how it happened, thinking it probably fell out at lunch while she was eating.  No.  The sweet girl "pulled" it herself during nap time and held on to it until nap time was over and then just put it in her back pack.  No big deal. Ha!  She didn't tell the teacher or anyone, not even her brothers!  

Get this.  The next day at home, she took a nap, woke up, went to the bathroom and then came out and handed Nick her SECOND tooth!  She just "wiggled" it and it fell out.  :)  Such a brave girl!

Here's Sloan's brand new smile...is there anything cuter than a toothless grin?!?

Now if we could just get her to stop smiling like this...

Yep. Going in the yearbook.  I think it gets funnier the more I look at it!

And lastly, we were SO excited when Sloan's picture got selected to be a part of the school's advertising.  For the last week (I believe today was probably the last day it will run), her sweet face was on three digital billboards around town.  So much fun!  The boys were quick to ask if everyone in their class got a turn to be on the "big sign" - Ha!

 A star is born ;)

So a very full and exciting week it has been for Sloan.  She is so smart, silly, special, shy, stylish, and spunky - see what I did there?  I just couldn't imagine our family without her. 

And now we are looking forward to this weekend that begins their Fall Break.  A few days off from school/work and a family vacation...just what we need!  

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Kindergarten Ready

Well, today we finished our 6th week of Kindergarten at our brand new school.  So far, they are loving it!  I'm so proud of how far they've come.  Seriously, I can get real emotional real quick just thinking about it.  Here are some of our pics from the first day of Kindy.

Sloan, Rocco, Madden & Jagger - SO ready! 

My new trick for getting them to take a decent picture like the one above is to promise them we will take a silly one next.  So then here's that...

My little princess




Uniforms AND little big people. I can't even handle it. ;) 

 Okay, aren't these backpacks the cutest?! I've gotten compliments from just about every carpool helper we've encountered.  The funniest thing to me was that one teacher told me she thought that striped backpacks must be the new trend because she kept seeing them but then she realized after the fourth that they all belonged together.  Hahaha! (P.S. I ordered the backpacks from Hannah Andersson - patches came from Etsy)

(M, J, S, & R)
 Everyone got to pick out their own shoes.  Let's just pause and reflect a little bit on the control that was relinquished here. Especially since little missy tends to live by the "more bling the better" motto...sort of like her G.G., I guess.  Would you believe that those light up TwinkleToes shoes have actually grown on me? 

Big Pop and G.G. walked over to give some first day of school hugs. 

It's always a hot topic for multiple moms, to keep together or two separate.  I see the benefits with both.  Until this point, the kids have always been in a class together (2 year old MDO, 3 year old MDO, and preschool.) It has never presented an issue - them being together, but Nick and I decided that this year we would like to see them apart just to see how they would deal with it and how they would grow from it.  We did not and still do not anticipate any problems from it.  Their school only has 3 kindergarten classes so putting each of them in their own class was not an option. We decided to put 2 together in 2 classes.  It's a change but also some comfort - a nice compromise.
Rocco & Sloan - The Monkey Class 

Madden & Jagger - The Owl Class
Our biggest struggle with adjusting to Kindergarten was the schedule.  The longer days with little naptime made for some cranky kids the first couple of weeks.  These guys are used to 1 1/2 to 2 hour naps every.single.day.  They do have rest/nap time at school, but it's just not the same.  Their little bodies have adjusted though (and we still nap on the weekends - I just can't let go that easily) and I must say I have become quite fond of a 7:30 bedtime!

So Kindergarten - here we are.  Crazy!

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Introductions necessary

Meet Sloan.
sloan [slohn] - girly girl. tough as nails. collector of ALL 
things. bossy. shy(in public). thumb-sucker. smart. sassy. pink 
lover. little momma. witty. sweet. pizza lover.

Meet Rocco.
rocco [rok-koh] - deep thinker. creative. easy-going(with 
MOST things). orderly. structured. animated. goofy. bossy.
decisive. musical. sweet lover.

Meet Madden.
madden [mad-n] - silly. funny. diligent. artistic. giggly.
compassionate. musical. mischievous. snuggle buddy. hair
twirler. early bird. stubborn.

Meet Jagger.
jagger [jag-er] - passionate. competitive. athletic. emotional.
considerate. smart. active. a licker. lover of sports. cool. good
listener. friendly.

And together....
They're a whole lot of fun!

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Halloween 2012

Well, y’all know how much fun I have with this costume thing, right?  I just love it.  BUT I have a feeling this may be my last year to “convince” the kids that my costume ideas are the best!  In fact, I think I almost lost that battle this year.  One of my monkeys wasn’t so sure on my ideas and was adamant on being a clown.  His mind was made up.  Luckily, I came up with three other costumes that went with a clown and it actually made for a very cute group theme.  Thanks for that Jagger!

So the circus we would be.  Eh, not a far stretch.

HUGE thanks to my mom for making the costumes!  An idea/design only pays off if you have someone to execute it and she did it awesome!  And actually, she made Jagger’s clown costume 36 years ago for my brother, Travis.  Check this out…

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And now introducing….IMG_2536Jaggy the Clown!


Love this!

And next up the SENSATIONAL elephant trainer…


Pretty girl!

Every elephant trainer needs an elephant!

ONLY for her

And HERE is our own little circus monkey…

IMG_2577Madden Jax!

IMG_2567So sweet Smile

And finally, no circus would be complete without a Ringmaster!  Meet…

IMG_2587The AMAZING Rocco!


And all together…

IMG_2619It is the GREATEST show on Earth!  At least, I think so!

Love these faces!

Every year we have a party with lots of kids.  I wish I would have thought to take a big group picture every year.  Maybe we will start it next year!  But here are some party guests I did snap pics of…

IMG_2639Caleb the pirate!

IMG_2641Kate the princess puppy!

IMG_2642Gavin the jailbird! (Hopefully this isn’t a picture of things to come Winking smile)

IMG_2645Cassie as Minnie Mouse!

IMG_2652The Cole Family

IMG_2653Jamie, Rylee and Francis

IMG_2657Brinkley as Jesse

So that’s another Halloween behind us and a great one for the memory books.  Our fourth Halloween. Wow.  That is crazy.  Here’s a look at our Halloween past…

IMG_1302Wizard of Oz, 2011

Rockband – Guns N’ Rattles, 2010

The 4 Little Lambes, 2009

Which is your favorite?

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