Kye Monthly Summary: November

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Kye truly marches to the beat of his own drum. He wanted to do “trolls hair” and then wore it to school. Which is awesome to me! I’m glad he can do things he thinks are cool and doesn’t worry what others may say. Rock it kid 😉 

I read Wonder for book club and Kye’s class also read parts of it and I let him use my copy to finish it. SUCH a great book!

Made is own “marble run”

I tend to always focus on Britt helping me in the kitchen…not because she’s a girl but because she really loves cooking/baking. I was glad for some “Kye kitchen time” too!

Loves his mama’s cooking!

Getting closer!

Kye’s favorite solo activity is walking around the store picking out items to put on his wishlist 😉 

Since Tab took longer to arrive than we’d expected I wanted to spend quality time with the kids as much as I could before his birth. Kye and I had a coffee date and had THE best time. I love our alone time together and our talks! 

Hid a rock!

I only embarrass him a little 🙂

Hard to believe he’s going to be a big brother for the third time! So thankful he’s our first and the leader of our kid crew 😉

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Kye Monthly Summary: November

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Kye is always such a bright light in any tough spot. He steps up when he needs to. If we have a new baby he is right there ready to help. He’s understanding when plans have to be changed. He is a huge helper around the house and just happy face whenever anyone is feeling down. We noticed a shift in Kye with Zach’s news. He was much more emotional and quicker to get upset. We wanted to be upfront and honest with the kids and I don’t regret doing that, but it was good that both Zach and I saw the changes in Kye and did our best to make sure we were there for him through it!

Kye and I had our very first (prob not last!) Starbucks date! I’m new to the cake pop world and am IN LOVE

He got a peppermint hot chocolate and it was a poor choice b/c he did NOT like it haha

We also stopped by the dollar store and got a little bonus treat (Yes, I’m like a 5 year old but these are AMAZING)

Kye didn’t like his “coffee” so he passed it off to Britt who drank it all down in like 5 seconds!

Kye and Zach took an afternoon and went to watch VSU play in the play-offs. It was some great father-son bonding time 🙂 

A friend text me this picture she caught of them together. SO precious to me 🙂

I’m impressed that the school system caught onto Kye’s giftedness when they did because it was LONG before Zach or I noticed anything out of the norm with him or his thinking process. He def has such an awesome mind and I hope we properly foster it! This was a BIG month for him with growth in that area. And it brought about concerns Zach and I have. Smart kids…love to learn…often struggle with faith. The world pushes Satan’s agenda and it’s so hard to counteract that anyway but especially in a kid who is so bright and such a deep thinker! 

I mean this was just for fun…he made his own graphing paper and had some pattern plotting thing I had to follow to find out the design he had planned. And he was upset in this picture because it didn’t turn out the exact way he’d hoped. 

Kye was very into the election and has now decided his future career will be being President 🙂 

And when he’s President he says everyone will have to believe in God 😉

He is doing coding for his Discover class and created a character and then made it move and such, he thinks I’m so dumb b/c I don’t have a clue what he’s doing hahaha

This month I let him have a go at packing his own lunch. I’m not really sure the appropriate age to expect this on his own every day? I’m thinking 3rd grade??? He LOVED doing it but it took SO LONG b/c I had to help with so many things. 

Our big spiritual vs science issue came this month with dinosaurs. Kye got this book from the library for his AR test and we had to have a big talk about it because, naturally, it focused on the scientific theory of a meteor hitting the earth. I’m not saying that’s WRONG to think that, but my goal as a parent is to ALWAYS direct my children to God’s Word in ALL things. I personally have avoided dinosaurs. Like legit have tried not to have him really be interested in them haha I never really understood where dinosaurs fit into the whole Bible situation so I just kinda avoided the topic. 

Well. Now I know a WHOLE LOT MORE!

Sometimes I feel like I’m at a disadvantage having not grown up a Christian but there are many times that I do think it’s a GOOD thing that I don’t “have all the answers” because I am not afraid to ask people who may know better where to find them and I love getting to learn alongside my children. It helps us both grow! 

I talked to the wise women in my wed night class as well as Mr Rusty. A SUPER sweet member at our church actually wrote up an entire lesson on dinosaurs for me to give to Zach and he and Kye worked through the whole lesson (which had verses etc to go with it) and Mr Rusty spoke to his preacher who had an entire book on dinosaurs from the Bible standpoint. It’s been AWESOME to see Kye learn and he’s loved reading the dinosaur books from the library and pointing out ways in which they may be teaching false things. 

He now says when he is President that he will fire all the scientists who are lying hahaha

Kye is becoming quite the Bible scholar. He has completely finished his very first SOLO devo book (Devotions for Boys) and loves talking about God’s Word with others…especially his sisters 🙂

My most proud mom moment EVER so far was when Kye came downstairs one morning with a list of verses to take to school. They had been reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at school and somehow the topic of “being saved” came up. Several people said that all you have to do is ask Jesus into your heart and you will be saved. Kye said that you also have to be baptized and came home and discussed it with me. It was a tough topic for me to discuss, of course! But one night when he was doing his Bible Reading Marathon the verses happened to be ones that have to do with baptism. What it is and why it’s essential as well as all of the steps to salvation. Zach and I didn’t read it with him (he reads it after we tuck him in) and COMPLETELY on his own he made the connection of those verses to the topic they had discussed at school and took it upon himself to write down all the verses. He came down very, very excited the next morning and we discussed the best way to approach the situation (a 7 year old’s first thought to say is “you were WRONG!” haha! It’s important to Zach and I to teach our children to approach all things in love . Zach often struggled with a harsher approach that can sometimes push people away so we’re hoping to help guide our children to be mindful of how they approach others). In the end he decided to give the list of verses and simply ask those he had talked with to look them up when they could. 

