Tuesday, August 4, 2015

End of Summer Fun

Sophie started school on July 20th. She was beyond excited to finally start and talked about school ALL summer long. She was especially thrilled to have the same teacher Mrs. Malm who is amazing!

She had a great first day and practically jumped out of the car to go to class. I was worried about how she would do adjusting to all day school, but she has done really well. The hardest part is getting her up at 6am when this little sleeping beauty likes to sleep til 9 or 10. And homework time...yikes, but that's getting better.

Cousins were still in town so after school we headed to the Tucson Historical Museum which ended up being way more fun than expected! They had a whole upstairs area where kids could touch and play with everything. The kids could have played there all day.

 When we finally got them to walk through the rest of the museum we found an excavation site which the boys were all over.

It was sad to say goodbye to the cousins and Kimberly. Easton still talks about Landon and Parker and how he wants to play with them and catch lizards with them.

Since we haven't gotten a chance this summer to go camping as a family we headed up the mountain after Sophie got out of school on Friday. The kids were so excited and had so much fun exploring around the campsite and climbing rocks.

Chad and I had fun cooking over a fire. We heated up a pan of oil over the fire and cooked french fries which the kids thought were cool. We even had some dutch oven dessert. The kids loved sleeping in the tent and did great all night. The next morning we went for a short hike on the butterfly trail.

We found a cool spot to take a picture overlooking the mountain. I asked the kids to stop so we could take a picture. The girls happily came. Easton on the other hand thought we were dawdling and kept telling us to come on and go! He was ready to hike.

He did finally appease me and quickly jumped in the picture and said cheese just in time for me to click the button before he walked away.

The girls like to stop and write in their journals on what plants and animals they see as we hike.

After the hike we had a picnic lunch and enjoyed climbing on rocks. I think it is our children's favorite camping activity.

We headed down the mountain and got ready to go to the Pima Air and Space Museum. It is sad that we have lived right next to this place for 7 years and have never gone. It turned out to be very cool and the kids loved all the activities that were there.

They made some really fun crafts and had a scavenger hunt and to top it all off got to see Grandma and Grandpa Clayton volunteering there,

Today is Lydia's first day of preschool! It is crazy to think my kids are getting this old. I keep thinking of her as this little girl but she is so smart and can do pretty much anything Sophie does. She is so excited to get to do Joyschool with her friend Addyson!

When I first asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up she wanted to be a doctor. then she changed her mind and said a dentist. And then finally after about an hour she looked at me and said "you know what I really want to be mom? I want to be a mom." She is such a sweetheart and takes such good care of her little brother I am sure she is going to make one awesome mom someday.

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