Kye Monthly Summary: September

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This is about Kye’s September!

I LOVE that Kye has so many themed days at school. Zach always jokes that it’s super overkill but it’s fun and usually pretty easy to fit each theme. They had homecoming spirit week this month and we did our best to dress up each day!

Day 1: Twin Day

We didn’t know about the dressing up until Friday afternoon and they were supposed to dress up as twins on Monday. This was my only negative experience with dress up days. How in the world can a 2nd grader find a friend to be twins with without advance notice? It felt like something that could EASILY be clicky and leave kids out. Thankfully G-Mama saved the day with the idea to dress like a stuffed animal!

Old Man Day!

Character Day

Kye was ALL about some Mickey Mouse!

Britt wanted his autograph πŸ˜‰

This was the best day. It was supposed to be Decade Day. As in like 60’s or 80’s or whatever…I asked Kye what decade he wanted to dress like and he said “Jesus’s day.” At first he wanted to dress up LIKE Jesus but we talked about how that might be a little inappropriate so we went with Moses instead. I was pretty proud of myself for putting this together (especially on the day that Zach rushed home from out of town to see the eye dr about his vision stuff)

Decade Day!

Of course, Spirit Day!

So fun that his fellow classmates and even teacher go all out!

The very next week was Cow Day. Which they didn’t tell us about until the night prior. Skills for coming up with this on the fly!

I love that Kye’s school is SO fun! He got to hold a baby kangaroo!!!

And his teacher makes learning fun too. I love this pic she shared with the class of them making moon phases with oreos!

This month Britt stayed late for school for Lunch Bunch and Tess and I surprised Kye for lunch at school. She was CRUNK about it!

He won some prize for this drawing. I’m not sure what or why the prize was given but you know me, I took a picture of it πŸ˜‰

I LOVE seeing this happy boy get off the bus each day!

Sometimes we have friends meet us on the porch too πŸ˜‰

Our rule from EARLY on in our parenting has been that we will NOT push our kids into sports. We have done several camps in the summers that our kids CHOOSE to do and we use those camps as an opportunity for them to explore sports/activities they are interested in. Honestly, I’m all about waiting as long as possible to start up sports. Ideally it’d be GREAT if all my kids could be old enough to be flexible with the crazy schedule a sports life brings. But Zach and I agreed as our kids expressed desire and true interest that we’d never stifle that.

Kye has entered the age where he WANTS to play sports and asks to play and understands the sacrifices they mean and thinks it’s worth it. He loves both golf and tennis so I found a local tennis skills class that meets weekly and our golf club has a weekly kids lesson as well. We are alternating weeks (tennis one week, golf the other) and it’s worked out well! The tennis is in the afternoons for an hour and it’s at a local park so I just take the girls to the playground while he does his thing! 

Cheerleaders πŸ™‚

Tennis is one of my personal favorite sports. IF I played a sport, tennis would be it. I LOVE the way the ball sounds hitting the court! It’s so neat to me that Kye approached us out of nowhere with such an interest in tennis and I’m happy to see him enjoying it so much!

 Y’all know we’re so proud of Kye with school and now sports too. But most of all we’re proud of his desire to learn more about God and lead others to Him. Kye is SO honored to be asked to lead a team at our church in our Bible Reading Marathon. Kye takes it EXTREMELY seriously. He reads the given verses every night and reads additional verses from other tracks of the Marathon materials. It’s been so inspiring to ME to see him so devoted to his readings, he’s a great example to his whole family already and I know he’s inspiring others as well! Go Team Alpha!

Kye made the decision this month to start transcribing some of the Bible. Rather than play with his sisters after church one Sunday he chose to sit and continue to copy verses!

More About Kye:

  • Kye has been reading a Devo for Boys at night and one night he came downstairs after reading it and told me he needed to confess something to me. It was something small and silly (he said he had “lied” to me when he told me he was smelling a air freshener thing I have and he had actually been touching it) but since then he has continued to confess things to me. Anything that might weight even slightly heavy on his heart he will talk to me about. It’s really awesome!!! 
  • Zach was out of town on a Sunday night when we had split services. The women went to an area of the church and the men went to another. Kye joined the men and I heard from so many of them that he paid super good attention, took notes and that he even said a prayer request for our government, country and community. So proud!

Videos:

I adore this grown up, handsome BIG KID!

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Kye Monthly Summary: September

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Here is everything Kye was up to in September!

