Kye Monthly Summary: March

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This post is all about Kye from March (his first month being 8!)

This month Kye had a field trip to Raisin’ Cane. He had one last year too, as did Britt. So I’ve been out there a good bit! It was a tad bit of an insane situation because the school called me as soon as I arrived at the field trip to tell me that Tess had a high temp. I felt so bad turning around and leaving Kye but was stuck in the middle of needing to get Tess to the dr too. Mrs. Charlotte (woman is a LIFE SAVER) took Tess as she was closer to the school than I was (Raisin’ Cane is a pretty solid 20 min or so out) and got her to the dr then I stayed at the field trip for long enough for him to enjoy my company then I headed to get Tess and her meds. 

Kye’s best buddy at school!

SO glad I was smart enough to wear the duck boots 😉 

Kye also had a really cool BMX bike show at school this month that the whole school earned due to fundraising efforts. Can you find Kye?

And the month ended with Kye’s favorite day of the school year: FIELD DAY.

Y’all. The thought of field day still makes me cringe. I never ever liked it and was totally that kid who would try to skip that day if possible. Ha! Kye LOVES it and it’s def an event where I ask Daddy to attend. Mommy loves field trips…but not field day. 😉 

Speaking of school I smile every time I walk into Britt and Tess’s school and see this pic of Kye still hanging up. My sweet little boy!!!

I feel like we were at this stage with him YESTERDAY!

Kye has been an awesome leader for our church’s Bible Reading Marathon. This month ended the marathon and each of the boys who were leaders were asked to speak. Kye has such a GIFT y’all. He was SO excited to get up in front of our entire congregation. He wasn’t the least bit nervous and he loved every second of it. You can watch his whole speech here (it’s short and very clear so you can really tell everything he’s saying). We are very, very proud of Kye!

I know it’s blurry but I love his excitement and pride!

All the awesome Bible Reading Marathon leaders!!!

Mr. John and Mrs. Liz took them all to lunch and they had a BLAST!

Of course our biggest celebration this month was our Disney trip for Kye’s Birthday!

He got so many awesome gifts for his birthday. Clue Jr has quickly become a family favorite!

G-Mama got him a plug in Pac Man and it’s really great!

Thankful we bought him a knock-off fit bit.

This sweet boy has been dying to go through his baby clothes for Tab. We made a night of it and I was shocked by 1) how good of shape everything was still in and 2) that really none of it seems “out of style” (benefit of boys…everything is pretty basic!)

Kye is so dedicated to his school work. Every day he gets off the bus with his head in a book and he is always asking to “just finish this page”

He also really enjoys any school related apps (they send home stuff about doing them for practice). It’s funny to hear him mumbling answers out loud!

I love our quality time together but dude murders me at checkers!

And apparently rock paper scissors too

When we went to Disney Springs Kye saw the Lego Death Star and fell in LOVE. He said he will be asking for it from Santa. Which is a good thing since no way can Mommy and Daddy get it with that $500 price tag. #yikes. We had a long talk about it and I explained to him that I don’t even think it’s a good Santa gift because it’s ages 14 and up. And while Mommy and Daddy think he can probably handle it, Santa won’t buy toys that are way over on the age recommendations like that 🙂

I know this may be a controversial topic to discuss and I may devote an entire post to it at some point but Zach and I were raised VERY differently in many ways, but especially when it came to “the talk.” It’s important to me to handle such an important conversation with our kids as biblically as possible. I found this book (simply titled “The Talk”) and wanted to go through it with Kye. I know 8 may sound young for such a discussion but he’s very mature and we feel he’s capable to not only handle it but also not to tell others about it. He is within the suggested age range for the discussion. And my main goal was to talk to him about it before he heard about it from another source. I want him to learn about such topics from US as the way you first learn about things is what you use as your frame of reference about it! We aren’t completely through it yet but we’ve been very impressed both with the book and Kye’s understandings of it. You can learn more about the book and purchase it here!

On Kye’s skip school day I totally let him watch Star Wars during naps and work on eating the lollipop he bought at Disney Springs 😉 

#coolmom

Kye loves to shoot hoops 🙂 and go on walks and basically be outside! He’s so funny b/c we found some capes we made AGES ago and he totally wanted to wear it on our walk. I love that he hasn’t reached the age of embarrassment yet 😉 

Sweet note from his teacher on his report card!

As always we’re so proud of Kye! I read somewhere that 7 is the “golden age” of childhood but I say 8 will be just as amazing as 7 was with this kid!

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Kye Monthly Summary: March

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This is a summary of Kye’s month of March (his first month as a 7 year old!)

It’s hard for me to even keep all the dress up days Kye has at school straight haha! This month was dress up week for reading. He was a zebra one day and the last day of the week (also his birthday) was “dress your best” day for pictures. The three days in-between were green eggs and ham day, hat day, and book character day (which Kye picked Goofy!). 

I was VERY excited to get to attend Kye’s field trip with him to Raisin’ Cane. I went on a field trip with Britt’s class earlier in the year as well. It’s a great place for field trips and I just love that quality one on one time with my kids, especially in their school environments. I like to kinda sit back and see how they interact with their peers and in a group setting. I know we “shelter” our kids and I kinda assumed they’d be “outsiders” because of that, but so far it’s nothing even close to the case! Kye’s little friends are precious and there were many little tiffs about who got to stand next to him in line. I mean I know it’s really because he has such a cool mom 😉

Not embarrassed to hold his mama’s hand!

Baby goats!!!

Of course free play time was the most fun!

Kye and I played a HUGE game of checkers

Kye’s teacher is pregnant with TWINS. I mean I don’t know how anyone handles 28 6 and 7 year olds all day every day but pregnant? AND with twins?! No. Way. 

