Today is Emmett's birthday. When you ask him how old he is, he holds up his fingers and says, "one, two!" It is really cute, we make him do it ALL the time!
The big brothers helped open his presents.
There was story time at the library today (I LOVE our library...so much fun stuff happening there for my kids). Emmett got this special crown and everyone sang to him.
This was the second week of story time. Last week there were 32 kids (plus care givers) and this week there were 50 kids!!! It is so great to see all these little ones, just anxious to get to know everyone better.
We picked up Caleb from school and went to Scott's for ice cream (thanks Uncle Kyle, Auntie Jenny and Charlotte for the gift cards!)
Here is our big 2 year old. How has it already been 2 years. Our Emmett is so full of life. He is constantly talking and moving and trying to keep up with his brothers. We love you so much Emmett!
I ended up driving the boys to school this morning, so Emmett and I spent 2 hours "out on the town!" I was too cheap to actually pay for this horse ride, but some old man came and gave Emmett the $0.50 he needed...good times.
Here is Jackson having snack in his classroom.
And Jackson with his backpack by his classroom door.
We were so happy to get a call from the preschool on Monday saying there was an opening for Jackson! Here he is on his first day of preschool in Iron River. He got into the morning class which means he can ride the bus to school with Caleb. I think it will be good for Caleb to have a buddy on the bus. As you can see Jackson was pretty excited about the big yellow bus. (Emmett is already asking to go on the bus too)
The second day of school the bus driver stopped at our house and surprise...his bus driver was Scott (of Scott's Subs in town)! Caleb hopped right on and was off to school. Meanwhile, I had the van all packed up for a little visit to Chicago. I got Jackson and Emmett loaded up and we drove to school to meet Caleb when he got off the bus. We got there just in time and helped him learn what to do once he gets to school. Soon enough the bell rang and we walked Caleb to his class and said goodbye. We hit the road at 8:00 and made it to Linnea's at 2:00! The boys were amazing in the car which made the trip even better.
We had a packed couple of days but most important was spending as much time with our new cousin, Samuel Atticus Asher Rummelhoff who was just one week old! Welcome to the world little buddy, we love you so much (and are so glad you can reuse all our boy clothes!!)
I just loved these pictures of Emmett waiting outside for the bus.
Today was Caleb's first day of Kindergarten. Last week after his orientation he said "I was kinda nervous about Kindergarten but now I am excited because I get to meet new friends." We were excited for him too but also aware that there are a lot of new things for our kids right now. Caleb will be in all day Kindergarten (7:52 to 3:08). He will be riding the bus to school in the morning and our friend Linnea will be driving him home at the end of the day. The bus picks him up at 6:50am! Although today things didn't go as planned...Erik was standing in the driveway looking for the bus while the rest of us huddled inside because it was a whopping 32 degrees out this morning! All of a sudden the bus just flew right past our house! The driver obviously didn't have our house on his route. Erik and I were planning on meeting Caleb's bus at school this morning to help him figure everything out so we all just drove him to school. Of course I had some tears thinking about him being gone all day, but it was great. He walked right into his class and said goodbye like it was any other day!
His teacher, Mrs. Fish (So nice to not have to get to know the teacher too!)
When Caleb got home from school he was pretty good at sharing about his day. He was so excited that he got to have 3 recesses, his favorite time was story time and they celebrated someones birthday. I did notice that he didn't really eat too much of his lunch (only applesauce and raisins). Wondering if the whole lunch thing was a little overwhelming for him. As for me, I missed him a lot. It seemed like he was gone for so long and I just kept wondering what he was doing. While Emmett napped, Jackson and I had some good quality time together. We made cookies, played baseball and cleaned up the house. I guess they do have to grow up sometime...just not sure I was ready yet!
From left to right Caleb, Jackson, Emmett, Laurel, Grant and Henrick
We enjoyed some time with friends at Jack and Verls. This weekend was Erik's installation service, so we got to see a lot of friends and family. I didn't take any pictures of the service! I was overwhelmed and so so proud of my amazing husband. He is already serving this camp so well.