This is one of my current favorite meatless meals:
Trader Joe’s cooked harvest grains + diced tomato can + laughing cow herb & garlic cheese in a red pepper baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. So good!
That is J climbing a rock wall barefoot:
And this was the first time A whittled with a knife for Cub Scouts:
This week J started soccer (year 3), he is so pumped about this season!
We tested out campfire recipes, some that worked out (apples) and some that didn’t (hot dogs):
Sliced apples with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, wrapped tightly with foil and roasted for 4-6 minutes:
That we snacked on while star gazing, after a little bit of basketball playing and bike riding:
School is back in session, but we are still relishing in the last of summer.
While we didn’t experience totality of the solar eclipse, 97% was pretty awesome. We checked the boys out early from school and watched the eclipse on tv and studied its movement outside with pin holes, a colander, and our eclipse glasses. The boys are already looking forward to the next eclipse in 2024!
The boys may be back in school, but we are still soaking up all the pool time we can get!
We’re jumping, floating, and just relaxing. Our pool is open until almost October, which is awesome because I can guarantee it’ll be hot until then or later.
Unbelievably enough, our summer break is done and the boys are officially back in school. These eight weeks flew by, I’m not even sure where the time went! I picked up a few happy back to school treats for the boys’ teachers:
And a few surprises for the boys:
An owl (I managed to find one that looks like the school mascot) and some books for J.
And a pencil case, books, and Pokemon cards for A.
And in a blink we were up dressed and taking our first day of school pictures:
J is in Kindergarten this year! He is so excited to be at school with his brother. He is such a sweet, kind boy and he loves school! I know he’s definitely ready, even if I’m not quite ready for him to be this grown up, so fast!
A is in third grade this year! He gets to move upstairs at the elementary school, which is a big deal. He is such a sweet sincere boy and I know he’s so ready to tackle third grade! He didn’t want me to walk him in, but at the last minute he ran out and hugged me.
We got our backpacks on:
And they were ready to head to school!
B and I walked them in:
And J took a picture with the owl:
And then we walked him to his classroom and he sat down to read his book:
At the end of the day J leapt into my arms, A gave me a side hug, and we headed home as they all shared their many adventures of their first day!
Technically summer is just getting started in the south and will continue until mid to late October. However, the boys summer break is drawing to a close and we have just a mere week left before it’s back to school, sports, Cub Scouts, piano lessons, and more. We are currently living summer break to its fullest including,
A final trip to the library for story time:
We finished swim lessons and the boys improved by leaps and bounds:
We had dinner at a hibachi grill and the boys loved it:
We checked out the hay bales prepped for the winter:
And speaking of winter, the boys had their first blizzards:
The boys played some evening catch:
And ran through the sprinklers:
Enjoying those last bits of summer before they are gone!
Same creek, same trail, what’s new?
All the boys biked the trail!
I ran behind so that I could stop with J when he paused to look at sticks, butterflies, and bunnies:
We only went as far as the creek because that’s about J’s limit (plus it was fairly hot even though there was shade):
The boys did great! And after we had lunch and immediately headed to the pool to cool off:
Hurray for summer!
Our library book stack:
Every year my sister makes these pickles:
A is obsessed with these, and he doesn’t even like pickles. He’s eating them faster than I am!
Fine motor skills:
Summer goal accomplished:
Which is after we eat we rinse our items and put them in the dishwasher. And put trash items in the trash.
The flowers on my work campus are in full bloom and gorgeous:
And this line of wear on B’s hat that J wore:
Melts my heart!
We built houses with big bricks this week:
And created games with small bricks (Legos):
That we played together:
And now that we’ve reached the official mid-summer, it’s too hot to go out midday, I picked up this set on a Target run:
For the boys to work on together:
Collaborative group work at its finest.
With a little bit of cooler weather (and as a compromise to them not having to wear hats and sunglasses in addition to their sunblock), the boys and I hung out under the shade of our umbrella (which is red and gives off a glow of them having been in the sun when they have not, ha!) and drew with chalk and searched for bugs after lunch on Sunday.
And we also secured the truck of any spiders: