Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My football and cheerleader!

This summer we signed Max up for flag football and Claire up for cheerleading.  We are doing it through the Pop Warner league and did not realize what we were getting in to!  They started in August and had conditioning for two weeks. It was M-F for two hours each night! Now we are down to two practices a week and a game on Saturday.

They have had a busy season and have really been enjoying it!

Originally, Claire was cheering for a different team, but a week before the season started, they switched them to cheer for Max's team! Makes it a lot easier on us!

When we play on our home field, they get to run through the Cougar tunnel! I think that's their favorite part!

Monday, September 18, 2017

What's Kate been up to?!

Kate started a mother's morning out this month.  She is going twice a week from 9:00-12:45.  She is loving it!  It helps that her best buddy, Ben, is in her class.

She is the Ducklings class.  Her teachers are awesome and I just know she is going to have fun and learn so much this year!

Always being silly!

Kate has so much personality.  Justin and I just look at each other and laugh bc she is so funny.  She has recently started to play dress up.  One day she decided to wear a fairy costume and she wore it for four days!  I was able to get a bath, but she wanted to put it back on! lol  so she took naps and slept in it. haha!
She also likes to wear her old big bow bands! Such a fashionista!

She is a pretty good eater.  Her current favorite is yogurt.  She request it at least two, if not three times a day!

We are getting ready to start potty training.  She has gone once for me.  I was so proud of her!

I just love every second of being with my little punky!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

1st grade!

While most kids are just going back to school, Max and Claire went back in July! When we moved neighborhoods, we were districted to a year round school.  I tried to apply to a traditional schedule, but got denied :(  . Luckily they are young enough that they didn't realize they were missing half their summer.  AND, the majority of the kids in our neighborhood are on the year round calendar.  Our county, and mainly city, is very over populated and is still growing! In year round, you basically go nine weeks on, three weeks off and still get the traditional days off for holidays.

 I am happy with both of their teachers and they both seem to be as well.  Their classes team up a lot during the day and mostly have the same homework -- which is nice!  They each knew one or two kids in their classes so that helped with first day jitters.

We are still trying to get back into the routine of homework and reading every night.  We did so well at the beginning of the summer but started slacking when we found out they were going to year round and we had family vacations.

Claire has started cheerleading.  I think she has found her calling!  She is really enjoying and pretty good, I think! They had their first game last weekend and it was the cutest thing watching her and her friends cheer for Max's flag football team!

Max has started flag football.  This league is pretty intense, but I think the discipline is good for him. He is very athletic, but isn't quite as competitive, if that makes sense!  He gets excited about their game days and running through the cougar tunnel!

All my pics are on my phone.. still don't have my icloud fixed to access phone pics....

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pine Knolls Beach Reunion

Two weeks ago we went to Pine Knolls Shore beach.  It is in between Atlantic beach and Emerald Isle, NC.  It was the beach my family grew up going to.  It was the beach where some of my most favorite memories were made! I haven't been since I was a senior in high school (18 years ago!).  My mom, her three sisters and their families and my grandparents would go.  We would get two condos and two families would share. We were always a door or two down from each other and would spend all day on the beach or pool together. I was the oldest cousin so in the later years, I was also the babysitter.  Now, two of my cousins have babies!
This year we had four condos filled with three generations!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip (a lot!)

My buds!

Kate and Ann Grace (7 weeks apart!)


just chillin!

Some of the gang!

My cousin, Charlotte, Claire and niece Landyn
It was no easy task, but we took family pictures one evening!  There was definitely some bribing for the kids and men!

My whole fam.  Mom and Dad, Brother and his family and the Fredrick five!

My favorite people!
My mom and her sisters: Margaret, Mom, Catherine, Ann

cousin pic! missing two :(
The sisters wanted to do a jumping pic! lol

The whole crew!
Nanny and her grandkids!

My sweet family!

The little cousins!
I wish I was at my house growing up and could find the tree pics from the past!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Grandpa's surprise party!

For the Memorial Day weekend we went to the beach.  We had a surprise party for Grandpa's 70th birthday and to celebrate his retirement!  My sister and mother in law planned a perfect weekend with family, friends and lots of fun.
As an added bonus, some of our best friends had rented a house down the street!

 My sister in law had these super fun cups made for the weekend!
"Life's a beach, Shell we dance"

There are a lot more great pictures, but all on my phone and still cannot get the icloud to sync.  Ugh.

Fun in the ocean with our buddies!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kindergarten graduates!

A little late (as usual) posting, but Max and Claire graduated kindergarten on June 9th.  They had a wonderful first year of elementary school.  Both kids loved their teachers and learned so much!

My handsome Buds!

Beautiful Bear Bear

They have both made some special friendships at White Oak.  Since we moved, they will be going to a new Elementary school.  Our neighborhood is zoned for a year round school.  I am not a fan of that schedule and tried to get them into a traditional calendar.  I was denied. :(  They will be starting 1st grade July 10th. (If the data manager ever calls me back to get them registered). Wake county is a nightmare enrolling into school.
Since being out of school, they have been writing in their journals, doing workbook pages and reading to keep on track.  So very proud of them!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kate ~ TWO year old edition!

I can't believe I am writing this post on my BABY turning TWO!  This last year flew by.  She has been the most perfect child until she hit about 20 months.  Then she started having an opinion and meltdowns started!  She still is my perfect baby, BUT with an attitude!  

She adores Max and Claire and is their little sidekick.  She wants to do whatever they are doing.  She got a bike for her birthday and wants to ride with them whenever they go out.  She also wants to "hoop" (hula hoop) with them. It's so cute how much she looks up to them.  I have to constantly remind them that she is always watching and they need to set a good example.  Claire and a neighbor have taught her "na na na na na" complete with hand motion at face.  It's hilarious but so NOT cool.

Kate is stilly a little punkers.  We go to the dr. for her two year well visit tomorrow.  I think she is around 22 lbs (Claire was 28 lbs and Max was 33 lbs!).  She still wears a lot of her 12-18 month clothes and her summer bathing suit is an 18 month!  She has the most perfect and kissable cheeks :) She loves to give hugs at night, especially if that means stalling at bed time!

She goes to a Mother's Morning Out on Monday and Wednesday (9:15-12:15) and loves her little friends.  She hangs with me the rest of the time.  She has been difficult to do any shopping with. She likes to walk everywhere and refuses to be in the cart :/.  She loves playing outside and in the playroom. She actually plays with toys, unlike Max and Claire at that age.  She LOVES Barney! lol and loves to dance.  She has the cutest little peg leg dance where she moves in a circle.  She also does a "grandma" walk. I'm not sure how that came about but she hunches over and moves her arms funny!

Kate loves to eat! She even has her own hashtag on instagram... #katesfooddrama and #cerealbartears lol.  She does not like for anyone to touch her food, even if you are just helping with the wrapper! Her favorites are: any type of bar, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, cantaloupe, pasta, and chicken.  Oh, and cereal!

She loved her birthday even though we didn't have a party.  She kept saying, "happy to you" when she would see her cake or balloons.

We really couldn't be more blessed with our three children.  There are not enough words for how much we love them!