Getting to plant watermelon seeds!

Kye’s “girlfriend” Avery. He’s given her a couple of notes throughout the school year so I was glad to meet her mom on the field trip and kinda make sure they weren’t bothered by it. He always tells Avery he likes her b/c she makes good choices so I’m sure as a parent they don’t mind hearing that but I know having girls is a different ball game than boys! She was super sweet though and wanted a picture of them together just as much as I did. I still remember my little first grade boyfriend and he and I remained schoolmates and friends all the way through school and always joked about how we “went out” 😉 I think Kye and Avery will both be glad to have these pics someday!

Erik and I at high school graduation

Kye and Avery

Although Kye is a “taken man” he still has his admirers. I was CRACKING up at these two little cuties who were so open about their affection for him. One of the little girls kept talking to me about him and how he is so cute and how he’s cuter than all the animals at the farm! Ha! She also tried to sit next to him every time we sat down and even asked me to move out of the way. Um no honey. I know someday I will have to let his wife be his #1 but that day ain’t today haha! I told her it was his mama’s special time and she could sit beside me but I was gonna be next to him! Haha!

 Seeing how old the trees were!

Pumped for sack lunch from school!

Started and ended our day holding hands 🙂

I had a blast at his field trip but taked to Zach about field day. A full day of outdoor competitive events? MUCH more up Daddy’s ally than Mommy’s 🙂 Luckily Zach was able to arrange his schedule so he could go with Kye and he had a blast…especially watching Kye win an event for his grade! I’m so impressed at all the pics Zach took too 😉

This is the game he won…I think it’s some sort of ball something? #notasportsmom

Of course they went out for lunch together too!

The big event from this month was Kye’s birthday! 

Toys R Us mails out coupons around kids’ birthdays which is pretty genius marketing. They put it in a birthday card which of course makes the kid want to go to the store! Kye had some left over money from the Disney trip and wanted to use his coupon to purchase something. We had fun embarrassing him a little with a birthday crown, balloon, and even a birthday song at the store 🙂 I feel like it was just yesterday that I took him there at his first birthday (sorry Britt I don’t think we’ve ever gone for her birthday? Being a Dec birthday is a CRAZY busy time of year!)

This kid is SO MUCH like his mama. He wanted to see ALL the Legos and then took forever debating the best one to get based on what he liked but also on the best price. And even then he asked my opinion a ton of times AND ended up changing his mind before we left the store. Indecisiveness is genetic apparently 😉

Unlike his mama this kid likes gum. GROSS. 

At seven years old Kye FINALLY has his FIRST loose tooth!!!

 He loved my childhood teeth so much that I found him this book that had great reviews on Amazon and he was so excited about it!

We also are trying out a new hairstyle 🙂

I love that Kye still strips down as soon as he walks in the door! Such a guy thing!

Kye is also a SUPER hard worker with his chores

I love that he loves to cuddle up at night with me before bed. He sleeps with a good bit of things: a special blanket, two small pillows, and a revolving door of “friends”. He also has a “night light” that has a handle in case he needs to go to the bathroom in the night. I like that it has a timer and an on and off button. He likes to read before falling asleep and I can tell him to turn on the owl when he reads and when it goes out (20 min) it’s time to stop reading. They no longer make it but this is a comparable one!

Kye loves to play: in the playroom

with Legos (largest set yet and he did is 100% on his own in a matter of hours!)

the wii with Daddy (Tiger Woods golf is a new favorite they play once a week)

and Monopoly with Mommy (new favorite board game…I knew he’d be ALL about it!)

Even though he’s a “big kid” in so many ways, he’s still my sweet Kye who comes RACING home from the school bus

and who is mesmerized by the car wash!

For his birthday he got a field goal and has been all about playing football in the back yard. When we built our house we left this LARGE area of grass specifically for this reason. We pictured Kye growing up and wanting to play backyard football. Now the time is here!

Watching some golf 🙂

He cashed in his Bible Bucks for a stinking gum ball machine. Gross

Even at 7 he still loves to dress up and put on a show for us!

 And he’s not too cool to play with play dough either! 

When Daddy travels my kids get CRUNK b/c it means mac and cheese for dinner 😉

I LOVE seeing Kye’s school work! I know a do a big post with it all twice a year but sometimes I like to post things as he brings them home! 

I thought this was so sweet of him playing in our backyard and how he’s wearing an 85 jersey 😉

Martin Luther King Jr Day

Sweet note from a school friend

He wrote personalized thank yous for everyone who gave him a birthday present (first time doing this completely on his own! I loved reading each of them!)

I ALWAYS talk amongst my friends how I’m anti brand names for my kids. I just don’t get the value in spending crazy amounts of money on kids clothing? I LOVE the local kids sales and stock up at them…typically getting my kids 80-90% of their clothing that way. I also love clearance racks and typically shop at Old Navy and Target (and recently started with Kohls as I’m learning their deals system). I had a sweet friend post that she was selling ALL of her sons clothes and he’s just a little older than Kye. Zach said go for it so we did and now my child is the one at school with all the brand name athletic gear haha! 

