Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cardboard Box Morning

I had a few deliveries yesterday and instead of tossing the boxes, we decided to make something with them today. Harper and I looked for some ideas on the WWW and he and I settled on making a pet home.

The red and blue on top is duct tape and Harper came up with the idea to make the stripes. Dakota wanted the triangle door and Harper suggested the windows and the toilet paper tube chimney....I just did what they asked. We found a little blanket and pillow to put inside and both kids grabbed a stuffed toy to play with, Harper chose a baby seal and Dakota picked a little elephant. 





While they played I went downstairs and found some lights to add and then Dakota ended up dragging her entire kitchen set over and we draped the lights over it as well. Then, they played.



They played in there until lunch time and got along nicely. After lunch, Landon was sweet and played with them a bit. (No pictures because he'd have been mad and quit playing.) Dakota asked him to be her baby, and he went along with it and just made her day! It was cute listening to them play and he was really nice about it instead of picking on her like he usually does. It was also a great way to sneak in a little alone time with Harper (we read a few books he picked out). 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer’s Here!

I’ve been keeping the kids pretty busy now that schools out. The only downside to keeping them busy is wearing myself out every day!

Last week we got to meet up with some preschool friends for an open play time at Rolly Pollies. Since my kids no longer attend the classes there, they were super excited to go back and play.

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One of the little girls that will be in Dakota’s class this fall was there and they played together really nicely. Harper, of course, was happy to play with everyone, whether he knew them or not! Their personalities are SO different!

Landon had his last day of school on the 18th, and man was he happy to be finished with 8th grade. It’s wild that he’ll be going to high school in the fall!

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We’ve been making an effort to go to the pool every day and the kids are loving that. We usually go when Tony gets home and stay until it’s time to head home for dinner, so we’re there about an hour and a half to two hours. Sometimes our plans are thwarted by passing thunderstorms, but we do try to get down there at least once a day.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Blue Hair Don't Care

Landon asked me a few weeks ago if he could dye his hair for the last week of school. Originally he wanted "hulk" green, but when we got to the store yesterday he found a blue he liked better.


I'll admit that while his hair looks really blue in the above picture (I used a filter), it doesn't so much in real life. In real life it had a blue tint to it and looked more gray and dull than anything else. He seemed okay with it though, and that's all that really matters anyways. He's got tomorrow and Thursday and then he's finally done with school for the year. It seems impossible that he'll be heading to high school in the fall.

The two youngun's and I hung out here at the house all day today. We played Lego's and tea party and dress up in the basement. We put dinner in the crock pot, watched cartoons and chased eachother around the living room. Harper pretended to be a super hero and Dakota pretended to be my mommy. Dakota buckled me up in my car seat and Harper shot us all off to the moon. Imagination is not a problem in my house...we have tons and we know how to use it.

I saw the cutest project on Pinterest the other day and knew right away it was one I would do with the kids. They LOVE the song "Going on a Bear Hunt" and we make up all kinds of versions when we're in the car. We've swapped the bear for a ghost and a goat and gone on adventures through haunted houses and farms. It's a great way to kill time in the car and they just can't get enough of it.

Well, the project I found on Pinterest centered around the original song lyrics and we got busy making a bear hunt map.


We made swishy, swishy grass. We made a dark, cold river. We made icky, gicky mud, tall trees in a forest, a cold snowstorm and a cave with the bear inside.

Harper's Bear Hunt Map

 
While this project might not look like anything major, I would have to say that it was one that they really enjoyed. They were so involved in each step and sat happily putting their maps together for about 1/2 an hour. Harper loves that there is a door on the cave and Dakota really liked making the mud,
Dakota's Bear Hunt Map


After our art project they wanted to play at the table so I grabbed an alphabet puzzle and had Harper hide all the pieces under some "water" and then Dakota had to find them to put her puzzle together. 


While Dakota was busy fishing for letters Harper worked on a workbook I got him last summer. It was nearly finished but we found a few pages to complete. He completed the book today and he's ready for the next one...


I went upstairs to fold some laundry and when I checked on them I found them like this:



He's "reading" her his super hero book. They were looking over the pages and he was telling her all about Iron Man. She looks really interested in the photo above, and I suppose she probably was for a few minutes, but apparently she really wanted to play puppy.


Before bath tonight we all went out in the back yard to check on the garden. I was surprised to find the green beans were ready to be picked! 


