Solon's Last Day of K, HOORAY!...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Solon's 1st Day of Kindergarten...
...and his last day (it was PJ day ;)!

  • He lost 3 baby teeth
  • Got a new pair of glasses
  • Wore out one pair of tennis shoes and grew 1 shoe size
  • Ate mostly cold lunch but did like the cheeseburger, mozzarella sticks for hot lunch
  • Grew 2 inches at least
  • Made lots of new friends and became better friends with our neighbor, Adam
  • Learned how to read and now reads like crazy.  He especially loves to read Mo Willems books and Snoopy comic books...
  • He especially loved recess but after that he like centers and math stations.
  • He learned how to write long and involved stories with plots, problems and solutions.
  • He earned awards for great respectful behavior
  • His favorite projects were getting to hatch chick eggs and type up a non-fiction book on the computer
  • His favorite special was music closely followed by gym and then art (his music teacher is phenomenal)
  • Went on a field trip to the civic center in DSM to see a play with his classmates and ride on the school bus
  • Enjoyed field day and family fun night
  • Had a very sweet class and a nice teacher
Solon enjoyed kindergarten and learned SO much.  To think that he didn't read or write much when he went to now reading and writing all sorts of things is crazy even for this teacher mom.  We are most proud of his sweet, kind nature and his respectful behavior while away from home.  We are so proud of him! He is a sweet loving boy who is growing up quickly...good job buddy, we love you!



Memorial Day 2016: Take me to the Lake...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
After arrival, it took Grandpa about 5 minutes to ask the kids to jump into the hot tub and a few seconds later they were all in enjoying the inaugural swim of the year!  The lake is meant for late nights and lots of fun!  It also results in good sleep ;)!

The next morning it was pancakes cooked outdoors on the fire and morning fun outside!  
Breakfast was barely over and we were in the hot tub for some wild pirate boat sailing in the rough hot tub seas...as a side note I love being a fun mom and for some reason when I am away from the demands at home, its easier!  I love to have fun at the lake with my kids :)!

That afternoon a storm blew in with lots of rain so my mom had planned to take us to Minnesota's largest candy store!  It was busy since it was raining but we left with 2 grocery paper sacks full of random candy!  Some specialty pops to try and random candies...I think the adults found as many treats as the kids :).  It was a fun adventure on a rainy lake day...
My cousins (who are like my brothers) came along with Alex's girlfriend Marcie!  They even stayed in the bunk room with our kids.  There are 8 twin beds in there an they are all numbered.  My kids usually sleep in bed 3 and 4.  My mom is master decorator, your bed corresponds to your towel hook # too :).  Genius!


My grandparents (dad's parents) came too and we celebrated my grandfather's birthday.  He was so tickled we remembered him and enjoyed all the singing.  SO thankful my kids get to spend so much time with them.  We see them quite often and I love it!

Sunday we woke up to beautiful, warm weather so we played hard all day on every toy we own.  From the Maui Mat and slide, to tubing and boat riding, to jet skiing and hot tubbing!  There was no shortage of fun!

I even got to tube again after a year off because of having a baby!


Solon also learned how to paddle board this year and we all took turns paddling around!



We also did some fishing and caught lots of sunfish and blue gill off the dock.



...and more swimming in the hot tub (kept at a nice 98 degrees for some spoiled grandkids :)!


Lucy even enjoyed her new pool from grandma and grandpa before we brought it home!

We are growing another crop of lake babies!  We have already been back for a weekend with friends and are gearing up for my 23rd 4th of July at the Lake.  It's a special tradition, I have only missed a few times (my honeymoon, Lucy's birth and I think that is it ;).

Vera's Last Day of Preschool...

Monday, June 20, 2016
Vera and her 3 wonderful teachers
(from left -- Mrs. Rohlfing, Mrs. Gravenbauer, and Mrs. Trosper)

From beginning of the year to the last day...

Vera blossomed this year under the tender care of 3 amazing and nurturing teachers.  When we chose our preschool by word of mouth for Solon, we hoped for the best and boy have we been blessed!  These teachers pour their hearts into the kids!  They sing, play, dance, create art, do projects, read and read some more, and have lots and lots of fun along the way.  Vera is cutting with scissors, writing holding her pencil correctly, learned the basics of classroom etiquette and how to be a respectful person to other adults all the while falling in love with school.  She is eager to go back in the fall for pre-K 3 mornings a week.  Many of her friends will be joining her again so it should be another fabulous year of learning and loving school.  It's all the things I wish public school could still offer...thankful they have this experience to start their career!

Congrats on a great first year my sweet girl!


