We attended our 2nd Elkstock rib-cook off this past weekend and although I'm thankful for the rain, it pretty much made for a crappy weekend camping.
Thankfully, we were in Chanute so I went and hung out with my sister, Mom, and Dad while Tj and his friends braved the rain and cooked ribs. We always cook dry ribs (no sauce) but last year, wet ribs won so he decided to change things up a bit. Whenever I tasted them, I wasn't thrilled with his new techinique but apparently the judges were...because he won! What do I know? 
It cleared up most of the afternoon and Papa came out and fished with Tylee. That was definitely the highlight of the weekend for her.
This was as close as she would come to the catfish and was obviously forced there. Hilarious.
Our camper was trashed because of the rain and mud but hey, at least we have bragging rights for a year because of our TJ's ribs!


1st Day of School

Tylee was so excited for her 1st day of school and to be honest, I woke up feeling great about it too. We had a long night the night before that included a lot of out-of-the-ordinary waking up and being scared, as well as a random accident. I think she may've been a little anxious, but excited none-the-less. Our morning was far from blissful (read: up all night, wet sheets, and an unexpected bath) but once we got to the school, all was well.

She took her stuffed animal puppy-dog purse in her backpack "because she wanted to show Sally" (a friend that works there) but I think it was a bit of a comfort item for her. When we saw Sally and showed her the puppy, Tylee told me to hurry and get it back in her bag so we could get to Mrs. Hansen's room. That made me happy. She was ready! Until, that is, it was time for Mom and Dad to leave. We went in her classroom and hung up her backpack, the teacher greeted her but then got distracted with another kid and Tylee would not let go. I eventually got Mrs. Hansen's attention and by that time, she had to peel Tylee off of me. I tried to make it quick, I really did, but it just didn't work out and the tears started coming. Once I knew she was upset, I was upset as well. We left the room but I stuck around outside peeking in for awhile, hoping to see that Tylee had calmed down. No such luck but thankfully, about 10 minutes after we left my friend checked on her and text that all was well in Mrs. Hansen's room. Whew!
When we picked her up at 11, Tylee was all smiles and Mrs. Hansen said she did great. She told us that Tylee even talked to her a little bit, which I guess was an accomplishment considering she wouldn't say at word to her at Open House. I need to give it a few more days before I jinx ourselves and say it is going to be a great year but thankfully, we are headed in the right direction.


Sneak Peek

In 12 hours, Tj and I will be dropping Tylee off at her 1st day of true Preschool. I've been very, very anxious about all this, talked to everyone that would listen about the whole ordeal, yet have finally found some peace. I doubt I have peace at 8:10 in the morning as I'm leaving my baby in a school with over 300 kids but hey, at least I have peace at the moment. And I didn't cry at her Sneak Peak!
I didn't mention this before but my friend in the district took me to tour Mrs. Hansen's room last year when we were exploring preschool's and I fell in love. It was so cute and clean and Mrs. Hansen was exactly what I envisioned a preschool teacher to be like. Tylee is going to love her. (Although she wouldn't say a single word to her at the Sneak Peek.)
We just finished up a meal of Steak, Bacon, and Macaroni (Tylee's choice) and I'm off to tuck my little girl in bed for school tomorrow. I guess we are as ready as I'm ever going to be...