I was nervous for him! I was SO glad when I got THE sweetest text from his teacher. Whew! It all went over okay and you just never know who he may have been an influence on that day! I am so proud of Kye for digging deep into the Word, finding answers to tough questions and being bold enough to share them. I struggle with the sharing part. I hate to offend others so I tend to lead by example rather than truly come to them in Christian love and show them what God’s Word says. I’m thankful that our son is such an inspiration to ME! I posted the pic of him with the verses up on IG and FB and am posting it here as well and hope you too will look up the verses!  

We attended the soup kitchen at our church and Kye LOVES to help! He’s so great at taking up the tickets from people and isn’t shy about making sure people hand over their ticket haha!

I help Britt with the dessert table and love watching him from across the room as he does his thing 🙂

Kye used some of his Bible Bucks to eat lunch with Ms. Liz (who is a SAINT) and her husband as well as a friend one day after church. Britt and I went too but sat separately (Zach stayed home with Tess). He had SO much fun getting to eat pizza and play games!

We were ALL so pumped for Disney!!!

And Kye had SO MUCH HOMEWORK. I let his teacher know in advance that he’d be missing 4 days so we could get all the work before Thanksgiving break and have that week to knock it out. I’m SUPER thankful I did that b/c I can’t imagine him trying to handle it all after the trip! 


This was hilarious haha

Our grand plans for golf have been disappointing as half the time the guy isn’t there or cancels. I’m thankful I found a NEW golf league for him to join in February but was thankful I was able to go out and watch him a bit in November! 

Kye doesn’t always LOVE doing his chores, but he loves payday 😉

Whew, that missing tooth look!

Kye needed a hair cut SO BAD! I took him to Sportsclips for the first time and had a GREAT experience. For some reason I had thought they were a Hooters for haircuts? Thankfully I was wrong 😉 It was VERY kid friendly (actually everyone I saw in there was getting their sons’ cut) and they did a great job! Plus their hours are SO great! They are open in the evenings and even on Mondays! 

It’s funny how in someways we are all just like our parents haha! I picked out Kye’s clothes for school and when he came down Zach said “OMG you have to send a pic to your dad b/c he looks just like a mini Dave-Sedgley” bahaha! It is totally a look my dad would rock and Kye rocks it well 😉

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Kye Monthly Summary: November

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This post covers all about Kye from November 🙂

BIG NEWS this month! We started watching Star Wars 🙂 Which sounds super crazy for me to be allowing to go down haha. Basically we keep our kids pretty sheltered when it comes to entertainment. They don’t watch tv at all (other than sports or an occasional HGTV show with Zach where he can fast forward commercials) and only watch DVDs that we own. When we see a new movie I always look it up on Plugged In and Common Sense Media and we watch it as a family so I can be there to answer questions, make comments, etc to help keep things at their level and appropriate for them to view. 

This isn’t a big deal for the girls. Princesses are popular and age appropriate for many years. But for Kye it’s tricky when it comes to Disney trips and toys and such. Toys are really marketed after movies and the toys for his age are mostly things he doesn’t know about. He still loves to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse dvds. They don’t make “cool” Mickey Mouse toys haha! 

Zach and I talked about it and knew we kinda needed to make a decision on which route to take. Disney owns Marvel as well as Star Wars. Both are having an increasing presence at the parks and both have TONS of toys on the market. Zach and his mom enjoyed watching Star Wars together when he was young and I asked around a lot and most people seemed to agree that Star Wars was MUCH less violent, sex-driven, and less foul language ridden than super hero stuff. We actually decided to go the Star Wars route before we even heard they were having a 7th film!

Since I have never watched them all and Zach hasn’t in years, we decided to buy the whole series on DVD and watch them with Kye over the holidays. I researched each one prior to watching on Common Sense Media and y’all they aren’t bad at all. I was surprised at how little violence there was! Out of all 6 movies we only had one scene where we had to tell Kye to close his eyes (Princess Leia in a sexy costume with dancers around her). I was also very, very impressed with the story line. It’s VERY easy to relate Luke/Anaken to Jesus and choosing to live a life for Christ (Luke) and choosing to be a slave to sin and follow satan (Anaken). 

I honestly enjoyed them all and so did Zach! It was fun for Kye to get to stay up late to watch them with us and we all three enjoyed it. Britt has been told when she turns 6 we will re-watch them all with her too 😉 We spread them out and watched the first one over Thanksgiving break (we just finished the last one this past weekend which was the 2nd weekend in Jan). We debated what order to watch them in and decided to do release date order (4,5,6,1,2,3). I have read that the BEST way to watch them is 4, 5, 2, 3, 6 and skip 1 all together. I do agree that I wish we would have watched 6 last as I think it gives a much more cheerful, positive ending. I kinda wanna watch it again after finishing 3! 

Kye LOVED them all. I do think some of the storylines were a bit over his head and the whole jumping back in time for 1, 2, and 3 was a tad confusing. He didn’t fully understand that when someone’s plane was shot that they’d die and kept thinking up solutions to make them all ok. He LOVED Luke. I now tell Kye that he’s my Luke. Kye really does have so much in common with Luke. He has such a strong moral compass and does not want anything to do with anything bad. He doesn’t understand why people like Darth Vadar toys and such b/c Darth is the BAD GUY. I’m a Han Solo girl myself, dude has some serious swag 🙂

While Britt and I were on our girls’ trip Zach took Kye and Tess to Toys R Us to do a free Lego building thing! I’ve heard of these before but they’ve always been stuff I didn’t think Kye would enjoy…this time it was a little Star Wars plane 🙂 He loved it!

