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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Impromptu Weekend With Miriam

Our Friday got off to a exciting start with a trip to the park to meet up with some friends...
 

...things were a little less exciting for a while after that as we waited for the plumber to arrive and finally finish his work 5 hours later...so much for tackling the day the way I had planned.  Good news is, our laundry water doesn't back up in our kitchen sink any more :-)  I guess that's worth it...lol!

After he left we found some more entertainment in the form of a trip to the grocery story and a long stroller run while the sun went down.   The sunset coming back over the drawbridge was GORGEOUS!!  I need more evening runs in my life :-)

The excitement picked up even more as I got to hang out with some girlfriends for a bit at a toxic-free workshop (way more interesting than it sounds and extremely eye-opening by the way) and came home to my sister on the couch, ready to hang out with us for the weekend!  Woohoo!

We kicked our Saturday morning off a little lazily with a big breakfast and some bagpipes...


...then it was time for the beach.  The boys had a blast building their fort with a wall around it...

...and combing the beach for other interesting finds as well...



...I was completely lazy and don't think I moved from my chair the entire time I was there...it was pure bliss!


Miriam and I spent nap time on a long walk with the boys in the stroller.  It was fun to get some exercise and catch up while the boys recharged.  Then we were ready to head out for a little fun at Longneck... 


We enjoyed dinner and more family time back at home before all of us fell asleep one by one on the couch.  Signs of a good day, right?

Sunday kicked off with a little run with Miriam before we loaded up the bikes to check out the green market downtown.  

Then it was time for soccer.  The boys are starting to kind of get the hang of things and their team is so adorable... 


 

...Mason even scored a goal with an assist from Colton :-).  Fun times!

After soccer, we came home for lunch and naps.  This time while the boys napped, we headed out for some coffee and a stop at the store for the rest of the ingredients for banana zucchini chocolate chip muffins... 


...red cup season at Starbucks combined with buy one get one free coffees is always a reason to smile, right?

After naps, we headed down to the seafood festival and Mickey convinced the boys to give the rides another shot while I bit my tongue since I'd been the one to let them ride the roller coaster at the air show.  He talked Mason into the fun slide.  They made it to the top and then Mason panicked...


...lucky for them, it was getting wet from dew and not many people were riding it so Mickey had to keep pushing them along down the slide.  


Mason's pretty sure he doesn't need to ride that ever again.  Lucky for them, they got their tickets back and Mason decided to give the train a try.  He finally talked Colton into climbing aboard too. They weren't happy that we weren't riding with them and weren't convinced it wasn't going to go fast like the roller coaster.  Notice their enthusiasm... 


...but they survived.  At least we're in no hurry to go to Disney.  Fine by me:-)

Things like Monster trucks are MUCH more exciting for these kids... 


...they've been talking about Rat Nasty all day!  Go figure!  Love those two.

Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to Miriam...


....we'll see you in a few weeks for the half marathon!  





"G" Week

It has been so gorgeous outside that we've had a hard time staying inside to do any kind of "school" and instead of making excuses for not tackling it, I finally decided to just get a little creative.  We kicked off our G with with a scavenger hunt to look for as many Gs as we could find around downtown.  This way we could get some fresh air and exercise while familiarizing ourselves with the letter, in lots of different fonts by the way too.  Here's a glimpse into some of our findings...






...this was WAY more exciting than I ever anticipated.  We will definitely be repeating this activity.  I had no idea how tricky the lowercase g can be in so many different fonts.  It was a good reminder to show them a variety of styles of each letter.  

We also made our own G is for goldfish crafts...


...that ended up looking like this...


...I had hoped they'd look more like this...


...but the boys clearly had something else in mind :-)

We also repeated our goldfish counting game...


...what's not to love about an edible counting activity?

Another big hit was the G puzzle compliments of this site that we cut apart and then put back together...


...we're still working on cutting skills but they're coming along and Colton was able to put his back together...


...Mason initially cut his well and then decided cutting it into teeny tiny pieces was WAY more fun.  I kind of agree :-)

We also did a G maze...


The In my World Blog provided some serious inspiration this week :-).  Check her blog out!

We also made lowercase gs with GREEN GRASS.  Not surprisingly, GLUING and cutting were the highlights of the project....


...and here's the finished project...


We also made some GOBBLING turkeys out of toilet paper rolls and cupcake liners...


...and as always, there were lots of GIGGLES...


...as well as lots of books, lots of ABC mouse, some fun shows, and the usual.  










Thursday, November 13, 2014

Another Weekend Already...Woohoo!

We kicked off our weekend a bit early once again last weekend by getting things started on Friday. And suddenly it's already Thursday again and I'm just sitting down to computer...signs of all the fun we've been having...

Like movies and lollipops...


...beautiful long runs in the mornings...


...open gym at YMCA Sportsworld thanks to the Family Place...



...Mason's getting his forward roll now too...


...adventures at Target (can you tell we can't wait for Christmas??) ...


...fireplace s'mores with the A?C on...


...a little home fitness with Mommy...


...building fun at Lowes...


...a birthday party where we devoured our cupcakes like puppies... 


...and wore ourselves out on the bounce house...



We also tested out some experiments with the new science kits we built...


...watched church from the comfort of our own home in our pajamas (gotta love TC3)...


....added a few things to our Christmas wish lists, such as disco balls and remote control cars...


...took a rest from shopping in some adorableb each chairs... 


...and discovered a newfound love of helping Mommy clean... 


....gonna milk this for all it's worth while I can...


...they even dust base boards for lollipops or stickers on their charts :-).  Sorry folks, they're not for hire!

We also made a visit to our favorite ducks and turtles...


...check out how gorgeous the sunset was that night...


...I'm finally not complaining about the weather any more :-).

We also made sure to celebrate Veteran's Day with a visit to the parade... 


...our favorite was the old fashioned fire truck and the lollipops we caught, of course... 


We love our Veterans, especially the one we call Dad :-).

I had some time to get a little crafty with the boys...


...and we discovered the joy that is Candy Land as well... 


...I'm thinking we're ready for some other fun ones like Cootie and Don't Break the Ice too.  

With two extremely busy boys, our days are filled with things that make me want to pull my hair out (I try to focus on the positive here) and thing that make me giggle.  This was one of my favorite giggle moments this week...


...another perk of being a twin is having enough matching shoes for your hands AND your feet.  

I've also discovered a newfound love of napping with my boys...

...in my quest to hang onto naptime as long as possible, the only way I can get them to lay down long enough to fall asleep in the afternoons is to lay down with them.  Needless to say, most days I'm pretty sure I fall asleep before them.  They always fall asleep too :-)  I forgot how much I love a good power nap.  

Time to take advantage of the rest of my sacred quiet time while it lasts.  Happy Weekend...remember, we start early around here :-).