Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer fun (June)

Ella is going to gymnastics weekly this summer. Her very first class was Monday and she loved it!

Will spent the week at aquarium/nature center camp. He loved every single day. But said mud day and canoeing were his favorite parts! And going to work with Chris and having giant pancakes before camp wasn't bad either. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ella's first tooth {lost}

Ella's tooth has been wiggly for over a month. It was barely hanging on. So like a good Mom I suggested we "shoot" it out like we saw on you tube. She agreed and tried to shoot it herself but kept missing. I took a shot and out it came! And bonus points for the Nerf being the bad guy! Tho she said it didn't hurt at all. 
Our tooth fairy, Flossie, paid her visit and left three gold coins! Ella was SO excited!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Summer kick off

Summer has begun! The kids pitched in to help clean all the winter/spring gunk off the decks and toys...after our hard work the kids were ready to play! And fish. And tube!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Awana awards

It's time for the end of the year Awana ceremony at church. Ella has looked forward to Awana every single week. She loves memorizing verses and earning jewels. This year she memorized the books of the New Testament in order and a passage in Psalms. I can't wait to see what she does next year. 

Wyatt only went a few times all year but recently got excited about it again. I think the Grand Prix race made him want to go back. Hopefully he will be all in this fall. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pink. Hot pink, please.

Ella has complained for awhile that her room is white (it's actually a pale pink). We told her we would repaint after Kindergarten. She requested lime green, a favorite color of some of her friends. I told her we would consider it if she could stick to a color choice all school year long. A few weeks later she requested hot pink and stuck to her choice all year. So Friday we surprised her with a new pinker room when she got home! It's more of a bubble gum pink but she was thrilled.
Earlier in the week I also surprised her with new sheets to replace the "baby ballerinas" she has had since day one. She absolutely hated those sheets. It's hard to say which she was more thrilled with.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Field trip time {2nd grade}

Second grade hasn't taken many outside-of-school field trips this year.  But this month he finally got one. And it was to the Nature Center. The perfect place for Wilson! Mimi was nice enough to go with him so I could go on Ella's Mother's Day picnic. 

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

All the berries!

We took a quick trip down the road to try our hand at u-pick strawberries. Less than an hour later we had 20lbs of berries. Despite the fact that the boys don't like strawberries they still had fun picking the berries. We might need to make this an annual tradition. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sand in our toes again (part 1)

Another spring break with these five crazy cousins in the books. 

We did lots of swimming this time since the weather wasn't the warmest. 
The best news is none my three didn't need floates this time. 

Will was thrilled to finally fly a kite! And to have a blue heron land within feet of us. 
The bad news is Wyatt managed to bring pink eye on the trip with us. Thankfully, no one else caught it. 
And Ella was thrilled to get some shrimp on our one night out. She is the only one who dined on seafood, haha. 

To be continued...

Friday, April 08, 2016

Once again, instead of a big birthday bash, Wilson elected to have a shopping spree at ToysRUs. He was thrilled with all of his new Skylanders he picked.  And before we left we checked out the bikes. Chris demonstrated this fat tire bike for us. 

And no outing with Will is complete until we visit the pet store. He found the friendliest chameleon. Thankfully, he didn't ask to bring him home. Reptiles are a big no on my list. 
*and yes, that is marker all over Ws face. It was part of an activity/field trip at school today. 

Thursday, April 07, 2016

8 will be great!

#8 finally arrived. Wilson, once again, requested to skip having a party with friends and have a shopping date with just us. We agreed.  Tonight Mimi and Poppy came over to celebrate with us. And watch him open a few gifts. His fave was the Rubik's cube and a giant box of all the books he had requested recently. (*lucky for him the used bookstore had all the ones he really wanted.) He was so excited to complete a few collections he has started. Happy #8 sweet boy! 

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Easter 2016

I tried something different this year. Easter pics before Sunday morning chaos. It was also pic time at school and I knew I'd be tempted to order school pics if I didn't have any recent "posed" pics of each of the kids. Win, win!

And very important to know, Wyatt picked out his outfit from the catalog that came in the mail.  He said he wanted it ALL.  The suspenders, bowtie and shirt.  And since the poor kid gets (mostly) hand-me-downs I forked over the big bucks to make his day.  Money well spent!

We had our traditional egg hunt with Mimi and Poppy at lunch time. We stuck with the color coded egg hunt that's been working for years. Only downside is we have a few who like the "tattle" about where someone else's eggs are. But otherwise it works and everyone is happy with their green, blue or pink eggs. No egg hunt with Nana and Papaw this year, we missed out since we headed to the beach after lunch.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bikers x2!

Wyatt learned to ride his bike a few months ago. Will has had no interest. And this week he hopped on and became a biker in a few minutes. So we headed to the park this weekend for wide open spaces. And paved sidewalks! These two worked hard and we only had a few minor crashes!!!! So proud of their determination. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tokens, games and tickets. Oh my!

We survived a trip to Chucks! Thanks to our friend Anthony's birthday we spent a recent Saturday morning at the "only" place a kid can be a kid. The kids were beyond excited to go to the infamous place they had seen only in commercials. For two hours they spent tokens, played games and won tickets. Finally cashing in their winnings on....candy. It went a million times better than I imagined. Tho I'm not in a hurry to go back anytime soon, haha.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Fire it up!

For Christmas, Ella received a gift card to paint pottery (her fave thing to do). We finally had girl time to go. She chose a new cup. We can't wait to see what it looks like after it's been fired!
(Yes, I "helped" some...I cleaned it up a bit)