Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Little Catch Up and A Little About Today

I think I’m back from my blogging break, but I don’t know for sure, life has been so busy I’ve barely got energy to write about it at night!

We had a nice weekend at home for the most part. The only thing we did besides hang out at home was go to a friends house for dinner. Tony, myself and the kids (Zoe and Brandon too) all went over to my friend Mel’s house for crab legs and cream of crab soup. Of course everyone brought something to share, but the legs and soup were all we really needed; they were sooo good! We talked and watched the kids play with the dogs and hung out and it was a nice time.

We were all back to the grind yesterday morning and haven’t stopped yet.

Today was nice though because the two little kids and I didn’t have much on our agenda. We got up slowly (compared to M/W/F when there is preschool to get to) and decided last minute to go to story time at the library. Harper just loves story time and he is so well behaved the entire time. Dakota does really well too, but it’s a bit overwhelming for her since there are so many people.

When we got home Harper asked if we could go on a walk and pick out some leaves. I thought that was a great idea so I gave them each a plastic bag and we went out to gather fall leaves.

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We found LOTS of leaves and even a few flowers. Dakota was happy to find a “blow flower”! She’s still learning how to blow the seeds off without getting a mouth full though. :)

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We made it all the way down to the park where they went down the slide a few billion times before we headed back home for lunch.

See that little speck in the picture below? That Dakota running like hell to the park…she wanted to be first! She beat Harper by a landslide because he was still picking leaves, but don’t tell her that!

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While I made lunch, mac and cheese by request, the two of them sat and looked at books. I love when they climb in a chair together and “read”.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lazy, Rainy Day

Today is Rosh Hashanah and for my kids, that means a day off of school.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best day to have off because it rained and rained all day. It meant we were all stuck inside for the day, but it ended up being a pretty good day anyways.

Landon was able to get all of his homework done without the pressure of hurrying so that he could get outside to play. He got to lounge around and play with the little kids and even fit in some time on a computer game.

The little kids and I kept busy with toys and games for most of the morning and when it seemed that they were getting bored, we did some art. Harper practiced using his scissors and I let them both go to town with a bottle of glue and some glitter. It was messy, but it was fun!

After lunch the two little kids and I had some quiet time doing puzzles and looking at books while Landon did his 1/2 hour of reading for school. Dakota pulled out a book that makes all sorts of animal sounds and was being quite silly showing me her version of those sounds. Thank goodness for video!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The “Me Box”

I was the parent volunteer at Harper’s school today and what a fun day! The kids always say and do the funniest things. The other mom and I couldn’t help but laugh.

The teacher put a math problem on the board: 5 + 2 = ? She asked the kids to read it to her, making sure they knew the words “plus”, “equals” and “question mark”. Well, when she asked the kids what the “?” was Harper informed her that it wasn’t a question mark but a “mystery”! He’s just cute like that.

Also, when the kids were all saying good morning to the teacher, something they do individually, one of the kids kind of squeaked out his hello. Afterwards, Harper turned to me and said “He’s just so cute!”. Haha! The boys mom and I cracked up laughing!

Each kid in the class was signed up for a day to bring in a “me box”. It’s just a box full of things that the kid likes, things that make them individuals. I signed him up for today because I knew I’d be there and I wanted to see his first ever presentation! Smile So glad I did!

It’s kind of a long video, but it’s cute! And his teacher is just the sweetest!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Life Is Good (Scrapbook Page)

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This was a photo from the last trip Zoe and I took with the kids to the river this year. Zoe had been wanting to show us the waterfall and that day we finally made the hike. It was worth it and I’m glad Zoe was there to show us the way.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Festival

After apple picking, we headed over to the other part of the farm where they were holding a Johnny Appleseed Festival. When we first got there we browsed through the store where they sold fresh baked pies, apple cider, fresh eggs and other farm fresh goodies. There were tons of pumpkins, gourds and mums as well.

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When we went back outside we found a bunch of fun things set up for families to do. It was really geared for young children, but we all had a good time.

There was a maze, old tractor tires for climbing on, a tractor train ride, gem mining, some burlap sacks for sliding down a hill, some farm animals and a hayride. We were busy.

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Oh, and there were these little duck races. Cute!

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After we’d had all the fun we could stand, we grabbed ourselves some lunch and sat at picnic tables and ate while we listened to live bluegrass. It was a fun way to spend our Saturday and I hope we’ll get to go back next year!

Apple Picking Day

Yesterday morning, Tony the kids and I drove out to Parkville to go apple picking. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do yet hadn’t, until now.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that not only were we able to pick apples, but peaches too! It was so much fun!

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We ended up picking 2 different types of apples and both white and yellow peaches. As soon as we’d paid, Harper began asking if he could eat one. I, of course, let him and he couldn’t have been happier! He chose the biggest white peach that we picked and he nearly finished the entire thing! Landon had an apple and Dakota tasted a yellow peach, which Tony then finished. I finished Harper’s and tasted everyone else’s! Everyone agreed that the best fruit was fruit we’d picked ourselves!

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