Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall activities 2016

October has brought cooler weather and a wealth of fall activities! We love it! (All except the storm damage!)

  • Pumpkin painting--on our porch on a sick day with permanent paint--not my brightest idea! Ha! Leo brought out his Lego Nexo Knight book so I could make his look like a character from it. I did my best!
  • Pumpkin patch--unfortunately most of the pumpkins were rotten from all the rain and it was so hot and sunny that it was hard to get a good picture!
  • Fall outing (Dad and Olivia with yGuides, which is kind of like Girl Scouts but for dads and their kids)
  • Pumpkin carving party: Leo's friend's family invited us and we had a great time! There were SO MANY people there, but they were so well organized on their driveway and lawn that it all ran smoothly. The girl in these photos is from Leo's class. She's a sweet friend who plays with Leo a lot!
  • Just playing outside: The weather has been awesome!!
  • Storm damage: A leaky roof and no power for a few hours was just the beginning. Last Tuesday Nicholas pulled up the carpet in his closet to find this. We're still working on getting an insurance adjuster out here...

Leo's martial arts testing

Leo has been doing martial arts since late August. He asked to do it because of the Batman books we had been reading, but even as those have fallen from our reading list in favor of Lego books, he has still really enjoyed going and learning! The set up is this: you pay a monthly fee and go to as many of the classes for your age group as you want each week...there are six for "Tiger Cubs" and we try to go to two to four a week. Here's what he has been learning:

  1. The four rules of focus 
  2. Listening positions
  3. Front stance
  4. Low block
  5. Knife hand
  6. His phone number
Leo's first test from white belt to white belt with a yellow stripe was two Fridays ago. He did great and had fun!! I am glad he found something he likes!








Thursday, October 13, 2016

Test two...just one picture

When I tried a post with lots of pictures, it didn't work. Here's one...Halloween preview 

Catching up...with a new app

Grandma's September visit


Our Indiana and Kentucky trip from September:

Mom drove with us on the way...

A stop at Mutti's...



Lots of farm and cousin time...






Playing with Grandpa and Tamara:




Test post from new app

I haven't posted about:

  • Track out
  • Trip to zoo
  • Countless museums, playgrounds, and play dates 
  • Grandma's visit here
  • Our visit to Indiana and Kentucky 
  • Nicholas's week long conference 
  • My trip to Charlotte 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The blogger app on my phone stopped working

And so I haven't posted in nearly a month. I am looking into getting a new app for my phone, but until then, my posts will be few and far between...

Friday, September 16, 2016

These days...not quite summer...not quite fall

We're not up to much. I would say we are trying to settle into a routine with the boys school, but Jason only went 1.5 hours each Tuesday and Thursday and Olivia tracked out Friday with an early release day, so there is no routine! Here are some things we have been doing:

Enjoying some Mom and Jason time while Leo was at school!

Making slide shows for homework! (When did she grow up?!)

Labor Day weekend, we went to Three Bears, which is an outdoor place to be dirty and have fun!

Sled slides, sling shot, outdoor bounce pillow, rolling in big pipe peices: 
Also rolling here:

Mud kitchen and outdoor painting!

Checking out Cary's newest playground and spray ground!

We went to the museum of natural science in Raleigh after Olivia's early release to kick off track out! Olivia loved the bees and tracked the queen bee for at least a half an hour while the boys and I did other activities in the discovery room!

Jason and I finally started Kindermusik!! He loved it! One school year of this and my guilt will be assuaged that I did it earlier and longer with the other two!

The weather hasn't cooled much, so we are enjoying the shade in the afternoon on our new back patio!

Jason's school is getting a little easier for him each day! His teachers send me pictures and say that the playground is his happy place! :)

Did I say that Jason loves sugared strawberries? I put this bowl on the counter to have after dinner and Jason climbed right up the stool and helped himself!

We discovered an open gym for toddlers and preschoolers near us and Jason loves it!

Olivia and I had some rare girl time this week while Jason was at school! This girl is sweet and happy and full of energy! We sewed a project we have a hard time working on with the boys around, and went for a hike at a park between the boys' schools. 

I pulled out my zinnias and tomato plants last weekend since they were drying up and looking scraggly. This was the last bouquet!

And the last pool day of the year was also last weekend! We're so lucky to have this in our neighborhood!

And Olivia's violin teacher, after much practice of posture, plucking of the the violin strings, moving fingers up the neck of the violin, practicing holding the bow first using Mom's finger and then a market and then the actual bow, finally allowed Olivia to touch the strings with the bow!! Olivia was so excited!

I got this text and picture from her teacher, who adores Olivia: perfect square position!!

Leo continues to love "martial arts", which he asked to join because that was one skill Batman taught Robin, and earned his first stripe Monday!

Nicholas took off work today and we all visited the world's largest zoo!