Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dinner Time at the Bollingers

Anybody that knows Tracy, knows he is a picky eater, and unfortunately Everett, has always been a great eater, mimics his older brother and can be a stinker about food now too. Tonight they were both in great form. Just watch the videos. Summy Bear on the other hand is always happy.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Birthday of Speed!

So This Year for Everett's Birthday, we took the Kids out to the Salt Flats to see the World of Speed Racing. Basically, Any car, (record breaking or just your average Joe with a Porsche, when they're ready, and have had their car inspected, they then get in line and wait. So you could see one person going 130mph, and the next guy goes 500mph! How it works. It's pretty laid back because once in a while something happens and you wait 15 minutes before the next person goes. It was fun. I had never actually been out on the salt flats before, it was strange, it is rock hard, like driving on asphalt, but because there were some places that still were wet, here's a picture of my car after, you should see the undercarriage! We took Tracy's bike out with us, and he had a ball riding around, until the tire suddenly burst just sitting in the sun, it was weird. We all had a great time, definitely have to go again sometime!
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Back to School

Hi-ho-hi-ho, it's off to school WE go. Originally I had planned on sending Trace to Kindergarten this fall, but in April I had a feeling that maybe we should wait. His teachers thought he was ready, we had gone to orientation, he had picked out his new backpack, I had signed up for PTA....... I don't know why I suddenly felt like waiting one more year. Tracy's birthday is at the end of June, so he would have been the youngest in his class. As an August birthday myself, I didn't foresee it being a problem. I prayed and prayed and got advice from friends who have/had children in the same situation and ultimately decided on one more year of preschool.
Since making that decision I have not regretted it AT ALL! I figure, what is the rush for him to grow up anyway? Now he can drive all through High School and, if you know Trace, you know that getting to drive is like receiving the keys to the castle. Another plus is that he and Everett go to preschool together. They are obviously in different classes but it is cute to see them walk in together and sing their school songs in unison. On the first day Tracy put his arm around Everett's shoulder and walked him to his class. It was such a sweet moment. I have had several people, namely teachers, tell me that boys with late birthdays do better if they wait to go to school. So, I am glad I had that motherly "feeling" and that I followed my gut.

Tracy informed me this is his new pose because he is a "cool kid".
Everett is in a phase in which he copies EVERYTHING Tracy does. Thus, he made the "cool kid" pose too.
If you are wondering why I mentioned off to school WE go it is because I am back in school too. Not as a student, but as an "intervention specialist" which is basically a fancy way of saying teacher's aide. I work with third graders and I am so in love with my class I look forward to seeing them every day. I also love that they get excited to see me and give me hugs. Although, after orientation I am PARANOID ABOUT LICE!!!!! It is weird to be called Mrs. Bollinger but fun as well.
The teacher with whom I work is also FANTASTIC! I couldn't have been paired with a better person. She is organized(YAY!), doesn't take crap from the kids and has so many creative ideas. It is her first year out of student teaching so we are sort of learning the ropes together. I know I will learn a lot from her. Another benefit is that I get to see the inner workings of the school before Tracy begins next year.