Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First Dance Class

Audrey was so excited to start her ballet class. And even more so once she realized two of her buddies from her old playgroup are in the same class!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Birthday Party

Today, we celebrated Brianna's 11th birthday and got to spend a nice afternoon running around the backyard at the Cahoon's.

Audrey says, "Cake! Yum!"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The First OFFICIAL Day of Preschool

And her first preschool homework project too.

She had a great first day!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Deer Island

Sunday was another gorgeous day…a great day to bike around Deer Island.


This weekend we had free passes to the MFA and nothing else to do so we took a train ride into Boston. We wanted to just drive and park at the museum but the kids wouldn't hear of it! The train ride is half the fun!

We stopped at a burrito place for lunch first so that Audrey could eat her weight in guacamole.

And then onto the museum! It was a beautiful sunny day but it was also ninety degrees so air conditioning was have the reason for going today!

After borrowing some art supplies for the kids we hit the Jamie Wyeth exhibition first. Audrey was really interested in drawing, and I think she did a great job of capturing the likeness of Andy Warhol. (Check out the big glasses and crazy hair!)

While Audrey liked Wyeth's portraits and sea gulls, Maddy preferred his paintings of coastal houses.

After that exhibit, we started a scavenger hunt though the section of Asian art. (The MFA is so great at having activities that engage kids!) Even throughout the hunt, Audrey liked to stop and draw. I couldn't be more proud of her ability to enjoy (and let me enjoy!) an art museum!

We had such a great time. And the kids totally scored some gelato and brownies for their awesome behavior!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Meet the Teacher Day at Preschool

Today was Audrey's "orientation" at preschool. After all the hoopla for Maddy's first day, Audrey was very excited to be the one going to school today!

She really loved it there...she loved the sand table and the kitchen. And (thank goodness!) Elmo is allowed to come to school too. I'm sure the kids there have all had their shots so there's probably minimal chance that they can catch something from Elmo.

After that exciting morning, Audrey came home, had lunch and her "nap"...which is only a nap in Audrey's world. (She actually built a bed for piggy, Aflac duck and backup Elmo.)

I think she's really going to love preschool. Her first real day is Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

First Day of Second Grade

This year, Maddy had zero nerves the night before school started. Probably because she's the big kid on the block at her school now. Her classroom is all the way on the third floor!

And, her best buddy Matthew is in her class.

Here's hoping for a great school year!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Very Last Day of Summer Vacation

Maddy's first day of second grade is tomorrow so we decided to have a really awesome last day of summer. I'd promised a beach day...

...but as it turned out, some of the playgroup kids decided to have a beach day as well. It was great to see everyone!

Audrey had one final opportunity to get as much sand into our car as possible.

And we also came home with two "pets." "Sandy" and "Swimmy," Audrey called them. She's truly a lover of all creatures big and small. They were actually spotted on the bottom of the ocean by Maddy with her super-under-water-vision. I'd said we could bring them home but I started to feel guilty that we didn't have the stuff we needed to take care of them. Plus Audrey gave them a little too much attention. It seemed a little cruel, and perhaps even hellish for the poor crabs.

So we trekked back to the beach to set them free. I hope we released them in time for them to have a long, crabby life.

Maddy took her newly souped up bike on the trip to the beach. I'm so proud of how awesome she's riding.

I really think she's caught the biking bug. She really seemed to love it when she got going up to speed!