Sunday, June 4, 2017

Graduation Day and Last Day of School

Can you believe the school year is over already? It went so fast.  During the last week of school, Tommy's teacher told us to send in a bag of treats for the Aloha Party the day of graduation.

I whipped up a sweet little bag of treats for him which I was soooo proud of until....
I re-read the message from the teacher that morning before school and realized that she said she wanted bags of treats for everyone in the class.  OH SH&%!!! Luckily Andrew saved the day and ran to the store and got treats for everyone and still sent my homemade bag of goodness.  Ugh, major fail.    I need to go to the Derek Zoolander Center for Children Who Can't Read Good 

Tommy was super excited about his goody bag.  I don't know if the other kids were jealous because obviously they were not the same but oh well.  What can ya do? :) They certainly got a lot of cool stuff at least! 

So that night was graduation.  He was so proud and so cute.  I loved every minute.

The kindergarten and preschool classes performed songs for us.  K-5 did the pledge and the Star Spangled Banner.

He definitely wasn't nervous! :)

Then it was time for everyone to graduate.  I snapped a pic of Tommy's bestie while he got his diploma.

Tommy was the very last person to graduate. Awww.  He started at this school in October of 2011.  When he heads off to first grade, he will be have been there for 6 years! It was his home away from home.  He'll be there this summer but in August, he will leave it for good.  Let me tell you, he is EXCITED.  :)  He has a bit of the kindergarten-itis. Ha!

Look at how proud that kiddo is! Puffed out chest, what a stud.

I had to take a picture of him with his sis.  Look at that pose.  Where did she even learn that? She was in a cheeky mood that night.

Family pic! I love these people so much.

Tommy and Bode pic, of course!
Tommy and teacher pic.  We'll miss you, Miss Debbie!

We got pictures with the grandparents. Like I said, Charlotte was in a mood.

I have to post this one with only Tommy because Charlotte was being such a stinker.

I have to say it certainly makes for some great outtakes.  I can't stop laughing. 
The last day of school for Charlotte is a field day.  Each class wears a matching shirt and they go outside and do lots of activities.  I haven't attended Charlotte's field day with just her yet so I thought I would go this year.  I couldn't leave work when I wanted so I ended up eating lunch with her instead.  The pictures above are from the wonderful teachers who remember to take them for me! YAY! 

 We had a fun time at lunch.  Silly Hudson was eating his ice packs because of course. :)

 Then I took Charlotte with me and went to Tommy's field trip to the park.  Tommy is a wonderfully protective big brother.  Too cute.

 Maybe not always at home but around other kids, he is always watching out for her. :) So sweet.

 Bode is too!

 What a trio!

 At one point during the day, the teachers decided to take the kids on a trail walk.  OMG, I was terrified.  There were ravines and waterfalls and everything that I could just imagine some kid getting lost and falling or something but it went off without a hitch! Charlotte was exhausted though!  I had to carry her for part of it.

 When we came back, we had popsicles! Yum!

 Tommy, Bode, Miss Debbie and one of the preschoolers! Aww!

Good times! School is over and Summer Camp begins!  First grade and Pre-K 4's, here we come!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tommy's First Baseball Game


Our new soccer team friends invited us to join the baseball team that most of the same kids played on last year. I believe last year involved a tee but since we missed that, we went straight to the pitching machine.  Yikes! Also, the first practice AND game were when we were in Chicago.  So missed out on that.  Then the second practice was cancelled due to rain.  So the following pictures are Tommy's very first baseball experience ever besides playing in the yard.
His first at bat, he got a hit! He ran all the way to third even though he should have stopped at first.  I told him once he hit the ball, it's basically like tag.  So he just kept running! Overthrow rules made him go back to first though. :)

His best friend's dad is a coach and was helping him out with the rules.  #36 on first! He was ready!

 His second time at bat, he got a hit again!

