Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Caitlyn's new calendar.
A Mickey Mouse gift bag.
Caley's new Tinkerbell journal.
Caitlyn with the Mickey Mouse gift bag.
A close-up of the Tinkerbell journal.
Tinkerbell journal in front of the Mickey Mouse gift bag.
Caley standing by Caitlyn's new calendar.
Caitlyn with her new calendar.
Well, I guess they had fun. Nothing was broken, and I actually got to talk on the phone for a short time without being interrupted. ;-)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The day that he decided to make his grand entrance was a surprise to us. It was about 1 week before my due date and I really wasn't feeling any contractions yet. But, as life always is with CJ, when he decided it was time, he did not mess around. From my first real contraction to holding him was about 6 hours. Not bad for a first labor and delivery.
We were so happy to finally welcome our son.
We quickly found out that he had a big appetite and did not require a lot of sleep. The first few months were rough. Once he started to eat solid food, and could fill his stomach up, to his hearts content, he became a much easier baby.
Here he is in the fall of 2000. He was a super easy kid at this point in time. I could take him anywhere. He never pitched fits, and was always content just to go along for the ride. On this particular day we went to an apple orchard near Minneapolis, MN.
This is CJ in the spring of 2004. He was 4 1/2 and was playing t-ball for the first time. I did not know then that baseball would become his favorite sport. These days he is a big NY Yankees fan and loves to watch the MLB network.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Off to a great start, CJ gets to work building his first Darth Vader minifigure.
One done, second one started! Will the kid to his right finish first?
To find out about Lego fun near you go to www.Lego.com, search for the store near you, and click on their "new and events" section.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
Flag Day is a day when all Americans celebrate the flag by showing respect for the flag and its makers and its designers. One of the main symbols of the United States of America is the flag.
The original U.S. flag was authorized by Congress on Saturday, June 14, 1777. It had 13 stripes - 7 red and 6 white - that represent the original 13 colonies. There were 13 white stars in a blue field representing a new constellation.
Since 1777, there have been different versions of the flag that have been adopted. The red and white stripes with blue constellation have remained the same. Each state in the union is represented by a 5 point star. The number of stars have changed as states joined the union. There are currently 50 states that belong to the United States of America
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here are the girls, wearing their brand new swim suits. We were happy to discover that this particular place had just renovated their pool by adding a new slide and kiddie play area. Cool!
Caitlyn models her new swim suit. Both girls have wanted a two-piece suit for the past couple of years. This summer they each got one.
After a few hours of swimming we headed over to the gift shop to buy a few snacks and drinks. See, we do spend a lot of money at this place! Then, we found a picnic table, to sit and have a little snack, before heading back home. It was a nice day. It was so relaxing to just sit by the pool for a few hours and watch the kids swim. Can we do that everyday?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Our local store offers this event on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We had to wait for about 1/2 hour in line, but hey, free Lego's are worth their weight in gold.
The Lego stores offer many other events during the month, you can find out more by going on their website at http://www.lego.com/. Search for the store closest to you, and then click on that store's list of events.
It was lots of fun, and we will be going back again.
This year's campout started on Friday night. After everyone had set up their campsite and had some dinner, we set up an outdoor movie theatre and showed the movie, "Night at the Museum." The kids loved it. I don't think I have ever seen a group of 25 kids sit so quietly for that long.
Saturday morning everyone got up early. We served a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and juice to the whole group. The morning activities got started at 10:00 am. The younger boys (Tigers and Wolves) stayed at the campsite to work on their geology belt loops and go on a nature scavenger hunt. The older boys (Bears and Webelos) went on a 3 mile hike. The park has a really nice 3 mile hike to a destination called "Split Oak."
Here are the Bears and Webelos, along with a few Boy Scouts from Troop 22o, at Split Oak. Split Oak is a spot in the woods where there is an actual "split oak." Apparently this 200 year old oak tree was struck by lightening. Each half of the tree has continued to grow. It was very cool to see. The boys did great on the hike and were able to see many other natural wonders along the way. We found lots of deer and raccoon tracks. We also found some frog eggs and tadpoles and saw a few different types of birds.
Here is my boy and his best friend during the graduation ceremony. The most exciting part of the day for them was to be able to wear their new uniforms. They graduated from the Webelos I to Webelos II rank. As Webelos II they get to wear the same uniform that the boy scouts wear. What a difference it made in them. They all walked around the rest of the day with just a little bit of "attitude" and a little bit of a swagger. It was really cool to see. Many of the parents of the Webelos II commented to me about how grown up they looked. We hardly recognized our own sons.