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

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Wilson at 6.5

6.5.  How is that possible?! I was good with 6, that’s still little boy enough.  But 7 seems so big boyish.  So 6.5 is depressing me a bit.

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So here is what 6.5 looks like on my Wilson:

LOVES Skylanders.  We have the game on the ipad but he doesn’t really care about playing it as much as he does about collecting the figures and memorizing the facts in his three “field guides”. I’m not really sure I understand that logic, but we just go along with the obsession. 

Super Heroes.  Any and all super heroes and bad guys.  Marvel, DC Comics, Ninjago, Star Wars.  As long as we are talking good vs evil he is all IN.  Following the Skylanders obsession, he is also into memorizing their facts from the field guides.

Field Guides.  I probably shoulda started with that, huh?  Wilson LOVES all types of guides, fact books, collections or flash cards.  The largest source of field guides are animal related.  Not surprising really.  His current favorite book is “A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide”.  There are others in that series that I’m sure we will be acquiring soon!

Art.  Will could spend hours coloring, drawing, making books.  He calls it making “creations”.  He even loves for us to all color together.  At the same time!  Let me tell you how easy that is, haha.  Three separate hands, one page.

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Happy half birthday Will!  I can’t wait to see what the rest of 6 looks like!!!

Monday, October 06, 2014

family pics

The kids are very into having their pics taken with us.  And we couldn’t be happier to oblige.

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Especially, if it is a family hug selfie.

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And nothing is better than a family pic…on my birthday!

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

not just a box…

One afternoon Will said he wanted a giant box to turn into a space ship.  And began daydreaming about what all he could do with that space ship.  I told him he needed to ask Poppy for a box. At that point, I introduced him to texting.  [hoping I didn’t open a can of worms with that…] He told Poppy exactly what he needed.

And wouldn’t you know, we came home from school the next day to a giant box in our driveway.  How’s that for service!

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The trio quickly got to work on the space ship.  Of course, Wilson was being bossy in charge and quickly gave out assignments. 

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After he perfected the inside of the ship, he allowed Wyatt and Ella to come in and take a look around.

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This box kept them busy for a week!  (thank goodness it didn’t rain!)  Every day they visited the box.  The blasted off.  They set sail.  They colored.  Sometimes they just stood guard, while reading a book <ahem>.  IMG_4152

What a fun way to spend a week!  Thanks Poppy, you have set the bar pretty high for yourself now +

Sunday, September 28, 2014

recent funnies

 

I should have clarified when I asked Wyatt to put his shoes on. Or I should have looked closer before we left home. But to keep things exciting his shorts and undies are on backwards too.

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Will is definitely in school mode.... "I just burped in a pattern! Short, short, long, short, short, long." Thank you first grade!

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Wyatt telling me he was done going to school….I told him if he didn’t go to school he would be able to grow up and be a fireman.  He said “that’s okay, I want to be a fireman who doesn’t learn”.  Hard to argue with that one….
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

just another saturday

After soccer we quickly loaded up and headed downtown.  [Wyatt went with Mimi and Poppy to the car show.]  The rest of us were off to see a Navy ship from WWII. 

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We expected there to be a line, but not as long as this one was!  SO we ditched the idea to tour and just looked at it from shore.  Probably for the best since Will just shrugged his shoulders when he saw it and acted like he saw ships this big all the time.  

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Instead we played on the giant steps….going up and down over and over. Making a few friends along the way.

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Since we were downtown, now with no plans, we decided it was a good day to use the free passes we had for the kids museum. 

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We made some music.  Dug for fossils.  Played with pulleys and levers. 

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It was a fast and furious visit.  Not bad for a unplanned/planned Saturday!