Reed invited 2 of his friends to join us on a road trip to Raleigh this weekend. The LEGO KidsFest was set up in their Convention Center for the weekend. After a 4 hour drive with these great traveling companions, as well as a toddler who was feeling quite under the weather, we entered the LEGO mayhem :)
Cool sculpture area, set-themed building areas, and games all had to be explored. The kids wanted to spend quite a while in the Monochromatic Build area.
They played in the Racer area, building cars and racing them down big ramps. Next, the nearly-literally dived into the Big Brick Pile!
They buried each other, searched for interesting pieces and got stepped on a couple times before moving on to challenge areas. One of the challenges they did was forming a team to build a 4-foot platform out of Duplos (big legos). The structures were elevated onto pillars to make a bridge, which then was tested to see how much weight it could hold.
We checked out the Lego shop and got a glimpse of Creation Nation before they closed. That was a HUGE map of the US covered in kids' creations - very cool!
These were a great group of kids to travel with, so glad we got to go!
Little known fact about me: I have secretly always wanted to attend a Monster Truck rally. Seriously. When I was in college in Florida I almost got to go see school bus racing on a figure 8 track, but plans were changed and my dreams of seeing big vehicles doing stupid things were put on hold for quite a while.
And then I found out that the Monster X Tour was coming to Asheville - woohoo! There was even a Groupon for it.. it's like it's calling my name.
Bobby and I took the boys on a Sunday afternoon. The "Pit Party" happened beforehand. You get to check out the trucks, meet the drivers and take silly pictures:
The kids also got to ride around in the arena in the back of one of the trucks.
Unfortunately, the photos stop there, sorry! Reed has great photos on his iPod, but we can't seem to get them to email to me. If you are friends with him on instagram, you have probably seen the awesomeness already :) There was racing, wheelie competitions, jumping and freestyling, as well as quad (4-wheelers) racing in between the monster truck racing.
Our Toddler Art Group met this week to create birdfeeders for those poor little birds that can't have much to eat in these cold Winter months! We found a fun recipe that mixed bread crumbs, birdseed and shortening and then you spread that onto pinecones. The kids LOVED the mixture part! I'm so glad we had them do that, because once it was time to push it onto the pinecones, they nearly all left the table in search of a new activity!
Reed got busy this week preparing cards for a Valentine's Day exchange with one of his homeschool classes.
And just for clarification, yes, he *can* rhyme, we just all thought this was a pretty funny poem he made up :)
Today it has been snowing all day long, and ZB was very surprised to find a package at the door for her. What a fun treat, thank you Sissa! This was her reaction when Bobby pulled out each new thing:
A box full of dress-up, that even the boys couldn't resist trying on:
She pranced around in her new attire for a while, and then off to play in the new snow!
Hello! It's been a while since I've posted, and some fun things have happened. I haven't posted because my computer has just come back from an extended stay at a couple repair shops (a couple because after 2 weeks, we found out the first repair shop hadn't even touched my computer even after I had called them twice and they told me when it should be ready... grrr...)
Christmas was great and relaxing. The boys received a lot of cash presents, and to prevent them from spending it all on candy, I had them make lists of what they would spend cash on. Reed is going to start piano lessons, and Clay bought a few punch passes for Parkour class at the gym. He is taking the bus downtown 2 nights week to go to class, and LOVES it!
We also received fun things like a robe my grandmother made, and a lot of us tried on....
Bobby got everyone high-power flashlights and pocket knives. At first, he just gave the boys the batteries for the flashlights :)
ZB could have cared less about gifts, as she was excited that people sent us sweet treats!
She did receive a couple nice books and lots of cute clothes! Here she is modeling her new mouse slippers:
For our Christmas day projects, we made a big, crazy cardboard box house for ZB, which she is still decorating and playing in. We also ditched the no-grain, no-sugar diet for the day and prepared a big biscuit and gravy breakfast, and a big roast for dinner with lots of fixings!
Reed wanted to make sugar cookies on Christmas day, and we did make the dough, but after that huge dinner and eating treats all day, none of us wanted to make cookies! So, the sugar & grains stretched into the next few days ;)
Over the holidays, we also added a new member to the family! We have been passively looking for a cat to be a mouser around the house and yard. On the Solstice, I was looking up directions to the Humane Society, and their website said that for that 1 day, all animals were only $5!! Wow! I think that's pretty unbeatable for an animal that is fixed and up-to-date on shots and vet care. We brought home a kitten, and named her Zelda. She's a sweet potato for sure!
When New Year's Eve came around, everyone except Bobby got the flu. It was pretty yucky and lasted a whole week. Clay fared better, and his only lasted a few days, so he left to go snowboarding with friends while the rest of us snuggled in bed with books and Netflix.
Once we all felt better, the boys decided to pool the rest of their Christmas money and buy a trampoline!
They have been wanting one for a couple years, and found a great deal on
Craigslist. They are using it every day and having a great time. I
think it was a good purchase!
I'm glad for all the computer and sickness issues to be over with, and now we can look on to the new year!
ZB has a few friends over on the second Sunday of each month for some arts & crafts time. It seems so much more justified to pull out all the supplies and make such a mess when there's more than just one child doing the project! Last Sunday was the first one, and the kids made Salt Dough outside, squeezed, poked and prodded it into interesting creations and then baked it while the toddlers snacked and played.
This Sunday they made sun catchers by markering on coffee filters and then painting over that with water. They didn't turn out as bright as we had hoped, but the kids had so much fun making them! Even a couple of the big kids joined in...
Everywhere I look on the internet is cute crafts and photos all getting ready for Christmas and Winter. I am enjoying the great Fall weather while we still have it! I'm not a huge fan of snow (if God could only make warm snow, I'd be all about it!). A pumpkin is roasting in the oven right now prepping for a nice batch of pumpkin ale homebrew, and a rich veggie soup is simmering on the stove as the night cools down a little from the 60 degree days we've been having.
ZB seems to be ready to nest into Winter, I guess. She had the idea to make a box house, which I thought was pretty neat for a 2yo - I don't think she's ever seen one before!
But she is sure enjoying these last Fall days...
when she can still get good and muddy and not too cold!
ZB and her friend Jude had too much fun adding dandelions and pebbles to the mud and then jumping with reckless abandon.
I had to make sure to get a couple shots before the headed in for a bath :)