Kye Monthly Summary: April

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FSU’s Spring Game was this month so Zach and Kye made a day of it and drove to Tallahassee that morning. They went to a fun zone type place and Kye got to play laser tag for the first time (and LOVED it) and they also played putt-putt. Both the guys love some BBQ so they found a place for lunch and then went to the game. They had AWESOME seats and had a blast, even though Kye did end up getting a little bored since it wasn’t a legit game. 

Sweet father son memories!

Love this…I love that Kye has such BIG goals!

I came across these from when Kye was an itty bitty baby and about died! I literally can’t remember him being this tiny!!!

Kye’s school had testing this month (not his grade) so his lunch got moved earlier and it was SO nice because it worked where Tess and I could go eat with him one morning! She was cracking us up because she kept begging him for food and kept smiling this smile like “I know I’m spoiled” I love getting time with two kids together, the dynamic is def so different with one on one than all three siblings together!

Big brother time is ALWAYS silly time!

Kye is like me in SO many ways. He loves sugary type candy (neither of us are big chocolate fans) and he likes to SAVE stuff. He has been slowly eating this sucker he bought at Disney for 2 months!

For Easter he got a kite and has been enjoying trying to get it to fly. We’ve been watching the weather for good winds πŸ˜‰

He’s my sweetheart who knows how to cheer me up! He played with my hair for almost 45 min πŸ™‚ 

I legit bought this shirt from Old Navy in high school and wore it regularly! It was from the boys section of the store and now Kye can enjoy it!

He loves working on his blog πŸ˜‰ 

Kye is a huge helper. When we eat out he’s always busy gathering up everything everyone needs. 

And he helps with decor decisions πŸ˜‰

He has great work ethic and never forgets to do his homework right after school!

I mentioned this stuff in another post but y’all. If you’re dealing with molluscum then this is a MUST BUY. I wish I’d done before and after pictures. But these spots look very much like pimples. They are raised and sometimes have white heads. Almost like an ant bite! It’s temping to pick at them but don’t b/c they spread very easily. I started using ZymaDerm on Kye’s spots and they started clearing up instantly and were completely gone within a few weeks! 

He loves golf and has really enjoyed this junior camp! It ends in May and we don’t really have plans to find another option as I’m hoping he’ll be able to go with Zach some! 

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Kye Monthly Summary: April

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This is Kye’s summary from April (I know it’s stinking JULY right now. I’m trying to play catch up!). 

The BIG NEWS from this month is that Kye lost his first tooth! The dentist told us to expect him to hold onto his baby teeth until age 7. Due to his growth delay stuff we expected him to take longer than the average age to begin losing teeth. I’ve been in nooooo rush. Let’s be real: the early adult teeth smiles aren’t always the cutest haha! Plus Kye has a small mouth and needs all the time to make SPACE that he can get! 

He lost his first tooth while on our Spring Break trip to Cocoa Beach. I went into the kids room to wake them up from naps and was cuddling with Britt when Kye said “well I just pulled out my tooth!” Haha! 

Several months ago I found MY baby teeth in the attic (creepy? yessssss…. awesome? double yes!) and Kye was all about it! So I ordered this book from Amazon so he would be able to keep his baby teeth too (and I brought it on the trip b/c I had that mama hunch that we’d need it!)

Writing his note for the tooth fairy!

I bought this pillow actually several years ago from Zulily for him to store his tooth and note in!

By the end of the month his new tooth was well on it’s way to coming in…and whew it’s HUGE. I have no clue how in the world he’s gonna fit more of them in there!

Also this month Kye had an Art Show at school. Such a cute idea! The hallways were covered with several of the kids’ artwork from art class throughout the year and they had refreshments for us to nibble as we all got to walk around admiring their work. Colt and Payton’s school actually makes their Art Show into a fundraiser where you can purchase the work in a nice frame or something which is pretty dang genius!!! 

Our proud artist! (I adore the hippo!)

I know I say it all the time but my kids have THE BEST G-Mama. She always, always wants to attend every event. Big or small, she’s there showing her support! We are blessed beyond measure by her!

Family pic attempts, always entertaining πŸ˜‰

I have pretty much always carried Tess everywhere b/c it’s just EASIER. Letting her down to walk though is so, so precious. It’s fun hearing all the comments about how adorable she is πŸ˜‰

We had a few treats this month:

I made chocolate pudding (Really for Zach as he loves it)

Kye is OBSESSED with cereal. Which reminds me 100% of my little brother growing up. Kid could eat cereal all day every day and still want more. Kye is the same way and asks for cereal every afternoon after school. We usually only do multigrain cheerios but sometimes you gotta hook a kid up with something sweet πŸ˜‰

HOLD THE PRESSES. At 7 years old Kye FINALLY had his first cup of CHOCOLATE MILK! I know, we’re gettin’ crazy over here haha. It was a one time thing but Zach and I wanted some chocolate milk with our waffle breakfast so we had to let the kids have a cup too. πŸ˜‰ They were PUMPED. I’m always so proud of Kye about his choices and at school, when he buys lunch, he ALWAYS gets the white milk. It’s not that I have a thing against chocolate milk, I just know of SO many kids who “won’t” drink white milk b/c they’ve had chocolate and I just haven’t ever wanted to have that struggle with my crew so we don’t do chocolate πŸ™‚

Our family walks have been a bit hit, especially for Levi! The kids argue over who gets to walk him on his leash!

Kye is our little reading machine. He loves to read. Like we have to tell him over the monitor to GO TO SLEEP because he’ll be up all night reading if we let him! I love his love for books and am so crazy impressed at the HUGE leap he made in his reading abilities. 

Kye is SO thoughtful and sweet. He’s always putting others ahead of himself and this month he threw a little “party” for Mommy and Daddy πŸ™‚ 

Some of my FAVORITE moments of the day are hanging out on the front porch with Kye when he gets home from school! I love the look he gets on his face when he first sees me off the bus and I love his excitement as he runs across the yard to meet me. Kye and I just really share a special bond and understanding of each other.  I know he’s only 7 but he just “gets me” and I think it’s because we think so similarly. If I’m frazzled he will say “thank you Mom for all you do.” It’s like he already understands that the best feeling in the world is to feel appreciated! 

When we got home from California I really wanted some solo time with each big kid. Kye and I went to Steak and Shake and then to The Mix and got Dip and Dots for the first time (his first time). It was great to get to have that one on one time and reconnect after I’d been out of town for so long! I had missed my sweet boy!

I actually didn’t have my phone with me at all on our date! I had totally left it at home! Lucky for us we happened to run into Mema and Mrs. Charlotte at Steak and Shake so they took some pics for me and texted em to me πŸ˜‰ 

Kye may think like me, but he takes after Zach with his annoyingly good at everythingness. Always dominates me at Checkers. As in, I don’t stand a chance!

Mr. Inventer loves to take trash and turn it into things (this is a kite)

He has such a strong work ethic and always has that happy heart in all he does!

