Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Latest Here...

I know I have been pretty quiet here lately, but life sure has been busy, and one of the first things to go, so to speak, is the virtual world. I hope to find more time soon to catch up in the Blogger world, especially as a new school year looms. We'll start on Monday for our first session. I like to take breaks throughout the year, and so that means some school during the summer. Though this summer sure is flying by!

What have we been up to?

Drawing, coloring, getting into the school shelves...

Heading to the library... Summer Reading program (with awesome kid prizes!). Like 4 passes to Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, fun books, learning toys, and more. The library has story time tote bags to take home which are perfect for the preschool set, and the boys love them too. They will be perfect to use for a little "school" with Miss Bear throughout the year. So far we have done frogs and bugs. The library also has educational toys to check out and take home, like the foam number puzzle Miss Bear put together below. We've also checked out a learning clock, play animal figures (farm and wildlife), screws/puzzles, and little magnetic cars.

Once home, we do story time in the shade of some large maples out front. The weather may be steamin' at 100+ heat index, but in the cool of the shade, it is actually not too bad. We are blessed with a nice cross breeze. 

And of course, we have been settling into the new house. The school shelves are up, the toy room is set, and most everything else is good to go. I have some odds and ends left. Plus, we have to go back to our old house for one last hurrah to ready it up to sell, have a moving sale, and bring home a few extra things we could not fit during the first move.

The only toys allowed in the kids' room are their stuffed animals. They sure love those cuddly creatures, can't you tell?

Naturally, with these hot days of summer finally on us, the kids have been swimming - even Miss Z and Mommy, it's been so hot! We bought a 2.5 foot high by 12 foot pool and it is perfect for us this year. The kids are loving it!

Oh yes, mowing the weeds with Grandma's help. I am mowing for the first time today. The last time I sat a rider I was 13 years old, and ended up in the ER with a burned leg thanks to a bush, a tree, and a patched-up mower since my Grandpa never gets rid of anything. But do not worry, it is going much better this time around! I had to take a little break to let some lightening and rain pass through.

The kids picked some fresh blackberries that are starting to come on, and I cooked us up some yummy muffins.

We have had too many late nights, but the kids had a blast watching fireworks Sunday night. Even Miss Z sat there wide-eyed and motionless.

What else? Doctor's appointments. Skipper with the GI but thankfully all his tests came back normal this time around much to our surprise, and we can go on with the diet as normal. Yay! Miss Bear had her 3 year check-up along with Miss Z's 6-month. It was a new doctor and the kids seemed to like it there. Both are very healthy, and Miss Z is a healthy 21 pounds! (And for those who will gasp at this, just know this is how my kids grow. Skipper was the largest at this age at 26 pounds!!!)

Now, we are preparing for a fun week with Daddy off work, even though we do have to travel a bit and work on the house. And, next week, we start back into a school routine - more on that soon, I hope!

Have a happy fourth of July!


  1. Sounds like you are doing great and have really settled in! Looking forward to some berry picking here soon too! :)

  2. good to hear from you again Nicole. I bet you are very wise to start back at school this early, because then you get some much needed breaks during the year. I love your summer photos, and of course baby in her purple suit and that adorable hat.

  3. We have been spending a lot of time in the water too! Nothing to beat the heat like a cool dip.


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