Electronics for all!
Sunday church best. Alex is wearing Ben’s purse for him. The minute Ben saw Kaitlyn’s purse he wanted one too. Kaitlyn was nice enough to get one for him that matched his outfit. He carried it all morning but didn’t want it for the picture.
None of our local sports teams ended up doing pictures this year, but one of my friends in town (Deirdre Rakus Photography) is a photographer and she offered to do sports pictures for anyone that wanted them. I did them for my kids and even got pictures of my two lacrosse players together!
Ben convinced Kaitlyn to build his car wash, but then she didn’t want to share. Ages 7 and 4 are rough.
The final soccer practice of Spring.
We bought a new lunch box in preparation for next year, but it has just made Kaitlyn want to pack her lunch most every day the last few days of the year.
Kaitlyn is worried about her strawberry plant and trying to give it extra care lately.
As the school year wraps up, there are all kinds of fun events at all the schools. Today was field day at Kaitlyn’s school and Wade was kind enough to stay home with Ben so that I could volunteer. I worked the parachute station and it was HOT. Thankfully I was only there a few hours and I loved getting to see the kids. There is also a short 20 minute break where each class gets to see Waddles (the mascot), have a popsicle, and take pictures with friends and family. It’s a great way to start wrapping up the year.
We decided to grill hotdogs for dinner and then ended up spending the entire evening outside. The kids ran around, Wade and I sat and talked. It was perfect. Kaitlyn decided to dig out her bow and arrow and do some practicing before dinner. Then Alex picked it up after dinner – that’s what started the battle. Wade and I got such a kick out of watching the battle that followed. Teague brought his nerf bow down and the kids played forever. The little kids were content retrieving arrows and chasing the big kids. (No one ended up in tears – a miracle.) Why can’t every night be like this?
Kaitlyn is practicing to be the next Katniss Everdeen.
Sports Sundays are coming to a close. Today was Alex’s last lacrosse game. Thankfully it was another Sunday where both Alex and Kaitlyn played at the same time at the same field. I watched half of each game and won’t miss these Sunday morning games at all! Then we had just a little down time before we headed to Kaitlyn’s soccer game. She was overly fascinated with the dirt on the field and sometimes forgot to watch the ball. She also came home covered in grit, but she had a great day. One last sports Sunday for Kaitlyn this season.
Today started early with FunFair setup. My awesome family started the day with me for setup at 8 am and was there through cleanup at 4 pm. (The actual event was 10-3.) Alex was the true rockstar because he was also there last night from 3-6 to help with setup. Wade and Alex were on volunteer duty all day. Kaitlyn ran wild with her friends and Teague was in charge of Ben. I heard later that Teague ate his weight in cotton candy – definitely an impressive feat.
As if that wouldn’t have been enough for one day, we also had plans to go to Monster Truck Jam! Wade and I bought tickets not realizing it was the same night as FunFair. We rushed out a little early from cleanup, cleanup the best we could, and met some friends for dinner before racing to the stadium. We had a great time, but I made a major miscalculation and didn’t bring warm enough clothes for everyone. Kaitlyn and I ended up with Monster Jam branded clothing out of it. The big kids were ho-hum with the night but the little kids loved it!
Alex was kind enough to recreate one of the pictures I remembered from his first Monster Jam experiences in 2012. Here’s a comparison. (Note he’s wearing the same headphones – a happy accident.)
It’s Fun Fair and the entire family has been drafted into volunteering. (Kaitlyn was helping to get the Dum Dum tree ready in the games area.)
Kaitlyn came home with three love notes in her backpack today. I asked her about them and she got an embarrassed look on her face and said, “He says he’s going to marry me when he grows up.”
I offered to make these two dinner before soccer practice, but they wanted to make their own dinner.
Ben and Kaitlyn spent the afternoon building campfires. They each had their own rock ring, small twigs and branches, and pile of leaves.