And he can be a bit silly too πŸ˜‰

A few more things about Kye this month:

  • He is REALLY starting to pay attention during church services. He sings and listens to the lesson and it makes us so proud!
  • He’s at that “collection” age. Where he has like a million collections (if I find a dang rock in my washing machine one more time…)
  • He cracks us up at how he tells stories and retells movies. EVERY DETAIL gets told. It’s funny but whew it takes him forrrrreeeevvvvverrrr!

There is only one video from this month and it makes me laugh every time! Kye came home from school telling me about someone he learned about that day and pronounced his name for me and it was just so funny! You can see it here!

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Kye Monthly Summary: April

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This is Kye’s monthly summary from April πŸ™‚

This month Kye had his very last chapel at school. He’s gone to the same school since he was 2 Β½ years old and every Wednesday morning they have a chapel gathering. They sing songs and learn a simple lesson from God’s Word. Parents are always welcome to attend and I think it’s a great outreach program! I’ve gone a couple times though the years and have always enjoyed it! Kye’s kindergarten class is actually the last kindergarten class to go through the school. For the forceable future they don’t plan to offer kindergarten anymore! Yes, I’m bummed b/c I planned to keep Britt there for kinder too! As a way to honor the k5 kids they had a special chapel where the kindergarteners chose, and lead, all the songs and performed a skit. The kids and I were so happy that Zach surprised us and made it! I was even happier that it was his turn to be embarrassed and go up on stage πŸ˜‰ And even funnier is that they sang “tooty-ta” which is Britt’s FAV and is for sure the most embarrassing song haha. He was a great sport! And he lucked out I had forgotten that I video taped it when I originally wrote this post. Here’s the video of “tooty-ta” and the video of Kye’s favorite “read your bible everyday”

I took pics of the skit while Zach took video πŸ™‚ here’s the video!  I love how serious he is haha…acting may not be in our future πŸ˜‰

He may be serious in a school setting, but at home the sillier side of Kye does come out πŸ™‚ He is very creative and loves to make up songs. He has also started to ask about picking out his own clothes. Lord help me because child is SO PROUD of his matching skills…maybe he’s color blind?!?! He set up a stage complete with signs and got dressed for the show!

Our neighborhood has a community garage sale so the big kids and I drove around to check ’em out. Zach is anti garage sales and is big about just donating everything we get rid of and writing it off on taxes. Which I get, but I was raised garage sale hunting and I’m always down to go when we can! It’ll be something that will be fun once all the kids are older for sure! We didn’t find ANYTHING so I let the kids get their first ever Sunny D from some neighbor children!

This month we transitioned Kye from baths to showers! He and Britt had been bathing together since she was able to sit up and once Tess was born we had Tess bathe solo. Now that Tess can sit up in her bath seat we went ahead and switched it up. It got to the point where it was def time for Kye and Britt to bathe separately. We’re not shy about our bodies in our home but I knew the time would come where it was just more appropriate for separate bath times. He’s done GREAT with showering! Zach told him to count to 30 when the water starts before putting in the shampoo and now whenever he showers I can hear him counting πŸ™‚ 

Even though it was time and it was an easy transition, it still made me SAD that he’s done with Mommy and Daddy bathing him! No more bath toys or asking to play longer! He’s fully grown!

Speaking of being grown we also started having Kye brush his own teeth in the mornings. It’s NOT the best thing, as it’s recommended for parents to brush their teeth until age 9. But our mornings heading to school are always rushed and often I’d drop the ball and simply fail to brush his teeth at all. We figured it was better for him to brush them than for them to not be brushed. And obviously we still brush them each night for him!

This month we made a decently large purchase for our home: a new vacuum. I am a sucker for infomercials and one Sunday morning I was up nursing Tess early (we wake her early on Sundays b/c church) so I turned on the tv and got sucked into an infomercial about the Shark Rocket
. I ended up recording it to show Zach haha! I am SO glad we ended up buying one! It’s AMAZING and best of all it’s so light that Kye can do all the vacuuming for me πŸ™‚ I love my new vacuum, especially b/c it means I don’t have to vacuum! Ha!

Kye and I worked our way through reading our second chapter book together this month. We read Stuart Little
. It’s SO RANDOM. Has anyone else read it? I didn’t like it at all. However I love reading together and it’s so cute how into it he gets and how much he enjoys that time. He has started reading some to me too!

Kye has ALWAYS had such a heart for the Lord and is very serious about his prayer life. He keeps a prayer journal and this month he carried a little notebook around with him all day. He would write down prayers as he thought about it and then at night he’d read through all his sheets while saying his prayers. It was precious to hear some of the things on his heart…although random ailments suddenly appeared that I had no knowledge of Britt having haha!

I’m pretty sure I’m the one who first played checkers with Kye. What was I thinking? The kid fell in LOVE with it. And checkers is NOT a short game…at all. He and Zach played it a few times and Kye got very frustrated that he couldn’t ever come close to beating Zach. He said he only wants to play with Mommy until he’s 21 and then he’ll play Daddy again. He’s using me as practice to get good enough to beat Daddy πŸ˜‰ He said we need to play three times a week. He’s winning a lot because I get booooored. By the time we have all kings I just think it’s super boring? So I basically get jumped on purpose πŸ˜‰ I do love that he enjoys it and I love the time together though! And I know my losing is just helping him get more confidence to take down Daddy, right? πŸ˜‰ 

He also discovered the game Sorry!
this month at G-Mama’s! Turns out it was Zach’s favorite as a kid πŸ™‚ Maybe Kye will have a chance at beating him before he turns 21 πŸ˜‰

Kye is very much a “handy man” around the house and loves to make things for me. He made me a little table and also surprised me with a random box creation that he said is to hold all my pens. He put all my pens from my desk in it and put it on the floor…hello tripping hazard haha! I seriously do LOVE the little table though! It’s perfect to put on the floor by my side of the bed to keep the monitor on it at night!

Kye is very creative. His made up songs, his building things, and he also creates all kinds of games. This was one using items from our Easter tub. Something with the balls and the baskets. I can’t remember all the rules (b/c trust me, there are always LOTS of rules to these games!). 

Kye loves to play with Tess in her room and especially loves to “set up” her toys for her. This involves using ALL the links we have and making a big connection of them all on her playmat. Let’s just say this is one of the reasons we packed the play mat up earlier for Tess than we did with Kye or Britt haha! It’s so sweet that he enjoys seeing her happy and wants for her to have fun! 

As a kid I remember being pretty bossy. I think it’s a common first born trait? I loved to play school and would always be the teacher and my younger brother, as well as our neighborhood friends, were the students. I bet I drove them NUTS because I see Kye driving Britt nuts already about it. He has started making “worksheets” for her to do. She, naturally, doesn’t want to do them and is easily frustrated by what he tries to teach her because it’s things way, way above her current abilities. She’s learning letter and number recognition and he’s trying to teach her to spell and add. I had a big talk with him about it all and told him what I learned from being similar to him as a kid: other kids won’t want to play with you if you’re always bossy. I also talked to him about the kinds of things he CAN help Britt learn and he’s since made up more age appropriate work sheets and had her do more activities that are on her skill level. 

