Meet the Sullivans

July 6, 2018

Goodbye, Kindergarten!

Well, that went by quickly. I know it's cliche, but this school year went by so fast for us. There we a few end-of-the-year activities keeping us busy in the last few weeks and then BAM it was promotion day. Even Owen was surprised and a little sad to leave kindergarten!

You can't tell by these pictures, but Owen has grown SO much this school year. The shirt and sweatshirt he wore on the first day of school are too short and a little snug now. Clothes and shoes seem to be the best indicator of growth these days since he is growing right before my eyes.

The truest of all Owen's loves / likes on his chalkboard is definitely his love of playing tag! He probably played tag at school 3x a day including recess and after school etc. and then usually with Keith and I at the park after dinner. He loves tag!

The kindergartners entertained the parents and families with a few cute songs and a dance to Dynamite by Taio Cruz. We caught Owen requesting the song on our Alexa a few times to practice his moves, but he always asked us to forget we saw anything. He was so proud to finally show off his moves on the special day!

I can't believe that in a few years I'll have both my kiddos at the same school! I'm sure Luke will feel like an old pro making his way around the campus by then.

Owen insisted on bringing a little end of the year gift to his classmates. He knew exactly what he wanted to give them (bouncy balls) and what the tags should day "have a BOUNCY summer". I tried to convince him to use "have a BALL this summer" but he was set on his idea, and it was his gift so I let him roll with it. 

I think he's really going to miss them this summer! I love the bond the kids make each year! 

The day before graduation we put together a little field day / party for all the kindergartners at school. They played games (dance party, potato sack, parachute, water balloons etc.), decorated their caps for their graduation and had a snack. They all seemed to have a LOT of fun!

How cute are these caps? I love the hand print and how colorful they all looked. Such a cute keepsake! 

We're already a few weeks into summer and since we're on a semi- year round schedule our summer is only 7 weeks long, so we go back to school mid-August.  First grade is truly right around the corner!

May 16, 2018

Mother's Day Weekend 2018

Oh, hey! It's been too long since I've blogged, and I have totally neglected to write about our trip to Disneyland, which I really wan to get to, but in the meantime I'm here to talk about Mother's Day weekend. 

The weekend always starts Friday morning, right? Luke and I go to Junior Gym on Friday mornings, followed by whatever errands need to be done before the weekend. On this Friday we needed to pick up some things for Owen's t-ball team snack, and Luke ended up getting a lollipop (a "pop", as he calls them) AND a balloon. He was thrilled!

We picked Owen up from school later and were happy to hear that the class butterflies had started hatching! It made Owen's day to see them coming out of their chrysalises.

Owen's teacher uses a "scouts" behavioral reward system in her classroom where each child gets a turn being the "scout" and their job for the day is to watch their classmates for good behavior. At the end of the day the "scout" gives out rewards to a handful of kids. The reward is always a piece of card stock with either a poem / visual / activity related to what they've been learning in class. Not to brag, but Owen almost always comes home with one. He's a really good kid at school and a great rule follower.

On Friday the scout award was how to make a volcano, which of course we HAD to try. It was fun for both of us!

He also made me a cute card. In preschool the parents and teachers in the classroom helped the kids make their cards, and I could totally tell that this year Owen made this card allll himself. It was a little crooked and bent, but all the more sweet because it was all his. He was so proud!

I've been sorting through our storage boxes of photos and memories etc. and found this little card I must have made for my own mom many, many Mother's Days ago. The funny thing is, I do not remember my mom being a stickler for keeping a clean room. She usually cleaned our rooms while we were at school (oops, sorry mom), but maybe I felt guilty. 

I made it to HIIT Saturday morning for the 4th weekend in a row! I love this class, but the day and time doesn't always work for me, so I'm always really happy when I get to go. It is a killer workout.

Saturday afternoon we celebrated Mother's Day with Keith's mom! I picked up cannoli and spumoni from Romolo's for dessert. We barbecued, played in the backyard and hung out with everyone. We gave Keith's mom a beautiful succulent arrangement, but I forgot to get a picture.

I told Keith and the boys that all I really wanted on Mother's Day was to sleep in a little and then drink my coffee in bed, and that's exactly what I got. It was awesome and I totally loved it! They also gave me a pretty necklace (still waiting for it to arrive in the mail) and let me take a nap in the afternoon. 

My mom and sister came over for brunch later in the morning. I made a breakfast casserole and we had mimosas, smoked salmon, bacon and mini cinnamon rolls.

After brunch we all went to Owen's final t-ball game of the season, and he even got a turn being catcher! He had quite the cheering section with Luke, me, both his grandmas, two aunts and his cousin. He was too cute buried beneath all that catchers gear.

We all loved the experience of his first baseball season, and he'll definitely be back again next year for more. 

It was a GREAT mother's day weekend and I even got a picture with my two favorite monkeys!