What is truly amazing is for the amount of time these kids spend in the sandbox there is actually very little sand in my house.
The slip ‘n slide was a huge hit today!
Today was just warm enough to get out another water toy. Ben begged for the slip ‘n slide – having no idea what it was. All of the kids joined in and had a great time. Alex was going for style points and cracking us all up.
Dressed in their summer Sunday best.
Kaitlyn agreed to help make posters for the FunFair.
Most things have returned to normal in the last year, but birthday parties are still few and far between. Kaitlyn was so excited to have a birthday party this weekend and I rather enjoyed sitting and talking with the other mothers.
This is not what we intended the rebounder to be used for, but Kaitlyn always has other ideas.
Kaitlyn pulled out her recipes and did a little cooking for dinner tonight. Southern Ham Biscuits – delicious!
Ben’s preschool had a graduation ceremony and picnic this evening. We had a wonderful family evening before rushing Alex to lacrosse.
Ben had his last day of school today:
Every year Ben’s preschool holds a graduation ceremony for all the kids that attend – whether they are returning next year or not. It is usually held at the Common, the families bring picnics, and sometimes there is music and bubbles. Tonight the location was different, but we had all the rest.
Evening truck ride around the yard. The kids love it.
The kids love an evening truck ride almost as much as a ride in the back of the tractor. It doesn’t hurt that Wade loves driving the kids around too!
Today was supposed to reach the mid-90s so we broke out the pool.
Today was hot. Very, very hot. We got out the pool, tried to blow it up, and realized it had a small hole. We stuck with it anyway and the kids did get to play in it, but the pool had a date with the trashcan after today. The kids had a short swim before Ben’s nap and then Kaitlyn and Teague played while Ben was napping. It was a day meant for the water.
The minute the kids heard it was going to be insanely hot today, they begged to get out one of our blow up water toys. Of course we said yes. What surprised me the most was that Alex joined in and then stayed for the entire time. The kids had a blast and I haven’t laughed so much in ages.
Summer is here!
Hot dogs for dinner.
Someone snuck out of bed to watch a Celtics game with Dad.
Every morning this week we have had a guest on our bedroom floor. The last time this happened she had been watching Scooby Doo before bedtime. I wonder what show she has been watching now?
Kaitlyn wanted to read to Wade tonight, which is pretty rare. Normally she much prefers to listen to a book at bedtime.
Kaitlyn and I had a few minutes before the bus and took a picture.
Kaitlyn was fixing her snack for school when she had a little accident. No big deal and she got right to cleaning it up. KitKat showed up right afterwards to help with the cleanup. (She loves to eat Kix.)
Wade and I spent the morning together at the high school watching Alex and Kaitlyn play lacrosse. This is only the second time they have played at the same time at the same location, but it is so nice for us. We get to leave the two other boys at home, sit together, and watch both kids play. It definitely makes our mornings more enjoyable. The weather this week was significantly nicer than last week too! (No wind or freezing temperatures.)
Then we had a few hours down time before it was off to Kaitlyn’s soccer game.
We had a little extra time after Kaitlyn’s game but before Alex’s game was over. She was a pretty good sport about hanging out at the fields.
The kids have been asking for weeks and today we finally planted our garden. We are mostly sticking with things we have had success with in the past, but we are trying a few new things too. The list includes – tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, strawberries, pumpkins, corn, and flowers.
Part of me thinks these two have playdates simply for the unlimited snacks.
Everybody seemed to be up extra early today so Ben and Kaitlyn set up their own cooking school to entertain themselves.
Kaitlyn created her own obstacle course. Guess who won?
Their favorite combination – the trampoline and the blower.
Half-days make the perfect excuse for playdates.
Once again it’s the time of year when the kids want to spend the evenings outside and Wade joins them as soon as he is done with work. The kids practiced lacrosse again and Wade recruited them to help on the front path. Now we just need the temperature to increase by 10 degrees or so.