Mason, Rylan, and Elli,
We crammed August full of fun before school started on the 23. Mason, you were hesitant to go back, but it seems to be going well so far in first grade. We took our family vacation with Nonni and Poppy a couple weeks before school, and we left straight from Luke's wedding, so we got to the beach pretty late.
Jill came for part of the beach week too, since Uncle Tony and Janelle weren't able to come and we had extra space. There are lots of pictures to show what vacation was like, so I won't say much about it. But none of you wanted to leave. (I'll put the beach pictures last this month because there are sooo many). The rest of the month was filled with LOTS of bike riding, book reading, and putting happy faces and sad faces on our obedience chart to end with a popcorn party where we watched the Lego Batman movie and ate popcorn!
We also got to go to Shenandoah Acres a few days before vacation. Mason, you played some of the organized games with the other kids camping there. It's been so fun to watch you and Rylan having fun in the water this second half of the summer. Mason, you especially love the water now.
Mason, we got to do our tradition of school shopping together where we went to Micah's and got special drinks before looking for all your school stuff! I like to do things like that with you. Wednesday nights being late because of Awana are going to be hard again this year, but I'm hoping your body will get used to the schedule and we're trying to do all we can to make it easier on you to get to sleep faster. I love seeing how helpful you are and how kind you are (when you're in a good mood) ;) You still love playing baseball in the yard with Daddy and doing jobs with him.
Rylan, it's so funny to see how light your hair got this summer even compared to April or May. Anyway, you are so sweet, and I love that you still call yourself Ry Baby at times. You make friends with other kids wherever we go; you introduce yourself and ask them how old they are. I'm proud of you for that. We're still trying to transition you into Mason's room at night, but I'm still wondering how it will work since Mason has trouble just going to sleep on his own so far. Hopefully that will happen pretty soon though.
My sweet Elle Belle, how are you almost two??? (Actually, as I'm writing this late, you turn two TODAY. Aaah.) You are so pretty and so silly. You still don't talk with real words, but you know every bit of what we say to you. I know it's frustrating to you when we don't understand you sometimes, but you handle it pretty well. You like to climb and run and play hard with your brothers. You get messy but are also very into being clean. You are finishing being in the nursery at church (moving up to toddlers), which makes me sad, and you will even be in Puggles this year in Awana!! You started giving us super good hugs and real (sort of) kisses this month. You push your mouth/teeth up against us so hard and just keep it there for like 30 seconds....it is really funny, doesn't feel very good, and incredibly sweet.
Here are the quotes from this month!
I love you all my little cutenesses. :)