Kye Monthly Summary: January

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This post covers Kye’s month of January!

The BIG DEAL this month was that we finished Star Wars! We watched them in release date order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3) and I do wish we’d ended them with 6 rather than 3. If/when we watch them all again I’d like to do 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, then 6. I like the hopeful ending to 6 rather than the downer of 3. Kye was pretty upset as well at 3 and it was a lot for him to understand at his age. He LOVED watching them all with us and it was SUCH a fun thing! Zach and I equally enjoyed it just as much as Kye did 🙂 And I only fell asleep for like 20 min during one action scene in all 6 movies, not bad! 

On a Saturday this month we got a sitter to come to the house (thanks Jolee!) to sit with the girls and we took Kye to see the newest Star Wars in theaters. It was SO GOOD! We all loved it! I was a little nervous going into it as I decided not to research the movie in advance. Researching them gives away a lot and I wanted to be surprised too! I’m SO GLAD I didn’t have anyone spoil anything for me! We all thought it was great and it was so fun having a “Kye day” together!

Kye brought in his candy from Christmas!

After finishing up the movies it’s been pretty hardcore Star Wars fever in our house. Kye got a few things for Christmas (but will be getting MUCH more this week for his birthday!). He got this puzzle from his stocking (dollar store find, as was the huge Star Wars candy cane!) and had fun putting it together!

All month he would wear underwear on his head and say he was a jedi master. He kept teaching Britt the ways of the force! Clearly the kid needs some Star Wars themed dress up clothes hahaha. 

I found a free game through Toys R Us where Kye could complete 4 “missions” (simple look and finds) and then go into the store and receive medals for each mission completed. It was a very simple little game for him and he LOVED it! We had a date one Saturday morning where we went to get the medals and got some lunch together at one of his favorites (Subway!). 

Even luckier for Kye was that during our date we had SNOW FLURRIES in VALDOSTA! Whoop whoop! We were freaking out. You can see a couple of them on my windshield! I know it’s not much of anything but it was an exciting moment for us 🙂 

Catching snow! (All like 3 flurries ha!)

Medals!

While we were out we went to Toys R Us to add some items to his birthday wishlist! I mean could they have any more Star Wars merchandise?!?!?

Even Subway had a Star Wars themed kids meal! Kid was in heaven!

Love our special time together!

It’s hard to believe Kye is already starting the 2nd half of his 1st grade school year! He’s in such a great groove and was sad to go back to school but also excited. I’m especially SO HAPPY to see how much more he enjoys Discovery! Very thankful that he’s so well adjusted to the new school! 

He came home with his goals for 2016…it says: I want to be a better football player and golfer. I want to try to play bowling. I want to learn art. I want to do play bowling and go with dad (bowling). 

100th day of school!

Kye at 100 😉 Still handsome!

This made my heart SO HAPPY. He wrote his favorite thing about Christmas and he said “Eating cookies. Unwrapping presents. Giving. Spending time with my family. I care about love.” It doesn’t get any more precious than that!

His school PTA (which I’m a member of but have not participated in a single thing…I just can’t justify getting childcare for my other kids so I can go sit at his school?!) sent home candy graham cards for Vday and I told him I’d pay the $1 for him to do one if he wanted. He sent it to his “girlfriend” and told me he didn’t know what to say. I told him that girls really like to hear why you like them. I love what he wrote “Can you come to my house sometime? I like you because you make good choices” I hope that keeps being his main concern when in the world of dating!

This month Kye got off the bus with his head literally buried in a book! He’d gotten his first chapter book from the library and he read the ENTIRE THING in that one day! When he got home he was on page 26 and he finished it all that night and got a 100 on his AR test the next morning. It’s just so crazy to me how just last year I remember feeling like he was the lower end of the reading skill level and now he’s zooming through legit books!

He’s LOVING these Magic Tree House books and they seem to be, so far anyway, filled with appropriate content! I love that HE loves reading!

I really tried to soak up a lot of quality time with Kye over the break. Kye is ALL about family which is so sweet and he truly enjoys spending time with me. I’m so thankful for the bond we share. We played checkers together (he murders me) and he let me sit and watch him build legos (he wouldn’t let me actually touch the legos other than in the beginning when I was allowed to help him organize everything hahaha Control Freak like his Daddy!). 

