Sunday, August 25, 2013

Outdoor Adventures

I love getting the kids outdoors as much as possible, and last week was great for this. Some friends have a farm west of San Antonio and we spent a full day there on Thursday. 

Despite the awesome outdoor adventures awaiting, the kids needed a little bit of a screen-time break. TV, iPads, iPhones, laptops. Funny kids.

The "mule" was a highlight. The kids could drive it themselves (and taught Elizabeth and Jonathan also), so they took many trips around the property throughout the day.

We did find one scorpion. But no black widows.

And yesterday we went to Cibolo Nature Center so Elizabeth could try out her revamped sailing vessel. They have a replica of a set of dinosaur footprints which everyone thought was so cool. 

It floats! And it can carry a kid (not a mom, however; I got a little wet trying). It wants to tip, so Elizabeth will be revamping again.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Starting Back to School

Elizabeth made delicious crescent rolls to bake for breakfast on our first day back to school.

We've only just begun to read "Swallows and Amazons" but Elizabeth has already tried to make a sailing vessel. It floats, but it won't hold anyone. She's going to add to it and see if she can make it work. 

We dipped our toe in the Back-to-School waters and just did two days this week. It's going to take some time. Each year takes a little more daily time to get school done. I do enjoy it though. It's nice to be able to do every day something that you enjoy.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Missouri Vacation

Mimi and Papa needed a picture of their grandkids for a project at church. I'm not sure we ever got an acceptable one.

Harrison on our first night traveling fell asleep while reading the map.

 Sweet corn, baby!

 This is the only picture I got of our time with my college roommate Jessica. Our kids got together to picnic at an island park on the Mississippi River.

 We celebrated Jonathan's 9th birthday. 

 We got to see Aunt Galen and cousin Alicia. We saw Aunt Kristy too at a Cracker Barrel, but I didn't get a picture. 

 Papa took the kids for a ride on the tractor.

 This is always a hit.

 Phoebe likes doing art projects.

 And we did get to swim one afternoon at the town pool. 

 And we stopped in to see Grandma Phoebe and Grandpa Harry. 

 The two Phoebes.

 Cutie Patootie. I read the Birth Order Book by Kevin Lemann while on vacation. Harrison is classic youngest child. Not sure that bodes well for him. We'd better stop spoiling.