Crazy Hat Party: For Casey’s birthday we hosted the 2nd annual Crazy Hat Party. The kids were SO PUMPED about their hats! The day ended up being a little different than we had originally thought (all the men had to leave for a men’s meeting at their church) and the whole party was over before poor Britt even woke up from her nap haha! Luckily I took some pics of the hats they chose before the party started πŸ™‚

It rained during the party so the pool fun didn’t last long but the three big cousins enjoyed some quality cuddle movie time!

Most of the party people (I was so rushed I never did find myself a hat to wear!)

School: School is going okay. Kye does NOT love it the way he loved it last year. I think it’s for two reasons. One it’s a LOT more “work” and a lot less “play” now that he’s in kindergarten. And two his teacher last year was above and beyond in the sweet department. His this year is more of an “all business” type personality. I think that’s hard for Kye to adjust to as I’m pretty lovey dovey as is Mrs. Charlotte so it’s just something he’s never been around before. He gets upset sometimes in the mornings about going to school because “it’s hard.” I have had talks with him about it and basically told him that we spend a lot of money to allow him to go to that school and that next year he will be at a new school so he needs to enjoy and appreciate this last year at his current school! 

Working on homework

 

He loves Football Friday where the kids all wear their team gear!

Speaking of football Zach and Kye started a new FSU game day tradition. Zach let’s Kye stay up a little bit past bedtime and have popcorn while they watch some of the game together πŸ˜‰
They also invented a “touchdown game” here’s a video

He had his first progress report and I was surprised to see actual letter grades on it! I was even more surprised to see a B in social studies?!?! I think it’s because they hadn’t done enough social studies work yet at that point. He had some projects after the progress reports came out and made greats grades on them so I assume that it brought that grade up. It was strange to me to get letter grades for progress reports but then actual report cards didn’t have letter grades? I missed open house due to having a brand new baby and I bet they explained it all then and I am just out of the loop!

Kye’s school gets out at noon every day. They offer a “lunch bunch” two times a month where you can pay $3 and send a packed lunch for your child and they stay until 1:00. They eat with their friends and play for awhile. This is something we’ve never done. Really we haven’t done it because of our schedule. Kye naps at 1 and I’ve had Britt who also naps at 1. Plus we already spend money to send him there. Spending $6 a month isn’t something I think makes a lot of sense. However, right now Mrs. Charlotte is helping pick up the kids from school. Britt doesn’t go on Tuesdays and that’s the day they have lunch bunch. With Kye not loving school and with him dealing with a newborn at home I thought it’d be fun to allow him to go to some of the lunch bunch days! He was THRILLED the first time he got to go! We talk about it and he knows it’s not something he gets to do every time but the few times he’s gone he’s really enjoyed it!

Naps: Kye doesn’t nap often anymore. I still am continuing to have him stay in his bed for about an hour and a half. That way he has the opportunity to sleep if needed (it still happens once or twice a week where he does sleep!) and he is getting rest and reading time if he can’t sleep. We keep step 1 readers beside his bed for him to read and usually that’s what he does. 

He does crack me up at the way he sleeps. He ALWAYS sleeps this way. With his head facing up and his mouth open. He usually looks super uncomfortable!

One afternoon I checked the monitor and saw that he was FOLDING his clothes instead of napping. He was opening each drawer and taking everything out then folding it and putting it back in. I have never folded his underwear (who folds underwear, right?) but he is hardcore about having them folded in his drawer. Ever since he moved up to boxer briefs he takes a lot more pride in his underwear collection haha!

Here’s a video!

He needs some lessons in how to fold socks. He unfolded them all and redid them like this. 

Neat underwear!

Folded PJS!

Party: This month Kailyn turned 6 and her mom texted me about her party. Instead of a traditional party they were taking a few friends to see a movie. Zach and I talked a lot about it and decided to allow Kye to go. We go to church with Kailyn. We know her whole family and trust them and we also know the other families who would be at the movie. I researched the movie (that dolphin tale 2) and it was very age-appropriate for Kye and the content appeared to line up with our family values. I was nervous about the idea of him riding with someone and going in public without us, but I thought he deserved to have fun and would enjoy the time with his friends. At first he was THRILLED about it. We wrapped her gift and he colored a picture. We got him all ready to go and then about 20 min before they were going to pick him up he got upset. He told me he just did not feel comfortable going somewhere without us. We talked about it with him and I am PROUD of him for voicing his concerns. He chose not to go and I did NOT force it. I want him to trust his instincts and if he doesn’t feel comfortable about a situation then I don’t want to push him. Her mom was super understanding and he didn’t really have any regrets about not going! He just gave Kailyn her gift at church and said he might feel comfortable when he’s older. πŸ™‚

