Let the Games Begin
Monday, October 3 2011
Today was the first day of fall break. The kids are out of school for the next 2 1/2 weeks. On the one hand it means I have to now figure out what to do with the kids for the next 2 1/2 weeks. But it also means I don't have to make that awful school run twice a day for 2 1/2 weeks. And we move into the new house the day after they go back. Which means I really only have to make the school run maybe 3 more times. Because then we'll be in walking distance to the school Hooray!!!!
So what did the kids do with their first day of freedom? They entertained themselves by playing train.
Wait for me!
Tuesday, October 4 2011
Temperatures have remained in the 100's this week so I thought we should take advantage of this fact to go swimming one last time before we move. (There is a community pool in our new neighborhood so it's not like we'll never go swimming again.)
I loved this shot of Harrison running to catch up to his older siblings.
I also love going swimming first thing in the morning because that is when all the retired folks are at the pool. The retired crew all come nearly every morning and they are a riot! The last couple of times we went swimming before school started many of them had already gone to visit kids and grandkids for the summer (most of them are snowbirds that leave during the summer months) so it was fun to see so many of them back. It's like going swimming with 10 grandmas and grandpas. They are all so nice to the kids. Plus they are just a crack up to listen to them talk to each other.I love that these wonderful seniors have finally reached the stage of life that they so don't care anymore about what anybody else thinks of them. They are finally free to just be themselves! I keep trying to take that lesson from them-and to not wait until I get older to finally stop caring what other people think of me. I have so missed our morning swims!
Wednesday, October 5 2011
I took Adam with me today to run some errands. It was fun to spend some one-on-one time with him.
We ended up at Ikea (which wasn't on the original agenda). If you've ever been to Ikea (and who hasn't, really?) you know that throughout the store they have displays showing how all their products undergo rigorous quality testing. This display was showing a nighstand with a 12 lb weight in being opened and closed over and over and over and over and over. Adam found these displays highly interesting and stood and stared at each one for a LONG time. He would probably STILL be standing there if I hadn't insisted it was time to leave.
And, I know I've been posting more then 1 picture a day a lot lately, but during our travels we also happened upon this house decorated to the hilt for Halloween and I wanted to post it, too. My blog-I make up the rules.
Let them read books
Thursday, October 6 2011
Today we ventured out to the county library to get our first Arizona library card!
Friday, October 7 2011
Feeling adventurous I took the kids to a corn maze, by myself. I'm not sure why I thought this would be a good idea since I have no sense of direction and get lost in my own backyard.
This was at the beginning of the maze. See how happy everybody is.
Just before we found the exit I had two *almost* in tears.
And yet when we returned home they all told their father that they had a fantastic time!
Saturday, October 8 2011
I am a sucker for a good clearance sale. I think it's a genetic thing. (If you know my mom, you'll understand.)
So these storage baskets were on the clearance aisle for $2 at Lowes. Each set came with 3 baskets. And the color matches my new curtains perfectly!!!! How could I NOT buy them?
Sunday, October 9 2011
Adam lost another tooth today. That makes #4 for him.
And trust me when I say this was the best picture I was able to get. He kept giving me super goofy smiles. So finally we settled for this. Can you see the gap?
This also seems like an appropriate time for a little confession. The tooth fairy didn't have any small bills in her wallet. Neither did daddy tooth fairy. So the tooth fairy borrowed a $1 from Adam's piggy bank to slip under his pillow. Whatever it takes to keep the magic alive, right? Right?????