Kye learned about recycling this month at school around Earth Day. Our family, as you may have guessed, is more on the republican/conservative side. We aren’t really into the whole “green” thing and I personally think so much of the “trend” is just a money maker. When we had recycling offered with our trash company, we did recycle but we aren’t very environmentally cautious I guess? We don’t litter or anything like that, we just don’t prioritize “going green” in our daily lives. Since learning about the Earth and recycling though Kye has become very into it. He has a box in the garage where he stores up things he could use to recycle and will randomly gather the items to create something new with them. Most of the time it involves cutting some holes in some water bottles πŸ˜‰ 

Right now Kye still has nap time. He turned 6 in March and gets up each morning at 7:04 to start the day. He then “naps” from 1:00-2:40. His bedtime is 7:45. He’s getting roughly 11 hours and 15 min of sleep each night and typically doesn’t sleep during his naps. I am still worried about him not getting this time though when he goes to all day school in the fall! If he doesn’t have his rest time then I can tell a difference in him! He seems tired (even though he doesn’t usually sleep during that time) and more easily agitated. I can’t imagine how he’ll be after going-going-going at school all day every day! I may consider doing a rest time when he gets home in the afternoons??? Some days he even surprises me and will SLEEP at naps! I’d say maybe once or twice a week he’ll sleep!

Usually when Kye wakes from nap Britt is still sleeping and I’m about to nurse Tess. His lamp turns on at 2:40 which lets him know it’s time to get up and he can do pretty much whatever he pleases. He LOVES this alone time. I think he is an introvert and needs the time alone to recharge. Britt is an extrovert and always, always wants to be around others. It causes them to clash a good bit and I’m thankful he gets this solo time that he needs. Another thing I worry about with all day school is that he’ll get home and be immediately attacked by Britt! She’ll be needing her “together time” with him and he’ll be needing his “alone time.” I’m sure I’ll have to do a good bit of schedule arranging to help our afternoons run smoothly when the time comes!

Often Kye enjoys playing with his castle guys in his room when he gets up from nap. He used his recycling finds to make what I thought was a jail for the bad guys. I checked it out one day and was pretty surprised by it, turns out it wasn’t a jail.  He drew a cross and wrote “we will bless him we believe in Jesus” and he also drew Jesus on the cross as well. He said it was a tomb for where the guys who died in the war got buried. Kinda creeped me out! 

Another thing Kye does during this time is go outside. Last year after summer I happened to be at Toys R Us and they and a HUGE clearance sale on summer toys. They had this random little car sand box set meant for toddlers…but it was only $4 so I bought it and gave it to Kye for his 6th birthday. I knew he’d enjoy it as an extra outside toy for his cars and such and I was right! It was a great find!

Big Papa and G-Mama went to Japan this month on an Aflac trip. It’s the first big Aflac trip that Zach didn’t qualify for that I wasn’t disappointed about ha! I just haven’t ever had a desire to go to Japan? Although when I found out their hotel was SUPER close to Disney Japan I about died. I would LOVE to someday visit all the Disney locations…so I guess I’d need to go to Japan at some point huh? Just not while my kids are so young or while I’m nursing a baby πŸ™‚ Anyway they brought the kids back some really fun gifts!

We went out to dinner one night as a family this month (had a gift card!). Kye is so funny because he said he likes Longhorn b/c they give orange slices with their chicken and fries. After this night I started buying oranges! I never really buy them very often but hello, the kid LOVES them!!!

Kye is such a great big brother to BOTH of his sisters. He is very patient and loving and enjoys seeing them be happy. He’s going to be such a great daddy some day! I love this look on his face while he watches Tess πŸ™‚ 

He makes my day brighter every day and finds ways to constantly show others that he cares. I LOVE this picture of this bunny with the rainbow! I wished it was for me!!!

More about Kye this month:

  • In the car one day Kye informed me that parents are wrong about the stuff we say πŸ˜‰ He said “like you tell me I look fly but then no one else says that I do!” Bahahaa. I explained to him that he does look cool or handsome or whatever and that just because others don’t tell him that doesn’t mean they don’t think it πŸ˜‰ 
  • This month we had an incident. Kye is very responsible but is also still only 6. Since Tess was born I haven’t liked Kye being given any responsibility over her. I would say this but I realize that some lessons in life have to be learned rather than told. Tess and Kye and Zach were in our bedroom, I was in the kitchen. All I know is that Tess fell off the bed. When I ran in the room my first reaction was actually to be more concerned about Kye. I just knew he was SO upset and he didn’t need to be. It’s not up to him to take care of the baby. He said he was supposed to watch her and she was trying to get the remote so he turned to put it away from her and that’s when she fell off the bed. Mobile babies shouldn’t be on beds. Thankfully she was okay and it was a good lesson to us all. Kye knows if we ever ask him to do something he’s not comfortable with to let us know. He told me later “I’m not watching anyone ever again. It’s YOUR baby!!!” πŸ˜‰
  • This month Kye started sleeping with Levi in his room πŸ™‚ We have had dog issues for awhile now. It’s been a battle. My recommendation to people is to wait to get dogs until after having children. Levi was very very attached to me and as we added more and more children he started acting out in different ways because he’s not getting the attention he needs from me. Sadie is also 16 years old and is losing her ability to control her bladder and such. We decided to move them outside during the day and then let them in at night only. Levi sleeps with Kye and Britt has Sadie. I don’t feel bad about it because they go out at 7 am and come in at 7 pm so they are inside for half the day! If I worked outside the home they’d be outside anyway! It’s been a positive decision for our family. No more issues inside and it gives the kids more responsibility over the pets. Britt feeds them each day and Kye fills their water bowl. Plus the kids love getting to sleep with them at night!
  • Kye is a BOY for SURE! Kid can EAT like no one’s business! He chows down and cleans his plate and always wants more! He likes everything I cook (finally!) and it’s just proof that by continuing to have our kids eat a certain amount of each thing on their plate that they will, eventually, start to like it!
  • Kye is very serious and does NOT like being teased or laughed at. He gets very embarrassed and upset. 
  • He is the only boy in his class and struggles with it. All the girls may adore him and think he’s their boyfriend, but he doesn’t understand that yet. He told me he wishes there were no girls in the world except for our family!
  • Our neighbor (the mean one!) is selling their house! Kye said he wants to buy it and has it all worked out that he has enough book mark money to buy it πŸ™‚
  • He told me he loves a little girl in his class, Emma, but doesn’t know when he’s going to tell her
  • He said he has a big head so he has big breams and that Britt has a small head so she has small brains
  • Kye went on a donut date with G-Mama (they both love chocolate covered cream filled donuts) and was so thoughtful to bring Britt home a donut too
  • Kye started having a responsibility as part of the worship service at church! He goes and collects the attendance cards at the start of services. He was SO precious and it was a proud mama moment for sure!
  • When I packed his last lunch for lunch bunch I put a little note in it that said “I love you” but I put an eye ball for the “I” a heart for the “love” etc. That same day G-Mama picked him up and took him to get the donuts. He cam running in the door SO excited. Not about lunch bunch, not about the donuts, but about my note! He said he carried it with him all day and that all his friends looked at it and thought it was so cool that it had the eyeball for “I” and that it was a code they had to figure out haha. He was so thrilled by it and it literally made me get tears in my eyes. It meant so much to ME that a little gesture like that meant so much to him. πŸ™‚
  • I’m FINALLY reading Childwise
    and y’all. It’s a GAME CHANGER. The first thing I’m working on is funneling every aspect of parenting through the golden rule. WOW. I mean you know it’s the golden rule and all but I hadn’t ever focused on it and applied it across the board in my parenting. It’s been amazing and has worked wonderfully with Kye in explaining things from other people’s perspectives. 

