Kye Monthly Summary: October

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This is all about Kye from October!

I LOVE Chick Fil A. For many, many reasons but one being all the AWESOME events they do for families. Several years ago they did a Mother Son Date Night and I was ALL ABOUT IT. (Can I just say I hate myself for looking THAT good with THAT tiny of a baby on my hip?!?! Third babies yall. They RUIN our bodies haha) I’ve been asking them and asking them when they would do another and I was pumped to see one in October! It fell the same time as our trunk or treat for church so I booked Kye and I the earliest time slot and we went dressed in costume haha No shame in my costume game 😉

It was Lego themed which was right up our alley! 

They had little instruction cards with different things for us to create using the legos. SUPER cute!

They also gave each child a cow to keep, a lego guy to keep and several coupons!

It was HILARIOUS b/c we booked the earliest time slot and the place was basically filled with my friends haha None of us even planned it!

Isn’t this PRECIOUS! Keeli is so beautiful and has such beautiful babies!

Cooper was a tad unsure of Kye’s costume haha I missed getting a pic of Laura and Ben!

All of our creations

AND they gave a free dessert! They always go all out with events (our names were on our table, they had a waitress take our orders etc) which makes them extra-special! 

Zach always gets so annoyed with all the dress up days at school haha there ARE a ton of them!

The big big big news this month was my sweet little baby boy’s look has completely changed forever! Goodbye to his first front tooth!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!

He really wanted to lose it at school and it was hanging on by a THREAD at church on a Wednesday night. So gross!!!

But it held on until school! He was so pumped to get off the bus and show me!

Kye had a tooth fairy fail when he put his tooth pillow too close to his stuffed animals in his bed and one of them fell and completely covered the pillow. When the tooth fairy came in she couldn’t find it! Luckily she left a note and came back!

We didn’t tell G-Mama and she got to be surprised when she visited him for lunch!

Kye’s school progress report came home this month and, as always, we are so proud of him! His class participates in something called Class Dojo and it’s how his conduct grade is decided. He did wonderful with it and never lost any points and had 18 which is excellent! He also was where he needed to be academically in every area as well. He doesn’t get actual grades yet (I guess that starts next year?) but he was on track in each area!

We have been very proud of Kye for being chosen as a leader in a Bible Reading Marathon we do at our church. He’s a team captain and was the first of the 6 captains chosen to speak during Sunday Morning worship services to encourage everyone to be reading their bibles. Our church has over 500 members. It’s a BIG DEAL to get up to speak, especially during worship service! I was blown away by how well Kye did and how excited he was to do it! He was so proud of himself which made Zach and I even prouder 🙂 Here’s the video!

Kye loved the clues I did for him when we went on our Disney Trip and he thought it’d be fun to play a similar game with Britt:

Kye is just like his mama and wanted to write out a daily schedule 😉

Zach talked to me about how he wanted to take Kye to more football games this year and they had a great time at some Lowndes games together!

This kid loves going to football games, watching them on TV and playing with Daddy!

He is doing tennis every other Monday and then golf every other Wednesday. The golf instructor has really encouraged him to stop the tennis (or any other sports) and just focus on golf. I do think he could really make golf his sport but he likes tennis too AND insists that he’s going to be playing football next season so we’ll see! (I’m crossing fingers he will change his mind haha)

We did our Operation Christmas Child shopping! One of my personal favorite traditions!

I’ve never been a big fan of letting my kids play on ipads/phones/computers etc. But the amount that it’s incorporated into the classroom is crazy! Kye comes home with notes from school encouraging us to download certain apps for him to work on at home. One of the ones he does in discovery class is coding. Like seriously coding?!?! It’s crazy the amount of things he already knows how to do that I don’t haha!

He wanted to make Nutella Crackers for everyone!

First time having french toast!

Ribs and BBQ are two of his favs!

Kye had a class field trip to Tallahassee this month (I talked more about it here) and had a blast! 

This kid is so funny haha!

He also ASKED for me to take a picture of this…he’s an underwear ninja…

Kye put on an “Illustration Walk” where he had all of us make drawings and then we put them on display and rated each others work. 

The weather was so pretty this month that Kye asked to sit out on the porch just to read!


We got him a wooden alligator puzzle set from NOLA and he did it completely on his own and then Daddy spray painted it for him

Circling ideas for Christmas!

When Kye got off the bus one day he told me he met a girl on the bus who is 5 (guess he likes ’em younger?) and who likes Star Wars and who had a shirt on that said “Jesus is my Jam” so he said he thought she could be potential girl friend material 😉

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My boy will always be handsome but I will miss this sweet little boy smile now that it’s time for the adult teeth to come in!!!

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Kye Monthly Summary: October

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This post covers Kye’s summary from the month of October! To make these posts a little easier to write I started doing monthly family posts as well…you can read our Oct Family Fun post here!

Something I really love about Kye’s school is how they have so many fun dress up days! Everyone knows I love a good theme and we had fun coming up with all of his outfits this month for both red ribbon week as well as Spirit week!

Backwards Day!

Kye ended up winning a prize for wearing the most red on Red Day!

Showing his spirit!

