Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We had fun baking and...


The apple pie turned out great!

Dinner was yummy and it was great that Mutti came so we had family to share our blessings with!

While the other adults napped ( Nicholas was sick), The kids and I went to the park. I got the biggest kick out of Olivia and her turkey wing!

Then Friday we put up the tree!

And we went to another park and enjoyed being outside and together!! Love you, Mutti! Thanks for coming so far to be with us!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bill and Tamara's visit

As my second most avid silent reader of this blog, I must apologize to Grandpa Bill for being so late in posting about their visit! (Do you all see what losing the Blogger app has done to me? I am practically not blogging anymore!)

Bill and Tamara visited us November 10-13, and we are so happy they did! I got zero pictures of them playing with the kids, but they did a lot! And the kids were thrilled with all the attention--playing Legos, kicking balls, watching every type of show off activity from martial arts moves to violin to Nexo powers to play doh! 

Nicholas and Bill spent a good amount of time repairing the water damage in the master closet, which was a huge help! This was an in-progress picture where the wall was repaired by Bill and the holes were open to dry out the mold and apply anti-microbial paint.


Even with sick kiddos--Jason had a double ear infection and strep throats and Olivia had strep--we still made it out to Ruth Chris Steakhouse Saturday night and it was awesome! Having adult conversation, eating delicious food, drinking yummy wine, and just enjoying each other was just what the doctor ordered!! Thanks for coming, Bill and Tamara! And thank you for picking up the tab more than once! We love you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Halloween 2016

Leo was a Lego Nexo Knight named Clay for Halloween! He was adorable at his preschool song fest!!


My boys were out of school on Halloween, so we did story time and had fun there!


My group in the neighborhood had a Halloween get together, and Nicholas and I even dressed up...sort of. We were the king and queen, along with our little prince, an angel, and a Lego knight!


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