The "kittens" celebrated their second birthday! They marked the occasion with naps and tuna fish.
Stormy: too much tuna fish. (His tongue really is just too big for his mouth.)
S's community took a field trip to The Mystery Spot, and we tagged along for the fun. (Actually, we drove. Benefits of having a minivan.)
I have to say, I was pretty happy with how the Halloween costumes turned out this year!
One of the best things about our school: the field trips! I drove for two great ones recently -- a trip to Wilder Ranch for the third-graders to experience life 100 years ago, and an outing to Natural Bridges to observe the monarch butterflies. So much fun!
This year, I offered to take the kids to a different pumpkin patch, but they were having none of that! They insisted that we head back to the one we've gone to every year, at a school in the neighboring district -- we've been going there since the Las Madres days, when our LM group had many friends in the neighborhood.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It's Ren Faire Time again!
This year, we met up with our good friends J, M, and J. Fun was had by all! We all definitely have our favorites now, having been so many years in a row. (Though I have to say, it's nice to have graduated past the kids-in-the-wagon stage.) We hit the Fool's Maze first, at BJ's request.
So, as you may have noticed, keeping current on the blog is one of the big things to fall by the wayside as I am adjusting to this new schedule. (How do families do it with both parents working full time?) We've been having lots of fun in the last month or so -- I just haven't been blogging it! So here's a quick catch up of what we've been up to:
Spending time with Tia M! We had fun on the paddleboats at a favorite local park. Took lots of pics but these are my favorites.
For our last camping trip of the year, we joined some friends over Labor Day weekend at Pinnacles National Park. It was HOT -- reminiscent of our times spent in Tucson -- but beautiful.
The highlight was definitely visiting the caverns. A welcome cool respite from the temperatures, which were over 100 degrees. The hike in was gorgeous (though sweaty -- did I mention it was hot?) with lots of vistas of the interesting rock formations.
Here we go! First day of school -- BB in first grade and BJ in third. Wow!
First grader? What???
And when did this third grader get so darned BIG?
They were both very excited to get to school and full of the giggles as a result. This might be my favorite picture of the year:
Hard to believe it, but here we are -- the last weekend of Summer Vacation! We did pretty well by our Summer Bucket List:
We made this list on the first weekend of vacation and had it hanging on the fridge all summer. We managed to do everything on it except the stuffy project -- that one, the kids suggested early on and I didn't act on it quickly enough before their interest waned. Still, that's a lot of fun to fit into ten short weeks!