Kye Monthly Summary: August

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Here is all about Kye from August:

The BIG NEWS this month is that Kye is officially playing football! It’s his first year playing. I’ve always been big about not pushing sports. Last school year he mentioned wanting to play this year. I didn’t bring it up much or anything but he stuck by that desire to play so we signed him up. Really this is the best year for him to try it because it’s tackle but it’s based on grade level. 2nd and 3rd play together on a team and I like that he’s the older age range playing. I’ve never been anti-sports but I’ve also never been hardcore-pro them either. I am surprised Kye wants to play just based on his personality and his desire for alone time etc. But he’s excited so we’re excited too! 

He had a “draft night” where he had to do some routes and such to decide which team he’d be on!

Practices and games didn’t start until September which is good for me to note for the future if he plays again…no worries about football until post labor day 😉 

Kye kicked off 3rd grade this month and is doing great! He got his reading scores and is reading at a 5th grade reading level. Which is awesome, but also super frustrating because content at that level isn’t always what I’d want my 3rd grader to read!

He got his first agenda book!

And got to decorate his binder (which y’all cracked me UP). I suggested a Star Wars theme and he wanted to go more with a “brag about myself” theme haha We had a nice talk about being humble 😉

Kid LOVES some cereal 😉

Speaking of humble he also asked to pick out his own outfit for the 2nd day of school. He’s got that confidence thing DOWN 😉

Yes, he wore the name tag haha

Kye LOVES dressing up for themes and gets really into it. I love it!

Camo Day

Plowboy Day

Tess and I surprised the kids at school for lunch 🙂 

As always, nothing makes me prouder as a mama than seeing Kye grow in his walk with the Lord. This month he read scripture during worship service (here’s a video)

He also made Big Daddy this card for his BDAY!

We went through a lull there for awhile on losing teeth. I think this is his 5th tooth lost? It’s hard to keep track ha!

Kye really doesn’t have a lot of “guy friends” and I’m so thankful Eli is our new neighbor! Even though there is a pretty decent age difference they get along SO GREAT and Kye truly thinks Eli is really cool and they always have such fun!

I soak up any quality Kye time I can get! We had to run to Zach’s office to scan a document and I feel so sketchy going places solo so Kye tagged along and protected me 😉 

Working on the Weekend 😉

Kye is just so thoughtful and has such genuine JOY when doing for others!!!

He’s also a collector of things. Anyone else’s kid keep EVERYTHING and put it on display in their bedrooms??? I think he’s gonna be like Grandpa with his collecting when he’s older 😉 

After school the older kids have been reciting Bible Verses as a way to “earn” their snack 😉 It’s been a great incentive and gives them something to do on the bus to stay out of any trouble! Here is Kye reciting ALL of the judges from the Bible!

This handsome boy makes me proud every day! I’m so thankful and blessed to be his mama 🙂 

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Kye Monthly Summary: August

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Completely unrelated to this post but I want to just thank EVERYONE for ALL of the prayers regarding Zach (post with details here!). I’m sure I’ll repeat this in a future post that is more relevant but I wanted to say that those first couple days I was a weird zombie-like version of myself but after that I feel SO MUCH BETTER and I know it’s because there are SO many people lifting us up! I can literally FEEL the prayers. So thank you 🙂

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Here’s Kye’s monthly summary from August!

We finished out summer and kicked off school. We tried to enjoy as much POOL TIME as possible! I feel like once school starts every year we kinda start slacking on swimming and then before we know it it’s too cold!

The bus has been going well so far this year. It’s AMAZING how much lower my anxiety has been about it since he’s in 2nd grade now. UNTIL this month when a fatal wreck occurred in our town that involved a school bus. Y’all I know bad things happen every single day but this tragedy really affected me on a deeper level. This sweet 12 year old girl lost her life while she was riding on a school bus. Her school picture showed her wearing a shirt that said Jesus on it and her obituary talked about how she will always be remembered for sharing the love of Christ with others. Isn’t that what we ALL should aim for? It really touched my heart and seeing this middle school girl and thinking about how sad it is that she won’t get to grow up just makes me so sad. 

I freaked a little about the bus after that. But Zach and I did some research that made us feel WAY better. School buses are SO SAFE. Did you know they don’t have seat belts because the seats are designed in a way to protect kids even better than car seats? They are close together and the foam in the seats is like the foam in car seats and they are protected from both the front (the back of the seat in front of them) and behind (the back of their seat). I felt WAY better after reading that!

We had the big rival football game right at the start of the school year so Spirit Week was a must!

I love looking over all of his school work with him and seeing what he writes about 🙂

They had little pen pals in class and it cracked me up about his hair 😉


Kye eats lunch at a MUCH more appropriate lunch time this year (last year it was like 10 am haha) but he still comes home STARVING. 

