Kye Monthly Summary: May

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This is Kye’s summary from May!

Kye had his art show at school this month. We learned from last year that it’s a VERY quick thing. You walk in, you see the kid’s artwork, and you leave. We had Payton’s play that same night so we arrived at the art show about 15 min early and were in and out before it was even technically starting!

With all of his artwork!

G-Mama wasn’t able to come to the Art Show so she went to eat lunch with him later that month and got to see his work up close and personal!

Kye LOVES to read and really enjoys AR. He won 2nd place in AR points for the entire 2nd grade!

He even got a trophy!

Sidenote: When being introduced to someone Kye tells them “My real name is Candler but I go by Kye.” Which is probably super confusing to anyone who meets him. And he’s funny about using Candler at times too. Like on this trophy! I’ve told him we can call him Candler if he’d rather but, for now, he wants to stick with Kye. I have a feeling though as he gets older he may want to switch it because he does focus on Candler so much!

I laughed at this because Mama tends to love a good run on sentence too πŸ˜‰

I love seeing his work pour in at the end of the year. He makes us so proud!

An extra note on Mother’s Day πŸ˜‰

Britt wrote him an apology note and he responded to her πŸ˜‰

Last day of 2nd grade!

Last summer I did a reading challenge with Kye but I just don’t think it’s necessary this year. He loves to read. He reads for over an hour a day. I don’t need to offer him a prize for doing it! We decided to tackle The Chronicles of Narnia this summer! He finished the entire first book within a couple days! 

Enjoying our new hammock!

We went to ToysRUs so Kye could look for ideas for his Christmas list (ha!) and he found several things he liked:

Seriously pumped for SUMMER!!!

I love that summer means having this sweet boy HOME with ME!!!

I cannot believe he is about to be in THIRD GRADE!!! 

I feel like I was just in third grade. How the heck do I have a child who is about to be there?!?!

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Kye Monthly Summary: May

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This is Kye’s monthly post from May!

We went to the dentist this month for both Kye and Britt. As usual, Kye did a great job. They had to do another X-Ray because at his last visit they didn’t see some of his back teeth in his gums and had some concerns whether or not he had them. This X-Ray reveled that he does have them so no worries there. He has a SMALL jaw and the hope was since he’s losing teeth a little older than his peers that maybe it’d give time for his jaw to widen up some. We’ll see. Cavity free and no concerns! 

The end of 1st grade was really hard for me emotionally for some reason??? It was tougher than the beginning of the year for sure. I feel like Kye is just growing up SO fast on me and I’m not ready for the days of turning and waving goodbye to fade away. I’m thankful when I posted this on IG that a TON of mama’s said their older boys all still look for them and hug and kiss on them. Crossing fingers that Kye will be the same way!

He had SUCH a great year and LOVED his teacher! He also really enjoyed Discovery (gifted). He went to gifted 4 days a week but will be doing all 5 this school year. Zach had the same teacher as a kid that Kye has for Discovery which is really neat! I loved these end of the year notes he wrote for his teachers:

Every afternoon Kye gets off the bus and I wait for him either on our porch or out by the road. I love how he races to see me and if the girls are sleeping we will sit outside together and it’s usually his most talkative time of the day. Typically he’ll get chatty with me when I tuck him into bed at night too, but I’ll take as much one on one time with Kye as I can get!

With Zach dealing with his back pain and having his surgery this month, Kye was a HUGE helper. We went to Aunt Karen’s to celebrate Mother’s Day with that side of the family and Kye ran some errands with me to grab goodies to bring (at that point in life, no way was I making anything!)

I also let him have a night where he could eat whatever he wanted for dinner. I told him it was a “Man Night” (Back Surgery Mama is a COOL Mom for sure). He picked every detail of his meal and here’s what he picked: gatorade, 3 slices pizza, 1 yogurt, a breadstick, 2 breakfast casserole muffins, and some chips. Healthy πŸ˜‰

Kye also decided this month that one of his summer goals was to have a lemonade/candy sale. He went through ALL of our candy and sorted it into bags to sell! 

This boy always amazes me! He and Zach do a Bible study each night and he decided, on his own, to write himself a note about repenting. He said it’s a reminder to himself. He carried it in his pocket for a good while and even now, 2 months later, he has it sitting on his shelf where he can look at it right when he wakes up in the morning! 

The bugs and critters age is def here. Kye is all about helping save little animals he finds in the pool basket and doesn’t hesitate to hold any little creature we find! 

For Christmas I really want to get Kye a legit camera. He has had this camera since he was 2. He carries it around ALL the time and constantly takes pictures with it. It cracks me up because it’s such a reflection of myself. The kids are SO used to me always having a camera and taking pictures all the time that they think it’s normal. Kye took so many pictures one night at CFA haha!

When summer started I bought Kye a big book to work through and planned to have him do some pages from it every day. He loathed that thing. I didn’t want to spend my summer dealing with that. It’s summer. Let him play and have fun and not work through some workbook, right? Kye LOVES to read. As in he reads over an hour every day. I’d probably not be exaggerating if I said it’s closer to 2-3 hours a day. We have to literally tell him to stop reading. Why force him to do a workbook he doesn’t like when I can just let him read, which he loves?!?! We also have some math apps on our iPad that I let him play to keep those skills up (Extra Math I think it’s called? The teacher from school sent home a request early in the year for us to download it. I believe they can see his results at school too). 

