Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hello Fall


Our fall is flying by!  Allison's soccer season came and went.  She really enjoyed the whole experience and can't wait for the spring season to start.



Andrew's favorite thing about soccer was the selfies.


Andrew and Jonathan went to Diggerland for a friends birthday.  They got to operate heavy machinery and, really, what could be better?


Andrew had his first ever school field trip to the pumpkin patch.  The hay ride and sandbox filled with corn were particularly fun.






At home, Allison found out where we keep the candy...


we've been fighting off various illnesses...





 and we've been trying to take it easy, whenever possible.


 




Even Maisie the cat has been upping her relaxation game.


Allison and I went camping with her girl scout troop and had a great time hiking and playing with everyone.


The biggest adventure so far this fall was driving over 10 hours each way to Georgia for the wedding of Allison and Andrew's cousin Erika.  It was a long drive but the kids did great.



We put together a prize box and the kids could pick out a toy for each hour they were good.  It really helped break up the hour as they waited to chant "PRIZE BOX! PRIZE BOX! YEAH YEAH YEAH!"

Spending so much time with family was very nice.


And Allison loved being the flower girl.



We got back just in time for Halloween.  Andrew was still a little concerned about the whole thing, but he rallied and went trick or treating.




I had a nice night too.


The kids have had lots of birthday parties.




We've been catching up on our dentist appointments.



And, the kids are already compiling their Christmas wish lists. 


Hooray for Fall.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Farewell summer

First day of school! 
And just like that, school started.



It was a fun and eventful season.  Allison joined a soccer team.


Papa visited.

Allison took two swim classes and swam at her summer camp almost every day.


We went on two beach trip.  The first was to the outer banks of North Carolina---Thanks to the Cleary's for letting us crash their vacation!  Although somehow Andrew disappeared on the car ride.


 Allison loved the beach and swimming in the pool.



Andrew would have preferred to stay inside.





 The second trip was to our usual beach house in Delaware.





There were a few new changes this year.  Our dear friends brought their new baby and Uncle Mikko joined us! Or, as Andrew called him, "Uncle Funkle Volcano".  We're not sure why.  Volcano taught the kids scrabble...


Practiced driving...


 And gave some unexpected rides.


Luckily, Andrew warmed to the whole beach idea.



Allison of course continued to love it.



There were lots of other fun things too, like outdoor showers.  They're clearly superior to inside showers.


The candy was delicious.


 And, lots of games of see-where-I-can-cram-myself and seek were played.


It was all very fun, but some down time was necessary when we got back.





Allison and I had a day out together; she got a haircut, we had lunch, and she rode our local carousel a dozen times. 



There were a lot of birthday parties to attend.


An amazing eclipse to watch.


And slip and slides to break in.


Then, we spent the last week of summer in California visiting my family!  Allison cannot understand why we don't live there.









Farewell summer, you will be missed.