Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pumpkin Patch with Cousins

While our boys went camping with Royal Rangers this weekend, the girls and I went pumpkin patching with Uncle Jon, Aunt Meghan, Ella, Ava, Pops, and Mimi. It was a sweet, small pumpkin patch with an inexpensive hayride, and the girls loved it.











CC Science Fair 2017-2018

This year, our CC group held the science fair in the fall. Russell, Meredith, and Paige each wanted to make their own project to participate. Paw Paw and Pops and Mimi came to watch the presentations. It was a great evening!

Paige's purpose was to find out what would happen when pouring hot water on a circle of Reeces Pieces (and we did it with our little friend Ethan :))


Russell's purpose was to discover how much force it took to blow a Star Wars figure one inch across various surfaces.


Meredith's purpose was to find out which one of our fidget spinners would spin for the longest time.




Paige was too shy to actually present her project (which didn't surprise me), but the other kids did a great job! They all designed their boards and told me what to type. We all worked hard and ust like last year, although it was an optional activity, we were glad we did it.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge!

After Hurricane Irma messed with our plans for Disney World (which was supposed to happen this week), we scrambled and found a Groupon for Great Wolf Lodge. Our family and Uncle Jon and Aunt Meghan's family ended up there for a few days, and it was a wonderful family vacation!

First Day - Wednesday -

The kids loved the Kid Kabin room we booked! We stuck Daphne's pack n play in between the bunk beds and the twin bed, so they all got to sleep in there.



Meredith and Ella in the wave pool:


Jason, Russell, and Meredith loved the water slides! Meredith was not tall enough to do them all, but she did this one (below) and a few others. Uncle Jon loved the water slides too :)


GWL had great kids' activities in addition to the waterpark, like face painting:


Our Groupon came with $100 to spend in the restaurants, so we ate dinner ate the Lodge both nights. It was delicious!


After the show at the clock tower and story time in jammies. (Ava has really started to gravitate to Russell, and he loves it! He loves babies!)



Second Day - Thursday - 

We got all of our kids wands for MagiQuest - an interactive scavenger hunt with adventures and duels. Russell and Ella (whom we let borrow Daphne's wand) loved it the most!


Russell slayed the dragon!


Paige was scared of the dragon, so she and Daphne and I met Brinley Bear :)


Arcade time:


Down time - reading by the fireplace. I love the bond these cousins already share:


Family picture!


More face painting (and silly faces)! Meredith and Ella were both "rainbow kitties." Paige was a Monarch butterfly. Daphne got a heart on her cheek (even though you can't see it!)


 Third Day - Friday - 

The girl cousins all met up for early morning yoga:


 Then, more water park fun before checking out!





Bye bye, GWL! The kids are already talking about "the next time we go!"


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Field Trips and Fall School Work

We went to an amazing science museum with friends a couple of weeks ago.

The kids LOVED the dinosaur trail and digging for fossils - probably their favorite part.





There was also a small pond where they had a blast steering toy boats.




I've been trying to make spelling more interesting for Russell and Meredith. Meredith loved this texting spelling list game. (She loves all things phone-related; 6 going on 16.)



We made cereal box viewers and watched NASA live coverage of the solar eclipse! We had 93% totality, which I thought would be darker than it actually was. They all really enjoyed it and Paige asks every other day when the next one is coming :)



School Days

Daphne began the T/Th 2s preschool class today! She might look skeptical in this picture, but it was only because she didn't want to stop and take a photo! She and her "little Bogie" (dog) walked right into class with no tears. She will have fun doing her own crafts while we're upstairs in the same church for CC on Tuesdays, and on Thursday mornings, I'll get a little extra time with the big kids while she has a fun preschool day!


She gets out just in time to eat lunch with us and our CC friends! See that smile? She loved preschool and she also loved joining us for lunch :)


Paige and Cataleya sat together during lunch :)



Meredith and the girls in her class (like Noelle) always stick together and have a good time!


Meredith and her class with their mirror image (symmetry) artwork:


Paige and her class learning about Columbus:




Monday, September 4, 2017

Daphne is 2!

Daphne also had a small family party for her birthday. She loved it! We all did :)







At 2, Daphne loves Paw Patrol, hot dogs, goldfish, pretending anything is a phone, reading board books, her paci, and doing everything her siblings do! She is speaking very well in simple sentences, and is very loud (probably so she can be heard in this family!) We love you, Daphne!