Kye Monthly Summary: July

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This post is a summary of Kye’s month of July!

Kye really started taking off with his reading abilities in the last half of the school year so I wanted to foster that as much as possible during the summer. He LOVES to read! I remember being his age and meeting my childhood bff for the first time. She was moving in three houses down from me and I read her Bernstein Bears Moving Day on my front porch. It’s precious to me to see Kye reading the Bernstein Bears too!

Kye also very much enjoys making up songs and preaching. Ever since he was a little boy we used to talk about how we could see him being a preacher with the way he talks and carries himself. He does a great job teaching us Bible Story lessons!

I feel like his reading skills came about overnight and I also feel like his drawing abilities have suddenly advanced too. He went from drawing blobs with legs to drawing legit people finally!

Kye has also entered the “boys rule, girls drool” phase and gets pretty tired of being with his little sister all the time. I found this note hanging on a lanyard on his doorknob it says “Keep out. Only Mom and Dad”

He also put this note in my room for me that says “Watch out for Britt. She can get loose. Get away from her she is dangerous. Go tell the police.”

I am a reaaaaaally indecisive person. I’m sure it drives my friends nuts how many screenshots I send them when debating what we should wear for family pics, what I should wear to an outing, or what I should buy when debating a purchase. I was stressing about getting Kye the perfect school lunch box and couldn’t make up my mind on what to get. I ordered and canceled and then order again haha. Pottery Barn Kids was having a really good sale and I didn’t want to miss out on the deal but I also wasn’t sure what lunch box would work best for what I was wanting. Sometimes my indecisiveness is an issue, but sometimes it’s an asset. I went to cancel my lunch box order (again) and order a different one instead and they couldn’t cancel it because it had already gone to the next step. I called and they were awesome and ended up giving me a credit on my card to cover the charge….so I got the lunch box for free πŸ˜‰ I honestly haven’t even used the free lunch box so I AM glad at my decision to cancel that order because it wouldn’t have worked for what I was wanting! (Kye uses the gray one every day for school along with the water bottle which is awesome!)

I made a recipe this month that required red wine vinegar. As I’m pretty sure everyone knows, we don’t drink alcohol and our kids haven’t ever been around it. Kye saw the bottle and said to me “MOM! You have wine?!?! I know what wine is! It is what people drink at parties who worship idols!” haha

Kye was born around the same time as a TON of other babies at our church. It’s been SO neat seeing him grow up with such a great group of kids. I dread the day when they are all in high school but I pray that they will all be a close group and help each other during that stage of life!

Kye loves to set up a restaurant in the playroom

I love how he always gets dressed for the different occasions…this is his “spy gear” haha the hat is from when he was a toddler!

He still lovesssss to play checkers πŸ™‚

In my party prep for Tess’s party Kye was very interested in making things with me! I let him have at it and he put together a little “party night” just for him and I while Zach was out of town working one night. He decorated the living room, we watched a Mickey’s Mouse Clubhouse (I have a few on DVR that the kids love!), enjoyed some hot choc and a little treat,  and then we exchanged little gifts. He made me a special bookmark and I typed him a letter. I always want him to know how appreciated he is and I love that he takes the time to make others feel special!

Kye has become alllll about photography lately. In many posts you will see pics that he’s taken with my camera. I love that he likes to take pics as I think having photos are so important! It’s how we remember things! I want my children to pass that along with their children and so far I think it’s happening πŸ˜‰ 

Kye caught a pincher bug and a spider this month and kept them in an old butter container I had. He was all about checking on them to make sure they were still alive and found grass and flowers for them to eat. Easy pet πŸ˜‰

I love what a strong work ethic Kye has and how he is such a doer. It’s a trait Zach has that makes him an awesome husband and father and I love that Kye has those traits as well! He noticed his Cozy Coupe was dirty so he sat outside and cleaned it off πŸ˜‰

One afternoon it was raining and Kye asked if he could just go play in the rain. DUH he could! 

Going along with his work ethic, Kye will just see a job that needs to be done and do it without having to be asked. He told me after nap one day that he needed to go pick up sticks in the yard so he went and did it all on his own! I did laugh at his outfit choice in 100 degree weather haha

Even though in many ways Kye is very serious and more mature for his age, I love that he can still be silly and have fun. I LOVE having him at home during the summer with me! 

I also love this new “cool dude” face babahaha

More About Kye This Month:

  • The Gap outlet I always shop at was closing down and I was pretty upset about it when I first found out. A good bit of time after that initial news I was just having a bad day. You know, the kind where the kids are all just wearing you down! I put my head in my hands for a minute and Kye noticed and came over to me. He said “what’s wrong mommy? is it about Gap closing?” And then he said a prayer “please Lord help Gap not close because it’s where my Mommy gets all her shirts” bahaha
  • Kye is VERY concerned about idol worship. It’s so precious to me because anything we ever talk about he always brings up idols and idol worship. I know at church he learns a lot of the Old Testament stories which do discuss idols a lot and I try to explain to him that we DO still have idol worship today…money, our phones, etc are all idols in society now. 
  • He has gotten SO good at boogie boarding and truly LOVES it! He told me to watch him boogie board and then go write sentences about it on my computer so he can be the champion of boogie boarding and make lots of money…I don’t think he quite understands what blogging is all about πŸ˜‰
  • He is very friendly towards others and will talk and talk and talk and tells LOTS of detailed stories
  • Kye really has an entrepreneurial spirit which I want to foster but it’s hard because he’s so young! He told me he wanted to have a sale and sell some of his stuff I kept putting him off b/c no one is going to drive by and want to buy some matchbox cars! He said “Mom. I can sell after naps in the yard. If you don’t want me to have a sale then you can just give me $20. It’s your choice” Clever kid huh? πŸ˜‰ (side note: he didn’t have the sale and did the watermelon sale instead)
  • When he gets upset about making a poor choice he says he just wishes Adam and Eve never had eaten the fruit. Which is funny b/c I myself get SO crunk mad at Eve every month when my Aunt Flo arrives. I mean why Eve whhhhhyyyyy
  • Kye is very humble which is something that is important to me. I don’t want him to brag or be boastful. I think confidence is important but there is a way to be both confidence yet humble. I only know what KYE tells me most of the time and since he is very humble I don’t know if he’s good at stuff or not. Since I wasn’t able to go watch him at golf camp I only heard how he did from him and he is tough on himself. He just told me he didn’t play that good so I assumed he wasn’t playing very well! Others who watched (and when Zach talked to the coaches) said he did excellent and was one of the best out there and it made me MORE proud that he was so humble about it than it did hearing that he was “good.”
  • Kye is a very deep thinker. We talk in bed at night just us and he confided in me and told me that sometimes he feels like maybe the Bible is just a big made up story and that it isn’t true. This blew me away because it’s something I myself have struggled with before, even as an adult! I mean sometimes it’s hard to have that faith and believe! I’m interested to see when Kye approaches us about baptism as I have a feeling he will be on the younger end of that spectrum with the way he interprets things and is already developing that deeper faith. I encourage him to question things like that and to share those thoughts with me because that’s how we learn and grow!
  • Kye talked to Casey at breakfast when we were in Atlanta and told her that it’s important to eat all the healthy foods on your plate first. Just like its important to put God first in our lives so we don’t run out of room for Him or for the healthy foods πŸ™‚ 


I am always so thankful to be a mommy, especially to such amazing children. I tell each of my kids how special they are to me and Kye knows he’s special b/c he was the first one to ever make me a mom. I’m so thankful he came first as he’s such a great example and leader to his siblings and I know his little sisters are so blessed to have him as their big brother!

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Kye Monthly Summary: July

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I know the blog has been Tess overload here lately and it’ll probably be that way for awhile seeing as my world is pretty much revolved around her and her needs right now πŸ˜‰

Here is everything that happened with Kye in July! I was MEGA pregnant this month so there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff going on!

Date with Mommy: I really wanted to make sure to get a special date with each kid before the baby was born. For mine and Kye’s date we kicked things off by going to JCPenney. I randomly have started to really like JCP! You can get AWESOME deals. I let him pick out some clothes for “back to school” It’s hilarious what he ended up with. A tank top (with “85” on it of course) that is way too big and probably won’t be able to be worn for like two years, a yellow golf shirt, and matching socks. I ended up getting it all for only $8 total πŸ˜‰ Guess he has cheap taste like his mama!

After our shopping we went to Steak and Shake for dinner! We had some GREAT talks. I really wanted to have that alone time with him to be able to talk about feelings. I asked him how he felt about the new baby coming and also about school starting. He said he just felt SO HAPPY about the baby but that he was nervous for school. He was nervous about how hard it would be and all the extra work he’d have to do. It was a really good talk and I’m glad I was able to give him that special time. 

We got the special birthday milkshakes…YUM!

Who orders hot dogs at Steak and Shake?! And who doesn’t love cheese fries?!?!

I have to mention Kye’s tank top…Zach went with me and the kids shopping at Gap Outlet and whenever I go shopping with Zach I end up with some random stuff. I just think it’s sweet when he picks out clothes for the kids and I end up getting whatever he likes πŸ˜‰ He bought Kye three tank tops. THREE! And they were $7 each which I would never in a million years spend on one tank top…let alone buy three of them at that price. Of course when we went to have Kye wear it he didn’t like it! I wanted to return them but Zach really, really likes these dang tank tops haha so I made it fun and said we were having “tank top day!” I wore a tank top and so did Britt πŸ˜‰ It worked and made him like them!

Another tank top day πŸ˜‰

I loved my special date with my boy!

Even though we had milkshakes with our dinner…we still hit up The Mix!

Glad I was pregnant πŸ˜‰

Shell Necklaces: This month Kye finished making all the shell necklaces for everyone in our family πŸ™‚ He loves giving to others and loves doing crafts which I think it so neat. He’s got such a great mix of qualities…he LOVES to play sports, wrestle, and build things with Daddy but also enjoys doing crafts, helping me in the kitchen, and cuddling. He is gonna be an awesome husband someday!

“Man Shower” Kye had his first legit shower this month! He has taken them before but they’ve been with Zach. So this was his first solo shower and he really liked it! Once the new baby is big enough to be taking baths with the older kids I know they won’t all be able to take a bath together (hello, no space!) so it’d work out good if Kye could be showering by that point!

Homework: This month I made sure to give Kye “homework” to do in his room after naps. When his light would come on at 3 he would do some work at his desk. It’s a great way to prepare him for the homework he’ll have at school and he LOVED it! He wakes up, makes his bed, then gets to work πŸ™‚

Home Days: Once I got far enough in my pregnancy where I was just SO READY for the baby to come…we were kinda out of ideas for things to do haha. We got creative! We made up a game where we spread out all of Britt’s stuffed animals all over the downstairs of the house and then they raced and had to jump over the stuffed animals. They loved it!

We also got out some beads and they made up this game where they flick the beads and try to make it to the other persons tray. Yes, I’m still finding beads all over my house. Oops!

