Friday, September 19, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Even though Hannah, Ethan and I are 2 months into our Kindergarten school year today was a milestone at our house.  Hannah had her first day of school AT kindergarten. She goes every Friday and she was SOOO excited.  

Here she is already to go.  I needed to get her to stop moving so much so I could get a non-blurry picture.  Ethan on the other hand was very sad that Hannah was going without him.  He asked Hannah through tears to leave him a note to find after she left (Andrew leaves me hidden notes when he goes away).  

Hannah's note to Ethan.

She was very excited to organize her backpack and school supplies.

My Kindergartener!!!

Hannah and her brothers.

Unprompted dance party!!

Hannah and Moses at the assembly to introduce the teachers.  They were dismissed from the assembly to their classroom.

I needed to take a picture of her at her table before I left.

Here is Moses too.

When I picked her up and asked her how it went she said she had a lot of fun and can't wait to run the Terry Fox run next week.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Activities with Ben" Week 1

Activities with Ben" Week 1

Ben has started to join us Wednesday morning for our school time with Hannah and Ethan.  For our first week did some fun things based on the book "Ten Apples Up on Top".  It was a lot of fun and I think Ben had a great time.

The first thing we did was read the book which is a very cute story about three friends who do some very silly things while balancing apples on their heads.  

Balancing their apples up on top.  

Next we compared the apples.  The 3 apples were different colors and shapes and sizes so they had lots to say.  Ben said his was the best because it was green.  Then I cut them open and they had a chance to smell each apple and compare the sizes of the apple seeds.  Surprisingly, they were all very similar in size despite the fact that the yellow delicious was must smaller then the Granny Smith and the Gala apples.  They smelled quite a bit different too.

Tasting the apples.

We all agreed that the Yellow Delicious was not delicious. As you can see my Ethan's expression.  Ben thought his was the best.

Hannah and Ethan both preferred the red Gala.  Nathanael watched and sampled some of the apples himself.  He also preferred the Red Gala!

After our snack we moved on to some apple stamping and all three kids made their own 10 Apples Up On Top picture.  In the picture above they are drawing themselves.

Apple stamping.  

Fruit-loop apple sorting.  
Hannah and Ethan both received a handful of apple colored fruit-loops and compared them to see which color they had the most.  Ben sorted his "apples" onto trees.  This was really easy for him and he tried to trick me to see my reaction.  Silly boy.

Earlier in the morning I posted a picture of Hannah, Ethan, and Ben on my Facebook page and asked what color of apples people preferred.  Once the results were in we tallied up the answers in a graph.  

By the end it was pretty clear that yellow apples are not a big favorite.

Finally, just before our apple time was up they made some apple necklaces while I fed Nathanael.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Say Goodbye to Summer

I have been so busy figuring things out with Kindergarten and things at home I have hardly noticed that summer is falling into Fall.  I thought I would do a quick shout out to August because it was such a full and fun month for us that I don't want to not post about it.  So here goes:

Hanging out at the River with friends.
Finding rocks

Walking and Talking


Queens Park with my sister Teresa, Kevin, Ben, and Charlotte.
Who doesn't like petting goats.

Love my nephew!

Kevin and Andrew watching the babies.

A Visit from Uncle Shawn.  
We were thrilled to spend some time with Andrew's brother when he came out our way.  Especially since we don't get to see him as often as we would like and since it was his chance to meet Nathanael.  Nathanael clearly LOVED his uncle.

Hannah and Ethan love spending time with Shawn.

Hanging Out in Salmon Arm with Grandma and Grandpa
Hannah and Ethan went on a small hike with Andrew and Grandpa.

They told me they went into the deep dark woods.

Hannah helping grandma.  Ethan telling tall tales.

Helping Grandpa with the Yard Work.

Spending the day at the beach/lake.

My fish!!


Jumping off the dock

Thrown off the dock.

Napping and eating with Grandma.

Family Camp
I forgot to take pictures at family camp but we had a blast as we normally do.  I did get a chance to have our "family" picture taken.

My wonderful kids.

Nathanael grew like crazy and now he is so big.  
He is crawling, and standing, and furniture walking.

Teens Camp
The biggest highlight of Teens Camp according to Hannah and Ethan was Kayaking.

Ethan and Canaan 

Andrew and Hannah.

Love these pictures of Hannah and Ethan talking to each other on the beach.

Walking the balance beam.

Hannah helping Ethan.


Yes I was there.  

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