Friday, October 07, 2016

SoCal '16 (2)

We spent most of our first day in OC at the beach.  I desperately miss the beach- the mountains are fine, but I love it here.  It was so fun to play in the waves all day.

 First time in the ocean!  She LOVED it.  Then hated it.  Then loved it again.  This is a very typical response from Avika.  Glad we ended the day in "like" mode.

The kids had the best time!  We are trying to figure out how to get back to the beach sooner than later.


SoCal '16 (1)

A couple of weeks ago we got to take a vacation!!  It was a much needed (and far too short!) break from our everyday here in Durango.  We drove to California- it was a LOT of time in the car, but the kids did great!  Even Avika.  Here we are at In-N-Out in Kingman, AZ.  We definitely need to figure out how to get to In-N-Out more often.  Three years is too long!

Staying at a hotel with four kids is... hard.  This place was a ton of fun, though!  The kids loved swimming in the pool and looking at the fish and turtles in the atrium.

Miles at 6

 Miles is six!!
 Miles' current favorites:
favorite color: bronze
favorite song: "Home"
favorite book: Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie books
favorite movie: Real Steal
favorite TV show: Battle Bots
favorite toy: Lego Minecraft
favorite food: hot dogs
favorite drink: chocolate milk
favorite thing to do at school: free choice
favorite thing to do at home: play with my siblings
favorite sport: football
when I grow up I want to be: a football player
if I could go anywhere I'd go to: Antarctica
if I could have a superpower I'd want: super strength
I'm good at: basketball
now I'm six I can: pass the football a LOT better!

At six years old Miles is sweet, funny, kind, and loyal.  He's loving first grade- he especially likes art and spending so much time with his friends.  He's sensitive but thoughtful when playing with his friends or siblings. He could spend the whole day running around our neighborhood playing whatever and with whoever wants to join in little boy adventures.  He makes us laugh everyday with jokes and funny observations at the dinner table. We can't imagine life without our Miles!  So thankful we get to be his parents!

Happy Birthday Miles Moses!  We love you so much!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

first day of school .16

They're all off to school this year, four Park Elementary students this year.  This is the only year that they will all be under the same roof.  We were on time for the first day for the first time! 

Isaac is in 5th grade.

Delia is in 3rd grade.

Miles is in 1st grade.

Avika is in her second year of preschool.

Friday, September 02, 2016

backyard camping

I'm pretty wimpy when it comes to, well, anything outside.  This includes camping.  But it's good for the kids, and they love it, so we snuck in a night of backyard camping right before school started.

Fun in the tent.  I lasted until about 3am, then gave up and slept inside. 

Hanging by the fire, making s'mores...

Matt ended up with a projector this summer so we used it to watch a movie on the back of the house.  This was really fun!  We will have to do it again soon.