It got too hot for me to be outside very much so whenever Zach was home it was outside time πŸ˜‰ I love watching the kids play together and seeing the fun they have with each other made me so excited to be giving them another sibling!

Kye was SO helpful around the house leading up to the baby’s birth! He has chores to do every day and whenever he did something in his room or bathroom he’d ask me if he could do that same thing around the rest of the house. I def didn’t mind having such clean toilets πŸ˜‰

Other Stuff with Kye this Month:

The only other thing I have from the month is that Kye made up a song for me. Part of the words were “our mom is the best mom ever! Even if she can’t smell or walk or do anything” haha thanks Kye πŸ˜‰ 

I also have a couple videos! Kye was practicing a lot for the new baby and loved to swaddle Mickey…here’s a video of his swaddling skills! 

Also this month Kye mastered being able to dive ALL the way to the BOTTOM of our deep end of our pool! Here’s a video! 

My handsome big boy!

Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

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Kye Monthly Summary – July

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The month of July was VERY busy! I try hard to make our summers really, really fun and filled with many exciting things for the kids so there wasn’t much “other” stuff to put in this post πŸ™‚ 

Work Ethic: I am always very proud of Kye’s work ethic. He likes to help, he likes to step up and get things done, and he puts a lot of effort into everything he does. I am pretty hardcore about my kids helping around the house…however, we don’t make beds. I know, I know, there’s like all these reasons out there that we should make our beds each morning. And maybe someday we will. But as a whole, it’s just something our family doesn’t do! Kye still naps so why make his bed twice a day? And I typically get up earlier than Zach and once he’s up I never think about the bed! It gets made when we have company but that’s about it! One day Kye woke up early from his nap and was SO pumped when I walked in to show me how he’d made his bed πŸ™‚ 

Kye this month also started to be REALLY into the yard work. He ASKS Zach if he can help him. When we went over to Courtney’s one night he asked Brad if he could pick up the pinecones for him in their yard. Kid just ENJOYS working. Zach told him he’s allowed to “work” on the edge of our property line and he will happily dig and dig and dig! I also love his “work clothes” he came out wearing πŸ™‚

Balance: We all know Kye has inherited his mama’s big head. And it turns out that beast comes in pretty handy! This month Kye discovered he can balance stuff on his head. He walks around the house with random stuff on top of his head…this was in the bathtub and it was a cup filled with water and it stayed like this for SO LONG! 

Friends: Ever since Kye weaned from the pacifier (shortly after his 2nd birthday) he has been sleeping with the SAME “friends.” Every nap. Every night. Monkey, Smyrna (a stuffed bear Zach and Jordan brought home for him), his blanket (that Aunt Katie got him!) and his pillow (the decorative pillow from his nursery). Those four. Every time. This month things started to change!!! I haven’t pushed anything on him and knew that, with time, he’d eventually give up his friends. So far Monkey and Blanket are still consistent. But he’s now retired Smyrna and instead asks to trade him out for a different friend. Sometimes it’s Goofy. Sometimes Mickey. Just whatever stuffed animals he’s in the mood for. And pillow? He now has a new one! My SIL (Joy) made him a Toy Story pillow cover and Julia brought it for him when she came to visit and he LOVES it! He asked to sleep with it instead of his regular pillow which shocked me! I’m not sure at what point all the friends will stop being so important to him? But I don’t feel like it’s a big deal right now so I’m just going with the flow about it πŸ™‚

I found Sadie like this in Kye’s bed! Guess she’s not ready to give up pillow or Smyrna yet πŸ˜‰

Games: Kye’s competitiveness has gotten MUCH better. He typically won’t get nearly as upset anymore when he loses. We always shake hands and say “good game” after every game we play at night and we don’t allow gloating or overly celebrating when he wins as well as we don’t allow him to get all pouty and ugly when he loses. We do sometimes talk a little trash though πŸ˜‰ One night we were home solo and played Who Shook Hook (a fun one if anyone is looking for a good gift!) and Kye hooked two treasures on one turn! We sent Zach a picture and, of course, Zach made sure to point out that it’s not allowed in the rules haha!

Coloring: It may have been summer time but we still did a LOT of coloring and writing! Kye just really, really enjoys that kind of thing and I know they are skills he will be working on in school so I def encourage drawing and such at home too! 

He made this at church and thought it was so funny haha

Proud of his block city πŸ™‚

Chewing: I know everyone has different “pet peeves” but one of mine is hearing people chew their food. I didn’t realize how MUCH it gets under my skin until recently with Kye. I guess he’s at an age where he started smacking when he eats? Ehhh so gross. One of the things we worked on this summer was “chewing with mouth shut” and he has come SUCH a long way in a short time. Whenever I hear him smack I just remind him “mouth closed while you chew!” and it hasn’t been an issue at all. Kye is ALL about food. Always has been and, if he’s anything like his Daddy, probably always will be. I want my children to have proper table manners and to help out with the family meal time. Kye always takes his plate and cup to the sink and also gets out his own silverware before each meal. He is at a stage where he tends to pick at things and says he doesn’t like what’s served, but that’s too bad. You get whatcha get and you don’t get upset πŸ˜‰ I always try to give the kids at least one or two things I KNOW they like but they have to eat a little of everything and if they want seconds then they need to eat more than just a little of everything in order for me to get them more of something. It’s a good system that works for us and Kye has stopped complaining as much about having to eat things and just gets it done!

