While the kids were gone, I got a little surprise for each of the boys and the friends they were having over (my older two were already busy with extra-curricular activities...).
Here are my elementary boys (and can you spot #3 photo bombing?).
A first, a fourth, a sixth, an eighth, and a tenth grader ready to go
Dad walked them to school, like always. Mom gets a little apprehensive and emotional... This year I made it a grand total of about 15 minutes before I called Allie to let her know I was coming to pick up Max cause I missed my boys. We spent a large part of the day together, so I made it until those boys walked back through my door.
The cutest thing happened. We got the elementary kids out the door, and I went into my bedroom to do something. When I came back out, #s 2 & 3 were sitting on the couch, waiting...for something. I asked what was up, and they said they were just waiting for Dad to walk with them to school. Mike walked up just then, and I told him they'd like him to walk with them and they suddenly got a little tentative, "Well, yeah, I mean, if YOU want to..." Dad happily walked them to junior high. In fact, he walks with #3 most mornings and they have a couple of minutes to visit on their own (#2 does early morning football).
After school, each boy brought a friend home to play. #4 and his friend, Thomas, love the trampoline. #5 and Cam, below, love crafts.
Yes, I am THAT mom. I sat on the front steps and watched for the junior high boys to walk home. I did this even though other parents had parked in front of our house to wait for their children. And even though there were crowds of kids passing by. I simply couldn't help myself.
So I got an early glimpse of #3 with his friend Ryan on their way home. I LOVE when they get home. Best part of my day.
I love our family's blog. It's a detailed journal so that I can look back and remember. But even Mike can't take time to read it all! So we've decided to create a shorthand with updates maybe once a month of special or unique goings on.