Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Apples of My Eye

Since we had an unscheduled fall like morning {Amen}
we loaded up and headed apple picking. 
We were the first ones there and the trees were full of apples. 
We made quick work of filling our bags.
We love soccer but it was nice to have a free morning.
And because our days always have to be busy, we are now we are off to soccer, more soccer and hockey.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Settling into the Routine

The past few weeks have been tough. It seems we are always going in many different directions. I think we may be finally figuring out the new school routine. The boys are all heading to different schools in the morning {T and N are at the same school, but T spends first period at the high school for math}. The boys seem to really like school this year so that is great. 

Soccer has been all consuming, too. We have soccer every night but Friday and multiple games every weekend. The boys are loving it and so are we. I have had so much fun watching the boys play soccer. 

I am missing my camera like crazy! I am hoping I will find out what the deal is with my broken lens. I just keep thinking about all the days I am not able to document with photos.

So all this to say, we are still here, soaking up the last of the summer days and settling into our new school year routine all while missing my camera.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

We had another wonderful weekend at camp. I was kind of sad because it really is the last "summer" weekend we will be spending there this year. The boys are going to be so busy every weekend with soccer that we will be lucky to get up there once in the coming months. The summer just flew by and as happy as I am for fall and winter, I am very sad to see this summer end.
Trevor and Nolan learned to fly fish this weekend. They both loved it and from what I am told are both good at it.

Very much like their personalities, Nolan is quick and impatient, but he seems to have the technique pretty down. He caught quite a few fish, including some bass.

Trevor on the other hand, just started practicing this afternoon. He spent most of the weekend inside. His ear was bothering him so we took him to Urgent Care on Saturday to find out he had an ear infection. When he was finally feeling better he came out to learn and he really loves it, too. He is much more thoughtful and methodical about the way he casts. He caught a few sun fish and two that were rather large.

Both of them look forward to many may days of fly fishing on our lake.

Griffin had a tearful mixed with smiles kind of weekend. I think all the transitions he has had this last week have him acting out a little. I am sure once he is settled in his routine all will be good.
Going to bed on Friday night was not easy. I finally thought Griffin was asleep only to walk into the room and find him like this. I cuddled up with him and we were both fast asleep.
He visited his favorite store on the lake and got some ice cream at the farmers market.
Griffin decided he was going to go on a hike and this was his hiker "get up". A walking stick and a candy necklace over one shoulder, go figure.
So tonight I am pretty sad to say good bye to a wonderful summer, but I know we are beyond blessed to have had the summer we did with the ones we love.
Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First day of 8th for Trevor and 1st for Griffin

Trevor started 8th grade.
His first day of school was uneventful. He is happy with his classes and his schedule. He is going to the high school for honors geometry 4 days a week for first period. He was happy to see some friends he has not seen in awhile. I have no doubt it will be a good year.
Griffin started 1st grade at a new school.
He is no longer in his small little private school. He is in the big public school and he is thrilled. He was so excited to start first grade. He could not wait for his first school bus ride. And he got quite the bus ride. He went to after care after school and did not get off at the bus when they arrived at after care because they called it something other than after care. He was supposed to get off at the first stop but he was still on the bus when they arrived at the last stop. Griffin spent at least 1.5 hours on the bus this afternoon. Oh-well, he does not seem too upset about it. All is good. Thank god I did not know about it at the time because I would have been a huge basket case. My crying episode after putting him on the bus this morning was enough sobbing for one day. I survived and he did better than survive. I think he is ready to go back for more.
As I watched him walk away to the bus, I felt like my heart was leaving me and jumping on that bus,too. You think this would get easier seeing it is the 3rd time, but no not easier at all!
Nolan went for his second day at school and all seems good. He likes his teachers and to him most importantly, he like being with all his friends.

It looks like it will be a good school year which makes my heart so happy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nolan's 1st Day of Middle School

Today was Nolan's first day if Middle School.
From what I can gather, he had a great first day. Nolan does not give much information. 
The Assistant Principal is his advisory teacher. Jokingly (sort of) I keep saying he needs to get on her good side now. It may come in handy later. 

