Friday, August 31, 2012

School Firsts

Last week Reagan and Claire started Kindergarten.  Let me repeat...Reagan and Claire started Kindergarten.  We were all a little nervous to start down this path  but between meeting their teacher at science camp earlier this summer, meet the teacher night and kindergarten orientation we felt like we could tackle this. 

Kindy orientation

(a demonstration of how hard it is to photograph twins)

Their teacher Miss Cara has been amazing at making them comfortable.  It definitely makes it easier though that they were at the same building the last two years for preschool, they just go upstairs instead of downstairs now.  There are eighteen kids in the class and they have Miss Cara and her teacher assistant.  For the beginning of the year they will work on reading mastery, math skills and religion.  They love their "specials" of course!  They have phys ed, technology, art, music and Spanish this year.  Mass is once a week. 

So far reports from Miss Cara have all been smiley faces. 

Here are some pics from the first day. I only cried a little. 


 
Caroline started preschool this week!  She has Mrs. Johnson.  So far so good.  She is happy to be in the same building as her brother and sister!
 
My Caterpillar
 
 

Chicago Marathon

No this has nothing to do with running...

The weekend before the kids started school we decided to do a quick trip to Chicago.  It's three hours, sometimes less, from our hourse and yet we had never taken the kiddos.  So let's change that...the weekend before school starts.  Okay not as ideal but we did deal.  We even dealt with a closed highway on our way there, instead of I65 for part of the way we were on one lane farm roads.  We saw lots of corn.  When we (finally) arrived in Chicago G&G A were there waiting for us and Uncle Lance too!  Yay!  It's so nice to have all hands oin deck, especially with three little kids in a big city. 

The main purpose of this trip was Shedd Aquarium.  The kids love the fish, dolphins and sharks at our zoo so we knew they would love Shedd.  They did!  It's a great place to spend the day.  We saw octupus, giant disgusting catfish, penguins, beluga whales, sharks etc etc etc

The kids absolutely LOVED the 4D movie, Ice Age.  I wish I had a pic of them in the 3D glasses laughing hysterically at the characters on screen.  Claire stopped laughing though when one character sneezed and "snot" came flying at her.  "Ewwwww that's disgusting, cover your mouth!"

The only let down was the dolphin show...not comfy seats and pretty darn boring if you ask me.  Maybe I expected it to be too circusy? 

Here are some pics of the day...not much more happened after that.  The kids ran around the hotel and took hours and hours to fall asleep.  I was afraid we were going to get kicked out when grandpa was pushing the girls down the hall in an office chair while they giggled and laughed.  Sorry neighbors!

Grandma with kids in front of man hugging whale? statue...




(no flash photography allowed in the Shedd)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy birthday Daddy...




Thanks Jennifer for taking these pics for us for Father's Day this year!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fair Firsts

OMG.  It's been almost a year since my last post.  What better reason to post again than to mark something off my bucket list...?

63.  Marry Justin Verlander
64. Attend State Fair
65. Solve world hunger

Can you guess which one happened?

 Farmer Boy!

 Seed Caps fit perfectly

 Cheese!

 This calf Claire is petting is only a few days old and weighed close to 85 pounds, awesome for that Mom!

The kids and I had a great day with our friends-Jennifer, Henry and Eleanor.  I'm sad I didn't try this earlier and sad I didn't bring a stroller or a wagon...three year olds get heavy.  We spent today recovering but I'm planning to go back Thursday with girlfriends, I still haven't tried a deep fried snickers.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Fall?!

When the sun is shining, you have to keep the air on and the weatherman says another week of 80 degree temps it's hard to believe it really is fall. But alas it is...






Reagan and Claire are full steam ahead at school. This year they go MWF from 8-12:30, it's a big enough chunk of time that Caroline and I can get things done. In school they have been baking, working on their writing, playing on the playground, and getting messy with paint. They LOVE their teachers and even tell them "I love you" sometimes when they leave in the afternoon. Today was their first field trip, to a pumpkin patch. They were most excited that they got to ride on the bus...and the bus had no seat belts! I guess that's fun when you are four but when you are thirty something it's just not the same.






The leaves on the trees are just starting to change. I noticed as Caroline and I drove up Meridian today while running some errands. It was such a beautiful day, except for the fact that Caroline had forced me to listen to Veggie tales again it would have been perfect.






I packed up the kids summer clothes this past weekend, what a chore. A pile of clothing up to my waist, trying to decide what might fit who next year, what to keep, toss, sell...keeping track of wardrobes is a full time job in itself. I had the hardest time putting away the swimsuits, we might still use them in doors but it's just not the same as the outdoor pool at the Y, that we spent a lot of time at this summer or the BEACH!






The final straw that it's fall was actually today while bathing the kids, their tan lines were all almost faded. It didn't matter how much sun screen I lathered on them they still ended up with tan lines, I wish it was that easy for me.






We are excited for Halloween, apple pie, pumpkins and jumping in leaves but we are really going to miss this...














Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vroom Vroom

This past weekend was a big weekend if you live in Indianapolis. Every year this town goes Ape Crazy? for 33 cars speeding around an oval. Sure they go fast-think 225ish mph-put your arm up in the air and you'll probably tear up your shoulder. Try to take a picture of a car going that fast with a point and shoot-not easy. Well some 300,000 people go to this "greatest spectacle in racing". (We don't really know how many exactly because the George family is weird like that).


Recently, well more like for over the past year, our children have turned into true Hoosier and become obsessed with this "racing thing". Not just any racing- Indycar. Don't go trying to sell them on Nascar. Reagan has already been through many drivers, he started on Helio, then Dario and now he is a Will Power fan. Guess who the girls like....Danica. Argh. What a great role model right? Oh well, better than Paris Hilton.


We took the kids to Qualifying a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. For $20 we got parking and two tickets, kids were free! Cheap family entertainment-another reason to love racing? Also we got to bring our own food and drinks in-SCORE! We all had a wonderful time, pretty sure Reagan could have watched for days.


To be continued!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

Another weekend of rain here. We decided to put on the rain gear and head to the zoo despite the weather. The great thing about a yearly membership is that if you have to leave after only an hour it doesn't really matter. The kids had fun jumping in puddles...and yes even seeing a few animals. Too bad on top of the rain many exhibits were closed, they open again in a few weeks with warthogs and bat exhibits, just what I always wanted to see up close. Can't wait for summer so we can spend our week days at the zoo and parks!

Reagan tells Daddy all about meerkats?
We did not see any living walruses so this will have to do...

Caroline considers the sharks Claire loves jumping in the puddles!