Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Camping Adventure

We rented a little camping trailer and set off on a camping adventure! Our van can tow a trailer....and renting the trailer was a great price! Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of the outside of the trailer but it was a 17' trailer with a double bed, bunk beds, bathroom and kitchen. We LOVED it!!!

The three biggest boys slept in a tent while Cam and I and the littles slept inside the trailer. It was cozy and fun!! And...the bathroom got used A LOT! That was worth the price of the rental just so I didn't have to walk to the restrooms in the middle of the the dark....with the boogeyman. 

My dad and stepmom were also camping with us. It was a fun time! 

Sis loved them trailer more than any of us! Her life long dream is to grow up, buy a truck, a camper and a horse. She spent hours sweeping the floor of the trailer so it would be neat and tidy! She loved laying in the bunk listening to music.

Everyone loved the toilet in the trailer....maybe a bit too much. It was a novelty for sure. Cam and I learned ALL about grey water and black water. And after learning that we would have to connect the drainage hose to empty the tanks we decided NO poopy in the trailer toilet...only pee. Sorry, TMI. 

On to the best part of camping....the food! We have had an extremely dry summer and a burn ban was in place so no campfire! That was such a bummer. But, we still ate lots of yummy food. My favorite summer breakfast was the perfect thing to bring camping....yogurt, fresh berries and sliced almonds. So delicious!

Eating outside was fun too! What's better than drinking hot tea/coffee in your pjs while hanging out in the woods?!

Morning doggy snuggles. 

The highlight for the boys was riding on Grandpa's tailgate. 

Happy Hour Camping Style. 

And more about food. Cheetos Baby! Grandma and Grandpa gave George some Cheetos for his birthday. He declared, "you may kiss the bride", and then hugged and kissed the bag. Ha! Now, that's love. 

Good thing I brought some too for everyone else to eat. 

Cheetos are perfect for the woods....where no orange fingers can make things yucky. 

The campground was at the beach which was fun. There were also putt putt golf, shuffleboard, and a big hot tub for entertainment. 

Everyone loved putt putt golf! 

Part 2 of Camping coming up tomorrow. George got to celebrate his birthday while camping!

A Few Of My Favorite....Camping Things

Wearing PJ pants all day...notice Tuba wearing his while golfing.

Walking through the campsites and looking at everyone's setup. I especially love campsites that have a vase of flowers on the picnic table. 


Flipping pancakes on my outdoor gas grill while Cam cooked kielbasa on the webber. 

Laying in my cozy bed in the morning while Cam put the kettle on...and then kids coming to snuggle with me. 

Sitting around and visiting.

Monday, August 17, 2015

4th of July 2015

This year Cam worked 4th of July. Only a half day but we missed him for the parade!

I have one rule for 4th of July. You have to wear a red/white/blue outfit...and let me take a group photo. 

Sis and I got in the spirit with a holiday manicure. The big pink blingy ring was added by Sis. It definitely does NOT go along with my color scheme. Also, notice her lime green skirt...but, I have to pick my battles...and you might as well rock the rainbow bright outfits while you can. 

Grandma and Grandpa joined us for the parade. 

It was a fun time watching the parade and gathering candy. 

We were suppose to spend the rest of the day at our friends' house but they were both sick so we stayed home. We ran to the store and bought all the fixings for a 4th of July meal. That means BBQ chicken, potato salad, veggies/dip, and berry shortcake. Yum! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mr. P is 12!

One more year until he's a teenager! I'm going to enjoy this last year of the Tweens. My baby!!

Mr. P's birthday was celebrated in two parts. He had a party with a few friends...they went swimming and then had pizza at our house. It was a slumber party so the boys naturally stayed up REALLY late playing video games. It was really a fun time....and easy! 12 year old boys don't require much...outdoor space and food and they are good!

Then on the actual birthday we had some family fun. The day started with B-day breakfast pancakes....and coffee. 

That night it was off for a fancy dinner at our favorite place. It's always a love fest and a great time to take pics. 

Cheers around the table!

Makin' a wish.

Then after dinner we were off to the park to walk and enjoy the weather. Ummm....the birthday boy is  definitely showing his pre-teen self. 

A great opportunity for a family selfie!

Happy Birthday Mr. P! You are a delight to us and we can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

George Update

Whoa!! Summer has spiraled and gotten away from me. I can't post all of the fun summery things we've been doing until I get the baby's update done.

Better late than never. 

George had a terrific year in K. It was a tough decision for me to make but the half day program worked out great! The teacher was awesome!! was really nice to have that extra time to spend together. Sometimes we ran errands, but mostly we ate lunch and then read together in the quiet house. I will treasure those days.

Academically George did terrific!! He started off the year very ready to read but every time I encouraged him he would say, "no thanks". Ha! Finally, he just took off! He went from reading a few sight words to reading a chapter book in no time at all. I love it! 

George did love our afternoons together but he is SO ready to spend ALL day at school next year. He is most excited that he will get double the recess!!

Still plugging away at TKD...but summer attendance has been spotty with our busy vacation schedule. He is ALL about soccer and very looking forward to the fall season. And he's become a very good swimmer! He says he wants to do swim team in the future.

And...this kid asks A LOT of questions!! I'm not kidding you. By the end of the day I have to tell him that the "Question Window" is closed. He is very curious about the body and recently asked how babies are made...yes, we told him. He asks Cam a ton of medical questions and also a lot of war history questions. Like I said...SO ready to spend ALL day at school.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sister Update

Sis had a magnificent year in 1st grade!! She found her love of school! She had a wonderful teacher that understood her and liked her and helped her become academically successful. Sis's reading ability soared and she is now comfortable doing math. Yeah!!

