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Sunday, December 1, 2013

School Days

In late August and early September, everyone went back to school and we started a whole new routine for our family.  Dave was first to go back, but we didn't make him pose for pictures.  Mairead was next and was very excited to go back and see her Kindergarten friends.  She loved wearing a new dress and was happy to smile for the camera.  Once it was actually time to line up, though, she had a very hard time separating and actually going in.  It was NOT a fun morning as she was sobbing, Jack and Ben were whining, and of course, had to go to the bathroom while I was trying to get her to calm down.  Lots of kids have back to school jitters, of course, but it just seems like so many things are so much harder for her than for other kids.  She did go in, thanks to the wonderful special education teachers who came over to help, and she handled the day just great.  She always rises to the challenge; I just wish that everything didn't have to be a challenge for her.  I'm always so proud of how resilient she is.

The boys were next to go back, and that happened on the same day that Christin returned to work after maternity leave.  That meant that my niece, Mairin, started coming to our house for full time day care.  Lots of changes for us!  We love having her here and the kids are obsessed with her.  The boys were exhausted after their first day (a whole 2.5 hours) but had fun overall.  That experience was not great, either, since Jack was literally hysterical about separating from me and going in to school.  Other parents were saying things like, "Oh, that poor little boy."  One mom said to me, "Oh my god, I would be crying if that were my kid, I feel so bad for you."  Not great when your kid is the one who is the MOST upset... and it's the second time in a week that happened.  I'm hoping that future first days of school are easier than this year's first days!  At least I know they are in a great school, and they are all together.  I love having them all at the Pyne and it's so cute when they tell me they saw each other in the hallways and waved.  When I pick them up, the boys immediately grab hands with Mairead so they can walk to the car together.  School is such a huge part of life that I just want so badly for them to have good experiences.

I should have known this was not going to go well- Jack had no interest in going, didn't want to pose for pictures, and tried to go back in the house.

Ben was super excited, though, and gave me lots of smiles.

Reading comics on the way helped to calm the nerves a little.

The kids are so lucky in that they all have great teachers.  Mairead's teacher has been incredible with her and is so helpful in giving her the extra attention and support she needs.  She has an extensive background in SpEd and that is reassuring to me.  The boys were scheduled to have the same teacher that Mairead did for preschool, but that teacher had to unexpectedly take some time off for a family issue, so there was a brand new teacher.  The boys love her and she has been wonderful.  She is young and energetic and has red hair just like April from the Ninja Turtles, so that's pretty great.  My favorite thing about her is that she has been awesome about getting to know each boy and I have never heard her get them mixed up.  The other kids in the class are great, too, and they all seem to think it's fun to figure out who is Jack and who is Ben.  I think they are proud of themselves when they get it right.  I do try to put Ben in blue nearly every day to help them out.  I'm glad that people are trying to see them as individuals and not as 'the twins.'

Scenes from August

In addition to our big adventures in August, we had a lot of relaxing times, too!  Mairead can read just about anything now, and Dave has gotten all the kids into reading comics.  It's cute to see him take the kids to the comic book store and enjoy the same things their dad did when he was little!

One night, we went to the Lowell Spinners with my twin moms and it just so happened that our event fell on Superhero night!  The boys are in capes or costumes much of the time anyway, so it was nice that they had a real reason to wear them.  The kids love the atmosphere, the snacks, the music, and the ice cream.  Oh, and there is baseball, too.

Every once in a while, Mairead's hair gets so long that it's hard to shampoo, takes forever to dry, and is a pain to brush.  So, we go and get several inches chopped off, and then I regret it.   I mean, she does look super cute, but I miss the long hair every time I do it.  Maybe it's because she looks older with short hair and she's already growing up too quickly!

I love finding the boys in these little moments.  They gather some of their little heroes and get lost in their imaginations.  It's so sweet.

We had a fun playdate with Jack and Aidan, during which Mairead wore an astronaut's helmet for most of the day.  The boys even sat still for about ten minutes to watch part of a movie.

All of the kids are really into coloring, art, and projects now, so we spend a lot of time making a mess of working in the office. 

This August was a lot less stressful than the last two as we knew that Dave would be returning to the same school in the same job.  It made such a difference for us since we could actually enjoy the summer and the time with our kids instead of worrying constantly and having Dave working on his resume, setting up interviews, etc.  He is at a great school now and we are really happy that things worked out this way!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunny Days, Science, and More Swimming

For the first time, we went to the beach at Salisbury State Reservation.  That beach is incredibly clean with great sand.  It was a nice day trip for all of us, and it obviously exhausted poor Ben.

Mairead and I met up with our friends, Kacey and Kacey's mom (Lisa).  It was fun to have a little 'girl time' and to see Mairead interact with another little girl her age.

Another first for us was Bradley Palmer State Park.  It's a GREAT set-up with a wading pool for the kids that is about 2.5 ft at its deepest, and is a 'wade-in' pool so even little ones can splash around.  It is entirely fenced in, there is a playground area, and the ice cream man comes around every day.  There are bathrooms and you can bring a picnic lunch, etc.  The only drawback is that they only allow a certain number of people in, so you have to make sure you get there early and line up to be allowed in.  It was a great spot for me to take the kids on my own and we had a really nice day while Dave was at school working on curriculum.

I love this.  I find them this way many nights and I still just think it's the sweetest thing.  We want to put them in 'big kid' beds and maybe move them apart, but they don't want any part of that.  They love their little beds and want to be together forever.