Crazy Sock Day

Rain Day (which was perfectly timed b/c it was HARDCORE raining)

Our town is very set in tradition and the county schools were always known as the “plowboys” or something? So they have a plowboy day each year where everyone dresses in farmer gear (I believe the high school kids have a dance of some kind related to the same theme). So many people were shocked that I helped Kye participate in dressing up for plowboy day 😉 Honestly we got the overalls as a hand-me-down otherwise he probably wouldn’t have looked as legit! He makes one handsome farmer!

I feel like this month was the month that Kye really just got into a good solid groove with school. The transition to Discovery was a little rocky but we worked it out and he started enjoying all aspects of his school day! 

One of his projects this month was for us to create a musical instrument out of household items! I LOVE how our drum turned out! We used an oatmeal canister and covered it with materials we already had. We, of course, had to have some hidden Mickey’s 😉

Kye LOVES the bus and I love seeing him each afternoon 🙂

First report card and teacher comments…he’s off to a great start this year!


I enjoyed getting to each lunch with him and a benefit for when Tess does drop her morning nap is that we will be able to go more often!

An author came to visit his class this month and he was able to get a signed copy of her book!

I have noticed a shift in Kye’s writing. Last year he had SUPER neat writing and it’s getting sloppier as time goes on. I think now that he’s more comfortable with writing he just writes things faster and doesn’t take the time to write neatly. I can’t fault him for it though…Mama’s handwriting is not neat by any means 😉

So cute for Brad’s birthday card!

I think he may take after his daddy for his love of PE (Not gonna front…I was that kid that got my mom to write a note so I wouldn’t have to play Nukem ha!)

Of course above all else we are proud of Kye’s love for the Lord and his desire to share that love with others. He wrote these letters this month and wanted each of his grandparents to have a copy. So precious!!! 

It reads: I want you to know about Jesus. He is kind. He dies on the cross for our sings and rose from the dead for 40 days and went to Heaven one day. And he helped people that are sick and dead and bling people. And he had special people that helped him and they helped him teach people. And he even got gold gifts from some camel riders. 

Page 2: Also he made just a little of food into a lot of food. You can not see him because he is in Heaven. Heaven is when you die. You will do then and it is the most wonderful place ever made and you will never make bad choices and you will live forever. 

Sweet letter Kye wrote for Big Papa after his eye injury (side note: please send up some extra prayers as Mr. Rusty is traveling to Jacksonville Monday to meet with a specialist!)

Everyone around Big Papa’s bed 🙂 Daddy’s nose cracked me up!

Kye has a lamp in his room that comes on each morning to let him know he’s allowed to get out of bed. Great for school days. Not so great for Saturdays 🙂 We talked to Kye about learning to make some of his own breakfast so we could stay in bed a little longer. I even found a deal on pop tarts so he gets to make them on Saturdays!

Kye had to do some extra work on his Disney book because he’s had so many trips more than Britt has!

Kye LOVES to read! He loved it even before AR tests started but man that’s just extra motivation! He reads his books 3 times a day and takes an AR test each morning and always gets a 100 (and a few 80s). 

When school started Kye stopped having nap time but on the weekends we will still have him rest in his room sometimes, play in his room solo sometimes, and then sometimes he gets to do special things. The advantage of a first born child! B/c you know when the time comes for Britt not to nap that she won’t get nearly as much solo time as he does 🙂 

Snacks and football!

Hardworking boy 🙂

Kye came home mentioning boy scouts and that got us really more motivated to make a camping trip happen. We decided to have it be Kye’s and Zach’s first ever guys trip. Y’all. I was SO upset selfishly about it! I wanted to be there! But I also think that the father/son bond is SUPER important and I knew it was a special time they’d share. They went shopping this month for all their supplies and Zach bought Kye his first pocket knife! 

Kye’s favorite game is checkers. Kid loves it and I have a feeling when he gets older he’ll equally love chess! He is ALL about some checkers right now though and this month he broke his losing streak to Daddy. If you’re a regular reader you may remember how frustrated he’d get about a year ago since Zach always beat him. Kye told him he wasn’t going to play with him again until he’s 21 and that he’d only play against me (guess that says a lot about my skill set huh? haha). Welllll he’s far from 21 but he beat Zach! Legit! We were in shock and Kye was pumped 🙂

Ar our brunch at the Egg and I we snapped a pic together and then I found Kye’s own selfie haha

More About Kye This Month:

