Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First Day of School

It finally arrived!
The girls have been counting down the days...

Clara is looking forward to another year with Mrs. Kovacs and Mrs. Stonehouse. 
She loves reading, math, and makerspace days.

Sadie has Ms. Gevers with a few of her favorite friends. She also likes that 
Mrs. Li, the chinese teacher, will be a student teacher in her class for a couple months.
She is especially excited for art, math, and recess.

They left with big smiles and came home with big smiles.
A good sign as we head into another school year.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer is coming to an end...

We decided to do something different this summer. Josh and I sat down with the kids before school got out and created a list of activities we would like to do over the summer. Everyone shared ideas and we wrote them down as our Summer Fun List. There were, of course, some big dreams put out there, but there were also some simpler activities like going on bike rides or having a game night. 

Josh and I were pretty clear that not everything on the list would be achieved. But I have to say that we did pretty good. It was fun to look at and use it as a guide when we had some quieter days or weeks. It certainly helped us to get out and about without making ourselves too busy. It has been a great summer!

Fitting in one more park day

This park had been on our to do list for a while. So, even though it was windy and a bit chilly, we packed up snacks and made the drive to Central Park in Maple Grove. The kids had a great time with all the awesome climbing choices and huge slides. A fun finish to a great summer!

Friday, August 25, 2017

RADZoo at the Park

Meet some animals AND play at the park.
This activity was right up our alley.

The kids got a to learn a little bit about some reptiles and amphibians from the RADZoo 
and then had a chance to touch some of the animals. 

In total, we saw a frog, gecko, salamander, 3 snakes, 3 turtles, and a baby alligator. 

And then we ran around at the park for a bit. It was a fun morning.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wolf Lake

After looking around at some camping options, we decided to change our original plan and drive further to a small cabin on the lake. The set up seemed ideal for the activities we wanted to do as a family while also working with the schedule of a 9 month old. And, since Josh had some time off at work, we were able to go during the week rather than fight for a weekend spot.

There were a variety of kayaks, canoes, and rowboats available for us to use, and we spent a lot of our time on them. Clara and Sadie are completely comfortable paddling kayaks on their own, and Josh took the kids out on canoe and rowboat rides. He also patiently prepared one fishing line after another as the kids tried to figure out how to cast and even catch a fish. 

Hazel set off exploring the cabin right away.

Beautiful sunsets that were best enjoyed sitting at the end of a fishing dock. 

Just a little bedtime reading to fully enjoy the bunk beds.

Helping Clara with her line. 
She was our early riser, pulling Josh out of bed each morning to go fish.

Getting ready to take the older girls on the canoe.

Graham was very excited to use his new fishing pole.

This was frequently the site just outside our cabin door...
Josh preparing a fishing pole while the others were out on the dock.

Sadie was a big fan of the hammock.

This proud boy caught two fish during our trip.
Although he was pretty convinced that he had really caught the same fish twice.

These two were crazy enough to jump in at the end of the dock.

Big smiles and a thumbs up, even when dripping wet and cold.

Hazel loved sitting on the beach.

Graham made this cubby area his own little hang out.

There was even a little play area just a short walk from the cabin.
Graham was particularly excited about these ATVs. 

We had a great time exploring a new area of Minnesota and being together as a family.
No one wanted to leave, but we hope to return again.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Storytime at the Fire Station

Our library has had a very full calendar of summer activities. We have only gone to a handful of them when times and interests have aligned, but they are a fun and free option to change up the routine of our days. Last Friday, Graham was super excited to hear that story time would be at the fire station. So we talked the girls into coming along for the adventure. 

Sitting in the old fire truck. 
Graham practiced driving us to the fire and putting it out. 

Exploring the inside of the big trucks.

Can you see his excited orange shirt sitting front and center 
while one of the firemen read a story?

It didn't take long for Graham to decide on his future career.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Swim Lessons

We live by a lot of water. I mean, Minnesota is kind of known for it. And if we are going to do activities in the water, I want the kids to be able to hold their own. So for the last two weeks, we have started our days at the local YMCA pool for lessons.

As it worked out, Clara and Sadie's lessons started about 30 minutes before Graham's.

And it was hard to wait!

But he was happy when it was his turn.
At least most of the time. Still working on putting his whole face in. 
He will do just about anything to keep his nose out of the water.

And Hazel hung out poolside with me.
She was not a fan of the child care option. Not one bit.

It has been fun to watch each of them at their different levels. We are planning to do one more session after school starts. The girls are making good progress on their skills so it will be good to keep them going. And hopefully some middle of the week practicing with Graham will help him get more comfortable. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Awesome Babysitters

I am grateful for these willing and able girls.
Hazel was more than happy to be outside with them...
Two people to play with. Awesome. 
Two ice cream popsicles to taste. Awesome.

Me being able to do a few things without kids underfoot. Awesome.

Monday, August 7, 2017

9 Months Old

Isn't she cute!
9 months feels like a big milestone.

She is crawling and pulling up everywhere.

She loves to splash around in the tub.

A few other things about her:
She still makes her noises when I give her a binki at nap time. Kind of like she is talking to it. (I really need to record it so I don't forget what it sounds like). And speaking of sounds, sometimes she will be listening intently to you and then pause and respond with "O." Like she understands everything you just said, and it was very important to her. 

She still often puts her head on my shoulder at bedtime after finishing her bottle. (No complaints here). 

She is a cheerful baby and always especially happy to be outside. Playing with toys on a blanket, going on walks around the neighborhood, or just sitting on the porch.

She kicks her legs when she is extra happy that you picked her up. 

She will eat just about anything, and with 6 teeth, I feel like I can give her most of what we eat.

Caught in the act...She is constantly finding new things to get into and explore.

9 month measurements
Height: 28.5 inches (82%)
Weight: 19 lb 7 oz (71%)
Head Size: 45.7 cm (92%)

We LOVE this girl. She brings so much happiness to our family.