Zach and Kye built this lego “mat” together over the break! It folds up and can slide under his bed and then he can pull it out and open it and the lego boards are attached to it for play!

Less than a month after Christmas and he completed EVERY SINGLE Lego set he’d gotten! He did these all 100% on his own! I think we will be spending a lot more money on Legos in the future…any good tips on getting them at a discount price?!?!

My friend, Ashley, sent me this as she was a sub at Kye’s school and her son and Kye swept the floor together. I love that Kye has such a helpful heart!

It’s so funny to me how I avoided tablet/phone/computer use for so long and now Kye has homework on the tablet most nights! He plays educational games (XtraMath and Scoutpad) and has had NO problems understanding how to use the tablet. He never used one until 6 years old and it’s been a non-issue so for those parents who worry about their kids being “behind” if they don’t let them use technology…don’t stress it! They won’t be behind one bit! Kye was the first in his class to “graduate” from the addition portion of XtraMath!

This break was probably our best yet. Britt and Kye are arguing less and less and Tess is getting old enough to be really fun! I loved watching them all together…Kye is THE BEST big brother in the WORLD!

Kye very rarely needs to be disciplined. Typically if we have any issues at all with him I can trace it back to him not getting enough rest. Now that he doesn’t usually sleep at nap time (unless he has had a later night up the night prior, like our Star Wars nights) night time sleep is even more vital for him. One day he was overly tired and I told him he was making poor choices because he needed rest. I found this note under my door: “sorry mom I don’t want to play checkers. I’d rather get some rest. I need it. I want to but I can’t.”

More About Kye:

  • Along with checkers Kye and I played Super Tick Tack Toe this month and it was the first time either of us had played it. He blew me away which how he just instantly understood the game and how quickly he beat me!
  • He got his report card this month and a report on his reading level (you can see both here)
  • His favorite song is “Tunnel Vision” by Justin Timberlake
  • His favorite game is Sorry
  • He does the funniest voices…he can do both a British one as well as a very country one! I’m TERRIBLE at voices so this is def something he got from his Dad!
  • He was VERY upset about Aniken Skywalker choosing the dark side.
  • I have to be very mindful of portion control with him (read more about portion control here!) as I noticed with our snack nights while watching Star Wars that he will just EAT and EAT and EAT junk food and not notice that he’s eaten enough. 
  • This month we had an issue on the bus that was very upsetting and concerning for our family. I wrote more about it here and I’m very proud of how Kye and his teacher handled it all. Since then Kye has been allowed to play with the boy again at recess and just recently (almost 2 months after the incident) I did tell him that it’s okay if they sit together on the bus again. Since the incident the boy has been sitting across the aisle from Kye so they could still talk but not be close enough to mess with Kye. I’m VERY proud of Kye’s ability to show love and to forgive in a tough situation. I pray it doesn’t happen again! 

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Kye Monthly Summary: January

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This is a summary of Kye’s month from January 2015!

Errands: Now that I have three kids…errands have become “special treats.” Take a kid with you to get something done and it kills two birds: you get the stuff done and you get solo time with that child! Kye very rarely sleeps at his naps so we will let him skip on occasion and it works out great for him to be able to get that special time. Since he goes to school every day, he and I don’t get the alone time that I get with the girls! 

Publix outing!

It was awesome because we had a great time together and he pushed the cart the entire time for me. Easiest trip ever 🙂

Check out the beautiful sky!

We also had a fun donut morning this month! I took all three kids to get donuts when the big kids had a day off school. It was a little crazy but well worth the effort! Kye and I did have to have a BIG talk about being appreciative and thankful for what we have. It was a lot of work for me to take them to get donuts and each child got to get one donut. Well….Kye was upset that he wasn’t allowed to get two. My #1 pet peeve is entitlement (I even wrote a post about it here!). The experience was a VERY good reminder to me…with adding Tess to our home the older two have become a little more spoiled than usual and it was a wake up call for me to get back on track!



Games: Britt plays games now on most nights but sometimes she’ll go to bed earlier (if she didn’t have a good nap) and Kye gets to play solo. 99% of the time I can’t join in b/c I’m nursing, but on occasion Tess will eat quicker and I’ll be able to play. I FINALLY got to play a new board game with him that we got for Christmas from G-Mama. It’s awesome. You play as a team which is so fun and unique! There are several different themes but we have World of Disney Eye Found It . It’s Zach’s favorite family game and once I’m able to play more often I’m sure it’ll be mine too! 