  • Kye talks about how he has two girlfriends (one being Kailyn at church and the other being a girl in his class) and he came home one day saying he got teased on the playground for having too many girlfriends. We had a talk about how you can have LOTS of friends that are girls but only one girl friend at a time 😉
  • I think Kailyn won out as he started writing her notes again during church. He told me I couldn’t read it b/c he didn’t want it to hurt my feelings. 
  • His nails are getting to be too thick for the baby nail clippers I’ve always used. When can gets clip their own nails? I feel like it’s a parenting annoyance that is rarely discussed but drives me crrrrrazy.
  • At Kye’s Fall Festival he saw a girl he knew from school but she was a little way away from us. He called out to her, by name, to say hello. He called multiple times. Got closer to her and continued to call out to her. She straight up saw him and ignored him. Whew it was a tough mama moment for me b/c I felt embarrassed for him and wanted to tell that little girl to quit being rude and say hello. But I knew that wasn’t the right move in that situation. When we got in the car I asked him about what had happened. And that night when I tucked him in and asked about anything being on his heart he wanted to talk about the situation in more depth. We decided that either it wasn’t the right girl (although he was pretty sure it was) or that she was ignoring him. I talked to him about when someone hurts our feelings the best thing to do is go to them and talk to them about it. He was nervous but he was also hurt and embarrassed and needed to confront it. I was VERY proud of him in the way he handled it. We made a game plan and when he went to school he first asked her if she had seen him at the festival (to rule out our first option of it not being the right person) and she said yes. So then he simply said “it hurt my feelings when I said hey to you and you ignored me, why did you do that?” She didn’t apologize or answer him and just walked away. Um. RUDE. So my talk then turned into how sometimes people are just mean and that you don’t always do anything to cause it to happen. It was def a teachable moment and I hate that at such a young age that kind of behavior is already beginning!
  • Two kids in Kye’s class live on our street!
  • Kye’s teeth are getting super close together and he’s constantly getting food stuck and asking to floss.
  • His mannerisms are 100% his DADDY. I used to think he was just like me but man he’s his Daddy made over ALL the way!
  • Also like his Daddy he gets annoyed with me if I talk too much so I try not to overly ask a lot of questions or overly explain things to him. I try to keep it simple and ask him more open ended type stuff and let him know I’m always here but he doesn’t have to share unless he wants to. I think we have a great communication system and I ALWAYS want that door to open with him!
  • He loves watching football on Saturdays with Zach and he hates to miss any of the plays and loves to discuss it all in-depth with Zach. 
  • We told him that when he went camping with Zach that he could chew gum for the first time and he was SO PUMPED about it
  • He’s often hungry after school (they eat lunch at 1050!) but we eat dinner at 5:30. He gets off the bus at 3:30 so I hate for him to eat too big of a snack. I told him he could have a healthy snack and he said “what, I can’t have raisins which are dried grapes?!?” 

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Crazy Boy Kye 😉

I have an old Where’s Waldo book that Kye found and he loves it!

Santa Kye!

So proud of my big boy and thankful he’s mine!

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Kye Monthly Summary October

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Here is everything going on with Kye in October!

Field Trip: This month I joined Kye and his class on a field trip to our local post office. His teacher had each student write a letter to someone and they got to mail it while we were at the post office! I thought it was such a cute idea and Kye loved writing to Grandpa and Grammie 🙂 When we got there I was really surprised at how SMALL Kye’s class is. Since having Tess I haven’t been able to be as involved with school as I usually am (or as I like to be)…he only has SEVEN kids total in his class!!! How crazy is that?!?! I think it’s great as it allows Kye a lot more one on one instruction from his teachers. But I also think it’s gonna make for a big adjustment for him when he goes to a new school next year and has many more kids in his class. 

Ready to buy his stamp

Mailing off his letter

Such cute kids!

It was neat to go behind the scenes at the post office. However, the post woman didn’t do the best job explaining everything to us! I thought it’d be some neat info about how a letter travels…but she just walked us through and pointed at stuff haha. I tried to ask questions to get her to tell us more in-depth info but it didn’t work too great. At least the kids had a good time and I enjoyed being able to spend some alone time with Kye!

Date: Also this month Kye and I had our solo date. Back in Sept, Britt and I went on a date and Kye and Zach did. So this month we flipped it! Kye and I went to Toys R Us where he made his Christmas wish list. Britt had been really into looking at everything but didn’t want to put a lot on her list. Kye was a little more “list happy” but constantly asked how much stuff cost before he added it. When we first walked in the store he wanted to add three toys that were all more expensive than his entire Christmas budget! I explained to him that we only spend a certain amount and that’s it’s smarter to spread that money out into lots of gifts rather than just one big one 😉 

After we shopped we went to Steak and Shake and then The Mix. Kid likes some routine and since we’ve done this same date in the past, he wanted to do it again 🙂 We had a great time together!

Not being pregnant kinda stinks when it comes to the amount of Froyo I can eat haha!

Walt Disney: Kye had a project for school where he got to choose a famous American and learn more about them. He chose Walt Disney, of course, and we had a great time putting his project together! Since he was being Mickey Mouse for Halloween it tied in perfectly. He dressed up like Mickey the day of his presentation and then put all of his information into a “book.” He wrote the book himself and included all the info required about Walt along with pictures from our Disney trips. He was so thrilled about it! 

Activities: Kye reminds me SO much of myself! I don’t know if it’s a birth order thing but I LOVED to play school as a kid. And, duh, I was always the teacher. Kye has started setting up “activities” around the house for Britt and I to do and he charts our progress and gives us grades 😉

Growing Boy: It’s hard to keep up with how much each kid should be eating at their ages. I think I tend to give Kye smaller portions than he should have because I’m just so used to him being a “little kid”! But he’s a growing boy and he’s started cleaning his entire plate at most meals. One night he said he was hungry and I assumed he was trying to get a treat out of me…so I told him if he was hungry he could eat a banana. And he did! Kid ate the entire thing! 