May 2016 in Photos...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The first day of May this year fell on a Sunday and Vera's dance recital!  We are all a little tired but we couldn't pass up "May Day" so we scrounged the pantry, popped popcorn and did some ding-dong ditching!  The kids love this tradition :)!

Vera finally got her own pair of glasses from Grandma (and claire's)...she has a fashion sense of her own!  I cannot dress her and if I have to for some reason like church...we better have ample time!

She loves to help me in the kitchen...Nana's birthday was in May so we invited her over for cake to celebrate.  We made it her a snickers cake and Vera was a great cake chef.  It's daddy's new favorite dessert :).  Thank you Betty Crocker cookbook!

exhibit A on the fashionista - :)
We had great weather in May to spend lots of time outdoors after school, in the evenings and get some projects done on the weekend!  The kids got their ceremonial new slip n' slide and it has already  gotten lots of mileage!




Even Lucy got in on the water fun with her own bucket of water!  She now has a pool of her own :)...which the big kids get in all the time!


We celebrate Mother's day weekend by going to one of my favorites for lunch -- Noodle Zoo.  I love to eat outside in the summer and we did just that.  Vera and Scott also made chocolate covered strawberries and treated me to breakfast in bed.  I got a ceramic to go mug since I rewarm my coffee several times before I finish it.  I love it :)!  I also got a tee shirt I had been eyeing but couldn't justify purchasing from Etsy!



On Mother's day we attended the send off ceremony of our good friend Josh.  He is deployed this year to Afghanistan for nearly a year.  He leaves behind his wife and 3 children.  They are in our small group and we do our best to support them but its hard.  I have a deepened appreciation for our armed forces families and all  they do to keep us safe and free!


Vera had her end of the year performance at preschool in May and Grandma, Nana and Papa all came.  Vera was so excited but would not look nor smile at us...she was a serious performer!  It was so cute!  She has had a great year and blossomed and grown right before our eyes.  She loves going 2 mornings a week, next year will be 3 mornings a week and then after that we are not discussing ;)!



We spent many morning shipping the boys off to work and school and then spending some down time at home playing and doing house chores.  The girls enjoy playing together.  I pulled down this special farm toy my mom got the kids from Switzerland.  We had one just like it when we were little we got when we lived there!


And when you are this cute...mom just has to snap a picture!  Such a smiley babe and at that time still wore headbands...not anymore!


Saturday morning reading session...be still my heart!


May was crazy - did I mention that? We had a neighborhood garage sale and I had planned on getting rid of the totes and totes of baby things we no longer needed.  So much work but it was all gone by Friday and a pile went to Salvation Army and few things for the consignment store...feels good to have cleaned out but again so much work.  My inlaws helped with the kids and my friend Emilie took Vera one afternoon -- it took a village!



Solon tried tee ball this year and LOVED it!  He wants to play baseball next year.  We went with parks and rec this year to test the waters since group sports have always caused him anxiety in the past.  We kind of wondered if school would help that and playing sports in gym and on the playground, never the less he loves it.  The weather one weekend was 50 degrees and FREEZING and then the next weekend upper 80s and sweltering.  That's what you get with baseball!



Scott has helped out in the field this season!  Nana and Papa have gotten to come to two games and see Solon play!  Vera likes that we are right next to the baseball park and Nana takes her over to play!



This picture just made me laugh...they were all bellied up to the bar one day at lunch.  One of those moments that makes you smiles because I always envisioned 3 kiddos eating lunches here when we bought our house ;)....


So we got our new lead pastor at our church and his family arrived in May!  We celebrated with an ice cream social at our church.  I had a great team helping me coordinate the event.  We had giant yard games, bubbles, chalk, a photo booth and a yummy ice cream sundae bar complete with church lady snacks (you know the really yummy bars they make ;).  Everyone played and socialized just how we hoped they would...the weather cooperated too to make it a great event.  We were asked to coordinate the church picnic in September so I guess we met the mark!



Our family enjoyed a game of giant Ker'plunk on the lawn...Solon won!



We had many a playdate with the Porter's and now that is nice we can enjoy playing outside again - yay!  The girls play so well together!


Vera finished preschool for the year!


And Solon continued strong in May.  His favorite activity was typing up a non-fiction book he wrote on snakes in the computer lab, complete with pictures and then going to first grade classrooms to read it.

We finished off May with our first trip to the lake for the season!  Solon was so excited about it, he wrote about it at writer's workshop! Grandma framed this sweet note.  They love that my kids love the lake SO much!

...and I made a shirt too -- "take me to lake waconia"...

More on our lakeside shenanigans in its own post.  May was busy, fun and full of activity.  We are in full on summer around here!  And we are loving it :)

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