Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Grade

We had a wonderful summer.  We soaked in every bit of it that we could and we soaked it up until the very last minute.  But like all good things it had to end.   With a big sigh and a little sadness we said goodbye to summer and hello to first grade.   Charlie was so excited to find out that his two best buds from kindergarten were in his class.  When I told him I thought he was going to jump out of his skin.  He was jumping up and down and yelling---YES!!!!  He was so excited in fact that he was still wide awake at 12:30 am on the night before meet the teacher day.  Watching him be so crazy excited was priceless!!!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Airplanes and tie-dye

On our last two days before sending Charlie off to first greade we did two very fun projects.  The boys loved both of them and had lots of fun making them.

The first one was making a "tie dyed" shirt.  We used Sharpie markers, and rubbing alcohol and washed white t-shirts.  We used a rubber band to secure the shirts over a plastic cup.  Brayden made designs and just colored on his shirt while Charlie wanted to draw Cars and then color the background around the cars.  Then they use an eye dropper to drop the alcohol on the shirt.  Brayden LOVED watching the colors run and mix together.  Charlies ran some but you can still make out the cars that he drew.

 Brayden's shirt

Charlie's shirt

After they boys finished their shirts we put them in the dryer for about 20 minutes to let the colors set.

Our second project was making these neat airplanes.   We took drinking straws, index cards, and tape and made these amazing little planes.  We took index cards and cut three 1 inch by 5 inch strips.  The boys then taped two of the strips together long ways.  Then they taped the ends together to form a circle.  The last strip they taped the ends together to form a second circle.  Then they taped one circle to each end of the straw with the straw going through the circles.  Then the planes were ready to fly.

 Finished plane

The boys could not wait for daddy to get home to show him their planes.
Dad was even impressed at how well the planes flew!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

9th and 10th weeks of summer

Our last two weeks of summer vacation have been totally awesome.  We have had so much fun.  I can't believe that we are down to our last two days.  I have learned how to let go and not stress this summer.  I finally just enjoyed everything--  If there were dishes in the sink--I let it go, If there was laundry to do--- I let it go and we just had fun making memories together.  I am so thankful for all the time and fun we have had with each other.  I hate to see it end but I know we have more new memories to make.

We took a last minute spur of the moment trip to Stone Mountain Georgia.  Such a cool and beautiful place.
 On top of the ROCK!!

 Train ride around Stone Mountain
 Lazer show and fireworks

 There was a big barn with slides and foam balls to shoot.  It was a cool 4 story play place with trampoline floors and tons of slides.  The boy LOVED it!!

 Ropes course and "zip line"

 Geyser water tower--  Lots of wet, wet fun!

 Sweet hubs cooling off in the shade.
This was a perfect get-away.  We had so much fun.

Marble Run
Yes he is standing on the table!!!  HA!

Boys will be boys--  even the big ones--

Wrestling with Daddy

Family fun at Papaw and Grandma's pool

Chuckie Cheese fun

Rescued animals house of Asheville

 Fun with Papaw and Grandma

Creative play--  puppet shows and Vet office

One last picnic on the deck before summer is over

Finally saw the neighbor bear.  

Summer--Thank you for relaxed no schedule days, thank you for helping me learn to not stress,
thank you for family time and memories that we will treasure for a lifetime. 
Summer we love you and we are really going to miss you.