More About Kye:

  • Kye is OBSESSED with scaring me. I jump pretty easily…I’m one of those people who always has like 10 different thoughts going through my head at the same time so it’s super easy to catch me off guard and get a great reaction out of me. Zach has trained Kye well in the art of scaring Mommy 😉
  • We had a BIG talk this month. At school they talked a lot about Martin Luther King Jr and it was really the first time Kye noticed racial differences among his friends. Last year his little school girlfriend was black but after the talks at school he told me he couldn’t marry one little girl from his class who has a crush on him b/c she’s black. Of course my mommy radar went through the roof and I freaked out. But we had a LONG talk about it (one of those nights where he didn’t go to bed until well past bedtime) and I understood him a lot better. He said that if he married a black girl that he would be the only white person in his family b/c the women have the babies so their babies would be black too (no, I didn’t venture into that discussion of baby making…) and that he would feel sad and left out not looking like his family. I explained to him that the Bible talks about many things that are right and wrong but NO WHERE does it say it’s wrong to marry someone that looks differently (not just black/white but any physical differences). He said he worried people would talk badly about them since he is white if his wife was black (sadly a pretty valid concern esp in the south). I talked to him about how I couldn’t imagine marrying someone who fights in the military. I see military wives and have so much respect for them b/c of how hard it must be for their husbands to leave for war. It would be SO HARD if Zach fought in a war but I love him so much that the hard stuff would be worth it to be with him. I told him that he doesn’t need to close off his heart to someone just b/c they are a different skin color. I don’t want him to put a limit on who God may have planned for him. The most important thing to look for in a potential spouse is their ability to help him get to Heaven and that it would be so sad if someone came into his life that would be his “perfect wife” and he didn’t marry her just b/c of a way she may be different than he is. He really understood and I hope I handled it okay for not being prepared for that type of discussion! 

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Such a fun month with my precious boy!

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Kye Monthly Summary: March

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This is Kye’s summary from the month of March!

March is Kye’s favorite month because it’s his birth month! He had a blast at his birthday party and enjoyed getting to celebrate with his friends at school. I brought brownies and the class celebrated another student’s birthday as well.

I also had Kye fill out his own thank you cards this year for his birthday presents. I bought these pirate themed fill-in cards and he loved getting to write them all! 

One of Kye’s birthday presents wasBig Hero 6
. I heard nothing but good things about the movie and probably would have gone to see it in theaters. If our movie theater prices weren’t crazy ridiculous! We haven’t taken the kids to see a legit movie since Frozen came out and I’m not sure if that’ll be changing anytime soon!

We had a movie night as a family and watched it together. I nursed Tess and then put her to bed and was able to cuddle up with my big kids and hubby to enjoy a great movie! Kye loves it but Britt is OBSESSED with it. She would watch it every single day if we let her! It’s very cute, with very few scary scenes. While it’s not on my Top 10 list for best Disney movies, I really appreciate having a new movie geared more towards boys. Kye loves Frozen but there is NO merchandise for boys based on the movie (which is irritating because they could easily have some Olaf and Sven stuff, right?!?!). He’s kinda growing out of Lightning McQueen and is long over Woody and Buzz so I’m glad I can snatch up the available Baymax stuff for now! 

This month Kye’s class had a field trip to our local library. It was during Dr Seuss Week. I was able to go with them and the library did a nice little themed event for the kids. She read several Dr Seuss books and had a themed craft. 

Yes, Kye is in kindergarten and he only has 5 kids total in his class. And yes, he’s the ONLY boy! I posted this on Facebook and mentioned the boy-to-girl ratio. My aunt (on my dad’s side) commented and said “Maybe he is taking after his grandfather who loves…books” bahaha I about died! Best comment ever 😉 Anyone who knows my dad knows that yes, he does enjoy books…but that he especially has always enjoyed the ladies 😉 

We had some free time after and were able to look at all the books. It was interesting to me to see the reading levels of the other kids in his class. It’s been SO neat to watch Kye blossom in his love of and ability to read. At this point he was still not super into reading but within a few weeks he just took off! I know boys tend to take longer than girls for things to catch on and when we went on the field trip I felt he was behind the girls, but now he’s for sure caught up to their abilities. 

Y’all. I made a total fool of myself in the library. When I was a kid I had a reoccurring nightmare. I have always have VERY vivid, life-like nightmares. I can still to this day remember several of them, even back from childhood. One that I had quite often was about getting locked in a toy store. The store had closed and I was the only one in there. The walls were covered with toys, even on the ceiling. I was walking down the aisles and passed a huge stuffed ape and as I walked by it blinked at me and then jumped down from the shelf and started chasing me (which is when, of course, I’d wake up.). While at the library I looked up and who was staring down at me?!?! THE APE FROM MY DREAMS. Of course I told everyone there about it and of course I took a picture haha. I also think this same ape is one my brother had growing up which makes sense why I dreamed about it!

Something I’ve been eager to start doing with Kye is reading chapter books together. I have loved reading my entire life and really want to pass down that love to my children. I’ve always read with them but last year Kye and I started having a few minutes of solo reading time together. I wanted to read Charlotte’s Web
with him as it’s such a classic and I thought it’d make a good first chapter book!

We started off strong reading it together but then I got to the point in pregnancy when I was pretty miserable and then Tess arrived and basically the book got shelved for awhile. Now that she’s nursing a little quicker in the evenings I have time to be able to tuck Kye in before bed and we’re able to read a couple pages together each night. We were both SO sad when it ended because, omg, it’s a dang SAD book right?!?! We finished it in March and it’s now May and we’ve already finished our second chapter book (Stuart Little
) and are a good ways into our third one (James and the Giant Peach
). We both look so forward to this time together! I also wrote in the front of the book as I’d like to read it with Britt as her first chapter and think it’d be neat to have all the kids names in it and the date when we read it together 🙂

As I mentioned earlier, Kye’s love of reading just really took off this month. He went from not really wanting to read, to always asking if he could be the reader 🙂 Britt is so good about being patient and encouraging with him as he enjoys reading to her at bedtime!

For his birthday my dad and step-mom sent Kye a karaoke machine. I did not expect it to be such a hit! The kids love to play music on it and sing along. We were doing our bible time one day when Kye realized our bible came with a cd. He put it in and listened to literally almost the entire bible in one sitting. He followed along in the actual book too! We LOVE the The Big Picture Story Bible
if you’re looking for a good one with kids!

I love the little notes he writes for me…and am especially excited to finally have some hands and fingers! You know those heart shaped o’s are totally due to being in a class of all girls…but I’ll take ’em while I can get ’em 😉

As a part of our Bible program for the kids at our church they give out Bible Bucks as rewards. The kids earn the bucks by attending classes, bringing their Bibles to class, reciting books of the Bible, reciting memory verses, etc. Kye and Britt pooled their bucks together and Kye was able to “buy” a brand new bike! Zach and I were pretty thrilled about this b/c his other bike is way too small and it saved us from having to buy one 😉

Mrs. Liz asked Kye for advice to give others about how to save up for the bike and he said that he likes to spend one buck at the general store and save the others! He’s now saving his to help Britt buy her bike next 🙂

Kye and Britt continue to walk that typical sibling line of being best buddies to wanting to kill each other 😉 I think they do best in small doses which makes me a tad nervous for summer! They work well together when given a task so I’m going to just have to plan a lot of activities for them! 

This month we worked together to bake some cookies for Britt’s no-more-finger-sucking party 🙂

They are also trustworthy enough now to have picnics on the porch without adult supervision. They LOVE to feel like “big kids” 🙂 

They worked hard with Daddy to plant a garden. Crossing fingers we actually grow something this year!

This month we went out for a family dinner to Steak and Shake. Now that Tess doesn’t have an evening cat nap it makes going and doing easier! The kids LOVE getting to go out to eat 🙂 

I’m big about age appropriate toys but you can’t always control what others buy as gifts. Someone bought Kye a legit lego set awhile back and he’s not quite at the appropriate age yet for them. He LOVES building them but does still get easily frustrated with it. 

I think a disadvantage of living in the same town as so much family is that we tend to take it for granted. Zach and I are trying to work our way through the family and have people over or go visit people more often on a one-on-one basis. When we ALL get together it’s super fun, but it’s not quality time with each person. We invited Zach’s parents over first and I’m SO glad we did. Mr. Rusty got out in the yard and played with the kids. It was precious and meant SO MUCH to Zach and I! The kids loved playing with him too 🙂

The joke about the weather around here is that we only have two seasons in Valdosta: summer and winter. The month of March is when we get our mega-short spring. We get a few nice days before it becomes torturously hot. We tried to play outside as much as possible!

Whew…gives mama a heart attack seeing him that high!

Kye is getting more and more interested in sports (ugh the dreaded days of sports teams are probably coming haha!). He and Zach love to play baseball in the backyard…but of course they love throwing the football the most!

If he does end up playing football you know this is going in the senior yearbook 😉

One happy daddy!

Britt is the cheerleader 🙂

More About Kye This Month:

  • Kye came home upset on his birthday after school. He had asked me if he could wear his Disney Birthday Button to school that day. I was mildly nervous about teasing, but if he wanted to wear it, why not? I was surprised to find out that he did get teased that day…but not for the button. He told me a girl in another class saw the button and saw his name written on it and said “oh is your name PIE?!?!” And that all the kids kept laughing and calling him Pie. Which I mean you know when you name your kids you always try to think up all the ways they could get teased with that name. I guess Pie is a pretty easy one 😉 We talked about how to handle stuff like that and he said he wanted to pray for the girl because she was not nice for teasing him. 
  • Tess got her first two teeth in and Kye said “she looks like Mater with those teeth!”
  • Kye has started living up to the whole boys-will-eat-you-out-of-house-and-home reputation. He eats and eats and eats! He will ask for more and also ask if he can eat ours if we don’t finish
  • Along with a bigger appetite he also is MUCH more adventurous with his eating. He’s enjoying a more variety of foods and isn’t afraid to try things. This is such a great thing for ME to see happen because it’s a reminder to myself to just keep having Britt try things and she will eventually come around!
  • Kye decided that he’s saving up his bookmark sale money to buy the house next door to us that’s for sale so he can live by us forever 🙂 He told me he has $22 and asked if that’s enough to get it. 
  • Now that Kye is reading so well he’s asking a LOT more questions. I always heard the “why” stage is around 3ish but Kye is much more inquisitive now than he’s ever been in the past
  • We have been talking about summer camps and especially golf camp and Kye doesn’t want to do it. He said he wanted to just stay at home and spend time with his family all summer! 
  • He loves playing football and seems to have a good arm
  • He wrote me a card that says “Mom you are GOLD” 🙂

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He’s only been 6 for 1 month but so far it only continues to be just as awesome of an age as 5 was 🙂 Kye is truly such a joy each and every day and is an amazing big brother and wonderful son! 

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Kye Monthly Summary: March

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Kye’s first monthly summary as a 5 year old!

