Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Life Lately

It's time to do another Life Lately post to finish catching up from our summer activities.

In between my two trips to Germany we squeezed in some summer fun.  We had created our annual Summer List and started checking off boxes.  If you know me you know how much I enjoy crossing things off a list!  The kids like having this list and help making decisions on what to do.  We enjoyed it so much that we just created a Fall list this week.

I love having the list on our big white board
We went Roller Skating one afternoon.  It wasn't on the list……I should have added it just so I can cross it off:)
Evan did really well on those kiddie skates
Of course Nora wanted to try it as well and the less help from me the better….she didn't last very long.
Hannah is a pro and doesn't want to slow down for pictures.

We also went to play mini golf.  Evan was quite obsessed with playing mini golf for a while, but he would not let anybody help him.  He says he knows what he is doing.  He also says "I am just going to put it a little closer" and then puts the ball right next to the hole.  So, a round of 18 holes takes less than 15min with him. 
Oh and we realized that Nora had no shoes when we got there.  Since it was in the mid 90's and the surfaces were too hot we looked for something in the car and found some of Hanna's socks, so that's what she wore.

Scott was really good about sending me pictures of the kids while I was gone.  Here is a random collection of those pictures.
Weekly Target trip.  Kids love the dollar section (oh and Kristin if you are reading this I promise we do our best to put everything back where it belongs:)).
I hope she was trying to call me.  
Weekly Starbucks trip
And yes Nora is wearing Christmas PJ's.  Scott helped the kids to make a sign that says "We miss you Opa" and sent it to me.  
In case you are wondering why Hannah is in none of the pictures, she was and grandma and grandpas house for a good portion of the week.  She was having a blast.  

Evan got a haircut.  Nora just sat in a chair……no haircut for her yet.
Lots of eating out….
After I returned from my trip my good friend Meike and her family came to visit us.  I have known Meike since I was three years old.  It was fun to have them here.  For me it was really nice to have a piece of Germany here and to still speak German after just returning from my solo trip.

I took Hannah to the Meghan Trainor concert at the AMP.  We had plans to all go, but it was impossible to get any tickets.  I lucked out and a friend was selling hers the day of the concert.  
Hannah really enjoyed it.  The only problem was that we had lawn tickets and she wanted me to hold her the entire time so that she can see.  She is seven and too big for me to hold her for extended periods of time.
Honestly I was surprised by how many songs I knew.  I went out the next day and bought her CD.  Yes, I bought a CD.  Scott makes fun of me and says I should just download it.  I like to have CD's in my car.
Little Miss dancing the night away

Next up was the Color of Hope Gala benefitting the Children's Hospital.  You all know that this hospital means the world to me.  I worked really hard on the silent auction committee this year and it was great to see all of the hard work pay off.  We had a record breaking year and a lot of fun at the gala.
Loved seeing Jennifer too.  We miss you guys, but we will make a trip to come see you soon!

Ice cream for all the kids.  It is almost impossible to get five kids to look at the camera.

We heard about this Facebook group called Bentonville Rocks and decided it would be fun to participate.  You paint some rocks and then hide them across town and go hunting for rocks.  
Hannah was super excited to find her first rock.
And then another one….
She was nice enough to re-hide some of them for Evan to find…..and would you know it he was super excited to find the rocks that Hannah just re-hid right in front of him.

We visited the water park, but I only got one picture the entire day.

The hospital foundation sent me beautiful flowers to say thank you for working on the silent auction committee.

We took a day trip to the roaring river water slide.  It is about an hour away and it is just one water slide, but super fun.  You slide down on a mat (unless you are Evan who just went without the mat) and walk back up and do it over and over again.
There comes Evan.
Nora went down in my lap and loved it.  She was fighting me to go down by herself the entire time, but it was a little fast (in my option) for her to go by herself.
That is Hannah going down backwards…..yes I know these are world class pictures.

Hannah asked the other day if Oma was going to come visit us soon.  I told her that she needs a little more time, but hopefully she can come this Fall.  hannah said "well if she does she can sleep on a mattress in my room, because that's what she lets me do when we are there".  Hannah always sleeps on a mattress in my parents room when we visit.  She always complained about Opa's snoring, but still didn't want to sleep anywhere else.  Sweet that she offered Oma a mattress on her floor:)

I asked Evan to step on the scale last week just to see "how big he has gotten".  He stepped on, but said "But mom I am still just three".  He thinks the scale will change when he turns four.

I am not sure why poop talk is always so entertaining to kids, but it sure is.  Evan finished his business and called me in very excited.  He said "Look mom two big ones and one little one, its like a little family"

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