Monday, April 28, 2014

Quote of the Day


Molly: Will you hold this? [Giving me a dandelion seed head.]  I want to save it for Christmas.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tucker at Six and a Half... really funny.  Here's him being a magician and doing karate.  He took just enough karate classes in an afterschool program at his school to think he's an expert and take it all very seriously.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Molly at the Beach

Molly playing in the waves, trying to be a ballerina.  Didn't capture the plies here, but she was doing those too.  She is very obsessed with ballerinas right now, and twirls, and dancing, and ballerina dresses....

Epic Sledding Hill

We discovered during one of the storms this past winter that the local park has an awesome sledding hill on the backside of a berm that creates a reservoir.  Tucker almost was able to sled from the top of one of the small lakes to the next smaller lake, and was very happy to report that his sled went the farthest of all the kids on the hill that day.  I'm not sure if it's being six years old, but Tucker is very competitive right now and obsessed with ranking himself vis-a-vis his companions.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cocoa Beach 2014


We’ve been visiting my mom in Cocoa Beach (which is why I’m finally catching up on our winter activities).  It has been so fun to be in the warmth.  Florida has been showing off, and even Austin remarked he can see why people live down here.

My kids never had any doubt why people live down here, and are pros at making themselves a home at GoGo’s pink house.  Their routine seems to be to try to fit in the ocean, the pool and hot tub, biking, and feeding the fish in my mom’s pond… every day.  They try to squeeze in as many restaurant outings as they can finagle, dress-up parades around the house, a horrible game they love called “night-night”, and as many sweets as they can talk themselves into.

The highlights this trip have been Tucker flying a kite on the beach (I’ve never had a kite that really worked before, and this one is awesome), seeing alligators on an air boat ride, and going to the Brevard Zoo (best zoo ever).  At the zoo, Tucker had a giraffe take a cracker out of his hand, and had birds land all over him to get nectar.  (The birds freaked him out with their claws so I got to take over….)  And the beach.  Both kids have been really into the beach this trip and have played in the water like little maniacs and have been industrious little sand castle builders.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Winter Recap


I keep telling myself it has to be spring, that we’re seeing the light at the end of this long (snow) tunnel of winter.  I think this time it really may be the truth.  The winter got off to a slow start with snow, but Tucker’s school managed to cancel a lot anyway.  Then when the snow really started in February and March, the snow day tally just got ridiculous—I think he’s had 12 days off so far, not counting probably that many days with a 2-hour delay.

So we have had a lot of time to enjoy the small skating pond that formed in our field…


Our river that iced almost completely over for the first time since we’ve lived here…


Big snow piles, snow forts and snow men…



And lots of time inside to make forts on every available surface in between a strenuous schedule of seeing how much winter Olympics it’s possible for a person to watch. 

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