preschool

This little man started preschool today.  We are doing another co-op this year and I am so excited I get to teach him and his little friends.  Just Sam and four girls....as if he wasn't already a little ladies man.  This kid in convinced he's ready to go to big kid school like his brother, but I am sure going to enjoy having him home with me for a while longer.   Some days, they just grow up way too fast.DSC04892_edited-1

summer

Now that school is back in full swing, I am getting around to posting pictures from our summer vacation in Utah.  We loved spending so much time with our family, and we loved the milder Utah summer.  Activities include hiking to Silver Lake, playing in sprinklers, visiting Wheeler Farm, mini golf, playing at the park, helping Grandma clean, getting free slurpees, family home evening at the Church History Museum, hiking with Grandma, swimming lessons, driveway fireworks and ice cream cones.  A month later, and my boys are still talking about our trip.  I guess sometimes the best vacations are the simple ones.
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First

My baby is in first grade.  This year was so much easier than last.  Neither of us were nervous.  Wade was so excited because he already knows his way around the school and he's one of the big kids now.  He's excited to have a new teacher and to make new friends.  He's excited to be back on the bus again.  And I am excited for him.  He came home and told me that his days was just awesome...even more awesome than kindergarten.  We think it will be a great year.   
Some other noteworthy things about this child...he loves his United States geography.  He can knows the name and location of every state, and even some cities.  (Seriously, he's better than both his Dad and myself).  He also loves the weather.  If he realized that being a weather man was a career, he would probably have picked that.  The boy asks to check the weather on my phone every day and gets so frustrated when it doesn't rain when it is supposed to.  

4th

We are in Utah for a little while trying to escape some of the Texas heat.  We were so excited to be able to spend the 4th of July with family.  We went to the Centerville parade with our cousins, who I was sure were going to beat my kids to all the candy.  Surprisingly, my boys gave them a run for their money.  Little Sam couldn't get it in his bag fast enough.  Luke was a champ and happy to sit in my lap and point out all the trucks and cars.  After sitting in the sun for over an hour, we were beat and went back to Grandma's house to play in the water followed by a BBQ and fireworks.  Aweome!
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blueberries

One of the things I like about living in Texas is the plentiful fresh produce available to us.  Last week, we went blueberry picking.  It went very similar to last year.  Wade picked about 20 berries before he started complaining about being too sweaty.  Sam picked almost half a bucket full, and then went and hid with his cousin where he ate about half of what he had picked.  Luke was happy to just be along with us.  He even got out and helped me pick.  Here's to a great start of summer...having all my boys home with me and no schedules!DSC01603_edited-1 DSC01599_edited-1 DSC01598_edited-1 DSC01597_edited-1 IMG_2732

Sea World

We took a quick weekend trip to San Antonio this weekend and took the boys to Sea World.  They had discounted passes for Texas residents, and we thought the boys would have a good time.  We were right.  They loved seeing all the shows and animals. The killer whales were their favorite (although the show was not nearly as spectacular as I remember it).   Even Luke was happy the whole trip, which is a huge feat itself.  
Funny enough, my boys favorite part of the trip was sleeping in a hotel and swimming with their dad at the hotel pool.  
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blue bonnets

Last week we took a trip to downtown Houston to take the boys pictures in the famous Texas blue bonnets.  I ended up pulling Wade out of school for the day, which I felt a little guilty about at the time, but am so glad I decided to do it.  I loved watching the boys explore the giant field of flowers, just having fun being little boys.  After pictures, we played at the park and had a picnic with our cousins.  And after that, I surprised the boys with a trip to the children's museum.  We had so much fun together.  I was totally unplugged from my phone and it made such a difference.  I got to take time to play with each of my boys, and they totally ate up the attention.  And do you know what, I kind of ate it up, too.  I'm going to try to be better about making moments like these, because they are growing up so fast.  DSC04674_edited-1
 
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