We have the kids the choice of Disneyland or Lagoon for Harvest Vacation. They chose Lagoon, I guess that's ok with me, cheaper and closer :) We did decide to leave Claire home with Grandma JoAnn and it ended up being really nice. We headed down and went to the zoo and then went and visited with Allison and Adam. On Saturday we went to Lagoon and Michael came with us and we had a good time.
I can't believe how fast this last year has gone. Our Claire Bear turned 1. She is really getting fun and getting a personality for sure. We didn't do anything too big for her birthday, I guess you can tell she's the 3rd child, just cake and ice cream. She did love her presents though :)
The first day of school came, and I was pretty excited. It's nice to have the kids home, but always nice to be back on a schedule. Mitch started on a Monday, but Libby didn't start until Wednesday and that was a long 2 days for a girl that was so excited to start kindergarten.
Claire and I get to spend the afternoons together which is nice to have a little bit of peace and quite, but sometimes I think Claire isn't sure what to do with herself when so doesn't have someone constantly entertaining her.
We have started another tradition by meeting my cousin Allison and her kids and school shopping. This year we decided that we would bribe the kids to be good shopping and then we would take them to Lagoon. It was a lot of fun, Al was a good camper being 8 months pregnant, I was feeling her pain the year before :)
Mike's family had a family reunion in Island Park this summer. It was a lot of fun, there was a lot for the kids to do like, fishing, swimming, peddle boats, horseback riding. Each family had their own cabin and each cabin had it's own hot tub, so that was a hit with the kids. These were the only pictures I got from that weekend.
Libby played T-ball this year for the first time. I don't think it was as successful as we had hoped, but she made it. She wasn't all that thrilled at the games, but it didn't help that they played double headers. That's a long time for all of us to play and watch T-ball.
I didn't get great pictures this year, but just imagine this.... Libby is a big girl for her age, for some reason she thought that T-ball should be a contact sport, so needless to say there was quite a bit of tackling and shoving to get the ball, it was quite interesting. Hopefully we have better luck next year.
"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."
-Christopher Robin to Pooh
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
- Angela Schwindt
"Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."
- From Mr. Magorium's Wonder Imporium
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."