Wednesday, June 20, 2018

zoo trip

Our local zoo has some very cool dinosaur exhibits visiting for the summer. There are a dozen or so scattered around the zoo, some of which kids can climb on, and the rest of which are animated--they roar and growl and chomp and swing their tails. It's a little silly and theme park-like to have them at the zoo, and I imagine it must drive the real animals a little nuts. But we'll be visiting more than usual this summer to enjoy them!

Theo always loves milking the cows at the zoo, but this year the milking cows got a nice new paint job to make them look more realistic.

The zoo also added a huge new sand pit with sand toys and a log tunnel and lots of wood and tree stumps to build with and climb on.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Science fair projects

Last week the boys showed off their "genius hour" projects at school. Each kid picked out a project he wanted to do, then researched and executed it. Theo worked with two friends to research the fastest cars on earth and then build their own balloon-powered cars out of household items, and Beckett worked with his buddy Kieran, above, to make a Mentos and Pepsi-powered volcano explosion.

After the kids showed off their projects, we got to build some egg houses together using gumdrops and toothpicks.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yet another Museum of Play trip

Not great shots of Reed waiting for the balls to drop back down into the mechanism. He had so much fun with this. We met Auntie Alexis and Mary Kate on the Friday before Memorial Day when it was, not surprisingly, pretty quiet at MOP. Reed and MK had a great time pushing each other in the stroller, sharing food at lunch, and running amok. It was a fantastic day. And now we are anxiously awaiting news of a new baby sister for Mary Kate!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Theo lost a front tooth just a few days after his birthday.

I often take walks with the boys around our neighborhood, even in cold or nasty weather, but this gorgeous weather we have had lately has just been awesome for our after-dinner walks. Sometimes we end up at the school playground or the park playground, or other times we just walk around the block. I love being with these three.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

On the boys' birthday Jeff and I got to go to their classrooms and read a book. I went to Theo's class and read Iggy Peck, Architect, one of Theo's favorites. Reed came with me because Mrs. Quimby is his favorite. Jeff went to Beckett's class and read a book to his class as well. Then we got to join the birthday boys at a special table in the cafeteria for a birthday lunch of some of their favorite foods. We finished off the night at Friendly's for dinner.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Best baby in the world

This is to put to rest any doubt that Reed is the best baby of all time. On the boys' birthday, he and I ran around in the morning to the grocery store, then made lunches for the whole family to take to the Latin school to enjoy with Theo and Beckett, and then drove with Daddy to school. We read books in their classrooms and then sat at the special birthday table to eat lunch together. Then we had to return to Wegmans to retrieve a Batcar lost in the grocery cart (success!) and made a stop at a playground on the way home. When we got home, I was feeling tired. After we played in the yard for a while, we came inside and I told Reed we had to go upstairs for him to take a nap. He said he wasn't tired, so I told him that I was tired and going upstairs to take a nap. I fell asleep to the sounds of his playing with Legos in the boys' room. I woke up 30 minutes later to him climbing into bed next to me with his blankie. He settled in and went to sleep. I went back to sleep next to him and slept for another 20 minutes. I can guarantee that this never, ever happened with his brothers.

A couple of weeks ago Reed and I went to the grocery store. I pulled into a parking spot next to a van. As I was unbuckling my seat belt I saw a man returning to the van next to me, where the driver was sitting in the driver's seat. The two men started arguing with each other just after I opened the slider door to get Reed out. I think they were arguing about where the returning man was putting the groceries. They started yelling at each each other and swearing, so I stayed in the car to wait til they stopped arguing or drove away. When the argument seemed to have settled down I got out and came to the backseat to unbuckle Reed from his seat. The men were still sitting in the van, seething at each other but not saying anything. As I carried Reed past the passenger side door, the window of which was open, Reed turned toward the passenger, smiled his brightest smile, cocked his head to the side, and fairly yelled "Enjoy your day!" The guy looked at Reed in confusion and we went in the store before I cracked up and cuddled Reed to my chest. Can you believe this guy??