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Kye Monthly Summary: April

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Here’s Kye’s summary from April!

Video Games: If you remember awhile back I did a post about video games and how it was a lesson for us in reparenting.  Kye is older now and will occasionally ask us when he’s going to be able to play a “game on the tv.” Zach and I discussed it and also talked to Kye about it and we agreed he could play one night a week instead of his board game time with Mommy and Daddy. It typically happens even less often than that…Zach has a lot of projects around the house he’s working on and often Kye and Zach will work on those projects rather than play a game πŸ™‚ He loves working with his daddy! The only game we play is Mario Kart and we take turns each playing with Kye a couple of races. He has done WONDERFULLY this time around with this privilege! He doesn’t fuss at all when it’s time to stop nor does he ask to play it every night. And he’s old enough to really actually be able to drive too πŸ™‚ We all enjoy it and I’m glad we stopped when we did and waited awhile until it was more of an age appropriate thing to do with him! 

Hair: Well. It’s begun! I remember very vividly when the boy I used to baby sit for got really into his hair. He was SO proud of it and would take a lot of time fixing it just right…and now Kye has entered that same phase. One morning he spent, legit, 20 minutes in the bathroom. So cute! He kept combing it and fixing it and is very particular about how he wants it styled. Zach and I prefer it with a little spike in the front…Kye likes it all laying FLAT. So this explains his interesting hair looks in many of the upcoming pictures haha. I hate to hurt his confidence and feel like it’s okay if he wants to fix it how he wants to fix it, right? Usually I let him wear it however he wants to school but Zach and I will fix it how we want it for family outings and such. I’m hoping he learns to embrace the look we like best eventually haha! And yes, I took a million pics of this…but it was too cute to miss!

The ENTIRE drive to school this is what I saw in my rearview mirror!

Writing: Kye continues to enjoy writing and also continues to improve in both the handwriting as well as spelling! He writes so many words on his own without even needing to ask me how to spell them πŸ™‚ He drew this for Kailyn one morning at church πŸ™‚

And this is what he wanted to write on every single one of his birthday thank you cards!

Helper: Kye loves to help and loves having responsibilities! Now that he’s upstairs in his new room I started having him make his bed. Confession: Zach and I don’t make our bed. I know we need to start if we’re going to require the kids to do it!!!

First time making bed on his own!

Kye has REALLY enjoyed helping with all of the nursery things! He and Zach put all the furniture together and Kye is even able to help do the power tools πŸ™‚ 

Garden: For awhile now Kye has been saying he wants to have a garden. Zach and Kye went to Lowe’s and got several different kinds of foods to plant. I know NOTHING about this but they have taken it very seriously. Kye is very proud of it and takes time to go check and see how it’s doing. He also uses his little rake to get any leaves that fall into the garden πŸ˜‰ So cute! So far the corn has been eaten by a squirrel…I’m not sure if anything else is growing or not. Zach has many, many talents but gardening is def not one of his strong suits. Haha!

Golf: Kye is REALLY starting to LOVE golf. Which makes Zach very happy! Now that he’s older and better able to handle missing naps, they will go together more often. I think it’s so precious that Mr. Rusty goes with them and they have three generations enjoying a sport together. There aren’t many sports that you can do together like that and can enjoy at any age. It’s really why I love golf more than any other sport Kye may play πŸ™‚ 

Wacky Wednesday: Kye’s favorite day of school each year is Wacky Wednesday! He loves to dress up super wacky and this year was even more awesome because they invited parents and siblings to dress up wacky for Chapel! I haven’t actually attended chapel since Kye was in the 2 Β½ year old class. I went once and it caused a disruption for him so I’ve never been back. Plus having Britt meant naps and such during that time! It worked out GREAT that Britt and I were able to visit Chapel (since I def won’t be able to next year with the new baby!) And that we got to participate in Kye’s favorite school tradition!

We had a GREAT time!!!

Special Time with Others: A great thing about Kye getting older is that we do trust him so much and he is able to go and do things with other people without us needing to be there! He LOVES having dates with G-Mama! They go eat, go to the Fun Factory to play games, and even go putt putt πŸ™‚ 

Kye also really adores Ms. Liz from church and she made a special visit to his school while we were in Ireland! He got to sit with her during their Chapel Time and he loved it!

Kid Table: Our family has grown SO MUCH that we all have a tough time finding seating together at restaurants. The kids love getting to pile in together at a table! Even Britt!!!

Move in Mommy’s Bed: When I had my foot surgery last year Kye’s favorite memory from that time is that he got to watch a movie in my bed with me. How random is that? He really, really loved it so we cuddled up and watched one together this month along with some of my childhood stuffed animals πŸ™‚ 

Speaking of movies we also did our treat necklaces this month! We did it once last summer and both kids have asked to do it again so we had a movie treat and necklace snack πŸ™‚ 

Baking: I’m not sure at what age boys stop being interested in helping in the kitchen (hopefully never?) but Kye loves to help cook! Which my pregnant self sure does enjoy…I love any excuse to make some sweets these days! This month we baked cookies and made muffins!

