Friday, August 21, 2015


Wyatt has talked only of golfing ever since we took the kids golfing last fall at the beach. For Wyatt's daddy date Chris surprised him with taking him to the golf place. Wy had a great time! But his favorite was the "go-go" carts. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wyatt's first day of PreK

Wyatt's LAST first day of preschool! 
Today Wyatt proudly walked into PreK to start off his last year at CLP. As usual, he didn't want to go. But he was excited to see all his friends from last year. 
After our traditional first day photo with Jake, and now Reid, wes headed to the Little Debbie store for an after school treat. He said it was a great first day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

And now we have a Kindergartner.

Ella did it!  She went and started Kindergarten. She started out nervous but as the day approached she was ecstatic. Monday was her phase-in day. She walked in, said Hi to her teacher, meet her four new friends, hugged us and walked off to her class. No hesitation on her part. What an answered prayer! She's been waiting for this day for a long time!

She can't wait to go back Thursday, when she gets to meet the rest of her friends and be there full time. And she really can't wait till she gets to start riding the bus. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's that time of year...

Thankfully I got an early start on school shopping this summer. Finding and buying all these supplies was quite the undertaking. I don't want to even think
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Summer is over and school has begun!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

'Twas the night before school...

We headed out early Wednesday morning on a mission to finish our summer bucket list (that was mostly complied just last week). 
First stop, the newly remodeled park and playground. Then the library. And an rare dinner out as a family. Kids choice: Burger King ��
Thursday we will have a 2nd grader in the house!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

camp china, part 2

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Saturday night brought on the campfire and s’more time.  Sadly, it only lasted about 30 minutes before the downpour started.  But not before we got in a few marshmallows before then. (And special pics with the girls counselors Sara and Jayme).

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The last night of camp was the closing ceremonies and dragon parade.  The girls were so excited about the dragon parade, it’s all they talked about.

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What a fun, fun weekend with some of our bestest friends.  Hopefully we can make this an annual tradition!

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Ella and I took a road trip with our BFFs Angie and Hope (formerly known as Yaya).  We went to camp for a long weekend.  Camp China to be specific.  The girls were excited to have their Mommy’s all to their self for the weekend, and to spend the weekend with kids from “my China”. 
After many rounds of “are we there yet?” we arrived in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The girls were beyond relieved to be out of the car, and even more excited to be wearing their camp shirts!
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A few hours later we met the girls counselors for the weekend.  The weekend was filled with lots of fun things: crafts, story time, songs, exercise.  And all things China. 
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During the afternoons we had free time.  We attempted Chinese style painting, calligraphy and tai chi.  And even braved the super cold pool one day.
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to be continued….

Monday, August 03, 2015

Adventurous Wyatt

Wyatt has watched his brother and sister ride the tube for two years now and refused to try. But this weekend he said he was ready. He and Chris took to the water and Wyatt said he had fun. And that he may ride with Will next time. 
And for good measure, he thought he'd take a rare jet ski ride too. What an adventurous day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First time "camper"

Wilson has waited almost 6 months to attend zoo camp. He was so excited when I registered him this winter for it. The big day approached and he was majorly let down. I think he was expecting some major animal encounters. More than deer, peacocks, rabbits and turtles. 

The camel ride was a highlight. As was the carousel ride. And he did get to watch the animals being fed and seemed to enjoy watching them go nuts for food. So that was a plus. 

He was a "camper" and endured the heat and boredom for the rest of the week. And is making bigger plans for next summer. ��

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Party Time!

Ninja party time! We had a small rain delay but by the time every one finished their pizza, the rain had cleared and the weather cooled off. It was the perfect night to swim. Wyatt and Ella had the best time celebrating their birthdays with friends and cousins. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

welcome to…

the dark side.  Wyatt loves a good villain.  And Darth is is fave!  Owning a Vader costume has been on his wish list for a very long time.  And the day finally arrived! Naturally, he suited up the second he finished unwrapping his gifts.  And not to be left out, Wilson needed to suit up.  Representing the good side, of course.  And a fun night of battles ensued.  The perfect ending to Wyatt’s birthday.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

the birthday boy’s day…

Chris woke up with a raging case of strep throat on Wyatt’s birthday.  So a few of our plans changed but I don’t think Wyatt noticed.  Pancakes with sprinkles for breakfast.  Lunch with Mimi and Poppy, and donuts.  And gifts!  Of course.  All Star Wars, of course.

Dinner of Wyatt’s choice, pizza.  And his long awaited Storm Trooper cake “with one oreo on top”. But the birthday boy was too busy with his gifts to enjoy cake.  And as I tucked in my newest five year old I promised him cake for breakfast the next day.  And he most definitely held me to my promise the next day!2015-07-07

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Five. Really?!

Wasn't he just a baby?!! 
The littlest turned five this week. Hard to believe. 
And keeping with family tradition we had waffles with sprinkles and a candle, of course. 
More details from our newest five year old's special day later...

Monday, June 29, 2015

the future is getting clearer

Wilson was only going to be happy if his new glasses were green.  Not a little green.  ALOT green.  After some googling we found out our eye place had these beauties already in stock.  And Mister Wilson was thrilled! His new specs suit him perfectly!  And the best news, they are indestructible!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

how high can W climb?

Chris and Will had an afternoon together….and the activity was rock climbing.  Given Will’s love of climbing trees lately this was perfect timing. 

Will had a BLAST! And as he reached the top of every climb he’d look down and say “take my picture”.  He couldn’t pick a favorite obstacle but I think where he “scaled large buildings” and jumped down was pretty high up on the list.  We may have to look into climbing camp next year!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

A Jurassic Fairy Garden

We decided the kids empty "digging" garden needed a face lift. The kids drew up plans and had ideas about what their new fairy garden/Jurassic world would look like. A few trips to the hardware store and we were ready for the fairy and dino invasion. Now that it's finished no one plays in it anymore ��
At least it looks pretty.