With all the picture taking Kye started doing we finally uploaded all of his pictures off the camera and onto my computer. I jokingly said he should start a blog like I have and he jumped on that so quick! Since he doesn’t sleep anymore most days at nap, we both have some blogging time together. It’s set to private so no one can see it other than some close family but it’s hilarious. It’s pretty much just captions of the pictures he takes. One post was several of me and he kept saying “Doesn’t she look so tired?” #truth

Once Zach got back to the world of working he had to go out of town for a few nights. The kids and I had the idea to alternate nights and let each of them have a “Mommy Night.” Kye’s night was first and he got to pick what we did together. He chose for us to play Wii. There are a few games he’s allowed to play, but only if playing with us (Mario Kart, Tiger Woods Golf, NCAA football, Wii Sports and a Toy Story game). He chose the Toy Story game and I got kinda into it haha! I forgot how fun games like that can be!

More About Kye in May:

  • At his class party at the end of the year I saw that as all the kids got their food Kye bowed his head and prayed for his before eating. He was the only child to pray for his food and it made me SO extremely proud! 
  • His teacher also read a book of little stories that class wrote about her at the end of the school year and she then revealed who wrote which story. Kye’s said “She loves me because I love Jesus and I love her because she loves God too” How precious is that?!?!
  • As I mentioned, he loves to read and he came downstairs one morning and said “Mom. My book is so good that I was crying!”

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I couldn’t be prouder of this kid and more pumped to have him home with me all summer!

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Kye Monthly Summary: May

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This is Kye’s monthly post covering the month of May! It was such a fun month with the end of school and beginning of SUMMER! We LOVE summer around here πŸ™‚ I just adore having all my babies home with me…and since Kye is the baby who is away from me the most, I especially adore having him home πŸ™‚ 

Kye continues to have his natural servant heart. Kid is just a giver. I’m interested to see how this plays out as he grows up. The mama in me worries his kind heart will be taken advantage of…but isn’t God’s love for us also something we take for granted? I never want to discourage Kye’s giving spirit just because of how others may use it to their advantage. I will always encourage and nurture that side of him to the best of my ability. I truly believe he will bring so many people to know God through his giving heart! 

This month was Mother’s Day and he made each of us a little “Happy Mother’s Day” badge to wear when we went to dinner to celebrate my day. 

He is also very loving with Britt. Yes, he gets annoyed with her, but he also adores his sisters. He sat so patiently one morning and brushed her hair for her. Melts my heart!

We had some friends over to swim and Kye wrote this about ME (all on his own) and gave it to Casey when she got here. He told her to copy it down on another piece of paper and pass it along to someone else. His goal was for the whole world to know about me. It says “Emily is the best. She will let you get candy (wishful thinking?). She will let you get stuff out. She will let you play with chalk. She will let you go outside. She will let you go out to eat. She will let you watch movies. She will not let you get hurt.” Then at the bottom it says “make a copy and give to someone” πŸ˜‰ 

Kye is a big helper across the board but he especially enjoys helping in the kitchen. I think both big kids enjoy it because I really enjoy their help. I think we just all love to bake and lick the bowl πŸ˜‰

With it being summer now Kye enjoys being at home and playing with his toys. He’s always been more of a “set it up” kinda kid than a “play with it” one. He likes things organized and in their place and enjoys the process of putting things together. I can see him being handy like his daddy! Notice the piles of track pieces. He puts every single piece with their matching pieces prior to beginning “construction!”

Ugh y’all. My heart broke when we all played outside with the kids cozy coupes and Kye realized he’s too big to drive in his anymore. Waaaah. I can’t handle it!!! 

Everyone knows that Kye hates clothing. Kid walks in the door and strips down. Except now here lately he’s been putting on layers before bed. It’s crazy. He will now wear a sleep shirt, robe, and Santa hat. It’s hilarious!!!!

This is what he looks like in the morning!

It always amazes me when I meet parents who say they let their kids pick out their clothes each day. I realized recently that I’m pretty passionately against that. I’m ALL for independence and self expression but picking out their own clothes?!? No way. I think I feel especially passionate regarding my daughters. When they are teens we will have to be very mindful in their clothing choices and I don’t believe in giving a freedom that we will later have to take away. If I let Britt pick whatever she wants to wear all the time now then how do I expect her to respect me when she’s a teen and I say she can’t wear something do to it’s lack of modesty? I give my kids plenty of choices (especially Britt as she is my one that has a keen eye for some fashion!) but I have the final word on what they wear and for the most part I just pick out their clothes for each day. Kye has started asking if he can choose his own things to wear so I thought I’d let him. And this is what he came down wearing and insisting matched. Heads up Kye’s future wife…you may also need to plan on picking out his clothes for him haha!

Kye is very into list making right now. This list is a list of the things we’re not allowed to do at our house:

And this is a list of things to do this summer if he and Britt get board (PLEASE notice the item about halfway down…it should say chalk bahahahaha):

Speaking of “playing chalk” Kye LOVES it!

List making at it’s finest

This month both Kye and Britt had fifths disease. I didn’t notice that either of them had it until the rash appeared. Which appears when it’s already run its course. What was interesting was Kye’s rash. It started on his face and slowly moved. It like went to his chest and stomach and then to his arms and at the end was only on his fingers. He had a SUPER bad rash as a baby and I think it’s just something his body does in a response of sickness. 

Driving down the road one day we passed this Oldsmobile and Kye said “Mom look! It’s the first car that was ever made!” My dad legit had the same car (different color) when I was a kid. I about died!

More about Kye this Month:

  • Before school got out I picked Kye up and a teacher said her highlight of the day was graduation practice and that Kye does “everything with excellence”
  • Kye says he loves Tess so much that he doesn’t want her to grow up 
  • He LOVES reading our chapter book together. Right now we’re on James and the Giant Peach
    and he will be holding it waiting for me when I come to tuck him in!
  • When discussing which camps to do this summer Kye said he wished they had some camps inside because it’s just too hot
  • He is SUCH a loud breather. JUST like his daddy
  • On Mother’s Day I joked with Kye that he should sleep with me again (like we did that one weekend) and he said “Mom. You told me I’m not allowed to ever ask about that so don’t bring it up because it’s SO hard for me not to ask every single night!!!”
  • We were talking about how I LOVE when people play with my hair and I asked Kye what his favorite thing is and he said “when people hug me”
  • On Mother’s Day we had the family over and the kids skipped naps and swam HARD. That night at church Kye FELL ASLEEP in Zach’s lap. Omg I was SO jealous!
  • One day Kye randomly came up and hugged me. I told him “we got so luck to have each other” and he said “no mom, I got lucky because you are the BEST”
  • Kye will pop his knuckles the exact way that Zach does
  • Kye told me that God spoke to him in a dream and told him to go out to the world and feed the people who are hungry. I talked to him about how that may mean physical hunger but that it may also be God telling him to teach others about Him because “hunger” can also mean spiritual hunger
  • He is ALL about practicing football!
  • He adores Tess but is also starting to get a little too rough with her!
  • We went to the dentist this month and witnessed some behavior from some children in the waiting room that was not appropriate. It was uncomfortable for me and was a reminder to me to encourage my children to make good choices even when I’m not around. Kye was especially bothered by the way the children were behaving and especially how they spoke to others and treated others. When we left we got in the car and he said he wanted to pray right then for those children and that they will come to know God and make good choices. 
  • I’ve never had the “race talk” with Kye. I was raised in the south but had parents who were both raised up north. Race was NEVER something I remember discussing or even noticing. I had babies and barbies of different races and nationalities and I’d love to just raise my kids that way as well. People are people. Skin color doesn’t matter. However, we live in the DEEP SOUTH. And racism is sadly still an issue here, not just white vs black but black vs white as well. I’ve had situations where I’ve personally been treated differently due to the color of my skin and I’ve witnessed SO many racially tied situations both ways that are just SAD.  If you follow the news then you know our town has had a good bit of racial tensions and it scares me for the future here. I’m so thankful I don’t have to worry about Kye’s heart. He loves everyone πŸ™‚ He had one black girl in his class this year and she was his best friend. He told me on the way home from school one day that she was his girl friend and that she has the most beautiful black skin and black hair that made her special because it was different than the other girls in his class and that she will make such a nice wife. I felt SO proud hearing that he saw her differences as something special and something to admire. I know Kye’s sweet, kind heart and that he will continue to treat everyone equally and with the love of Jesus. 

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Kye Monthly Summary – May

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Here is Kye’s summary from May!

Chores: I have been debating about chores for awhile now. I’ve seen TONS of cute ideas for chore charts floating around Pinterest but decided to just keep it simple. Now that Kye has moved upstairs I think its more than time for him to have responsibilities each day. I put together a notebook for him and printed off two chore sheets per week. One sheet has each day of the week and all the chores he needs to do on a daily basis. The other sheet has a list of the days of the week and a list of chores that only need to be done once a week. So each day he selects one of the chores he wants to do for that day! It has worked out GREAT. He loves marking off the sheets and truly loves doing the chores! I plan to go ahead and do one for Britt too. I mean obviously hers will be less things, but why not start ’em young? And, no, we don’t do any type of reward for doing chores. We all live in our house…we all contribute to make it run smoothly. This whole chore thing is def going to make my life easier and I wish I’d started it sooner!

I made SUPER simple chore charts but if you want to use them for yourself you can find files for both the daily and weekly chores here

Kye vacuumed for the first time this month and LOVED it! I only had on the chart for him to vacuum his room but he ended up vacuuming the whole upstairs including the playroom, guest room, his room, and the hallway! 

Zach and Kye planted a garden this year for the first time…it honestly is not doing so great haha. But Kye loves to tend to it and takes his job very seriously about watering it on a regular basis. Maybe they will actually grow something someday πŸ˜‰

Work: Kye loves to “work” and draw and color all. the. time. His lamp in his room comes on at 3 each day which lets him know he can get out of the bed. I’ve been having him have “room time” from 3-4 (his lamp turns off at 4). He can choose an activity to do in his room and play quietly during that time. One of his most often chosen things to do is work at his desk! He loves it! 

And I love the little notes he is always making for me πŸ™‚

He made this for us while we were in Ireland

And he totally shocked me one day and wrote his numbers from 0-106! I didn’t even know he could count that high!!!

Of course he circled 85 b/c, as he said “it’s the best number”

Preparing for Baby: Not only do I think Kye will be an excellent helper once Leo arrives…but he has ALREADY been a huge help!!! He has done so well with the idea of the baby having his old room. It has not been an issue at all and he’s helped with each step of the process. We had to remove all the golf balls from his old room and he loved getting to use the hair dryer to help loosen the decals for removal. And then he also loved getting to help paint the room!

Both kids have been VERY helpful with preparing meals for me to freeze! They both love to cook and help and have also enjoyed the taste testing process πŸ™‚

We made muffins to eat and then to freeze!

Speaking of food…this month I made the kids one of my favorites…peanut butter, bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches. I like mine on bagels but they got a sandwich version and they both LOVED it. People always look at me strange for placing that order but it’s legit good!

Play: As I get more and more pregnant, we spend more and more time playing at home. I’m SO thankful I started independent playtime from such a young age with both of the kids! They play super well alone and I have not one time heard “I’m bored!” Kye takes his block building very seriously!!!

Kye gets upset in the mornings when he comes down to find one of his block masterpieces messed up so I took a picture of Zeke as proof that Zach and I didn’t knock it over haha

Kye is very creative with the games he makes up. He likes to gather all the living room pillows and then have a “sale” and sell them to us. Total future Aflac agent!

Whenever I find things around the house I always try to think if it’d be a good source of entertainment for the kids. Old hotel room keys? Always a hit! Disney maps? Hello! Perfect thing for them to enjoy! They both had fun pointing out where all the rides are πŸ™‚

Kye has always enjoyed puzzles but now that Britt loves them so much he is enjoying them even more! 

I had a dr appt one day so Mrs. Charlotte and Casey had all the kids at the park to play! They had so much fun together and I appreciate Casey sending me these pics πŸ™‚

Robes: The Easter Bunny brought the kids robes for Easter and they have been a big hit around here. Every night after bath they put on their robes and run around a play for a bit. I am not overly concerned about nudity in our home. The kids still bathe together and it’s yet to be an issue. But I do think Kye is old enough now where it’s not appropriate for him to run around naked. Robes solve that problem and they are fun!

More From This Month:

  • I had one of my most proud parenting moments with Kye this month! He came home from school one day and told me the movie they had watched was not a good movie. I am not typically the type of parent to say anything about it but he was concerned about the inappropriate movie so I told him I’d contact his teacher and ask her if he feels uncomfortable if he can opt out of the movie and do some puzzles or something instead. I wrote her about it and the next day he came home and told me that he had talked to the WHOLE class about how bad that movie was and how they shouldn’t be watching it and that his teacher told him she watched it that night before and did agree that it wasn’t a good movie and that they will no longer be showing it!!! I have no clue what movie it was or what the content was that wasn’t appropriate (Kye said something about guns?!? Which surprised me?!?!) but I am SO proud of him for taking a stand and not being ashamed to say when something wasn’t right!!!
  • Kye is starting to get more picky about his clothes. We had a baby-sitter come one night and Kye came downstairs after nap in a random (non-matching) dressy outfit. He said he wanted to look nice for his new friend and that the clothes he had worn to school that day were “too silly”
  • He is also more picky about his hair and will literally shed tears when we fix it and do it more spikey! He is so particular about how he wants to wear it!!!
  • Kye said to me and Britt “Britt you are so skinny, you are going to be a skinny mommy…but Mommy…you are fat” haha
  • Mrs. Liz (from our church) went to chapel one day with Kye and told me she talked to the school director and thanked her for teaching the kids to pray so well. The director told her that Kye came to school praying that way and that she should thank his parents πŸ™‚ 
  • Kye asked if he could walk Britt into school with him because she looked so cute he wanted everyone to see her
  • He asked me how to we wish on stars and if we have to somehow get to the top of the star in order to make a wish. I talked to him about birthdays and how we can make wishes before blowing out our candles too and he said he couldn’t remember what he’d wished for his birthday but that he wishes I could live with him forever
  • Kye still LOVES the Mighty Machine movies and really has learned SO MUCH by watching them!
  • Kye is starting to really listen to everything we say and will ask us what certain words mean. I love how much he loves to learn!
  • One night Kye played Memory with Casey and Jordan and he lost. The next day he asked me if he could take the game up to his room. He played it solo for over an hour because he said he wanted to practice and get better at it!
  • I overheard him one morning while I was making breakfast…he was by himself and was praying out loud to God and thanking him for the day He gave us πŸ™‚

Few more pics of my sweet boy!

Haha his poses!

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  1. Rachel Lee
    July 14, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    I would love to see the chore chart that you come up with for Britt. My oldest daughter is around her age.

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Kye Monthly Summary: May

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I guess I’ve been slacking the last couple of months taking random pictures b/c I don’t have many for this monthly post either! We’ve been doing SO much that we aren’t at home to be taking random pics anyways πŸ™‚ But here is what Kye had going on during May!