Other Stuff from This Month:

  • One night Kye was playing with my hair and said “I’m making you handsome for all the boys!” haha
  • Kye asked me when do I eat snacks for my baby. I was confused and asked him what he meant and he said “ya know like Aunt Casey eats snacks all the time for her baby” haha…guess he called her out about that πŸ˜‰
  • Kye is very interested in baptism and asked this month about when he can get baptized. I told him when he fully understands and decides he’s ready and he said “I get it! I’m ready!!!”
  • One day in the car Kye randomly brought up my mom. It is surprising to me that he still remembers so many things about her and that time period of her involvement in his life. I mean it’s been since Sept of 2012. Which is a long time for a child, ya know? It is always difficult whenever he brings her up but I am very open about my feelings too and we ended up crying together about missing her. It’s a tricky thing to handle and to explain so I try my best to always keep my answers as simple as possible. I never paint anyone in a bad or negative light. It is easier to explain since my dad doesn’t see the kids very often and because so many of the kids at Kye’s school are military so they don’t have ANY family living near them. I talk about those things and it helps him and I try to focus on how blessed we are to have so much family that does live so close and who we do get to see so often!
  • Kye loves to cuddle with his mama and one night he told me that he sometimes forgets about God because he loves me so much that he forgets he’s supposed to love God even more than he loves me πŸ™‚ 
  • Since he’s moved upstairs it’s all gone very well! The first time this month he came down the stairs in the middle of the night because he had a bad dream. Legit scared Zach and I!!! We aren’t used to anyone coming into our room!!!! He had a bad dream about a shark eating him. It’s so funny to me that he’d get up, walk down the dark stairs, and through the dark house to come tell us that. I know as a kid I would have been too scared to go that far!!! We just tucked him back in and prayed about it and he was fine. I know I have very vivid nightmares myself and it helps me to fully wake up, think (or talk in his case) through it all, and then think happy thoughts before going back to sleep. If i don’t do those things then I will just continue to have the same dream! 
  • Kye and Britt are both getting excited about having a little brother or sister! Here is a video of Kye telling Britt what it means to be a “big sister” and all the responsibilities she’s going to have!
  • We love us some Frozen in our house (what family doesn’t right now!?!?) Here is Kye singing “Let it Go”
  • Kye came home from school singing a song about the resurrection day and it was cracking Zach and I up b/c rather than saying “resurrection” Kye kept saying “erection” hahaha. Here’s a video!

My favorite game EVER is when the kids play “fix mommy’s hair!”

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Kye Monthly Summary – April

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The month of April was another crazy one for us. Thankfully life got SO. MUCH. BETTER in May πŸ™‚ During the month of April I had my foot surgery, we were in the scary “unknown” stage of Kye’s growth delay stuff, and we were in hardcore potty training mode with Britt. 

Here are some of the other things Kye had going on this month!

Pen Pal: My heart totally MELTED when I checked the mail and saw a letter addressed to Kye from my sweet niece, Julia!!! It was SO THOUGHTFUL! She sent him a super encouraging note including a bible verse for us to read together. Kye was SO excited and was eager to respond to her. He wouldn’t even let me help him “write” the letter so I hope she could read “preschooler language” haha

He also colored a picture to go with it

And asked me to spell her name for him πŸ™‚

And had fun sending it off in the mail!

Kye was REALLY into writing and drawing this month. It’s always fun to see what he comes up with! Soon after my surgery he drew this for me on my daily calendar of us together πŸ™‚

And I ordered some stuff from Zulily this month. They ALWAYS include a little coloring page with their stuff and this time it was a connect the dots. I cracked up at how Kye connected them all πŸ˜‰

I love how he’s standing contemplating what to draw next

I couldn’t believe how perfect this “R” and “C” were! Hard to believe a 4 year old wrote these huh?

And this just cracked me up for obvious reasons…

Now that he’s older I’m letting him use markers more often πŸ˜‰

Wacky Wednesday is Kye’s FAVORITE day. He still talks about Wacky Wednesday from last year all the time. You can see the pics of him here! This year he and I went through his wardrobe for like 30 min the night before to pick out his tackiest, wackiest stuff. He wore two hats (one with the bill in the front and one with it in the back), two shirts, a scarf, and mis-matching shoes and socks. He was def Wacky and def LOVED every second of it!!!

During my surgery recovery Kye was SO sweet. He was very concerned about me and checked on me often when he was at home. Zach said he asked about me constantly and always wanted to go talk to me but that Zach tried to let me rest as much as possible. I did try to spend time with him as much as I could manage. We watched a couple movies together in the bed and did story time in the bed as well. I know it was a tough time on him, more so than Britt, because he understands more and didn’t like to see me in pain like that. He was such a trooper though and really stepped up to help with Britt and make things run smoother around the house in my absence! Here he is “hunting” for me πŸ˜‰

This Spring has been SO COLD. Usually we are able to use our pool as early as late Feb/early May! This year we attempted to do our first family swim in April and it was FREEZING. Poor Britt turned, legit, PURPLE and Kye was so cold he started crying. We did not last long and decided not to officially count it as our first swim of the year. Although I did snap these pre-tear pictures haha

Randomly Kye has been asking to have spaghetti for dinner. It’s not something I ever cook as Zach doesn’t really like it. So I went on a hunt and found a spaghetti crock pot recipe! I cooked it just for Kye one night and he was so excited to eat it up! He enjoyed it and it was a decent meal, but not one I see myself cooking often! I guess we just aren’t spaghetti people?

Zach has ALWAYS wanted Kye to have long hair. Not like to his shoulders or anything but long enough to be considered “shaggy”. I used to agree with him until Kye got older and it was so dang hard to style. For a long time his hair just wasn’t thick enough for a longer style and now that it is thicker it’s a pain to manage. Kye’s hair has been a decent issue in our household for the past four years haha. It’s caused many a debate between Zach and I and I was SHOCKED when the guys came home from their hair cuts and Kye was rocking a short Zach-like style. I LOVE IT and it’s one of the very few times I can say “I told you so” to Zach as he’s usually always the “right one” about stuff in our marriage haha! But seriously, isn’t this a TOTAL STUD hair cut???? Kye loves it and is very particular now about how it gets fixed and he will tell me that I’m okay at doing his hair but that Daddy is GREAT at it. Boys and their hair πŸ™‚

I bought an umbrella for Kye back when we went on his first trip to Disney…but we rarely get to use it. Before I had Britt I’d always scoop him up and carry him in the rain so why would he need an umbrella? Now that he’s older and more independent (and, hello, I am having to carry Britt in the rain…kinda hard to scoop up two kids and a diaper bag and hold my own umbrella!) he’s gotten a lot more use out of his umbrella and he loves it. Usually going out in the rain is such a pain but seeing how much he loves it and enjoys it makes me enjoy it more too. The eyes of a child are such a blessing!

A beautiful thing about having a preschooler is how independent he is. I have always focused a lot on independence in my children and I feel that my work in that area has really paid off in a big way. Kye enjoys playing on his own and I COMPLETELY trust him. I can be across the house from him and I know he’s making good choices without me having to be standing over him all the time. He does a great job of playing with things then cleaning them up and putting them back where they belong when he’s finished. He really enjoys his solo time and will often go into his room on his own to play. He still does an hour of room time each day (on days when he does not have school) and I think it helps him to keep this skill! It’s such a blessing that he’s able to entertain himself as Britt is at a stage where she requires a lot of attention so he makes my life MUCH easier πŸ™‚ 

He loves playing army guys!

Even baby toys are fun!

He was so pumped to show me the number order he did completely on his own!

