A couple weeks ago we went to The McWane Center to celebrate Dr. Woolley’s 300 implant recipients. He’s done many more than 300 implants since most of the kids he implants now are bilateral. EK wouldn’t look at the camera for our pic with Dr. Woolley…probably because the room we were in was LOUD and full of people. We are so thankful for the gift of cochlear implants and are forever grateful for them and Dr. Woolley. The McWane Center is such a neat place, but I was happy to be headed home afterwards. I’m not much of a museum person…especially with a 3, 4, and 6 year old.
We’ve been doing therapy as usual. We decided to mix it up a little and put together a Mr. Potato Head. EK did this by herself! I told her to pick up various body parts and put them in, and she would do it. Yay! She was proud of herself too.
We’re still reading books nightly. This particular night Caden read aloud to me while I was cleaning up the kitchen. Jeb was working late, and we had to make it work. EK decided she would “read” with him. It was fantastic. What she was “reading” made NO sense, but was priceless nonetheless.
I’ve been a regular up at Caden’s school too. EK started preschool there. I expected the worst when I picked her up the first day. Much to my dismay, they went on and on about how awesome she did. They were so impressed with how well she learned routines, sat in group time, etc. We decided to extend her to 3 hours 2 times a week. She did fine with the extra hour, but it messed up our therapy we did at home. We decided to change it back to 2 hours, and add an extra day. She’s going 3 days a week, 2 hours a day. I am so thankful for this little class. They work one on one with EK, as well as give her time to interact with other kids her age (who aren’t her brothers)…and she doesn’t have to be potty trained to go. The past couple of weeks have been full of box tops, fall festival, Golden Apple, and Parent Picnic.
Here’s the basket me and the other homeroom mom got together. This is one of the fund raisers for the school PTO. It’s a basket for the silent auction. Our basket brought in $190.
The wretched box tops I had to count, cut, and separate for Caden’s class. In case you are wondering how many are in the 3 gallon zip lock bags, that would be 1600. 1,600 box tops. So far, Caden’s class is winning. Caden is so excited they will probably win the pizza party given to the class who brought in the most box tops.
Golden Apple is awarded to students displaying “good citizenship.” We are so proud of Caden for his award.
After the Golden Apple presentation I took the little kids home to do a quick therapy session before we had to get back to the school for Caden’s Class Picnic.
After the picnic I checked Caden out of school and we geared up for a fun weekend! We headed to Walmart, like we usually do on Fridays. We buy our dip ingredients on Fridays. Last weekend we had 3 dips. It was UA vs. UT, so that called for a lot of dips. We had Pioneer Womans Black Eyed Pea Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Snickers Dip. I think I’ve gained 10lbs this football season.
Saturday morning Jeb woke up wanting donuts, so he took the little 2 with him. JL had just gotten his Toad costume the day before, so he decided he should wear it to the Donut shop. EK couldn’t be the only one without a costume on, so she found her skirt and put it on top of her pajamas. I got them all to pose before they left, because I needed proof of what they went out in public wearing.
Later we made caramel apples, went to the boys soccer games, glittered pumpkins, ate dip, and watched football. Such a fun fall Saturday!
Before soccer, dipping our apples in caramel…
After soccer decorating our caramel apples…
Decorating pumpkins with glue and glitter.
Jeb has a new little football set up. He watches 3 games at once now. Ella Kate kind of likes it. She sits her little chair in front of one of the little tvs and just takes it all in.
This past week we’ve been immersed in planning for the Fall Festival. I’m PTO Treasurer, which I’ve found out is more than just writing checks every now and then. The Fall Festival was a huge success, but full of stress along the way. We are so thankful for the school Caden goes to and the parent involvement. We ended up making close to $6000 for CCPS.
This past weekend we made Mississippi Sin Dip in honor of playing MSU. It was about as good as MSU. It had the potential to be good, but fell short when it counted.
We also had:
Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
2 chicken breasts, still frozen
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese
Put the chicken in the crock pot.
Top with the tomatoes, corn,
the drained and rinsed beans,
ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders,
stir to combine then top with the cream cheese.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring one or twice
to blend in the cheese.
Shred the chicken into large pieces
and serve over rice.
Can also serve in tortillas or taco shells.
This was SO easy and it was phenomenal. It will definitely make it in the regular rotation of soups around here.
Today we went to our niece’s 8th birthday party. The kids had a great time, like they always do with their cousins. When we got home I took a few pictures of the boys looking cute in their warm jammies. I take pictures of Ella Kate all the time, but I don’t take them of the boys too often. After we got EK to bed tonight (she fell asleep on the way home from Millbrook) we did our Bible story time together and I took some phone pictures of the boys. So thankful for these two wild kids. They make me laugh on a daily basis. They are so full of love, thoughtfulness, and crazy.