Kye’s first adult tooth is completely in and the 2nd one is trying but, whew, it’s sideways haha

Kye loves loves LOVES to READ!

What kid WANTS to read while on vacation at DISNEY?

Several years ago I grabbed this random devotion for Boys book at a kids sale and it just sat in his closet. He found it and completely on his own decided to start reading it every night!

After school Kye typically has some downtime before the girls wake up and he loves to work on his blog 🙂

Hahaha this is HILARIOUS

He also still loves to dominate me at some checkers 😉

Zach and I both go pretty crazy over the constant rock collecting. He has SO MANY ROCKS. We make him keep them outside in a sand pail but he’ll go out and set them all up to show the girls haha

While practicing golf in the front yard he busted our light! Which I guess we’ll have to replace the whole thing?! I don’t know if you can buy one glass panel for them or not?

In our house we don’t bust windows with baseballs, we bust lights with golf balls 🙂

Kye’s shown a BIG interest in tennis so this month Zach took him to the local courts to play with him!

My dad and Audrey came to visit this month and got each of the kids a gift which was SO thoughtful and sweet! Kye loved his Star Wars toy and bag 🙂

My sweet boy has such a servant heart and SO many ideas!!! He randomly came and asked us if he could prepare food to share with the family coming over for Zach’s birthday celebration. He and Daddy came up with chocolate covered animal crackers…they were a hit 🙂

More From This Month:

  • Kye says he’d like to be a police man when he grows up
  • He came home from school and said to me “So what are you going to do on the days that everyone is in school? You have a lot of time to clean” hahahaha

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I love spending time with my boy! Be it on walks

on special trips

out to eat on dates together

or just both hanging out working on our blogs 🙂

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Kye Monthly Summary: August

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This post covers everything Kye was up to in August!

August was a big month for Kye with the start of his new school! It was a BIG adjustment for him. Going from a class of 5 last year (and being the only boy!) to a class of 28 was no joke. It took a couple of weeks but soon he found his groove and made many friends and was truly content in his new environment! Praise the Lord!

This month VSU hosted a Meet The Blazers Day. They have this event yearly but it’s open to kindergarden and up. Since we had a new baby last year Kye wasn’t able to attend but it worked out to be a perfect “guy time” morning for he and Zach this year since the girls and I had a baby shower to attend at the same time! Kye was thrilled to get to meet the team and play with them on the field. Zach took a lot of pics for me which I appreciate as I hated to miss out! 

My favorite part from his morning was that the players taught them about end zone dances and Zach took this video of Kye’s. Haha classsssic!

This month Zach’s cousin Jake’s high school team started their football season and we bought season tickets to support him. The games don’t start until 7:30 but we wanted to let Kye stay up and go with us to one of them. He was confused and thought he’d get to play football so he was pretty bummed that it was just watching haha! The first few weeks of school he was pretty exhausted and it probably just wasn’t the best idea for us to take him that night. He did enjoy hanging with Colt some and we took him back home at halftime 🙂

When I was a kid I really, really wanted to grow up to be an author. I LOVE that Kye is really into writing stories right now. It brings back a lot of memories of my childhood 🙂 Here’s some of the “books” he “published” this month:

This month Zach and I both got sick over a weekend so we stayed home from church. We had an awesome family service where we read together from the Bible and where Kye even lead some question and answer sessions from the lesson we studied 🙂 

As I mentioned earlier, the big thing going on this month was getting adjusted to school. It took time for him to get used to having so many kids in his class, to feel comfortable with his new routine, to learn to eat fast enough to finish lunch in time, and to learn the lay out of the school. I was amazed at how quickly he did adjust and how much he loved school once he got used to it! He especially loves getting to stay late as he’s a second load bus rider 🙂 

Homework has officially begun…thankfully his school last year gave him SUCH a HUGE leg up that he knows it all so far!

I have gotten Britt some “homework” to do as well so they can both have homework time together. Kye has been encouraged to use an IPad for some apps (sight words as well as a math one) which is crazy to me! Technology is such a large roll in education now! He LOVES getting to use the iPad! 

I was very proud at Kye’s reading level. He tested at a 2.5 level which means he reads at a 2nd grader level who is halfway through second grade. It AMAZED me to see how Kye’s reading really took off in kindergarten. I know he wasn’t in the highest reading group in his class last year, but I’m 99% sure he’s in the highest one this year. He LOVES to read and literally I very, very rarely have to help him with any words! 

Before school started I bought Kye his annual Crocs to wear to school and sure enough he no longer wants to wear Crocs haha. Of course! With as much running as he does on the playground he’s now an all tennis shoes kid 😉 Welcome to the world of boy, right?!?! Zach showed him a couple of times how to tie his shoes and BAM! he got it. It was SO much easier for him to pick it up than I had anticipated. Usually I do a double knot for him just to make sure they stay tied but otherwise it’s all Kye!