He also likes to surprise me by building me towers πŸ™‚

He’s learned to build things on the dining room table so Britt can’t knock them down haha

Even though he enjoys solo play, he also enjoys playing with Britt. He is SO good with sharing with her. Really sharing is only an issue for Britt. I feel guilty in a way that she’s forced to share when she is so young as Kye didn’t really have to share stuff until he was so much older. It’s a hard concept for her to understand but I still make her take turns with things. She truly wants to do everything Kye does and follows him around like a little puppy! He is so patient with her and tries to teach her new things all the time. I love watching them together, it brings me such joy! Here’s a video of my wonderful life…my happy silly children πŸ™‚

Here’s a video of Kye “teaching” Britt πŸ™‚ And one of them playing in the tub together

Kye asked me to take a picture of his handsome outfit before church one Sunday. How do you like the Crocs for church? Haha! He didn’t have any dress shoes that match his outfit πŸ˜‰

Other Stuff Going on with Kye this month:

  • Zach and Kye love to sing the most RANDOM songs. Lately the hit around our house has been “Go Get ‘Em Girl” I have actually never heard the full version of the real song as Zach is careful to only let the kids listen to the clean parts…I’m actually not even sure who sings it? I think Zach said it’s by Drake? Anyways…Kye is obsessed with it. And we all walk around singing it constantly. Here’s a video of Kye singing the song (or at least the portion he’s allowed to listen to)!
  • With Britt potty training Kye said to me “Now that Britt is a big girl you need to have another little sister for me!”
  • I wore my hair curly a lot this month just b/c it’s so much easier. I went to tuck him in one night and he said “I’m going to marry you Mommy but NOT with that hair. I want you to have pretty hair for the wedding” Trust me. I haven’t worn my hair like that sense haha!!!
  • Kye is very equal in all of his likes. If I ask him what his favorite is of something his reply is ALWAYS “they are all my favorites” He likes all the rides at Disney equally, he likes all of his movies equally, he likes everything equally!
  • He spent a lot of time at G-Mama’s this month with my surgery and healing process and when he got home he raced into the bedroom and announced “My G-Mama SPOILS me!!!” It was so funny! 
  • Kye really enjoys talking about plans in the future (wonder where he got that from?) so we were talking about school and how when he’s in the “six year old class” (meaning 1st grade) he will go to school all day. He started crying! Such a sweet boy, he was all upset about it and said he doesn’t want to go to all day school because that is too long and he will be too sleepy and too sad haha
  • One night he said his prayers and prayed about my TUMMY and said “Mommy’s tummy is growing so big because there is a baby inside it” Um. First my hair, then my stomach?!?! Let’s just say I wasn’t feeling to great about myself this month!
  • I had to give Kye a spanking and afterwards we were talking about it and I said that it made my heart sad to have to spank him and he replied “well it broke my heart!”
  • I made the kids smoothies for breakfast one morning and Kye said “Whew! That must have been hard work! Thank you Mommy!”
  • Kye is constantly spelling out words as he sees them and calling out all of the letters. He has awesome letter recognition and only occasionally messes up on m and w and d and b getting them mixed up with each other. 
  • He also likes to use BIG numbers a lot and tends to say “26” and “69” the most often. Which, for obvious reasons, cracks Zach and I up when he says 69 all the time haha
  • Kye started to struggle this month with a bit of an attitude and back talk. I’ve talked to some friends about it and it seems very typical for this age. I know Zach really struggled with disrespecting his mom, especially during his teen years. I want to prevent those kind of issues and have really had to crack down on him about this. It’s also so great that ZACH is so hardcore about Kye being respectful to me. 
  • Another thing I’ve found to be common among kids his age is SLOOOOOOWNESS. Like dude takes forever to do everything. Zach doesn’t have much patience with it as Zach’s a go-go-go person but I’ve kinda figured out ways to deal. I have started the getting ready for nap process way earlier. Now that Kye has to fully change his own clothes into his pjs on his own it takes a LOT of extra time. So I have him do that while I’m doing things with Britt. Pretty much anytime I’m working with Britt on something, like taking her to the potty, I’m telling Kye to go ahead and be doing something else. That way I’m not stuck waiting on him to finish! I joked with a friend this month that I feel like the word I say most often in our house is HURRY! I know this is a phase that will pass, I’m sure he can’t possibly move at a snail’s pace forever πŸ˜‰ I try to be patient with him the best that I can as i know he’s learning a lot of new skills and with his independence and responsibility comes me accepting that he may not do everything the way I’d like it done (as in FAST haha). This also isn’t something that we discipline for. Discipline, to us, is only for direct disobedience issues. When he talks back or is disrespectful then we will discipline (often it’s just him going to his room and then us talking it out but sometimes a spanking is needed depending). The slow thing isn’t disobedience. It’s just a lack of time management skills πŸ˜‰
  • Zach has started to work on the kids new playroom. Our plan is to have Kye move upstairs (the current playroom will become his “forever” bedroom) and for his room to become the nursery for the next baby. Although we are NO WHERE near getting pregnant again, I am all about preparation and I want him to be excited for his new room and not feel like a new baby is taking over his space, ya know? So we’ve been talking it up and planning what he will do in his big boy room. His decoration concept? LIGHTNING MCQUEEN. Ugh. I’ve tried and tried to change his mind (we’ve had like hour long discussions about this) but he’s not budging. So I’ll probably do it. I mean, it is HIS room ya know?
  • Kye is an AMAZING listener. He has wonderful listening skills and really takes everything in. This is obvious especially when it comes to his prayer life. His prayers have become so mature in so many ways! He often prays that we will fight satan, that we will go to heaven, and about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He also has started to say “in Christ’s name, Amen” rather than just “Amen” at the end of his prayers
  • We are still working with Kye on learning to pedal his bike…it’s a goal for this summer for sure πŸ™‚ Here’s a video of his progress with it though!
  • Kye is also mature for his age in that he simply does not enjoy being around bad behavior. It’s so interesting to me how he’d rather play alone than join in when kids aren’t making good choices. He will come home from school talking about how so and so made bad choices and how he didn’t play with them because that bothered him. I hope that strong conviction to do what is right is something that will stick with him throughout his life!!! Zach has always been that way. He didn’t mind that he wasn’t “popular” in school since he never partied. Or that he wasn’t ever a team captain for a team b/c he wasn’t one of the “guys” He would have rather been “alone” than fitting in where he knew poor decisions were made. I think that’s awesome!
  • Since the beginning of school Kye has always hung out with Payton and Kailyn but it’s obvious that we are reaching that age where girls play with girls and boys play with boys. For awhile Kye would come home upset that Kailyn and Payton didn’t want to play with him anymore but I talked to him a lot about finding new friends to play with and how they just might have wanted to play girl games πŸ™‚ He has started talking a lot about another boy in his class and has fun playing imaginary chase type games on the play ground with him!
  • We need to work on him wiping himself when he poops (WHEN will he master this?!?!) as well as work on buttoning and unbuttoning things…it’s tough with his pants when he can’t undo them or redo them!
  • Even though I tried to prevent it the best I could, Kye is def a little football player already. I love watching he and Zach “practice” and it’s fun for Britt and I to be his cheerleaders! Here’s a video of his quarterback potential. Zach says he has an arm, but it’s his own kid so I mean DUH he’s biased haha Kye (and Britt!) also LOVE to practice tackling. “Bruce” (the blow up guy we got Kye for his birthday) has been the most used “toy” in our home. It’s hilarious! Here’s a video!
  • Whenever we have to spank Kye we always talk to him a lot afterwards and pray together to ask God to forgive him. I try very hard to immediately show him forgiveness for whatever he has done (sometimes that’s hard!) because I want him to understand that God immediately forgives us and I know that my actions towards Kye are a reflection of God’s as well to him. I was SO proud this month when Kye had to go to his room (I don’t remember what for, but it wasn’t a “spanking needed” thing) and asked me to forgive him without me having to spank him. He asked to pray and asked me how God forgives us. We talked a LONG time about Jesus dying for us and how we are washed clean through Jesus. And we also talked about the Holy Spirit (our conscious) and how we know deep down right from wrong and how that bad feeling in our hearts is God’s way of reminding us that we need to repent. It was THE most precious thing to see the PURE JOY he had about being forgiven and how excited he was. It made me really, really understand why the Gospel is referred to as “the good news” because it is SO GOOD πŸ™‚

