Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

beach, day 2

Beach day 2 proved to be the best weather day of the week.  We went out early to collect more shells.  And explore.  These might be some of my favorite beach pics.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

beach pics, part 1

We dipped our toes in the sand and ocean last week.  The weather was good one day, great another, and cold and dreary the last.  And ALL 7 of us were sick (Mimi and Poppy too).  But being sick at the beach is WAY better than being sick at home.  And it didn’t really hold us back from having fun. 

Pictures, part 1:

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Snack time is always better at the beach.
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Mister Wilson was discouraged by the cold water.  He “body surfed” a few times.  He came up with that on his own.  And was soo proud!
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After we came back home Wilson asked “Maybe one day can we go to the beach when it’s warm.  Like in the summer time?  Like other people do?”  Some day buddy….

Monday, November 10, 2014

…young grasshopper

A grasshopper had been on our screen all day long.  Wilson came home from school and set out to investigate it.  He carefully moved him to a napkin and then carried him to the table to look him over.  The kids stared and stared at him to decide if he looked scary.  They decided he wasn’t so they all took turns “petting” him.  Wyatt said he was “soft”, haha.  They watched him a bit longer before setting him free in, where else, the grass.  They made sure to give him some food of leaves and more grass.  A few hours later they checked and were surprised to see he was gone.  What a fascinating afternoon!

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Trick or Treat? definitely a trick this year...

Oh what a Halloween.  First part of the day was beautiful.  By dinner it was chilly and wet.  By the time we hit the streets it was super windy and freezing.  There may have been some sleet falling too.  No one was home in our neighborhood.  And there were very few kids coming to our door.  We hit about 12 houses and called it quits.  One kid was cold and wanted a hot bath.  One kid was wet.  And one was clumsy.  Thankfully, the kids said they had a great time.  And that is all that matters.

*Our first stop was Mrs Jenny’s house, Ella’s speech teacher.

*And our last stop was Poppy’s, with cousins Jake & Reid in tow.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

fall field trip {Wilson}

Will’s first field trip of the year finally happened.  It was originally scheduled on my birthday, but was rained out.  Will was SO disappointed because he wanted to be with me on my birthday.  But the weather was just perfect this time. The agenda at Mayfield Farms was the corn maze and a tractor ride.  And after lunch the kids were allowed to play.  There was a zip lines, hay bales, “corn popper”, swings, slides, tether ball.  We did it ALL. It ended up being just the two of us most of the time, and we had a blast!  It was a day of “yes’s” and no “hurry ups”.  It was the perfect fall day for us.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin carving time!

It was time again for pumpkins.  We found a deal on pumpkins at Aldi’s so at a $1.99 each we splurged for five pumpkins this year! And the kids each had grand plans for theirs.  And we tried our best to help them out with their plans.
Wyatt requested a Minion.  But he first wanted to paint his.  Then he let Chris get to work.  And was happy to help him clean a few seeds out before he got grossed out.  Chris made two minions just to be safe.

Eww, gross!”
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Ella didn’t have many ideas. So we just cut it open and let her clean the guts out.  She LOVES that part.  She was so giddy! After we cleaned it out I gently nudged her to polka dots (she does love polka dots).  And we added an E at the last minute.  Gotta say, I love using the drill on pumpkins.  SO quick and easy!

Seriously, this face says it all.
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Will insisted that he paint his, just like last year. (he does NOT like cleaning the guts) His was suppose to be a dragon.  But later complained that he didn’t have enough green paint.  And he didn’t have the right paper for the wings.  Surprisingly, he didn’t seem to mind and let it go.  (And yes, his has a W on it…I put some tape on his before he started painting.)
As soon as it was dark we headed out to see what they looked like.  And we were all very pleased with our creations.  Will wanted to test the candle light and insisted on reading us an entire book by pumpkin light.  Isn’t that how all pumpkin carving events end? With a book reading?  Only a few more days….
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wyatt’s view of the zoo trip

Before we even got to the zoo last week we stopped for a potty break at McD.  There were two firetrucks parked there.  As far as Wyatt was concerned, the trip was a success and we could go home. 

As we were leaving he said “take my picture so I can hang it on my wall”.  Naturally, we obliged. 

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Wyatt and I sat out one exhibit (nature walk) and waited on the others to get back.  Good thing because he spotted this tractor, which we mostly  had to ourselves, and had the best time playing on it.

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Between the firetruck, train ride and the tractor our fall break was a success.  The animals were just time fillers.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

{American} Girls Day Out!

A well-needed girls day out.  We joined Aunt Michelle and Meryl for a trip to the American Girl store in ATL.  And no trip to AG would be complete without matching shirts for everyone. Ella isn’t quite into AG yet, but she loved cousin time (and the matching shirts).

Ella thought it was fun to look at all the fun clothes and accessories for the dolls.  Naturally, she was drawn to the most expensive thing in there!  The $350 car/car wash set.  She agreed taking her picture with it was the next best thing. 

And a big thanks to Amanda, for saving her AG doll all these years for Ella. Ella loved having a doll like all the other big girls. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

zoo break!

We had a week of fall break.  We stayed at home all week, having playdates and picnics.  But on Friday we took the kids on their one (long ago) request….a zoo with lots of big animals.  We headed down to the Birmingham zoo.  We had hoped to see Yaya’s family but fever struck and we decided to keep our distance. 

We got to the zoo just in time to watch the sea lion splash show.  They kids were SO amazed by the sea lions that we went back to visit them a few times. 2014-10 zooWM

The animals on the kids “must-see” list were zebras, giraffes, big cats, raptures and reptiles, of course.  The kids were in luck that we saw all of those, and a few more!
Wyatt was anxious to see the giraffes.  And they did not disappoint! We missed the chance to feed them, maybe next time. And we loved watching the elephants throw mud all over themselves.
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These two sister bear cubs surprised us. They were rescued from out west  and are new to the zoo. They played and chased, and hid and climbed the trees! We watched for the longest time.  The kids giggled and laughed at them for a long time.  And then they both climbed up the tree and we waited forever to see how they would get down but they never did.  We still don’t know how they got down! Everyone declared the bears the greatest surprise of the day.
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As we were heading to see the Sea Lions one last time we passed by a zookeeper feeding the pelicans.  She asked the kids if they wanted to help.  Naturally they were all in and started tossing dead, cold fish out to the birds.  They all thought it was gross, but fun! We were all surprised to see how wide the pelicans opened their mouths!

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One last fun thing before we left, a train ride around the zoo.  We were able to see a few of the animals one more time this way.  And, more importantly, Wyatt experienced his first ever train ride!  He thought it was so cool.  And it make it even better....the drivers name was Thomas.  It was the perfect end to the day for Wyatt!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014