Dress Up: I have SUCH great memories of playing dress up as a kid and I really wasn’t sure Kye would ever get into the make believe stage. He’s in it now though no doubt! He comes out of his room with all kinds of crazy outfits on all the time and it’s so fun! I love that we can be silly and I love that he’s not embarrassed yet about that kind of thing. Although I’m sure the day is coming when he WILL find these pics embarrassing πŸ˜‰ His future girl friend is gonna have a LOT of dirt on him huh? πŸ˜‰

Of course while he’s dressed up he also loves to put on performances. Here’s a video of “Life is a Highway” (with Britt as backup vocals of course), Here’s a video of them dancing to the Pinocchio dvd menu screen (haha), and Here’s a video of Kye singing “Father Abraham” (again Britt on the backup)

Pirate: Ever since our day at Disney Kye has been ALL about his pirate gear. Which is ironic considering he did NOT actually participate in the Pirate’s League, remember? He loves to play pirates and he is always the good pirate who is leading us to safety and protecting us from the bad pirates. He loves to say he’s a “sneaky pirate” and one day he said “God is going to come down from Heaven and fight with us!”

Eating: Kye went through a stage where he ate non-stop all the time but here lately he’s been eating more like a little bird! I’ve found the best way to get him to eat more is to give him less on his plate. Which sounds silly but it works. He thinks he’s so big b/c he cleans his plate! Haha! Which we DO NOT encourage. I never try to get him to eat everything or tell him he has to eat everything. He must eat some of everything on his plate and there are foods I require him to eat (like he needs to eat 10 beans at dinner to get the nutrients etc) but I always tell him as long as his tummy is full, he can be finished. We don’t do any eating other than meal times (or snack time after nap) so he knows he needs to eat enough to be full until the next meal. By offering less at his meals he’s not only eating more, but eating better! He is more willing to try new things and is eating a better variety of foods without me having to require him trying them πŸ™‚

Outside: I’m not an outdoor lover but the weather during May was SO NICE that I tried to get the kids outdoors as much as I could. The pool was still too cold to swim most of the month so we played a lot on the playground!

Towers: Kye has figured out that if he plays at the dining room table then Britt can’t mess up his stuff haha. Our dining room table is one of those high top kinds so she can’t reach it yet πŸ˜‰ I’m totally fine with this as our dining room table ain’t nothin’ fancy for sure! He likes to build block “towers” and they are always surprises for me. It’s sweet and it keeps him VERY entertained! 

He asked to take a picture of me with my tower!

Blankets: Kye really likes to have covers on him all the time. I’m very much the same way. We keep our ac set on 77 degrees yet I HAVE to have the sheets on me to sleep at night. Kye is very much the same way. He always wants to be under the covers and be cuddly. Whether it’s during movie time or just playing in his bed!

Coloring: Kye LOVES to draw and color and write his letters. I am getting to be very impressed with his coloring skills! For only being 4 years old he’s pretty good at staying in the lines already! I am so proud that he takes his work so seriously!

Other Stuff Going on This Month:

  • Kye often leads the prayers at Central Park (where all the kids gather prior to Bible Study at our church on Sunday mornings) and one morning he prayed in front of everyone “thank you Lord that I get to see Kailyn everyday at school” Ladies man!!!
  • He had a talk with me about how some people make bad choices and that Jesus will forgive them and that then they will go to Heaven. I talked to him a little about the steps we need to take for salvation and that we need to pray for people who don’t know Jesus. He said if they aren’t being like Jesus then they aren’t fighting Satan so Satan wins. He was so sweet and said “We have to fight Satan for them Mommy!!!”
  • He said he wanted to make up a song about money….he sang “I need it…I want it…I gotta make that money money” hahahaha
  • We have been requiring Kye to undress and dress himself and this month he started kinda complaining about it and asked him to dress him. We had a talk about responsibilities and how he’s older so he gets privileges (like staying up later and playing games) but that he also has more “jobs” like having to dress himself. 
  • We have a few goals for this summer: I’d like Kye to be able to wipe his own poop, button his own pants, and ride his bike! 
  • His prayers have become so, so mature. They have gotten much deeper than just service “thank you for Mommy and Daddy” type stuff and they are so inspiring to me. He even prays about Heaven and how someday we will get to be in Heaven with God and how we will get to sing songs with him!
  • I mentioned this in another post but I’m going to say it again here too. This month I really began to notice how Kye is more of a loner at school, bday parties and in group settings. He often sits alone and plays alone. Zach and I talked about how we need to be sure to always build him up so he will have an inner confidence. We pray that he will follow God’s standards in his life and not the world’s so therefore he WILL probably often be left out and be a loner so we need to praise him for that. We also need to be mindful as since he is more reserved and well mannered we’ve noticed he often gets ignored.
  • When we went to school for Kye’s end of year gathering he had a little outburst because he wanted to play outside and I told him we weren’t going to be able to that day. I pulled him into the bathroom in his class and gave him a spanking! I can’t remember the last time he had to get a public spanking like that but I also couldn’t believe he behaved that way!
  • We are dealing with some back talk issues this month. Not so much “back talk” as in refusing to do what we say, but more of an attitude about it. He will still be obedient but he’ll grunt or huff or try to change our minds. I’m working on doing better at requiring a “yes ma’am.” Like for example with the issue in his classroom I should have said “we’re going home and can’t play outside today, say yes ma’am” When he replies with the “yes ma’am” he is acknowledging what I’ve said and letting me know he understands and it limits back talk issues. I’m getting better about requiring it and he’s getting better about not huffing and puffing about stuff. If he does huff I will simply say “what did you say?” and he will say “yes ma’am” then even if I failed to remember to require it of him. 
  • He is also very sensitive right now. He will get upset at the drop of a hat and we had to talk to him about dealing with his feelings in private. He doesn’t need to let his emotions affect the rest of the family. I talked to him about how I handled myself when I was upset (I got some hurtful news and excused myself to go to my room) and that it’s fine to be upset and it’s great to talk about it but that we don’t want to hurt others by having emotional outbursts either!
  • The kids have started a nasty bath habit of sucking on wash cloths? It’s SO GROSS but they think it’s hilarious…here’s a video of it!
  • Kye is very, very competitive (like his Daddy!) and for awhile we struggled with him being a poor sport. One night we played Candy Land three times and I won EVERY TIME. Omg that poor child! He was so upset. But I was very proud at how he handled it. He got up and left and went to his room without saying anything to me. I went back to check on him and he was hitting his pillow. I talked to him and told him that hitting his pillow is a GREAT idea. We don’t hit or allow hitting but I understand being angry and needing to get it out so I told him anytime he’s angry he can go to his room and punch his pillow. I think he was shocked that I said that πŸ˜‰
  • We all love the song “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift (I used it in Britt’s 1 year video thanks to Rachael!) and in the car one day Kye said “Mommy who is singing? She sounds just like you!!!” 
  • Zach’s family has several southern sayings. One is “I love you like a pig loves slop” Kye was being sweet to Britt one night and said “I love you like slobber”
  • Kye loves to say “don’t talk about it, be about it!”
  • The night before Zach and I left for Cozumel Kye started scratching my back and I asked him what made him decide to do that and he said “because I love you and am going to miss you!”
  • Kye asked me to please pray to God for him not to grow any taller because he wants to stay just like this forever. I remember vividly when I was five and when people would ask my age I’d say “I’m five and I’m gonna be five forever!” It’s sweet that he loves his current age and where he is in life!
  • The kids both still LOVE the “Go Get ‘Em Girl” song here’s a video of them dancing to it…
  • Kye decided this month that he wants to be an Olympic swimmer, a daddy, and that he wants to play football, baseball and golf. He says that basketball is too much running (haha). He spent one night with Jordan while we were in Cozumel and now he’s all about playing baseball and talks about how he wants to be a hitter! 
  • It’s so cute b/c he will call me “honey” and “sweetie” 

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ May

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Thanks to Italy, I’m nice and behind again πŸ™‚ It was worth it though!!! Now that I’m back to blogging about my favorite topic (duh, my kids!) I’m sure I’ll catch up quickly πŸ˜‰

Here’s everything Kye had going on during May!


Artist: Autumn had mentioned during the school year that Kye really loved art. I’ve been trying to incorporate that more at home. Zach and I are both not really into artsy stuff so it’s difficult for me. I’m thankful Mom bought him his easel as it makes it MUCH easier! Just bust out some paints and let him go to town!!! This painting he wanted to make for Grandpa. We saved it and mailed it to him with his Father’s Day present πŸ™‚

He takes his art very seriously and will tell me each thing he is painting

He gets so into it that I have to stop him before it becomes a HUGE blob of paint!

Another way I’ve been letting Kye get those creative juices flowing is with play dough. I don’t remember myself being a HUGE play dough person? I put this set on his birthday wishlist and, no joke, he got FIVE of them. We kept two b/c I figured it’d be handy to have when Brittlynn is old enough to use it too. His favorite thing to make right now is snakes. I haven’t figured out a way to keep the colors from mixing other than only to allow him to use one color at a time? I learned that lesson too late though so now our red and purple buckets are a combo color of redpurple.

Belt: Up until now Kye has always outgrown his clothes in girth before length. He’s been able to wear the same shorts and pants forever. Like no joke. This is his third summer wearing some of his shorts. For the first time he has started outgrowing his pants in length before they are too tight around his waist. He’s hit a growth spurt (which is semi-frustrating b/c I bought all these 2T sizes at the spring kids sales and now he really needs a 3T in all of his shirts!!!) and we had to buy him his first belt! Daddy had to poke an extra hole in it to make it small enough but it works and he feel like a “big boy” when he wears it to church πŸ™‚ When Zach put it on him for the first time he cut the little tag off of it and Kye started carrying it around with him everywhere calling it his “list.” You can see a video of his list here.  It was pretty annoying…until it got left at Aligatu on Mother’s Day πŸ˜‰

Treats: We all know our society is FAT and I really believe a LOT of that has to do with our children and the pure junk we are constantly feeding them. I’m nowhere close to being a health nut, but I try to limit the things that my kids eat. Kye doesn’t even know what the term “soda” means nor has he ever tasted sweet tea or chocolate milk. Why introduce it to him? I try to limit sweets as well but it’s TOUGH. I feel like now that he’s in school he comes home with candy in his book bag on a regular basis and it aggravates me. He knows what candy is and he’ll walk in the door from school begging to eat whatever he has that day. So I let him. I don’t think it’s fair to deprive him of things either, it’s about finding a balance.