I was able to go eat lunch with him early on in the school year which I’m thankful for. I got to see him in his new element and it blessed me to see how happy he is at his school. I also got to give the “mama bear stink eye” to the kid who had been picking on him 😉 I was proud of how Kye handled the situation…the boy told Kye he will come to our house and beat up Kye’s family and Kye said “well we have an alarm that will call the police AND my daddy is not going to let you do that AND we have a HUGE family who will all come protect each other.” I’m glad he stood up for himself and didn’t fear doing that. And that he didn’t come back with something ugly in return. I know stuff like that is going to happen and I always want Kye to handle himself as Christ-like as possible in any situation! 

Kye came to us this month and told us he wanted to help others in our community. He REALLY wanted to go around and clean random people’s houses. Which is super sweet but I explained to him that it would be a rather difficult thing to find strangers who would allow that (nor would I feel comfortable with that?!?) so we came up with the idea of visiting an retirement home so he could read to some of the residents. I talked to our family minister at church about where he would recommend going. I called and made an appointment for Kye to read and we got there and were TURNED AWAY. No joke. I was pretty much LIVID. How could they look my sweet child in the eyes and tell him NO?!?! The lady was pretty rude and even made a comment about all the flowers they had in their lobby and how she wished people would quit sending flowers there b/c their residents don’t need them. SERIOUSLY. There was even a little elderly lady sitting in the lobby while we were there. Couldn’t the director woman just have let Kye read to her? Instead we were, legit, told to leave. 

Kye was super upset! But we didn’t let Satan stop us from our mission. I pulled into a nursing home down the street…I was nervous b/c nursing home is NOT the same thing as a retirement community by any means. Growing up I had some fears of nursing homes actually. But I wasn’t going to let anything stop my child from blessing others and I felt like God may have been calling us to a certain person who needed to be uplifted in that moment. The staff there was MORE than happy to have us and took us to a room with two ladies in it. 

One was completely bed-ridden and the other was propped up and very friendly. Kye read them to books (his favorite being Green Eggs and Ham). I was so proud of him. He read very loudly and clearly and even paused at the right places for them to laugh and showed them the pictures. The woman who could sit up was SO thrilled and I could tell the one who was confined to her bed was trying so hard to see him. When he finished I suggested for him to sing a song as I know elderly people especially enjoy the voice of a child. I took him over to the side of the bed where the woman laying down could see him up close while he sang. She couldn’t speak but I could see the light in her eyes. The woman who was sitting up cheered and cheered and asked to hug him. He went over to her and hugged her (I was so proud of him for not being afraid to do that) and she KISSED him!!! When he left he said that kiss was NOT something he enjoyed but that his heart felt SO FULL to have done that. It took MAYBE 10 minutes but it blessed those ladies more than we can even know and it was a moment of so much pride for me in my boy. He sets SUCH an example to ME in is servant heart and his desire to be a blessing to others. 

The retirement home did call and apologize and we will probably go there in the future as I would like for Kye to have a more set schedule with it and have an audience who would be able to fully enjoy the experience but I feel that God did lead us to that nursing home at that particular time and I hope Kye served the purpose God had for him in that moment!

After we went on a date: Red Lobster and The Mix!

While at The Mix I posted up the picture of Kye on IG and noticed I had a new follower. I went private awhile back but the Carter’s campaign asked for me to be public for awhile. Y’all. I won’t do campaigns anymore that require public IG profiles. And if you are public then I URGE you to GO PRIVATE. Check out who my new follower was…SO FREAKY. I went back to private immediately! If you’d like to follow me on IG you have to request it here! 

This month Katie’s grandma passed away and the kids both made her pictures to help cheer her up. Kye did fireworks for her b/c everyone loves fireworks and he knew it’d make her smile 🙂

I love the random outside play clothes my kids come up with!

Before school started I cooked Kye’s favorite dinner for him: chicken pockets!

He also got a CFA chicken sandwich for the first time ever this month!

Kye is 6 years old and in 1st grade and is still in a 5 point harness seat. You can read more about car seat safety beyond age 2 here!

Kye is super grown now in my eyes. Maybe it’s because he’s in 1st grade? Maybe it’s because he gets off a BIG bus in 02ies as a toddler. And now I wanna go cry at the thought that he’s so over them. We compromised and they now live in the playroom. Mama’s heart wasn’t ready to put ’em in the attic!

Feeling like he’s SUCH a big kid now I really looked for ways in which he’s still “little” this month…like how he still likes to run around in boxer briefs…

Or how he still manages to fit inside his Cozy Coupe

Or how he will still play with his baby sister’s Little People sets!