2 Comments

  1. Kelly
    June 7, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Ian is the same way that you described Kye especially getting dressed and trying to get out the door. It's been helped recently by making everything a race. Usually it's him getting himself dressed and me dressing Megan trying to race Ian to finish first. That seems to work.

  2. Robyn Mullican
    June 13, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    He is just SO HANDSOME!! And I'm MEGA impressed with his drawing skills – LL's still look more like Britt's – haha.

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ April

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Here’s everything going on with Kye during the month of April!

Full Tummy: I’m not sure when it started but Kye is always showing us his belly and saying “I’m SO full. Look at my belly! It’s so big!” Most often when he does this is when he actually isn’t full and just wants to be done eating so he can go play or something.

Games: Kye LOVES to play games, I’m so thankful we own like every single one of them thanks to some mega sale ToysRUs had awhile back where they were each $2!!! He and Zach played Candyland together and it is a GREAT way to teach colors. We need to play it often over the summer for sure πŸ™‚

Gramma got him Go Fish for Easter and he LOVES it! I worried he’d be too young but really, if you think about it, it’s just a matching game. He has so much fun getting to “go fish” πŸ™‚

“got a match!”

Photographer: Kye has gotten really into taking pictures. Now that he’s older I don’t mind letting him use my camera as long as he asks first. He’s really careful with it and is getting better at actually having a subject in his images! Here’s some of the pictures he took this month:

New facebook profile pic? πŸ˜‰

Speaking of pictures, he has also figured out my scheme to get him to look cute when we do photo shoots. I was out in another room and he called me into his room. He had this ALL set up and said “Take my picture so I can get a sucker!” Haha. He’s pretty clever πŸ™‚ And no, he didn’t get a sucker!

It didn’t stop him from trying again though!

Once he caught on that I wouldn’t be falling for it, he still enjoyed setting up his own photo shoots. He puts all of his stuffed animals (Yes, he has like a MILLION and I can’t stand them! Yet somehow we keep adding more!?!) together and takes pictures with them. Mrs. Charlotte had a great idea when she bought the kids their own cameras for Christmas. It takes actual pictures and you can go back through and look at them and everything! You can even put them on your computer…but I doubt that’ll be happening!

Here’s a video of him

Taking pictures of each other while taking pictures

Coloring: Kye has always enjoyed coloring!!! He’s gotten really good at coloring in the lines and focuses on what he is doing (at least majority of the time) He also draws faces now and even little bodies! He is very much like me in that he’s a perfectionist. When he was coloring Payton’s birthday card he “messed up” and was SO upset. He begged me to buy a new card. Instead I had him color her a picture and he worked so hard on that thing! He wanted it perfect for his cousin πŸ™‚

He also made cards for teacher appreciation week:

He always “writes” in a line and from left to right

Finished product of Payton’s page

Face he drew on the back!

Wacky Wednesday: School had a day where all the kids got to dress up super wacky. I wasn’t sure if Kye would be into it or not but oh goodness! He LOVED it!!! We dressed him up super wacky and he even picked out the hat himself. At first he said he couldn’t wear the crocs because they didn’t match but after Wacky Wednesday he would pull out non-matching crocs and say “we can wear these next year for Wacky Wednesday!” I don’t know how (or if?!?) the teachers were able to get ANYTHING done that day. Just dropping him off was craziness. All the kids were SO pumped up about their clothes πŸ˜‰

Since Wacky Wednesday Kye has been more into dressing up than usual, and it’s funny to see him come up with this stuff!

This hat was Nana’s πŸ™‚

My boots!

Food: This month Kye graduated to legit sandwiches. Up until this point if I made him a sandwich I used one slice of bread and just folded it in half but now he eats an entire “big boy” one. This face cracks me up. You can tell he’s thinking “put up the camera Mom”

Also this month I created at home Chickfila sandwiches. I just heated up two frozen chicken fingers and put them on a bun. Kye LOVED it!!! He asks for it practically every day!

Sometimes it makes sense for Kye to eat on the go. If we’re running errands I’ll make him a “lunch in a box” to eat while in the stroller. I also do this for breakfast when we go on walks. It works great because he can just eat to his hearts content and I’m able to get things done without worrying about entertaining him!

Playground: Kye still adores his playground and we play on it very regularly. I LOVE that we can just spend five minutes out there if needed. It’s so handy having it in the backyard πŸ™‚ Typically Kye will ask to swing first so he and Britt will swing for a few minutes then I’ll tell him he can go down the slide “x” amount of times before we need to go ahead and go in. When he races around the playground I cheer him on (thus making him go faster haha) and we always slap fives as he passes by me for the next round! 

Here he’s attempting to tell me he gets to go down the slide five times rather than the three I told him he could

I love these facial expressions!

“five times mom, i gotta go five times”

“ugh. just three times”

Swim: During this month Kye had 4 swim session with Mrs Margie just to refresh and have him ready for summer in our pool. I took some videos more for Zach and I to remind us of what we need to be practicing with him this summer. Here’s a video of him swimming from the ledge (you can hear Brittlynn drinking her bottle too cute!) it shows the different ways we should have him practice with his arms. This video shows how to practice with him to reach the ledge of our pool. Some key things we need to work on with him: remind him to REST during starfish. Rest his toes and get air. When doing starfish he needs to put his hand on his belly button to turn over. Use superman arms/shark arms to swim. Swim with his arms on his head. He was a ROCK STAR for swim!!! We let him slide down her water slide after each practice and it was the perfect motivation to work hard. He did 20 min long sessions so it was double the length of time he had last year and I’m proud of how hard he worked…we’re planning to put him in stroke lessons in the fall!!!

