Monday, July 21, 2014

David is FOUR!

David turned 4 years old yesterday!
We celebrated with cake!
You definitely will not find our party on pinterest, but the kids ran in the sprinkler and played and had lots of fun.   

Happy birthday to our sweet, cute, fun-loving David.  You are precious to us!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weird Science STEM Class

We participated in another STEM class with our library- Weird Science.  
It included some books, some jokes, some science music videos, and an experiment.
 During joke time, Michael made me laugh. The librarian asked "What did the Atlantic Ocean say to the Pacific Ocean?"  The answer was "nothing.  It just waved," but Michael raised his hand and answered,  "Water you doing today?"  I'm afraid he has gets his corny humor from both sides of the family. 
The kids got to make slime.  Gross.  And fun!

Library Wildlife

Our library hosted the Wildlife Center of Virginia for one of the summer STEM classes.

The kids got to see up-close-and-personal a snake, a Virginia opossum, and a hawk.   

Maybe it's his eagerness, but Michael has a knack for getting picked to help.  He got to illustrate habitats for the group.  

What can we say- we love to read!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Little Brother

David is enjoying the summer, as he has his siblings to hang out with.  
He discovered Michael's gel, and put about half the bottle in his hair.   

Poor David has been the model for most of Kate's artistic creations.  He wears them well and is a good sport.  

Happy 4th of July

My oldest sister and her family joined us for the 4th of July.  
We had a relaxing time of just hanging out at our house.  

We roasted semi-smores, as I didn't have graham crackers.  We used Ritz.  Not the same.  

Summer Fun

We are trying to find that summer balance where the kids have some fun activities to do, but no so many that they don't have that boredom-induced creativity stimulated.  
We've found some creative uses for the ice cream maker.  We did not have much luck with making frozen yogurt (lots of ice crystals), but we really have enjoyed making smoothies.  One of the easiest things I've done is get some juice (like the Bolthouse Farm juices- extra healthy)  and just throw it in the ice cream maker.  It takes like the most delicious sorbet, and it's guilt-free.

Wrestling 

Crafting 

Legos  

More wrestling 

Sprinkler days when it's really hot 

Trips to the dentist (no cavities!)  Michael will be going back next week for sealants, since they are covered 100%.  

Special treats (Michael went on a church event with Daddy, so the rest of us did something special) 

We have visited PetSmart quite a few times. It gets the kids their animal fix without us getting one personally.