Sis's hair is beyond beautiful. It's very long. When it's wet the curls stretch all the was to her hiney. She does NOT like to wear it down. She likes it up in a ponytail and then the ponytail braided. One day after school she came home and took her hair out. I quickly snapped the above picture. Whoa! So pretty. I'm encouraging her to wear it down but she won't. I'm hoping that changes.

Sis is a good friend to kids at school. This year she had best friends of boys and girls. She loved to play "ninjas" and hide and seek on the playground. Fitness and music were her favorite things at school.....right after recess.

She is especially helpful with Tuba. She has gotten him dressed from head to toe....including shoes...several times. He outweighs her by 100 lbs. but she diligently works to get him all outfitted and ready for the day. Her heart is easily swayed if Tuba feels sad. She often talks Cam or I into taking Tuba along on errands because she feels bad when he's disappointed. She gets him to agree that he will behave and then walks him hand in hand to the van. Now, anytime Tuba wants something he goes straight to Sis.

Sis continues on in TKD and she's already excited for fall soccer. She goes out into the backyard and kicks the ball around with Moses and George. She's in swim lessons and is making good progress. She's finally not scared.

My sweet girl will be off to 2nd grade in the fall. She's a tiny (41 lbs.) of mighty muscle and sparkly energy. 

Monday, June 29, 2015


Moses is off to 4th grade. Woot!!

He had a spectacular year. I was so appreciative that his teacher took a moment to tell me this....

I was signing in at the office and she stopped to tell me, "I just want you to know that Moses is such a helpful person. We were in the middle of stapling papers and when he noticed the stapler was empty he went off on his own, found the staples, loaded the stapler and continued on".

Wow!! That is exactly the sweet, kind, helpful boy we have at home too! He is amazingly resourceful and always willing to help. I can send him down to my tool area, tell him what to get me and he quickly returns with said tool in hand and willing to help me. He knows where EVERYTHING in the house belongs...or even where it was last seen. I've decided that he can never move out.

He does not brag about himself (so I will). Several examples from this last school year. On the night of the Holiday Concert he nonchalantly tells me, "oh yah, by the way, I'm performing with the 5th graders and I also have a drum solo". What?! He hadn't said a single word to me until that point. He of course did an amazing job! Later in the year he won the bridge building contest in his classroom. At dinner he causally mentioned it. Hello?!!! I want to know these things!! He's so humble that he let his classroom partner take home the bridge they built. Phooey...but okay, very kind.

Anyway...amazing kid! Just this morning he asked if he could "PLEASE get out my window washing equipment and wash the front window inside and out. Not your typical 9 yr. old's morning routine. This pic is Moses cleaning the front of the stainless fridge and freezer. He wanted to exercise healthy caution and not breathe the 409 cleaner. Ha!

Moses also played Flag Football and Basketball. He didn't know a single person on his Flag team which had me worried but he reassured me with, "that's okay mom I'll meet new friends". Ummm....okay my child is a mentor to me.

Summer is here and Moses is excited to fine tune his swimming skills...AKA pass the final swim class and not have to take swimming lessons any more! He is also looking forward to our camping trip in a TRAILER. He can't wait to help park it, set it up and test every button, switch, latch and lever on the thing. He will be able to tell us exactly how to operate the whole thing. I am taking him along when we pick it up and get our lesson!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mr. P

What a year for Mr. P! He is finished with 5th grade, elementary school....and off to middle school in the fall. Gulp!!

The end of the year was FULL of fun activities for 5th graders. He got to spend three days away at camp. He had never been gone overnight for TWO nights in a row. We all missed him a ton but he had a fabulous time!!

The 5th grade also put on a magnificent musical called Go West. Mr. P had a lead role with LOTS to memorize. He was AMAZING!! He delivered all his lines with ease and poise. I was blown away. He never practiced at home and must have quite the gift for memorization.

Apparently the kids were suppose to be working on their costumes for weeks ahead of time. My sweet boy came to me about 25 min. before we needed to leave and asked, "so Mom, do you have any cowboy clothes?". HUH??!!!! I about died. I pulled the shirt out of a bin of Tuba's old clothes. It was too small for Mr. P so I told him to roll the sleeves up. Someone at school handed him the stick on was perfect. The hat was loaned by the music teacher.

Mr. P was a mediator...which means he was given some training in conflict resolution and then worked shifts on the playground helping younger kids work out differences. The crossing guards and mediators were treated to an all day field trip at a local pool. The next week was an all day trip to a park to play games and hang out. Wow...5th grade is pretty fun!

Then there was a ceremony to celebrate moving up to middle school. It was a bittersweet night watching the slide show of the kids as they grew up. I've known all those kids a long time. Some of them attended preschool with Mr. P. I was teary! My baby!!

Mr. P played basketball and flag football this year. He is looking forward to sports in middle school.....yeah for track!! I cannot wait!!

Speaking of middle school...Mr. P is SUPER EXCITED. He signed up for advanced placement reading/writing and math. He also chose band as his elective. He's hoping for the saxophone.

When report cards came home I couldn't have been prouder! Not only did he have wonderful grades but his teacher's comments made me smile from my heart.

Okay....I know....bragging. But, really this blog is for me and for my kids as a diary of our life. So, I'll brag if I want to. :)


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