More With Kye This Month:

  • When trying to say the phrase “jackpot” he instead said “jack butt”
  • He and Britt LOVE to play this game where he’s the Dad and I’m the grandmother. Um. No. 
  • He is still very, very competitive and takes it tough when he loses. He gets to play Mario Kart on the Wii with Zach one night a week and he lost that privilege this month due to getting upset and hitting Zach when he lost. 
  • Kye told me that he knows a lot about dinosaurs…like how they were alive “back in the ’80s”
  • He may be grown but he still plays with my hair when we lay in his bed at night and talk
  • The night before his first day of school I asked him if he was nervous at all and he said his only concern was that he didn’t see a bathroom at Open House and he was scared that with being at school so long each day that he’d need to use the bathroom and not know where it was! When we dropped him off the first day we made sure to locate the bathroom 🙂
  • The first few weeks of school he was very, very tired. Even though he no longer slept during nap time over the summer he DID get that REST and he wasn’t getting it anymore at school. He cried very easily and we bumped bedtime up MUCH earlier for him to help
  • Kye had a big talk with Britt before he started school about how he’s going to be gone during the day and that it’s up to her to be the “big kid” of the house 🙂
  • The 2nd week of school he told me he thinks he’s in love with a girl with golden hair who has teeth like Mater (from the Cars movie…as in she has HUGE adult teeth bahahahahaa)
  • His favorite thing about school is getting to use the computers
  • He told me that lots of kids in his class act silly like Daddy and Britt and that it makes him nervous that they will make jokes about him. He does NOT like when people laugh at him and I understand and relate to that feeling. I’m a dish-it-out-but-can’t-take-it type and I think Kye is similar 🙂

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He may be a BIG KID now but he’ll always be my sweet, sweet boy 🙂

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Kye Monthly Summary: August

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August was, obviously, a crazy month for our family with Tess being born the last day of July 🙂 But here is everything Kye had going on during this month!

Flashback: Aunt Karen just sent me the pics she took from her spend the night party with Kye from back in June! I wanted to include them here because it’s so cute to see how much fun they had together 🙂 So thankful for family!

She gave him a laser light and he’s been loving it at home too!

SO sweet together at the soup kitchen!

Tess: The big news in all of our lives this month was TESS! Kye immediately jumped into his role of big brother so smoothly. He adored her right from the start and his love for her is something so special to witness. He loves to sing songs to her, touch her a lot, cuddle up with her and play peek-a-boo. He is NOT as hands on with the help like I had anticipated. He doesn’t have any interest in helping me change diapers, etc. But that’s fine! I love that he loves to “play” with her during her awake time and he always makes that effort to give her attention. It’s so sweet!

Date: This month was tough on the big kids when it came to “Mommy time.” I spent most of my time nursing or sleeping and they had a lot of quality time with Zach and with Mrs. Charlotte. I wanted to make sure I got some special one-on-one time with each of them. Kye and I had a date lunch and it was great! He picked where we ate and he wanted to go to Steak and Shake and then go to The Mix haha!

As a special treat I let him order some lemonade. Our rules are he’s allowed to have white milk, water, or lemonade. He’s never had chocolate milk, tea, or soda! Since it was a special occasion I wanted to let him feel like a “big boy” as much as I could. So I offered him a sip of my sweet tea. He’d never tried it before and I thought it’d be a “special treat” for us that day. He surprised me! He said that sweet tea is not good for you and that since it’s not good for you he didn’t even want to try it. He knew he shouldn’t drink it and didn’t want to try it! I know it was a small thing, but goodness it blew me away!!! Such a lesson for ME in resisting temptations!!! Very proud of him!

He ordered a burger and since the sweet tea treat didn’t work out I taught him how to squirt his own ketchup. Haha! He was ALL about that responsibility! 

We had a great time at The Mix! It was funny b/c the girl who worked there didn’t know I had any other children since it’s a place Kye and I always go together. I felt so bad! I, of course, showed her a bunch of pictures of the girls on my phone to prove their existence 😉

Self Entertained: Kye enjoys self-play. I was asleep a lot of the times when he got up from naps and he would just entertain himself while I got my much needed sleep. He is such a big kid now and it’s a blessing that I can trust him to make good choices and don’t really worry about him at all! He really enjoys drawing, painting, and coloring. It’s so funny b/c I’m def not into those things but I love seeing him enjoy them so much!

I love this picture of him and Britt making s’mores!

Playing Play Dough

Kye is VERY into his art and loves explaining it to us 🙂

Working on a card for Big Daddy

Stomach Bug: The night we came home from the hospital with Tess our house got hit by a stomach bug. Poor Britt started with it and it made it’s rounds. Kye never actually threw up but he didn’t feel well for a couple of days. We loaded him up with pedialite and a lot of rest! 