He got to score this time.  It was so cute! It's a really casual set up and the kids have lots of fun.  The pitching machine isn't scary either.  But I think I was the only one that was actually scared of it.  :) He had no fear.

Here's a video of him running the bases.

He took the "tag" part of the advice to heart.  He ran so far out and around the other players.  He didn't want to get tagged!! :) Too funny.  Good strategy! ;-)  More games to come!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chicago Weekend

 Andrew had to spend the week in Chicago for work so we decided to join him for the weekend prior.

We started the weekend by going to the Brookfield Zoo.  I hadn't been there since I was in elementary school.  Turns out, they have dinosaurs there now.  How did they pull that off? ;-)
 We brought the stroller.  We needed it.  They never would have walked all that way.

 First stop, CATS.  Big ones! You can kind of see him in the far back left of the picture.

 Then we HAD to visit the Dinosaur exhibit.  First we learned about lizards and dragons.  Plus a lego statue of a dragon was there so that was cool.

 Then we got to see all the life size dinosaurs too.  Tommy was elated.  Charlotte was scared. :)

 They had a dragon or two from folklore along with the dinosaurs.  Interesting.

 We saw the primates in exhibit.  That was pretty cool.  Actually no, it was SUPER HOT.  The family next to us was hot too.  They were getting short with each other and the mom was saying, "Zephen, move so your brother Zaniel can see."  Yes that happened.  Hmm...

 Had to snap a pic in the water exhibit!

 We pushed the stroller all the back over to the dolphin show and got there just in time.

 Yay dolphin show! The dolphins were no stranger to getting the audience wet. We sat up high and we almost got wet.  It was amazing.

 We got to do Charlotte's favorite thing- the carousel!

 Photobombed by an ostrich!!

 We went to Rain Forest Cafe for dinner.  The kids got these overpriced souvenir cups.  Neither of them drank hardly any of their drink.  But look how cool the cup is!! It came with a removable bottom cup that holds snacks.  It came with a tiny frog in the snack cup part.  So cool!

 You can see Charlotte's elephant that was in her snack cup.  So cute! Worth the overpriced price. :)
 
 After dinner, we dragged the kids to Whole Foods for dessert.  DELISH!! I had chocolate cake and Tommy had vegan chocolate cake. YUM!

 We put the kids to bed but had a hard time sleeping since the people next door were partying for a wedding.  We finally called the front desk and they sent security to bang on their door.  We were THOSE people. :) Oops.  We asked to be moved the next day because that was just rehearsal dinner night! Yikes!  We didn't sleep well but luckily the kids slept right through it.

 Our new room was probably the most private and secluded room in the entire hotel.  It was AWESOME.  This was our door and this was down a weird hallway away from all the other rooms.  Too funny.

 The next day, we decided to head downtown.

 We went to the Watertower Mall.  Charlotte, the Cubs first basewoman, got photobombed by Tommy.

 We walked down to Navy Pier but not without stopping for a selfie.

 We took a shoreline boat ride.  It was fun!
 The kids were a little bored of hearing about Chicago architecture but we enjoyed it.

 Photocred goes to Dada for this one.

 Dada took Charlotte to Build A Bear.  He didn't not realize what he was getting into with that until he got the bill.  YIKES. Lesson learned. But WOW, Charlotte loves that Princess Unicorn.

 We were so tired after all that city-ing, that we came back to our private hotel room and settled in with twizzlers and popcorn and watched Despicable Me.  It was a perfect ending to our little weekend with Dada before he had to stay in Chicago for the week.

 So much fun snuggling and movie watching.  What more could you want for your weekend in Chicago? :)

 More stuffed animals maybe?

 The next day we headed home and stopped at the most fabulous gas station I've ever seen.  Not only because of the fab gas station attendant but because of this cool kid's car.  Sweet!

We stopped at Grandma's on the way home for watermelon with Uncle Adam.

The weather was beyond gorgeous.  It was a perfect weekend getaway.  Ahhh the memories. :)
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