Thursday, August 23, 2018

Birthdays and School

The summer is over and we had a great last few weeks! We crammed as much fun as possible into the end of summer. Logan's birthday was on the 8th and we made it one to remember! We woke up and headed to the Children's Museum at the Gateway Mall downtown. The boys had a blast trying out all the stations and Brooklyn LOVED the balls. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the people and kids running around like mad men while trying to keep 3 kids in one place, but we didn't loose anyone and survived! Afterwards the boys realized we were close to Dave's work so we HAD to stop by and say hi!

After lunch and nap time we went to the Lego Store for a free mini build. The boys built snails they got to take home and Brooklyn got to build with Duplos. We spent about an hour in the store playing and making a wish list for Legos we want for Christmas. Afterwards we headed to Build a Bear. It was our first time in the store and the kids had fun! Since Logan and Brooklyn have August birthdays they got a Birthday bear for the price of their age. And Dustin got a bear for $15 off since I had a coupon. So for $11 they each got to do a Bear. They now each have a wish list of clothing I need to make for them.

When we got home from the shops it was time to top pizzas and frost cupcakes for Logan's birthday dinner!!! He had fun decorating his pizza and opening his gifts. It was a long day for me crammed full of fun things, but I'm glad we could make his day extra special!

Brooklyn's Birthday was Monday the 13th and we had a fun day for her too! We didn't cram as much in but she had fun. She was EXCITED to get to pick her own cupcakes, frosting and toppings. She picked pink EVERYTHING! When it came time to blow out candles she insisted on blowing them out at least 10 times. I figured it was her birthday, let her do what she wants.

I crocheted her a little purse for her birthday because she keeps stealing mine to put her toys in. She loves it, but still steals my purse. She is convinced only My Little Ponies can go in her purse. My purses are for her other toys.

Brooklyn has been obsessed with owls lately so we got her a little stuffed animal. She carries it around everywhere and refuses to go to sleep with Owl. She had 1 pair of owl jammies this summer and every time they were dirty and we couldn't wear them to bed, she would throw a fit! So when I found two pairs of owl jammies on the clearance rack yesterday I HAD to buy them for her! So now we have 3 pairs to rotate through instead of just one.

Brooklyn in her new Owl jammies

We also adopted a cat last week. My aunt and uncle moved to Florida and couldn't take their cat with them, so we decided to add her to our family. The boys were very patient the first few days while she got used to use, and now she likes us too! She especially loves Dustin and follows him around from room to room.

The boys insisted we get a name tag with our phone number on the back incase our cat gets lost

They voted on a new name for her and decided on Speedy (Dustin's choice because her stripes reminds him of Flash's lighting bold and we already have a fish named Flash so we can't use that twice) Tiger (Logan's choice because she looks like a tiger). Most of the time we call her Tiger though.

The kids love having her close by! At first they were scared to have her in their room at night, but now they leave their door cracked open so she can sleep on their beds.

Yesterday dustin came in crying because "The cat bit me!". This was our first bit, so I asked "What did you do to her?" He responded "I just put chapstick on her because her lips smelled bad!" That kid! So we had to talk about how we don't put person things on animals and cats alway have stinky lips.

Brooklyn is convinced the cat exhists for her enjoyment. She follows her around the yard exploring with her. See the cat's little head by the fence? Brooklyn's making sure she doesn't go in Joe's yard. She flips out when the cat leaves our yard.

 And she cries when the cat goes outside without her. Because she is scared the cat won't come back.

 Monday was Logan's first day of school! Last year was a very frustrating and difficult year for Logan and the circumstances lead us to start a new school this year. So Logan was very nervous to be starting a new school but was glad to know at least one friend in his class from church.

Day 1 was great! I decided to walk him into his classroom and when we got to the front door of the school the principal and teachers were lining the entrance blasting music, balloons all over the place, handing out sunglasses to all the students. Logan took one look and grinned telling me he was glad his new school was a party school. He came home from school all smiles and excited to be at a new school.

Day 2 he had a good day at school as well. That night was Back to School night at the school and he was excited to show us around his new class and school.

Afterwards we headed to A&W to get some root beer floats before bedtime! The kids had a blast and probably drank 3 or 4 cups each. Everyone crashed when we got home after such a long day full of changes. Logan told me he was having a hard time with the new school, because there were so many changes and new people.

Day 3 he brought enough dinosaur erasers in to share with his class. I was hoping it would help him to get to know everyone better if he handed them out. He came home from school exhausted but happy.

Day 4 was a good day! The kids and I worked on cleaning up the house while Logan was at school and organized too small clothes into piles to give away and piles to (hopefully) sell. I also worked on some dress alterations for a friend. Logan again came home happy and everyone worked on a goat puppet after school. I'm sure it will still be hard for Logan from time to time, but I'm hoping the worst of it is over. I'm very impressed with his new school and glad we moved him.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Middle of Summer Fun!