Reading: Kye is doing so well with his reading skills. At night when I read to the big kids before Britt’s bedtime Kye has started asking to read the story to us. Many of the books he has semi-memorized by now but even just looking at the words as he says them helps build those reading skills. I also make sure to have him look at the words and not just guess the word. He reads exactly the way Zach does. Zach will go by memory or kinda guess what he’s reading rather than actually reading. He’ll like summarize as he reads kinda. Kye is the same way! It’s like dude look at the words and sound ’em out and read them rather than wasting time looking at the pictures and guessing haha!

Checkers: When Kye and I first started playing checkers I was very casual about it. I knew it was beyond his age limit at the time and didn’t want to stress him out or frustrate him with a bunch of rules. Zach, of course, explained the “real way to play” when he played with him. I’ve been very impressed with Kye’s skills! We played and he was so smart to leave all of his guys in places to block me from getting “kinged” We will have to invest in a chess board soon!

School: Kindergarten is NO JOKE. He is still attending a half day program but it’s legit kindergarden. So they are cramming a full day worth of work into a half day time frame. It’s def a little overwhelming! He had his very first homework assignment and it was to write down a recipe for something that used apples. I am SUCH a direction follower and the directions weren’t super clear so I assumed the CHILD would make up the recipe and write it down. I mean it’s his homework, right?!?! He wanted to do a recipe for applesauce so he wrote out the steps of going to the store, buying the applesauce, then eating it. I thought he did great and it was cute! A couple weeks later he came home with a class recipe book filled with all the recipes for apple dishes. I was so embarrassed because all the other children had submitted recipes that their parents legit made (apple pie and such!)  and their parents had written them too!!! Kye’s was the only one written by a student! Haha! At least he did a great job 🙂

I thought that school might take away from his love of writing at home but it def hasn’t! He’s all about spelling out words and writing things! Even with magnets 🙂

Gifts: I have such sweet friends who have been so thoughtful in their gifts for Tess! And a few even thought to get things for the big kids too! I am TERRIBLE about remembering to do that when I buy a baby gift. I always mean to, and I always forget!

Kye loves his glow toy and stickers from Mrs. Kori

And these little coloring pages are his favorite! Thanks Mrs. Larissa!

Another friend, Keeli, was so thoughtful to bring us supplies to make home made pizza! Duh, it was a hit!

Britt Time: Now that we have Tess, Kye and Britt have been lumped together as “the big kids.” I notice I say it a lot and I also write it a lot! I never thought about having a third baby and that it would put the two older kids together as much as it has, but it’s been a GOOD thing for them both! I think it’s really bonded them and has cut down in a major way with the fighting! They have become FRIENDS and I love that!

More About Kye:

  • He was totally grossed out by Tess’s umbilical cord stump! He asked constantly when it was going to be gone 😉
  • One night we had broccoli for dinner. We always have our kids eat some of everything on their plates and the broccoli was not a very big hit so it was one of those “take this many bites before you are finished” situations. I walked in the kids bathroom later that evening and saw broccoli in the sink! And then I let the dogs outback and saw broccoli on the porch! Kye had taken it in his mouth, chewed it, then spit it out haha. It was the first time that’s ever happened so he didn’t get in trouble, we just told him he can’t do it again and he had to clean up the messes. Pretty clever 😉
  • During one of our bedtime talks Kye told me that he asks God to forgive his sins. And that even when he’s at school he will whisper to God and ask for forgiveness. So sweet 🙂
  • The night Tess was born the big kids stayed at Mr. Rusty and Mrs. Charlotte’s house. They told me the next day that Kye had walked in their room at night and told Mr. Rusty he needed to go help his daddy! He did it again one other night that first week we brought Tess home. He slept walked down stairs and into our room. I could tell it was sleep walking because he wasn’t being himself and he had NO memory of it the next day. It worried me because he was walking down the stairs and totally could have gotten hurt! Both times it happened it was a very crazy day that day (Tess’s birthday the kids skipped naps and played at Courtney’s so he was exhausted and the other time it happened at home he had also skipped nap and gone golfing with Zach). Once things were settled down and back to a routine he did fine and it never happened again! It was a great reminder to me how thankful I am for Babywise and that my children always get their rest. If he didn’t always have good sleep I bet he would have issues with sleep walking on a regular basis!
  • Since the kids did spend so much time with Zach…they learned a lot of “Daddy Songs.” I appreciate that Zach makes sure the CONTENT of the songs he lets the kids hear is okay. Here’s a video of them singing Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
  • This month the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was making it’s rounds. I LOVED the attention it brought to such a valuable cause. My uncle Spear passed away from ALS and he was such a special person to me. Casey and Jordan were over one day and we were all talking about  it and Kye said he wanted to get to do it so Casey nominated him 🙂 Here’s his video!

