Something I forgot to mention in my last post, the boys have their own rooms now! They decided one Sunday morning they wanted to split up. I thought it would be tough on them since JL hadn’t had his own room since he was 15 months old and Caden hadn’t since he was 3, but they really seem to like it. Here’s a mid-way through photo of JL’s room:
Ella Kate got a little room makeover too. Her room is the only one I have a final photo of, of course. Poor boys. They get the photo shaft most of the time.
We also got a cat. Yes, my daddy is allergic to cats, so I was raised to think cats were closely related to Satan himself. After I left my parents home I held firm to that belief, but eventually did some soul searching and concluded that cats weren’t all that bad. My friend Jesse would like to take credit as that being her legacy to our children, cats. She brought cats into our world. They have 2 cats at their house, Edgy cat and Sally cat. They started naming their animals after U2, but for some reason they stopped after thier initial naming of The Edge (aka Edgy cat). I kind of wish our cat was a boy so we could have named it Bono. Cat number 1 was given to us by a friend from Sunday School. It was a pretty cat. It hung around for about a week and a half. We played with it on Halloween and then put it back outside…and haven’t seen it since.
Ever since Allie the Cat (aka Shila – the name given to her by her original owner) ran away, the kids (mainly JL) have been bugging me to get a new cat. One afternoon we were discussing how after we knew Allie was definitely gone we would get a cat from the shelter. I talked to them about how it was good to get a cat from the shelter because it had already had shots, been spayed or neutered, and had a micro-chip inserted into it…and they put animals down at the shelter after they’d been there too long…so we needed to rescue one. Well, they started asking if there was any chance our cat who had run away was there…oh I definitely didn’t see that coming. We ended up going to the shelter and Pet Depot to make sure Allie wasn’t at either place. At one point during the afternoon I thought we were going to end up with a school of goldfish and a cat, but ended up with NOTHING. I felt like that was a huge victory for moms everywhere. However, he next day JL started in again about wanting a cat. He knows how to get me to agree to something…bug the crap out of me until I cave. Worked like a charm. We got another cat. This cat’s name is Izzie.
Izzie is a sweet cat. Until today she’d try to dart in the house any time the door opened, but tonight she calmed down and would stay in the garage when we’d open and close the door. She went on an adventure with Jeb and the kids this afternoon. She stayed right with them like she was a dog. :) That’s what I need, a cat that acts like a dog. I really want a dog, but don’t need something else to potty train…because apparently I’m not so good with that these days.
Caden had his 5oth day of school last week. They celebrated by dressing up in 50s attire, having a sock hop, drinking soda, and doing other 50sey things.
We were rebels on Halloween. We didn’t go to our church fall festival. Yes, I know, we are horrible people. Y’all don’t realize how much those things stress me out and make me anxious. I do not cope well in crowds with Ella Kate. Someday it will be fine. Halloween 2012 was not that day. We went trick or treating with some sweet friends, who I have deemed will now be our Halloween buddies.
Caden didn’t want to be anything for Halloween. I don’t really push Halloween, so I didn’t really care that he didn’t want to dress up. Dressing up isn’t really his thing anyway. At the last minute he decided he would be a Trash Pack kid. He was Rank-instein…or stink-instein…I don’t remember it’s Trashy name. JL pulled an audible at the last minute and decided to be Mario. Whatever. I threw EK’s outfit together that day. She was “girl in poofy skirt with adorable ‘pig tails.’”
I love these 2 boys. They are the best of friends, which makes me so happy.
Here’s JL and Sadie. They have been good buddies since they were 2. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long!
JL says Sadie is his girlfriend. He also says he’s “in love with her.” I asked him what he thought love was, and I’d give anything if I had the conversation between him and Caden that followed my question. JL mentioned love had to do with holding hands, getting married, and going on dates…then Caden chimes in, “Oh you can’t be in love then, you don’t have any money to take a girl on dates.” JL is notorious for spending every last cent once he gets any money, leaving him with nothing. Here are a couple pics of Sadie and JL from Christmas last year.
This picture cracks me up. Lukey is laid back on me all spread out, and Sadie has her hand perched on his knee.
And here they are before their Christmas Program
If only we could do an arranged marriage…
The Friday after Halloween was a Community Field Trip for Caden. They visited different places in our community and learned about each one. After they finished, the parents were asked to meet them at Depot Park for a picnic. It was Caden’s birthday, so he got to wear his birthday crown. He loved it. He also loved that he got to check out after the picnic. I need to add more about his birthday, but it deserves a post in it’s own.
We had some friends over Saturday night for the UA vs. LSU game. That was one of the most nerve wracking games ive seen in a while. I may have screamed at the top of my lungs and scared a small child toward the end of the game. The kids played together so well, which made watching the game more enjoyable.
Sunday I grabbed a craft I had planned on doing over the summer with them. Better late than never. The boys had fun building with their gum drops. Ella Kate preferred to eat them.
And that bring us to this past week. You know, I envy the people who sit down every night and write on their blog. I wouldn’t have to catch up on 3 weeks of info in one post. I’ve almost fallen asleep 3 times since I started this…pressing on…We celebrated election day (not the election results…just the day). I love a hands on activity, so I googled electoral college map and printed one out. The boys then colored in each state as it was called out. They had a great time, but then got too tired to stay awake…much like me right now.
Caden’s school always does a Veteran’s Day program, and honors the student’s family who are veterans. Grandaddy has been able to be “Caden’s veteran’ the last couple for years. I can’t get my picture of the two of them to upload to the blog. I’ll try again tomorrow.
Here he is with his teacher.
Today, Caden had his pizza party for his class winning most box tops. They had 2,200. That is so great because it means their classroom will be able to get $220 from Box Tops for Education! Such a great program. We cbecked Caden out after the party and hung around the house all afternoon. We even got most of our Christmas decorations up. :) Well, that’s all I can muster up for tonight. I still have NYC and C’s 7th (yikes!) birthday to post about.