Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Christmas Randomness

 I have been terrible about posting.  The last half of the year has been very busy between work, training, school, etc. etc.  Rather than try to catch up, I'm just going to try and start off on a good note.  Here are some pictures from the holidays.

Summer with one of the reindeer

Garrett's random Angry Birds Art
 Tree decorating


 My one attempt at Christmas pictures.  They just didn't happen this year.

We met Santa. 

 Summer did not like Santa.
 But they liked their animals (and gave them to Daddy)

Christmas Morning shots

 And this weekend we did a crazy thing called the Ragnar Relay.  You can read about that on Life Beyond the Chaos
I'm going to attempt to be better this year about taking pictures and posting here.  I was terrible about both this year.  I went to put together my Christmas calendars and realized how few pictures I had taken.  I still haven't gotten out my Christmas gifts to the family that didn't come to see us.  Hopefully I'll do better in 2013!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Garrett's random pictures

 Garrett asked for a camera for his birthday, and got one from my mom.  He's forever taking random pictures around the house.  Enjoy!

Helicage (one of his favorite things)
Monster crafts
 On the way to the beach
 Lizard in the bug catcher
And Garrett letting that lizard go

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Hurricane Weekend and more. . .

We here in SoFl celebrated the first week of back to school by hosting Tropical Storm Issac for a visit over the last weekend in August.  The kids got an extra day off school.  We spent the time before the storm outside enjoying the calm before the storm. Although really, the storm wasn't bad at all--just wind and lots of rain.  The worst part of it was that it canceled my plans to bike all weekend :-)  But alas, we still had fun.

Summer is obsessed  with these awesome letter mazes from 1+1+1=1
 We made sidewalk chalk paint to have some fun outside before the storm came.  1c corn starch + 1 c water, then add food coloring.
 Always a clown
 They worked great too!
 Since we don't have a basketball hoop, Garrett and Brady, one of our neighbors, tried to make a "basket" into the tree. Brady achieved many :-)

The second SHORTENED week of school was uneventful.  I went in to work on Tuesday and Brad held down the fort.  We baked/cleaned/did our usual things.  We spent this past weekend relaxing.  Garrett wanted to go fishing.  He FINALLY caught his first fish from our lake, a small large-mouth bass.  Unfortunately the only OTHER thing we caught all weekend was ducks.  Stupid, annoying Muscovite ducks, the bane of our lakeside existence . . . they actually tried to steal our bread and got caught on our hooks TWICE.  No one was impressed with that.  It was quite the disaster.  I would try to reel in the duck to cut the line under the bobber and Haylee would try to swim in the water to try and eat the duck.  We ended up losing the bobber the 2nd time and Haylee got lots of baths.  **Facepalm!**
Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Last bits of summer fun and the start of school

Long time, no post.  What can I say, we've been busy having fun.  Summer flew by too fast.  We went on a trip to Missouri in late July/early August with a detour at Mammoth Cave, KY.  Hopefully I'll find time to dedicate a post to that, because it was a really fun and noteworthy trip.  Here are some random shots of the kids enjoying the last bits of summer and of their first days of "school".
Angry birds printables from 1+1+1=1  = great rainy day play!

One of the may lego creations of the summer.
 Daddy and Garrett working on an electrical circuit
 Four legged babies enjoying their lives
 Rainbow fish project for school
 Summer sporting her stylish "headphones" that make her not freak out during fireworks and thunderstroms.
 Adorable Rapunzel bow crafted by our neighbor, Dapper Duckling Designs
 Garrett's trash robot, one of his many, MANY recycled creations.
 Summer was over way to soon.  Garrett started his first day of First Grade happy as ever.  We are loving our new routine of walking to school every day.  It gives us a chance to chat and stretch our legs.  Our lives just feel so less "rushed" than they did.  Traffic is a non-issue since our feet and our bikes are the prefered mode of transportation.  I still have some stress over the size of his school (650 K-5th graders), but its been a good fit.  He's in an accelerated program, something that wasn't available at our last school, and he is loving his teachers.  (Sorry for the poor photo quality, my flash failed and I didn't realize it till later so I had to doctor the photo).

Summer has started "school" too.  She isn't eligible for state-funded Pre-K yet so we started doing some Pre-K homeschooling.  Here she is doing some marble patterns.  It blows me away how big she is now--she definitely has her own little crazy personality.  She is so excited to go to school next year, but I'm really grateful to have this last year at home with her.  I know its the end of an era, I'll never have someone home with me every day once she starts school (summers notwithstanding).  She really misses her brother though, and has a hard time understanding why she doesn't go to school when almost everyone else she knows does.
 As we settle in to our school year routine, I hope I will get a little more consistent on the blogging front!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

4th of July fun

We had no big plans for the 4th this year.  We went to buy Summer ear protectors in anticipation of her fear of loud noises.  THAT was well worth the $20 investment--she LOVED the fireworks and happily wore her "earmuffs".    We made homemade ice cream and invited a few friends over to play.  Other than this single picture, I didn't take a single photo of the entire day.   We were just too busy having fun.
I DID however, score this hilarious video of Garrett and his friend dancing Wii Just Dance Kids to "Hey Mickey".  Yeah, it was HILARIOUS.
I hope your 4th was as fabulous as ours!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Long overdue #2 -- this time its an UPDATE

Its a sad, sad commentary that its JUNE and I've only posted 10 blog posts this year.   So much has happened since the last time I posted.  Here's a rundown of what's been going on in our neck of the woods.

Garrett played his first ever basketball games with his team at SoHo
His Kinder teacher went on maternity leave. 

I ended up with 2 day jury duty and practically had a heart attack over the stress.
Garrett's class went on a trip to the zoo (and I got to chaperone)

My Grandpa passed away over mother's day weekend so I took a trip home. It was a sad event, but it was also great to see everyone. 
Sandra had her  baby, who was as beautiful as expected.

got lots of things he's been asking for as birthday presents, including a telescope and camera.
 Garrett turned 6 and had a Mario birthday party with his closest friends.

 And cupcakes at school to boot.

 Garrett graduated from Kindergarten.  Goodbye SoHo, helllllooooo summer fun!

Summer fun has included washing cards, obstacle courses, lizard catching, the beach, and just lots of fun times with very little schedules to follow.

On top of all of THAT, I did the Merril Down and Dirty Mudrun with Leanne and Val  (who are both moving to Virgina this summer-boo) and a Sprint Triathlon.  Read about the later one here on my new fitness/healthy lifestyle blog.   Happy summer!