Wade and I both have a list of projects we’d like to accomplish this weekend, but we also wanted to do a few fun things with the boys. I spent the morning cleaning windows and then we headed down to see the Harley parade. (Our city has been invaded with motorcycles to celebrate the big 110th anniversary.)
Month: August 2013
Alex informed me he is writing his Christmas List. He wants more good guys and bad guys.
During our drive to the beach it rained quite a bit on and off. I would look up to see that Teague had covered his face with his hands. When I asked what was wrong he responded “too loud.” That seems to be his new mantra and I hear it quite often (even without loud noises present). Today we went to the Harley parade and we came prepared with ear protection.
Walking to school to meet their teachers.
Teague and Grant driving the bus at the elementary school playground while Abram and Alex meet their teachers.
When Wade gave the AC man our deposit they talked dates. We knew the man had a schedule a few weeks out and we were hoping they would be able to come the week I was at the beach with the boys. The man couldn’t promise that and gave us a firm date of the week we returned. He did stress that he would try to come earlier if at all possible. Before I left Wade told me the man had called and they definitely wouldn’t be coming till after I got home (sigh).
Then Wade and I were talking on the phone one night while I was at the beach and he mentioned he had a surprise for me. I assumed he had done some project around the house and didn’t think too much about it. The boys and I got home last Monday a few hours before Wade came home from work. I unloaded the car and was thankful for the cool house. Then at some point I noticed he had removed the window air conditioning units and just assumed he had done it in preparation for the workmen coming the next day. A little later I heard a really subtle, low whooshing sound. Then I really looked around and realized the air conditioning was already installed!! I was beyond excited and so thankful to have not been present for all of the work. Now most of my rooms have these small circular vents in the ceilings (in the picture they look almost like can lights) and cool air flows on demand!
I had known it was going to be a messy project, but Wade later told me that the installers had started work every day at 5 am. Then I was doubly thankful the boys and I had been gone!!
Amber and I planned one last trip to the farm (Green Meadows Farm) before school starts next week. Amber has a new car and could even fit all of us!
What I love about this place is there is always something new (granted we only come twice a year). Today there was a new “train” pulled by a tractor, a new hot wheels racing ramp, and a new water pump feature. The kids loved the mix of animals and activities.
Look who has almost mastered petals. He’s an entire year ahead of when Alex decided to learn (and a decent amount taller too).
Alex continues to outgrow his bookshelves. The crates have worked really well for hardback books, but the paperbacks tend to get lost or crumpled. I was searching Pinterest for a solution and the unanimous vote seemed to be using spice racks from IKEA. I mentioned this to Wade and he conveniently scheduled a trip to the store (for work) a few days later. The spice racks are finally painted, hung, and filled with books.
Alex and Abram created a construction site in the back corner of our yard.
Opposites in looks, but destined to be good friends.
(Grant and Teague)
We finally made it back to Milwaukee! We are home after two days, 18.5 hours in the car, three meal stops (McDonald’s, Cracker Barrel, and Dairy Queen), four gas stops, two additional potty breaks, one stop at the outlet mall, and a total of 1,123 miles.
Note – I knew giving Teague an ice cream on the road was a bad idea, but we’d already had a 30 minute lunch stop and I was anxious to get going. I was right and it was a huge mess, but he loved it.
The bunk bed theme is continuing. Teague’s room is undergoing a little construction so tonight he is sharing Alex’s room.
After 10+ hours in the car we finally made it to Gram’s house. This is the first night we’ve tried both boys in the bunk beds.
I think everyone is tired of our beach vacation and ready to go home. It didn’t help matters that today was overcast and rainy. Gram kept Alex entertained with “experiments” all day. His favorite was the creation of the blue drink.
We finally got everyone out for one last walk on the beach and a little shell hunting.
It should surprise no one that Alex created a way to go fishing in the ocean. This boy is obsessed lately with fishing. He found a long vine and convinced Gram to make a fishing hook (she did pretty well by bending a plastic drinking straw). Alex decided fruit loops would be the perfect bait. He had a blast fishing while Harper and Teague spent their time jumping off the sand cliffs. All in all it was a pretty good evening walk.