Here’s his first ever ring pop!

He helped me make these for Robyn’s Baby Shower so he got to eat one at the end!

He and Daddy also made Jello for the first time ever this month!

Hiding: Kye really, really enjoys hiding. He likes small spaces (unlike his mama) and enjoys making lots of “tents” and “towers” as he calls them. He spends a good chunk of time doing this and I’m always proud of myself when I’m able to make a cool fort for him to play in. It makes me look forward to when Brittlynn is old enough to play with him! He often wants us to all hide together but then he spend the entire time fixing the tent and getting everything just right. He will whisper the entire time we play!

Hiding…

Peek-a-Boo!

Back to hiding

Awesome tent I made for him in his bedroom πŸ˜‰

Here’s a video of Kye in his tent

A tent wouldn’t be complete without a flashlight right?

Outside: The weather has been SUPER wacky this year. Our pool took FOREVER (like I’m writing this in JULY and it’s just now warm enough to legit swim) to warm up and it has rained a ton. It’s tough to find time to play outside now that I have Brittlynn. Thankfully Zach typically gets home from work around 5ish each night and he can take Kye outside while Brittlynn naps and I cook dinner (what will I do when Brittlynn drops that evening nap?!?!). He is still obsessed with swinging on the playground and I’m so thankful we have it!

We have a bird feeder by our kitchen window and they are messy eaters so a lot of the seeds fall on the ground below the feeder. One day Zach noticed that corn was growing under the feeder! He thought it’d be fun to replant it in the back corner of our yard and just see what happened. He and Kye also planted the sunflowers Kye gave me at Mom’s Day. They go out to water it almost daily.

Play: I am SO thankful I worked so hard with Kye from a young age at playing on his own. He does not need anyone or anything to entertain him. I love sitting back and watching him in his world of play. His ability to play on his own has been a huge blessing with Brittlynn’s arrival. I can’t sit and play with him often so it’s vital that he can entertain himself!

We’ve pulled back out his Little People, they are so fun!

Sharing Britt’s phone

Enjoying his Toy Story choo choo set

Lining up ALL of his cars


This McDonald’s megaphone was a favorite for a few days…I think it conveniently “got lost”

Trapping all the animals in his pirate jail

He likes to pretend that he has babies too. I don’t think it’s wrong or girly to play pretend games like these, I always make sure to say that he’s the daddy in the game and I think playing “house” will help make him a good daddy someday!!! These are both Britt’s toys (technically the seahorse was Kye’s as a baby but now it’s hers) and he “shares” with her. The seahorse is a boy and is named “Zach” (which makes Zach so happy that Kye wants to name his son after him haha). The mermaid is a girl and is named…Isis! Of course πŸ™‚

Found a seat in Britt’s room to read his babies a story (here’s a video)

He enjoys “sharing” Brittlynn’s toys…and was seen quite often this month wearing one baby mitten and carrying around her purse haha.

He does 45 min of roomtime a day, where he goes upstairs in the playroom all by himself for the time period I select and plays with his toys. He enjoys this time and his new trend is to have food “cooked” for me for when the timer goes off. We always eat together before cleaning up and going downstairs. He loves for us to drink “coffee” with our meals πŸ™‚

Often when Brittlynn takes her naps Kye and I will play a game. He LOVES to play games and his favorite right now is the matching Cars game his Auntie Katie got him for his birthday πŸ™‚ I don’t turn the cards over yet..so it’s a quick and simple game but I know it’s important to keep things age appropriate. I’m thinking soon he’ll be ready for the legit game but I don’t want him to get frustrated either! He has really been enjoying his Red Rover game that Mom got him for Christmas…it’s great for learning colors! Here’s a video of him getting the colors right!

Bites: Remember a looong time ago Kye had that random reaction to a bug bite and I took him to the dr??? Well he’s for sure allergic to ant bites. That’s exactly what it was then. I know this because it happened to him again! We were out at the playground and he told me he smushed an ant and that is foot hurt. Sure enough the ant must have bitten him before he killed it and a huge bite swelled up. Whenever mosquitoes bite me I have the same reaction. I gave him some antihistamine and put some cortisone cream on it and it cleared up! Good to know to avoid ants though!

(it’s on his right foot…you can click the pic to make it bigger)

Playing with Brittlynn: Kye has loved Brittlynn from Day 1 but it’s SO awesome that she’s starting to enjoy him back πŸ™‚ Here’s some pictures of them together from May (and yes, I’m going to post the same ones again on her monthly post…)

Here’s a video of them together in the pack and play

Yes, that’s my shoe he’s playing with!

He’s telling her all about the color pink πŸ˜‰

This video shows Kye kissing on Britt and her cracking up about it

This video shows how interactions between Kye and Britt typically go…he looses interest quickly!

