Monday, September 10, 2012

Thirty Days Hath September: Day 5-9

d a y  f i v e : soccer practice
This was the highlight of Jace’s first soccer practice. The playground after it was all done.

d a y  s i x: a lunchtime love note

d a y  s e v e n : at the park

d a y  e i g h t  : game day

 d a y  n i n e : my girls

Jace, Marlee and I made it to the library earlier this week. Jace opted not to go to story time since Brynlee wasn’t there to escort him, so instead we browsed the picture books for “awesome books that daddy would love”. Which, as it turns out, “awesome books that daddy would love” also happen to be awesome books that Jace Buddy would love so that worked out nicely. As always, he ended up with quite the stack to bring home. I grabbed a few chapter books for my big first grader and the last few nights we’ve read a couple chapters together before bedtime. She was getting too big for picture books, but neither of us was ready to give up our storybook bedtime routine. I’m not sure why I didn’t swap for chapter books earlier – just didn’t think of it – but we are enjoying reading something a little more age appropriate and I love when Brynlee laughs out loud at six year old humor. I picked up a Clementine book and a couple Junie B’s {that girl’s got sass} and my sister suggested The Magic Tree House series. I would love more suggestions if you have any.

Jace started soccer and if that’s not the cutest thing ever. Little boys in soccer uniforms parallel little girls in dance tutu’s. Both are absolutely adorable.

His first little practice didn’t go well. He wouldn’t let go of my hand and was holding back tears the entire time. I was kicking myself for signing him up and was fighting the urge to pick him up and march right off that field to a place where he was more comfortable. Sometimes watching my adorable shy babies in unfamiliar situations is as hard on me as it is on them. I was certain his first game on Saturday would be more of the same. But he surprised me. I mean, he certainly wasn’t the most aggressive player on the team, but he was out there on the field. Without me. And like I said, … it was sooo cute!

Speaking of cute, the other day when we were driving over to Jace’s preschool he told me that he thought he was going to love going to preschool all by himself. Actually he said “me thinks me’s gonna love preschool by meself!” My little boy is growing up. Oh how I adore him.

Tomorrow he turns four! He wants to go swimming to celebrate. We will also be hanging streamers, blowing up balloons and eating cake. Oh, and doughnuts for breakfast, of course. It’s going to be a fun day.


Jaelynn said...

Happy birthday Jace! The coolest soccer player EVER! also, that picture of Brynlee and Marlee is frameworthy for sure. too sweet!

TraciFree said...

Me thinks Jace talks a wee bit like Popeye!

Jami said...

I love the picture with Marlee and the soccer gear! Also of Brynn and Marlee! TO fun! I am sure Jace will make quite the soccer player when he gets a little more comfortable!

Jessica said...

Jace is adorable in the soccer outfit! Happy Birthday Buddy. The girls also like to read Ivy and Bean.

Kimberlee said...

Ha Traci. He so does.

Jaime said...

It's such a comfort to know other little kids are as shy as mine.... I need to follow your example and get them out more. :) In additon to Magic Treehouse and Junie B's, we've loved the classics like Charlotte's Web, James and the Giant Peach, the BFG, etc. :)

Debbie said...

It's fun to watch our kids grow but so scary at the same time. I hate it when I can tell one of mine feels insecure. I want to wrap them up and never let go.
Oh and I bet your older daughter is a BIG help with that little bundle of cuteness. It's like playing with dolls only way better. lol

Megan Bailey said...

LOVE the photo of Marlee sleeping. Love the photo of your two girls. They are beautiful!

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