Sunday, June 11, 2017

Emus and Roos!

We've been blessed with beautiful weather for the last several days. And with lovely weather comes the chance to be outside, doing fun summery activities!

I took off of work on Monday so G and I could have a mommy/son day. We ran errands in the morning, got my car washed, took him in for a much needed haircut, and then headed to the zoo for the "Big Beaks and Wide Wingspans" class. We've taken a class at the zoo each summer for the last three years, and I was sad to realize this was his final toddler class. We will have to find some kind of replacement for next year!

It's been fun watching home become more engaged in the classes over the years.  He participated fully this year, and it was clear he was one of the older kids in the class. One woman had her hands full with a little guy, who didn't want to sit down, and was crying...I remember those days very well...

He was slithering on the ground like a snake...sssssss!


Holly the Parrot!


And a really big millipede...G didn't want to touch it, so he waved at it, and said hello. Good enough for me!


This was in 2015 - the first year we went to a class at the zoo. He only wanted to play at the table, and didn't want to learn about frogs/fish






This was in 2016 - we learned about the hissin' and hootin' animals! G was a little more engaged, but still mostly focused on the toys...



Back to 2017...after we learned all about birds and bugs (the bugs portion were a surprise...I thought it was going to be all about birds,) we headed over to the new Australia exhibit at the zoo. We walked among the kangaroos, wallabies, and emus. In my mind, kangaroos were always upright, but in reality, they walk on all fours!

Enjoying lunch in the sun



What a perfect bench!



It was hot and the kangaroos were sleepy...


Roo in the background!



We had a great time at the zoo, but we both hit our wall, and were happy to be back home for a late nap, and to cool off. I went to Wonder Woman with my mom that night, so I needed to rest up so I could enjoy it. What a fantastic movie! Perfect day and night!

Tuesday was Ava's last day of third grade. I cannot believe that we have a fourth grader. When did that happen?! Both of these kids are growing up too fast!


Scott took Wednesday - Friday off of work, as we didn't have childcare for Ava before her Summer Power program starts on Monday. They had some pretty excellent adventures...bowling, zoo, fun meals out... plus, Scott was able to get the beginnings of our irrigation system installed. For assistance, he recruited my dad for Friday, and then the neighbor/neighbor's father-in-law on Saturday. It's not done, but it has a good start to it!

We also celebrated my mom's birthday on Friday night...pizza and an assortment of mini bundt cakes. Yum! Happy, happy!



On Saturday, we had two grad parties to go to...it was good to relax, let the kids play with new friends, and be out of the house for a while. We've got another party to go to today, and that's for a cousin who is graduating. I'm excited to see the family we haven't seen in a while!

This Thursday, Ava, my mom, and I leave for NYC! I may take a hiatus from posting next week...maybe! Check back in to see what adventures we had while in New York!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jumpy McJumperton

What a great start to summer! Last weekend was perfect, full of plenty of fun activities, as well as the great joy of being able to check things off the to-do list! We finished up all of the planting for the summer, including laying down the sod in Lucky's dog run area. It's great to see all of the life and color coming back into our yard.

G was so proud of himself when he discovered our "name rocks" in the planter (Ava's is hidden in this pic, but it's there!)


Our baby lilac tree survived the first year and produced heavenly scented blooms this year. I took a few extra minutes each morning to stop and smell the flowers before they are gone!


And, in one week, we will finally have the long-awaited irrigation system. Scott never minded managing a sprinkler for the yard, but I think he finally reached the point where he doesn't always have time to do it, and he doesn't like seeing a dry yard, so...problem solved! Hooray!

G moved into his big boy bed this past week, and he loves it! I told him he needed to be careful not to roll out of it at night, and he took that to heart. Almost every night this week, he tells me he will stay in his bed and won't fall out!

Ava was one of the top 25 fundraisers at her school for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser this spring. With that, she earned an hour of free jump time at a new trampoline park (complete surprise to all of us!) She had so much fun, and was absolutely pooped by the time we left on Thursday night. She managed to talk me into stopping for some yummy Italian ice on the way home. Everyone else had the same idea...it was packed, but well worth the wait!






We thoroughly enjoyed our cool treats outside until a really creepy bug flew down my shirt. Party over!



We've had lovely, sunny weather the last few days, so I spent some time outside on Friday afternoon, enjoying a local nature center. It was all good until I almost swallowed one of those worms that hang from trees...yuck. I seem to have issues with bugs...can't imagine where G got his fear from...


Last night we had a great night out as a family. We enjoyed an early dinner, and then an unexpected shopping trip. I think Scott had the most fun! Ava even ran into a friend while shopping, so I overheard some of their discussions about the clothes in the girls section...pretty cute.

This is NOT food on G's face. This is what happens when a three-year-old has syrup on his face, and his father tries to wipe it clean with a black linen napkin. In person, he looked like he had a goatee, much like Scott. Perfect since his shirt says "Like father" at the top!


Ava and Scott were up to some shenanigans while shopping. G and I laughed quite hard when we finally caught up to them in the store!


We're looking forward to a low key day at home today...the perfect way to end the weekend! G and I have a fun day planned for tomorrow, so our weekend will be extended by one day. More to come on that event!