Movie: Our local movie theater offers summer movies. They do a morning showing of an older movie and it’s like $1 to get in and $1 for popcorn or something?!!? It’s a GREAT DEAL and I knew I def wanted to take the kids! I thought we’d go more than just once, but that’s all that ended up working out for us. We went with Robyn and saw The Lorax. We own the book and I knew what to expect prior to seeing the movie. So I was prepared! If you’ve never read the book it’s got a HARDCORE political agenda and I knew the movie would be even more obvious about that agenda. Which it was! I mean there was an entire song devoted to how bad and horrible people are who cut down trees. I mean seriously?!?! The kids did GREAT during the movie (I think the fact that we had to sit super close to the front helped keep Britt’s attention the entire time!) and on the way home we had a nice long talk about it. A lot of the reason my kids don’t watch tv and such is because our culture is so, so liberal and so much of our entertainment is filled with political agendas. I explained to Kye (which we also explain to him whenever we read the book) that the problem the guy caused when he cut down the trees wasn’t that he cut them down, it was that he cut them down too quickly. He had a poor business model and didn’t allow for future growth of his business because he didn’t replenish the trees that he was cutting. I showed him a car dealership near our house and how there are tons of trees all around it. I pointed out that you can be successful with business AND still have the environment be okay too. I also told him that there are laws where people HAVE to replant trees they cut down and that actually there are more trees now than there used to be. I def got my point across and it CRACKS me up because Kye is now the exact opposite of what the movie was hoping he’d be after watching it. Instead of being a “tree hugger” he always talks about how he needs to go chop down trees haha Maybe I influenced him a little too hardcore towards the other side πŸ˜‰

Date Night: Kye and I also had a date night this month. I really, really cherish our quality time together. We went to Zaxby’s then to The Mix and just talked and laughed the whole time. I asked him what he wanted to talk about and he said he wanted to talk about God!!! It BLEW me away. We talked about sin and about how that separates us from God and how Jesus died on the cross for us. I asked him what he thinks God looks like and he said “like Jesus” so I asked what Jesus looks like and he said “God…well actually they both just look like my Daddy.” So sweet! He also talked a lot about how he wants to be a soldier (thanks Mulan for that influence!) and how he wants to be a hero and protect people. A man was sitting near us and heard our conversation and came up to us after we were done eating and showed us a picture of his son in his military uniform. It was a precious moment and he talked about how proud he is of his son and how his son is fighting for our country. It made me sad to think about as a parent how difficult it would be to have your child away from you fighting like that. On the way home I was joking around with Kye and how I don’t want him to grow up and he said “Mommy. I have to grow up. I have to become a soldier so I can fight for the Lord!!!” So true, and I KNOW that he’s going to grow up and be on fire for the Lord and that makes me so proud πŸ™‚

Photographer Kye πŸ˜‰

Hair: Growing up I had the kind of hair that other little girls always asked if they could play with. I remember being in school and sitting on the floor and having my friends take turns playing with my hair. It is one of my all time favorite things! Whenever I get a massage I ALWAYS tell them to focus on my scalp. I’m not into foot rubs…I’d prefer a head rub haha. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for Kye to get to an age where he might be down to play with my hair. And the time has arrived!!!! Zach was out of town a good bit during July for work and Kye and I started a new “us time” tradition of brushing hair (Zach told him before he left that he needed to be sweet to his mommy so he wanted to brush hair to be sweet!) He loves getting out all the brushes from my bathroom and he brushes my hair and fixes is so it looks pretty. He takes it (shocker) super seriously and we talk and talk and I just basically am in hair Heaven. I doubt his enjoyment of this will last too long so I’m taking FULL advantage of it while I can!!!

My View: I keep my review mirror set to wear I see Kye’s handsome face every time I look in it! I love that view and love our times in the car together talking and singing songs πŸ™‚

Golf: Kye REALLY loves golf, especially with his Daddy! I love that they have something they share together and am glad they had a couple opportunities to go golfing during this month!!!

Big Brother: Of course Kye is still a FABULOUS big brother! The older Britt gets the more and more they play well together. They do bicker and argue often of course (usually over toys and whose turn it is to play with something) but overall he takes great care of his little sister and they are so cute together! 

Riding the four wheeler

Being silly playing games πŸ™‚

Other Stuff Going on With Kye this Month:

  • Kye struggled a bit with attitude issues and it was something we worked on. Him being home all the time with me and Britt was hard for him because he does have to compromise a LOT with her and I think he gets sick of me too after awhile (just proof that he’s ready for school huh?). He randomly came up to me one day and said “You are the best mommy. I would always pick you to be my mommy. I’m really sorry for the times I hurt your feelings.” Melted my heart!
  • One night I kissed him goodnight and after we kissed he said “that’s all I got baby!” haha
  • He calls me sweetie a lot. Like kinda in a condescending way haha. Like if I’m flustered he’ll say “it’s okay sweetie.”
  • Since he was a TINY baby Kye has ALWAYS sneezed three times in a row. He never, ever just sneezes once. It’s one of those little things that make him special and I love it about him! He lately has been sneezing EVERY TIME we sit down to eat! So random!
  • Kye says that his job is to help protect our family and that he will protect me forever.
  • His favorite thing to do in the pool is cannonballs!
  • One of our summer goals was to get Kye to wipe himself when he goes poop and he’s getting REALLY great with it! He wipes himself then has one of us “come check” just to make sure he did an okay job. I read somewhere that we should continue checking him until he’s like six. Gah that’s a LONG TIME. 