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Kye Monthly Summary: August

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Here is everything Kye was up to during the month of August! Now that he’s in school each day I have less time with him and therefore less pictures too 🙁 Part of growing up I guess huh?

Dentist: I scheduled Kye’s dentist appointment long before I knew when the first day of school would be and his cleaning ended up being the same day as the second day of school! Luckily they get us in and out super fast so he wasn’t too late. He, again, was a wonderful patient and it was good for Britt to have a positive experience there as well. I don’t plan to get her teeth cleaned until she’s closer to 3 (like we did with Kye) but since she’s already had experiences at the dentist that weren’t very positive, I plan to take her to all of Kye’s appointments in hopes that seeing him do so well will help her get over her issues!

Kye has a little discoloration on his front two teeth and they said it’s probably plaque buildup from him sleeping with his mouth open. They scraped it off really good for us! They also did x-rays and said his “big teeth” all look great. He may have a slight overbite possibly in the future but it’s likely he may not need braces 🙂

Balance Boy: This child LOVES to balance things on his head! He walked around the whole house with these army men on his head and they never fell off. I mean it’s good to know he has a talent ready if ever needed?

School: School is going VERY well!!! I LOVE his teacher this year. On the last day of the first week his teacher went on and on about how sweet he is and talked to me about what a great work ethic he has. On another day she told me he always looks so handsome and that it’s so nice how hard of a worker he is and how much pride he takes in his work. It’s so nice to hear such positive feedback 🙂 Kye is doing well with the 5 days a week program but says he misses Britt and I and he does get upset that he isn’t with us when we do fun things during the morning time. He also has started having a BIG appetite when he gets home! He eats and eats and eats! 

Brush Hair: I mentioned last month about Kye brushing my hair. Gah, it’s totally my favorite thing! He LOVES doing it and when Zach is home late or out of town he always runs to my bathroom and gets out all my brushes so he can fix my hair after Britt goes to bed. He’s very particular about my hair and tells me not to mess it up when he’s done with it. 

Games: Kye is still very competitive when it comes to playing games. Typically we will play a game more than once and usually we let him lose one time and win one time. He has gotten much, much better about being a good sport. We always shake and say “good game” and we don’t overly celebrate the wins or allow being overly upset about the loses 😉 

Sharing Duties: Since we leave every morning to go to school I now have each kid give a dog a treat. Kye gives Levi his treat and Britt gives Sadie hers when we lock them up in their crates!

Church: This month one of our elders at church notified me and let me know he’d be speaking about Kye from the pulpit. When he started speaking he said that Kye is too pretty to be a boy hahaha. But then he talked about how after services one day Kye asked him if someone was going to be baptized because they had the screen raised (the baptistry is behind the projector screen). He used this example to talk about how our children soak up everything and how well Kye pays attention during services. He said it’s obvious Kye is paying attention to what is going on and listening. He complimented us as Kye’s parents. Kye was BEAMING with pride and after services he ran up to the elder, all on his own, and thanks him for saying the nice things about him! On our way home he told me he wanted to say a prayer for the elder because he loves him hahaha! It was SUCH a nice compliment and a blessing to us to hear for sure!

People at bible class continue to comment to us as well about Kye’s behavior and especially about his prayers. We hear often that he is very insightful and in touch with feelings which are both wonderful traits. At times Kye tends to be a little sensitive but that also makes him very empathetic towards others! I tried to get a video of him praying…Britt is pretty annoying in the background but you can hear some of it 😉 I’m especially so glad that he prayed for those people who don’t have teeth hahaha

Kye asked me several times this month about baptism and said he wants to get baptized. I told him the steps he would need to take and he said “I know all of that. Let’s take my bathing suit to church so I can get baptized!” I love how on fire he is for the Lord and how he has such a deep understanding at such a young age. Obviously, he’s not yet at an age of accountability but when that day comes…it will be the BEST day ever!!! 

Having fun with a friend in bible class

I love his self portrait hahaha

Naps: Well. The day has arrived. Kye is at a point where he rarely sleeps for his naps now. Britt naps from 1-4 so I put Kye down at 1 as well and have him stay in his bed until 3 or 3:30. Somedays he takes a cat nap. Somedays he sleeps until 4. Somedays he doesn’t sleep at all and just sits in his bed looking at books or talking to himself. I’ve started letting him get up, if he’s awake, around 3 or 3:30 and letting him have some solo play time. Now that he’s at school every day he no longer gets independent playtime so this is a good time for him to do that and be able to play freely with his toys without having to share with sister 🙂 It is going well so far but I do find that on the days he doesn’t sleep, he’s a little grumpy. I have NO plans to let him completely skip nap time anytime soon though!!! I’m holding onto my sacred 1-3 as long as I possible can haha!

