Thursday, September 3, 2009

August Where Did You Go?

August day’s lazy fun
run right into September
when school has begun.

August seemed to go faster then any other month so far this year, maybe it was because besides doing nothing in particular, we were preparing for the school year to begin and there were a number of little changes, things that may normally go unnoticed came rolling in one right after the other. At the beginning of the month Gannon went from doing an Army Crawl to a full-fledged crawl within only a few days and began pulling himself up on funiture. On the first day he would cry after he got himself up because he was to afraid to let go so that he could get down. He also started saying his first words, besides mama and dada, he added on "nigh-nigh" and "amen". On the 5th of August, Gannon had his 9mo check-up (almost a month ago). Every time I get his growth stats I am amazed because when he was born we were told that with the cleft palette it was likely he would be smaller then average. I’d say with the height of 30in, head circumference of 18 ½ in and a weight of 25 lbs at 9 months our boy is not small at all! The following day, August 6th, I took Royce and Giovonnie to register for school; neither boy was excited about the idea of school starting soon, but now it was close to being here and we had to start to prepare with buying new backpacks, supplies from the class lists, and new school clothes. Gannon cut his first tooth that week, and was taken completely off the bottle too. August 11th we finally had the hail damage repaired on our Magnum, which proved to be a pain between the irritating claim adjuster and the hail removal guy… Anyhow, we took a quick last minute trip to Wisconsin for a Cox family reunion on the weekend of the 15th. I was able to see my mom and my Brother Aaron’s family the day before while going shopping for the boy’s school clothes at the Outlet mall in Wisconsin Dells. Royce and Giovonnie thought it was unfair that Dad got to stay behind and play with Papa Royce while they had to face their weakness and go shopping! It was along day and after shopping for what seemed like ages to the boys we went out for pizza. (Thanks to Laura Ann for this quick pic. of Gannon with a spoon on his nose.) After pizza we hurried back to the farm to meet up with Joe and Papa so that we could go see the movie GI Joe. That Sunday, the 16th, we went to the Cox reunion. It was so good to see everyone again, and a grand bonus to win the 50/50 raffle (must have been our lucky year - again). I regret not pulling my camera out to take pictures because I could have got some real good ones of Royce and Giovonnie trying to catch crawfish, and minnows in the creek. Royce at least tried hard not to get his new school clothes and shoes full of mud, but Giovonnie was covered from rear to foot. I made him undress to his underwear before getting in the car. Afterwards we returned to the farm to pack-up our things, and to give Giovonnie a bath before we headed for home. That week we finished buying school supplies, as well as when I noticed that Royce Lee was again maturing; taking on responsibilities without being prompted or reminded, taking extra care for Giovonnie so that he wouldn’t feel like it was always about the baby (or so he told me), and even offering his assistance with other things besides his own chores. I am a proud mama. Giovonnie also changed a bit, and lost his purple snaggle tooth; actually, Joe helped him yank it out with a string to be exact. Then the weekend of the 21st came bringing Royce’s 9th birthday along with it. He knew just how he wanted his birthday cake; he ordered it as a chocolate cake with white vanilla frosting, and red Pull & Peel Licorice to write his name, and Redi Whip on the side. He even went to the store to pickup the ingredients with me the day before his birthday. August 23rd we celebrated Royce’s birthday by letting him chose what we would do together on his special day. We played games, watched him open gifts, measured his height on the “growth chart door” and then later met Uncle Scott and his family at Pizza Hut for dinner and cake, and on the way home was serenaded over the phone from his cousin Cameron with the birthday song. It was really just a simple birthday, yet he said, “It was the best day ever!” Then the very last day of summer vacation snuck up on us, so we spent it lazing around the house before attending the open house at the school that evening.

And the boys started school on August 26th - Oh fun summer August days where did you go?

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