Guess we'll be having green beans with dinner tomorrow! :)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Celebrating 15 Years

Tony and I went out to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary tonight. Usually Tony takes the lead and books a table somewhere, but when he asked me if I wanted to go to Bonefish Grill, I told him I'd rather try Cantler's in Annapolis. He looked into making reservations but their site only allowed reservations for parties of 10 or more.



This restaurant is definitely off the beaten path. To get to it you drive through all kinds of different neighborhoods on winding roads that just seem to go on forever. As we rounded a corner to the restaurant we noticed a guy standing in the road talking to the cars ahead of us. We pulled up and he told us that the parking lots for the place were full and that we'd have to just wait in the car line until a parking spot opened up. I was a bit surprised that there was such a wait as early as it was but we decided to wait and see what happened. The guy suggested that one of us get out and walk up to the restaurant to put our name down and get a buzzer...and since Tony was driving that meant me. :)

I walked up and there was another line just to get in the door to get your name on the list for a table. It didn't take long, but when I asked how long the wait was she said it would be about an hour! I texted Tony because I wasn't sure he'd want to wait that long but in the end we decided we'd wait because we wouldn't be able to get anywhere else much quicker anyways since we'd driven so far out of the way...and there was nowhere for him to turn the van around with the narrow roads and people milling about all over the place.

We ended up only waiting about half an hour and then we were seated outside. It was in the 90's so it was quite warm outside, but under the covered portion of the deck it was decent. All of the seating is at picnic tables and we were plopped down right between two other parties. Our waiter came over and put some brown paper on our table, gave us a pitcher of water and took our order: a dozen medium male crabs ($50) and an order of their crab dip ($15). Tony also ordered a Sam Adams Summer Ale and I had to laugh a little when they brought him a can of beer and a little clear plastic cup! He's so used to either having draft or bottled beer that it was funny to see him get a can. We also ended up trying a Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy because the waiter accidentally brought Tony the wrong beer when he asked for another. I liked the shandy though because it really tasted like lemonade with some beer in it!

We only waited a few minutes before a woman came out of the indoor dining area carrying a tray of crabs meant for us. She had them on what resembled a school lunch tray and when we confirmed that we'd ordered a dozen mediums, she tilted the tray and dumped all the crabs right in the middle of our table.


It's been quite awhile since I've eaten crabs and it took me a minute to remember how to pick them, but I got the hang of it quickly and wow were they good! I kept finding the broken off claws and picking the meat out of them because they're much easier than pulling the meat from the crabs and the claws don't have any of that special dipping sauce that the body comes with! :) I think Tony ended up eating 8 crabs to my 4. He's a faster picker than me and I was too busy eating the crab dip! Let me tell you, if you ever go to Cantler's, make sure you order that dip! It was delicious!

It was nice being able to sit outside to eat and our view was lovely:


I thought it was super cool that some people were docking their boats right outside and walking up to the restaurant for dinner. 

I'd totally recommend this place to anyone looking for a good place to get dinner. They offer more than just crabs but I'm not sure why anyone would order anything but that. 



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Monday Bowling

We headed to the bowling alley Monday morning to use our summer bowling passes. We met up with Harper's friend Colin, his little brother Wyatt and their mom, Lisa. The kids had a GREAT time bowling so I'm thinking that I'll try to get them there once a week. It's a great way to kill a few hours away from the heat and it's free so that makes it even better!

Dakota was little miss independent, as usual, and wouldn't let anyone help her hold the ball or bowl. She even got the ball for Wyatt when it was his turn to bowl. (Wyatt is turning 2 next week so they're about a year apart. Dakota just loves him because he seems like a baby to her and we all know how much she LOVES babies!)


Harper bowled a 107 on his second game! He used a ramp and gutter guards but still! :) He had so much fun bowling and it was even better that his buddy Colin was there. They cheered each other on and kept an eye on who was in the lead. It was fun listening to them!





I thought the kids would take much longer bowling two games than they actually did. We got there around 9:30 am and they were done before 11. We decided to go to a nearby park to let them run around and play a bit. Harper and Dakota's favorite part of going to that playground was running up and down the hill. Harper must have done it a dozen times.


When they were good and worn out we packed up and headed home. It was probably one of the quietest car rides ever...I guess they were worn out! :) 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Graduate Photo Shoot

The day before Zoe's graduation she drove down so we could decorate her cap. Since she was here anyways I thought it'd be fun to get some pictures of her in her cap and gown...so, off we went!






 
I'm so glad we made the time to go out and get these pictures! It's kind of funny too because we went and took these pictures in the morning and later that afternoon we both went and got haircuts so here she has long hair but for her actual ceremony her hair was short. She's cute either way!