Trains: Kye has enjoyed wooden train sets since he was under 2 years old. He’s collected a ton of sets over the years but the great news is that he can FINALLY assemble them 100% ON HIS OWN. WHOOOOO HOOOOO! He takes a lot of pride in the tracks he creates and gets very territorial about them (which who can blame him? Britt kinda messes stuff up on the regular haha). 

Watch: Kye really loves to wear a watch. It’s great that he’s learning to tell time (even easier since it’s digital) but oh my goodness when he wears it we get an update on the current time every minute

Helper: Kye still continues to enjoy helping around the house (as I’m writing this he’s actually upstairs vacuuming the entire 2nd floor of our house haha!). I’ve heard that this stage ends at some point? I’m interested to see when that will be with him b/c I truly think it’s his love language. When he wants to surprise me he always cleans the toilets haha! He just knows the way to Mama’s heart is a clean house I guess! When I’m vacuuming he always asks if he can do it instead and he just enjoys it! Future daughter in law: you’re welcome 🙂

Building Shows: I am mega anti-tv watching for our kids. Zach agrees with me but he loves to watch HGTV and has started wanting Kye to watch certain “building shows” with him on occasion. He DVRs the shows so he can fast forward commercials. I’ve caught a few inappropriate things on them that we don’t approve of (language, life style choices, etc) but Zach is mindful of such things and sometimes you just have to trust your husband (even when it’s hard!). Kye LOVES working in the storage shed with Zach on projects and he now LOVES watching building shows with him too. I do hear Zach talk to him about the projects the people are doing and he says it’s an educational experience. Kye cracks me up with how he plans to “break down” our house. Awesome. He has drawn up plans of things he wants to change and likes to walk through it all with me. Don’t give the kid a hammer b/c he wants to tear down a lot of my walls! He has plans to build two outdoor kitchens (Daddy’s influence, no doubt) and to have “lots of passageways”

Going through his plans

Gifts: Kye really enjoys making notes for his family. He writes us little letters ALL the time, draws us pictures, cuts designs out for us, and even has started making his own wrapping paper. It surprises me that he hasn’t stopped liking crafts, but he still very much enjoys them! Neither Zach or I are very “artsy” so I’m not sure where he gets his creativity from! 

“Dear Mom and Dad: thank you for all the presents you gave me. I love you!” 

(thank you note from Christmas!)

Card he made for Grandpa’s birthday!

Workin’ hard!

Naps: Kye doesn’t really sleep at naps at all anymore. I’m not sad about it b/c he still has nap time haha! He is the last kid that I tuck in so it’s often 1:10-1:15 by the time he’s down for nap. His lamp turns on (it’s on a timer) at 2:45 so he usually has about an hour and a half of rest time. Even though he’s not sleeping this rest time is critical for him! He has told me he’s nervous about being too tired at all day school next year! He reads books (I have easy-readers on a shelf in his bed for him to read) and lays down. He also has started being allowed to have a football to toss in the bed. Of course he often tosses it “too high” and then loses it b/c it’s on the top bunk haha! He isn’t allowed to get out of his bed until his lamp comes on. It’s a good system for us and he likes his rest time. We skip it occasionally but I can tell a difference in his attitude when he doesn’t get it…and there are days when he does fall asleep!

Party-Saurus: I heard that Toy Story had some short movies released on TV so I hunted and found a couple of them. Our favorite is “Party-Saurus Rex” it’s 15 min long and is a little story about Rex, the dinosaur from Toy Story. It takes place in a bath tub and they sing a catchy song and it’s adorable. The kids and I have started singing the song a lot  and it’s made Kye want to take baths just for fun b/c he wants to have a “party.” He was SO pumped one day when I told him after nap he could take a solo bath haha! The struggles of having siblings…you never get to bathe alone 😉 He loved it and stayed in for over an hour! The water was COLD when I finally made him get out! 

Lips: Kye licks his lips a lot and gets chapped lips easily. I remember my brother being the exact same way as a kid! He’d smear Vaseline on all the time to keep them from getting chapped. Kye and I both had a lot of dry lip issues this month. I had like dryness in the corners of my mouth? Which I’ve never had before either? One morning he came down with his lip looking like this. I FREAKED. Zach’s family has fever blisters all the time and I assumed that’s what this was. Zach ran to the store and bought medicine to treat it like a fever blister. It lasted for weeks. When Zach had Tess’s 6 month appointment (SO much was covered at this dang appointment which frustrated me to miss it!) he showed this picture to our PA and she said it’s actually not fever blister. It’s a dry spot that got infected. She gave us both a preventative measure for the future as well as a medicated ointment to treat it if it gets infected again. I also bought some SPF chap stick for him to start wearing when he goes outside and we keep Vaseline by his bed for him to put on. It’s been 6 weeks and the area is still red but much, much better than it was. Now it’s just a dry spot! 

Music: I have NO clue where Kye’s enjoyment for making music came from. I have a very talented Aunt (my mom’s sister) who sings beautifully but other than her I can’t think of anyone very musically inclined in either side of our families? We just aren’t musical people. The kids both LOVE to make music but Kye especially loves it. He’s always playing some random instrument and making up songs. I’m thankful that I found my spark and rehydrate combo to ensure I don’t get headaches! 

Outside: As much as Kye loves crafts and music, he is still very much “all boy” when it comes to outdoors. He doesn’t care how cold it is, he enjoys just being outside! He cracks me up when he comes downstairs from naps ready to face the cold. I always think of Friends…could Kye be wearing any more clothes?!?!?

Basketball is probably the sport Kye plays most often. It’s the easiest one to play since he has a goal in his room, in the playroom, and in the back yard. I think it’s adorable how he always puts on a jersey before he practices 🙂 

Underwear: Child LIVES in his underwear. I really do wonder if it has to do with the fact that as a baby I never put clothes on him. He spit up CONSTANTLY and he also slept in a fleece swaddle (it’s the material he liked best) and his room had a huge window in it so it got hot. I kept him in the diaper rather than always changing clothes due to spit up or having to strip him down before naps so he wouldn’t get hot. Of course when we went places I put clothes on him…but at home he rarely had them on. Now he’s the same way. He walks in the door from church, school, or any other outing and immediately takes of his clothes all the way down to his briefs! We had to have a talk about when company comes over that we have to wear clothes haha! People used to joke about me and my love of being in the buff as well…I just have always been comfortable in my own skin and never was shy about it. Of course I’m modest in public but at home or with close (girl!) friends I’m cool with being naked. I’m the girl who always shares a dressing room with my friends when we go shopping and the one who never closes the door when going to the bathroom ha! I truly believe being naked at home builds confidence. You become comfortable with your body and that confidence carries over to when you’re dressed too 😉 

Not much has changed! 

Big Brother: Kye may really be hoping to have a little sister someday but this boy has his sisters WRAPPED around his finger! They ADORE him. Tess lights up when she sees him and Britt will do anything he tells her too. I already feel bad for the girls who date him later in life because he’s very accustomed to girls spoiling him!!! 

Yes, she followed him around scratching his back for him 😉

More about Kye this month:

  • I asked Kye what his favorite part of winter break from school was and he quickly answered “spending time with my family”
  • We had some fun with friends at the park and also had Titus come over to play and both times Kye talked to the parents about buying some of his bookmarks haha always hustlin’ 😉
  • We have been praying A LOT about where to send Kye to school next year…he is nervous about the big change and has asked about getting to go to a school where he will learn more about Jesus. 
  • Kye does not enjoy school this year which really hurts my heart. I don’t regret keeping him where he is, but I wish he enjoyed it more. 
  • He gets easily frustrated and aggravated by Britt. They are VERY different personalities and often times it results in clashing. 
  • Kye is an excellent reader and has THE best handwriting!
  • He only has one other boy in his class (who is moving in March!) and he talks a lot about how girls drive him crazy 😉 
  • He says he does not have a girl friend. There is a girl in his class who he likes but he wishes she dressed more like Britt (ha!) and he said he’s looking hard to find a good girl who will help him make good choices. 
  • Videos from this month: 

Another great month with my sweet, handsome boy!

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Kye Monthly Summary – January

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While I may be decently behind in the blogging…I sure did sum up Jan in just a couple of posts! 🙂 It’s getting there!

Here is everything sweet Kye had going on during Jan!

Dentist: Kye had his 6 month cleaning at the Dentist. His first trip to the dentist over the summer was a BREEZE so I wasn’t the least bit worried about this one! We had practically no wait but Kye enjoyed playing with the tea set they had sitting out 🙂

They have tvs in the ceilings above the patient chairs and my child instantly turned into a zombie. At first they had it on Cartoon Network. Um, no way. I asked if she minded switching it and it wasn’t a big deal at all. We don’t do tv but if we did I’d only probably let my kids watch Disney Channel or PBS probably? So she put it on Disney Channel. Kye did GREAT for the cleaning. No cavities and they said we’re obviously doing a great job brushing and flossing. 

A few things I did learn from the appointment:

  • We will need to help Kye with brushing until he’s NINE years old! I wouldn’t have ever guessed that?
  • He has some discoloration on his front two teeth and Dr Josh said it’s actually probably from sleeping with his mouth open. That all the air flow causes some discoloration. Last appointment they had said the discoloration was probably from something that had happened during pregnancy, so I prefer the idea of it being an issue from sleeping 🙂 I happened to catch him sleeping and snapped a picture…YUP. Def sleeps where I could see those front teeth getting lots of air!

After his appointment I took him to get a donut as his prize. I know, it makes no sense. Yay! You’re cavity free…now here’s a ton of sugar! But it was an EARLY appointment and we didn’t have time to go sit down somewhere together so I figured it was a CHEAP treat which he def earned for being such a great patient 😉

Riding Sister: After the fun time Kye and Britt had in his jeep with Daddy he has enjoyed driving her around the yard in the evenings. He takes it super seriously and it’s funny to see them bicker over who gets to control the radio 😉

He also will help push her around the yard in her car too

Tomato: Kye’s FAVORITE movie is Mighty Machines. Kid LOVES it and anytime we have a movie day it’s the movie he ALWAYS picks. One of the movies talks about farming and the crop they pick is tomatoes. Kye asked us to please buy him a tomato to eat at the store. In hindsight I should have probably thought to get those little cherry tomatoes (which we did try later…) but we just got one big tomato and cut him a slice. Bless his heart he wanted SO BADLY to like it!

As you can tell it didn’t go over so great. But he said “mmm…that’s good” in like the most disgusted tone. He really did give it the best shot possible! Zach and I both cannot stand tomatoes so we feel his pain on this one!

Yard Work: Kye is SUCH a huge helper and LOVES to work in the yard. He was so proud of this leaf pile that he raked 100% by himself and asked me to take a picture of him! 

He also spent a Saturday afternoon over at Big Papa’s and G-Mama’s and helped get their yard ready for their new playground. He worked and worked and did not want to stop! It was precious when I drove up and saw him and Big Papa working hard together…sweet memories 🙂

He also really enjoys helping Daddy in his storage shed. The shed is FINALLY finished (post to come at some point about all the awesome improvements my amazing hubby has been doing around our house lately!) and Zach even made a little work bench area just for Kye and his tools 🙂 It was a great idea because Kye is def too old to keep his play tools in the house anymore. There isn’t anything I trust him to “fix” at this point…he’s too strong to be trusted with even a plastic hammer haha!

School: School is going very well still! Courtney and I were both super concerned at the start of the school year about him and Payton being in the same class, but it’s been COMPLETELY fine! In fact, I hope they are in the same class next year too! Kye and Colt always tend to buddy up whenever we’re all together and I think school has been a great opportunity for he and Payton to get a stronger bond. his month he did get an ouch report sent home and it made me laugh. Kye was totallllly fine when I picked him up but literally three different people talked to me about how he got hurt, one of whom was the school director, another of whom was a teacher who literally chased after me to tell me, and they sent a note home in his bookbag about it. I’m glad they are so focused on notifying the parents about any issues. But it was hard not to laugh when they kept saying “a little girl accidentally kicked Kye in the face.” I mean a) how the HECK do you kick someone accidentally? and B) how the HECK do you kick them in the face?!?!

Games: Our nightly ritual is so fun. Seriously! I’m not sure where I came up with the idea to have game time together every night, but I love it 🙂 I love that it gives us one-on-one time with Kye and I love the lessons learned through the games we play. Whenever Zach is working late or out of town I try to play the games with Kye that I know Zach doesn’t like. Cootie being one of them (he also doesn’t like Don’t Break the Ice or Don’t Spill the Beans). 