Austin: This month was the month that Austin passed away. I may do a blog post at some point about handling these kinds of things with kids as Kye has been dealing with multiple “tough things” lately and I do think a post about that may help others. When Austin was first lost, Zach and I decided to tell Kye so that we could all pray about it together. I believe in being honest with my children, but only giving as much detail as is necessary and nothing more. So we told him Austin was lost and we needed to pray that they’d find him. I got the call of Austin’s passing while I was swimming in the pool with the kids. I had to quickly get them both out of the pool which was upsetting to them. I didn’t really consider not telling Kye what had happened. I knew he’d see us upset. See Zach upset. That things would be very different and chaotic for awhile and that he’d find out so I told him right then. I actually talked to Kye before I even talked to Zach about it all. I got down on his level and simply told him that God answered our prayers to find Austin. They did find him and we can thank God that he was found and that when they found him he was already in Heaven. That he would see us upset and that it is okay if he’s upset too. That we were all sad that Austin was gone because we will miss him but that we are also SO happy that Austin gets to be in Heaven and we will get to see him again when we get there too! I have always had a lot of personal issues with death and fears about death and it’s something I do NOT want my kids to have issues with. So I focused a lot on Heaven with him and a lot on the good about dying. 

Kye handled it all SO well. He was very sweet and loving towards us about everything and he did well with all the craziness in the weeks surrounding Austin’s passing. He did, however, have some anger issues. Robyn helped us by keeping the kids the day of the funeral (we didn’t feel it was appropriate to have them there) and Kye acted out a bit with her and then cried to her and said he was sorry and that he was just mad that Austin died. I’ve told him it’s okay to feel anger and have tried to ALWAYS let him talk about any feelings he has. I never want to minimize his feelings or make him feel like he has to hold stuff inside. I know it’s best to get it out so whenever he wants to talk, we talk. He asked to paint a picture for Steven and Debby (Austin’s parents) and painted a beautiful rainbow for them which was so fitting once we found out about the rainbow pictures! People at church also came up to me on several occasions and said that Kye had prayed about Austin and said in his prayers that Austin died and that is sad but that it is also happy because he is in Heaven. 

After the funeral I played the songs for the kids to listen to and sometimes when we get in the car Kye will ask to hear “Austin’s song” (The Dance by Garth Brooks). He still gets upset at times about Austin and that’s understandable because we do too and we probably always will. We have talked about taking Kye out to the cemetery and we asked him if he’d like to go. He said he didn’t want to and I do respect that but I’m sure at some point we will go there as a family together. I hate that all of this has happened. It’s all such a horrible, horrible thing for so many reasons and it’s been so difficult for so many people. As an adult it’s hard enough to cope with it but then having to worry about children dealing with this kind of pain is very difficult too! In relation to Kye (seeing as this his a post about him) it’s the first real experience he’s had with anyone he knows dying. He has been to many funerals as a little baby but doesn’t remember any of them nor does he remember the people who passed away. Death is a part of life (a horrible part) and it something he will have to deal with over and over again so I’ve tried to deal with this the best I possibly can to hopefully help him cope okay in the future when times like these, sadly, occur. 

Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

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  1. Monica
    October 4, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    I love how you phrased everything when you spoke to Kye about Austin passing- so age appropriate, honest and transparent. Prayers for your family as you continue to work through this.

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ July

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Kye is truly such a joy and is at an age where everyday he becomes more fun!!! I never want it to end!

Here’s what he was up to in July:

Lizard Friend: I LOVE our house location. Even though we are in a neighborhood we have quite a few animal visitors. TONS of squirrels and birds and lizards! They are adorable (like legit, I love them) and they hang out on our back porch all the time. I guess they are all friendly with each other too because now we have baby lizards! This cute little guy is super friendly too. Kye was pumped to get to hold him and it was so neat to watch him change colors right before our eyes. He was bright green and by the time we stopped visiting with him he was brown!

SO cute!!!

Memory Verse: I am SO thankful we attend Central Av Church of Christ!!! I couldn’t be happier there for myself but especially for Kye. He moved up to the “big kid” classes this month. He now has memory verses to learn and I am SO impressed with how seriously he takes it. He lovessssss Bible Class. All the kids (from the youngest, Kye’s age, to the oldest) all meet up prior to class and sing some songs, pray, etc. I’m so proud that Kye enjoys praying in front of EVERYONE as well as sings with true joy in his heart. Everyone brags on him to me and it is a proud mama moment for sure. I’m so thankful my children will be raised in a home that puts God first in all things! Here’s a video of Kye doing his first memory verse…it’s legit!!!

Brave: I’m a big believer in spending quality time with each kid one on one. One on ones with me and Britt, me and Kye, Zach and Kye, Zach and Britt, Both Zach and I with Britt and both Zach and I with Kye! Whew…it’s gonna be a lot more complicated as we add more babies huh? When the movie Brave came out I wanted to take Kye to see it and Zach wanted to go with us so we planned an afternoon movie date! He was PUMPED. We went by Walgreens and each got a snack (this is prior to my Advocare life haha). We let Kye get some candy. I know. Try not to pass out. Zach picked out some kind of Hershey’s Drops for him? They are new and they are chocolate but not messy. I wanted to get him something more sugary as that’s what I like (I got orange slices for my candy) and Zach wanted to get him something chocolate because that’s what he likes (he got chocolate covered cookie dough bites as his candy). We like legit argued about what kind of candy Kye should get haha. Zach won out in the end but, just as I expected, Kye wanted to keep eating MY candy the whole time. He never has chocolate so it makes sense that he wasn’t super crazy about it.

Showing his candy!

