Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Business

We got our teacher assignments in the mail last week, and we were ready to go Meet the Teacher last Thursday!

Everyone's classes received seals of approval, and we began making preparations for the big day!  Sunday night we had a "Back to School" feast!

I had written some questions for each girl,things like "I'm excited about..." and "I'm nervous about..."  Imagine my delight, when I read what Jane, my sensitive girl,  was nervous about....'nuthing.'    For the record, Sydney was nervous about lunch, and Clare was nervous about her sub. (Her teacher recently had a baby and is out until the end of September.)

And finally, the big day had arrived!  The girls all awoke before their alarms went off, and they were excited.  The first day of school drop-off is always a bit chaotic, but aside from a few tears from Graham, it went well!  The girls happily went in and found their seats!

I was ready for school to start this year.  After the summer, it just seemed like everyone was ready for a change of pace.  It's so funny how even though I was ready, as soon as I dropped them off this morning, I was ready to hear how their days went!  I was anxious to see them at 3:00!

All reports were good!  Everyone had a great day, and had good things to say about their classes.  We went for ice cream after school and the details of the day slowly trickled out during the afternoon.

This little guy was certainly happy to have "his girls" home after school.  The house was quiet without his partners in crime around!

Everyone is excited and ready to go back tomorrow! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colorado 2014

Our annual trip to Colorado was a great one!  LoLo and Pop were there waiting for us, along with with Nathan, Megan and Brody.  The cousins were thrilled to be reunited!

LoLo and Pop had lots of fun activities planned for the kids, including making these fun shirts.

  We also painted bird houses, spent tons of time outside, 

rode 4 wheelers, played a few games,


 relaxed in the hammock,

played corn hole and ate at some of our favorite restaurants.

On one particularly beautiful day, the whole crew went on a hike.  It was so much fun.  The kids did awesome, and the views were incredible!

Nathan and I took this selfie on Mom's camera.  Not a shabby backdrop!

Sadly, our week came to an end, and it was time to head back to Texas. 

But we'll look forward to seeing views like this again next year!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fossil Rim

A couple of weeks ago, Deedee treated us to a trip to Fossil Rim.    Fortuitously, it was a pleasant, overcast day....such a treat in July!  It was a great day to visit the animals. It wasn't too crowded, and we got to drive through at our own pace. 

Graham enjoyed feeding the animals.  He thought it was so cool that the animals came right up to your window!

Clare was a little squeamish about this guy.  She was more comfortable tossing the food on the ground and letting the animals take it from there!  Like mother, like daughter!

We stopped at the overlook and had a nice lunch, and visited the children's area. 

There were some very tame goats in the children's area.  Sydney took a liking to this guy. 

Then it was back in the car to see more animals.  Jane continued supplying the animals with more food than they could eat.  

We saw tons of deer, giraffes, zebras, ostriches,

and some rhinos!

It was a great day.  The kids loved seeing all the animals, and it felt like an "adventure!"  Thanks to Deedee for the great day trip!