Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hockey Season

Annnnd so it begins.  Hockey season officially kicked off for us last month.  Of course the boys have been having a fantastic time!  They have been excited each week about going so it's nice to see them thrilled to get back out on the ice.  The arena that is super close to our house is undergoing renovations for another 2 months so we need to drive to the arena that is 30-40 minutes away (depending on route GPS takes you on and weather hahaha) so extra early.  We had a brief parents meeting during their first practice.  They were just laying out how the different levels will work, practices games etc.  When you sign them up, you commit to 2 practices a week but it is crazy when they compile the numbers for the entire season together...... so they said the boys will have between 50-60 practices this year plus any ice time they can try and pick up for the team, plus games, plus tournaments etc.  When you lay it all out like that, seems like a big commitment. Oh well they love it.  Jason was as excited as they were I think.  He really likes that their sports are actually starting to become competitive instead of learning the basic skills.  I better start looking for a nice seat cushion to enjoy my sitting time at the rink. I foresee many many hours in the next decade being rink side!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stepping Up

On my night stand you can find books of all sorts.  They are the ones I am currently reading or will be reading next.  There's always an assortment of books for fun, parenting books, education books etc.  I came in my room today to find Joshua trying to catch up on some light reading......oh the irony....perhaps he knows he will need to step up soon and start pulling his own share in the house :)




Note the book title.....I guess he figures he might as well read it himself and cut me out as the middle man hahaha.... by the looks of the next picture it must be working.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lego Extravaganza

Ugghhh... Lego's Lego's everywhere.  I love that the boys love Lego but man are those pieces small and always in the weirdest places.  We have been working on storage solutions for their Lego's.  We have come up with an ikea shelf that has individual drawers for different types of Lego sets ie Super Heroes, Star Wars etc.  Also a few months ago, we installed shelves in Mathew's room so that the boys can keep their pre-assembled sets together. The one's that they like to take down to play with but don't want to break.  We still use the lego table that their pepere bought them a few birthday's ago.  It has compartments underneath that store lot's of the random Lego pieces......

and ...and ....and 

the project the boys have been working on with Jason lately; the Lego man storage.  We turned this little project into a learning activity for them again.  They worked with Jason drawing out the plans for the shelf, compiling lists of supplies, purchasing the supplies and then cutting and assembling the actual Lego man storage.  This weekend it was finally hung up on the wall for the boys to sit in awe and just talk and discuss all the different Lego men.  Who knew there were so many different types hahaha.  Mathew, who loves organization, loves to just sit and reorganize the order the little Lego dudes stand in.....in order by genre, power etc. 

Oh boys and their Lego's.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Learning Fun - DIY Geo Board

Anyone who has been to our house knows that we have LOTS of toys....sometimes so many it takes forever to organize/put them all in the right place. With that being said, we have three kids that LOVE to play with toys.  The kids spend 99% of their at home time playing with toys and reading so the amount of books and toys does not bother me.  This summer when all three boys were home with me I started looking for activities that could incorporate all the children....not an easy task with two 6 year olds and a 1 year old.  The older boys are learning how to do things more on their own and you can give them a project and they enjoy working on it and learning new skills.  I have a few projects that I will show in blogs in the upcoming months on things that we have worked on and have turned out really well and educational. 

One thing that I thought the boys would enjoy was learning more about Geo Boards.  Instead of just buying one I decided to turn that into our first 'make our own official toy' project to start out the fall season.  We all went to Lowe's and purchased the supplies (Peg board, nuts and bolts) and then purchased some elastics in the discount section at Target. 

The peg board was large so the boys worked with Jason to learn how to decide on a size, measure and then cut it with a saw (they watched, Jason cut).  The boys then put the bolts through the peg board and tightened the bolts on the other side.  This leaves the bolt sticking up and available to attach the elastics too.  The good thing about them putting the bolts/nuts through is it works on hand eye coordination and also allows them to work on the planning and foresight to place them in the right spots if they have specific designs in mind. 

The activity turned out even better then I hoped.  Josh could then just work on placing the elastics. I think him and I will work on being able to turn the bolts soon as well. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time got away on me

Ugghhh.....I honestly have so many things that I have been meaning to blog about...... pregnancy updates, school updates, activity updates, family outings etc but time has just gotten away from me!  Fall is starting to set in now. The beautiful smell in the air, many pumpkin pies have been consumed in our household already, crispness in the air when out walking and many pumkin latté's have made my mornings a little bit more enjoyable :)  No point in rushing the updates I'll just get through them slowly and eventually hahaha.

The big boys ran in a cross country race again this year.  Since I loved cross country running throughout high school, it brought back great memories of being out on the trails again with just the excitement of the races. This year they actually joined the running club that trained before the race so they actually went out about 5ish times to practice.  I was pretty shocked seeing some of these kids run.  The boys were in the 6-8 year old category and did fantastic but most important of all, both finished with a smile and they really enjoyed themselves.  Perhaps next fall when I'm not pregnant I can start running with them again :) ?  What shocked me is these little wee guys ran 1500m, almost a mile and they did it in 6-7 minutes.  Seemed fast to me...made me realize that they are getting into the competitive stages for sports now.


 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Second Grade

I meant to write this post a few weeks ago but....hey life got busy!

In order to register the boys for school again this year you could do it electronically and fill out all the forms via the internet.....which made life so easy because it re-populates the standard information for the other child from the first form you fill out....wooohoo score!  Jason and I were up late one night doing it and we were laughing....we couldn't stop thinking about how long it will take to fill out the forms for 5 kids hahaha it will be a full days work!

With that being said.....I admit I had a little cry when we were done.  We now officially have two boys in the second grade....how did this happen.  Please time slow down.  I'm sure this year will be a fantastic school year and the boys will thrive with the new lessons, activities, friends etc but geesh slow down little guys.....don't grow to fast...mama isn't ready for it!

How can these two be in second grade?
Crazy side note.....if the new twins are in fact born a few weeks early as we predict they and Josh will only be 1 year apart in school....so when they start Junior Kindergarten back home he will be in Senior Kindergarten.....crazy we will have three kids in kindergarten at the same time!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cheese

Our little Joshua has recently learned the art of being a ham for the camera.....he now proceeds to make the funniest smiles every time you ask him to take a picture while he exclaims...cheese :) 

Our pictures for the next little while will have the scrunched up little nose of his and his eyes squinted but when we look back I hope to remember the happiest grin ever as he proclaims "Cheeeeesssee".

He has also started incorporating his "please" followed closely by a huge smiley "cheese"...which I think is his way of winning us over to get what he wants hahahaha.  Love the little things that pass quickly but you don't ever want to forget!

So to everyone out there.....good morning and cheese :)