Other Stuff Going On This Month:

  • I wore my hair in a ponytail and Kye said it looks SO pretty like that and he loves it that way 🙂
  • Kye typically likes to strip down into his underwear whenever we get home. I guess he’s hot natured? I have a new rule that each morning he must take off his pjs and dress himself and then put his pjs on top of his dresser neatly. Same thing when taking off his clothes. If he doesn’t put them on the dresser, if I find them on the floor, he gets a spanking. 
  • Kye is really into doing “tricks” when jumping in the pool now (mostly it’s just cannonballs haha). I took this video of him and Britt jumping in…and you can witness the craziness of the family swimming 😉 
  • My goal of having him able to wipe himself is going great!!! We still do a “check” but he wipes himself every time now! He does still have a sensitive bottom though and sometimes I use baby powder for him to help it not “itch”?
  • I also had a goal of having him be able to ride his bike by the end of summer and that didn’t happen. He just doesn’t enjoy riding it!!!
  • Zach has been working a lot on our new playroom (I’m SOOOOO excited!!!) and Kye loves to go up there and help!
  • I love the random songs Kye makes up…for example I gave the kids some bubble wrap to pop and Kye created this song called “Snap Snap Snap the Wrap”
  • Kye talks CONSTANTLY about these big bonfire plans he has. He wants to have the whole family come and camp out and do this fire thing. He literally mentions it once a day or more and even says he dreams about it. I love that he is a party planner like me 🙂

I love my big boy!

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ August

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Here’s everything Kye had going on during the month of August:

Strep: Kye has had strep three times in less than a year. That’s quite a few times. With the last time he had it his dr told me that they have to have it 5 times or more within a year to even be considered to remove the tonsils. Zach and Casey both had theirs removed and my “mommy gut” was telling me that maybe Kye needed his out too. I made an appointment with our ENT just to talk to him about it since he’s a specialist in that area. He said that Kye’s tonsils are the type that will possibly eventually need to be removed but that he’s not at the ideal age yet for it and that we don’t want to rush into a surgery if it’s not needed. I FULLY agree and would never want my child to have unnecessary surgery of any kind. He said to watch for him waking in the night due to not being able to breath and to listen for him snoring a lot in his sleep. Those would both be indicators of a medical issue! I’m still glad that we are now in their system and I plan to call them anytime he has strep in the future to keep a good solid record of it.

He loved getting to write on the clipboard and getting to sit in the “spaceship” chair

movie watching while sick!

Play: We played a LOT this month. Once school started up I just fully appreciate my “Kye time” more since I don’t get as much of it.

While I priced things for the kids sale he had fun lining the entire first floor of our house with hangers. So helpful.

This month Kye was really into rubber bands. He always wanted to wear them on his wrists and ankles. He also didn’t care AT ALL about them cutting off circulation. My job became the official tightness checker. I would stretch and stretch the rubber bands to make sure they weren’t too tight on him and I’d check to see if any were leaving red marks then remove them. I’ve hidden all my rubber bands in hopes that this phase will be over now 😉

 He’s still very into playing “treasure box” especially now that school has started back. He loads up ALL of his bags with toys for us to pick a treasure out of!

 He will also have me come pick a treasure after roomtime is over

 He loves surprising me with his potatoe head creations after roomtime as well!

 making sure they look just right

Still loves to build cities and towers with his blocks!

Someone (who wishes to remain anonymous) baked this cake for Zach’s birthday. 

1) It was WAY tastier than it looked

2) Kye was CRUNK about the cake!!!

At one of the kids sales I happened to look through the costumes for Halloween ideas and saw this Lightning McQueen for only $3. While I personally think it’s kinda a silly costume (the point of Halloween costumes are to actually be the character…not just wear them?!?!) I knew Kye would LOVE it. He LOVES to run around the house like a crazy person and now he can “speed” around the house b/c he’s Lightning McQueen. I was right, it’s been a HUGE hit!

Haha he is SO good about taking pictures and smiles on demand but sometimes the smile isn’t super cute so I’ve started having him “act crazy” then smile and it tends to result in cuter pictures..I captured the “be crazy” moment 😉

Rachael, Greg, Macy and Brady all made a stop through on their way home from Disney World. I was SO excited to visit with them all and Kye simply adores Macy. They had fun playing together and we totally wanted to hide her somewhere when they left so we could keep her 😉

Play with Britt: As Brittlynn gets older, she and Kye are playing more and more together. He’s for sure the typical older child. He lets her play with things he doesn’t want but tends to snatch things from her when he wants them, he can be on the bossy side, and tends to play too rough at times. But he does it out of love and has never hurt her on purpose. We just have to keep a close eye on them together. I don’t think sibling alone time is going to be happening anytime soon for these two!!! Kye’s favorite thing is to play “chase” with her…where he basically just runs around like crazy and says she’s chasing him haha. Here’s a video! A modified version of this (and both kid’s favorite) is when Zach carries Brittlynn and they both chase Kye…here’s a video of that. Her face is too funny!

