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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Madden's First Day of Preschool Summer Camp

Once we got Madden potty trained, which went faster and better than expected I signed him up for summer camp at Redeemer. He definitely has his mom's personality and isn't a fan of change.  With preschool starting in the Fall I knew it was going to be a big change, so I figured summer camp would be a nice baby step for him.

The past couple weeks we have been talking about school and how he is going to be going to school soon.  When I would drop Skylar off I would always try and point something fun out on the playground to him and remind him he will get to play with that soon.  I would get a 50/50 reaction from him.  He would be excited and ask questions about it or he would care less and say "me don't want to go to school."

Well this morning the day came and it was time for Madden to go to preschool summer camp.  Last night he was already saying how he didn't want to go to school and I chopped it up to him just being tired, but the first thing out of his mouth this morning was "me don't want to go to school today!"  All morning I was pretty much on edge and just trying to please him.  Giving him whatever he wanted to eat, letting him watch whatever cartoon, and offering him a special show tonight before bed as along as he went to school.   

Off to school we went and Madden was not having it.  He was refusing to talk to anyone and hiding behind my legs.  Once we got to Room 4 he refused to go in because he wanted to go upstairs to Skylar's old classroom (the room he was familiar with).   I carried him into the classroom and Skylar, Lauren and I tried to show him all the fun things in the room.  He just pouted around the classroom saying "NO" to everything.  After giving his teacher, Miss. Taylor a warning that he was probably going to flip out, I gave him a quick hug and said good-bye and all three of us ran out the door to Madden kicking, screaming, and being held back by his teacher.

About an hour or so later his sweet teacher texted me the below message and picture letting me know he was doing great!  

First day of preschool summer camp started a bit rough, but so glad that it ended with a big smile!

Monday, July 13, 2015

4th of July in NorCal

This year we decided to spend the 4th of July with Jake's family up in Paradise.  It's had been over a year since our last visit and with the new addition of baby Mika we knew we didn't want to wait any longer to visit.  The kids were so excited to go to Grandma and Grandpas.  Skylar was asking each day if this was the day we get to go up to Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Madden was just really excited about riding on an airplane.  Our travels up north all went very smoothly, minus Madden and his millions of questions.  "Why are we in the shuttle?" "Where is the airplane ?" "Why is my car seat going bye-bye?" "When can we get on the plane?" "Why isn't the plane moving?" And my personal favorite "Me not going in that car, me want Mama's car!"  Madden refusing to ride in the rental car. 

Once we got to Grandma and Grandpa's the kids were in heaven.  They were so excited to see their cousins and they didn't miss a beat. You would of thought they saw each other daily. 

Cousin Geddis giving piggy back ride after piggy back ride.

Playing in Grandpa's boat turned out to be Madden's favorite part of the whole weekend.

Having dinner with their cousins and so happy about it.

The next morning we went to the river for some swimming to try and beat the 100 degree heat.  This was Skylar and Madden first river experience and they loved it.  They would climb the rocks and work their way back down on the other side and jump into the river, letting the current bring them back to the shore. 

The kids had a blast just swimming and exploring. Skylar got a bit timid when Geddis, Dom, Nico and Madden had a water gun fight, so she and baby Mika built a sand castle

Cousin Geddis and Jake doing some rock diving. 

First picture of all the cousins together.  

That evening we heading into Chico for a big family dinner.  The kids were of course, being kids and by the end you could tell the waiters were ready for us to leave.  We got ice cream and let the kids play at the local park before we had to call it a day.

Jake and sweet Mika.

Who loves ice cream?!?!?!

The next morning we woke up and headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's.  Grandma was sweet enough to pick up some crafts for Skylar and Madden to do.  Madden got over the craft pretty quickly and just wanted to play in Grandpa's boat and Skylar learned to stitch with Grandma.  Skylar, Madden, and Nico had a nice lunch in the Gazabo and then played in the sand box until it was time for naps.

Rested and ready for our 4th of July BBQ we head back to Grandma and Grandpas and right into a water balloon fight.  

A lot of talk went into this picture.  Glad we pulled it off, just wish the kids were smiling.

The kids ran around all evening, having so much fun together.  Skylar even had a couple big falls and kept smiling.  We had a huge 4th of July meal and just enjoyed the family time.

Like all trips, our visit went by way too fast.  It truly was so memorable watching all the cousins together.  The whole weekend, whenever we weren't with the cousin, Skylar would ask, "Where are my cousins?" "When will my cousins be here?" "What car are my cousins in?"  She just really loved being with them.  It was really hard to say good-bye and Skylar was so sad to leave.  Sweet Geddis even cried for 10 minutes after we drove away.  They are now old enough to realize its going to be some until we see each other again, so it definitely made the good-byes much harder.

The weekend definitely wore Skylar out as you can see from this photo.  Madden was all smiles, while Skylar cried more than the twin babies seating behind us.  She was upset that there weren't two arm rests. Hahaha!