Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easter Eve

 It was the Saturday before Easter...the end of Andy's spring break and we headed to Triple Point Church annual Easter Egg Hunt.



We ran into neighborhood friends...and church friends.

 
It's always a mad dash for eggs..but both boys came back with  1/2 a basket full!

 
That afternoon we died eggs...I always seem to hard boil more each year...and every year they want more and more to do!  Something about sticking an egg in a cup of dye must be just so fun!



Spring Break...Week 2



The next week came along and it was Andy's turn.   Grandma and Grandpa offered to take us to Turkey Run State Park for 3 days...so we gladly pulled Seth out of school for 2 days so we could enjoy another little mini trip and family time together.


 






We got there early afternoon on Sunday and checked into the Inn...there is always something fun about staying in the inns at the state parks.

It was a beautiful afternoon, so we headed out on a hike right away.  We had no idea what we were getting into!  It had been raining a lot...so the canyons were wet and streams were running...but that didn't stop us at all.
 Occasionally we fell...and had to be picked up...but we kept hiking







We found some left over snow!

And climbed the famous ladders on Trail 3!


The boys were SUPER!  In fact, as long as their were rocks to climb or jump over, mud puddles to avoid (Ha Ha) or sticks to carry....Grant did amazing!  We hiked many many miles that afternoon.


 
We had a yummy supper at the Inn..and then explored a few other closer trails to the Inn.  We went swimming and played a couple games.
 
The next morning we started out again on some more hiking and were able to avoid the rain until almost 2:00.   Another fun hike along the in the canyon, climbing over river rocks and another hike along the river, down to the covered bridge and back past the gold mine.





 
We stopped at the nature center to watch a show in the Planetarium...and came out to rain.  We headed back to the Inn for an early supper and games in the lobby.  It was the night of the FINAL FOUR championship game, so we watched that and Seth and I did a puzzle.
 
It was a relaxing great time with the family...the area was beautiful and the hiking was great!   So glad our boys are getting old enough to do fun things like this..WITHOUT having to be carried.
 
It was a wet rainy morning on Tuesday...so we headed home after another great mini trip..grateful to have gotten in some great hiking before the rains came and muddied everything and closed some of the trails.

Spring Break...Week 1


This year, the spring breaks for the boys were on different weeks.    Seth and Grant were one week and Andy was the next.   We knew that put a little damper in our ability to do something for the week---not that that was really an option,  
 
But on Sunday morning...of week 1 of the boys....we VERY spur of the moment decided to go to Cincinnati to go the zoo.    I called my friend from high school who lived there...and she was free!    So we quickly packed and drove down...we met Sharyn and her family and walked across the purple people bridge into Kentucky and ate dinner at Tom & Chee...a fun grilled cheese place (as seen on Shark Tank).   It was a beautiful night...the first spring like weather we had for a LONG time....it was glorious to not wear coats.
 
Thanks to Priceline...and a incentive..we got a hotel for $11.  We were up the next morning and headed to the zoo...utilizing our pass from the FW zoo...which saved us 50%!
 
It was another absolutely gorgeous spring day.   The zoo was pretty big...but we were able to cover all of it that day.  There were lots of animals we don't have including:  elephants, polar bears, white tigers, manatees and lots more!  It was a great little mini trip...but we headed back on Monday night since Andy only took 1 day off.
 
 
 








The rest of the week included a few fun excursions with just me and the boys..including a first time trip to SkyZone (the indoor trampoline park) and on a picture scavenger hunt with some friends from school.

(They were so cool to include Grant with the cool 3rd graders...but there just wasn't another letter on this one...poor Grant!)

Science Fair

In February, we began our first journey into the world of science fairs.  It was required by Seth's teachers for the higher level kids to complete a project.   So...Seth decided he wanted to do something with basketballs...and with the help of science fair expert, Oompa....we were settled on our 1st project.
 
Does the amount of air pressure in a basketball affect it's bounce?
 
 
We went to church one Sunday and did all the measuring.   Then...spent a few days compiling data and completing the board.   The school science fair was in late February.
 
And wouldn't you know it...Seth won top 5 at the school fair!  He was the only 3rd grader...and just 1 of 5 who were able to go to the regional fair a couple weeks later.

 
In early March, after some extra practice on his speech and getting more advice from Oompa...we were off to IPFW for the Regional Fair.


 He competed against all the other 3rd graders in the area...probably about 50 or so of the top projects from the city.  Andy and I had to sit in the bleachers for about 2 1/2 hours while Seth waited to be judged.   It was hard for this momma to NOT hear what he said...but I could tell from the judges expressions he was doing just fine!

We weren't too surprised when we had to stay for the 2nd round...does Seth ever not excel?

After coming home for a few hours while the judges deliberated...we came back and Seth won 2nd place!   So proud of our little scientist..and not bad at all for his 1st year project.


Snow...Snow and More Snow

It began snowing right after Christmas...and it didn't stop for 3 months.  It was one of the worst winters ever.   The kids missed I think at least 12 days of school...including an entire week right after Christmas break.  It seemed that every weekend it would snow...and it was COLD...bitterly cold, which meant that it wasn't always fun to play outside.
 
 
But, we did get outside and sled..build snowman...build forts and even tried ice skating.  I was amazed at how well the boys did.




It was a long winter...which meant school was going to go long and into June.  Fortunately, the state allowed some of the schools to do extended days to make up hours...which is what Seth's school did for about 6 weeks.  In fact we even had snow in March.  Snow was on the ground for at least Jan-March.  Definitely a winter that wouldn't be forgotten.

Januray/February 2014

Wowzers...5 months!  I've hit an all time record.   At first I thought, maybe I should just stop blogging...but as always I begin to think about having a journal...at least for me about our life.  So...I'll quickly get caught up and then make a definite effort to stay up to date.
 
 
January and February included several fun events:
 
Grant had Dad's Night at Preschool.  It was Wild West Night...don't we have the cutest cowboy.
 
Seth played basketball through the Carroll Youth Basketball League.   It was 3rd and 4th graders...they practiced once or twice a week...and then had 6 weeks of games (2 games, one at 8 am and 1 at 9).  Unfortunately, due to being sick and weather...he was only able to play 8 games.
It was a great experience for him to play full court basketball.
 
Andy turned 45!   How in the world did we ever get that old....well..somedays we do feel it...but Grant and Seth definitely keep us young.   It was a quiet night at home with the family.
 
 
Grant had his 1st friend sleepover at the house...I'd started babysitting Talan 2x a week after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  These two soon became great buds...and it was a great night...including sleeping in the tent in the playroom.