Here’s a video of Kye tickling his sister

Kye is CONSTANTLY “working” and I love how now Brittlynn is able to “work” with him. I told him she is his secretary and is screening his calls for him πŸ˜‰

More about Kye this month:

  • While he loves to swim…he does not do so well with bending down into the water to pick up things. We have several diving rings and I FINALLY taught him how to bend down on the steps and pick them up. I was SO proud of him because he does not give up. He truly enjoys accomplishing things on his own without help and is always so proud of himself when he can do it! I took this video when we showed Daddy his new skills πŸ™‚ 
  • He started saying “Sleep safely” and “make sure the dogs don’t bark” when I tucked him in at night and naps
  • One day I was in a funk and asked him to hug me and told him Mommy was just having a bad day. He rocked me and sang both “you are my sunshine” and “I’ll love you forever” SO sweet!!!
  • When we tell him to do something he started to say “but but but” which we, obviously, worked on and has stopped πŸ˜‰
  • Kye ALWAYS talks about going to get chickfila and donuts. I mentioned this to him and said that it would be his perfect day. He quickly added “and Kailyn too”
  • Speaking of Kailyn…Zach and Kye were looking at Kye’s class picture and Zach asked him who was the prettiest girl in his class. He said “Kailyn, duh”
  • Favorites: color is pink and red, letter is “e”, book is Cornelius P Mud Are You Ready for Baby (especially the part about the baby being able to eat pizza)
  • Jesus has become his reason behind doing things or not doing them. I told him to clean up and he said “Jesus told me not to clean up.” We talk a lot about how Jesus is the ultimate boss and how Mommy and Daddy follow him and then we do what he tells us and Kye has to do what we tell him. I think he’s figured out that if Jesus says something then we have to listen to Him. Nice try kid! He has also said “God told me I need to get a snack after nap” and “Jesus said I need TWO snacks”
  • We had a few rough days where Kye actually hit me out of anger when he didn’t get his way. I learned the BEST way to handle him is to give him space to cool off. When he’s in trouble I tell him to go sit in the red chair in his room until we can talk about it. It works 100% of the time. I am the SAME way so I understand that feeling. I don’t like being pushed or backed into a corner. If I’m mad, give me time and space to cool off then I can think and talk about it rationally. I will lash out and say/do things I regret in the heat of the moment…so I think Kye is that same way and I try to respect that about him. It’s unfair to expect him to be able to communicate calmly in the heat of the moment. If he’s upset, he needs to be allowed to get those emotions out in private so he can better handle a discussion with me about it. 
  • Bossiness has also been an issue we’re dealing with. I have to ask a lot “who is the boss?” because he tends to tell me rather than ask. I, too, was a boss growing up (maybe it’s a first born thing???) so I understand where he is coming from with this too and I hope this trait will help him to be a good leader someday, in the proper setting. This is probably the #1 issue we have with Kye now (I’m writing this in July and it’s still something we are working on). 
  • We were in the car talking one day and I asked him what he thinks Daddy does for his job. He said “He builds my playground and the storage shed.” I asked the same thing about me and he said “I can’t tell you, it’s a secret.”
  • We have also talked about how someday we’ll have another baby in our house and get to go to the hospital again to get it. I asked him what that baby will be named and he said “Isis”
  • Whenever Britt is upset he’ll say “cockadoodledo!” super loud in her face!?!?!
  • Our house alarm accidentally went off one night and he slept right through it! Must be a deep sleeper!
  • Like his mama, he REALLY likes to know the agenda for the day. He’s always asking “what are we gonna do today?”
  • Whenever he tells stories they always have to do with cars, trees, crashes and houses falling down
  • He’s started to say “just kidding”
  • When asked how old he is he’ll say “I’m three! I’m getting big!”
  • I like to play with Brittlynn by saying “I’m gonna get that baby” and tickling her. Kye cannot stand it and anytime I say it he will RACE to her and grab her to protect her from me
  • If we wake him up he is pretty grouchy, he really needs to wake up on his own to be in his best mood
  • My favorite thing ever! Whenever I tuck him in I say “I love you” and he says “I love you too” then I say “I love you more” and he finishes by saying “I love you most” It’s from Tangled and I LOVE IT.
  • He is SUPER anal about things being put back where they belong, especially in his room. He wants everything just right before falling asleep (ocd much?)
  • While he still likes all of his “friends” (pillow, blanket, monkey and Smyrna the bear) he has become especially attached to Monkey and has started to carry him around the house all the time with him and constantly asks if he can bring him places with us (answer is always NO). 
  • He eats all of his meal and then drinks when he’s done eating, I do the same thing!
  • I always try to get Britt to say “mama” and Kye will look at her and try to get her to say “Kye Kye”
  • The night before we left for Italy we had a family night and on our way Kye randomly said “I had such a great day today Mommy.” It was such a wonderful thing to hear and I think God just knew I needed to hear that before leaving for so long. πŸ™‚

Kye is a TRUE JOY. He makes my heart happy and I love watching him, listening to him, and loving on him πŸ™‚

I’m going to try to do more videos like this one where I ask him questions and such. I think it’s nice to capture his voice and his answers on video rather than just write them down…I also wanted to capture his COUNTRY accent! I swear we must live in the SOUTH πŸ™‚

2 Comments

  1. Crissymegow
    July 9, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    oh man, that bug bite is AWFUL!

  2. Rachael_Copponex
    July 16, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    There is way to much going on to remember all my comments but the bug bite is pretty gnarly. Β That's exactly what it looks like when I get mosquito bites. Β They HURT

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