Kye is getting very good at all the skill type games we have. But Memory is def his strongest! He SHOCKS us at how great of a memory he has. Zach hardcore thinks he has a photographic memory after that whole block thing I posted about on one of his monthly posts awhile back. I don’t really know if there is testing or something you do for that? But after seeing his skills with Memory…I kinda think he might too! He legit beats us like EVERY time we play! On this particular night he got 9 matches, many of them back to back! 

Shaving: Kye got a little shave kit for Christmas and has been DYING to use it. Zach was out of town and Kye was missing him pretty bad so I let him bust it out during bath time to have his first shave. I feel HORRIBLE about it now b/c Zach has been super upset that he missed it. Oops. But we decided this doesn’t count bc it’s in the bathtub and not at the sink with Daddy…hopefully we’ll be getting some cute pictures of them shaving together soon 😉

Tub Toy Trick: Speaking of the tub…here is an AWESOME trick that WORKS! I saw it on Pinterest and gave it a try. You know how bath toys always have a little hole in them and you have to squeeze all the water out after each bath? And you know how it’s like impossible to get all the water out so you end up with yucky mold in there? Take a hot glue gun and squeeze the glue into each of the tub toy holes. Bam! No more mold! The toys don’t get any water in the them so no more squeezing after each bath! Awesome trick 🙂

Sick: Kye had a little cold for a couple days this month. He has always had a mega strong immune system. While this is a blessing it’s also a curse. He doesn’t get very sick very often but when he does get a little cold it will linger b/c his body keeps fighting it off so well so instead of getting hardcore sick for a couple days, he stays a little sick for a week or so. No trip to the dr was needed or anything. I’ve found with him that if he doesn’t feel so great that substituting juice (v8 fushion and green machine mixed together) for his milk at meal times and letting him carry it around in a sippy cup really helps him bounce back quick!

Rash: While Zach was out of town working I decided to take the kids in the back yard for a picnic snack and playtime. We were outside for under two hours and when we came in I noticed a rash ALL over Kye. Thank the LORD Casey was over because I was in a mad dash to get dinner made, Britt was being fussy, and Kye had this rash and I didn’t have a clue what caused it. I was nervous that it could be a bad allergic reaction to a plant or something he had come into contact with outside. I was in a tad bit of a panic. I mean we’ve all seen My Girl and how she got stung by a bee and died. I didn’t want to be that dumb mom who doesn’t rush her kid to the hospital when she should, ya know??? Thankfully some Googling helped me feel better. I know people say you shouldn’t google medical stuff…but I ALWAYS do and it ALWAYS calms me down? 

The rash was all over his body but was especially bad on his bottom area. Robyn was super helpful in figuring out the cause. I was thinking it was from a patch of weeds that he had sat in outside but we actually figured out that it was more likely from laundry detergent. I had changed his underwear and pants and remembered over Christmas time when the kids had stayed at Mrs Charlotte’s that she had washed a couple items of his clothes while Zach and I were away on vacation. 

I went ahead and washed ALL of his underwear and the rash was gone by morning. I gave him benedryl right away when I first noticed it and it def helped it go down. Once it wore off it flared up again before bedtime so I gave it to him again. Like a year ago Zach got a good deal on these HUGE laundry detergent canisters of Tide and that’s what I’ve been using so I think maybe he had a reaction to whatever detergent Mrs Charlotte uses? She def won’t be washing any of his stuff again for awhile, that’s for sure! When I put it on Facebook someone actually commented and said that their kids would break out anytime they used any detergent other than Tide…that made me feel better about it and I will be continuing to use Tide just in case 😉

Working Out: During this month I was on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge and did some of the Can You 24 Workout DVD. Kye did a couple of the videos with me and he was SO into it! Afterwards he said he didn’t want to do it with me again because it was too hard haha! Here’s a video of his skills 😉

Winking: This month Kye mastered his “wink” which cracks me up! Look out ladies…Kye’s got them mad flirting skills 😉