Field Trip: This month Kye’s class took a field trip to Publix. I am such a hardcore Publix shopper that I totally could have lead this tour 😉 We walked around the store and learned about each of the sections, the kids got to be the cashier, and they answered trivia questions. Of course the highlight of the morning for the kids was getting to taste test the icing in the bakery 😉

Future cute bag boy? 🙂

Notes: Kye LOVES to write notes to me. It’s the sweetest thing! He will “surprise” me with them all the time and does all the writing and spelling on his own. I have like five of them in my wallet 😉 I know these sweet love notes won’t be a thing forever so I really am totally cheesy about it and save them all. School work I toss but notes about his love for his mama I save 😉

He wrote “No Jesus” but obviously meant “Know Jesus” 😉

I love the “fancy” letters he did for me 😉

Reading: I read a lot with the kids (the goal is always 20 min a day or more of reading time…I read somewhere that should be a good goal?) but I know it’s time to set aside “Kye reading” as well. I’m thinking about bumping his bedtime up to 8 rather than 7:45 that way we’d have an extra 15 min so he can read to me? How do y’all handle the reading practice? I feel like Britt would be a distraction? One night he really did want to “read” the book to us at bedtime with Britt so he did and he read/has memorized the entire book of Where the Wild Things Are. He was SO proud about it and asked me to take a picture and send it to everyone haha

Birthday: Kye REALLY appreciated his birthday cards, calls, and gifts this year. My dad and Audrey sent a really cool card with a blow up football along with $5 and Kye was stoked. He has truly played with every single present he received and it makes it more fun to buy things for him now b/c he DOES truly appreciate it all!

He got a LOT of new wooden train stuff which has been a hit! 

Forts: Kye has also started to build his own forts…which is a blessing and a curse haha. I will walk out in the living room and find blankets and pillows all set up which can be a tad annoying! At least he is super good about cleaning it all up himself without much complaining 😉 One afternoon Jordan stopped by and it was a rare occasion where Zach wasn’t home and Jordan needed to come over for something so it was just me, Jordan and the kids for a bit. While I was talking to Jordan in the living room Kye went and built his own fort in my bedroom. My dad called that evening and the FIRST thing Kye told him was “while Daddy was at work Uncle Jordan was here with Mommy and I went into the bedroom and built a fort all by myself” hahahaha I mean that def doesn’t sound very appropriate and my dad totally doesn’t know Jordan AT ALL so I can only imagine the thoughts that went through his mind. Classic five year old huh? 

Fruit by the Foot: Did y’all know they still make these?!?!? I happened to see them at the store and was totally pumped about it! They actually had a combo pack of fruit roll ups, fruit by the foot, and gushers! I bought that junk right away and HAD to have the kids at least TRY some of the junk food from my childhood. I bought them for Disney and they only ate the fruit roll up there so I let Kye eat a fruit by the foot. Duh, he loved it. Who doesn’t?

Outside Time: Kye is doing VERY well with being allowed solo outside time. Back for his first birthday my dad actually bought him that classic Little Tykes turtle sandbox. Y’all. If you are looking for a good gift idea…then this is it! Zach had to add a system to keep the lid shut (we have bought more sand than you even want to think about) but it’s been a long time favorite of Kye’s. He will go and play in it for a solid hour easily. I’m glad it’s something he gets so much enjoyment out of and am glad he’s old enough not to make a huge mess with all the sand. He knows to keep it in the sandbox and to put the lid back on tightly after he’s done. He’s a well trained child haha

Kye’s Room: Leading up to the BIG MOVE upstairs, I really tried to have the kids spend as much time playing together in Kye’s room as they could. I will miss the days of them cuddling up in his bed with their toys and reading stories together. Now I know they will probably start playing in Britt’s big girl bed, but it’s still the end of an era!

Togetherness: The kids are starting to play better and better together. Fighting still occurs, but they also will play NICELY too. It’s really sweet when they love on each other and I hope that only become more frequent and that the bickering become less and less 😉 Wishful thinking huh? 

Blocks: One area we def still struggle with in the arguing department is the magnatiles. Kye likes to use them ALL to build these massive towers and Britt wants to come and tear it all down. I try to give them each their own pile but she often still ends up knocking his over. Oh the joys of little sisters! Here’s a video of them somewhat playing together 😉 

Other Things from This Month:

  • One of Kye’s favorite friends from school moved to Texas. It has been a LOT harder on Kye than I thought it would have been. He prays a lot about his friend moving and was very worried that his friend might have died while he moved. I think he associated death with it since he won’t get to see his friend anymore?
  • A little girl at Kye’s school announced to the class that her mom told her God is pretend and not real. I do NOT know specifics about it…but why in the world would you send your kid to a christian school if you weren’t a believer?!?! Anyways I heard from other moms that their children also came home concerned over this issue. It really bothered Kye that her mom didn’t believe and it became something he semi-obsessed over. He prayed for her mom every single prayer and even wrote the girls name down on all the church bulletins he could find one Sunday morning so everyone would know to pray for her. Such a sweet heart after the Lord!
  • This month Kye passed his entire site words list for the year! His teacher gave him a stuffed animal dinosaur and told me she was so proud of him and loved how excited he was about learning his words
  • He is both spelling and reading a good bit of words now on his own! It’s CRAZY to me that they teach this stuff to 4 year olds!
  • We had to have a “no kissing” discussion…another thing I didn’t think would happen with my 5 year old child 😉 One morning after church he ran and gave Kailyn a hug bye (as usual) and he kissed her on the lips!!! Zach was BEAT RED when he came over and told me haha. We didn’t say anything about it b/c our family kisses on the lips and we don’t think he meant it in a sexual or inappropriate way at all. But then he kissed her again that night after night services….so we had to talk! I just told him that it’s okay to kiss Mommy, Daddy and Britt on the lips but that he needs to wait until he’s older to kiss Kailyn b/c it’s just not the right time to do that yet. He said “So can I do it when I’m six?” haha. He told us that Kailyn is “so crazy about this marrying thing!” and he also wrote her a note and gave it to her that said Kye (heart symbol) Kailyn. Child has it BADDDDD
  • We listen to Disney CDs in the car that I burned for the kids but I also mixed in some songs Zach and I like that are also “kid appropriate.” One of the songs is that Lumineers song (Hey Ho) and Kye told Zach that the song is about him and I because it says “you are my sweetheart” and I’m his sweetheart 😉
  • Kye and Britt were playing doctor and Kye told me that Britt’s name was “Brittlynn Parker Dr Suess”
  • Kye and Britt were playing on the couch and I overheard him telling her instructions. He said “lay down…no singing, no humming…and please no flash photography” hahhahaah
  • One afternoon he gave me a hug before nap and told me that I’m the best Mommy ever and that he wishes he could marry me when he grows up but he can’t because when he grows up I will be too old. Valid point 😉
  • He is REALLY into “scaring” people. He will constantly hide and jump out at us. 
  • He filled out all of his birthday party thank you cards on his own and told me he wanted to write “thank you for my present. I am the bestest five year old ever. I am the champion. I love you” haha thankfully he changed his mind prior to actually writing them. 
  • Kye made up a song for me and part of it said “the world is a dark and scary place but I am right here beside you” Isn’t that so precious?