I remind him with the music table to let Brittlynn pick the songs/hit the buttons. So he will guide her to what she should pick…

 Here’s a video

 I love this! He got out some hats and had them both wear them and “play chase”

Here’s a video of them playing chase

 A favorite game is to get out every single toy that Britt owns

 He also likes for me to have the baby gate around them when they play so they can have their secret hideout 🙂

More that Kye was up to this month:

  • He told me “Mommy you are so smart with letters”
  • At church they have a memory verse…his teacher told me (and it was also printed in our bullitian) that as she read the verse out loud for the children that Kye was SO excited. She said “God” and he yelled out “you are great!!!” Which is true, God is great 🙂
  • Kye is on a BIG Mommy kick lately…he insists that he is going to marry me. He will banter with Zach about it (they will both say “no she’s MY WIFE”) and even told me that he told Kailyn that he’s going to marry Mommy first, than her and that she didn’t like that haha. 
  • The day after Zach was admitted to the hospital I was having a rough day. I told him I was having a bad day and he said “No Mommy it’s a good day. Daddy is just a little sick and Mommy is just a little tired” I loved his positive outlook and it helped me to feel so much better!
  • Kye got to watch parts of the Olympics and he told us that he now wants to be a swimmer and a daddy when he grows up
  • After seeing the swimmers on tv during the Olympics Kye started trying to use his arms while swimming and said he does it b/c “that’s how the swimmers go fast” We plan to sign him up to learn stroke this winter so he’ll learn how to do it correctly!
  • He calls Zach “DadTEE” rather than “Daddy” and says “Mom” quite often when talking about me
  • Whenever we’re in the car he only wants to hear “man songs” which are songs where men are singing…I have no clue why he thinks these are more manly songs???
  • When he had strep he kept saying “I’m very old and sick” It was so funny…he must have gotten it from I Love You Forever.
  • Kye hasn’t seen my dad in MONTHS. And hasn’t seen my dad’s truck even further back than that. Yet we were driving and saw an avalanche (which is what my dad drives) and he yelled out “Grandpa’s truck!”
  • We were talking one day about how he’ll hopefully get to be a big brother many more times and he said I’m going to have lots of babies in my tummy. He said the first one I will have will be named Zach then the next one will be Jack then smallest will be Isis and there will be a big one named Peach. We won’t like Peach very much because she’ll have big teeth. Hahaha
  • Kye is a nose picker. Which I don’t really have an issue with. As long as it’s not in public who cares…we all do it on occasion right???? One night at 9ish he woke up crying. Zach went in his room and he said he had picked his nose a bunch of times and it wasn’t working. Zach helped him blow his nose to get out the boogers then he said “I’m gonna pick my nose alll the time when I go nite nites”
  • He REALLY knows his letters and letter sounds. He told me “A says ah for ant!” He also is doing great with letter recognition
  • He can also count backwards from 5
  • When I wear my hair curly he said “ew Mommy your hair is NASTY!”
  • He constantly says “Here’s the deal”
  • We like to play games together…I love it b/c he calls Cootie “cutie”
  • I told him my three favorite people in the world are him, Britt and Daddy. I asked him who his three favorite people are and he said “Colt, Payton, and G-Mama” I asked what about Mommy, Daddy and Britt and he said “no ma’am, Colt, Payton, and G-Mama”
  • He is a sweaty kid which he comes by honest…both Zach and I sweat hardcore. He complains about being sweaty and does not like it. I’ve started running the overhead fan in his room to help keep him cool
  • While Kye adores me and insists on marrying me…he also struggled this month with hurting my feelings. He’ll sometimes bust out some nasty things for no reason. Like one day he ran into the hall and randomly said “You’re not the best mommy.” He also told me on a night we planned for him and I to have some alone time out to eat that he didn’t want to go with me and wanted to go with Daddy instead. I don’t let him say this stuff with no discussion. I explain to him how it hurts Mommy and try to have him think about how it would make him feel. I’m reading Shephearding a Childs Heart this month and think it really helps apply to this situation…training his HEART!!! 

Here’s some more pics of Kye this month:

 And some of Kye with Mommy and Daddy:

After having Mexican for the first time in Lawrenceville we had a Mexican night out just our little family!

Making faces while we waited for our food 🙂

 Had to hit up our fav family spot for dessert!

 Zach wearing his birthday suit hahaha

 Handsome guys!

 I wanted one of us together too 🙂

A shorter monthly post than normal, but I think that’s b/c it was SUCH a full month that we weren’t hanging out at home too often 🙂

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