Well. I knew the day would come soon and it’s arrived! Kye is no longer interested in kids meals at fast food places. We rarely eat fast food and when we do it’s often on kids’ nights so we get their meals free or discounted. Kye just eats more than the kids meal has! Usually I can get the people to give him a larger handful of fries and I let him finish Britt’s food so we can still get away with the kids meal but at CFA this month he asked if he could order a big chicken sandwich. He loved it and downed that best 😉 (yes, he also really loves ketchup haha!)

In school this month Kye’s class read The Wizard of Oz which is SO special to me. As a little girl I was obsessed with it. I had some red slippers and everything. They had a Wizard of Oz day where they watched the movie and had a parade! Everyone dressed up as different characters from the film. I knew there would be a million Dorothy’s and a ton of tin men so Kye and I brainstormed to come up with something that wouldn’t be so overdone. He was THE only member of the Lollipop Guild in the entire 1st grade! I was a bit surprised that more parents didn’t jump on the munchkin wagon b/c it was SUCH an easy costume!!! I just bought him a larger shirt from Goodwill and cut it then glued oversized felt pieces on his color. We even let him grow his hair out so we could style it for the big day 🙂 He was SO excited and it did make me sad that some of the kids in his class teased him. However he said once they did the parade and went to the older classes (3rd-5th) that ALL the kids kept saying his was the coolest. Duh older kids know that the lollipop guild is the jam!

G-Mama and the girls and I went to see him in his parade! It was ADORABLE!!! However it totally brought me to tears to see so many kids who weren’t dressed in the theme. I told Zach that when Britt is in 1st grade we should donate some lion masks or something so that everyone will have some sort of costume to wear!

Kye is my little inventor. He is ALWAYS going around the house thinking of ways he can recycle stuff into other things. This month he decided to invent his own board game. He did a great job! We have played it many times! It’s inspired by Candy Land but does have a few variations to it! He named it “Double Trouble Candy Land”

Every game has to have rules!

Something about Kye that I really admire is his strong work ethic. Kid likes to WORK and is very motivated to earn money. He has his bank account and has had a lemonade stand, has sold watermelons, and has sold his own handmade bookmarks to earn profit. He is saving for his future home and car (no joke). He continually comes to me with ideas of ways to make money but they are just not appropriate for a kid his age. Like he will say he wants to go to people’s houses and clean for them or do work for them and he’s just not old enough yet for those responsibilities. We did talk about how Mr. Rusty had hurt his eye (please keep praying for him!) and probably needed some legit help. We talked about how it’s important to help family just to be nice and not to expect to be paid but that maybe he could ask Big Papa if he could do work for him. He went over to their house one afternoon after school and worked a solid 90 min. He picked up sticks and took it very seriously and I was told he did a good job! He got paid for his work and was SO PROUD! If anyone in town needs some help Kye is always available! 😉

Kye’s new school doesn’t collect boxes for the Christmas Shoebox charity that Kye has always done each year. He still put together a box to send with Britt to her school. He takes such care in picking out gifts that he thinks the child will like and it makes me so proud!

Kye has been asking about gum for awhile now. I read that it’s really not appropriate for kids under age 5 to chew gum and honestly I hate it. I’ve tried it twice and both times was disgusted. I also don’t like it when others chew it around me. It drives me nuts. I’m usually polite about it, except when it comes to my husband haha I’m like nooooo kissing for youuuuuu. 😉 Kye got some gum from church so I let him try it before his camping trip as they planned on chewing lots of gum then. He liked it! But I don’t think he hardcore loved it, I think he more liked it b/c he’d been wanting to do it and finally got to?

If you don’t own any Magna-Tiles
they are AWESOME! They aren’t cheap but you can find deals on them throughout the year if you keep an eye out. Kye is very creative with them and I think they are really great for him. I think he will enjoy legos but I like the freedom these allow for him to have and how they allow him to think outside a set of instructions! (sidenote…yes Kye still loves to be in underwear haha)

Since it’s important for Kye to get his sleep at night we have moved his Mario Kart time to the weekends. We used to let him stay up late one night a week to play it (typically 45 min to an hour of play time total and it’s always together with Zach) but now usually we spend an hour while the girls nap on Sundays playing. I have started playing too and it’s really fun. I’ve seen a lot of change in his ability to handle losing more gracefully. He’s still extremely competitive but I think he’s handling it better!

Kye eats breakfast at 650ish each morning then has lunch at 1050 and we eat dinner at 530! He comes home a lot after school very hungry! I don’t mind him having a small snack and I’m proud of him for making it himself but I about died when I saw this MASSIVE bowl of yogurt raisins and cheerios haha!

School is still going well. I wouldn’t say that Kye loves school. He has asked me many times about homeschooling. Kye really loves to be with his family (I don’t mind that one bit!) and I do think he may get a bit bored at school which does worry me some. He has picked up the common core math stuff very, very easily and enjoyed explaining it to me haha!

Zach is refinishing our dining room table so the kids have had fun having so much space! Kye built the biggest train track yet!

He had a sale in the playroom 😉

He cracks me up with his dressing up for pretend play. He creates characters and uses funny voices and makes up storylines for them. He is ALWAYS the good guy which I love about him but I have had to talk to him about allowing Britt to be the good guy too. I don’t want her to grow up always being the villain!