Another great month with my sweet boy!

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  1. Katie1315
    May 27, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    I definitely do reading time with just Arabelle. Bo gets wiggly after just a bit. Have you done any chapter books with Kye? I started last summer and Arabelle loves it. Special time with just Mommy and good books. 🙂 We've done Charlotte's Web, all the Little House books, Peter Pan (uhhh, I had to edit some of Tinkerbelle's language though…shocking!), and The Magic Tree House series through #13.

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Kye Monthly Summary – March

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March was a SUPER busy, full month (obviously since it’s now mid-May and I’m still finishing up with March!) so there isn’t much to include in the kids summary posts this time around! Between Kye’s party, his growth concerns, my foot issues, swim lessons, and potty training Britt I didn’t take many extra pictures or videos…sorry kids Mama was just trying to SURVIVE!

Kye was SUPER pumped about his firetruck birthday party this month and it made planning it and throwing it so rewarding for me! He played a big role in helping get everything ready and enjoyed “reading” off the directions to me about how to make his birthday cupcakes 😉

He was also very excited for Easter. Holidays are just SO FUN with a preschooler! Babies are boring for holidays b/c they just kinda lay there, toddlers are tough because they are into everything and don’t really appreciate the effort. They’d rather eat the Easter eggs and just rip into the Birthday Presents 😉 But preschoolers? They are FUN. Kye enjoys putting up decorations. Gets excited about upcoming events. Truly ENJOYS all the holiday festivities! I LOVE this age 🙂 

I have never taken my kids grocery shopping with me. Kye has gone to run some quick grocery errands and Britt has gone a couple times with Zach to pick up a few things, but never for my BIG monthly trip. I only grocery shop once a month and require two shopping cards filled to the brim to go to the car…there’s just no way I could even fit a child with me. Plus it takes me roughly 2 hours to do the shopping and there’s no way I could expect my children to deal with that! This month Britt’s swim was canceled one day due to a pool poop incident from another swimmer so rather than take the kids home and wait for Zach to get home to go back to the store for my monthly trip, I just went ahead and took them with me then he met me there. We got there, grabbed the BOGO deals, then headed straight for the free cookies 😉 Zach ended up getting there a few minutes after we got the treats, and I was a little disappointed that he made it there so quickly. I was kinda looking forward to their company for a bit 🙂

This month Kye asked quite often to skip our game night time and instead have more extra free play but with US rather than solo or with Britt. Part of me doesn’t really like this as I think game time together is important quality time but another part of me understands his desire to play with his toys where he wants to without worrying about little sister coming and “messing it up” or having to share with her. I get it. So we allowed it from time to time! His favorite thing to do with Daddy was set up his army men 🙂

He asked me to take a picture of his tower for Buzz and Woody 😉

I have such WONDERFUL memories as a kid dressing up with my brother and putting on “shows” for our family. While Kye isn’t quite as into it as we were yet, he’s def getting there and it’s SO FUN to sit and watch the things he comes up with and hear all of his silly songs. And it’s even more adorable how involved Britt is with everything! 

My brother and I 🙂

Here’s a video of one of their performances (with a hilarious ending…)

For Kye’s Birthday he got a pedal tricycle bike and I have taken him out a couple times to try and ride it. I guess we’re just not really “bike” people? I couldn’t even figure out HOW to teach him to do it haha. It is in our list of “goals for the summer” as I do think he should learn how to ride it, it’s just not really a priority for me? I’d rather spend our outside time doing other things for sure! But he’s eager to learn!

Playing with the bell was more fun than riding the bike haha

Another fond childhood memory was brought back to me this month when Kye and I found a HUGE grasshopper in the driveway. I remember as a kid trying to catch them in my hands and feeling them jump around! I am ALL about hands on stuff with animals. Maybe I don’t like bikes, but I love me some bugs 😉 We picked him up and helped move him to a plant so he could have a home!

And we found a pretty flower in the process which Kye wanted to pick but I didn’t let him 😉

Kye also really enjoys playing in Britt’s room with her toys and especially “cooking” food and playing “doctor” Her poor baby doll always seems to be sick!

Being a bossy brother 😉

As Britt gets older, their bond only continues to strengthen and they just have SO much fun together. She truly does idolize her big brother and will copy everything he does. It’s adorable and so sweet and he is so patient with her! I LOVE my babies!

March was a “spoil Kye” month for sure. Zach and I both had a lot of concerns about his growth delay situation.  It made us look at Kye a little differently during that time of “not knowing” what was going on. We wanted to just hold him and protect him and give him the WORLD. We couldn’t quite give him the world but we did put forth extra effort to spending quality time with him as much as possible. I just wanted to soak up every precious second just in case something was seriously wrong (praise the Lord for our great follow up visit!) so we would have these great memories to draw from in times of concern or worry. Kye didn’t mind the spoiling one bit, that’s for sure! He got to go golfing with Zach more than one time…

Z took these with his phone 😉

 Showing how far Kye hit the ball!

