We had a great Christmas!! We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with family and that's all that we could ask for! Spent Christmas morning at my parents house, then had Christmas lunch/dinner at Kevin's parents house and ended it at our house to see the presents that Santa left for the kids. It was a nonstop day, but we all had a good time.
The kids had their last tee-ball game on Halloween. After tee-ball, we spent the weekend at the campground. The campground was almost full so there was tons of campers there to pass out candy. I took the kids around the campground, while Kevin took part of his cousin's Haunted Walk through at their campsite. After trick or treating was over, the campground had a lighted golf cart parade, which we entered. After the parade was over, they did awards. We won 3rd place! When we went on the parade, we saw a haunted walk through that we wanted to go to. Ashton said he wanted to go to, but the girls didn't. So the girls stayed back with Kevin's parents and we took Ashton to it. He did pretty good until the very end. The last guy scared him. I was very proud of him!
Over the summer we attended a lot of Pilots baseball games. After the games were over, the kids would always go over to the walkway and slap hands with the players. The players would always make time for the kids and the kids loved it. Our last home game that we attended, the kids got most of the players autographs and took pictures with their favorite players. Ashton & Caitlyn's favorite player was Connor Myers #9 that plays at ODU and Brittany's was Nick Lustrino #22 that plays at ODU. They each got their pictures with them and can't wait to go see them play again.
All of the kids decided to play TeeBall this year. When we got the jerseys, they each wanted a certain number. Of course Ashton wanted #7 because of Cole Cromer who played on the team last year. Brittany wanted #22, but since they didn't have that number, she got #2 instead. Caitlyn got #9! I sent the picture of the kids in their jerseys to the guys that had the numbers. They all loved it! I'm so glad that the players care about the kids and go out of their way to make the kids smile!
The kids started their first day of Kindergarten and I started my first day as a Kindergarten IA! This year we decided to put the kids on the bus the first day instead of taking them to school. They did great since they were already use to riding the bus. We have them in three separate classes again. They knew so many kids in their class which was great because Brittany was scared to go to school because she didn't think she was going to know anyone.
They have been in school for almost 2 weeks and they are doing great! We just had back to school night and we got to go into the classrooms and see what they have been doing so far and meet with the teachers again. The kids love their teachers this year and enjoy going to school (I hope that stays the same).
I got a job with Hampton City Schools as an IA for Kindergarten. So far its been great! I enjoy working with the kids. I do not work at the kids school, but it something came open there, I would love to move over to the school. The school I work at worked with my schedule so I come in after the kids get on the bus and get home before they get off the bus so I didn't need to find a babysitter or do an afterschool program.
Wow. I can't believe the kids are already 5. I feel like we were just spending our days and nights at the Special Care Nursery at Norfolk General! Time really does fly! The kids had a great birthday!
We had their birthday party at Kevin's parents house on Sunday July 26th. This was the first birthday that they had friends from school at! We had lawn games and bubbles set up for the kids to play. Since the kids all signed up for TeeBall this fall, they wanted a Baseball theme birthday cake. Ashton picked it out and designed it since the girls didn't want to. After cake, we did Sno Cones since it was so warm outside, it was a nice cool down for everyone. After cake and Sno Cones, we opened up Birthday presents! They got a lot of cool stuff to play with. The kids have been wanting a dog, but we aren't ready for one yet. We got an aquarium from a friend a while ago because we were going to do a fish tank, but we never got around to doing it. So we decided that we were going to get the kids Gerbils! Once we get back from our week long camping trip, we are going to go get them and let the kids each name their own! After all of the guests left, we got the Power Wheels out and let the kids drive around the yard. They had a great birthday party!
July 29th! We are 5!!!!! I took the kids for breakfast at Dunkin Donuts in the morning. I took some 5 year Birthday pictures outside. The rest of the day we played around the house. We had plans to go to the Peninsula Pilots game and the kids were getting to run out on the field with the players and be the Play Ball Boy and Girls. Well, a few hours before we were to leave, Caitlyn and Ashton were running around the house, Caitlyn fell and hit her head. She hit it hard enough that she had to go to the doctors and get 5 stitches. Daddy took her and I took Brittany and Ashton to the game. Ashton got to play catch with Connor Myers before the game and ran out with him when the starting lineup was introduced. Brittany got to run out with Nick Lustrino. Once the National Anthem was done, they came back to homeplate area and said "Play Ball". Caitlyn got done with the doctors and got to the field right after the top half of the 1st inning so she missed running on the field with them. She was upset, but she learned a lesson to not run in the house anymore. She did get to participate in the Mascot race though! The kids did have a fun night and birthday, even though the Pilots lost.