Sweetwater Hauler

The excitement has worn off a little because he bought it 3 or 4 weeks ago but if I would've posted then, I would've wrote, "OMG! My Dad bought a boat! I've been waiting for this for 29 years and he finally did it! This is the best thing ever!!" Today, I'm still very excited but in a much more calm fashion. Don't get me wrong, I cannot wait to go back down and go boating again but the week he bought it, it was like time was standing still waiting for the weekend to come so we could go down and get on the water. I have to admit, it was just as fun as I always imagined it would be! However, Tylee didn't want to go on it at all,  Brax was so excited to fish he could hardly stand it, and my priorities were sun, sight-seeing (going to and under the bridges for the kids), and having a picnic. 3 very different hopes for our 1st time out on the water but thankfully, Dad and Janis had the same agenda as me.
The day did start off with a hitch - on the way down the hill we got a flat tire on the trailor. My poor Dad!  
But we were on the water soon enough!
It didn't take Tylee long to fall in love. I knew she was my kid!
And it also didn't take her long to fall asleep.
But she woke up just in time to have a picnic and the cruise around close to shore so Brax could fish.
Thank goodness for Iphones because apparently, boating gets bored.
I think both kids would've been fine just sitting at the beach all day swimming with their other cousins because both of them asked several times to "go back to place where Gma Katy lives and swim." We were on the boat for 7 hours (with a picnic lunch and lots of swim breaks) but I guess that does get pretty boring for a 6 and 4 year-old. I, on the other hand, was in heaven. I did miss seeing all my cousins and Aunts and Uncles at the beach but we won't always be out for 7 hours. It was just "Sweetwater Haulers" first voyage and we wanted to make the most of it. Good times.


Summer Fun

This is going to be a pretty random post but I haven't blogged "just because" in awhile. Where has the summer gone? I cannot believe that school is about to start. And by school I mean, the real deal 5-day a week pre-school. I won't lie, I am freaking out a little lot. Is my baby really big and mature enough to handle going to a BIG school with a BIG cafeteria where she doesn't know a sole? Ugh, it makes me sick to think about it. Her pud life at home playing Barbies with Mom and Dad all day is over and our baby girl has grown up. With that being said, although I'm worried to death about it...I know we are making the right decision. She needs this. She needs the structure, guidance, and interaction. She is ready. Expectations for preschoolers and Kindergarteners are leaps and bounds ahead of what they were when I was a kid and 5-day a week preschool is just what you do these days. Starting her now in the USD school system will only make her that much more ready for Kindergarten next year. Moving on before I change my mind. (The truth is, if I had the option to stay at our M/W/F little church preschool, I would in a hearbeat. We just had a small daycare glitch and are making the most of the situation.)
We've had a great summer. I'm not sure we've had a weekend that hasn't involved the sun, a pool, or a lake in some form. I guess you could say we've been busy but it really depends on your definition of busy. If going swimming, to BBQ's, the cousins swim-meet, a baseball game, camping, and spending time with family means busy - then that is what we are! It has been a very laid back and relaxing summer and it is bittersweet to think about it coming to an end.
Tylee and the kids had Nanny playing jumprope.
Tylee is an absolute fish in the water this year. We had a major turn around and I would have to chalk most of it up to her Puddle Jumper. Thank goodness we crossed that hurdle. The other day at the swimming pool in Chanute she was going down the slide and into the water head first. Huge improvement from last year. Now, don't get me wrong - she can't actually swim (as in, without her floatie she would drown and unfortunately, I know this first hand) but at least she is in the water and loving it. Swimming lessons this fall are a must, considering there are 4-year olds on the swim team in Chanute that are swimming from one side of the pool to the other. All the while, Tylee can't even doggie-paddle. Thankfully, now that she is 4 Mom doesn't have to get in anymore.
Although I love everything that summer entails, I also am ready to get into a routine. And fall (and football!) is my favorite time of the year. I know that no one feels sorry for me but this will be the first time that I have ever had to get Tylee up, dressed, and ready to go as part of our morning routine. In her short 4 little years, she has either stayed home with TJ, went to Grammy's in PJ's, or TJ got her ready (with clothes I layed out) and dropped her off at 3-year old preschool. I am honestly looking forward to a structured morning with some breakfast and a little quality time with my girl before school each morning. Not to mention, I'll get to drop her off most days before I head to work. Can you tell I'm a morning person?
We took a little "before school starts vacay" last weekend to Kansas City to celebrate our girl starting Preschool. I think out of the three of us, I had the most fun. I guess that means she is spoiled but looking back at our summer pictures on the blog, I'd have to agree.
She was thrilled with Fritz's Railroad Resturant. Can't you tell? Ha! She hated the hat but once the food started coming, she was all smiles.
Kalaeidascope was fun (and free!) as well. It was like something out of a dream for Tylee.
Then it was on to some school clothes shopping at the Legends.
And a trip to KC isn't complete without a trip to Cabelas.