 And he got to go bowling for a guy’s night one night with Daddy, Jordan, Big Papa and Trey!

And he and I even hit up The Mix one night after Britt was in the bed. We were eating ice cream at HIS bed time! Such rebels 😉

I am SO thankful for my amazingly wonderful son and we are SO blessed to call him ours 🙂 

Stuff Kye was up to this month:

  • Zach was getting onto me about Britt’s diaper pail being left open and the dog getting into it and Kye said “DADDY! Focus on GOD!” 😉 Def made us stop bickering for sure haha
  • We talked about death this month and had a longer discussion about it. He cried about dying and I tried to make it a POSITIVE thing and that we get to go to Heaven and that Heaven is a perfect place, etc but he said “Death isn’t happy Mommy and when I die I’m gonna cry. A LOT.”
  • He LOVES the Mighty Machines movies still and quotes them constantly. Which is so, so random. He will do the quotes and crack himself up. I can just see he and Zach going to go see comedy movies together in the future and constantly repeating movie lines 😉
  • He calls s’mores “snores” and when we were having our camp out he said “this s’more is LEGIT!”
  • He has a southern accent I guess? I mean I hear him all the time so I don’t really notice it but Zach says that Kye and I both have “country tourettes” where we will talk normal most of the time but then randomly say some SUPER country sounding words 😉
  • We have decided that Kye is def more like my temperament and Britt is more like Zach’s. I took this video of both of their video monitors while they were awake in the their beds at the end of naptime. Kye was laying perfectly still just talking to himself and Britt was ALL over the place! High energy like her Daddy while Kye is laid back like his Mama. 

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  1. Allison Boutwell
    May 25, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    He is so cute and seems like a great big brother! 🙂 p.s. how do you grocery shop for a whole month? I have a hard time shopping for a whole week.

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ March

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Here’s what Kye was up to in March!

Bike: Kye really wanted a bike for Christmas but didn’t get one until his birthday. We were pumped about it but poor kid is too short for it still 🙁 It doesn’t stop him from riding it though!!! He rides it in the house right now (I know most people probably wouldn’t allow that but we do…at least for now…) but we’ve tried it outside some too!

He also enjoys wearing his helmet 😉

He was “working”

First time riding it outside!

Here’s a video 🙂

Roller Skates: Zach and I got Kye some roller skates for his birthday. I wouldn’t have bought them but I had a ton of toysrus coupon things so I got them for free…so why not? Do kids even roller skate anymore??? Our local skating rink just converted into one of those bounce house places so we don’t even really have a place for them to skate. Kinda sad! I have such great memories of Sparkles skating rink back in the day 😉 Zach and I took Kye out on the porch to test out his new skates. We haven’t done it sense but I do think if we made more of an effort to practice that he would start enjoying it!

Here’s a video of his first attempt…Once he fell he was done

looks like he loves it huh?

Try #2 we readjusted the skates so it worked much better…here’s a video!

Yard Work:  Zach and Kye do all the yard work together. This month the pool was still a little too chilly for legit swimming (Kye actually swam for the first time on March 18th!) so he used the water table a good bit. I’m glad they pulled it out and still used it as I worried once we had a pool in our backyard that this thing would never get used! One afternoon Britt was down for her nap and I had a break in cooking dinner so I went out to see what they were up to. Kye was hilarious. He had a little system down for watering the plants:

1. Water the plants

2. Clean off feet

Here’s a video!

3. Refill water can

4. start cycle over (he did this over and over and OVER)

Independence: One of my MAJOR goals of parenting is to create independent children. I think independence is one of the most valuable gifts I can give my children. Now that Kye has a little sister I am so thankful that he’s as independent and self-reliant as he is! He’s perfectly content to play on his own and allowing him to problem solve and create things without hoovering over him often allows him to achieve things I normally wouldn’t have thought possible! I found him one afternoon in the hallway all by himself reading some books, here’s a sneaky video I took!

He put together this train track 100% on his own while I nursed Britt

I found in him his room putting all these letters in their spots!

And I spied on him while he put this puzzle (like a legit puzzle-piece type puzzle) together completely on his own.

Nap Issues: Feb kinda started the nap issues. Kye would straight up not sleep during his nap. He would often read the books on his shelf by his bed and not fall asleep at all or not fall asleep until 3. He’s supposed to wake up at 3:30 but would often sleep until 5 or later if I let him! Misbehaving also started to happen around naptime. I often would have to give him a spanking so we started where if I spanked him at naptime then Daddy would also have to spank him when he got home. I’m just not strong enough anymore to make a real difference! When we switched Brittlynn to the four hour schedule we also moved back Kye’s night time. He had always gone to bed at 7:15 but now he goes to bed at 7:45. You wouldn’t think 30 min would make a big difference but oh my goodness does it ever! It took awhile for the adjustment to happen. He would often ask for a snack after nap and I told him that if he slept good for his nap without any yelling out or anything that he could get a snack. Here’s a video of him picking out his snack. I now don’t give him snacks anymore (unless he asks but usually he doesn’t) but he’s back to sleeping from 1-4! It’s WONDERFUL!!!

Crafts: Kye’s teachers have told me that he LOVES craft time at school. I’m not really a crafty type mom but I am working on giving him more of this creative time. Our typical routine is to allow him some craft time right when Britt goes down to her nap at 9. I eat my breakfast then so I can be in the kitchen with him then he goes up for independent playtime soon after.

I’ve been SO impressed with his coloring skills, this is the first time he really colored in the lines!

He LOVES his easel!