Sweet Brother: I remember when Kye was a baby and we’d be at playdates or out around town and I’d see older boys playing and I remember being terrified. Boys always seem so WILD and crazy and into everything. I’m so, so thankful that Kye isn’t that type of boy (at least not yet! don’t jinx me!). He has such a tender, sweet, kind spirit and truly loves his family so much. I ADORE watching him with his sisters. It’s precious! Here’s a video of Kye and Britt playing so sweetly together. 

One morning before school he wanted to fix Britt’s hair for her!

More About Kye:

  • This month the kids and I were allll about Mary Poppins 😉 We were singing the songs so much that I joked that I am the real Mary. Kye said that I can’t be the real Mary Poppins because she has prettier dresses and prettier hair than I do. But that I should be glad I’m not her because he loves me more than he loves Mary 😉
  • Kye enjoys teaching the girls…he talks to Tess all the time and was teaching her how to spell words. I told him he’s a very good teacher and he replied “I know!”
  • Here is a video of Kye teaching Tess and here is a video of him helping her learn to spell!
  • We had some issues the month with Kye crying before school. Which really, really gets under my skin. Zach and I are spending a lot of money for him to be able to go to this school this year and he’s so blessed to only go half a day! He should NOT be whining about going! We talked about it and he said he doesn’t know why he gets upset but that he just doesn’t like school. I explained to him how lucky he is to have such a small class and to only go half a day. I explained that school is like his job and by going to school it allows him to do the things he DOES like to do. 
  • Kye was telling me about a girl in his class who had lost 4 teeth. I asked if the tooth fairy had visited her and he said “She totes did” haha
  • Kye is very protective of Britt and walks her to her class every morning at school. They told him he’s not allowed to do it anymore and it broke his heart!
  • During his field trip I thought it was so interesting to kinda sit back and observe him with his peers. I was surprised by how easily he is embarrassed! He made a joke and people didn’t hear him so they asked him to repeat it and he totally clammed up! It’s surprising because Kye is usually the one who is more sociable. Hope he gets over the easily embarrassed thing before he discovers that mama has been blogging about his every move his entire life! haha!!!

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Kye Monthly Summary: October

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Here is everything going on with Kye from October!

Growth: One morning I got Kye dressed for school then realized his pants were too short. I know for most parents this isn’t some big deal. If anything it’s a hassle…especially when the child just got into wearing a 4t and it meant I’d have to rush out and find 5t stuff. But hello…I will GLADLY welcome size 5t in this house!!! With the growth delay issues we dealt with earlier this year we’ve been doing all we can from our end to insure Kye’s proper growth…and to see these pants being too short made me SO EXCITED!!! I feel like a 4 year old kid needing a size 5t pants due to the length is a GOOD SIGN right???? Anyways I was so happy I still sent him to school in the pants and had him wear them that night when we went out to dinner with the whole family. I loved hearing people say they were too short 😉

Yes, the shirt is too little too 😉

Britt, of course, wanted to copy Kye’s poses!

Kye also got new shoes this month and was super pumped about them!

Perfectionist: I know Kye is a lot like me. We are both first borns and I think that has a lot to do with our similar personality traits. Something I have ALWAYS struggled with is the “need” to be perfect. I know many people think a perfectionist is someone who considers themselves to be perfect. But actually the exact opposite is true. When you are a perfectionist you always feel like a failure. I don’t want that for Kye and this month I especially noticed his struggles with it. The big thing that made me realize it was something we need to start working on was one night when he and Britt played with the magnetic letters. We have two sets of them and, while they were playing, the sets got mixed up. We were in a rush to clean up and just left them mixed up and stuck them in a bag together. Kye was SO upset by this. He wanted them all to be separated and where they belonged and he ended up having quite the meltdown about it and it ended up resulting in a spanking for him due to his poor choices. 

Pre-meltdown Playing!

I noticed with his school work too that everything was always “perfect.” His teacher made a comment to me that Kye will erase his name over and over again until it’s “perfect.” He was doing some coloring pages from school as makeup work and I told him he did a good job and he said “no ma’am it’s perfect” so I replied and told him that only God is perfect. So then I asked him “so Kye who is perfect?” And he said “me and you.” He totally missed the point haha! I really made it a goal to work with him on it and I started having “Kye time” when he woke up from nap.

He will typically get up around 3:15 or 3:30 and Britt doesn’t get up until 4:00 so he comes in our room and colors and draws. While practicing his writing and things I try not to focus on him getting it all “perfect” but instead on the effort. I also noticed that he will give up on things that he doesn’t think he’s perfect at. Which is a lot like me as well. If I can’t do something well then I don’t like to do it at all. I did my research on it and it’s a common trait among gifted individuals (I wanna write a post about giftedness someday…but long story short…as someone who was in the gifted program and does “think differently” I hope my kids aren’t gifted!). So during our time together I started telling him things to draw. At first he resisted and kept saying he didn’t know how to draw that or he couldn’t do it. I pushed him to try and told him the more he tries the better he will get at things and how fun it is to learn new skills. I kept reinforcing the whole “no one is perfect” theme and he started to finally have FUN with it!!!

I told him to draw some aliens 🙂

And we even got out a toy alien to look at as a model!