We've had a fun and busy summer so far! It feels like we're constantly moving from activity to errand and back again. I can't believe we only have one more week before school starts!

One of our fun activities was a My Little Pony tea party at the mall. The boys pretended they weren't interested but they LOVE My Little Pony, so they couldn't help getting drawn more and more into the activities.

They had water and cookies as big as Brooklyn's face, story time, temporary hair coloring and tattoos!

I tried to get us to leave after the tattoos but the boys INSISTED on hair color too! They tried so hard all week not to wash their hair. Unfortunately I insisted it be washed out for Sunday. They were impressed it lasted through several trips to the splash pad, the pool and the bath.

Afterwards we headed to the splash pad with Lucinda, Anisa, and Grandma Linda. The kids had fun playing together, eating a picnic lunch and the adults had fun chatting.

On the 24th Dave ran in a 1/2 Marathon. He did great even if he is always wishing his could get his time down more. The kids were pretty good at trekking from our car to the finish line and were happy to get to beg Creamies off the missionaries (they were handing them out to those that ran in the race).

Dustin's highlight was finding a chipmunk to feed. He is convinced the same chipmunk follows him around. We saw him at Mt Rushmore. We saw him when we were camping. We see him every time we go hiking. He has been named Chippie. Dustin knows he shouldn't feed him but "he looks so hungry Mom! I just can't help it!" The kids probably spent 30 minutes feeding and chasing this guy around.

That night we went to a family BBQ at Dave's parent's house. It was fun to see family and the boys had a good time playing with their cousins.

A few weeks ago we stumbled upon a sidewalk sale that had free activities for the kids! We were going to redeem 3 free pizzas from the Pizza Studio, and out front there was a bounce house, a chalk coloring station, and a PlusPlus building station. All the kids loved the bounce house! They played in it for at least an hour strait. Usually they were the only ones in it.

The boys also had a blast building with the PlusPlus blocks and requested some for Christmas. We'll see if they're still interested in a few months but they usually love building so it will probably be a good fit. The lady running the PlusPlus station also gave them necklaces. So it was an all around fun free family date night.

My friend Tenille came down to visit me at the beginning of August! I convinced her to help me pin Brooklyn's quilt for her big girl bed! I still haven't started quilting it, but hopefully things will slow down soon so I can do so. I also have to decide HOW I'm going to quilt it. I was thinking of just doing diagonal crossing lines across the whole thing, but I would like to outline the stars too. We'll see what wins out. I love how it turned out! I was worried about the mixture of lights and darks, but am glad I didn't give up.

We also pinned a baby blanket that Tenille had completed. It was a cute blue and off white star quilt that she plans to gift to a friend soon.

We also took Tenille on a hike around Silver Lake. There was a plethora of baby ducks on the hike!!! Brooklyn especially was in heaven screeching and pointing at the babies. They were very brave ducks and if we stood still they would come right up to us. One even bit Dustin's toe but he said it didn't hurt. I must admit the duck were adorable.

Other than the duck detours we HAD to stop and climb every rock that was on the side of the trail. The boys wouldn't stop until they got to the top. And if Brooklyn couldn't keep up with them she would cry and insist on being lifted up with the big kids.

I can't believe how busy we've been this summer! We've had a lot of fun but most mornings start with the boys climbing into Brooklyn's crib when they hear her wake up. It's pretty cute to see how much they all love each other.

We also had a Lemonade Stand! Logan and Dustin have been BEGGING all summer to have one to earn some money. So we set up shop and they sold 4 pitchers of lemonade. For the first 45 minutes nobody came and they got pretty discouraged but I posted a picture of them on Facebook and we finally got some business! Friends, people from church and neighbors we've never met before all showed up for a drink.

The kids were tireless marketers running down every car that drove past waving their hands, jumping and yelling "LEMONADE! ONLY 50 CENTS!" We saw cars stop a little ways down the street, dig around in their car, and come back once they were sure they had money. We saw a big truck stop, turn around (and I'm assuming) head home, and come back for a drink. We had a family knock on our door 4 hours after we stopped selling asking if we had any left because they were going to run errands when we were out earlier and the kids insisted they come back and try to get a drink.

It made me happy we live in our neighborhood with all the great neighbors that stopped by to support the boys! They decided to spend $5 to buy us pizza for dinner that night and divided the rest up between the two of them.

The next week was a rush to get packed for our BROWN FAMILY CAMPING EXTRAVAGANZA!!! I like to pack at least a week in advance, so waiting until the day before to pack was insanity for me! But that's how busy we were. The kids were all excited to try on their life jackets to make sure they fit.

It was a really good trip! We stayed two nights and it was great to see the cousins all play together. We went on all kinds of little hikes around the camp and the kids were constantly coming up with plays and bands and all kinds of fun things. We spent Saturday canoeing, swimming, and we rented a trampoline that floated on the water and you could jump into the lake from the top.

On the trip home I looked in the back seat and all three had fallen asleep! We throughly wore them all out. They said they had a great time though and we'll have to do it again.