Monday, July 29, 2013

Proof of my Insanity

Shopping with 3 small kids is quite the adventure.  
Taking 3 small kids to Kohls while I was looking for a couple of specific serving dishes was an exhausting event.      

Future Architect?

Michael has been working on designing his future home.  He states that he will not have a wife, because "all girls are gross.  Except you, Mom."
Enlarge this and check out the detail.  I love that he has a "Terrance."  I guess that's either a misspelling, or perhaps a place to hang with the boyz?
Notice the runway, airplane shed, and helicopter landing pad.
After making this, Michael asked me which job he should work that would give him lots of money for not much work.  I told him he should go into government work.  ::Snicker::

Park & Play

When the weather is not close to 100, we try to visit a park or some other free venue in the county. 
We have had some cooler days lately (mid 80s), so off to an adventure we go! 

The kids really enjoy playing at all of the great parks we have! 

Running bases to expend energy 

Base races 

 Who's on First?

Library Juggling Act and Magic Show

The latest library event was a juggling act and magic show by Paul Miller.  
The kids really enjoyed it a lot, and I thought he was pretty funny, too!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

David Turns 3!

My youngest baby turned 3 on Saturday!  Where has the time gone!?
 He's still a little confused when you ask him how old he is.

Our sweet, happy, lovable little boy! 

David really enjoyed his decorations. 

Waffles with maple syrup and a dash of Hershey's syrup for breakfast

David got a new dinosaur backpack, which he wears everywhere 

silly balloon fights 

He requested blueberry pancakes from Cracker Barrel for lunch.  Hey, it's his birthday.  Waffles for breakfast, pancakes for lunch, and macaroni for dinner.  Yum!  The Cracker Barrel staff sang him "Happy Birthday" and brought him a piece of free chocolate cake.  He dug in mid-song.  :-) 

David got to pick one toy from Cracker Barrel.  He chose a car that you pull back on, and it propels forward.  He loves things that move.  
 A co-worker was kind enough to work the first 4 hours of my evening shift, and I was able to stay home a little longer and party with my kids.  I'm very thankful for her!
We spent some time at Chuck E Cheese's (I have about a 30 minutes per year max tolerance of that place) and then we came home and had blue Jell-O cake, per David's request. 

Happy 3rd birthday, David!  

Costco Adventures

Sometimes in the routine of life, you make the most memories.  
I'm not a shopper, but I really like Costco.  The kids think it's pretty great, too.  
Michael really wanted one of these fruit baskets.  He was thrilled that we could both hang bananas and rock a newborn baby in the cradle.  (BTW, we might be getting more bananas, but no plans for more newborns.) 

The kids wanted to pose for a picture outside Costco.  This picture captures their personalities exactly.  
Michael, up to something michievous and trying to get a laugh. David, happy-go-lucky and sweet.  Kate, precious and girlie in her dress and sandals, but fake-smiling because she was tired about 10 steps into the store.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wiggly Worms at the Library

The library's Fabulous Friday STEM activity was a lesson from the R-Board to learn about the benefit of worms in composting and waste management.  

The kids were pretty excited to build their own worm habitats.
Silly kids

Compost + old lettuce + water + the hugest, chunkiest worms I have ever seen! 

Michael built his worm habitat with a friend who was on his basketball team in the winter.  
What a fun project!

Big Sister Strikes Again

Kate declared that David was going to be Cinderella during play time. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Contractors in Training

We took the kids to the Lowes Build and Grow program today, but we got our times mixed up and didn't get to build a Toy Story truck.  But we had fun with Daddy anyway!
The kids think the drywall/plywood aisle is great!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Outside Fun

We've been enjoying our summer very much.
Driveway chalk art

Inflatable pool and trampoline 

David is pretty sweet, or so the mosquitoes think.  He always ends up with lots of bites all over, despite the Deet I always spray him with. Any suggestions? 

2013 Independence Day

We marked another 2 items off our summer bucket list on the 4th of July.  We went to George Washington's Boyhood Home- Ferry Farm, then we followed it with a cookout.  I had to work 3-11pm, but we still enjoyed a morning and early afternoon of festivities.  Plus, I got time and a half, which is always a bonus.  The unfortunate thing is that we only have 1 family vehicle, so the kids missed fireworks (or should I say LIVE fireworks, as they watched the DC fireworks on TV).  We had a fun-filled day on the 4th!
3 little Virginians

We got to ride a trolley to the event, as they had free transportation at a remote parking lot.  I'm sure we could have parked there, but the kids really enjoyed riding the trolley, especially David.  

Fancy trolley

Despite their expressions, they did enjoy the trolley ride.

Ferry Farm had lots of fun things for the kids to do.  Kate and David took their turns washing laundry by hand, just like in colonial times.  

We watched a blacksmith doing his... smithing?

A revolutionary war tent.  And bubbles

The kids got to take turns on the loom.  

Crafty Kate thought it was wonderful.  

She also enjoyed dying the wool for the spinner, but we didn't get an opportunity to spin any wool this time.  

Michael was pretty good at weaving.

Even David got a turn, though he was pretending the little pieces were boats on water.  

It was a hot day, so the kids enjoyed cooling off in the mist tent. 
A fun, memorable day for all!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Summer To-Do List

I had the kids sit down and write a wish list for summer activities.  Here's the list we will work through during the next couple months:

Sounds of Summer Concert Series @ Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Ctr

Ferry Farm 4th of July Activities (and a cookout)

Vacation Bible School

Visit Mt Vernon

Visit the YMCA Waterpark

See new Percy Jackson Movie- Sea of Monsters (Michael and Mom)
Go to the beach
Play dates with friends
Get the Wii back  (Michael was grounded from it for a long time)
Go to a hotel and swim in their pool
Make ice cream
Run through the sprinkler
Drink root beer floats
David's birthday party
Campfire and S'mores
Find a farm to visit