I think I survived today as well as can be expected.  Tomorrow may be a different story. Trevor is starting 8th grade and will be at the high school for one class and Griffin is heading to 1st grade and public school for the first time.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Story Land

Griffin and I had a very special day together at Story Land
before he heads of to 1st grade.
Griffin was all about meeting Cinderella in her castle. He was very shy and cute with her.
She even let him sit in her royal chair!
Griffin had his face painted like Michael Angelo {TMNT}.
Cutest Ninja Turtle ever!!! And it must be something to do with the orange around his eyes, but he got more than one comment on his long lashes.
His favorite ride was the turtle ride. But he also loved the teacups, the roller coaster and the flying fish. He loved pretty much everything that went in a circle or spins. Good thing I like those rides, too.
We had a great day just Griffin and me. I just love this boy to pieces and can't believe how grown up he has become.
He has washed his face and bathed but still has a tint of green to his face. I am hoping that by his first day of school on Thursday, it will be all gone.
He asked if we could go again when he finishes 1st grade. I am not wishing the year away but I will be looking forward to going again next summer!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nolan is Eleven

Happy, happy eleventh birthday
My dear Nolan.
I hope eleven is the best year yet.
I hope you gain confidence this year.  I want you to realize you are smart, and not just in math.  I want you to realize what a GREAT athelete you are, not just a good athlete. I want you to learn how to channel all your energy in positive, productive ways. I want you to know, truly know, what an incredibly smart, funny, loving, sweet boy you are.
You are a great friend to many, a caring animal lover, a talented hockey player and one amazing son.
I love you Nolan- always and forever!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


So I have been completely MIA for good reasons and not so good reasons.

We have spent two incredible weeks at camp {minus a few days of work here and there}.
We swam and jumped off the boat and swam some more.
We played lots of cribbage {and Debbie and I are still ahead in the tourney, but not by much}.
We ate lots of good food: lobster, shrimp, steak, Sunset Grill, ice cream {yup, we know how to eat}.
We danced at the annual Dam Jam.
Nolan made ice cream.
We had a murder mystery party.
We had laughs, lots of laughs.
We {well the girls} attended the annual Belgrade Lakes Association meeting and we learned a lot.
We went to Day's Store countless times.
We drank lots of good drinks. 
We worked on puzzles.
We had fires and s'mores.
We had a great fun filled couple weeks spent equal parts relaxing and having fun.

So the bad news and the reason this post is without pictures, my camera broke. It must have happened in transit on our way up to camp because when I pulled my camera out the first day at camp, it was broken. I am so sad that I have no pictures of the fun we had. I love documenting our fun with pictures. I am hoping to have my camera fixed or a new one in my hands very soon so I can get back to doing what I love... capturing all of our memories!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Luau

Griffin's school had a luau party yesterday and this sweet boy
Might be the cutest Hawaiian boy yet!
He loved his hat, but did not want to cooperate too long for the photographer.
Just too cute not to post!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Griffin Lately

~G-man has been obsessed with death. He had his poor daddy in tears the other day after his line of questioning about death. He wanted to know what would happen if his daddy and mommy died and he would not let it go. He continued with questions until he was satisfied with the answers.
~Today he asked me if he died and was born again if I would name him Chase, Rocket or Marshall instead of Griffin.

~ I picked G up from school early today to get a haircut. He wanted a faux hawk, so that is what he got.
~ G and I went to Build-A-Bear Workshop for his to make Michelangelo from TMNT. He loves it and thinks it is "so cool".

~ He wants to have a pickle birthday party. He has so serious love for the pickle. I asked him what a pickle birthday party would entail and he asked me if I knew what a pickle race was. I guessed it was a pickle eating race and he informed me that that is a competition not a race. Smarty pants. 
~ He is growing so very fast. He is such a character and still the cutest little guy around. I could not love him anymore!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Same and Different

We spent another weekend at the lake. It seems like all my posts are about weekends at the lake. We are there a lot, I take pictures there and I love everything about Somerset.

We did a lot of the same...

Ice cream eating,

Taking in the beauty of our surroundings,
Enjoying sunsets,

Feeling BLESSED.

There was also some differences...

Nolan had one of his favorite friends, Ryan, up for the weekend. They spent lots of time island hoping on the lake. They named the islands they "conquered" RAN {Ryan And Nolan}.
We saw an amazing moon, a super moon.

We saw some adorable baby loons.
We saw this cool wood sailboat.

I picked Trevor up from camp. How is it possible that he leaves a 13 year old and comes home a 16 year old. He sounds older, he looks taller, he is acting more mature... say what?!? He had a very good, long conversation with me about this magnet school {MSSM} he would like to apply to for high school. He also just finished reading the Gate Keeper so he spent a long time talking to me about the college application process and where he would like to attend college. So mature I tell you. I am so proud of this boy and so blessed to be his mom.

We had another wonderful weekend. I am feeling very content and blessed.