Thursday, August 17, 2017

School Days: First Days of PK4 {Rory} and 2nd Grade {Riley}

School is officially back in session. Kenny and I met the boys’ teachers and saw their classrooms last Tuesday night. Riley got Ms. Paulin, who he had for readiness camp, and he was so excited. And his desk is right where he wanted it to be: directly in front of Ms. Paulin’s desk.

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Riley will have Ms. Cobb too, for ELA, spelling, and handwriting, but his homeroom teacher is Ms. Paulin. Claire is unfortunately in Ms. Cobb’s homeroom. But the younger boys are together: Rory and Colin both have Mrs. Sue and Ms. Megan. It’s gonna be a good year!

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Rory’s first day was last Thursday. He went for an hour and a half in the morning, from 9-10:30. He had no issues putting his uniform on or taking first day pictures for me.

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But I still fully expected him to cry, especially since Riley didn’t have to go that day. But he did SO great. I was so proud of him. Mrs. Sue pinned his nametag on him, he gave her her cookies, we found his desk, and I showed him the trucks that I spied on Tuesday night. He was all smiles!

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Riley and I hung out in the cafeteria getting to know some of the new parents while we waited for Rory to be done. Then we walked back to his classroom to pick him up and head home. Day one, done!

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We celebrated surviving the first day by going to jump at Sky Zone for an hour and then having lunch at Chick-Fil-A. So fun!

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The next day was Riley’s turn. He went to second grade for the first time for half a day.

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Rory and I walked him in, me crossing my fingers the whole time that this would finally be the year he didn’t cry. And it was. He did wonderfully.

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Sometime that morning I got this picture from Ms. Paulin of Riley and Cole being silly. So glad he had a smile on his face all day.

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The real test was when they both went for their first full day, on Monday of this week. But they were happy that morning (even though we had to wake both of them up), did everything they needed to do at home without any issues, took one more first day picture for me, and loaded up into the car easily. I took a huge sigh of relief and crossed my fingers that the good vibes would continue.

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My sweet boys. I’m so proud of you. You’re going to absolutely rock PK4 and 2nd grade, and I can’t wait to see how much you grow this year. Love you both!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Train Trip to Chicago, Part Two

The boys slept hard on Thursday night after two busy day of traveling and sightseeing. See?

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And when we woke up on Friday morning, it was to much cooler temperatures. The boys actually wore jackets much of the day!

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Our plan that day was Legoland. So we drove the 45 minutes to it, Riley chomping at the bit the whole way. When we pulled up, we discovered it wasn’t quite what we expected. Most of us thought it would be an amusement park, with displays and rides alike. Instead, it was actually one of their discovery centers, located in an outside shopping area. Not nearly as impressive or as big as we thought, but we had tickets already and tried to go in with an open mind.

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Riley said a few times that he was disappointed, but we still managed to spend more than three hours there. And the displays really were cool.

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We left Legoland and had a great lunch at nearby Ram Restaurant and Brewery. After that we went to the Lego Store, where Riley and Zac each got a new set from Grandma and Grandpa, and then to the truck store (a.k.a. Toys ‘R Us), where Rory got some new trucks. (Oh, and somewhere in there Rory fell asleep in the car and got a decent 45 minute nap in.)

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When I realized Toys ‘R Us wasn’t too far away from Wrigley Field, I requested to go by there on our way back to the house. I don’t really care too much about professional baseball, but I wanted to at least say we had seen the famous ballpark. Kenny and Steve stayed with the cars while the rest of us walked around the outside of the stadium. Very cool, even if the Cubs had just lost a game. We also saw some neat water fountains along one side, as well as a Chicago fire truck just pulling out of its station on a call.

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We had dinner at the house, and then Kenny and I snuck out super quick before bed. When I realized that our rental house was right around the corner from Schuba’s, I knew I had to try and get a picture of in front of it. Schuba’s is a popular Chicago music bar where a favorite artist of Jeff’s and mine (Jason Mraz) recorded a live album back in 2007. Kenny and I couldn’t go in on account of a special, ticketed, post-Lollapalooza concert, but we at least got to see it.

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Saturday was our last full day. And the heat was back. Luckily, we were inside almost the entire day: we spent more than 6 hours in the Museum of Science and Industry. There was SO. MUCH. to see. There were even things to look at in the massive lobby while we were waiting to get our tickets!

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We saw a huge marble run machine (the Swiss Jolly Ball), giant airplanes, a sprawling miniature train set, and storm and avalanche simulators.

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We saw the captured U-505 submarine, a mirror maze, a huge tractor and a combine harvester, space capsules, bicycles throughout the years, and more. Despite how long we were there and how many exhibits we walked through, we still didn’t see all that the museum had to offer.

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The Jolly Ball machine was the first thing we saw and it was also the last, per Rory’s request. He could have watched that all day long! And both boys went home with two fun blow mold souvenirs each that we watched being made: train and tractor for Rory and train and shuttle for Riley.

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We finally left the museum when they made us, at closing time. After some debate, we headed back towards the house (passing Navy Pier and the giant Ferris wheel along the way) and ended up at Yard House (where they had beer flowing above our heads) for dinner. A great last night out!

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We woke up the next morning, packed up, and headed to O’Hare airport to fly back to NOLA. This was Riley’s third time on a plane and Rory’s second. They both did great, and before we knew it (after a fairly bumpy flight), we were back home.

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Thank you so much for taking us on this trip, Grandma and Grandpa. It sure will be one to remember!

And now…..back to school. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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