Archive for August, 2012

J-Man School

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

With the boys away for 6 hours out of the day, Jonah and I are spending the mornings working on projects that entertain a 3 1/2 year old.

Lots of puzzles, reading, counting, alphabet games, bubble blowing, side walk chalking, shape finding, color hunting etc.

and relishing in the sweet victory of completing big kid things by himself

He was not fully awake Friday when we got back from dropping off the twins so we spent the morning reading.  Yertle the Turtle has been a favorite of his so we added a little turtle stacking game to our morning.

“I’m Yertie the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!  For I am the ruler of all that I see!”

after building lots of trucks with our magnet cars we made an art project

that he proudly announced was for his Meme…check your mail soon 🙂

On the First Day of Third Grade…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Ok so maybe I did convince the twins that going to public school years ago would be a punishment.  In Texas the awesome Catholic private school we downsized our home for along with multiple sacrifices were all worth it.  One of the conditions of moving while growing the family was that we try the public school system here in Greenville.  After all if we were to send all 4 of our kids to private school here…lets say an average year would cost us more than Harry paid for 5 years of college.  And that is just for elementary, High school is another story.  I’m not sure where we will be or if it will be in the cards for us to offer that to the boys.  I am confident in who the twins have become and know they will do great regardless.

Isaac was super excited

Logan was nervous

But they had an awesome day, they were up this morning (second day) bright and early, eager to get back.

As per our yearly tradition for the boys on the first day of school cookies and milk were waiting along with a few treats to celebrate their return to school

Isaac loves the Origami Yoda books, he managed to finish this one last night before bed…and after we went to Mass.  I need to find age appropiate books that are more than 200 pages for him to read in one sitting…any suggestions?  Along with a new water bottle, he was stoked.

Oh and yes Billy Joe McGuffery was a very clumsy kid, on the first day of third grade I’ll tell you what he did.  He crashed his head into the playground equipment and to check out the nurses office.  He is fine.  I think he has a thing for nurses.

We miss you Amy.

This one just happened to ask me why he couldn’t write his own Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.  So finding the “Do it Yourself” version was a neat treat for him.  Also, he has been talking about these silly Angry Bird games for weeks.  They already have two of them…but of course it wasn’t the “Space” one.  All that and some grown-up hair glue for his fallen flip-in-the-front which he calls a “side-hawk” had him pretty excited.

We are working on our basement school room for J-Man right now, we have lots of fun stuff planned for Jonah and Mommy.  More on that to come.

So there you have it, first day went well.  We will see how the rest of the year turns out!

How did your first days go?

Random Afternoon Shot

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Love you Netflix, no matter what they say about you.

Pirate Play

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


New In Town

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Every outing with the boys still feels like we are on vacation here in Greenville.  We love that no matter where we seem to go we find such neat things about this town.  This past Saturday morning we headed downtown (6 minutes from our home!!) to the farmers market.  It is huge, we bought a ton of peaches (actually a Peck but still a lot of peaches) the last time we went down but did not score anything this trip.  It would be hard to have lugged it around since we had the boys on wheels. 


There was this cool “Stone Soldier” on the street that according to its website, the soldier stands as a living statue to keep the minds of the American public on where their freedom comes from.  The purpose of this living statue is to show in true form the American Soldier of today and to honor those who still wear it. It is a way to give back to the American people through entertainment and awareness. 


Jonah was the only brave one who would greet him. 

We then took our morning walk in Falls Park right in the middle of downtown. 




There are neat restaurants that overlook the river and walkways 


Beautiful green spaces that are calling to ultimate frisbee lovers… 


Amazing gardens everywhere.  I did not find many weeds. 


That’s Harry’s “Wish they made this handle a foot longer” face, someday J will have to learn to earn the fun of riding down hill by doing the work of getting up… 

And the Liberty Bridge 


I think the rain the day before brought in the muddy waters…but it also brought in a nice high of 81 degrees for the day 🙂 

Sorry Texas. 




Not sure if he picked out a Brazos River shirt to wear to the Reedy River on purpose or not…but it worked. 








Quiz time:  This is a) Where the Ogre lives b) Jail for children who ride there scooters where they’re not supposed to c) storm drain


a) was the popular answer


Yup, in the middle of downtown….







And yes I actually handed off my digital baby to my 8 year old standing on wet slippery rocks right over a waterfall….good job Logan! 


Done with the park, it was getting hot.  Like 82 or something so we headed back up to Main St. for some alfresco pizza 



This one posed while we waited, then kept us all entertained during lunch… 





More adventures to come…

Card Shark

Saturday, August 11th, 2012