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!


  1. Oh my goodness, this post has so much! I love the description of Three Bears - I hope they had fun getting dirty. I love Jason's little smile and that he enjoys strawberries so much! Yay for the new patio!! I love a good sewing project - it's great that Olivia is interested in this. A slideshow for homework - oh my! Yay for Leo getting his yellow tip! I'm a little confused about the world's largest zoo. Either you went to Moscow, San Diego, the Bronx, or Toronto. Google is providing me with mixed reports on what the largest zoo is. Since I doubt you went out of the county, I think my information is wrong. Anyway, it looks like you had fun. :-)

    1. Ha! Nicholas and I noticed a sign at the NC zoo that said it was the world's largest zoo. Upon closer inspection, it claims to be the workd's largest natural habitat zoo. Whatever that means! But the place is physically vast!

  2. You guys have so much fun! I love it! It's great that you get to have a little special alone-time with each child ... I'm sure they love that! Also, powerpoint so early?! Really??