August 31, 2019

August Roundup

August is a transitional month for us. We spent the first half having fun in North Carolina and Dallas, and then the second half starting school and putting our routine back together. Here are a few mother moments from our month:

We got back from our summer travels to a few problems at home. Our AC had gone out amd the house could barely stay below 80 degrees, the battery on Dave's car had corroded and needed replacing, one of our garage doors had a fried circuit board, and our internet cable had been severed - yikes! I guess that's what happens when you go on vacation and neglect real life for a month.


Sophie lost her other top tooth! She has such a cute smile and was excited to be able to drink a smoothie without opening her mouth.


Our pools close the second week of August, even though it's still 90-100 degrees here until the end of September. Since we can't swim, we often hit the splash pad to beat the heat. 



Charlie loves to say "CHEESE!" and pose for the camera. He has the cutest little smile. 


I brought Charlie into the front seat with me to ride through the carwash because it scares him. While he didn't cry sitting with me, he was still slightly terrified!


Family bowling night at WT! I almost rolled a turkey on the last frame to beat out Dave.



Chalk fun at the library


These two hardly ever get along (Davey loves to push Charlie around and take everything away from him) but every now and then they have sweet moments together. 

August 21, 2019

Sophie starts 1st grade and Davey starts Letter Group!

Sophie started 1st Grade on August 13th, which seemed really early, but she was ready! We had a full summer of swimming, friends, and travel and it was time to get back to the regular routine. Sophie had a great kindergarten year and was excited to be a 1st grader now. She has made great progress with reading (starting 1st grade at a 2nd grade level), is a math wizard, and loves everything art and science. She was also excited to find out that a friend from church was in her same class! 

Looking way too grown up for a first grader


We missed Back to School night since we were in Dallas, so the day before school started we went and got registration finalized, found her classroom and met her teacher. 



All ready for her first day! Dave dropped her off out front this year and she walked in all by herself to find Ms. Gammon's class.


The boys played well together while Sophie was gone, but were very excited when it was time to go pick her up at 3:00. Charlie loves Sophie and can't wait to see her each afternoon.


We got some after-school slushies at Sonic to celebrate completing her first day!



A week later Davey had his first day of Letter Group, a joy school with 6 other families from our stake. He was so excited to do something "grown up" and carry a back pack just like Sophie. Each Wednesday he goes to a different house from 10:00-11:30 to learn about a different letter. We get to host Letter Group at our house every 7th week. It will be a good warm up for preschool next year!

August 12, 2019

Soaking up the Last of Summer in Dallas

After the beach trip ended, we flew back to Dallas and had one week to spend before it was time to return to Amarillo for Sophie to start school. The Howes were actually not around (they did a DC trip with Tim's family instead of coming home) so we mostly played with friends and found fun things around town to do. It was very, very hot while we were there (106+), so naturally all our time was spent either indoors or at the pool!

Grandma has a neighborhood pool just around the corner. Dave was tossing the kids in the air one day and Davey didn't always have the most graceful landings. 


Little lifeguard on duty


We always make a Costco run to stock up on essentials when we're near one since there isn't one in Amarillo. The kids loved the mini muffins on sample that day. 


PEROT MUSEUM & LEGO EXHIBIT - we spent a day at the Perot while we were in town, another museum on our ASTC pass. It's huge a museum spanning 5 floors so we only ever see a fraction of what's there, but hit all our favorite places - the dinosaurs, the kid town, and this time we were able to go through the special Lego exhibit, thanks to our member friends who could get discount passes.



It was really amazing to see all the creations that were entirely made from Legos. Some of them were huge and contained hundreds of thousands of bricks. I cannot even imagine how tired the builder must have been after looking at only grey for so long while completing the Easter Island head. 




Davey thought this T-Rex skeleton was so cool


CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE - this was a new place that we had been wanting to try since it opened a few years ago. We actually ended up buying a family membership, since it would pay off after just two visits and we know we will be back at least 2-3 times over the next year. There were so many fun, hand-on things to do and the kids (and adults) had a fun time. We are excited to go through again when we visit in December for Christmas!


Each kid got to make a couple crayons - choose the color, choose a name, and then wrap it to take home. We made Davey Doodle Dandy Blue, Purr-ple, and Char-treuse. 



We also got a new scribble srubbie pet (you decorate it with marker however you want and then it washed back to white in hot water), melt down crayons into fun shapes, and melt down crayons to create spin art. 



JACK CARTER POOL - the Jack Carter pool was another new destination for us, and one we will definitely return to when we visit next summer. It has all the excitement of a water park for younger kids, without the lines or high prices. Entry was just $7 a person, but they had a lazy river, water slides, cliff jumping, a wave simulator, and a kiddie splash zone. Plus there were plenty of shaded tables and you were allowed to bring in outside food!

We met our friends the Palmers there and Sophie had fun on the water slides with Hazel


Charlie loves a good fountain and Davey was not quite tall enough for the slides, but he did have fun in the lazy river. 


Sophie was brave enough to try the Flo Rider. She only lasted a short time before the wave swept her back and off to the side, but she did great for her first try!


The high dive was more to her liking. She went off several times!