By doing “thinking outside the box” type exercises I’m hoping to help him continue to love learning but not to be so hard on himself about things. When striving so hard for perfection he loses the enjoyment out of the tasks he has to complete and that’s no fun! I know it’s not something I can change about him as it’s a character trait, much like my own, but I hope I can help him work through it and find ways to accept that no one is ever perfect!

Drawing: Kye loves to draw. Loves loves loves it. Anything with drawing or writing or coloring and he’s totally content. He will sit with me in my room for a solid hour just happily writing away in his notebooks! I have never enjoyed drawing but think it’s a wonderful thing and I’m glad Kye has such an interest in it and has a way to express himself creatively! 

He did these blocks all on his own with the numbers, in order, from 1-20! Here’s a video of him telling me about it! I didn’t know he could write numbers, especially not this high!

I loved this tree picture with the roots and grass and rainbow!

Also he’s getting good at houses and crosses!

Letters: Along with drawing and writing, Kye also loves letters. He loves putting them in order. He loves making words with them. Basically, kid is a total nerd for some letters 😉 I love that he loves to learn new things and I love his excitement to share it all with us! He is always so proud and asks me to take pictures of him 🙂

Lunch with Mrs Liz: So Kye had his first “date” this month. At church the kids earn Bible Bucks for various reasons. Having their Bibles for class, reciting memory verses, etc etc. They can choose to spend them in the General Store each day or they can save them for different prizes. Kye decided to start saving his Bible Bucks for lunch with Mrs. Liz. He ADORES Mrs. Liz and it’s so sweet. He was so excited when the day finally came that he had enough!

Mommy confession: I was freaking out. I mean I was super proud of him and excited for him but I was also freaking out. It was his first time going somewhere with a non-family member. I’m so thankful this first experience was with someone I trust so much!!! I knew he was in great hands and I tried to be super calm and relaxed about it. Zach installed the car seat in their car for them and they brought him back home safe and sound! I did go over with him his options for drinks though as I still am anti-soda and anti-chocolate milk and I know most people wouldn’t think to not offer him those options at his age! He knew he could either have water, white milk or lemonade 😉 Of course, he got lemonade haha. 

Kye got to choose the restaurant and he said it was a very fun day! I also loved seeing the pics on Facebook that Mrs. Liz and Mr. John posted 🙂 Kye is already saving those Bible Bucks up again to get another date with his favorite lady 😉

Christmas Prep: I know it was only October but I was trying to come up with Christmas ideas for the kids! I let Kye look through some catalogs and circle things he liked to give me some ideas and then we had a date day together to go to Toys R Us and make a wishlist for both him and Britt. We walked all the aisles of the store and scanned anything he might like! He’s at an age where he simply wants everything so I tried to help him narrow things down and explained to him that Mommy and Daddy only spend a certain amount of money at Christmas and that Santa only brings three things so he needed to make choices of his favorite things he wanted. We had a great time together and I got some great ideas for him!

“Tablet”: The kids crack me up with their “tablets” or “note pads” as they call them. We’ve had these magnadoodle things forever but recently they have become the hot item in our house! They both walk around with them all the time writing down “notes.” I guess it’s the kids version of technology?

Eating: I’ve always heard that preschoolers are picky and Kye has his likes and dislikes for sure but I feel like the tough picky stage is behind us with him. He’ll try something if we tell him to try it and he’ll eat X amount of bites of whatever we say to eat without much complaining anymore. He knows he’ll need to eat 10 beans at dinner or all of his “fries” (sweet potato or butternut squash fries I make) or whatever other healthy items are on his plate. He has the typical preschooler favorites (he could live off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) but overall I’m satisfied with how he eats!

School pics: I’ve never intentionally had Kye miss school on picture day but out of the four opportunities he’s had up until this year for school pics, he’s only been there for ONE of them. Last year we were out of town both for the fall pics and spring pics! And the year prior we were only in town for the spring ones as we were also gone for the fall ones then! Funny how that worked out huh? It was a blessing in disguise because I wasn’t tempted to buy them. Sure, the cheapest package is only $20 and that’s not bad at all. But I try to think long term with my parenting decisions and if I buy Kye’s school pics then I’ll have to buy Britt’s. And Kid #3’s and Kid #4’s. And pretty dang quickly that “only” $20 turns into a hefty $80. Um no way! So when he happened to be at school for fall pics this year and when we got them and they were SO adorable I resisted the temptation to buy them. Although it was tough to do!!!

Other Stuff Kye was up to this Month:

  • One day I got to school early to pick Kye up and while in the pick up line I could see him playing on the playground. I thought it was a good opportunity to observe him and enjoyed watching. Until I saw him hit a kid!!! He was in a spot where the teachers didn’t see it but I sure did! He got in the car that day and we had a BIG talk about how we make good choices all the time even when no one else is watching. He told me the other boy hit him first (which he did, as I also saw) but I explained to him that if someone hits him the Jesus-like thing to do is to simply tell the child that it’s not nice to hit and it’s not being like Jesus and to walk away. We don’t hit back. I talked about the whole Jesus says to turn the other cheek thing. The next morning I told him he needed to go to school and apologize to the boy and to his teacher. He was worried that he’d pull a clip or get into trouble when he told his teacher sorry but I assured him that she would be proud of him for being honest and doing the right thing. I also told him that I didn’t care if he got in trouble at school or not, if I saw it happening again he’d for sure be getting into trouble at home! 
  • The kids have been playing GREAT upstairs in the playroom together. One time when I brought them down I asked Kye if they had been sweet and he said “yes ma’am but for a little bit we also forgot to be sweet”
  • Zach built a super tall block tower and told the kids they could knock it over and it was SO anticlimactic b/c Kye was SO cautious about it haha here’s a video
  • Kye told me that when he grows up he’s going to need servants to help him with his house! It totally shocked me until I realized he probably got it from our Bible stories. Obviously we had a nice long talk about how we don’t have servants and how Mommy and Daddy don’t have anyone helping them around the house!
  • We passed by a cross on the side of the road and Kye said “Look Mommy it’s where Jesus died!”
  • He calls Vaseline, “gasoline”
  • During one of his prayers Kye said “be with those who are mean and fill them with your love”
  • He told me we need to build an American flag for our house so people will know we are in America
  • One day at chapel at school Kye volunteered to say the prayer. That day Mrs. Charlotte told me that the director of the school stopped her to tell her how amazing his prayer was and how he sounded like a little man. I had FOUR separate parents stop me and tell me that his prayer moved them to TEARS. I truly do believe that Kye has a gift with his prayers as it’s the #1 compliment we hear about him at church as well. I’m so proud!!!
  • Tucking him in one night he said to me “I love you bigger than the seas, do you know that?”
  • Britt has hit the annoying little sister phase and they argued constantly in the car this month. The whole way home from school (all crazy 12 minutes of it!) they would bicker. She likes to repeat the same words over and over and it gets under his skin. She will point to all the buildings and say “house house” and it annoys him so much and causes him to act out and then they both get into trouble. I worked with him on ignoring her and letting me handle things and not letting her cause him to make bad choices. Whew, it was exhausting but it did improve!!!

Here’s so more cute pics of my sweet boy!

2 Comments

  1. Robyn Mullican
    December 22, 2013 / 1:15 am

    Those school pictures are ADORABLE!

  2. Michelle
    December 26, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are raising such a sweetheart!!! The date story is precious! And the pic of Britt copying his pose is too funny 🙂

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ October

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My sweet boy and all the fun he had during the month of October!

Seminoles: It’s so cute to me what a BIG Seminole fan he is! He will pray at night for the Seminoles to win their game and he will say “we gotta do our chops” in his prayer and do the chop while praying. It’s hilarious. He had Spirit Day at school and, of course, wanted to represent his favorite team!

School: Kye is LOVING school still. He takes it very seriously and comes home so proud of all of his work. He had his first homework this month! Practicing writing his Hs. I wish he could stay this pumped about homework forever haha!

He came home this month with work where he practiced writing his own name on it. I know it’s SUPER common for kids to write backwards. I remember growing up my best friend wrote backwards for a long time. She’s a college graduate working on her masters now…so I’m not worried about it being some long term issue or anything 😉 You know the first thing Zach noticed was how his “Y” looks like a field goal post!

For behavior issues at school they sent home a daily report. A sticker means that Kye had a perfect day. If they pull a clip they move to “green” then to “yellow” then to “red.” I have NO CLUE what happens at red (nor do I plan to find out!!!). Up until this month Kye had never pulled a clip. In fact he comes home every day and gives a report on the kids who do pull them! When I went to pick him up on Wednesday Oct 17th he came out crying saying he’d pulled a clip. I talked to his teacher about it and a few kids were playing and being a bit too wild during a song so she separated them and made them miss out on the song. Kye got SUPER upset about it and that’s what caused the clip to be moved. That’s something we are working on with him. Teaching him it’s okay to be upset but you have to be upset in the proper setting. School is not the place for it. He was DEVASTATED about pulling the clip and Zach and I agreed not to have any further punishment that time. They give out treasure box toys at the end of the week for whoever didn’t pull a clip so we assumed he wouldn’t be getting one that week. I was SO proud of how he handled it. He said “I’m not gonna get a treasure box this time but I will be a big boy about it!” He actually did end up still getting treasure box (1 time pulling the clip during the week is okay) He also did pull it one other time that month (on Halloween…adding to my already bad day…) and that time it was for throwing mulch. He did get a spanking for that. He KNOWS better than throwing mulch! So far he’s only pulled the two clips and has only moved to green. Hopefully we’ll only see stickers from here on out!

Fireplace: This month we had a few chilly days and decided to go ahead and get our fire up and running. I LOVE having a gas fireplace. We use it all the time. Seriously! Every morning we typically turn it on and sit by the fireplace to warm up.

With the “chilly” weather Kye has become in love with jacket wearing. He always wants to wear a jacket and wants to wear the hood up. I’m thankful Courtney has passed down all of Colt’s old stuff for us. Jackets aren’t cheap and it’s a blessing to already have several!

We live in South Ga…when he rocked this jacket it was probably in the high 50’s to low 60’s outside haha

Helper: I feel like I’m a broken record when it comes to talking about Kye and how MUCH of a helper he is! He has such a strong work ethic and I’m so proud of that. Zach put stone around our back porch this month and Kye stayed outside and helped him for 2 hours STRAIGHT. With no breaks and no complaining! He loved helping and was SO excited to show me their finished product!