The movie was really good. I have only ever seen ONE Pixar movie that I didn’t like (Cars 2. Ugh.). The story was great. Especially for a mom. However, Kye was too young to see it. He doesn’t scare easily and can handle a lot more “scary” stuff than other kids his age can but it was too much for him. The concept was too deep for him to really understand and there were many scenes where he was afraid. I didn’t know that it would be that scary, but it’s for sure more suitable for like a 7 year old. Oh well! I asked him if he wanted to leave and he said no but he did end up sitting in my lap which hasn’t ever happened during a movie!!! He said he really liked it though and said his favorite part was the horses. Um…they were in the movie for like under 2 minutes haha.

I love all three of these pictures πŸ˜‰

Pirate Shirts: When going through my pics from this month I realized I forgot to include the pics of the kids wearing their St Augustine shirts we got for them on vacation! Oops! So here they are!!! πŸ™‚ Kye was super jealous of Britt’s shirt because it’s pink but his is still cool too!

Big Helper: I love that Kye has a servant heart. He loves to help others and that’s something that Zach and I both think is such a valuable trait. He seriously is ALWAYS wanting to help out. He enjoys helping! If I sweet, he sweeps. If I vacuum, he vacuums. If I need something across the house he’s eager to go get it. It’s precious. He really enjoys helping unload the car when we get groceries and has also started to help putting the groceries away, here’s a video! He picked ALL of these weeds himself and spent over an HOUR doing it while Zach mowed the grass. Isn’t that awesome??? We made sure to pump him up big time as it really was a HUGE help to Zach! Now I’m ready to get Brittlynn going on dusting for me πŸ˜‰

Eat Outside: Something we have done regularly since Kye was young is eat outside. I LOVE our covered porch and fans and enjoy eating outdoors. However, now that Britt started solids we haven’t been eating out as much. It’s just too tricky with her eating too. Her high chair is bulky and a pain to get through the door and I just can’t imagine taking my food, Kye’s food, and her food all out there and then bringing it all back in. Not worth the effort. I did allow Kye to eat outside though for breakfast a few times. He really wanted to eat out there and I can see him in the breakfast nook so it was perfectly safe. I felt sad for him out there by himself but he kept smiling and waving at Britt and I and seemed to enjoy it!

Dancing: Kye LOVES movies. He doesn’t watch them on a daily basis but he especially loves the opportunity to watch an entire movie. He always says “Can I watch the pictures?” He means the credits πŸ˜‰ He will get up and dance to the music. I let him watch Pinocchio recently and it was so cute how he enjoyed dancing to the dvd menu screen music. He legit danced to it for a solid 30 min. He even got out the Pinocchio we got him from Italy to dance too!!! (Pardon his outfit…our washing machine broke during this month so we had to make do!). He kept saying “you’re a real boy!” it was precious (here’s a video).  Here’s another little video of him dancing…he wasn’t a fan of me filming!

Food lover: Kye still really enjoys eating. Now that Britt is eating solids he will ask me to take pictures of him eating too πŸ˜‰

When I started doing my Advocare 24 Day Challenge I drink a Meal Replacement Shake each morning for breakfast. Kye, of course, wants to share with me so I started making him smoothies after he finishes eating. He LOVES them. I blend together Naked Juice Green Machine, V8 Fushion, frozen grapes, strawberries, frozen bananas, a little yogurt, maybe even sneak in some butter beans or peas…just whatever I have lying around. It gets him super crunk! And keeps him from begging to share with me the entire time πŸ˜‰

Play: It’s been a LAME summer for Kye. I feel so guilty thinking about it. Britt’s schedule comes first and I don’t have any regrets about that but I’m eager for the days when she only has one nap a day so we can go and do more together. Poor kid was stuck at home all summer! He never complained or seemed to get bored. I’m thankful he has so many fun toys to keep him busy!!!

He really enjoys these letters. He likes to take them all out then put them all back in

He thought it was hilarious to dress Smyrna and Monkey up in his clothes!

Special treat…a bath in my bathtub (that little tush is too cute!)
Here’s a video of him going under the water πŸ˜‰

He’s just now old enough to really build things on his own with the lincoln logs (they should be ages 4 and up in my opinion). He takes it VERY seriously!

Each army guy had his own little station

He also loves running around with the bucket on his head…yes, I put a stop to it!
Here’s a video of him…and you can tell I’m holding Britt while filming. It cracked me up!

He’s getting a lot more into dressing up too..mostly just likes to wear funny hats and my shoes

Jingle: We bought Kye Jingle as a gift when Britt was born. Have you seen the animals from Hallmark that react when you read their stories?!?! Jingle is one of them. He had a couple of books and even a TV show at Christmas time. He’s SUPER cute but it’s also a mega rip off. Like he was supposed to respond to the movie and he didn’t. Not once. And he only responds to us when we say exact phrases, SUPER loud, and SUPER clearly. Poor Kye tries and tries and tries. He has never once been able to get a reaction from Jingle.

The Stairs: The way our stairs were designed we have to have the baby gate up a couple of steps. This has turned into quite the popular spot in our house. Kye sits here constantly. He often sits in this spot to take off his shoes (and he’s well trained…he then takes them to his room and places them in his red chair so I can stick them in their correct spot later). He’ll also sit here just to do some thinking. It’s pretty adorable!

Socially Aware: Kye’s become very aware of other people’s actions. I think this is
a great thing! It’s never too early to start learning that sometimes
other people set the example of how not to behave. At Disney
there was a girl messing with the ropes while we were in line and Kye
wanted to do it too but I told him that it wasn’t a good choice. He
mentioned that the girl kept doing it and I told him it was up to him to
set a good example of how to behave for her. He has also left from play
dates and mentioned the behavior of other kids and how he didn’t like
certain things they said or did so I try to ask him how it made him
feel. I know this age it’s so valuable to start understanding emotions
and it’s also important to learn how our actions affect other people.
When Kye says or does something hurtful towards me I let him know and
ask him how it would make him feel if I did the same thing to him. He’s
really starting to understand empathy!