Playdough has been another big hit (any tips to NOT get the colors mixed?!?! You KNOW that hardcore stresses me out!)

He made snakes with Daddy

Big Boy: Now that Kye is three he insists that he is a big boy. If I say “I love my babies” or something like that he’s quick to let me know that he is not a baby. This goes hand in hand with the independence I was talking about. He does not like for me to help him which is a GOOD thing. He wants to do things on his own and prove to himself that he can do them. He’s always had great concentration and I continue to see this trait blossom in him. Ever since he was a baby he was tough to distract (whereas Brittlynn gets distracted SO easily! She’s my Zach while he’s more of Mommy in this area!!!) and works hard to see results.

He was SO proud of this block tower

And that he could put his underwear on all by himself

Yes, they are on backwards and inside out

He no longer uses a booster seat, a bib, or a sippy cup!!!
(I’m SO thankful I’ve horded all the kids meals Zaxy’s cups I have gotten through the years…they are PERFECT!)

Special Mommy Treats: I have mentioned before about some of the traditions we have for when Zach is out of town. I’m SURE you mama’s have experienced this before but I have noticed that when Zach keeps the kids it’s “fun time.” Like Kye often gets hot dogs for dinner when Daddy has them. I have them every day so I’m more in charge of the schedule, the eating healthy, etc whereas Daddy doesn’t keep them as often so when he does things aren’t as structured. Don’t get me wrong, Zach does GREAT with the schedule but some things he isn’t as hardcore about as I am (food groups being one, cleaning up the playroom, and tv watching being allowed without having to do room time being others), So I have tried to incorporate some random Mommy type treats too. They don’t happen often, usually if Zach is out of town or is home late from work or is gone on a weekend. But they DO happen more often now! Kye is old enough to appreciate such treats 🙂

We had somewhere to go so I let Kye eat an early lunch on a tv tray in the living room while I nursed Britt and we watched a Disney movie 🙂

If I give Kye a bath (usually Daddy’s duty) then I always put bubbles in it!

Other random pics: These were from when we went to Kye’s urologist appointment. He was cracking me up being so serious about his magazine.

Daddy and Kye made pizza one night for dinner when I was going out for a girl’s night or something!

We had Zach’s parents and grandparents over for breakfast one Sat morning and I made this picture happen…when I made Kye’s slideshow I realized he didn’t have a single picture with Mr. Rusty last year!!! Now this year he does 😉

Other Stuff Going on With Kye in March:

  • Kye started praying “thanks for the new playground with Colt and Payton.” Courtney took him to this playground with them soon after we had Britt but he continues to pray about it! Too funny! Here’s a video of him saying his prayers
  • He now not only colors in the lines (or at least tries to) but he also draws body parts on his pictures
  • He tells EVERYONE “I am three” and he has said “I am three, I am a man”
  • We switched Kye to fat free milk. I heard from Robyn at Lorelai’s three year appointment that they told her to switch and since Kye’s wasn’t until May I figured it would be fine to switch him too. It’s nice that we’re all able to drink the same type milk at least until Britt starts drinking whole!
  • He is VERY into time. Kye constantly ask me what time it is. I told him once that it’s night night time and his response was “it’s 23-oh-5 it’s not night night time” I guess he thinks in military time because if I ask him the time he always says it’s 20 something 😉
  • FINALLY he’s made a lot of progress with his colors. He told me one morning “My pants are brown!” I praised him so much that he went to school that day and continued to tell everyone he saw about his brown pants 😉 He knows any color you ask if you give him choices (Like “is the truck red or blue?”) but still has a hard time telling you the color off the top of his head. 
  • I mentioned the nap issues earlier…well one day he wasn’t sleeping AT ALL. But he was being hilarious. He was in the bed still but yelling out to me. He said “I am sleeping so good! I am being quiet, I am not getting up, I am not playing! I’m just being quiet! I didn’t do anything wrong, are you excited?!?!” After awhile of me not going in there or responding in any way he started calling out more saying “I’m really really sad right now. I’m really upset. Candler Emily Parker! Emily from Valdosta!!! Come here! Come here!!!”
  • He was smiling so I asked him “Why are you smiling Kye?” He said “Because I love you.”
  • Kye walked in when I was getting ready one morning and said “Mommy what are you wearing?” I told him a dress and he said “You look so pretty!” I asked what made him say that and he said “God did.” It was precious!
  • He will often tell me “Mommy don’t freak out!”
  • He’s gotten more molars in…we aren’t sure if he has them all yet or not! We know both the top ones are in for sure!
  • A LOT of his shirts are starting to be too short. I re-checked all of his sizes and he’s grown to a bigger size of clothing now (love how it’s after the kids sales where I bought him all of his current size!). He’s now wearing 3T clothes (can still wear 2T pants/shorts) and his shoe size is an 8.
  • He LOVES to match things and will constantly say “look this matches!” It’s a great game to play 🙂
  • When something gets wet he says it’s “soapin wet”
  • I can TELL he’s gotten smarter. It’s like he turned three and BAM he’s taller, has bigger feet, and is smarter. He’s changed SO much so quickly!!!

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  1. Kasey
    May 4, 2012 / 6:49 pm

    Hi.  I'm here from Kelly's Korner.  I live just south of Atlanta.  Nice to "meet" you.  kzbee.blogspot.com

  2. Rachael_Copponex
    May 4, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    I love that he and Macy do a lot of the same things!  No tips on playdough girl you gotta let that go.  HAHA

  3. Julia Sedgley
    May 22, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    When Anne was smaller and still in a crib, she would yell to my Anma (My mom's mom) "Alma Josephine Wilson!!! HELP!". That's when she wanted to get out of her crib,haha.

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