More About Kye:

  • Kye’s teacher talked to me a lot this month regarding Discovery and also talked to me about how well liked Kye is. My #1 goal in life for my children is for them to spend eternity in Heaven. #2 is to help lead others there. Hearing that Kye is a strong leader in the classroom and well liked by his peers is a blessing as I know he can be a light to so many and hopefully use his leadership abilities to lead them to Christ!
  • Kye is very empathetic and is starting to understand things on a deeper level. He cried a good bit when we watched Inside Out. We watched it twice and he even cried the second time. He said it just makes him really sad that we can’t keep our memories forever and that he won’t always remember being a child. Zach told him not to worry bc he has TONS of blog books he can read so he won’t forget anything 🙂
  • He also cried when watching The Fox and the Hound and randomly cried and told me he was just so sad that Tess isn’t a baby anymore!
  • When Kye wanted to work for Big Papa this month he asked if he could text GMama and ask her about it. It took him 30 min to type this on my phone: “Dear mama I want to work for big papa i am sorry that big papa got hurt can you pick me up from school so I can go to the barn and earn money thank you love kye”
  • We got our flu shots this month and we played a game to see who could be the toughest. Kye told the nurse he’d for sure win and she asked why and he said “Boys are tougher than girls. That’s why boys build stuff and girls cook” hahahaha 
  • At Thanksgiving Zach’s cousin, Austin, brought his new baby, Kara, and Kye was SO sweet with her! He LOVES babies! 
  • At lunch at CFA with Robyn’s crew I overheard Kye talking to LL. They were talking about author’s purpose and Kye was explaining what persuasion meant and he said “like I persuade my mom to let me do stuff” ha! I about died and now we always joke about him persuading me 😉 He DOES have this ability to persuade! 
  • On Thanksgiving Kye read that poem thing from the original settlers and we had candy corn for him to give everyone. When we went to Little Mama’s we took the candy corn there as well and I told the kids, after they’d had several pieces along with turkey cookies, that they couldn’t have any more. They were playing on the porch and I walked out and saw both Kye and Britt eating the candy corn and when they saw they were caught they immediately acted like they didn’t’ have it and Kye tried to blame Britt! OH I was NOT HAPPY. They both got spankings from Daddy at Little Mama’s. Kye said he was very embarrassed at me for telling them why he got a spanking and I told him how embarrassed I was that he chose to disobey me and especially to lead his sister down the path of disobedience! He gets very upset when he makes a poor choice and always talks about how mad he is at Adam and Eve for eating the fruit 😉
  • At Thanksgiving Kye said he is thankful for the freedom to worship 🙂
  • Leading up to the holidays we talked about our favorite Christmas traditions. Kye said his are meeting Santa and eating Christmas cookies on Christmas morning 🙂
  • This month I came home during naps and when I got out of my car a little girl who lives a couple houses down came up to me and asked if Kye could come play! It was the first time that’s ever happened! She’s in his class so we let Kye play outside with her for a little bit. Not gonna lie I was a nervous wreck. I don’t know her parents so Zach went and met them and told Kye he wasn’t allowed to go inside their house, he could just play outside. We miiiiight have checked on him like 4 times in the hour he was over there haha

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I’m truly so blessed to be Kye’s mom! He is just growing and changing everyday! 

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ November

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All about my big boy from the month of November!

Swing: I have NO CLUE what the “normal” age to learn to swing on your own is, but I feel like Kye is delayed in that ability. He’ll be 6 in March and is just now finally able to legit swing on his own! My kids are always slower to do this kind of stuff. They take forever to crawl, forever to walk, and I guess forever to swing (btw…don’t ask Kye to ride a bike either…). Zach is super glad not to have to push him anymore but of course whenever Kye wants to swing then Britt does too so someone still has to be pushed 😉

Businessman: Kye’s bookmark business is still going strong 😉 One Sunday he made $12 from his sales! He said he wanted to use his money to treat us all to lunch at Zaxbys. It was so sweet and he was so excited to be able to pay for our meal! 

Chapped Lips: Kye is the KING of chapped lips. Does anyone else deal with this? He licks and they chap. They chap and he licks. I remember my brother having to glob on Vaseline at night when he went to bed b/c of his chapped lips and I guess Kye has the same situation! I gave him his own tub of it to apply as needed. I noticed they only get chapped during weather changes…our weather down her is SO random that it made for a lot of chappedness!

Screen Time: I’ve read lots of articles about the dangers of too much screen time in kids. We all know screen time needs to be limited. Kye found this mega old school 101 Dalmatian hand held electronic game that was mine as a kid. I was SHOCKED when it worked!!! I didn’t give it much thought until I realized he was carrying it around non-stop playing it. He wanted to take it in the car. He tried to play it during meals. He would run into stuff b/c he’d be walking and playing at the same time. He wouldn’t hear us when we’d call for him because he was too focused. It was a BIG wake up for MYSELF. How attached am I to my PHONE!?!?! My sweet, involved, active boy changed completely when allowed to have a small screen in his hands. How different am I with mine?!?! I quickly realized what an issue this old school game was and cut it out. I told him he could do it for a few minutes a day and then I hid it back in his closet after a couple days and he hasn’t found it again! haha! It was a good reminder to me about the importance of limiting screen time with our kids as well as ourselves!

Mommy/Daddy Time: This month Zach and Kye went golfing together and Kye and I had a little errand-running date. I tried to get out and do things a lot this month (to help with my PPD) and Kye loves going and doing so we did quite a bit together 🙂 I enjoyed the company!

Being silly at Target 🙂

Greens: I wasn’t raised in the south. Having been here for several years now, I’m pretty accustomed to the culture! However, I do NOT get the whole “greens” thing. Zach went and filled an entire storage tub with mustard greens and did a TON of work to be able to eat them! Maybe it’s bc I can’t smell so I don’t really enjoy food all that much? But I don’t get it! Kye loved helping though and wants to have a more successful garden this year in our backyard! 

