Jonathan and Anne's school does a big fundraiser to raise money for the PTO. It is a Jog-a-thon. The kids have to run a combined 26.2 miles with their classmates and they get a big ice cream party or something else that they decide as a class. This was one of the warmest days of the Fall Season that it was held on. Last year, JD wanted no part of it. He actually took a step out of the race and had a meltdown. This year, he was booking it. He went 3 times around. I did the last lap with both kids (separate times) because a couple of my friends were going and I thought oh what the heck. I am very proud of Anne and JD for running so far ...lots of money was raised and they had parties for it!
One picture is of JD and his very new best friend Jason. IF you saw them together, you would know why they are friends. Silly boys! Can you tell Anne needs something to drink in the last photo? oh my...
Anne is a Daisy scout. Last year, I was her leader and it was alot of work. Especially, running a daycare and having two kids. So, I kindly took a back seat. She joined a friends troop and is having a great year. These are pictures from her investiture and marching in the Veteran's day Parade. This troop is so active. We are going on a Mom/Daughter campout in April, museum trips, field trips and TONS of crafts. I think Anne has found her niche.
Anne was 7 back in September and here are some photos of her big night. We had 13 of her closest girlfriends and JD go to a craft/pottery place to make animals out of pottery. She loves to do crafts and so does all her friends. It was a fun night.
Check out the cake that Doug bought, holy crap! It was beautiful, you don't want to know the price..cough..cough, Doug says you only are 7 once and should get what you want for a cake. Anne really did like it, but oh nevermind, it was fun and everyone was happy!!!
Well, we camped 53 times this year! I think that is a good way to start our camping lives!!! The last weekend of the year is Halloween weekend, well for the campground. It was a blast!
Anne was Jessie, it was the only costume that was a girl wearing pants. Anne is not a girly girl or a tomboy, she just likes yoga pants and sweatshirts and cute tops. She is the HARDEST person to buy clothes. Oh well. JD was Captain Rex from Star Wars, I thought it was a storm trooper, but apparently, I am old and don't know anything about Star Wars at all anymore. The two boys with JD are friends we go camping with and my Niece Emilee is Dorothy. It was such a fun weekend. I can't believe how much people decorate their campsites, one family was giving out jello shots and chicken!!! Can't wait for next year!
JD and Anne had their first soccer games on Saturday. Anne is now playing with a referee and actual soccer rules. She did well!!! Her team is named Italy. She only knows one girl (who used to come to my daycare). Anne didn't really say much after the game, just that the white team (holland) was all her friends. So, I am not sure if she is a soccer star or not. She does play really well but we shall see how the season goes!
JD is on the Green Monsters (little Red Sox spin I guess) and he did great. The poor kid, I have to tailor his shirt, it was like a dress on him, but it didn't stop him at all. He has 3 boys on the team from school, so he was so happy. He is quite the soccer player!!! We never did find cleats for him, but some of the other kids didn't have them on either, shin guards were a must, now to find socks to wear over them!!
Enjoy the pictures!
Anne before the start of the game. Harder to get pictures of the older kids, they move too quickly! JD was picked alot to throw the ball in... Working his way around the field. His new friend from kindergarten Doing a red light, green light drill. Trying his soccer gear on while camping!
Anne started 1st grade last week on Tuesday August 31, 2010...she was so excited and had so many friend in her class. She was utterly exhausted when she got home. Here she is getting on and off the bus. The weather was a perfect 100 degrees..**sigh** it looked like each kid was showered when they got off the bus.
I only have the one picture of JD getting on the bus, well because he just left about 2 hours ago....enjoy!
This summer we have camped 41 times!!! (Since April 10) It has been a blast. This past week we went for a week's vacation to Ogunquit, Maine. We went to the Zoo, shops, had a boat ride, campfires, pool time, mini golf (JD got 2 hole in ones)and lots of relaxing....Here are some photos of our trip....
Well our (Anne's) garden is blooming...we have tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and oregano and hopefully the peppers will come too! Anne is so proud and eats something everyday from it!!!
For Kindergarten screening, JD got a package of bean seeds, he planted them (I was wishfully thinking that he would eat what he planted) but lo and behold, he has beans growing and they are quite delicious!!!
At JD's 5 year check up I mentioned something about a Handicap Placard. Our pedi said it was a great idea for JD to learn to walk rather than always to expect a carriage (more cuz JD is "lazy") if someone will do something for him, like carry him, offer a carriage, he will gladly accept. This way, I can say "we are close enough to walk so you can walk!"
The Doctor's office called today and they signed the paperwork and sent to Boston for approval. I have mixed emotions, I certainly won't use it everytime, but hey if it helps JD out, why not? What do other POLPs think?
JD's birthday was at Boston Bowl this year. He wanted a "house" party, but I selfishly said "JD, Mommy watches 10 kids a day, 5 days a week and doesn't want to do it on a weekend..." So, he picked the bowling alley. We invited 14 kids and it was a blast. One hour of bowling, 30 minutes of eating (cake, pizza) and then 30 minutes in the arcade!!! He loved it so much...His buddy Brendon's Mom said "I have never seen JD so excited"
Auntie Debi and Uncle Paul get the prize for best gift. It was Buzz Lightyear wings. He wore them for almost 2 full days. He LOVES them. Toy Story 3 was the gift theme of the party.
Great time had by all...JD had his 5 year check up today..he grew an 1 1/2 inches and is 34 inches tall and gained 2lbs. I have to check the achon chart to see where we sit. Does any POLP have the chart handy? Let me know if you do! Everything else is doing great and we are officially ready for Kindergarten with that lovely MMR shot...OMG! did JD scream, I think you could hear him in New York...but it is over and he got some monster truck stickers. Brave, sort of, boy.
Anne was so happy yet so sad for her last day of kindergarten. She got to bring home all her things, journal, box of art supplies, calendar, etc. She is still writing in her journal throughout the summer, she writes about what she does during the day or our vacation days!
The Kindergarten holds a field day just for the kids in K. I volunteered to help with the hippity hops! So funny to watch 6 year olds hop on them, especially since most of them had never been on one. It was a fun day. The kids got a sports bottle, ribbon and a Graduation certificate. Fun day, cannot wait for JD's field day next year!
Yeah Anne! I cannot believe she is going to First grade.
Anne has been dying for me to post pictures of her garden. The kids and Doug started this garden on Memorial Day Weekend. They planted tomatoes, peppers, basil, oregano, strawberries, cucumbers and beans. We have a little of everything starting to grow!!! Thanks to Nanny Carol for watering it while we were gone camping!