Field Trips Spring 2016

Anthony, Family, Nicholas No Comments

Spring (nearing summer) seems to be the prime time for a field trip – at least in Kindergarten & 2nd grade. I was SO fortunate to join each boy on a field trip recently! And, Nicholas’ included an extra special guest 😊

AJ was up first – an  outting that both Joe & I attended to a local Dairy. We have been to Oma’s Dairy before – but it was Oct/Halloween/Pumpkin Patch time. This field trip was GREAT! A FULL tour of the dairy and NO ONE else was there, so we got to play with all the outdoor toys! 

(Note to all local adults: do NOT go down the middle slide in the picture below. You will crack you tailbone on the transition area. 

Fresh ice cream!!! 

‘ field trip was a play, put on by kids: Peter Pan! And Cousin Mary came with us (she and Grant stayed with us for 2 1/2 weeks in May/beg of June). 

I loved both trips 💙💙 

And now…the boys are 3 school days away from SUMMER!! Yahoo! 


Anthony, Family, Grace, Nicholas No Comments

I love our house. I mean, I REALLY love it. After 1 year and almost 3 months, I love it even more than the first few weeks we were here. My list of reasons goes on and on….but here is one of the biggest reasons this was the best purchase and move we have ever made: OUTSIDE

Our effort, to re-create our (Joe & I’s) childhood days of playing outside for HOURS, has worked. It’s worked even better than I could have imagined. 

The days are longer now (yay summer) and our time outside is even more fun with Gracee running around. We have moved FAR away from TV time and indoor play. And we are so thankful for that. Our kids get lots of exercise and fresh air. And because of that – they all sleep so good! 

Last night (Friday night) I tried to capture all the activity and fun we had outside. Stroller rides, bike races, chicken catching, swinging, trampoline jumping, soccer/ball play…all in 1 evening 😊❤️

I think I say this to Joe nearly everyday — I am SO happy that we bought this house and moved out here. We have given our children the gift of outdoor space and for that, I am so grateful.

The Big Brother

Nicholas No Comments

I have a story to share about our blue eyed, full-of-energy, can’t stop moving, 2nd grade, often can’t remember what he was JUST asked to do, social butterfly & pack leader, chicken- loving son

Yesterday morning (Monday) Joe started his week off like most other weeks. His alarm got him up and he walked out of our bedroom (7:30am) to get started on coffee, kid prep & breakfast. 

The door was shut to our bedroom because I leave VERY early (and it’s still dark outside), so I turn the hall light on to  gather all my stuff before leaving. The monitor to Grace’s room is always on so he can hear what is going on from our bedroom. All was quiet….

Joe walked out to quite the SURPRISE. Grace was in her highchair and all 3 kids were eating breakfast. 

Eggs, toast, grapefruit and milk. 

You heard me right. All 3 kids were eating breakfast….that was cooked on the stove…lead by our 8 year old son. 😳😳😳

My 1st thought when hearing this was: AND THEY ARE ALL STILL ALIVE? And then, NO ONE IS CHOKING or BURNT? 

This isn’t the first time Nicholas has prepared a breakfast in his own. On Joe’s birthday 2 weeks ago (a Wed morning), Nicholas brought Joe breakfast in bed (toast and grapefruit). This WAS the 1st time he has ever used the stove – unsupervised!! 😁 Eek! 

Joe said it smelled a bit burnt (NCL didn’t use any butter or oil in the pan, for the eggs) and Grace had a sippy cup full of milk (done perfectly). Toast was cooked with butter added. Grapefruit cut in half and served to his siblings. 

Can you believe that?? 

I guess he really does want to be like Alton Brown (he chose Alton Brown as his famous biography report and presentation at school, a few weeks ago) 


We are SO proud of Nicholas’ thoughtfulness and his ability (and willingness) to take care of his siblings. (We have a bit more training needed in the kitchen – but he really didn’t do bad for his first try!) We just want to supervise for a bit longer – when gas & fire is involved. 

We still need to work on dining etiquette with him (he is a VERY messy eater) – but clearly he has a great deal of leadership & responsibility characteristics already. What a great big brother he is ❤️😀💙 

« Previous Entries