He did take a pee break. Haha!

Sister enjoyed watching him work (and yes, he got so hot he ended up in his underwear haha)

He’s going to be SUCH an awesome husband someday. He not only helps Daddy with the “man work” but he also enjoys helping me in the kitchen! He knows where all the dishes go and will help me unload the dishwasher!

New Shoes: Kye LIVES in Crocs. Which cracks me up as I have always despised them…but when your kid has fat feet you don’t have many options. Now that the weather is changing he needed some new shoes that he could wear with socks. I hunted and hunted but he STILL needs an EXTRA EXTRA WIDE shoe. I did go get him measured and he’s only wearing an 8 1/2. Technically he’s still in “baby” shoes. I ended up ordering him shoes from Pediped. I used to go Stride Rite but the Pedipeds were on sale (buy one get one half off…I still had to fork over $72 for TWO pairs of shoes. SO RIDICULOUS!). While they were expensive…I am SO impressed with the company. When they arrived they had sent us the wrong size (a 9 instead of the 8 1/2). I called them and they told me to text them a picture of the size in the shoe with my order number and they overnighted us new shoes in the correct size and told me to keep the bigger ones. So he now has shoes for his next size too! Score!

Crunk for new shoes!

Lion King: We have watched The Lion King before with Kye. But we watched it again when Kelly and Rhyan came to visit. For some reason that time watching it changed things. He noticed the whole Mufasa death scene more than ever before and started asking a lot of questions about it. I just took it as an opportunity to share about Heaven and even though I’m not really sure if lions will be in Heaven I went with it haha. He will ask me ALL THE TIME…”but Mommy why did Simba’s Daddy have to die?” I remember my mom telling me that she would always answer any questions we have honestly but as briefly as possible. In this situation I just told him that Scar made a bad choice by pushing Mufasa down. And when he asked more I told him more. We die because our bodies only live for so long and God made us to only be on earth for a little while. No, Simba’s Daddy wouldn’t wake up or come back. Once we go to Heaven we stay there forever and ever but the good thing is that we get to wait for everyone to come with us! I tried to focus on the POSITIVE end of things 🙂 I did tell him that Simba was sad b/c he’d miss his daddy until they would get to be together again and that it’s okay to be sad when people die. He did go through the list of everyone we know and how they will all die and go to Heaven so I did talk to him a little about how we get to Heaven and make sure we get to be there someday together. I think I handled it okay? It’s one of those scary parenting discussions!

Dressing Up: Kye’s imagination is REALLY shaping! He gets so creative and silly. I love to hear his stories and watch him in his play mode. He often will go back into his room and come out with some interesting attire…

He wanted to wear the sock on his hand ALL day and kept making it talk 😉

He LOVES wearing pjs and is really into the character type ones as he can pretend to be the characters!

Prayers: It seems like every month I always have a lot of cute things to say about Kye when it comes to his prayers so I thought I’d lump them all together!

  • He prayed “thanks for mommy’s hair it is so beautiful” it was SO SWEET b/c my hair was in a straight up pony tail. 
  • He said a WONDERFUL prayer that he has prayed again since and I LOVE it. He said “thank you for this wonderful day. Some days are good days. Some days are bad days. But thank you for today.” Shouldn’t we be thankful for EVERYDAY like that? So inspiring to me 🙂
  • One night before time to pray he said “hold on I can’t pray yet. I am very upset. I got very bad news today. I have drainage.”
  • When he says his prayers he says “we gotta hurry” then he continues to
    say a SUPER long prayer but breathes really heavy during it as if he’s
    running? So random.

Play: Of course most of our free time is PLAYTIME around our house!!!

Kye is still enjoying making play-doh creations!

And he loves creating art

Pretty impressive fish, right?

He LOVES letters (notice his name!)

And playing choo-choos (thanks Daddy for the awesome track set up)

And making his shake and go cars race!

Here’s a video of him…it cracks me up to watch him shake ’em!

I have noticed a change in Kye’s play this month. He wants me to play more with him and actually lets me play. Typically before he’d mostly just want us to watch him while he played. Now we get to play too! He has a lot of fun with his car mat and I get to choose a car to play with 😉 What is funny to me though is that he doesn’t think it’s the cars who are talking. Whenever we are going to school or somewhere with the cars on the mat he parks the car and then uses his fingers to pull an imaginary person out of the car and makes them go inside. Growing up I would always play cars with my brother and we were pretending the cars were talking so it’s neat to me that Kye’s mind thinks differently! I think he’s more of a realist and not as big on the imaginative side 😉

He is also a stickler for only the CARS being on the mat. He doesn’t sit or lay on it and doesn’t want us to either!

