Monday, June 24, 2013

Frog Hunting

It's been critter heaven for the kids thus summer- cicadas, frogs, lizards, birds, and we have a rabbit living under our deck.  The kids love all the exploring and finding.

David's haircut

He was not excited beforehand, but he was happy it was done.


The boys dressed alike so the could be twins.  Cuties!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Boys and Creatures

Michael was so excited to capture a frog yesterday. I am perfectly fine with whatever critters they want to catch, as long as they don't come in my house.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Michael's Writer's Celebration

Michael wrote this original creative piece in his writing journal, and he read it for the class and parents.  Can you tell that Michael is the class clown??
"I have a duck.  His name is Mr Duck with an afro.  He lives in my sister's ear.  He is good at making pizza out of gym shorts. He is very cool.  He made a planet out of banana peels. He made a chainsaw out of leaves. He is creepy.  He is 4 years old."


Saturday, the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad had a fun-filled day of activities at the park.  The kids enjoyed all sorts of fun activities.  I had to laugh when I saw one other mother who we both recognized from attending all the free events in the area.  She mentioned that we must be on the same "kid-friendly and free" activity circuit.   
 Moon bounce maze

Tractor rides 

 Riding through the park

David-sized moon bounce 

Kate can get some real height when she jumps.
It was kid of hot and humid, but it was enough outdoor fun to wear the kids out for Daddy before I went to work 3-11.  

Music in the Park

On Friday, we enjoyed the Sounds of Summer concert series again at the Fredericksburg Museum and Cultural Center.  The Air Force Blue Aces played a variety of musical numbers, and we had fun relaxing on a lovely night.   
The Blakemore 3
Michael showing his muscles.  
Last time we went, a split second of inattention from mom and dad, and Michael wandered around the corner with David to explore an old church cemetery.  It  was the most frightening 3 minutes of my life.  No wandering this time, thankfully!!

Getting some excess energy out. 


Posing.  David mimicking 

We went to Hurkamp Park after a walk in downtown Fredericksburg, and we caught some fireflies.  Good Friday night!

Archaeological Dig

Our great library has a lot of activities for the kids over the summer.  The first of the summer activities was an interactive class on archaeology, brought by the George Washington Foundation that leads the archaeological digs at Ferry Farm here in Stafford. 
The kids got to handle real relics found buried at George's boyhood home.  Very cool.

Friday, June 14, 2013

First Grade Completed

Michael was decidedly more excited to be completing 1st grade than when he started.
He has grown so much this year!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Tea Party

One of the fun things about having a girl- tea parties!  Come and join us one day for a fancy tea party hosted by the sweet and precious Miss Kate.

Lowe's Build and Grow

On Saturday, Jon took the older kids to Lowes for the Build and Grow program. They were able to make Monsters Inc characters using "real life hammers", as Kate said. They had a really good time.


While the older kids were out with Daddy on Saturday morning, David and I went on some errands. We took a trip into PetSmart for David could see the fish, birds rodents, and cats. He really enjoyed them!

Sleepy Heads

Michael and David are exact opposites in the morning. David is excited for the opportunity to get up, while Michael is always looking for just a little bit longer to sleep.  Someday, when he is older, I will introduce Michael to coffee, and mornings will be a little less harsh.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Baseball Season Completed

Michael had his last baseball game of the season on Saturday, and he got his precious trophy. He was very proud.
Michael started off the season having a very difficult time hitting the ball. He got very frustrated, and he did not even want to go to games. Jon spent some time working with him, and bought him a bat, and by the end of the season, he was getting a hit almost every time he got up. It is definitely different with machine pitch baseball.

Dead Bird

Nature is so full of interesting things. 
This is not one of the birds from our porch nest, but we did explore a dead bird in our driveway.


Kate decided that it was note-worthy to mention how poor David is et spelling.