Friday, November 21, 2014

beach days, part 2

There aren’t many stories to tell of our beach adventure.  Lots of sand, shells, and playing.  Rinse and repeat.

Poppy and Wyatt, whistling together.   Do most 4 year olds whistle?  Wyatt whistles ALL.Day.LONG.  He can whistle tunes, he can whistle for the dog, he has one that is similar to a cat call <ahem>.  Poppy is also a whistler.  So I love this “whistle while you work” picture.

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Everyday the excitement was watching schools (?) of manna rays swims by.  They would just race by our feet in the shallowest part of the water.  (After googling….to be safe) We were even able to reach in and pet them. 
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Will was amused the first time or two, and then quickly became bored.  Instead, he wanted to read all about them in, what else, his beach field guide.  He told us ALL about manna rays from the comfort of his chair.
At least Wyatt and Ella thought it was fun to see them race by.



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Ella was the only shell collector this year.  She had a giant collection by the time we went home.  And she has given out a few to her favorite people.  I need to find some shell crafts to do with all of these new-found shells.




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One more post of beach pics coming soon :)

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:


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.
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