Mr Builder: Kye loves loves loves to help Zach build things and work on projects around the house. They will be out in the storage shed and I can hear all kinds of sounds that make a mama nervous (I learned not to go out there b/c it scares me to see Kye around all those tools!!! I just have to step back, trust Zach, and let them enjoy their time together). Kye always has all sorts of random things he’s built with his Daddy…

a torch 😉

A triangle car (it’s an outside only toy…those screw wheels would probably not get along well with our hardwood floors…)

Preacher: Kye is my first child so I don’t have a lot to compare him to, but he just has a passion and heart that is for the Lord. It’s really an awesome thing and I truly believe he will bring so many people to Christ! This month he was really into carrying his Bible around the house with him and reading from it non-stop (much better thing to be carrying around than the little electronic game!). He had Britt and I sit down and “play church” with him so he could preach to us. He also started doing prayer cards. He wrote out a bunch of little prayers on pieces of paper he cut out. I found them all over the house haha but it was so sweet to know what prayers were on his heart. A lot of people have a hurt foot like his mama 😉 

Photographer: Not only was Kye a preacher this month. but he was also a photographer. If you are looking for a good gift for a child…this camera
is awesome. Maybe it’s just because they have a  mom who takes constant pics…but both Kye and Britt LOVE taking pictures with their cameras and they love looking through all the pictures on it as well. It’s super adorable. I guess Tess likes it too 😉

Cleaning: I miss Kye being a little baby…but gah there are a lot of advantages to him being older 😉 One is how HELPFUL he is! Britt “helps” but Kye HELPS. He can legit participate in caring for our home and I don’t have to go behind him and redo anything 😉 I’ve been putting him to work! 

More About Kye:

  • When he was writing his prayers I talked to him about how we pray to God to ask for help with things but also to thank him for ways He has blessed us. I said we can use journals to write our prayers down and then write the praises beside them as God answers them. Kye said right away that when he gets to Heaven and sees Austin he hopes he has a journal so he can write down the praise 🙂 
  • Britt tends to be whiney and Kye said all of her whining gives him a big headache 😉
  • I have always put off having a talk with Kye about Hell. We talk about Heaven but I have been nervous about how to approach the topic of Hell. I don’t want him to worry, like I did as a child, about people he loves going to Hell. And I don’t want him to think if he messes up he will automatically go there too (he has SUCH a perfectionist personality and is already super hard on himself). I am usually nursing Tess when the big kids go to bed so when I finish I go and kiss them goodnight (99% of the time Britt is already far away in dream land by then haha). Kye is usually still awake and we have started having some pretty good talks during that time together. One night it somehow came up and Kye talked about hoping people are in Heaven. I asked him where he thought they went if they didn’t go to Heaven and he said “another place.” So I went ahead and explained to him about Hell. I didn’t go into a lot of details but just simply said that we are always walking either towards Heaven or towards Hell and we have to try to strive to always be walking towards Heaven. And I explained that b/c Jesus died for us and once we follow the steps of salvation then we can always know for sure we’ll be in Heaven, even when we sometimes mess up. Just as long as we’re striving to do right and obey God then Jesus washes us clean! He really understood and I overheard him telling Britt that we are always walking towards a “town” and how she needs to make good choices and walk towards the “heaven town” 😉 
  • Kye wears an 11 size shoe, kids xs shirt, and kids 5 pants
  • He washes himself in the tub now from head to toe 🙂 No more help from us!
  • I took all three kids to get our flu shots this month. I do NOT like needles (natural childbirth three times just to avoid the needle of the epidural haha) so I was a little nervous but knew I’d “man up” so the kids wouldn’t be scared. We got there and they asked who wanted to go first and Kye quickly said “me!” and hopped into the chair. Kid didn’t even flinch when they poked him! He then laughed when I got mine and said “oh!” haha
  • During the thanksgiving feast at school I liked sitting back and observing Kye with his friends. They were being silly boys making silly jokes and I heard one of the boys tell Kye to go ask me to look under the table b/c there were underwear under there. (RANDOM right?) Kye said “no I’m not going to ask my mommy that.” and then the boy said “well if you don’t ask her then I won’t be on your team anymore (on the playground)” so then Kye came over and asked me. He was obviously embarrassed to say it and I could tell he knew it wasn’t a nice thing to do. I didn’t embarrass him in front of his friends but when we left I talked to him about it and WHY he asked me that. He was afraid of his friend not being on his team and I explained to him that while that wasn’t a big deal that soon he will have friends asking him to do things that ARE a bigger deal and that he has to be able to listen to his heart and be strong and say NO and that if that means losing a friend or someone on his team then that’s okay b/c it’s standing by what’s right. Can I just say I DREAD peer pressure?!?!? Ugh. 

Kye LOVES eating in the dining room and drinking from legit glass glasses 😉

The kids had a silly day and dressed up funny to surprise Daddy when he got home 🙂

Kye enjoys making “feasts” for us in the playroom

But his FAVORITE thing is playing with Tess 🙂 The excitement about her has yet to wear off for him!

Sidenote: We need to work on some more MANLY poses for this kid though…any suggestions? He immediately does the hands-on-the-hip thing b/c that’s MY go-to pose and he thinks that’s just what people do in pictures hahahaa. I thought maybe about having him cross his arms across his chest? But then you can’t see his cute clothes 😉 

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Kye Monthly Summary – November

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Here is everything going on with Kye during November. Fair warning: I didn’t take a ton of pics or videos during Nov and Dec. Hello freshly pregnant mama…welcome to the world of pure exhaustion 😉

Writing: Kye is getting SO good at his writing!!! He writes all kinds of things on his own. He enjoys copying other words and enjoys asking me to spell out words for him to write. Here’s a few examples from this month:

First heart!

