Happy New Year!

Some thoughts from the kids as we close the door on 2014…

What was your favorite thing from this past winter:

  • Joey: My birthday!
  • Grace: Building snow forts
  • Thomas: Playing in the snow.

What was your favorite thing from this past spring?

  • Joey: Running in the grass again.
  • Grace: My birthday party with Ciara
  • Thomas: New leaves

What was your favorite thing from this past summer?

  • Joey: Swimming
  • Grace: Swimming
  • Thomas: More leaves

What was your favorite thing from this past fall?

  • Joey: Going to the ND football game.
  • Grace: Playing in the leaves.
  • Thomas: Changing colors.

What was the hardest thing that happened this past year?

  • Joey: Giving up being the turtle vet.
  • Grace: Moving upstairs at school.

What were the best books you read this year?

  • Joey: Captain Underpants
  • Grace: Amelia Bedelia
  • Thomas: Scrambled Eggs (Green Eggs and Ham)

Who were the important people in your life this year?

  • Joey: Family, Vincent, Mr. S (LE teacher)
  • Grace: Mommy, Mrs. S (EC teacher) and Mrs. S (LE teacher)
  • Thomas: Just Mommy.

What was your favorite thing you learned this year?

  • Joey: Being the turtle vet.
  • Grace: Swim lessons
  • Thomas: All the things.

How do you hope this next year will be like this past year?

  • Joey: Fun
  • Grace: I hope we swim at Grandpa’s house.

How do you hope this next year will be different for you?

  • Joey: I want to see a squid.
  • Grace: I’m good.

Questions from The Art of Simple


Start of Summer!

The SBCSC finished on a Thursday, so to celebrate the end of the year I took a few days off.  It allowed me to attend both Bridging Day with Joey and the last day of school with Grace.  By Friday morning, we were ready to have some fun.  I debated going strawberry picking on Friday morning but thought better of taking three children out into the fields by myself.  (I couldn’t even hack it in the digital wilderness of the Oregon Trail let alone the real deal.)

We started the day at the zoo with a friend from work and her three kids.  You might not know her, but trust me, Amy of one of the funniest people ever.  If I’m going to be tackling a crowd of six (semi-cranky) kids in the summer heat she’s one of my top choices.  McDonald’s afterwards seemed to tidy up any crankiness.

After lunch, we headed home to grab our things and headed over to the Kennedy Park Water Playground for playtime with more of our favorite friends.  This was our first visit and it was awesome.  The pool starts at 0″ at both ends and never exceeds 18″ PLUS there are 4 lifeguards on duty keeping an eye on things.  The kids had a great time splashing, swimming, and sliding around on the play structures while I got to have some great conversations with Katie.

The first weekend in June is also the Greek Festival.  I don’t know what else to say except that it’s one of my favorite things about living in South Bend.  If we ever move away, I might just arrange our visits so that they fall during the festival weekend.  We ate, talked with friends, watched the kids take advantage of the 20′ slide and dance to the live music.  Good times.

Saturday we did our usual coffee and doughnuts run before heading up to Stovers to pick strawberries and sweet cherries.  It was blisteringly hot, but we had a fantastic time picking.  I’m pretty sure we ate as much as we brought home.

As it was also the DTSB summer movie night, we drove downtown to see WALL-E at the College Football Hall of Fame.  Of all the places we’ve done outdoor movies/events, this was surprisingly one of the best venues.  Parking was easy, the (weird) football turf was soft and comfortable, and the Chocolate Cafe was right next door with treats and indoor plumbing.

Sunday?  We rested.  🙂

Menu Plan Monday

Adjusting to work.  I have tons of pictures waiting to be loaded, but that might not happen until this weekend.

Quick thank you to all of you who offered advice on the sushi.  We went to SoHo and ordered a few different rolls + soup and salad.  It was a great anniversary dinner.

Monday:  Egg Mess

Tuesday: Chicken Salad sandwiches

Wednesday: Pumpkin pasta

Thursday: Salmon and spinach salads

Friday: Burgers

Saturday: Dinner with a family from our new church.

Sunday: Not sure yet!  🙂

Rip Van Winkle

Thomas slept all night long.  (This is approximately 4 months before Joey and 10 months before Grace.)  I don’t expect it to last, but it was lovely!

Courtesy of Angie Turner