Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Fun

We had some fun while doing our chores this weekend...
Who could resist jumping into a big pile of crunchy leaves?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Smarty Pants

We are wrapping up a two week fall break extravaganza. They've been to the zoo, the library (multiple times), the movies, the pumpkin patch, the Cincinnati Museum Center, IKEA (my favorite outing!) and visited family. And the best part was Brian being able to take some time off and spending loads of time with us! Nothing makes the boys happier than daddy spending the day with them.
Before fall break started, the boys brought their report cards home. Can I just say that we have two of the smartest little men in the whole wide world! I'm so proud of them both. Nathan is getting straight A's and his teachers were very impressed with the progress he has made so far this year. And since Brandon is in 1st grade, they don't get a letter grade but his reading and math are at a 2nd grade level. His teacher says he's such a character. He never whines about the work they do, but when they do something he doesn't like, he wrinkles up his nose and huffs. But he does his work and always tries his best. I'm so happy they are doing this well so far. Hopefully they don't get burnt out and keep up the good work.
Ok, enough of my bragging...
Nathan also started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu earlier this month. It's so much fun to watch, although a little nerve racking at times. There have been a few classes where his feet are above his head more than they are on the ground. And watching some other kid put your kid in a choke hold, isn't cool, but he loves every single minute of it. I think we are going to have Brandon join (if he still wants to) when he turns 8. I'm sure once they both know what they're doing, it's going to be like the UFC in our house. I already hear "I bet I can make you tap out first!" too much. I may have to start taking some classes too just to keep them in line.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Little man's reward wall

Not to be out done by his big brother, Brandon had to make a reward wall. I had been keeping all his little awards from school and certificates from the library in a folder but that was not good enough. They needed to be taped to the wall for all to see! And he couldn't be happier.

The awards/certs that he has up there now are for finishing all his 1st grade vocab words, being an excellent reader, and a certificate for participating in a read-athon. He and Nathan read for over an hour and won a gift card to Half Price Book store. Plus they got to read to these two huge dogs that were just as sweet as could be.
I'm sure we'll have more awards to add to the wall of fame as the year progresses. But for now, this isn't too bad a start.