Saturday, September 16, 2017

September

 Apparently it's been a busy month!  Getting into our new "normal" has taken some time, but I think we're doing good!

I haven't taken many pictures, but we have been busy!  Our weeks seem to consist of early mornings, and Dad being the chauffeur and mommy being the taxi.


Liv has been enjoying her 5th grade year so far!  Making new friends, and she is even going to give the trumpet a try, too!  She currently is doing volleyball 2 times a week for fun.  You can usually find Liv outside after school with the neighborhood kiddos.


 Finn is in his second year of Early Childhood/Speech.  He goes 3 times a week for 1.5 hours.  Little man has been loving to play Infinity on the playstation.  

He also has transitioned in the last month from sleeping with mommy every-night, to his bed.  Yes, Mr Man has been sleeping with mommy since he was in utero. :)  I knew it was going to be a hard transition, so I tried to prepare myself for it :)  We first moved Liv's bed in his room for night 1.  That didn't go well, so the next night we moved in a twin bed from downstairs....for mommy.  Yup, for almost 2 weeks, I slept in his room, across from him.  I wanted it to be a gradual process for him (and for me).  

After a couple weeks, then I switched with Daddy..and Daddy was his room-mate for about a week.  Then, to make it REALLY FUN, we let him choose if he wanted to have his toddler bed still, or if he wanted to start using the big boy bed!  Well, he chose to move up to the big bed, so bye bye went the crib :(  sniff sniff....

Daddy moved out, and he actually has been doing super super super well!  The last week, Avery puts him in there and will lay with him for a bit and tell him a story.  He has been loving this (and she has been, too) :)


Avery has had a busy month!  Going back to 4 classes at the high school has been a big transition!!!!    She has been doing SUPER, and getting up and going every morning!!!  

She tried out for All State Choir, which usually no Freshman get into.  Well, she actually was chosen as the alternate, so she gets to be a part of the choir!!!  Rehearsals began last week, and she had 2 early morning ones, and then one late evening one as well.  

She also tried out for the Cinderella play that the high school is doing this fall, and just found out that she made the cast!  Practices start next week.  I think there are 3 a week, so that's fun :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back to School, Back to School.....

Well, it happened maybe quicker than we wanted, but back to school time is upon us!

Last week, we had several "events" we had to go to at the High School for Avery, but this week is when it really all begins!

Last night was mr Finn's open house!


He is going to be going on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:15-9:45 to Early Childhood/Speech!  He wanted to wear his bowtie!!!!

We decided to grab a celebratory supper at our favorite Mexican place!!!!

Early this morning, most of us were chipper and ready to go!  Finn had a hard time waking up, but some underwear funny talk from Olivia made him giggle, and then he was ok :)

Here is Avery, our HIGH SCHOOLER!  She is going to be going for 4 classes this year, and then doing World History, Geometry, and Health/PE at home!

Olivia is a 5th grader!!!  There was no before school open house, so this is kind of a totally new day for her, not even meeting her teacher yet!  After school, I am going to help her decorate her locker, so hopefully we'll grab a picture then!!!

Again, Finn and his bowtie! :)  At least when he lets me pick out his clothes, the bowtie semi matches!  ha!


It was the first year that I wasn't able to take each kid to school.  Daddy and I had to divide and conquer.  He took the girls, and I took Finn.  He was a little hesitant to let me go, but being with Ms Kristen again this year was familiar!



I mean.....how cute is he??? :)


Can't wait to pick them all up and see how their days went!!!

UPDATE 1:

Finn got done, and had a great day!  Avery had a quick morning, and I was able to snap a pic of her coming out of High School...




Avery got a pic of Liv walking into school this morning for me!!!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Lake Day and Soggy Doggy Days

The end of the summer is here, and this was our last "real" weekend of summer...

Olivia went to our church's "lake day" on Saturday.  The rest of the crew was home, but she represented for us all!!!



Finn has been wanting to take a picture with the water tower, so we did just that.....and he was so pleased!


Soggy Doggy Days is how our town end the summer!  We got Winnie all ready, and off we went.  She does not like the water, and was so-so about the other dogs. 






