Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall corn maze outing

Hi! We went to a fall festival/corn maze this past weekend with another family. Kids and adults had a blast!
















Wednesday, September 18, 2013

a few changes around here = sleep deprived parents





Hi! I didn't get many pictures this week of my two goofballs. I have been busy getting all the stuff done that we have been postponing all summer. A few free hours a week sure motivates! The two big changes this week are:

Cy has more or less stopped napping! I am weaning him off his naps. He is now sleeping about every other day. He started this himself. He simply didn't sleep for three days or so in a row. I can tell he needs a little less sleep these days. He makes up for the difference by sleeping in a little later in the mornings. There are still days when he does nap. And there are days when he is so cranky that he should have taken one but for the most part I think we are right on track.

Speaking of sleep, our other big change is that we have converted Arlo's room to a big boy bed. He climbed out of his crib one day and landed with a thud. After that we immediately took one side off his crib and replaced it with a short guardrail. He was easily climbing out of his crib with this new arrangement but he couldn't get back in. So we bit the bullet and got him a twin mattress. It is on the ground with guardrails on both sides. We also got him his first real pillow and comforter. He still sleeps in a sleepsack but has his comforter available if he needs it. He is doing 'ok' in the new set up. He spends some time wandering his room after we put him to bed. Last night he fell asleep on the floor next to the door! We usually have to put him back into his bed once or twice. And sadly he appears to be waking up earlier and sometimes at night thanks to his new arrangement. In the olden crib days he would slightly wake to have a sip of water or pull a blanket up onto himself. Now when he wakes he climbs out of bed (because it is so much fun!) and yells to us under his door. Oy vey. I remember going through his a bit with Cy and I am praying the novelty wears off (as it did with Cy) and he goes back to getting a good night's sleep.

Since we were doing all this cleaning and furniture shopping, we also got Cy a new desk. And it is just the coolest thing! It's a plain old white Ikea desk but I have filled it with all the activities Cy dreams about doing. And now he has a high up (somewhat little-brother-proof) spot of his own. I filled it with workbooks on mazes, letter practices, hidden pictures etc. I also put in various art supplies and puzzles, tiny legos, dry erase boards, Lincoln logs, magnets, tinkertoys... He just loves it! And it really helps the two brothers get along better because Cy has a place of his own so he doesn't get frustrated with Arlo as often.

These pics of Arlo sleeping were taken in a pitch black room!
 

 
 



 
Creative Cy
 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

First day of school today part 1

Hi! Today is the first day of school. I am doing two posts. This post has their school pictures and the 2nd post has the 2nd half of August pictures - including a huge 11 days trip to the Dells, Milwaukee, Chicago and the cabin!









Arlo will be going to school 2 days a week for 2-3 hours and Cy will be going to school 4 mornings a week. He could have gone to Kindergarten but we chose to hold him back. Otherwise he and Arlo would be 4 grades apart but only 3 years (age-wise) and we want them as close together in grades as possible - for family vacations, school bus, etc purposes!

first day of school today

I have 2.5 hours free! And what is the first thing I come home and do? Shower? Nah... Pictures of course!!!
So let's see here, catching up, here is our second half of August. Lots of pics because lots of trips!



 We went back up to the cabin mid-August with another family that has 2 little boys the same age as ours. I am not going to lie, it was A TON of work because it was just the mama and I for the first few days... But the boys all adore one another and had  a great time!

 Patrick came up for the weekend and we all drove home together.
 Playdate back in MN
 Date night: me, my hubby, a bottle of wine and the sunset on Lake Calhoun. A moment to breathe! Ahh!
 Then we set out on another great adventure! 11 days away from home. First stop: Wisconsin Dells. Our plan was to ride as many slides as possible & tire the kids out so Patrick & I could hang out on our patio that night. Instead mama slept in her clothes. Too many slides! We were exhausted!
 Patrick & Cy
 I rode some pretty huge slides myself. The most daunting thing is climbing up all by yourself and seating yourself at the top of a slide that is a straight 4 story drop. I couldn't look down!
 Then we made our way to Milwaukee. The boys and I had a great morning playing at a beach on Lake Michigan.

 Fishpa: one of the only dudes I know that uses "books' and 'legal pads" still! :)

 Cy & Fishpa went out on a fishing adventure
 Then Cy & I took the train down to Chicago!
 Museum of Science and Industry

 We did the coal mine tour. That guy was hilarious. It brought back flashbacks to high school field trips!
 Cy LOVED riding in taxi's
 Foggy mornings
from the top of the  John Hancock Building


 Navy Pier
 Chicago kid's museum
 Then we picked up Arlo in Brookfield and went up to the cabin. Spent labor Day weekend there
 Annual Fireman's Breakfast


 Arlo & Jimmy
 Jackson's ears STILL stink from all the swimming he did!


 Cy caught 2 big pumpkinseed pan fish. An 8 and a 9 incher! So pretty!

 Hate to see summer end!


 Ahh the coziness of the cabin. It was a bittersweet weekend - the weather was perfect, the water was warm, and it was sad to know that school and fall were just around the corner! Next post: first day of school pictures coming soon! xo