  • More that Kye was up to this month:
  • FINALLY Kye is starting to use the “big boy” covers in the bed. He still has his blanket but we pull the other covers on top…I’m hoping this will slowly lead to doing away with the blanket 😉
  • He and Daddy “fight” over me and whose wife I am. Kye always says “well…we can share wives!” (this is fine while it’s Zach’s wife they are talking about…it will not be okay when Kye has a wife haha)
  • Kye said “I don’t love you Mommy” this month 🙁 Broke my heart! He then came back and said “I’m sorry Mommy. I always love you even when you are mean” 🙂
  • Kye’s hair has gotten SUPER thick now (which is so funny to me b/c poor kid was BALD for so long!) and we bought a thick hair shampoo to use on him
  • While playing with his toys he said “I’m going to pick one or two toys to play with because taking more out makes me nervous”
  • I don’t think much about Kye and his vocabulary. To me…he’s just Kye. But people comment CONSTANTLY about the range of his vocabulary and how he uses words properly (like he’ll say “well” instead of “good” stuff like that). I’d say people comment on his language skills almost more than they comment on how cute he is 😉
  • He always wants to read a “big story” at bed time
  • We now say our favorite things before bedtime. It gives us a chance to have a few minutes of quality Kye time before he goes to sleep 😉 We each say one thing that was our favorite from that day!
  • Kye was drinking water at the sink and looked at me in the mirror and said “Mommy. Let me see your smile. That is SUCH a pretty smile!” I think he just knows exactly what to say to make my heart happy 😉 
  • On Oct 7th he RANDOMLY puked ALL over the table! I was laying on the couch doctoring my foot and Zach was feeding the kids dinner. It was the first time Kye legit legit threw up like that. It must have been a short tummy bug b/c he was fine! 
  • He started struggling this month with saying things he doesn’t mean. He’ll say “I don’t wanna put Britt nite nite” then if we go ahead and start doing it without him he runs in, upset, saying “i do want to help!” I’m not really sure how to fix this? We tried ignoring it. Tried telling him he couldn’t do that thing (or we weren’t going to…like when he says “I don’t want you to kiss me nite nite” or something). Right now I’m trying telling him too bad that he HAS to do whatever the thing is he says he’s not going to do. I tell him that I’m the boss and that he will put Britt nite nite/kiss me goodnight/say prayers/etc. We’ll see if it works!
  • He must be going through a growth spurt. He started eating a TON at breakfast. I make him smoothies on days he doesn’t have school (fruit and veggies blended up!) and he drank the whole thing and ate his normal breakfast (skim milk, 1/2 banana, cheerios and two prunes) then also ate a stick of cheese, goldfish, raisins and more fruit!
  • Kye said when he grows up he’s not going to have lots of babies because “they make me angry. they are too expensive and i don’t have hammers to make enough rooms for them” haha
  • He also said that he wants to grow up really big so he can take care of his babies like mommy and daddy do!
  • Here is a video of Kye saying the pledge of allegiance and another video of him singing “Woody’s Round-Up”
  • I have always had vivid dreams and so has Kye. One dream kinda scared me as he said he dreamed that he was riding in a car and got hit. He broken into a bunch of pieces but then Jesus came and fixed him. 
  • Kye is still a great big brother…he LOVES to play with Britt! Here’s a video of their new favorite game “fetch” and here they are playing with his cozy coupe!
  • When I was at the grocery store I ran into a sweet friend from church and stopped to talk. She often teaches Kye in bible class and she went on and on about him. I’m talking a solid chunk of time! She talked about how impressed she is with him and how mature he is. How well-behaved and how seriously he takes his prayers and learning about God. She said that her mother has been struggling after losing her son last year and that church can be especially difficult for her but that Kye is her little shining light. She said he often catches her eye during services and waves and smiles to her and that that makes her day each Sunday. It was SUCH a blessing to me to have that conversation. I’m so proud of Kye but it’s wonderful to hear other people seeing such great things in him and it makes me so so happy that he’s being a blessing to someone else! 🙂

Here’s some more Kye pictures from this month:

He cracks me up…literally 😉

My sweet nieces sent us these shirts they picked out for the kids! Aren’t they too cute? They loved them!

Big Daddy sat all three big kids down for a chat about four wheelers of course 😉

Kye was SO PUMPED for Halloween and couldn’t wait to get to use his treat bag…he was making a mean face like the bag has haha

This month was one of THE toughest I’ve ever had. But God continued to remind me of all the many ways I am so blessed. Life isn’t always easy. We are faced with many difficult decisions but when I look at my children I KNOW I’m doing my best and that I’m making the best choices for them. Kye is such a joy to me. I am so so blessed by him on a daily basis. He has such a big heart and truly wants to give his love away to others. He is a huge help in every way and he makes my days easier. Who would think that a 3 year old would make life easier? Haha! But he does! I pray that all of our children grow up to be the wonderful example of Jesus’ love that Kye is! 

I look at Kye and see my sweet boy but know, too, that he’ll grow up and become a man someday. I’m doing my best as his mama to prepare him for that time in his life. He will spend majority of his life as an adult so it’s my job to make him ready! I look at him and think about things I will know as his mother than no one else will ever really know about him. My favorite feature Kye has is this little freckle by his ear. To his wife someday it’ll just be another freckle. It will go unnoticed. But to me, I know it’s his FIRST freckle. It’s my freckle 🙂

4 Comments

  1. Sara Watkins
    December 4, 2012 / 3:58 am

    Girl, we've had The Lion King chat in our house, too. I tried to go the whole Circle of Life route. I think he kind of took it in. Who knows? Sounds like you did a good job to me! And also, coming from a preschool teacher…Kye holds his pen perfectly! A couple of kids this year actually came into my four-year-old class not knowing how to do that. Good for him!

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