There were a couple of other mini goldendoodles that we got to see!  





This was her favorite part of the night....i let go of her leash, and she ran and ran and ran in circles!


Love our crazy crew!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

into August we go!!!


no lie....this "HARDEST decision EV-AH" took her AT LEAST 30 minutes, till after 10 pm...at Walmart!!! SOOOOO funny, my life is!!!. Good thing we had the WHOLE SCHOOL SUPPLY SECTION to ourselves, so she could lay out ALL THE OPTIONS, and make SURE that things went together (???) .... what HARD decisions she had to make!!!!
gotta love my Livie


Here is some of what she ended up with! :)

She also needs a drawstring backpack / cinch bag.  So, we found a clearance XXL womens skirt at Walmart, and made her one!  The tutorial I read said she made it in 30 minutes.  It took me off and on for 2 days, with lots of mistakes! :)



Found this beauty at Goodwill....going to be a shelf for Mr Finn's room!!!!


Also, when Nana Dianne and Bapa Craig were here, they went past a house that was putting in new kitchen cupboards, and these were out for free....so, here is what I did with them!  One is going into our laundry room (hopefully) and maybe one in the garage :)


While up at Nana Judy and Bapa Ron's house, Finn got this Dino egg at Storybook Land!  When we got home, into the water he went!  He spent 3-4 days coming out of his shell, and then spent another couple of days growing after that!  It was a cute and fun thing for the kids to do!

These kiddos have been hanging out ALL summer together.....And, yes, Finn doesn't wear clothes much.  oh well :)

We found a rock by a cute little tree in town!  We then took it and re-hid it in the front of Walmart!

The ice cream truck came again!  This was the second time this summer, and it was soooooo much fun to hear it coming, and then wait for it, get yummy treats, and enjoy!!!

Finn chose a power puff girl...not sure why...
(also, he and Liv had a little crash while scooter-ing the other day, and he got an owie) 




  
This is one of his silly looks these days....so funny!


The end of his ice cream ended up on our driveway!


Close up of his owie right after it happened, with some goo on it!

and, because he didn't pick it AT ALL, it healed up within a week!  whoo hoo!!!!!

Liv wanted to take a picture of her and Winnie for a bookmark....and mr pants-less boy wanted to be in it too!!!


I feel like I've been super busy with projects lately, but it's been fun!  Just finished this one up today, but can't show because it's a gift!  Pieces of laminate flooring, cut up, and put on an old kitchen cupboard door....



I will have to update what it ended up looking like once the gift is given!!! :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trip to Aberdeen

We left Thursday for our journey up to Nana and Bapa's house!!!

Friday afternoon, we went over and saw our good friends!!!

Finn LOVES baby Luke!


Aleeyah and Evie



Love this family, and wish they lived in OUR town!!


Friday night was "family picture night"!



























This time, Nana Dianna and Bapa Craig came over to Nana Judy and Bapa Ron's house!  What a looooooong trip for them, but we all had tons of fun!!!

Saturday we headed to Storybook Land!  It was HOT HOT HOT!!!!







Finn learned about the 3 little pigs this year, and so he was pretty excited to see them!!!



The Land of Oz is always a treat!




















Did I say it was HOT?  It was.....really hot.

Finn wanted to go on the carousel, and he wanted an animal that didn't go "up and down" :)  funny boy!









We swam at least once every day while we were there!  Daddy even went in once!  That NEVER NEVER NEVER happens!!!!  It was just so darn hot!



Lots of times with cousins!


We were celebrating Nana Judy and Bapa Ron's 46th wedding anniversary, so Nana Dianne bought them a fun cake!




After church on Sunday, we went out for lunch!  YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Followed by hours of more swimming!  These 2 bapas hung out together on this side of the pool!


Mr Finn had quite the fun time, and grew more and more comfortable jumping in!


SOOOOO MANY COUSINS!!!!!!!!!!!!


We went over and rode the go cards before bed, and were surrounded by Huderites and "bye bye bye" on the loudspeakers...joy....


We also got to do the bungee jump thing!  Finn and Liv had a great time!



We woke up bright and early on Monday morning, and headed home!!!  Such a fun weekend!!!

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