Thursday, April 19, 2018

Callum turns 8!

Today is our sweet little dood's 8th birthday!!

For breakfast, he and I headed out for donuts (and bought WAAAAY too many!). After our sugar high, he asked to go to Target, and bought a little toy. :) We then visited Daddy at his (new) office, which Callum hadn't seen yet - and offloaded a couple of donuts. ;-)

After he got home from school, he and Logan enjoyed ANOTHER donut, and opened presents from the family. He loved it all.

Happy birthday goofball. We love you mucho!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Columbia State Historic Park

Another great day!

We spent today exploring the historic town of Columbia, a cool little Gold Rush town, founded in 1850, and now a touristy spot which has preserved a lot of its original mining town flare.

We first learned to pan for gold - the boys loved this activity the most and would've stayed to do this all day long, if we had let them! They found a few flakes and a bunch of garnet gems. Very exciting (if not back breaking work!) ;-) The trip, and the gold panning specifically, has been terrific timing and of great interest to Logan, as he just covered the Gold Rush era in his Social Studies at school, the week before break!! :)

After that we explored the rest of the town, checking out the old timey saloon, candy shop, saw what the dentist and drugstore looked like in the 1850's, looked into the town's jail (crazy sad!), and walked up the long hill to the town's schoolhouse. :)

We then headed back to the truck for another yummy picnic lunch, then went back into town to dip our own candles (and buy a few others). We ended with a trip back to the "gold store" so the boys could buy little trinkets filled with gold. Logan is excited to share his gold (and silver, he bought vials of both) with his teacher when he gets back to school this week. :)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Pinecrest Lake

We're spending a long weekend in the mountains with our friends, the Cables family. We haven't seen them in a long time, so it's been really nice just hanging out and catching up.

Today, we spent the day at a nearby lake called Pinecrest Lake, hiked a bit around the lake exploring, ate a delicious picnic lunch in the back of our truck, then spent the afternoon teaching the kids how to cast lines and try to fish (we didn't catch anything).

We're bummed the snow has melted, but enjoying the gorgeous weather nonetheless! :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring Break means mid-day tennis lessons!

These are of Logan. His form is getting much better!! 👍🏼

Look out!

I'm now buying my 10 year old kid, men's sized shoes!! 😱

Monday, April 9, 2018

Callumism of the month

I haven't done one of these in awhile but tonight was pretty precious. Callum was talking to his grandmother Mimi on the phone.

She asked him what he'd like for his birthday, and I held my breath hoping he wouldn't sputter out the top 5 toys he has recently seen on YouTube (yet will not play with after the first 20 minutes!)

Instead, he said, "whatever you think I would like."

I basically felt like that was the ultimate proud-Mom mic-drop moment. My work is done! 😉

I had another proud mom moment earlier today. Logan's teacher has challenged his class to no screens (that means not only no texting or video games or laptop games, but no tv or movies too!) for the entire month of April. I'm happy to report that we are doing great so far!! Today is the first day of spring break, so we hung out at the library for a bit this morning. What a sight, to see these two devouring new books we just picked up!! :)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The boys’ nemesis

This was the last egg that stumped them for quite a long time.

Just call me the master egg hider!! Mwahahhahhahaa! ;-)

Look up!

They passed by the tree so many times and then stood there (when I told them to) for at least 30 seconds, before Logan finally spotted it. :)

Egg Hunt Time!

Two years ago, we had our first Easter egg hunt at this house. But, the boys don't remember it because it was extremely short lived and two weeks after Easter actually happened. Why so late? Because Callum (and I) were stuck at the hospital over Easter two years ago. And THAT is what Logan actually remembers (Callum didn't at first but then remembered he got a basket surprise overnight while at the hospital).

Then last year, we missed Easter completely, since we were traveling/celebrating Callum's Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyworld. (The Easter bunny left them some presents which were waiting for them when we got home, but they don't remember that, and we didn't do any egg hunts because we were so dang tired from the trip!) :)

This year, Easter snuck up on me and I was completely unprepared. But, Callum (in particular) wanted to color eggs and do (many, many, many!) egg hunts. So, we colored eggs yesterday, Jon and I bought some candy at the last minute this morning and stuffed the plastic eggs, and we held several egg hunts throughout the day today.

We also finished a new (board) game we had started a couple of weeks ago. And played a mean round of Uno Attack!

Quite a nice day, all in all. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend as well. :)

Find the Easter Eggs!

There's 6 visibly showing, but 11-12 hidden in this area. :)

So. Old.

Showed Logan our family's first TV remote (my parents still have it!)! 😱 


He was surprised at how big and clunky it is. 😂😂 




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