Copying the program during church

I really look up to Kye in two major ways: his servant heart and his joy in helping others. He truly seeks for ways to bring others happiness and enjoys serving when he can. It is an AWESOME thing and something I really admire! A boy in his class was absent because his grandfather had passed away and Kye asked me if he could write him a letter and give him a piece of candy. He told me all the words he wanted to say and all I did was spell them for him! Isn’t that precious??? I also love that Kye puts his name on the top of EVERYTHING haha!

Bear!

Later that month he got to go to the boys birthday party and was so excited! He wrote out the card for the gift (which I totally think I’m going to have him do from now on) and Zach took him to the party while I was at a baby shower (and I heard it was an AMAZING party!)

Site Words: Kye was given a list of site words to learn during this school year. I’ve made flashcards with them all but it’s tough to sit down and really work on them! The school recommended downloading site words apps on the ipad for practice at home. Yall may know that I’m kinda hardcore about limiting screen time. My kids are NEVER allowed to play with our phones. They have never used our computers or our iPads or anything else. I debated what to do about the app and decided to download it. I know he’s FOUR and that technology is part of today’s learning so I am okay with him using this ONE app. He loves it and I think the fact that we do limit the screen time makes it more fun for him. I found an app where I could put in his specific words and it does a flash card game and a matching game and such with them. I’ve been having him to do it a couple times a week and think it’s helping!

Wiping: Ugh. I’m SO ready for Kye to be able to FULLY wipe himself. I read somewhere that it’s good to still check them until they are 6 or older? I mean really?!?! We have him wipe himself the first time then we will come check after he’s done. Kye LOVES company while going to the bathroom. It’s like social hour for him haha He’ll call to me and ask me to come talk to him! While the wiping is annoying…I do enjoy our convos 😉

Independence: While Kye may not be able to fully wipe himself he is SUCH a big help and SO capable of doing a lot on his own. It’s such a blessing! His favorite time is when I get home from our monthly grocery shopping trip. He helps us carry in all the bags of groceries and LOVES to help unload the bags and put things away. I even have him help pour things into the storage containers I keep them in. He makes the job go by so much quicker and seeing the joy he has in his “work” makes me enjoy it more too 🙂

Kye is now also able to get his own ice and water when he’s thirsty. I know a lot of people have their kids get things out of the fridge by this age but our fridge door is HEAVY! Kye still can’t open it on his own?!?! I figure being able to get his own ice water is a good first step in that direction though!

Crafts: This month we worked on a few crafts while on Thanksgiving break from school. I know Kye LOVES craft time and now that Britt is older and more into it I enjoy letting them be creative!!! I personally wish I was a more artistic person and love that my children enjoy this type of thing 🙂

Finally painted a birdhouse Casey and Jordan got him a couple years ago!

Had fun practicing his cutting skills with playdough!

Here’s a video showing the play doh fun! It is HILARIOUS how Kye thinks I’m taking a picture haha

Oatmeal: I was talking to my friend Kelly and she mentioned how her kids LOVE oatmeal for breakfast. My kids literally eat the same thing everyday. 1/2 a banana (usually frozen), prunes, and a handful of multigrain cheerios. I thought the oatmeal would add a little variety and I bought the kind with fruit mixed in since they love fruit so much! Britt LOVES it (I’ll discuss it in her post!). Kye doesn’t like it AT ALL. Check out this face hahaha

Smiling because he realized I was taking a picture 😉

Don’t worry…he does still LOVE ice cream!

Christmas Shoebox: Typically I pride myself on being on the ball as a mom. I mean I feel like I do pretty well with keeping up with everything. Making plans. Being on time. Etc. How about when Kye came home and told me that his Christmas Shoebox was due the next day and we hadn’t done it yet?!?! Oops. And I can’t even use pregnancy as an excuse b/c I wasn’t pregnant yet!!! We had to run out that day and get stuff for his box to send to school the next day!!!

Ikea Box: Zach has been working like crazy on the new playroom (it’s actually pretty much finished now…but I’m waiting to post about it until we are 100% done with it!) and had some awesome Ikea boxes for the kids to enjoy. This beast was HUGE and made for a great play house for them!

Time with Britt: Kye and Britt are playing together much better now (no more arguing in the car whew!). He especially loves to chase and tickle her!

Zach even took them both to Lowe’s where they helped him do some errand shopping!

Music: Another thing that I’m not very good at is musical stuff. Can’t sing. Don’t know any instruments (can play a few things on piano but that’s it). I think it’s hilarious and awesome how much our kids enjoy playing music. We keep all their “show” supplies in the living room and I love watching them be creative and imaginative! Kye performed this song (here’s a video!) for me about all the people he was thankful for at Thanksgiving 🙂

Other Play: Another common thing is after bath the kids love to run around in their underwear/panties. They race and play and Kye especially enjoys pushing around his larger toy cars. Whatever gets out their energy is fine with me!

Of course Kye also likes to build block when he’s ready to relax 😉

Other Stuff Going On This Month:

  • Kye will come to me now and say he’s sorry for things. He takes time to think about it and realize what he did wrong and then will come on his own to apologize. Even for stuff he hasn’t gotten into trouble for! I am VERY much the same way. If Zach and I argue I always tell him to leave me alone and I can calm down and think things through…but I don’t respond well “in the moment”
  • I was sitting on the couch with Britt singing to her and he randomly walked up to me and kissed me and said “mommy you sing so beautiful”
  • In the car one day Kye randomly started spelling words! First word he ever spelled was gray and then he also spelled out car, can, dot and other words too!
  • When he plays with my hair he will tell me he likes it best behind my ears and to keep it out of my eyes. Which is EXACTLY like Big Daddy. Big Daddy ALWAYS says “You have a beautiful face you shouldn’t cover it up” and he’ll move my hair out of my face. So funny how Kye says the same thing 🙂 
  • Where the Wild Things Are is Britt’s fav book right now and I always have them act out the parts…I had Zach read it so I could record them in their cuteness. Here’s a video!
  • Kye says he wants a LOT of babies because they are just SO sweet…except when they cry
  • He often tells Britt to “stop being dramatic”
  • Kye and Zach have been working on the football skills…here’s a video!
  • When Payton slept over they were so funny together! They had several little arguments and it cracked me up bc I’m not used to that. At one point I heard Payton tell Kye that he’s not cool and he responded by saying “Yes I am I’m SUPER cool watch this!” And then he broke out in this super crazy dance hahaha Guess he proved her wrong? 😉
  • He told me if he could pick ANY mommy in the world that he’d pick me 🙂 

Cute pics matching Daddy this month!