It’s amazing how long cooking utensils and a few pretzels kept all three kids entertained.
This little plastic wagon has been the cause of many arguments. Everyone wants to be in charge of pulling it down to the ocean.
This isn’t a picture of Teague, but of his handy work. He combined his two loves of cars and babies.
Before we left for the beach, Wade gave me very specific instructions and a box. I did my best to follow directions, but I can only imagine what would have occurred if Wade had been with us.
We went for a walk on the beach last night and with Aunt Lissy’s assistance I was able to plant a very special bottle in the sand. Alex has been on the look out for a map in a bottle and tonight he found one! Captain Jack had signed the map and marked his treasure with an X.
Today I got up really early (quite a feat to arise before four little ones) and made a quick trip to the beach. When everyone was up we immediately went hunting for treasure. Alex spotted the X pretty quickly. He started digging and eventually (much longer than I expected) found a treasure chest! He was so excited! The treasure chest was full of gold doubloons, beaded necklaces, an eye patch, and a pirate flag. The boy was walking on water!!
The weather has been perfect this week – high 70s and low 80s with quite a bit of clouds. Today the clouds produced a little rain so we played inside for the morning. Thankfully Gram brought some construction paper and Alex has been “making a craft” all day. His favorite was the kite, which actually turned out pretty well!
My Mom introduced Alex to homemade Orange Julius this trip and he can’t get enough of it. This morning everyone wanted to help make it!
Then it was back to the beach (and after nap too)!
Today Alex discovered wave jumping. He spent all afternoon jumping into the waves.
Happily destroying the sand castle the grown ups built – at their request.
The kids couldn’t wait to go out to the beach this morning. I am pretty sure we were on the sand and playing by 7:30 am.
First up on Alex’s beach agenda – digging for buried treasure.
Teague would happily spend all day holding the baby.
Tired cousins, but we made it to the beach!
Teague’s latest phrases are all about people and their houses. All last week he was talking about “Gram’s House”. Today he knew we were going to see B and kept saying “B House” over and over. We went out as soon as the boys woke up and stayed till nap time. The boys loved spending time with B. Teague kept pointing to the garage and B took him to see the cars. Teague was in heaven when he got to “drive”. Unfortunately it was a wet and rainy day so the cars couldn’t go outside. After that we headed to the pool and then tried fishing in B’s pond (those fishing poles are really coming in handy). Teague was the only one to catch a fish, but everyone had fun.
First brother sleepover – with sleeping bags.
(Just as a note – Teague’s hadn’t arrived yet so he is borrowing Harper’s Minnie Mouse sleeping bag.)
Alex has become quite obsessed with fishing. When we were at the park last night, he noticed the big pond. Today the first thing he mentioned was going fishing. Gram was only too happy to accommodate. After purchasing new poles for the boys we spent the morning fishing – with mini pepperoni and cheese for bait.
The conversation I overheard went a little like this.
Alex: Teague do you want to wash my back?
Alex: Get that purple sponge and put soap on it. Then wash my back.
They proceeded to do a pretty good job of getting each other clean.
The boys and I drove from Milwaukee to Paducah today. We got in just in time for dinner and Gram suggested a picnic at Noble Park. Most everything I remember from my days of playing there has been removed, but there is still a long pipe that is so fun to try and walk/crawl across. Alex was drawn to it immediately.
After being in the car all day together they are still pretty good buddies.
I think if Playmobil charged for their catalog I would consider purchasing it. Alex has spent far more time “reading” it than some of his books.
I left the boys in charge of packing a suitcase of books and toys for the beach. There are two small cars for Teague. Alex’s computer. The rest is books – chosen by both of them. We are definitely a family of bookworms.
It’s pretty rare to find a toy all four kids want to play with and can actually share without problems.
I mentioned long ago that Amber, Nicki, and I attempted to tie dye shirts for the kids. We got together one afternoon and did the messy part outside.
Then the directions said to let them sit in a plastic bag overnight. When I removed the rubber bands the next morning they looked awesome – our colors were red and blue. Then I followed the directions and washed them in the washing machine (by themselves). Now we have pink and purple t-shrits. Obviously we need a little more practice (and probably direction).