Thursday, August 25, 2016

{10 sweet years of marriage!!}

Today my sweet man and I celebrate 10 years of marriage! TEN! I know that is a huge milestone, but what blows my mind is that in November we will be celebrating twenty whole years together!! TWENTY!!! I have been loving this man for more than half of my life and what a blessing that has been. He truly is my best friend, my soulmate and more often than not - my better half! I couldn't imagine doing life with anyone else. He's my favorite person {besides Mason, of course} in the history of ever! And he loves me so well.

I have found the one whom my soul loves.
Song of Solomon 3:4

10 sweet years of marriage from Crystal Hall on Vimeo.

{I added a few pictures later and forgot to change the timing on them and the transitions! Oops! Just ignore those! ha}

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

{The First Day of First Grade}


Despite our best efforts to freeze time and make summer last forever, we couldn't make it happen. Mason went back to school on Monday and begun his First Grade year! I know I said this with Kindergarten, but First Grade just seems so BIG to me. I think it is because he is at a different school this year. A bigger school. His new school houses first through third grade and is enormous.

The night before I let him pick out which color uniform he wanted to wear, which pair of new shoes, made his teacher's gift, made his first grade chalkboard, packed his lunch, and before bed we read several books about first grade.








Mason started getting jittery and excited and wanted to ask a million questions about school instead of going to sleep. It was almost 10 pm before he and I both fell asleep. Monday morning came entirely too fast and it was time to get ready! It was an easy morning for all. Mason got ready with no complaints and even mentioned a few times that he was 'ready' for first grade! Oh, and he didn't complain much with the picture taking! That's a major win right there!!





What wasn't a major win? My camera kept fogging up because we keep it so cold in our house and it was so warm and humid outside!! I had to work as fast as I could because Mason's cooperation with picture taking lasts all of a whole minute or two!

Nathan was able to take off some time from work to go with us on the first day! We both walked Mason in and were able to take him to his classroom. But before we went to the class we saw one of Mason's good buddies and I had to grab a picture of them. They've been friends since they were one and it's been fun to watch them grow together!

Once they opened the gates we walked to Mason's classroom, He gave his teacher her gift and the biggest hug. We hung out for a bit until he was settled and then we were on our way! If Nate hadn't been there I probably would have stayed longer. ha! They would have had to make me leave.









The morning couldn't have gone any better!! And you better believe that I was counting down the minutes until I could go and pick him up.

When his teacher brought him out to me she said, "He's pretty awesome Mama!" I cannot tell you how much that meant to me! I mean, I know it...but it's so great when others see that too.

When he finally got in the car you could tell he was drained. And if they hadn't boycotted naps at the ripe age of 2 I know he would have passed smooth out. He said he had a good day, but beyond that we kind of had to pry out more. As the afternoon/evening progressed he told us more and more. I wrote down most of the things he told us about First Grade...

"Mom, it's way better than Kindergarten, We didn't do all of those things we did in Kindergarten, It was much less work."

"My table was probably the loudest in the class. They all like to talk!" {like he doesn't! ha}

"Mom, Joshua from church {youth Minister} came into my classroom today. He fixes technology for my school."

"My school is so longgggggggg!"

"I feel so sorry for my teacher that she has _______ in our class. He is so much trouble,"

"I'm going to try to be good all year. But I may get into a little trouble. BUT I'm going to try not to Mom."

"A lot of kids were scared of my lunchbox. It was great!"

"Gym was not fun today. It felt like we were in jail. The coach kept yelling and stuff. Juvie, yeah, it felt like Juvie!" {he later told us he was joking}

"It was a little bit longer than Kindergarten. That I didn't like."

"Mom, I missed you and I even said that out loud to everyone. Really I did."

"Mom, I'm just tired. Me and today just didn't get along since I had to wake up so early."

"My teacher reminds me of Nana with no glasses. She's sweet until she has to yell."

"One bathroom is awesome and one bathroom is awful. It's awful because it doesn't have doors around the potties that are on the wall. The urinals, you know?"

"There is a sign in my school that says everyone has a superhero inside of them waiting to be discovered. I have discovered mine already."

I can't wait to pick him up today and maybe find out a little more about First Grade and his new school, teachers, and friends. I think today is the first day they are transitioning to a different class for a couple of subjects. Even though it's just the class next door it blows my mind that they swap classes in first grade. So different than when I was in school!

And for comparison...


Has your kid{s} started back school yet? How did it go?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

{Karate Kid}

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I know I've posted about Karate here and there, but haven't officially posted about it. And because this is our family scrapbook... Mason started Karate on Wednesday, July 27th after years of begging us to do so. He now has 9 classes under his belt and knows numerous kicks and punches. He also knows his first Kata (Ki Cho) which means Foundation. He has done so well and puts so much effort into each class. Nathan and I have enjoyed watching him.

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If you ask him he will more than likely tell you that he doesn't like it. I am not sure why he does this because he lives, eats and breathes karate now. He can't even walk from one side of the room to the other without doing kicks or punches. Also, on days that he doesn't have karate he is begging us to go. He's even told us that he wants to keep going to the karate school after he's a black belt and that he wants to teach there. And just last week he had a girl instructor and for some reason he didn't want to leave when class was over. ;)

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I love that his school puts an emphasis on teaching manners as well as self-confidence. What kid couldn't use a little more of each? Each instructor he's had has been so great with kids. They really know how to work with them and to keep them interested. Even the owner of the school teaches class. He's my favorite because the kids really listen and pay attention to him.

I can't wait to see all that he learns from karate!

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His Nana and Papa call him Karate Kid now and I can tell that he loves it! He smiles so big!