Oct 07 2013

Mister Man – Fall 2013

Published by Tina under Clayton

You love to read. You love to play. You love to build. You love to eat (fruits are still on top of the list). You love to act silly. You want to do everything Sophie does. And you make us laugh with your funny sayings — “listen guys, I have to tell you something” or “Are you kidding me?”

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Sep 09 2013

Sophie’s 6th Birthday

Published by Tina under Sophia

Her list was simple….

1) Sushi lunch and ice cream for dinner — this happened on her actual birthday
2) A bounce house…but with a slide
3) A chocolate cake, with white icing and flowers on it — she even ate the flowers!
4) Woody, the Slinky Dog, a radio, books and a clock — she’s not let go of her new toys, the radio got used for a dance party during her birthday party but we’re still working on reading the clock so we don’t get out of bed before (at least) 7am on weekends:)

We ended up with a Luau-themed party on Saturday where all her school friends plus some neighbor friends came, she bounced for hours, got some wonderful gifts and enjoyed several pieces of cake.

Happy birthday my sweet Sophie Girl!

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Sep 09 2013

Our last summer adventure

Published by Tina under The Family

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to spend the last summer weekend with some great friends at Kentucky Lake….in a house with a fishing dock, fire pit and beautiful patio.

Sophie and Clay got their very own kane poles…and both caught fish! We roasted s’mores, played a lot of corn hole, Uno & Monopoly, swam in the lake, saw the most accurate replica of the Pinta Ship every made and rented a pontoon boat for a day. Oh, and we saw Hoover Dam too!

Thank you Kirbergs for an awesome weekend!

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Aug 27 2013

Soccer Clay

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Saturday marked Clay’s very first soccer lesson. And also the third straight day that he wore his soccer socks!! After getting them on Thursday night, he refused to take them off. By the time the actual practice came around on Saturday, he could barely contain himself.

It was a super hot day, but Mister Man did fabulous! He listened, did his best, even kicked the ball a few times and proudly told everyone afterwards that he was now a soccer player!!

We look forward to seeing how this goes….

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Aug 27 2013

Kindergarten — Take 2

Published by Tina under Sophia

You all know the story — Sophie missed the First Grade cut-off by 4 days and is therefore repeating Kindergarten. She’s ok with it. We’ve made peace with it. So here we go…..

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Aug 27 2013

A beach house in Duck

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We celebrated the end of the summer by meeting up with some dear friends and renting a beach house in Duck, NC. We woke up to the sound of the ocean, had our coffee/tea/cereal on the deck and our toes were in the sand every morning by 8am. Our daily agenda was body surfing, swimming to the sand bar, building sand castles, going back in for lunch & naps….rinse and repeat. There were some fishing excursions, hot tubbing, a trip to play mini-golf and lots of laughter and being silly together!

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Jul 15 2013

Clay turns 3

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Five of Clay’s little school friends joined us for a backyard BBQ/Swim party and it was great fun! There was lots of splashing, some sand castle building, some being silly, some cupcake and sundae eating….and of course…presents!

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Jul 15 2013

Sophie Graduates from Kindergarten

Published by Tina under Sophia

This was a very cute and special night – the kids had all worked so hard to sing wonderful songs, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and make us tear up with their stories about how grown up they now are.

You’ve learned a ton this year and are continuing to amaze us with your thought processess and ways on looking at the world…in the questions you ask and how you deal with situations. Your biggest accomplishment probably though was learning how to read!!

We’re proud of you little K Graduate!

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Jun 26 2013

Potty training and a big reward!

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We started talking to you about going to the potty around the 2.5 year mark. You’d listen to us read you books about it, would watch Sophie go (and always remind her to “wash hands”) and smile at us when we told you that you too should start going on the toilet. You’d even indulge us by sitting on the toilet every now and again but with no results. Then, one day, you decided to actually go. We all cheered, clapped and made a really big fuss over it. You were so very proud of yourself and beamed from ear to ear. But…that was that. Next time we asked if you needed to go, you simply said: “I already did Mama” — and that was that.

We kept encouraging you and about 2 months before your 3rd birthday, we decided to get serious. We got you some Star Wars underwear and told you that you’d be rewarded with a chocolate treat, every time you’d go on the toilet. With reminders on the hour, every hour and a lot of extra laundry, you started to at least give it a try. Over a two week period, you would sit and go on a fairly regular basis. You loved putting on underwear and would tell anyone that listened that you were now a big boy, with big boy underwear, going to the big boy potty.

After a consistent three weeks, we decided to get the big reward — a blue, big boy bed!! You were so very, very excited to pick it out, so very, very excited to see us put it together and so very, very excited to sleep in it.

Good job Mr. Clay-Boy!! You did it!!

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Jun 21 2013

Our very own, very first – Fruit & Vegetable Garden!

Published by Tina under The Family,The Place

One of our favorite parts of our new house is the backyard. I love seeing the kids run around, play ball, splash in their pool, dig for worms, learn about composting and just be outside!

Our backyard also came with a fenced in garden area that we immediately wanted to turn into our very own growing patch! We thought it’d be fun for the kids to be involved in prepping the soil, planting the seeds, taking care of it and then of course, harvesting the fruits of their labor. Clay might still be a bit young for this new adventure but Sophie was thrilled when we told her about it.

She and Brad have spend countless hours pulling out weeds, taking out rocks, tilling the soil, deciding what to plant, what will go where, making signs and then planting the seeds.

We’ve had a good amount of rain and with Sophie’s daily “grow veggies, grow!” talks, we’ve been able to see great results. We’ve had a ton of our own spinach (used in salads and our morning smoothies) and the jalapeno peppers are delish too! Sophie is really looking foward to the strawberries and I can’t wait to have some squash, zuchini and kolrabi.

Here are some pics to what we started with a few months back, to last night…..

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