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Landon had his first day of preschool today at St. Benedict. The program is just three half-days a week and did a great job of preparing Drew and Will for kindergarten.
Sitting outside in front of St. Benedict before class starts.
At the door of his preschool classroom. There are fourteen stars on the door: one for the teacher, one for the assistant teacher and one for each of the twelve students. Two trained and experienced adult teachers for twelve kids creates a perfect learning environment.
Landon and his teacher Miss Sylvia.
Landon and his assistant teacher Miss Denise.
Today is the first day of school for Will (2nd grade) and Drew (4th grade). Landon starts next week. He is sporting his new Star Wars backpack that he is very proud of. Mary is going to have quite an adjustment with everyone in school after having at least one little boy at home with her for the last ten years.
Our local library has a summer reading program in which children get rewarded for reading twenty books. Will immediately responded that he'd read 100 books. Drew's goal for the summer was to read for an hour a day, six days a week. Needless to say, both boys completed the twenty book requirement. Will wound up reading 102 books and Drew read 1885 pages!
The boys did all their reading while still playing piano six days a week, attending Tulsa Air & Space Camp, Bishop Kelley baseball camp, vacation bible school, swim lessons and Soccer City. It was a busier summer than we planned but everyone had a great time and learned a lot.
Landon won't voluntarily take a nap anymore, but if he needs a nap and you put him in a nice comfy bed and put on a long DVD he's seen a hundred times before, then nature can't help but take its course.
Its been a busy summer which caused us to have Will's friends birthday party a month late. It was worth the wait though, as Mama made the most amazing Lego Ninjago Jay cake for Will.
Lego Ninjago Jay with seven candles all ready to be lit.
Will's friends all helping him to celebrate his birthday.
Will ready to blow the candles out on his Lego Ninjago Jay cake.
Will blowing out his birthday candles.
The awesome birthday cake was served with vanilla ice cream and all the toppings a kid could want: chocolate magic shell, caramel and Reese's toppings, mini-chocolate chips, Reese's peanut butter chips, chocolate M&Ms, gummy bears and worms, craisins, mini-marshmallows, maraschino cherries and sprinkles! It was a diabetic's dream...or, would it be nightmare?
Everyone was very well behaved while Will opened his gifts.
Lego, minifigures, and superheros is a winning combination putting a smile on Will's face.
The kids burned off their sugar high in an inflatable bounce house with a slide, basketball hoop and large bounce area. Our three little monkeys holding still for a second for Daddy.
Almost impossible to get all three in the air at the same time; two out of three isn't bad.
After everyone left, we still had the inflatable for a couple of hours. The boys bounced until they couldn't bounce anymore. Will had a great time thanks to all his friends who made his day special.
Mary made a Lego Ninjago Jay Cake for Will's friends birthday party. Tip of the Day: just buy black decorating icing rather than trying to mix black icing from coloring...unless you're going for dark purple.
Mary cut out some extra cake for Jay's shoulder armor/epaulets. Now imagine Mary taking care of three kids, a new lab puppy, and generally running a household by herself while I'm at work. So, forgive the missed steps that follow before the final product.
Mary's awesome Lego Ninjago Jay cake.
The Lego Ninjago Jay minifigure that Mary went by and the final cake version. Given that the minifigure is just 1 1/2 inches tall and the cake full size (reduced for comparison), I'd say that Mary nailed it!
With the school year starting up in just over a week, we all went swimming today at the Broken Arrow Family Aquatic Center. (Actually, the title is a little misleading as we went back to the Aquatic Center over Labor Day weekend since we had so much fun today.) Give Landon a noodle and he is a happy camper.
Will looking a little different with his hair all wet.
Drew flashing a toothy grin.
Three-quarters of a future Olympic relay swim team.
The older two boys love this pool because of its two water slides. The blue one is twisty.
Will dumped out at the end of the water slide.
Will just hitting the water at the end of the fast yellow slide.
Drew enjoying his ride on the twisty slide.
Drew practicing his speed technique on the twisty slide.
Drew flying into the water on the fast slide.
Landon on his noodle can go anywhere, in any direction, and is content to watch the rest of the action.
Landon taking a noodle-nap break.
Will enjoying some noodle time in the shallows.
Drew showing off his perfect cannon ball form.
Drew high in the sky grinning for the camera before he makes a big splash.
Three tired boys ready to get some Chipotle on the way home.
I'm running out of superlatives to describe Mary's cooking. Tonight she made the most wonderful and crazy healthy chicken taco soup. Only its name was bland.
Drew was an altar server today for the first time. The two older altar servers were really kind and helpful to Drew.
Drew and his two proud brothers.
We think of Drew as being so tall, it is unusual to see him surrounded by taller boys.
Drew did a great job of serving. In other words, completely uneventful.
Drew and Father Joe after mass.