My apologies for the long hiatus from blogging. We’ve been soaking things in around here. School and family and friends are keeping us busy and we are starting to feel at home in the north east.
This year, we hosted our first Thanksgiving meal for our family. It was nothing short of amazing after all of our years in the military to be in our home on a holiday, surrounded by loved ones. In my mind, I kept thinking “this is why we are here.” We were overjoyed, to say the least.
I almost don’t have the words for the day. Even sweet grandpa Leo made a second phone call at the beginning of dinner because he hadn’t had a chance to wish me a happy holiday. We ate and drank, laughed an hugged, and had a great day.
I am thankful for:
Our beautiful new home.
The start to a wonderful new way of life for us.
My husband and children that I love so dearly.
And all of our beloved friends back in the desert who have kept in touch and continued to provide love and support through this transition.
This week, my sweet
babies big kids donned their backpacks and went back to school.
I had a huge lump in my throat as I watched my oldest run to catch up with a group of kids and enter the building. I’m hoping for a wonderful year. Our move last April was hard on everyone…but we’ve had a wonderful summer and I think that we are ready to dig in and make the NE our home.
BTW? The summer was AWESOME.
We went to the races, we went to the lake, we went to the beach. There were trips to theme parks and picnics with fireworks. Morgan paddled a canoe and made sand castles.
We made new friends and reconnected with family.
Jeremy and I went white water rafting, and spent a weekend at his college reunion.
Boat rides, roller coasters, sandcastles, campfires, canoes, park dates, splash pads, museums, art classes.
One Awesome Summer.
And now, the start of a new school year!
Summer is flying by! I cannot believe we are nearly half-way through August.
This guy went to camp for a week. He stayed with his grandparents and attended a youth program in the mountains. Doesn’t he look so grown up? It was hard having him gone…I won’t lie. I kept decorating his room and finding excuses to call
We took the kids to the horse track for breakfast and took a tour of the “backstretch” to see the horses working out and get a behind the scenes glimpse of life at the track. It was so cool! We all had a great time.
J was on vacation this week- we enjoyed lots of dinners out, park time, even a parade to celebrate our new town’s history.
We also went to a wedding this past weekend to celebrate Nellie and Joe. It was held in the most gorgeous mountain setting and might be the most fun I’ve had at a wedding. I learned how to play bocce ball and we danced for at least 5 hours straight.
This week, we will be taking a deep breath and working on losing some vacation pounds
Sorry that I am a week behind–we’ve had lots of lazy days at the lake and work going on in the house.
Last weekend, my SIL and I took the kids to a dinosaur expo in a neighboring city. It was such a great experience! The kids enjoyed checking out realistic dinosaurs with interactive controls–kiddos were literally able to push buttons to make the dinos roar and move. They loved it.
Morgan is still working on his reading. He is very reluctant and quick to give up. We have been taking weekly trips to the library and bringing home some great books to encourage him to try. This week we discovered Flat Stanley.
Swim Lessons continue to be the highlight of every week. Morgan finally dropped his flotation device and swam a small distance this week. I was so proud! L bug is working on her kicks and arm moves and seems to be progressing. She is the youngest in her age group and it is comical to see her happily spinning in circles while the other kids swim in straight lines.
As for me…I am resisting the urge to beat my head against the wall on the house. The builder’s crew came today and accomplished very little in 6 hours. SIGH. I keep hoping we are on the right track.
Very good news on the horizon with the desert house. I think we might have sold it! Keep all happy thoughts channeled in this direction. We need good house karma.
My little man is six. Six!
Where did the time go? Seems like yesterday that we were here…
Now, he’s working on his reading and riding a bike up and down the street!
To celebrate, we had lots of fun stuff planned.
We attended our first minor league baseball game. Mo was a huge fan! J’s group hosted a family day at the ballpark–complete with a cookout and free souvenir hats for the kiddos. We met a very nice family and hung out with them throughout the game. So much fun!
We visited our local library and were thrilled to discover great children’s activities. They had a scavenger hunt, several art projects, and even a “dinosaur dig” to keep the kids entertained during the visit. Wow! We are not in the desert any more!
On Mo’s actual birthday, we made pancakes and headed out to a local theme park for the day. My friend S was kind enough to invite us–she gets free passes occasionally. All we had to do was show up and have a ball.
We spent the weekend at the lake with J’s family and took cupcakes for the littles. I love the lake that my hubs grew up on. It is so peaceful. Mo and L Bug ended up having a sleepover with their cousins at Nana and Grandpa’s house. J and I went out to dinner with his younger brother and his wife. Such a great time! I’m really getting into the groove here in the NE. There are so many awesome people. We really feel loved.
Happy Sixth Birthday, my sweet Mo. The move has been hard on us both…but I know we will rock this new town and make it our own. xoxo
We had a very busy week!
It’s been raining like crazy here. We filled our time with swim lessons, cooking, and brushing up on our reading skills. At the end of the week, we took a few road trips to hang out with friends and celebrate the fourth of July.
Staying at home with two active kids can be a tough job when the weather is bad. I know that there are a lot of great indoor activities that you can do–but we were forced to stay at home while we had more work done on the house. I’ve mentioned before that our house was not completely finished when we moved in a few months ago? We are still tying up a few last details and that forced us indoors for three days this week.
To pass the time, we joined www.starfall.com
Star Fall teaches children from pre school through second grade basic reading skills and phonics. The website has great interactive games and modules to help young readers develop a solid reading foundation. We happily discovered math games on the site as well. Leighton enjoys the interactive ABC’s that introduce phonetic sounds and work with letter recognition. Morgan is enjoying word problems, counting, and reading. Full access to the site costs $35 for an entire year. I call it a bargain!
As promised, the kids were in the kitchen quite a bit this week.
We made chicken spaghetti courtesy of a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I love her style! She nails it for comforting and family friendly dishes. I have often said that letting your kids help out in the kitchen greatly increases the likelihood that they will eat what you prepare. My two are learning to peel veggies, stir in ingredients, and make simple dishes like sandwiches or smoothies “almost” on their own. I see a great improvement in their eating!
We celebrated the 4th of July with family on a beautiful lake nearby and it was perfect!
Another great rainy day activity? Building a fort in the basement with the pillows from our lawn furniture. It’s been too wet to leave them outside. The kids pile them up and jump in them
Have a great week!
We kicked off our summer vacation with our annual trip to the shore. I did not get a ton of photos this year- the kids were running like mad and it was all we could do to get a shot of the front of someone’s face! They are the perfect age for beach fun!
We had our annual birthday party for the kids. I love that they celebrate together with the whole family while we are at the beach.
All in all, a great week!