He’s also doing better at taking responsibility for his actions…for example: One night there was a little mix-up at Mema’s we were eating dinner
there and Kye said he wanted his hot dog “big” like he ate it at
G-Mama’s. It wasn’t a big deal but Mrs. Charlotte didn’t realize that
it’s still important to cut up hot dogs into small pieces so I told Kye
we couldn’t have the hot dog “big.” He got very upset about it and I had
to pull him away from the situation (I was there without Zach) to talk
to him and explain it to him. He was fine after our talk and surprised
me because the next day he brought up the situation completely on his
own. He said “I was sad at Mema’s because of the hot dog but I’m sorry
about that.”

He’s also getting really great at conversating with others. He’s always been eager to be included in on the conversations but now he’s actually able to conversate haha I thought it was so sweet how attached Kye got to Katie’s mom while we
were visiting them in St Augustine. They had REAL conversations! On our
way back to the hotel he told us all about her family and how some of
them live in Heaven and some of them have their own houses. She was
super impressed with his conversation skills which makes me proud. I’m
hardcore about him being socially well-rounded πŸ˜‰

Rhino: Kye loves little toys right now and still enjoys making them our “treasures.” He was showing me all the animals and explaining to me what they do. THIS is what he says a rhino does with it’s tusk (is it called a tusk??) And yes, I also took a video πŸ˜‰

Routines: Kye is at an age where he likes everything done exactly the same way every single time. I remember back when I first started doing Babywise that people would say to me that I was going to raise children who were going to be anal retentive. I told those people that if that’s the only negative they could find of Babywise then I’d take it!!! It IS true though. Kye thrives with routine. He expects it in every area. It can be a little annoying. I recently read a quote about happiness in children and that our goal shouldn’t be to always make them happy. Sometimes they won’t be happy. We have to make decisions that are best for the family unit, regardless of their happiness about it. So I don’t always do things in the same order, or say the same things at the “right” time, etc. If I need to go wake Brittlynn up without him, I do it. If we forgot to have Jingle with us for story time, oh well. He does get upset when things are off balance, but that’s a part of life. 

Just some examples: He likes to help put Britt to sleep every time she goes down. His job is to turn on her fan. Then he runs around it three times before kissing her goodnight. We say prayers as a family and he says whos turn it is. It’s always Daddy then Mommy then Kye. He opens the door whenever we get home. He also opens the door whenever we wake Britt up. Also when we wake her up he gives her a kiss right when she gets out of the crib. Once we tuck him into bed he always says “make sure the dogs don’t bark and that table doesn’t fall and the light doesn’t break” (no clue what the heck he’s talking about but he MUST say that exact phrase). Those are seriously just a FEW examples! Part of me wonders if I should worry about OCD tendencies with him! I do think it’s a lot to do with his age and probably having a new sister made him even more attached to routine and structure!

waking Britt up from her nap

He also always wants to have a bath with Brittlynn every night!

Not Sweating the Small Stuff: Kye has been the type of kid who will have a melt-down over some spilled milk. But lately he’s been doing SO much better with this type of thing!!! I think he is finally starting to understand that if the milk spills, it’s okay we have more. If the cracker breaks or the sandwich isn’t cut perfectly that it doesn’t really matter.

Games: I keep all of our family games in our front hall closet. Kye LOVES to play with them and it’s a quick, fun, easy thing to do together when Britt goes down for her morning nap. We’ll often play a couple rounds of something before he goes upstairs for roomtime. Hungry Hippos is a fav for sure! I am a baller at it and pretty much always win πŸ˜‰

Asking Nicely: We’ve been working SUPER HARD this month on asking nicely. Sure Kye will
say “Can I have more milk mommy?” Then I’ll say “what do you say?” and
he’ll reply “please!” But that’s not the goal is it? The GOAL is for him
to ask the first time “Mommy can I have more milk please?” (I’m not
messing with the whole can I/may I mess…can is fine with me. It’s the
please I’m after!). If Kye doesn’t ask nicely the first time then I tell
him to ask it all again nicely. I make him repeat the entire phrase
rather than just adding the please. By the end of the month it was
becoming a natural thing for him and I made sure to give him props every
time he did it on his own without having to be told!

No Ma’am Britt Britt!!! Britt is at that age where she’s interested in everything and is mobile enough to get into it ALL. It’s a tough thing to deal with as I feel limited with what three of us can do together??? Kye spends a lot of time telling her “no ma’am” when she tries to get his stuff haha I caught it in action a few times this month:

Table: Our little activity table was Kye’s FAVORITE as a baby and now Britt LOVES it. It’s been interesting because although Kye didn’t play with it often prior to her being born, he knows it’s HIS. I’ve explained to him that it’s a baby toy and that now it’s hers and he does pretty well with it. But he’ll often try to dominate which songs we play from it (yes, I have pretty much every button memorized to what song it’ll play. My personal favorite is: “Hello! The phone is ringing so I say HELLO!” haha) You can tell he’s dying to shove her out of the way here!

Throwing in the House: Up until now we’ve allowed throwing in the house. It’s never been an issue. But Kye’s getting older. The toy balls are getting harder. He and Daddy are getting rougher. We have a baby in the house and plan to have many more babies in the house in the future. Zach and I had a big talk about it and decided our rule for throwing things will be either outside or up in the playroom only. This has been the first major parenting decision that has been tough on us. You don’t really realize how often you toss a pillow onto the couch, toss each other the remote, throw toys in the basket to clean up, etc until you have a three year old reminding you “we don’t throw stuff!” all the time haha.