Quality Time: I get a LOT of one on one time with Britt since she only goes to school three days a week but it’s important for Kye to get that special time too. Now that we have three kids it makes “dates” with our kids trickier since we can’t just each take one! I had to go to the grocery store (we don’t do our monthly shopping trip when we have a new baby…so we do a bunch of random quick trips for awhile) so we let Kye skip nap and come with me. It gave us some time together and we had a wonderful time!

We even ran into Jolee working at Publix πŸ˜‰

We had a couple weekends in a row without any plans before we went to Hawaii so we decided to divide up the Saturdays. One Saturday Zach would go with Kye to have some one-on-one time and I’d stay home the the girls then go out with Britt that afternoon. And the next Saturday I’d go with Kye in the morning time and he’d take Britt in the afternoon. It worked out great!!! The guys were going to go golfing but Kye didn’t want to and I was SUPER proud of Zach for not forcing that πŸ™‚ It was Kye’s special day and they did what Kye wanted to do! They went shopping for a birthday gift for me and they also got TCBY at the mall and even went to the Fun Factory πŸ™‚

And, of course, they ended up watching football together too πŸ™‚

Photography: Kye has had a kid camera for many years now and loves to take pictures. Since he’s getting older I let him try out my camera a little bit this month. When I have the 50 lens on it it’s very light and easy to handle so I figured it is a good chance to let him start practicing on it. He took these two pictures before I made him stop haha! Small steps πŸ™‚

Feast: Something Kye LOVES is having “feasts.” It’s where we eat in the dining room for dinner. Haha. Literally that’s all it is. But he thinks it’s a huge special treat and it is really fun πŸ™‚ Zach cooks and we all get super pumped about it. He had been asking for awhile to have a feast so we had one on a Saturday and it was delicious and fun!

Big Brother: I feel like Kye has a LOT on his shoulders with being the oldest child. Especially being a big brother to two girls! He is SO great with both of them. Loving and patient. He and Britt have such a blast together! Here’s a video of them exercising πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to see how he is with Tess as she gets older. I wonder if she will idolize him in the same way that Britt does? His poor wife is in trouble because this boy is used to having the girls in his life pretty much worship him haha!

I love this πŸ™‚

Kye is even sweet to his mama πŸ™‚ He has such a loving heart and truly likes to please others. He knows the way to my heart is playing with my hair!

Play: We took a family afternoon trip to the park and it’s crazy watching Kye and how much he’s changed. He’s all over the place now and we just let him do his thing. He loves to play with other children and poor Britt…he found a girl his age and they played “capture my sister” haha! She was a good sport about it!

He also just randomly took off running and ran around the track!

Magna-Tiles
are still a HUGE hit in our house. If you’re looking for a christmas gift idea…these are amazing! Kye loves to come up with new creations and always wants me to get pictures of them!

Kye still also really loves his wooden train sets. They can totally take over our foyer so I suggested making the track under our dining room table. Such a good daddy squeezing under there haha!

With Tess eating her bedtime nursing session at the time we usually play games with Kye in the evenings, I tried to have him and I play games together before Britt woke from her naps. I want to make sure Kye gets that special time with me!

Dress up is fun too πŸ™‚

And, of course, he loves to draw and color!

More About Kye: 

  • Kye says “yogrit” instead of “yogurt”
  • He started saying “totes” haha
  • He is his mother’s child. He’s not a “goofy” or “silly” type of kid. Britt is VERY silly and jokes all the time and makes everyone laugh. So Kye will occasionally attempt to be silly and it’s so obvious that it’s not natural for him that it’s almost awkward πŸ˜‰ I remember being a kid myself and thinking that kids who acted silly were being annoying. I was just always very “adult” as a child and more interested in adult conversation and more of a serious type kid. I often didn’t feel like I fit in with my peers and would choose sitting with the adults over playing with the kids at playdates. Poor kid gets it honest! I also had a younger sibling who was the center of attention all the time and who had the personality people were always drawn to…I think this will bond Kye and I a little extra because I “get it” πŸ˜‰
  • The highlight of Kye’s school day is recess. He came home one day and told me that he got a new friend on his “team” on the playground. He said all the girls in his class were being mean to one of the other girls in his class. She was crying “to the death” so he told them all that they shouldn’t be mean and that being mean is NOT what Jesus wants them to do. He then told her she could play with him and that she could be the special princess on his team πŸ™‚ He makes me so, so proud and truly lives his life for the Lord!