Friends: I’m not really sure at what age Kye will stop loving his friends? He always wants them whenever he has video time and has them when he sleeps. It’s still all four: monkey, blanket, pillow and smyrna (who is a bear Zach actually got from the mayor of the city of Smyrna, I know random). He uses them often for role playing which I think is very healthy. He’ll get up from naps or night sleep and tell me “Smyrna got a spanking because he made bad choices. But I still love him!” It’s a great thing to hear him say because it lets me know he is soaking in what we tell him when we discipline him. I think it’s healthy for him to get to “be the boss” over something, so he can feel in control at times!

Hiding with his friends πŸ™‚

Outside Watching: I LOVE our big windows. I’m so, so thankful we chose them. We spend a lot of our time looking outside. We watch the squirrels, birds, and often discover other interesting things (we have a HUGE lizard that lives on our porch and it’s always fun to see the school bus drive by or garbage truck or planes flying over us)

Bath: I always thought baths were supposed to be a parenting battle zone? Both of my kids love bath time and Kye’s never gone through a stage where he didn’t enjoy it. When I’m home alone I give him a bath early since I can’t bathe him while nursing Brittlynn πŸ˜‰ He will stay in the tub until he’s a total prune! He enjoys special treats with bath time as well like getting to have bubbles or taking a bath in our tub πŸ™‚

Reading: Kye has gotten a lot more into reading on his own this month. I’ll often find him sitting alone reading out loud. He may not be actually reading but it’s great that he already enjoys it! Here’s a video of him reading and another video of him reading πŸ™‚ And ONE more video!

Studying up haha

He loves the look and find type books!

Toys: Kye still very much enjoys the “pick a treasure” game where he puts a ton of stuff in a bag and has us pick a prize. He really likes to get out LOTS of toys at a time. I find myself quite often having to tell him that he’s not allowed to get anything else out. He’s GREAT about clean up so I don’t mind too much, as long as it’s not a crazy amount of stuff. You can tell too that he always likes to have everything lined up perfectly! He plays wonderfully on his own which I’m so thankful for (here’s a video)

He owns practically every Toy Story toy imaginable!

He wanted a picture of his Potato Head creations (love the woman’s mustache…)

Working With Daddy: Even before we had kids Zach would talk to me about how important it is for our children to have good work ethic. We’ve never actually sat down and discussed our parenting goals but just from the way Zach parents I’d think that a strong work ethic is at the top of his list. Kye already admires his Daddy so much and i love that Zach takes the time to include him in things he works on!

Doing a little Aflac πŸ˜‰

Mr. Rusty and Zach were working on pouring cement to make the stairs for the storage shed and Kye wanted to help. It was for sure not a safe thing for him to help with so instead I set him up in his jeep with a Popsicle. He happily sat and just watched them for over an HOUR!!!

More things Kye was up to in April:

  • He says his favorite colors are green and pink
  • He knows his colors if you give him choices and will sometimes get it right when you ask like “what color is this?”
  • Kye can cross his fingers
  • He was SO excited for the new playground. He would often talk about people coming over to play on it and one day he said to me “Mommy you can’t get fussy when a lot of people come to play with my playground”
  • He started standing up to go tee-tee on April 6th. He does WONDERFULLY with it. I have heard so many horror stories about boys making big messes, but not Kye. I have yet to have to clean up anything! He does a great job pulling down his pants on his own, lifting the toilet seat on his own, aiming into the bowl, and shaking himself off before pulling his pants back up.
  • He was holding Britt’s hand and I asked what he was doing he said “I’m holding Britt’s hand like Casey and Jordan” πŸ™‚
  • Kye loves golf and he and Zach have been practicing more often. Zach is ALL about teaching him proper form πŸ™‚ Here’s a video of some of their practicing. Of course he balled out prior to me taping and then after too. I think he has camera fright or something!
  • He is always concerned with Brittlynn when she cries and often checks the monitor. This video shows how he tried to calm her down through the monitor (and he accidentally threw it which makes me laugh)
  • Kye and I went out just the two of us one day and Zach put Brittlynn down for her nap…Kye right away came home and asked “Did Brittlynn go nite nite okay Daddy?”
  • Kye started singing “gettin jiggy with it” (I wonder where he heard that from? ZACH)
  • When I tell him something he doesn’t like to hear he has started saying the standard kid “awwww moommmm”
  • He also started saying “You’ve got to be kidding me” (learned that one from me)
  • He REALLY likes to know plans (another thing from his mama huh?) and will want to know the order of everything we’re going to do. Will often ask “what are we gonna do after that?”
  • When I have offered to help him do things he will say “I’m a man, I can do it”
  • He likes to pick who says prayers first…usually it’s Daddy, Mommy then Kye
  • When he prays he prays for: hopstible with my friends, stevie’s party, and the wedding
  • On Wacky Wednesday at school he came home and said he had a fun day but that Kailyn wore a butterfly on her face (I’m assuming some type of mask) and that he did not like it!
  • During some sibling time in the pack and play Brittlynn started crying so I raced in there and am pretty sure Kye had dropped a toy on her face. Kye was super quick to cover his butt though he right away said “I think she was choking on her fingers” Gotta watch that kid!
  • It was raining and Kye wanted to play outside. I told him we couldn’t because of the rain and he quickly responded “we could play on the porch though” His problem solving skills are really developing
  • He noticed my nose ring for the first time and asked what it is. I kept it simple and just said a little sparkle on my nose. He’s worried that it hurts but I just keep reminding him that it doesn’t
  • We were talking about the Garden of Eden. I asked where Kye lives and he said “Chickfila”
  • I was nursing Brittlynn and Kye came around the corner in the hallway, looked at me, and said “what’s poppin?” It cracked me UP and Zach HAD NOT taught him to say that so he picked it up on his own haha
  • In the car one day Kye said “when I’m big like Jesus I’m going to drive to heaven”
  • For trampoline Kye says “jumpoline” (here’s a video of him jumping from it to his bean bag chair) and for guitar Kye says “tar” Also he calls nostrils “snots”
  • He ADORES bread. He will just eat and eat it at dinner so we have started having him eat his other food on his plate before he’s allowed to have some bread. It’s really helped!
  • To be sweet he has started kissing me on the forehead πŸ™‚
  • He can count to 13
  • He loves to entertain his sister, especially by dancing while she jumps. Here’s a video!
  • Favorite animal is a horse
  • Favorite book is “I love you forever”
  • I am constantly hearing “watch this mommy!” He loves to show me all of his tricks!

It was another wonderful month in the world of Kye πŸ™‚

2 Comments

  1. Danielle Eckerle
    May 31, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    Adorable!!

  2. Ashley Troutman
    June 1, 2012 / 4:03 am

    My mother-in-law has a bunch of horses, like 8. Β She teaches lessons too, y'all should bring him out one day and she'll put him on one of her horses she uses for kids! Β She'd LOVE it!

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