Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Whew! For as much as I dread the start of the first week of school, I am very happy to have it behind us. The kids had a great week with exciting things to report each day including the use of their new planner, caterpillars on recess, the new tricks they learned on the parallel bars, soccer games with friends on recess, art class, and tons of new Spanish words and phrases. But, it was exhausting! The kids come home tired and very hungry. It's hard to do homework when it's 75 degrees out and there is fun to be had! And honestly, mommy is working hard to get used to her new schedule and classes at Hope too (I come home tired and hungry and not really wanting to do homework!!). We were so excited for Friday and decided to reinstate a tradition from their Kindergarten year, 'Hot Chocolate Fridays' (it does sound much better when the temps dip!). Each week that the kids stay on 'green light' all week in school (no warnings...or worse!) we go for hot chocolate on Friday. We search high and low for new places and new things to try!
Over the weekend we attended Hope College's 'Community Day' picnic and football game.
We also enjoyed time with my parents at their new house!
It was really the first year we talked much to the kids about September 11. I particularly liked this cartoon from Sunday morning: http://www.gocomics.com/grand-avenue/2011/09/11
I spent time Sunday holding my kids close. We put out the flag together. We discussed heroes. We talked about service. We prayed. We heard a message of forgiveness at church (the readings in the Catholic church are pre set for the year, it happened that the readings for Sunday September 11 discussed forgiveness.) We remembered.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The kids woke up excited and ready to go this morning. 2nd grade was calling! They couldn't wait to see their friends, their teacher, and start the new adventure.
After school the kids ran to me from the bus and all three of them hugged me. They were all smiles with stories to tell about technology class, name tags, and their new planners! The next question was when we could go to grandma and grandpa Mosher's NEW house in HOLLAND! My parents received the keys to their new home last night about 8pm. The truck delivered their stuff today. We packed our 'after school snack' and drove the 2 miles to their house to share it with grandma (my dad is in Ann Arbor working, as it will be a weekend home for the next year before they both retire for good). It was amazing! Welcome to Holland Mom and Dad.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
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Thursday, September 1, 2011
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While on vacation in Maryland we were able to spend a day in Baltimore. It was the first time the kids had visited that city. We visited and toured Camden yards (awesome!) and the Inner Harbor (where we hunkered down during an hour plus thunder storm). It was amazing!! What a perfect trip with wonderful friends! Summer Memories!
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