Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pumpkin Painting!

Three kids, three pumpkins and some paint...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

A couple of weeks ago we managed to fit in the pumpkin patch trolley. We've had a lot of birthday parties this past month or so, so very little free time to get this kind of thing in. Still, we managed to catch the final trolley of the pumpkin season, and in the nick of time we made it to the filed to collect a pumpkin for each of us. 

All aboard!

They're almost as big as Hatts.

And afterwards we grabbed some snacks ;)

Monday, October 3, 2016


A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to take the boys on separate dates. A Friday meeting was cancelled allowing me to take Charlie out to lunch after picking him up from preschool. It was a lot of fun! We had some good chats - about the big 'Ps' (preschool, potty training, and Pokemon') until he became VERY tired and was ready to leave. 

Instead of heading home, though, we went to Camp Ellis to walk along the rocks. So much (dangerous!) fun!

Not wanting to miss out, Raf and I headed out the next day for a date ourselves. As predicted, the first half of the date involved Pokemon Go, which thankfully we played in a beautiful cemetery near our house, which happens to also host lots of Pokestops and Poke gyms!

And then, not to be out done by his little brother, Raf also wanted to head to the Camp Ellis rocks. Absolutely gorgeous places.

It's rare that we get one on one time with the boys. Richard's turn next!

Happy Autumn!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

First Win!

So it happens! Another season of co-coaching Rafi's football team (1st & 2nd graders), and as with last season we needed a few games under our belt before we got that first important win! A close loss last week after a couple of big defeats meant we were coming together as a team, since half of the team are first graders and never played on a team before. So it was great to see the team put in a huge performance from the first whistle - and got the goals to win - with a few heart attacks for the coaches as the match drew to a close. It was great to see two evenly matched teams go at each other for the whole match. The photographs aren't great - but Rafi had his best match! Certainly got the legs/engine of a midfielder. Hatts providing the support on the touch lines!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

7 Year Wellness Check

This sweet kiddo - over 4 feet tall and 55 pounds. A wee bit panicked as he endured two inoculations, but otherwise he seems super healthy and is indeed thriving. As I went to pick him up a little earlier from school before his appointment, the new admin assistant said how sweet he'd been when he recently read the school greeting and announcements over the loud speaker. Another admin assistant told me, 'he's one of my favorites'! 

Waiting outside the Drs yesterday... They were finishing up a peanut butter bar and Raf reminded me we couldn't take anything peanut related into the office. Clever boy. 

And here is Raf, proud as punch, in his team football photo. 

Goodbye, Summer 2016

We've had a beautiful summer, which has extended well into September. We've tried to take advantage, and a couple of weeks ago we headed down to the beach after school for what felt like our final beach afternoon/evening of the season. We also managed to rope in some of our dear friends.

It also happened to be an excellent evening for breakers. I joined the kids for a while on Charlie's boogie board, and I'm not certain who was having more fun.


A really fabulous evening, with a skyline that was one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Goodbye, Summer 2016. You have been AMAZING!

But then, this past week, we made it down for one final time... and found some new friends. A little girl from Charlie's preschool who has a brother in first grade at Raf's school.

I'm hoping that some bright sunny autumnal day will bring us to the beach once again for some swimming time, but I think that this might be it. Farewell summer.