By Brian on November 18th, 2013 at 7:16 pm without comments
By Janie on November 9th, 2013 at 9:12 pm with one comment
Samantha wanted to play soccer this year! I decided that she was old enough to add another activity, so we thought we’d give it a shot. I was a little overwhelmed at the beginning of the season because it was twice a week, in addition to gymnastics once a week, with the newness of Kindergarten too. Whew. We made it though.
At the beginning of the season, she was intimidated by the ball, and wanted to play goalie. There are no goalies in her age group though.
But in the last game of the season, she had finally figured it out and scored a goal!
She is so happy with her trophy. She keeps saying “It’s my first trophy! Don’t you like my trophy?” She had some great coaches, who emphasized having fun and team spirit. We’d love to play again next season.
By Janie on November 1st, 2013 at 8:15 pm with one comment
Halloween is so fun. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the kids’ excitement as they run from house to house. But I marvel at the candy it brings.
I usually try to have a quick dinner, but it usually doesn’t turn out like that. I thought the girls would enjoy mummy pizzas for dinner though.
We had a last minute change of costume. Samantha had intended to be a black cat, but then decided to be a fairy. I felt pretty unprepared, but she made do with the clothes we had in the dress up trunk. She was thrilled that she came up with the costume by herself.
Ellie was Rapunzel, no surprise there. She was pumped about the pumpkin she decorated at school too. My pumpkin was drilled, once again. I liked it last year, so I decided to do it again.
It was supposed to rain, so I thought we’d venture to the library for our Trick or Treating. The rain ended up holding out until about 7:15, so we were able to get our treating done. The girls were very disappointed that we didn’t go to the library though. I promised that we’d go soon.
By Janie on October 26th, 2013 at 10:01 pm without comments
We went out on a limb and got Samantha another video game for her birthday. She loves to play Mario Kart Wii, but I’d rather she not sit and play video games all afternoon. Mario Kart, by the way, is what brought this recent obsession with everything Mario. Brian suggested the game Just Dance.
Words cannot describe how she squealed with delight at the first time she danced alongside the game. I can’t say I’m too thrilled about her dancing to K$sha, Nicki Minaj, or (I can’t believe) her favorite, Psy. She loves to play, and I love that it gets her moving. It’s a win-win.
The first night we played, we all had to get some of that action. The best song for all 4 of us to dance with is Ghostbusters. That’s better. :)
I can’t play with the family too often. I always win. I’m good like that.
By Janie on October 25th, 2013 at 9:56 pm without comments
Samantha’s class went on a field trip to the Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch this year. We didn’t go as a family this year because of that. However, Samantha probably got to do more with her class than she does get to do with us. (What can we say? We’re cheap.)
Here she is in the petting zoo, feeding the goats.
And she came away with Daddy’s “bumpy pumpkin.”
I think it turned out to be a great day!