Pencil Sharpener: At our church they have a General Store where they can spend their “Bible Bucks” on little toys and treats and such. A lot of the junk Kye brings home is a little over his age I feel…and one such days he brought home a pencil sharpener. A three year old with a razor blade? No thanks! He was super excited about it though so I let him give it a whirl. He had a BLAST sharpening some pencils for me 🙂 

Coupon Kid: I love that Kye doesn’t want for much. He’s very content and that is something I aim to instill in my children. We don’t need to have material things in this world…I have never been the type of parent to take my child to the store and let them buy anything. No treat for behaving, no toy to make them hush, etc. When I go grocery shopping once a month I will ask Kye if he wants anything from the store so I can add it to the list. Usually he says the same old thing like we need more bananas or crackers or something but this time he said “Mommy will you PLEASE bring me home a coupon?” Haha I cracked up. Sure enough when we were unloading the groceries that night after Britt was in bed I handed him the coupon and he was SO CRUNK about it. Like legit jumping up and down over it! It was hilarious! I love that he is so easy to please…can it please stay this simple forever?

Fireman: With Zach being gone so much of this month I let the kids keep their cozy coupes inside to give them something fun to play with and make my life a little easier 😉 They had THE best time riding around talking and “texting” on their phones (guess I need to have the whole don’t-text-and-drive talk a little younger than I’d planned, huh?)! Here’s a video!

Tell me this isn’t THE cutest picture!

Playing in Room: Now that Britt is older she wants to play with ALL the toys Kye plays with. I have told him that if he chooses to play with things in the living room or dining room then he’ll have to share with her. It’s just part of being an older sibling. Yes, she’ll probably knock over his block tower. And she’ll probably grab pieces of his choo choo track. She’s little and she wants to be like her older brother and copy whatever he is doing. It’s annoying. I, too, am an older sibling and I remember how annoying it is. But it’s part of life that he’ll just have to deal with. So I have explained to him that he may choose to play with his toys in HIS room. He may close the door so she won’t come in there and he may play uninterrupted. I try very hard to allow him his own space without her as I never want him to resent her or anything like that. This system has worked wonderfully! I completely trust Kye alone, especially in his room and he can play happily without her messing with him. He understands that I can’t play with him because I need to be playing with her when she’s awake (I spend plenty of time playing with him when she’s in her pack and play or napping or in bed for the night). He is so proud to show me the things he comes up with in his room! 

He built this track all by himself

Block tower!

 Tent: I worked my butt off this month to get our hardwood floors super clean in the dining room (long story which I’ll discuss in a later post about our home improvements) so I had to move all the chairs and such out of that area. Kye came up with the idea of making a tent using the chairs and the pack and play. He and Britt had such a fun time playing in the pack and play “tent” 🙂

Proudest Moment: This month I had THE best parenting moment TO DATE. I got a facebook message from a fellow mom from our church that said that her child had said the prayer before bible class that morning and that she knew her child was only able to do it because they had watched Kye lead the prayer so many mornings. She talked about how hers and her husbands families are not church/praying type people so she knew her child was only picking up that type thing from church. She thanked me and said that my family is spiritually guiding her family so much. 

Um…I CRIED. Then I called Mrs. Charlotte and SHE cried. Then I printed it off and read it to Zach and HE cried. I cannot think of a better compliment than that. Kye is only three and is ALREADY having an impact for the Lord. That is HUGE. It really reminds me that it’s what life truly is ALL about. Our focus needs to be on GOD and spreading HIS LOVE! I’m so proud of Kye for leading by example. People CONSTANTLY come up to us at church and tell us about Kye’s prayers and how he will pray in front of all the kids (from ages 3 up to middle school age!) and is always volunteering to say the prayers. It just goes to show that teaching our children about God is something that is important from Day 1! 🙂 I couldn’t be prouder of Kye and know that we will only continue to hear great things about Kye and his love of the Lord in the future!!!

My Teeth: Kye and I were being silly and I was picking him up and his head bumped into my teeth. I have veneers on all four of my front teeth. Growing up I had a natural split inbetween my two front teeth and they said braces most likely wouldn’t close the gap because it runs so strongly in my family (my grandmother on my mom’s side had it and my dad has it too) so we just waited until I was older and got the veneers. We will probably do the same thing for our children assuming they have the gap and straight enough teeth not to justify braces! Anyways…when we bumped my teeth shifted. I about DIED. I love love love my veneers. They did such a great job on them that when I go to a new dentist the hygienists usually can’t even tell they aren’t real teeth!!! Both of them were loose and there was a gap between them where there wasn’t before 🙁 I was SUPER upset about it but didn’t see any point in visiting the dentist…I mean what could they do about it? I just waited it out and thankfully they shifted back and quit wiggling. There is still a TINY gap but seriously it’s now 0% noticeable! Whew 🙂 I couldn’t have handled it looking like this!


Other Stuff Going on This Month:


  • Both of my kids LOVE to play with phones and were bickering over a little mickey mouse phone we have. Britt had it for a long time so I told her it was Kye’s turn. Well she’s a tad young to understand the concept of sharing so she MELTED. She cried and cried and was super upset. I took her into a different room so he could play and enjoy his turn with the phone. Less than a minute later he came into her room and gave her the phone 100% on his own and said “it’s okay, she can have it. Come on Britt let’s go play!” It was PRECIOUS!
  • We talk about when Kye will grow up and such and he said one day “I don’t want to grow up. I’m going to stay like this forever.” It brought back memories of when I was five and people would ask how old I was and I’d tell them “I’m five and I’m gonna be five forever!” 😉
  • He says a few cute little things: for “foggy” he says “froggy” Instead of “Snow White” he calls her “Snow Wife” He will tell me to change the song to the “end” in the car and he really means start it over at the beginning. He’ll also sing “Life is a highway” and say “Wife is a highway” instead
  • He gets embarrassed if we laugh at him now
  • A little girl at our church (probably around 12 years old) got baptized this month. It was SO awesome to see Kye be so interested in such a huge occasion. He asked TONS of questions which was a great opportunity for me to talk to him about baptism and what it means (you can read all about that HERE!). After services he even wanted to go up to the girl and give her a little toy he had to tell her she did a good job getting baptized 🙂 It was a little toy skateboard he’d “bought” at the general store that morning…I’m sure she was SUPER confused haha
  • Kye got chapped lips for the first time this month. The dentist actually told me to put a little chap stick or something on him at night to prevent them from cracking. Zach is very anti chapstick b/c people get so addicted to it but I didn’t want them to crack and bleed either so I just dabbed a little Vaseline on them each night! No biggie 😉
  • One afternoon Zach and Jordan went to help out building Mr Rusty’s and Mrs Charlotte’s playground. The kids were running around playing and Kye said he wanted to help build it. He said “look at these muscles! They are hard as rocks!” haha
  • During naps Kye has a rule that he MUST stay in the bed and be QUIET. It’s okay if he doesn’t sleep or wakes up early. I don’t mind. He has books on a shelf he can read while he waits for me to come get him up. When I went to get him up he had TORN his bible. It was awful. I was so, so SHOCKED that he’d do that! As punishment we took away all of his books for one week. He was very upset with himself for making that choice and hasn’t come close to damaging any books since!
  • Kye made up THE sweetest song: “Obey the Lord. Obey the Lord. And you will not break your heart. Jesus is inside your heart. Looking inside your heart and soul. Angels will fly. Do not break your heart.”
  • Zach was home for a couple days and Kye said “Daddy needs to go back to work. He needs to make some money for our house!”
  • Zach and Kye went to watch our preacher’s son play basketball one night at the local high school. His mom told Kye that someday she’d come watch him play. He quickly answered “No ma’am I’m not gonna play this sport…I’m gonna play football!”
  • We stopped feeding Kye lunch at church this month. Instead I give him a snack cup and water and we wait until we get home to eat lunch.
  • He was playing pretend dr (“Dr Seuss” as he calls it) and I mentioned that he would make a great real doctor and that it would be a good job when he grows up. He said “no ma’am I’m not gonna be a dr. I’m gonna be a daddy”
  • Kye has been doing AWESOME with his letter recognition. We started playing a game where I’ll say a word and have him tell me what letter that word starts with. Heres a video from the first time we played it 😉 I can def tell he’s on his way to reading!

Kye had some fun solo time with some of the special men in his life this month! Daddy took him out to get tacos 🙂 

Uncle Jordan ASKED to have a guys day with Kye and Colt and took them to a local bounce house place and lunch at CFA. Best uncle award or whhhhhat??? 🙂

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