Friday, June 16, 2017

Last day of school

My, how the school year has flown.  It seems like just yesterday that we were posing them for the first day of the school year.

Last day
First day

Allison will be doing summer camp at Andrew's school as well as a few weeks of swim class.  Andrew is surprisingly unexcited about Allison attending his school.  When we told him, he said that she should go to her own school instead.  We'll see if he changes his tune next week.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Easing into Summer

Our town has a big Memorial Day weekend festival and parade, and just like previous years (2013, 2016), we enjoyed it to the max.

Andrew loaded up his backpack and arms with toys for the walk there, just in case he got bored. 

 The rides were awesome.

And Allison and I walked in the parade with her Girl Scout troop.

The next weekend, Allison's school also had an end of the year picnic with bounce houses and food trucks.  We even ran into friends who don't go to her school yet; she enjoyed chatting with one of their dads.

Besides school and Girl Scout events, we haven't been doing much. Jonathan made the mistake of using a pillowcase that Allison made, so the kids took it upon themselves to hide his pillow.  They were shocked that we could find it.

 We've been getting our naps in...

and playing at the local splash park. 

I have a cold and I'm working on getting the kids to take care of me.  Allison brought me a "bubble water" and Andrew brought me a blanket.  But, Andrew then took the blanket back because he too was chilly.  It's a work in progress.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


We had two Pennsylvania trips last weekend.  Allison and I went to Philadelphia first; she wanted to see the Liberty Bell and I was happy to see the city.  We went to a pizza restaurant the first night that served ice cream in tea cups (shown above). It was amazing.

The next morning, we started the day with Pirate Allie and headed to the Bell.

It was pretty cool.  After about 10 minutes, I suggested we take off to go see some other sights.  This initially seemed like an OK plan but then Allie got really bummed.  She wanted to see more of the Bell.  So, we went back and saw it again!

Once she was ready to leave, we walked to a great market for some brunch and then on to a very cool fountain.  She played there for two hours.

Later that night we went bowling.

The next morning, Allie discovered that she really liked bitter orange juice. 

And then we went to see the Bell one last time before we went mini golfing.  She got a hole in one!

Then she rode the carousel four times.

The golf course and carousel were surrounded by a Chinese lantern festival. 

She liked all the zodiac animals.

It was a great trip!

Allie and I drove home, Jonathan and I went to a concert, and then the four of us drove up to a different part of Pennsylvania to visit our friends the next day.  It was an exhausting ride but a very fun visit!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Botox, Round 5

Allison got Botox in her right leg again on Wednesday and everything went well.

We have to check in two hours before the procedure so we brought a board game along to fill the time. 

Soon enough, it was Allison's turn and she got to put on a cool tiger gown and bundle up in warm sheets to stay warm.

We met with the nurses, the doctor, and the anesthesiologist who talked about what they would be doing.  Allie's response "I already know that!" Then, a Child-Life Specialist came by with a mask and a bunch of scents that Allie could pick from.  After a thorough review, she picked Cake Donut.  I can't say I'm surprised.

Then she decorated her mask with stickers.

And bravely walked into the procedure room.  Getting the gas through the mask was still scary but this time they let me hold it for her until she was asleep.  She was done 10 minutes later, and by the time I got back to her recovery room she was drinking apple juice and watching cartoons.  We  left about 15 minutes after that.

She and I lounged around all day and I told her we could go to her favorite ice cream store whenever she was ready.  She asked that we wait until we picked Andrew up from school so he could come too.

It will still be a few more days until the Botox takes effect.  We shall see how it goes!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Break 2017

We had a nice spring break this year.  The four of us went down to Florida to visit Jonathan's parents, and the kids were only slightly maniacal on the flight down.

Once we were there, we had a lot of fun.  We went to a train museum...


It even had a ride!

We went to the beach...

Posed in various places...

Identified shells...

Rocked out with the ukulele...

Played trains...


And Andrew napped on people.

We then came home and the kids had camp for two days.  Andrew liked to pretend he was driving us to camp.

The kids spent their afternoons blowing bubbles and playing outside...

And practicing their stretches.

 Before we knew it, it was Easter and the Easter Bunny did not disappoint. 


Some of their friends came over for an egg hunt in our backyard.

Then we went to Allie's BFF Abby's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

It was a great week. 

Allie is scheduled to get Botox in her right leg again on Wednesday.  Good thing they're practicing being extra brave super heroes.  Or, caped Minions?  I can't tell with Andrew.