When I take Kye’s school work pictures each morning he also likes to “pose” for me…here are some of the pics of him from November!

2 Comments

  1. Kristen Kliethermes
    January 15, 2014 / 3:09 am

    Okay you probably have a lot of people tell you this, but Kye really is a handsome lil man. Legit, he is HANDSOME! Watch out because the ladies will be ALL OVER HIM! Especially since he has a big heart and very loving!

  2. ChelleyN
    January 15, 2014 / 5:13 am

    Would you mind sharing the name of the app Kye uses to help with sight-words? We also limit screen time much more than many, but I am interested in starting Bri on some educational type games.

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Kye Monthly Summary – November

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Here’s everything my sweet boy was up to during the month of November! Was it really just a month ago? It feels like AGES ago!!!

Chalk Fun: One morning Kye thought up the idea to go outside and draw with chalk…sounded like a good plan to me! We bundled up and headed out 🙂 I love doing fun things with my sweet boy and spending quality time together while Britt Britt naps! 

He took it very seriously, of course

First time playing hopscotch! 

Kye LOVES to go outside! And always wants to be bundled up…even if it’s not that cold out

Gangsta

Helping Daddy blow off the porch…haha

Sports: Zach and I agreed that we would NEVER pressure Kye to like sports. My family was never that into sports whereas Zach’s was always hardcore about them. We’re two opposite extremes and we just want to let our children decide their own paths in this area. Kye has taken a BIG liking to all things sports this month. He found a mitt and velcro baseball from when he was a baby and started tossing and catching it all the time. I’m sure Uncle Jordan, who played baseball through college, was thrilled…Zach and I are not baseball fans though! 

The BIG sport this month has been football. Zach has been preparing for the annual Parker Family football game on Christmas Eve. Even making up plays in a play book. Kye wanted to have his own play book and took it super seriously 🙂

In the playbook we let him use I found my old calculus homework…how the heck did I ever understand this junk!?!?

Foreign language to me…

Games at Night: Brittlynn goes to bed between 7 -7:15 and Kye goes to bed at 7:45. This month we started to devote that 20-30 minutes to spending quality time with Kye. We read a book together then play a game. It is always so fun and a great opportunity to start teaching him how to be a good sport, take turns, share, etc. He LOVES feeling like a big boy getting to stay up later than his sister 😉

One night the boys played Toy Story on the Wii

Candy Land is his favorite! 

Operation Christmas Child: Last year we participated in Operation Christmas Child and Kye’s school did it again this year! I had to run to ToysRUs for something so Zach took the kids and met me at the dollar store to pick out the presents. By the time I got there (our ToysRUs is sooo slloooow) they were already done! I’m so proud to have such a great husband who just knew what to pick out. They made one girl one and one boy one and did great with it! I’m sure it made the children who received them very happy 🙂

Sleepy Head: Kye has been sleeping AWESOME for his naps lately. Maybe it’s the cooler weather? He sleeps SOLID from 1-4 most days!!! The time did change this month and threw him off a bit because he lost an hour of sleep every night until he got adjusted. I hate the time change junk!!! Most afternoons though Britt and I go in and wake him up at 4…he always looks so sweet 🙂

Streeeetch!

Playing: The goal in playing for Kye is to keep things away from Brittlynn the best he can haha! She’s into EVERYTHING now!!! He pulled back out the car we made from a cardboard box and colored it a lot this month. He stored the markers behind the baby gate on the stairs to keep them out of Britt’s reach…pretty clever!

Playing Army 

Look of DEATH I get when he catches me taking pics of him playing

Last year for Christmas G-Mama got Kye this “skip-it” type thing that spins and he can jump over it. Honestly, it was totally wrong on the proper age for the toy. It was WAY too advanced for him then. Recently he started playing with it and is now old enough to “get it.” He wanted me to bring it downstairs for him and it was hilarious to watch his techniques…Here’s a video!

Kye is ALWAYS helping me…he has such a servant heart and I love that about him! It’s a trait I pray we can continue to foster and that Brittlynn will also inherit! He found some of Britt’s baby wash cloths and told me he needed to clean the house with them 🙂 I def didn’t stop him!

Brother/Sister: I know I say it ALL the time but we are so, so blessed. Our children LOVE each other and it’s the sweetest thing to watch them together. Sure, they have their moments (which shocks me…I didn’t expect fighting before Britt was even a year old!) but overall they adore each other. Kye still won’t ever say that she is his friend, but I know secretly they are buddies 😉

Story time with Daddy

Playing together so nicely!

Kye fixes her hair in the tub. He sits back and says “so beautiful” 😉

I LOVE having the tub toys in the middle of them…no fighting over toys 😉

Little People stuff is THE BEST. Safe for Britt, still fun for Kye! It’s one of the few toys they BOTH enjoy!