Kye and Brittlynn: Kye ADORES his sister. He hates to see her get any type of punishment. He always wants to play with her. He does well sharing…like she tried to get into his Lincoln Logs so he gave her a piece of the track to play with. They do the whole play together yet separately thing where they are in the same space but play with their own toys. Now that she’s mobile I feel like she’s a little less breakable and they play pretty rough together. It’s funny b/c she’s quite the drama queen with most things…but not when they are playing. I think she likes to play tough with him πŸ˜‰ I love that their friendship is already blossoming!!!

Other Stuff Kye was up to this Month:

  • Kye LOVES to make up songs. One was pretty catchy: “follow this fan in my hand…follow this fan in the land!!!”
  • Every night after we have family story time and prayers he asks to “play with Brittlynn for a minute” They both laugh like CRAZY and we all get super hyped up only minutes before putting them to bed…they both always fall to sleep right away though!
  • Kye does NOT like ANY of the animals in his room when he goes to bed. He’ll call out to me if one of them happened to hide in there. He actually doesn’t like Levi at ALL. Like ever. He always says “Levi you are annoying” He will intentionally pet and love on Sadie in front of Levi!
  • After roomtime each morning while Britt naps he’ll get movie time. When it’s time to wake her up from her nap we pause the movie to get her (then we watch it while I nurse). Whenever I come back out from changing her diaper he always says “I waited sooo patiently”
  • Kye has ALWAYS been all about being a “big boy” and that is still the case. He has even started asking to eat off the same plates we do
  • One afternoon just Kye and I were driving somewhere and he started asking me a typical “Kye question” regarding things we had planned. He kept asking me “what are we gonna do next?” I’d tell him and he’d ask it again. I ended up going through 5 days worth of plans. He started CRACKING UP and said “Mommy! You are a MESS!!! You just told me ALL that!!!” Guess he was just testing me to see how far along I’d go? haha
  • He really started to miss school this month. He has started asking not to get a new class because he wants to see Mrs Autumn again
  • He can now completely dress and undress himself!
  • He will say stuff is “freaking him out” haha
  • We decided this month that his hair looks best if we just DO NOT MESS WITH IT. For some reason it just falls naturally on it’s own better than if we mess with it
  • If Zach isn’t home at bedtime prayers Kye will ask to call him and he’ll say his prayers over the phone with us
  • Before bed each nap and night he asks to “cuddle for a little bit” and I LOVE this time together. If Zach’s home them the three of us will cuddle up and talk together. It’s a good chance for him to have a couple minutes of undivided attention from us. πŸ™‚ 
  • When he talks to someone on the phone he likes to put them on speaker
  • He often tells Britt to “hush”
  • When he is surprised he will say “What?!?!” it cracks me up!
  • His memory BLOWS US AWAY. He will recall stuff randomly that just shocks us. For example he asked if we could watch the Santa movie that we watched when we drank coffees. Um. We watched the Santa movie only once and it was back at Christmas time when we let him have a little hot chocolate for the first time!
  • Kye said “God lives under my chin” πŸ˜‰
  • I took Kye to Walmart with me this month to get a few groceries and things we needed. It was SO FUN. I loathe Walmart but seriously we had a blast together. He walked the entire time around the store beside me and loved being my helper. He’d pick up what I told him we needed and would put it in the cart. He didn’t ask to buy a single thing (although he did want to show me a LOT of stuff) and he walked around like he owned the place. It was hilarious!
  • He really adores Colt. He made a list of things about Colt that he likes and said that Colt is his best friend, is the prettiest boy and is so fun
  • Kye doesn’t make the “l” sound when speaking but instead makes a “w” sound. Like Levi is “Wevi” I think this is a normal thing for his age???
  • Kye LOVES to entertain his sister…here is a video of him dancing like crazy while she finishes up eating πŸ˜‰ 
  • For school this year Kye will have to be able to go potty 100% on his own so we’ve been working on teaching him how to wipe when he poops. Tough concept kinda!!!
  • Kye is VERY into the “I’m gonna marry Mommy” stage. I don’t correct him about it, it’s too sweet to tell him any different πŸ˜‰ He said that He will marry Mommy and that Daddy can marry Jordan πŸ˜‰
  • Started saying “I love you very much”
  • I took this video of Britt and I waking Kye up from his nap πŸ˜‰
  • One day before nap he was cuddling SO SWEET. He found my weakness as he laid down beside me and scratched my arm so sweetly and even scratched my back! I sat in there talking with him for a good 20 min b/c it felt nice to be a little pampered haha. He told me he wants to grow up to be a dentist, it was the first time he’s ever mentioned being something when he grows up
  • Later in the month when Zach would let him watch a little of the Olympics Kye changed his mind about the dentist thing and now insists that he wants to be a swimmer when he grows up πŸ˜‰ Next Michael Phelps?!?!

It was another wonderful month with my sweet boy πŸ™‚

    Emily Parker

    Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

    My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

    You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

    Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


    1. Chelley
      August 31, 2012 / 3:42 am

      Reading these posts about Kye make me so excited for Brianna to be his age! Not that I'm wishing time away, it's just nice to have things to look forward to. We felt the same way about Brave. . . it definitely scared Brianna!

    2. Rachael_Copponex
      September 12, 2012 / 1:05 am

      This IS such a FUN AGE! Macy dresses her dolls in her clothes I think it is so funny. Haha

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