My handsome boy! 

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

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

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

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Kye Monthly Summary: September

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Here is everything Kye was up to in September! We had a busy month so I blogged about a lot of the things he had going on but here’s somethings I failed to mention in other posts:

Weaning Nap: UGH. I never, ever want this day to arrive! Kye has started to not sleep for his nap. I decided to still set him up for success at nap time. He must lay in his bed quietly and try to sleep. I’m okay with him reading books in his bed if he can’t sleep or when he wakes up. But he has to stay IN the bed and has to be QUIET. I’ve started to let him get up early if he’s already awake and we will have some solo time while Britt finishes her nap. He sleeps some days and doesn’t sleep others…it’s a hit or miss thing but I know he’s no where near ready to be completely nap-free, nor am I! And because he isn’t sleeping as often for nap he’s struggling with adjusting to less sleep. He is a little more emotional and cries easier because he’s tired. Boo.

Cutting: Kye is getting VERY good with scissors. He enjoys just to sit and cut and cut!

Date: This month Kye went on a date with G-Mama. I appreciate SO MUCH that she makes the effort to make sure he has this special one on one time with her. It’s something he needs and he always has such an amazing time. She called him and ask him to go with her and told him they’d go out to dinner and he could pick wherever he wanted to go. As soon as he hung up the phone he ran into his room and got down his piggy bank and started to empty it out. I asked what he was doing and he said “I need my money, I’m taking G-Mama on a date!” So, so precious. We totally let him take all the money with him and he paid 50 cents towards the bill πŸ˜‰ They went to Cici’s and went to the Fun Factory to play games and even got ice cream for dessert!

Servant Heart: Kye has SUCH a servant heart. One day I was cooking dinner and accidentally spilled an entire bag of sesame seeds allllll over our pantry. He game rushing in and told me to let him handle it. He insisted on cleaning them all up himself. The spill had nothing to do with him and was zero percent his fault yet he jumped in to help and, more importantly, he did it with such a happy heart. He made me SO proud in that moment! I did my best to step back and let him do the cleaning and made sure to shower him with kisses and praise!

Appetite: Kye’s appetite has increased quite a bit lately. Which I find interesting because he eats a snack at school in the mornings. I don’t give the kids snacks at home so he’s eating more than usual which would make you think he’d eat less at each meal? Child will clean a plate easy now-a-days! He’s also getting more adventurous with what he’ll eat which is nice!

 The kids LOVE it when I made a smoothie (I use a Meal Replacement Shake and blend it with fruit, and even vegetables!)

Private Time: The days of private time in his room are quickly coming to an end as Britt is able to open doors and hates to be without her brother! I’m sure Kye will be beyond happy to move up to his upstairs room at some point in the future. He’ll finally get alone time away from her! Zach did set up this super awesome train track this month and I did my best to keep Britt out of Kye’s room in order to allow it to stay set up for a few days where he could enjoy it!

Friends: This year I’ve really noticed Kye’s friendships growing and developing. He comes home talking about games they play on the playground and has favorite friends and such. It meant so much to me when we got invited to CFA to celebrate Kailyn’s birthday! Kailyn and Michael both go to church with us and I adore both of their mommies. We had some great girl time while the kids all played and it was so cute seeing the older ones sitting at a table by themselves. I love that our little ones will grow up in church together even when their days of being schoolmates will end. I know that having christian friends will be an amazing experience for my children as they grow up!

Pockets: I now not only have to train my husband to check his pockets before throwing his clothes in the laundry but I also have to start teaching my son to do it! Kye is at that age where he collects little “treasures” from his day and I get to find them in my washing machine πŸ˜‰

Coasters: This is proof of how well trained we have our kids haha. They are both allowed to have cups of water whenever they want and I don’t mind them carrying the cups around the house (I personally struggle with drinking enough water and I’d love for my kids to ENJOY water from an early age!). BOTH kids have learned to use coasters for their cups!!! I promise this was not a staged photo…this is a regular occurrence πŸ˜‰

Sweet, Sweet Brother: I think the time Kye spends away from us each morning at school has been really great for his relationship with Brittlynn. The do argue and bicker more as she’s getting older, but they have SUCH a sweet relationship. Britt was pitching a fit (shocker) and I walked in to see what was going on and found this:

 He was scratching her back and singing to her. When I came over he whispered “it’s okay Mommy, I’m helping her feel better.”

A new favorite “game” Britt enjoys playing is called “walk.” She just wants to hold our hands and walk around the house. Slowly. Walking. Strange game but Kye will happily take her hand and walk around the house with her. 

Sibling time is something I think it very valuable and important. I LOVE that I can leave the kids “alone” now (as in, I can be fixing dinner down the hall while they play) and they will play happily together. I often find them on our bed tickling and laughing!

 here’s a video

And this month they actually asked, for the first time ever, to go up to the playroom to play. Without ME! They played up there for a SOLID HOUR. Just the two of them. No arguing. No fighting. No teats. Nothing!!! It was HEAVEN! When I finally went up to get them the playroom was the messiest it’s probably ever been but I didn’t mind one bit…I was just so glad they were having so much fun together!

Other Stuff from This Month:

  • Kye asked me who I love the most out of him and Britt and Zach (which of course I said I love them all with my whole heart) and then told me that he loves ME the most πŸ˜‰
  • When we went to Disney Kye was a HUGE help! I told him how many of each type of toy to bring and he’d count them all out and pack them up. He loved carrying bags to help load the car too
  • While at Disney I was in the kitchen running the sink and was talking to Kye and he said “I can’t hear you PITCH” hahahaha I have no clue why he said it but we were all cracking up!
  • Kye had to take a paint stick to school for a project and was SO nervous about it because we use paint sticks for spankings so he kept asking if his teacher was going to spank him 
  • Kye reminds me a lot of myself. We have some very similar personality traits. It’s hilarious b/c he’s all about some negotiating skills and I remember my dad telling me as a kid that I should be a lawyer b/c I know how to always get my way. Kye is exactly the same way!
  • His teacher told me that he is so, so, so smart (yes, she said it three times!). She said he’s a perfectionist and will erase his name over and over to make sure that it’s right and that basically he’s overall just a wonderful example to everyone on how to be. Can’t top that compliment!
  • Kye has been planning a bonfire for quiet awhile. He talks about it ALL the time and has big plans for it. He wants to chop down lots of wood for the fire and have smores and do all the “camp fire” stuff you’re supposed to do. My little party planner!
  • He told me “I need to be able to marry two women because I just love girls so much” 
  • I’m working on loosing the reigns a bit with him and trying to give him age appropriate responsibilities. He now will empty and fill his own cup of water. He will also take off his clothes and put them on his dresser. He also dresses himself each morning. He cleans up toys without having to be told to do so. And he can FINALLY get his stool out to reach his light switch (it’s at an odd spot like dead center of his tall dresser which makes it tough!)
  • Part of Kye’s work at school (which is my FAVORITE thing he’s learning) is a weekly memory verse. I am so proud of how well he does with these! I am especially impressed with the example he’s setting for Britt. She loves to recite the memory verses more than he does I think!!! After you get past his chewing, this is a PRECIOUS video showing both of them reciting the verse! Her little voice is just too cute!
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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

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

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

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  1. Kelly
    November 23, 2013 / 11:47 am

    If he doesn't fall asleep, how long do you make him stay in his room for rest time? And on the days he doesn't nap do you put him down to bed at night earlier? Just curious as my son is around the same age and isn't napping everyday anymore. Thanks, Emily. Love your blog.

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ September

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Here’s everything my sweet boy had going on during the month of September…the month where he officially turned 3 1/2 years old!!!

Writing: Kye has become very into his writing. He has always liked to draw but now he likes to “write his letters.” While he may not do them correctly, I appreciate his effort and know that the more he practices, the better his writing will become.

Like the big “E”? πŸ˜‰

So proud of his work ethic!

Big Boy: Kye has ALWAYS been pretty tough (which we realize even more now that we have Brittlynn who is not very tough at all haha) but now that he’s getting older, he is getting even tougher. When he gets hurt he will sometimes still cry a little bit but he will “man up” (as Daddy calls it) and get over it pretty quickly. To me, I like to have a balance. I understand Zach’s desire for Kye to be strong and deal with his emotions, however, I also want my son to KNOW it’s okay to SHOW emotion. It’s okay to be upset, to cry, etc. Just in the proper place and setting. So I’m working on teaching him that. 

