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Last Day of School

June 9th was the kids’ last day of school. It was a much-anticipated day in the Shannon house. By the end of the school year I am out of steam. I forget to sign daily folders and planners. I can’t keep track of what special day it is for what kid, because the entire last month of school is one “Special Day” after another.

PJ Day! – wear Pajamas and bring a stuffed animal

Extra recess! – bring sunscreen and water

Movie Day!  – bring a pillow

Wear School colors! – teal and purple

Wear Grade Level Colors! – Purple, Orange and Blue respectively

Game Day – Bring a board game

Picnic Day – eat lunch outside bring a towel to sit on

And it went on and on, and rarely did each kid have the same event on the same day.

Needless to say…. when it came time to take the last day of school photo, I was almost in tears. Tears of sweet relief!

The kids have come so far. I would say that this year was the best year that both of the boys have had in school. They were blessed with wonderful teachers and even though there were some really tough times throughout the school year, the teachers we incredible and we felt supported as parents and we knew when we sent our kids to school, they were loved. It was a good year for all three kids, but the boys really hit the jackpot with teachers.

Michael finished 3rd grade on a positive note and is excited to be a 4th grader. When asked what he wants to be when he grown up he said, “I want to be a computer programmer like dad!’

Patrick finished 2nd grade with really high grades in reading. He has become quite the reader. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up he said, “I want to be a Myth Buster but if that TV show is gone when I am a grown up, I want to be a science teacher.”

“LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!”

And Elise. We went to our very last Kindergarten Graduation. It was a bittersweet day to know we will never have a Kindergartner again. Elise, on the other hand, was stoked to move on to 1st grade. This girl isn’t really excelling in her academics. She is however, rocking at “Specials” which are what her school call Gym, Music and Art. She made it through Kindergarten and first grade will be a challenge but we have a whole summer of Mom and Elise reading time to help catch her up. When asked what she wants to be she said, “I want to be a Mom, and a Cowgirl and…. can I still be an Artist if I am a Mom and a Cowgirl too?”

A few more pics here. 

Fall 2015 Header

We had a long fall here in MN. In fact today, 4 days into November, it hit 62 degrees!

The weather has been gorgeous and some kids have even been wearing shorts to school. My kids have not been wearing shorts to school though because I am desperately behind on sock folding. Want to know a secret? Not once this week did my kids go to school with matching socks.

Anyways… the warm weather and the late turning of the leaves is why this is our greenest Fall Header yet! I missed the window of time where all the leaves were beautiful reds, oranges and yellows but this photo was taken the week of Patrick’s birthday so it counts for Fall, y’all!

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Halloween 2015

I have given up the idea that I am able to influence their costume choices. It would be fun if they would like one of the costume themes that I come up with, but they were not into that this year. They each wanted their own costume and none of them wanted to match the other.

Fine. Whatever. They win. So I set aside my dreams of Harry, Ron and Hermione. And all the other trios that would make for fun costumes and let them pick.

Michael chose to be a Dementor from Harry Potter. Patrick picked Jack the Pumpkin King. And Elise declared that she wanted to be a “Rainbow Bird”

I have to admit… they chose some pretty fun costumes. It may not be a theme but they all looked cute and were super excited about their costumes.

I guess Rainbow Birds are a bit sassy.

Michael the Dementor

Patrick the Pumpkin King

Elise as Rainbow Bird

I still have no idea where she came up with “Rainbow Bird” but she was happy with what I made so I am going to call it a win.

We were invited to a Halloween party so Tim and I dressed up too. Separately, Tim is a bottle of Sriracha and I am a hen. Together we are Spicy Chicken!

 

More pictures here.

Mental Note Failure

I am not a super organized person. Most of my life I have gotten by with the process of making “mental notes” and then just magically remembering said “mental notes” and that is how things got done.

That doesn’t work as well any more. Maybe it is the 3 kids that are muddling up my “mental note” system. Maybe it is all their activities and school work. Maybe it is because I am on the other side of 30 now. (maybe it’s the fact that mental notes aren’t a system at all – Tim) I don’t know what the reason is but the old system isn’t working any more. They system is broken.

The broken system is why, for 2 months, I have had photos sitting on my computer that I never shared them on the blog. I made a mental note (a few mental notes actually) to publish the photos but never got around to it.

So here they are: Photos that I forgot to share with you all until now. Because “mental notes” after 30 when you have 3 kids, is not an effective system.

More Elise and Kit Kat photos here.

And not to be forgotten photos of the Scotland and Ireland trip. Here is a nice one of Grandma and Sarah.

If you are ever sitting around having coffee with my Grandma, Beth, Sarah or I ask them about the lady and her un-pictured Dad behind Grandma in this photo.

I have made a real, pen-on-paper, note to myself and stuck it in front of my computer that says, “finish posting vacation photos!”

More photos of St. Andrews and Blair Athol in my Scotland/Ireland photo gallery.