The last three weeks have given me exactly what I wanted. The nice scheduled school life. So in a way it has settled down, but then it is still as busy as ever. I guess what the difference is,is that we are on a schedule now so it is much easier to manage everything. Both Garion and Kayla have started soccer and are doing great. They have had two games now and both their teams have won both games. It has taken Kayla a while to adjust to her new schedule. Between kindergarten and soccer she has been a little shy and unsure lately. This is really not a part of her personality that I have seen before. She struggles to go into her kindergarten class because she doesn’t have any close friends there. And she has a good time at soccer practice after she spends half the practice attached to my arm telling me that she wants me. I am not sure how to help her have more confidence, but I am learning to be more patient with her and I am just trying to really encourage her and let her know that I am always going to be here and then reassure her that she is going to make new friends as she learns and participates. I am not sure she believes me. Other then her timidity, she is dong really well. She loves to do her homework and is as helpful as ever around the house. You know, when I threaten death and torture, she is more then willing to do her chores.
Garion is doing really well at school and in soccer and in scouts. As part of the soccer package, the kids got a free ticket to a Salt Lake Real soccer game. Last night they had a special promotion that all the AYSO kids got to go onto the field with the team and sing the National Anthem before the game. Kayla decided she didn’t want to go, so Garion and I had a special date to the game. It was totally fabulous! It was a lot of confusion when we first got there. It took us a lot of wandering, standing and asking to get to the right line for the kids to line up. We found the majority of the kids on his team before we found his coach, who was suppose to take them onto the field. Parents weren’t allowed. Once we were all together, we joined the chaos of kids and coaches waiting to enter the field. I was surprised that it was as unorganized as it was. There was no lines or meeting places or anything. It was up to the individuals to arrange their own meeting places with their kids. I was scared to death that I was going to lose Garion in the crowd after the National Anthem. We designated a meeting place and I told him that if we got separated anyway, to ask a worker help him find his seat. He then put his ticket in his sock and I reluctantly left him to the chaos. It turned out to be really neat. All the kids entered the field with their coaches, several hundred of them, then Real came out and then the Anthem was sung. Garion and I found each other right away and had a great time watching the game after that. We got some greasy food to eat and soda to drink and had a great time talking about soccer and just about any other random thing we could think about. Garion spent the entire car ride home talking to my mom on the phone and I was really surprised because I didn’t know he had that kind of communication in him. After we got home, we had some ice cream with Jason and then called it a night. I am totally going to add one on one dates with kids into our calender. It was soo much fun!
Brynn is the same. When Kayla started Kindergarten, Brynn would cry the whole way home because she couldn’t stay and go to school with her. She has stopped those tantrums, thankfully, and now just follows the big kids around trying to be included. She is a cutie pie!!
Jason has been busy working and camping. Over Labor Day weekend, he went backpacking with 5 of his guy friends for 3 days. I tried asking him what they did up there and I kinda wished I hadn’t. When you start hearing about fart jokes, sphincter scales and other gross guy things, you learn that the curiosity isn’t necessarily worth it. I am just glad they had a good time and came home safe. This is the second year they went, and I am pretty sure it is going to be an annual even from now on.
I have had fun over the last two weeks re-dong my living room. We got rid of our old couches and got a new one. We have inherited a bit of new furniture from Jason’s mom and it has turned my living room into the semi-formal retreat I have always wanted it to be. With a little bit of help from IKEA to fill in the blanks, and the rearranging of our existing accessories, I have a new room. I LOVE IT!!!
Well, I am going to post a bunch of pictures at the end here. A bunch from the summer, Finally pictures of Kayla’s birthday cake, soccer games and some photos of the living room. Enjoy!