Monday, November 24, 2014

Pumpkin Patch with Friends

Every year Sammy and I meet some buddies at the pumpkin patch that is really close to our house.  Last year they were out of the country, we brought the flat versions of them.  So we were super excited to hit the pumpkin patch  with them again this year! 

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Sammy and Joel:

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The whole gang of kiddos (l to r) Joel, Sammy, Marky, and Noelle.

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The Great Pumpkin has been a yearly tradition.  I have only missed one year!  (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013)

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The gang hanging out on the hay bales:

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Monthly School Review–September

Here is a little peak at a few things we did for school in September.  Sammy worked on spelling two syllable words with All About Spelling level 2.  We have slowed down a little in spelling to make sure he masters these skills:

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In math we worked on seeing that either way you write an addition sentence it makes the same number.  Below you can see an example of 4+3=7 and 3+4=7.

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We also worked on memorizing our doubles facts.  He would flip over a double and then find the solution in the X2 multiplication cards.  If he made a match he got to keep it:

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We also had some company while we were working on that *winks*

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Sammy started piano lessons this month.  After trying it for a few weeks we decide to wait a little while for him to mature.  He wasn’t loving it and the last thing we wanted to do was make him hate it!

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Sammy was sick with strep throat and we had a light school day with some Magic Treehouse learning:

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We have been having fun with the Picture Smart bible this year.  Sammy really loves it when we can add an extra item to the page (cotton ball, sand, twig, etc.):

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Sammy reading a book to Princess Peach:

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Spelling “test” on the white board:

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Crazy hat night at AWANA:

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Some real life learning.. Do I have enough money to buy a new 3DS game?

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Working on hundreds with our abacus and abacus cards.  Sammy thought this was a really fun lesson:

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday, November 17, 2014

Down on the Beach Fun!


I didn’t take my nice camera down to the beach except when we did family pictures.  So here is the rest of the fun from our beach trip!  Leaving for the beach we left after Tim got off work and drove into the night:

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After hours this guy finally passed out:

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The first beach day is always a favorite.  Sammy built sandcastles for hours:

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Sammy’s castle he completed all by himself:

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He also made a sand chair and relaxed in that for a long time:

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I am not sure what he was so excited about but this is often what I get when he thinks I am taking a picture:

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My guys working on getting water into a big hole they dug:

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Sammy tried some boogie boarding this year.  It was a hit when he wore goggles *winks*:

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Some domino fun up in the condo:

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The condo view:

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This is why we like going to the beach in September.. so peaceful:

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Nice warm day and no one in sight:

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Going for a dip:

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Sandy Sammy retained his name again this year.. He was often found like this and didn’t mind at all:

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We had beautiful weather all week and this is what we got on the way home.. perfect timing in my opinion:

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Heading over the mountains almost home and we caught a glimpse of this rainbow:

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I somehow didn’t get any pictures down at the pool.  We, however, spent almost every afternoon there enjoying the shade and playing games together.  The pool was a huge hit for our very independent swimmer!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkin Patchin’


My sister came to visit and we went to a local pumpkin patch for some fun pumpkin pickin’.  I love that we have real pumpkin patches and not a field where they drop off pumpkins!


Gracie and my sister picking a pumpkin:


My sister’s sweet family walking along at the pumpkin patch:


Gracie and Ellie sitting on the white pumpkins:


Sammy and his pumpkin pick:


Sammy and Grace behind the cutouts:


We had a blast going to a smaller pumpkin patch this year and just enjoying the fun of picking out pumpkins!!

Wordless Wednesday–Cherry Grove Family Trip


Monday, November 10, 2014

Annual Beach Photo Shoot

We had a great trip to the beach in September!  Every year we do some pictures down on the beach. I love looking back and seeing how much Sammy has grown!

A picture on the dunes:


I love this boy so much!  He is growing up far to quickly and is really growing into his own:


He is definitely on a kick of posing for pictures and I had to capture some of that while we were in Cherry Grove.  


Pure delight:


I would love to get in his head in this photo and know what he was thinking and feeling:


My guys – oh how I love them:


Look I went on vacation too!  I am going to make more of an effort to be in pictures going forward.  The only person that cares how I look in them is me and I need to get over myself and enjoy my time and build memories and store them with pictures (with me in them)! *mini rant over*


One of my favorite pictures to try and capture:


My parents condo is the big building on the right and I love building memories their with my family.  I remember looking back on our trips to the beach and I want Sammy to really enjoy that as well.


It brought me so much joy to see Sammy’s face like this during the photo shoot.  He really had a great time:


Walking off into the sunset:


Goofy boy:


Just in case he forgets his name when he is older:


Oh hey that’s me:


After all of the pictures it was time for some night time beach play:



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