Monday, August 29, 2016

First Days!

Today was Allie's first day of kindergarten and Andrew's first day at his new school.  Both went wonderfully.

We started off the morning with some photos.  Allie was excited to show off her backpack and we were happy that Andrew cooperated.

Then we headed off to Andrew's school.  He was surprisingly happy to be there.

And when it came time for us to leave, he said goodbye and we left.  He objected less than he has every other school day.

Then, we went to drop off Allie. She put on her backpack and walked to school. 

I brought her over to a group of kids and introduced them to "Allie".  She corrected me: "Mommy... it's Allison."  And with that, she was off. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Home week

The kids were out of school this week for their summer break before Allie starts kindergarten and Andrew starts his new preschool. 

We had farewell cupcake parties in both of their classes to say goodbye to their friends.

During our week off, the lazy mornings were great.

As was the baking.

 And art parties with Daddy.

Allie got an emergency house key made.  This was particularly awesome because Home Depot had Frozen keys!

We visited some new parks.

And even rode on a carousel...

... and a train.

We had a picnic.

 Made bridges out of our legs for trains.

Went apple picking.

Andrew didn't love it.

But eventually he warmed to the idea.

We had friends come over throughout the week, including a new kindergarten friend Allie met at a school get together, and we went to the pool with one of her preschool friends.

We also went to the air and space museum.  The space shuttle was particularly amazing to see in person.

We celebrated a friend's birthday with duckpin bowling.  The kids each had their own dramatic victory dances.

And, of course we prepared for school!  The kids each got to tour their new classrooms.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Allie Goes to the Fair

Allie's BFF Abby and her fiance Eric took Allie to the fair again this year.  She had an amazing time!  She rode some rides, mostly by herself to show how brave she is.

She did, however, let Abby ride on the big Ferris wheel with her.

She also played some game and won a big inflatable dolphin she named Squeaker.

She liked seeing the animals.

And was happy to report that the bunnies and the cows match.

Then, to top it all off, she had ice cream for dinner.  I don't think she could have had a better time. 

Andrew seemed to enjoy his night at home too.   Jonathan and I hardly ever get two-on-one time with him and he ate it up. 

 Thanks Abby and Eric for an awesome night!  It was a real treat for all of us.