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.
Teague ending his day with the dreaded teeth brushing.
Teague had a field trip today to Old Sturbridge Village and one of my friend’s was nice enough to send me a picture.
Teague looks rather large on Kaitlyn’s scooter, but they were all having a great time outside.
This doesn’t look comfortable, but Teague took quite a long nap just like this.
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?
Hotdogs for dinner!
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. (The boys are on parking duty.)
We go through so much milk we squash the jugs to make more room in the recycling bin.
Chocolate icing for chocolate cake – then he covered it all in mini chocolate chips. A chocolate lovers dream.
We are in desperate need of volunteers for the Fun Fair – including cake bakers for the game Musical Cakes. Teague offered to make 2 of the needed 200 cakes. He did a great job and loved being completely on his own in the kitchen. I told him I had so much going on that I couldn’t help at all. Teague did a great job. He made a funfetti cake with blue icing and sprinkles and a chocolate cake with chocolate icing covered in mini chocolate chips.
I got feed back later from the winners of Teague’s cakes that they were delicious.
Teague is making cakes for the game “Musical Cakes” at the Fun Fair. Today he learned to flip a cake onto a cooling rack.
Sometimes I see some adorable sibling moments.
he 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.
Wade decided to up our outdoor movie game this year. He recently bought a new projector so he decided we needed a new setup for our projector too. He and Teague spent the afternoon building a stand for the screen and then the big boys invited friends over for a movie. (Those boys ate an entire tubs worth of candy – which normally lasts several movies – impressive!)
The boys (all three) love avocado toast. This year they have learned to make it themselves.
The sneaky nap struck again.
Teague’s class had a field trip today to Community Harvest. They planted seeds and plants for the local food banks.
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.
Teague has been riding his bike to school everyday. I end up at the school many days for various reasons. It always makes me smile to see his bike parked in the bike rack.
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!
Teague spent part of his afternoon helping Wade with the last of the mulch. I think a shower is definitely in order.
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
Killing time till dinner and then electronics, but at least he’s showered and clean.
After a few years of no field trips, the schools are cramming a bunch of field trips all together. The kids are loving it but it makes for a hectic spring. Wade was available to chaperone the 5th grade field trip to Boston for the Freedom Trail. Teague was so excited to have his Dad tag along. He was up insanely early this morning packing his lunch and getting ready for the day. Wade took a few pictures along the way and one of my friends snapped a picture of Wade and Teague having lunch.
Field Trip Day! Teague’s class walked part of the Freedom Trail and Wade got to be a chaperone. What a day!
Bonding over grilling.
These guys spent the evening swinging and playing in the sand.
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.
Some days Teague is more into pictures than others.
It’s early evening so of course Teague has already showered and is waiting for dinner so he can get to the gaming portion of the evening.
Their favorite combination – the trampoline and the blower.
Teague tried a new recipe and it had a lot of steps and made quite a mess. Thankfully Teague is quite good at cleanup.
It’s a cookie-almost-every-night-kind-of-week.
I was pleasantly surprised to look out the kitchen window and see everybody practicing lacrosse together. Even Ben was trying to figure it out.
These kiddos snuck upstairs for some electronics while Ben was busy playing Paw Patrol downstairs.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Weeks ago we promised the kids a night of putt putt. The afternoon wasn’t too bad – the sun was out and the wind had died down. Kaitlyn had been begging for putt putt and ice cream and we agreed. Then we arrived at our destination. It was freezing. The sun was gone and the wind was strong. Most of us thankfully had jackets – some with hoods. Kaitlyn and I even had gloves. The only upside is no one else was playing so we didn’t have to worry that our group was too big or slow or that Ben was running wild all over the course. We also convince the kids that hot chocolate and donuts might be a better treat afterwards than ice cream!