Back to School 2017

As is typical for us it seems, the boys had an opportunity to switch schools yet again this year, but three schools in three years is just too much to ask from them. Especially since this was part of the reason we exited the military in the first place; to grow roots and make lifetime friends. So, I am super happy to announce, they will be returning to their Charter school in Cottonwood!! And in case you missed it in the hubbub of my earlier ramblings, we have moved to Cottonwood too! This mom’s circle is almost complete.

My adorable school boys. They each picked new shoes for school this year. John’s have flames on the side. Brendon’s favorite color is green…you might be able to tell?

This year we have a 3rd and 1st grader and here are the stats, which I seem to forget each year. But not his year!

Brendon: 51.5” height / 53 lbs; likely to be the most talkative in his class, but also (fingers crossed) one of the most well-mannered and helpful. Brendon hopes he loves this year’s teacher as much as the last (her sister). She has big shoes to fill.

John: 44” height / 37 lbs; Most likely to sneak an accessory of some sort to school. His current favorite, his headphones – worn around his neck, in case he doesn’t want to hear something he can put them on; we have banned them from school, so he’s settled for the hat. Mr. Quiet and cheerful.

What are the chances the First Day of School is the day of the Solar Eclipse?! Pretty amazing. No tears at the drop off from John this year. It’s mixed emotions for his parents; he’s growing up for sure. They both are.

In closing – this Summer was all about the dab, snaps with thumbs up, accessories and playing UNO.


Number 6

Our youngest turned 6 today. Six! That’s pretty big stuff. He’s lost two teeth this Summer with one more soon to be under the pillow. A sweet and lovable little cutie, who is also very stealthy; sure to keep us on our toes for year to come. We kicked off the birthday celebrating early last night at a party at his paternal grandparents’ house and then continued on with it today.

Birthday table at the “old” house. Which does predate our new house by a solid 50 years I’d say. Notice how dark it is? We have all the lights on; there was no over head lighting outside of the kitchens and baths.

As the timing turned out Hubby, his brother and dad really turned up the volume on our move today and made two mega trips from our house with the uhaul and even moved the dreaded….daaa…daaaa…da….piano! Everyone else you are officially off the hook! Thank you mom, David, Sisters and families for the assist. What a busy and amazing day all in one.

Birthday celebrators after moving all day. Hubby up since 3:00am working on his game plan. (a week ahead of schedule). Notice the lighting. Not a single light on. Oh the natural light. I have missed you!!

Happy 6th Birthday Johnny Boy! 

The birthday boy. Happy to be home. As we say in the military, Home is Where the Stuff is.

And a yearly special shout to his birthday buddy – Mr. Edward Bottomley. Celebrating 75!!! years today. A very special friend of ours from Arizona. Edward I hope yours was more restful. Miss you!

Who doesn’t love a good parting cake shot? This was the second of two cakes I made for the birthday boy. Both funfetti. This one was smaller with vanilla frosting. The first was chocolate frosting and taller and wider.