Two days this week the little ones had early out so snacks were only needed those days for Fritz, Adrian, and Noah (since he gets two snack times a day).
The other day we discovered the twins can climb over our old fence gate. Luckily that one is going to be removed once the new fence is completed, but for now if they climb over they can escape from the yard completely. It’s actually quite impressive watching them climb over. Noah’s shorts got caught on the top of the gate and he was just so happy hanging up there until we got him down. Needless to say those two are being watched very closely when they are in the backyard now.
We pack the kids’ lunches and snacks in Easy Lunchboxes containers. We decided to go with the five compartment ones for lunch and that sees to be working well.
We try to vary what they get, though there is always a sandwich in the lunch, a fruit in both the lunch and snack box, and some sort of treat in the lunch.
We have to be a little bit careful packing the snacks and lunches because Adrian is gluten free and Noah is in a peanut/tree nut free classroom due to a classmates’ allergy. And, of course, we take personal tastes into account (for example, Zeke HATES peanut butter and jelly, but most of his younger siblings love it (Noah eats sunbutter and jelly).
All the kids in school except Fritz get a lunch (he gets free lunch at his school) and all seven of them get a snack. Noah gets two snacks. Little learners get very hungry apparently. Very little comes home after school and what does the others are more than happy to eat so almost nothing goes to waste.
We only got new shoes for Noah before the school year started since Joel was staying home. This was not okay with the twins. Every day was a battle to get the shoes on Noah only and to convince Joel to wear a different pair. Finally I decided it wasn’t worth it and ordered a second, identical, pair of shoes for Joel. Now the twins are very happy they have matching feet.
All seven of the boys still at home got their hair cut in preparation for school starting. I’ve got some handsome young men in this house!
Fritz, age 16, 11th grade
Adrian, age 14, 9th grade
Zeke, age 7, 2nd grade
Anthony, age 5, kindergarten
Nicholas, age 4, pre-k
Noah, age 3, ECSE
Joel, age 3, staying home for one more year
This summer the kids (especially Mayci) spent lots of time at dance camps (plus a sports camp for Zeke). They all had a great time and it helped break up our days.
Mayci started the summer with princess camp. One day her teacher even came in dressed as Belle ready for the ball. That was an exciting day for all the girls.
Mayci, Nicky, Noah, and Joel did a ballet and jazz camp. The boys were kind of crazy but they had tons of fun. One day we went to pick them up and Joel was sound asleep, totally worn out by all the activity.
Mayci’s next adventure was Encanto camp. They danced to We Don’t Talk About Bruno. She had a ball at that one. After all, she absolutely loves Encanto!
Zeke did a two day Disney sing-a-long camp and then did musical theater camp. He really enjoyed being on stage when he did the acting class at school, but add in singing and dancing and that’s his idea of heaven (he loved it so much he’s taking musical theater at the dance studio this year).
Mayci and Anthony took acro camp where they both enjoyed dancing and flipping and stretching. Mayci was made for acro with how bendy she is (she’ll be taking acro class this year).
Ballet camp is where Mayci discovered not only does she enjoy doing ballet, she is good at it. Anthony, who had never taken ballet at all before this camp, learned so much including the correct terms for some of the moves. Mayci was disappointed to discover she’s too young still for a ballet-only class, but that’s okay. She’s taking a ballet/tap combo and a ballet/jazz combo this year so between the two of them it’ll be like she’s getting a whole ballet class after all.
The last week of summer all four of the older little ones went to camp. Anthony and Nicholas took hip hop. My new favorite thing is little kids hip hop dancing. So of course Anthony will be taking hip hop this year.
While Anthony and Nicholas were doing hip hop, Zeke and Mayci were doing ballet and tap. Zeke loves tap (so of course he’s taking ballet/tap with Mayci this year).
This summer of dancing ended in Mayci winning a spot on the competition team and us picking out classes that will put at least one kid at the studio five days a week. Apparently dance is our life now.