Sweet Boy: When I had Kye SO many people told me that boys adore their mamas. While I think Kye and Zach have a closer bond than he has with me, I do see what “they” were all talking about. Kye is SO sweet to me. He will randomly scratch my back, come give me cuddles, and thinks about my feelings all the time. He came home from Bible Class one Wednesday night and had gotten me a bracelet with his Bible Bucks (the rewards system they use). How precious is that?!?! It totally made my heart melt and I love the bracelet 😉

Other Stuff Kye was up to this Month:

  • He drew a picture and said “here is our house in Valdosta. Here is G-mama’s house. We have to go alllllll the way to Heaven then come back down so we can go to G-mama’s”
  • On Nov 6th we finally got him to start sleeping with the “big boy” pillow on his bed. He still uses his little pillow on top of it for now but I’m hoping it’s the start of the transition away from having alllll his “friends”
  • Kye likes to read along with me now when I read stories to Britt. Here is a video of him reading along with me! And you can see the DRAMA of story reading with two kids haha
  • He told me “Mommy. You are so sweet! So I’m going to be selfish” haha obviously, he doesn’t know the definition of selfish yet!
  • One thing he started doing that I don’t like is saying “I don’t love you” when he gets upset. He especially said it about Zach a lot. If Zach told him to do or not to do something and it upset Kye he’d be so quick to say “I don’t love Daddy”
  • When he gets in trouble he has started to come to us on his own later to apologize. It is PRECIOUS to hear him do that and know that it’s weighing heavy on his heart. He also will ask if God is mad at him for making bad choices (of course I tell him that God loves him no matter what and forgives him no matter what just like Mommy and Daddy do!)
  • When he races he will say “you can’t catch me, I’m a coconut tree!”
  • For the first time in his LIFE Kye has started being more reserved around new people. I cannot stand the term “shy” as I just try hard not to label children, ya know? But it will take him a little bit to warm up to someone new now
  • Kye will itch his butt kinda often? We realized he isn’t wiping himself good enough so we’ll wipe after he does just to make sure he gets it all
  • He started talking kinda funny for a little bit this month. Like instead of saying “Four” it sounded like “faaaaah” Zach was very concerned about the regression in his speech. I googled it and found that it often happens in a preschool setting because he probably has a couple kids in his class that aren’t as development in their speaking abilities. Dropping the “r” sound is actually very common. I just ignored it and he went back to speaking like normal!
  • He accidentally tripped and fell on Brittlynn and BAWLED his eyes out b/c he was so so worried that he had hurt her!
  • I’ve seen a development in his problem solving skills. For example…if he puts on his shirt the wrong way he won’t get upset about it and will instead figure out on his own how to fix it
  • Speaking of not getting upset…he also is doing much better about not getting upset when he spills milk or other things on accident
  • Overall his “ocdness” qualities have REALLY died down. He is much more flexible and no longer has to say a certain thing at a certain time or do things in a certain order.
  • Our rule with the Halloween candy was that he could have 1 piece each day after nap as long as he was SILENT during nap time. It has gone wonderfully! He never, ever calls out at all during naps anymore. When he does he understands that if he is loud that he won’t get a snack from the box and he’ll tell me when I go in to wake him up. He’ll say “I don’t get that snack today, do I Mommy?”
  • We sing and dance constantly and I found a channel on our tv that plays kids songs. Here’s a video of Kye breaking it down.
  • He is very interested in learning the “why” behind everything. I have heard other parents dread this phase but I don’t mind it. I try my best to answer all of his questions to the best of my ability, as does Zach. I guess one day Kye asked Zach about where the poop goes when we flush the potty because he told me at nap “I flush the potty and the poop goes to visit his family inside the wall…” it was a five minute long explanation and he showed me the pipe that connects the toilet to the wall and everything…
  • We read Love You Forever before his nap one day and when I went to kiss him goodnight he (all on his own) held me, rocked me, and sang it. It was SO SWEET!
  • Started saying “excellent” for everything. He also started saying “actually” a lot. 
  • When we talk about Christmas Kye says he wants to buy me a necklace, bracelet and a princess dress
  • He LOVES to make up stories to share with me. He will tell me “Mommy. This story was on my heart and I need to tell you about it”
  • His imagination is really developing and he’s into “pretend play” much more. When we read stories he’ll point to the characters and say “that’s you Mommy” or “that’s me!”
  • He also loves to reminisce and talk about when he was an “old boy” haha
  • Zach loves to cook ribs and omg our kids LOVE them. Kye tears ’em up and we started saying “its the ribs baby” (here’s a video)
  • Kye asked to watch Lion King for his movie time and cried during the Mufasa scene. It broke my heart to see him so upset and to have such an understanding as to what was happening. 
  • He started playing with his stuffed Goofy a lot and trading him out for Jingle during stories
  • He and Zach wrestle a lot and Kye randomly started trash talking and saying “cancel the show!” We died laughing!
  • Every night on the way to the bathroom for bath time the kids “race” They both LOVE it! Here’s a video!
  • At night he stopped saying “make sure the dogs don’t bark” but started saying that it’s too dark in his room. I always explain to him that God made night time for us to go to sleep and that EVERYONE is asleep in the dark just like he is. It works fine!
  • He remembered the cardboard house we made for him last year when Britt was born. When we threw it away we told him it was a special Christmas house…he asked me about it and asked if he could have it back because Christmas is coming! This child’s memory is something else!
  • We love to sing ALL the time at our house. We were singing “Oh Christmas Tree” and Kye said he wanted to sing a different song so he sang “Oh Disney World. Oh Disney World. How I miss you so” 

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  1. Rachael_Copponex
    January 3, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Goodness I can't keep up with these. I read the whole thing! The only thing that sticks out is the talking weird. A while ago Macy was talking like a baby and I realized it was from Roly Poly Oly the little sister talks that way. Thats a TV show on Disney Jr. since I know 1 you are to cheap for the extra channel and 2 you don't watch tv anyway. 😀

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