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Week 38 (September 15th-September 21st): Resident Artists

Artists hard at work

Artists hard at work

After having no interest in drawing, letters, or writing during most of preschool, Caroline finally found her inner artist this summer. She has been creating pictures, making signs, writing words like crazy. She recently passed the art bug onto her little brother. He’s now begun to want to color and draw nearly as much as big sis does.

The best part of their art sessions is listening to them talk while they create. The things they talk about and the seriousness of it all is a hoot.

The worst part is what to do with all their masterpieces. There’s only so much room on the fridge and walls!

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Week 37 (September 8th-September 14th): First Day

First day done, only 2340 more days left—give or take a few!

The last few weeks of summer dragged on and we thought September 9th would never come! Caroline told us she has been waiting for the first day of kindergarten for four years. When I told her that would mean she has been waiting for it since she was one, she nodded and said “Yup, that sounds right.”

And this year we have a bonus first day of school–Caroline to kindergarten, Liam to preschool. Both were beyond excited. Both had fabulous first days. Both are continuing to have a great time at school. Fingers crossed that this excitement for school lasts the whole year through—and beyond!

Ready to rock n roll at her new school

Ready to rock n roll at her new school

Be ready, Miss Lisa! He's all yours!

Be ready, Miss Lisa! He’s all yours!

Bus dropped her off at 3:38.  Here she is at 3:40!

Bus dropped her off at 3:38. Here she is at 3:40!

Week 36: Yes, We Have No Bananas

Caroline has been wanting a banana split ever since we were camping and she saw a picture of one at the ice cream shop. I told her we could make one at home. Someday, which is code for “I’m sure you’ll forget all about this conversation.”

So weeks pass and she actually remembered it one night as Jeff was scooping ice cream for desert. We had no bananas. She was okay with that. As long as she could have some strawberries in her dish. We had no strawberries. She was beginning to get irritated and wanted to know what other kind of fruit she could have with her ice cream. All I could think of was pineapple, but we didn’t have any. Not even in a can. In fact, the only fruit we had in the house was grapes. Turns out grapes make a mighty mean ice cream sundae, at least according to Caroline. I was willing to take her word on it.

When you have no bananas, grapes will have to do

When you have no bananas, grapes will have to do

Confession = When I tossed the grapes in the bow, I didn't actually expect her eat it, let alone like it.  I just didn't want to deal with a tantrum at at 7:30 at night.

Confession = When I tossed the grapes in the bow, I didn’t actually expect her eat it, let alone like it. I just didn’t want to deal with a tantrum at at 7:30 at night.

Week 35 (August 25th- 31st): Then & Now

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It’s hard to believe that we have been New Yorkers for just over a year now. We’ve had many great experiences in this time and so much more exploring to do–especially since we won’t be here forever.

Here are some fun pictures from our first visit to a little town called Greenport in August of 2012 and then some from a recent “family date night.” It’s crazy to think how much the kids have grown in just a year!

Carousel 2012

Carousel 2012

Carousel 2013

Carousel 2013

Carousel 2012

Carousel 2012

Carousel 2013

Carousel 2013

Running 2012

Running 2012

Running 2013

Running 2013

Racing 2012

Racing 2012

Racing 2013

Racing 2013

And no 2012 picture of this, but this is too sweet not to include!

Hugging/Dancing 2013

Hugging/Dancing 2013

Week 34 (August 18th – August 24th): Camping version 2.0

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We did it! We survived our big, real camping trip. Instead of 2 miles from home, we ventured 20! And we didn’t forget dinner for the kids or pillows. Nothing like a trial run to work out the kinks.

This camping trip was unlike any camping I have ever done, largely due in part to the location. We did “beach” camping which is not to say we camped on the actual beach (quite the disappointment to the children). The campground was more of a parking lot. RV’s on the top row and tents down below. No trees. No privacy. Lots of sand. But so much fun! Being steps away from the beach was a treat, especially since we are not a family that frequents the beach.

We did all the typical camping stuff. S’mores, even though both kids really just wanted the chocolate or marshmallow–but not together. Jeff taught them how to construct a campfire and then I got to tell them stories while we all sat around it. Actually, they told me just about every detail—characters (every friend they have ever had!) and setting (usually winter, for some strange reason) and of course, there had to be a fire truck and an ambulance—and then I had to string all this information into some form of a story (I can tell you are impressed).

We kept them up late with hopes that they would sleep later in the morning. No luck as Liam awoke each morning before six. But that turned out to be a lucky thing on the last day. He woke us up and we heard the thunder. The sky was darker and we worked fast and furiously to get the campsite packed up before the storm. I’m not exaggerating when I say we were driving away as the clouds opened and let loose a mighty nasty rainstorm. Seriously, I had trouble seeing the road as I drove home. Good thing we didn’t have too far to travel!

A calm moment before being hit with "gigantic waves!"

A calm moment before being hit with “gigantic waves!”

Beach girl

Beach girl

A lesson in building the perfect campfire

A lesson in building the perfect campfire

Living the life

Living the life

A little bit of art work by the campfire

A little bit of art work by the campfire

Play hard & rest deeply

Play hard & rest deeply