Thursday, September 10, 2015

Elias' First Day of Preschool

Wednesday was Elias' very first day of school. The whole crew took a few pictures before heading off to school.
I'm not really sure what this was about.
Happy kids!
Have a good day, Addilyn and Asher!
Seriously, have you ever seen a kid more excited about school?!
Strike a pose.
I just don't know what to do with my hands.
Standard first day of school picture.
 Put your hands in the air!
Happy boys!
Ready to go!
Elias is going to a preschool at a church in Storm Lake.
By the sign.

Let's see if you can find your name tag.
He really wanted to spell his name on here. It took us a minute but we were actually able to do it.
First day of school, first day of school!
And once again, Albert was sad.

His first day was a success!  He had lots of fun and enjoyed playing with the other kids. One of the kids brought in three kittens for show and tell. When we went to pick him up, we saw the kids petting the kittens and we see Elias petting the hair of kid sitting next to him. Apparently his hair looked soft (and it was).

Monday, August 24, 2015

The First Day of School

Today was Addilyn's first day of 3rd grade.
And Asher's first day of 1st grade.
It is surprisingly cool here for late August so the kids had to wear their jackets for the first day. I love how Elias' pj shirt is tucked into his pants.
Can you tell she's excited to go back to school?
 So was he.
The yearly picture with Momma.
Times 2.
And with Dad. So stoic.
Ready to bike to school.
So happy!
There they go.
Someone did not like being left behind.
After school, we had our traditional BBQ meatballs. This was the first year that Asher could partake. Yay!
This is one of Addilyn's favorite meals.
Instead of a cake this year, we celebrated with monster cookie bars.
Asher eating a cookie filled with peanut butter and eggs... I'm still getting used to this.
All in all, it was a pretty fun day. Here's to another fun-filled school year!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Before and After

Addilyn got a new hairdo for the new school year. Super fun!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One Grand Adventure: The Last Leg

After my parents', we headed to Manhattan, KS for a wedding. It was super hot and humid (the heat index was 121 degrees F) when we got there so we had to find a way to keep cool. While Tyler worked on what he was saying for the wedding, the kids and I grabbed some Sonic and headed to the sprinkler park.
Albert was trying my strawberry limeade. It must have been tarter than he was expecting.
Another sploosh!
My silly crew.
Albert was a little skittish so Addilyn walked with him through some of the sprinklers. Cuties!
Tyler officiating his very first wedding.
Albert fell asleep during the service. I blame it on the heat and not on the quality of Tyler's words.
We had intended to camp for two nights in Manhattan but with that heat, we just weren't up for it. Instead we decided to get a hotel for one night and then head home after one very full day in Manhattan. Here we're eating breakfast at the hotel. Albert must have gotten bit on the eye by a mosquito because it was all swollen in the morning. We had difficulty not calling him Quasimodo all day.
Our first stop (after coffee at Bluestem Bistro, of course) for the day was at the stadium. Look at those swollen eyes on this sleepy crew!
Next we headed out to Pillsbury Crossing. For those unfamiliar with Manhattan, Pillsbury Crossing is a natural limestone slab that was originally used by pioneers to cross a river. Now it is a fun area to wade and hike.
A very short hike.
And back up.
Standing on top of the little waterfall.

The boys got their shorts wet so the next stop was without pants. This is the view of Manhattan from the top of the KS hill.
After a stop for lunch, we headed out to hike the Manhattan hill.
Daddy and Albert.
Asher was trying not to slide down the N.
Admiring the view.
Nice, Asher, nice.
A final forced selfie while sitting on the rock where Tyler proposed to me.
View from said rock (only it was at night).
After that we were good and hot so we headed to the waterpark! We thoroughly enjoyed splashing around there for a few hours. After that we found some dinner (Wheat State Pizza was a winner!!) and headed home.
All-in-all it was a exhausting and thoroughly enjoyable trip!