He fell and got hurt and wore his bandage like it was a medal of honor.

Showing his muscles, tough guy!

Mama’s Child: I am obsessed with peanut butter. I eat it pretty much on a daily basis. Since I was a kid I have enjoyed eating peanut butter crackers, granola bars with peanut butter and tuna (raw, canned type). and my favorite sandwich is peanut butter, tuna fish (again, raw from the can) and honey. My favorite bagel is peanut butter, bacon, egg and cheese. Yes, I’m strange. My dad is very much the same way and LOVES peanut butter on everything. Peanut butter makes everything better (and we are big JIF fans too). I have in no way influenced Kye to eat strange things like I enjoy…yet he randomly asked me to make him a sandwich with peanut butter and chicken on it. And he LOVED it. While eating it he kept saying “this is awesome” haha. Guess a peanut butter obsession is genetic?

Big Boy Swing: We officially took down the baby swing on our swing set. Britt now uses the toddler swing and it was time for Kye to start using the “big boy” swing. He’s not a fan. BUT they use it at school so I feel like it’s totally time. The downside of it is that it’s much lower than the toddler one was…kinda a pain to push him. AND since it is lower, it’s hard to swing him as high. He loves to swing super high and see the stop sign over our fence. This takes a huge effort on my part now haha

Projects: This month Kye attended the Lowe’s Workshop with Zach and made this cool game. He is always so proud of the things they make together and I love that it’s a quick, free, easy thing they can do just the two of them!!! We try to hit it up every Saturday morning that they have one and we’re in town!

School also did balloon animals one day. He said he asked for a pink horse but the lady gave him a blue giraffe instead (smart lady haha)

Play-Doh: If you’re on the hunt for a great gift for a preschooler, play-doh is IT. Kye got this factory set for his birthday (actually, he got THREE of them) and he plays with it ALL the time. I only let him choose one color at a time (and wouldn’t you know it…the ONLY color he has ever played with is the purple one. Kid loves him some pink and purple) and he just has a BLAST. It’s a great thing to do in the kitchen while I’m busy cooking or cleaning. Keeps him entertained, happy, and it’s a breeze to clean up.

His fav thing to make is “snakes”

Proud Mom moment. I went to nurse Britt and when I got done I came back in the kitchen and he had COMPLETELY cleaned up the entire thing by himself!!!

Lincoln Logs: He got a set of them for Christmas and they say “ages 3 and up” Honestly? I think it should say at least 4 and up. 3 is too young. Zach and I have had to build the houses for him and then he accidentally knocks them down and gets all upset so we have to build them again. Annoying. We rarely get them out b/c I don’t want to deal with the hassle of them. I helped him make a few houses on the fireplace (easier area to keep Brittlynn away than the dining room floor) and Kye surprised me by not getting upset when they did get messed up AND by building his own house for the very first time!!!! I love listening to him while he’s playing…here’s a video I took by being sneaky πŸ˜‰

Working on his house

Yay Kye!!!

Finished product πŸ™‚

Other Toys: After our Disney trip Kye became very infatuated with his pin collection. He put ALL the pins on his lanyard (I got a set of 25 hidden mickey ones off Ebay for $15!) and wears it around the house a lot. The only issue is that the pins fall of so easily…how do other people handle that issue???

G-Mama and Big Papa got Kye a camera last Christmas and he LOVES to take pictures of everything! He is turning into me πŸ˜‰

Looking through the pics he’s taken!

Memory: Kye has always had an AWESOME memory. Like he will remember stuff that just doesn’t make sense to remember. For example, when he was TWO he pitched a fit and broke his piggy bank. Obviously at that time he didn’t know his colors. Yet recently he told me that he wants Santa to bring him a new BLUE piggy bank like the one he broke. Kinda awesome that he remembers the color even when he didn’t know the name of the color from then. I don’t really think much of it. However, I was in the kitchen while Zach was watching the kids and playing blocks. He called me in to see Kye’s memory in action. They had built a block “city” and Zach was playing a game where he would take a block away when Kye wasn’t looking then Kye would remember exactly where the block was supposed to go. I brushed it away pretty quickly and said it wasn’t a big deal but then Zach and I both tested it on each other and neither of us could remember where the block was supposed to go. Here’s a video of it (and you can tell it took me awhile to admit that maybe Kye does have a little better memory than the norm!) and once I was a believer here’s another video πŸ˜‰

Big Helper: Zach and I do our best to encourage our children to be independent and to have a servant heart. If Kye shows interest in something we’re doing we always let him help out. It may make things take longer to get done, but it’s important for him to pitch in AND for us to learn to let him πŸ˜‰ He often wants to help me in the kitchen…I freeze a lot of food (fruit it a great thing to freeze for smoothies and such!) so I let him transfer the grapes from the cookie sheet to the storage bag. Great, simple way to help out.

However, I think he ate more than he put in the bag πŸ˜‰

Smile: This is just a random funny thing that happened but I was taking pictures of Brittlynn eating and Kye wanted some pictures of him too. I snapped the picture and Kye said “Mommy, I can’t smile!” This is his first attempt at smiling:

2md attempt

He kept telling me to take another one so he could try to smile again…I took like 5 pictures before he semi smiled. It cracked me up. Don’t they say it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown?!?!

School: Kye is LOVING school. Seriously. I am dreading him going 5 days but I know when he does go that he’ll fully enjoy it. I bought school shirts last year for him and for myself but he never wore it b/c it was HUGE on him (you’d think they’d sell super small sizes???) this year I bought them again if nothing else just to help out the school. The kids typically wear their shirts on Wed to Chapel but I like Kye to dress cute and just don’t like the shirts. I think they are adorable…but not very boyish. However, he specifically asked to wear his shirt for Chapel Day and was SO pumped about it. I never want him to feel left out or not included…so why not? Can you tell he was THRILLED????

Playing: I try to mix things up as much as I can on the days Kye is home. During the mornings Britt naps so we can’t go anywhere. Thankfully, we have like every toy you can imagine so he has PLENTY of options of things to keep him happily entertained πŸ˜‰ He typically asks me to build him towers and houses and such with his blocks, but he built this all on his own. It’s so neat to see him becoming more independent and able to create the things he envisions.

The “jumpoline” also keeps him busy!!!

Here’s a video of him

As do his legos πŸ™‚

And who doesn’t love to play in a big box???

Big Brother: I try SO HARD to give Brittlynn a lot of attention. I focus on her, honestly, more than Kye. However, Kye gets majority of my attention. He talks. He asks questions. He wants things. Expresses opinions. Etc. It’s natural that I try to focus on Britt as much as possible, because if I didn’t she probably wouldn’t get ANY of my attention haha. I took SO many pictures of Kye since birth, and I try to take a lot of Britt too. It’s caused Kye to actually start asking to have his picture taken. Um…I will NEVER turn down that offer πŸ˜‰

He is SUCH a great big brother. I heard there was a kids sale going on and Britt really needs fall/winter clothes so I took them both up to the sale. I had to go by the bank to get cash on my way since the sale was cash only and, of course, the bank gave him a sucker. Both kids did AWESOME during our time there and Kye did a great job not asking for a bunch of stuff and helping me look for Britt’s toys when she dropped them. He makes MY life EASIER and I’m so thankful to have him πŸ™‚ Here’s a video of them playing together.

My sweeties!!!

Other Stuff Kye was up to This Month:

  • Kye made up a song for me πŸ™‚ He said “Mommy this is your song: You are so loving, you are so pretty you, are so pretty, you are such a good mommy…and so sweet” LOVE IT
  • I gave him some carrots at lunch and he said “Mommy…I can’t eat this. It’s bad for my image”
  • He had SUCH a good time on our labor day trip and told EVERYONE about our “Orlando House”
  • He was playing with a toy snake and we asked him what the snakes name is and he said “Tiger Woods”
  • He started having bad dreams about bears. He said the bear was standing across his room but then when he closed his eyes the bear would jump onto his bed. I HATE when he has bad dreams as I have them too and know how horrible they are. I feel like the bear thing must have come from us taking him to see Brave???
  • On Sept 8th I was cleaning Britt in the tub and said something about washing her privates. Kye said “Mommy. She doesn’t have privates!!!” Kinda makes logical sense huh? πŸ˜‰
  • I wore my hair curly a lot during this month. When I’d go to cuddle with Kye before bed he’d touch my hair and say “Eww Mommy your hair is nasty”
  • I had to go to the eye dr and took both kids with me (more on that in an upcoming post). While we were in the waiting room Kye asked “Mommy who tooted?” I assumed it was HIM as it’s a game we often play. I said “Kye!!!” He said “No Ma’am THAT lady” super loudly and pointed to a lady sitting near us in the waiting room. I held back laughter and said “it was probably just the chair making noises” hahahaa
  • Kailyn’s Mom wrote me on FB and asked me if I’m pregnant. Kye told her at school that his mommy is just going to “keep having babies and keep having babies” (while spinning his finger around and around in the air) haha
  • Kye called Zach and idiot. When we asked where he heard it from he said Santa told him that
  • He has learned to whistle (guess he taught himself)? Here’s a video
  • When Kye is nervous he picks at the skin on the sides of his finger nails. I also do this and so does my mom. While it’s not a good habit…to me, it’s much better than biting finger nails!
  • He tells me in the car that I need to play the pirate song because it makes him crunk πŸ˜‰ we play it over and over and over and I even got his toy pirate sword from his closet and let him keep it in the car to use during the song!
  • Kye sings ALL the time but it’s hard to catch it on video…here‘s my attempt! I DID catch him singing “It’s a Small World” Here’s a video πŸ™‚
  • Before bed he has started saying VERY long prayers (no more of the same thing every night). A lot of times it’s hard for Zach and I to hold back our laughter at some of the things he comes up with. He looks at Zach SO seriously and says “Daddy. Think about it.” which only makes us laugh harder. He even said during a prayer “Thank you for Daddy. He is so annoying because he always tells jokes” haha
  • He calls ant bites “nipples”
  • Kailyn and Kye have a very on and off relationship. He started coming home from school this month saying that she’s not his friend anymore. I think they are at the age where they start to play with kids of the same sex. I think she’s more interested in her girl friends than she is in playing with him. I hate to see his feelings hurt, but I know it’s only the beginning of all the friendship drama to come!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart: Thanks to Kelly, I’ve started reading this AWESOME book and have really begun to put it into practice in our lives. I’m trying to relate EVERYTHING back to God in some way. Either to Jesus’ life. A story from the Bible that Kye knows. Or even pulling out scripture. It is already making such an impact on our family, but especially Kye. 

For example, a child in Kye’s class hits himself when he’s frustrated. Kye has come home and started to do the same thing. We had a talk about how God created us and how our bodies are a temple. I even showed him the exact scripture in his Bible, even though he can’t read it. We talked about how we have to take good care of our bodies and how hitting ourselves is NOT treating our bodies like the temple God made them to be. 

Kye loves to use this on me as well. He always wants to eat whatever I have to eat (even if we are eating the same thing) he will tell me “Mommy. The Bible says to SHARE food!” He also got his Bible out and said “hmmm let me find the page. Okay. God spoken and he said let them be sharing their drinks and drink a lot” haha I don’t think that’s quite accurate πŸ˜‰ He is learning the books of the bible at church and I’m proud of that. It encourages me as I do not know the books of the bible myself!!!

The book has been a HUGE blessing to me already (and I’m only on Chapter 7) and I encourage EVERYONE to read it! It is also helping me work on things with Kye that I didn’t really notice before that need tweeking. For example, Kye likes everything done a certain way in a certain order (sorta OCD type qualities…but I am not jumping to those types of conclusions by any means). I started working on this month changing the order up a bit even if it caused him to be unhappy. We aren’t supposed to parent our children so they will be HAPPY. It’s an easy trap to fall into. I don’t want to deal with punishing him so why not just do what I can to prevent him from doing something that would require punishment. But that’s not real life or realistic. He’s going to face adversity. He’s going to HAVE to do things in different orders. He has to learn to deal with it and it’s my job to help him cope within our home so he can better be prepared for the outside world!

Me: I don’t often write a section in Kye’s monthly summary. However, this was an emotional month for me. I look at Kye and just see him growing up SO MUCH every day and it’s tough on me. Someday I’m going to miss him running out from the bathroom to show me his hooded towel, begging me to stay in his bed and cuddle a little longer, wanting to give me a BIG kiss before bed each night. I wish I could freeze the time. Keep him this age right now. Where he adores me and “fights” with his Daddy insisting that I’m “his wife.” I get weepy eyed just thinking about how this time next year that probably won’t be the case anymore. That all too soon he’ll be more interested in his friends, girls, sports, etc than he will be in our home life and spending quality time with me. I try hard to not take any moment I have with him for granted and try to soak up all my sweet Kye loving for as long as I can πŸ™‚

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

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