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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bringing It Home

Date of occurrence:
August 16, 2018.

It happens; kids go to school, pick up a virus and pass it on. Isabella is not an exception. She catches a cold the first day at school and generously gives it on to her Mom.

Both are rather sick, but they keep on trucking anyway. So far, Lily has been spared and, after a few days, both Mom and Bell seem to be on the mend.

'Seem to be' are the key words here. It takes Bell only a few days to get over it, but Mom has a relapse and her cold comes back with a vengeance.

She is feeling miserable and we hope she will recover pretty quick.

It may be the first, but certainly not the last sickness Bell will pick up at school. It would be nice if she could leave it there too, but no.

She will bring it home!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Our Tenderfoot

Date of occurrence:
August 14, 2018.

When we pick Kc up from his Boy Scout meeting, he greets us with a big grin on his face.

He reaches into his pocket and...

pulls out his newly acquired badge and the card confirming he advanced in rank.

Yes, as of tonight he is no longer a Scout.

He is now a Tenderfoot and well on his way to Second Class.

Well done, little man. Keep it up!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Whitewater Kayak Trip

Date of occurrence:
August 11, 2018.

The camping trip the Boy Scouts are on this weekend will be centered around whitewater kayaking/canoeing.

It is Kc's initial encounter with some rapids, and the possibility of the swift moving water tipping over the kayak/canoe. We are thankful he can swim and brought a life vest with him.

Against all odds, Kc did great. It was his first time kayaking. After some instructions and tips, he maneuvered his kayak through all the rapids (even a category 3) and didn't tip over once.

Aunt A. on the other hand, didn't fare so well. She was in a canoe with another parent. They hit a rapid sideways and toppled over.

Aunt A. was shaky and nervous the rest of the trip. She stuck it out though, but decided this was not going to make her list of favorite activities.

Kc loved it and was not scared at all. He says he wants to do more kayaking and canoeing. Who would have thought?

It sure made Kc's list of favorites!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

First Day Of School

Date of occurrence:
August 6, 2018.

It is Isabella's very first day of school.

She will still be attending Kindergarten, but we think she is ready for it.

Bell claims she excited and looking forward to it.

We hope that excitement will remain, because...

This is the first day of many! :-)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Middle School

Date of occurrence:
August 6, 2018.

It is time to go back to school again. This is not the same start as the previous school years though.

It is his first day of Middle School.

Kc is really excited about it and has been looking forward to this day for weeks now.

It's new to all of us and we are astonished by the slew of children entering the school building.

Kc is a little overwhelmed.

He almost forgets his backpack as he hops out of the van.

We feel sorry for him as we drive home. He will have so much to take in and get used to.

We suspect it won't take long before he is familiar with the how, what, where, and when.

And so will we! :-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Till Soon, Little Rascals.

Date of occurrence:
July 30, 2018.

Emmaly and Leo are going back home again tomorrow. After having them with us for about 5-6 weeks we sure are going to miss them.

We hope it won't take too long before we see them again.

We suspect that will be around Thanksgiving.

Yes, that is still quite a ways away, but time flies.

With that in mind we tell them Good Bye and say: "Till soon, little rascals."

Oops, I keep forgetting they are not that little anymore! Grin.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Cookie Monsters

Date of occurrence:
July 29, 2018.

Leo and Emmaly have rediscovered how much fun they can have with Play-doh. Emmaly copies the examples displayed on the box and does a really good job.

Leo pretends he is a waiter. He takes my order and then kneads and molds the clay into the shape of the food. He is very good at it and, when it seems to hard to make, simply tells me; "That is not on the menu, Oma."

Aunt A. gets in on it and they decide to make cookies. We hear a lot of planning as to what type of cookies they are going to produce. Before we know it, a bunch of cookies are being cranked out.

The cheese burger Leo made previously, as well as the cookies they worked on together, look delicious.

Aunt A. thinks they ought to open a cookie factory. I honestly don't think that is a good idea. I suspect the cookies would mysteriously disappear before they hit the shelves.

Yes, cookie monsters! Grin.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Party

Date of occurrence:
July 29, 2018.

We are having Lily's party today. The entire bunch arrives around 1:30 PM.

Lily is excited and upon asking how old she is now, she tries to hold up three fingers. It takes her a while, but she finally succeeds in doing so. Grin.

She hops around and proudly states: "My Birthday! My Birthday!"

Dinner is served and after we have eaten, Lily blows out her candle and the cake quickly makes its way into the tummies.

It's time to unwrap the presents. Lily loves all her doll stuff and once it is out of the package, the children disappear into the bedroom to play with it.

They are having a blast and the time for Mom, Lily, and Bella to go home comes way too fast.

It always does when you are having fun!:-)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Movie Time

Date of occurrence:
July 27, 2018.

Aunt A. made some plans to take the children out to eat and go to the movie theater this evening.

The children don't know yet what will be going down. They keep asking if we are going somewhere, since they have to put their shoes on and be ready before supper.

Aunt A. arrives and asks the kids if they are ready. Yes, they are and they want to know why.

Aunt A.: "We are going to eat at a restaurant. After that you can play a little and then we go to see the movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."
Kc: "We are going to the movie theater??"
Aunt A.: "Yes, we are."

Kc smiles from ear to ear and throws his hands in the air with excitement, Emmaly jumps up and down and proclaims she wanted to see that movie so bad, and Leo fills the air with a loud 'yes!'

They leave, all wound up, and we fear aunt A. will have her hands full. They all had a marvelous time though.

They were excited when they left, but are even more so upon their return.

Mission accomplished! Grin.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Lily!

Date of occurrence:
July 27, 2018.

It's Lily's Birthday today and our little critter is turning 3 years old.

She is having her big party tomorrow and a smaller one at our house on Sunday.

Emmaly and I have been crafting a little basket to hold the presents we have for her and the boys made her some cards.

We don't know exactly what Mom has planned for Lily's party, but we are sure it is going to be a blast.

Happy Birthday, Lily! We love you!!

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