Monday, August 31, 2015

slide the city - slip-and-slide on dickson street.

Yesterday, we slid the city as we rode the 1,000-foot-long e down Dickson Street. 

Slide the City came to Fayetteville and set up the slide, and the community came out to play. It was a fun, unique day and from what I understand, they plan on returning next year. Assuming that's the case, we will definitely be sliding the city again! 

Part of the proceeds benefit Soldier On Service Dogs, a local non-profit that trains service dogs to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder - which makes the event even more of a winner! 

Here are some pictures I took that capture the fun:
At first, Harper was having a tough time finding the fun... But eventually she did.
See - she found the fun. Even though she was too young to slide, she was a trooper and enjoyed the experience (especially hanging out at a friend's studio apartment with some fellow little girls and their toys).
The pizza float was a hit. Everyone loved it. It was difficult for Hayden to ride, but it worked perfectly for Randy.
The pizza slice float even made a surprise appearance as Celebrity Slider Rolf Wilkin's flotation device when he "competed" in the Celebrity Slide-Off that featured 18 local celebrities (Rolf is the owner and founder of Eureka Pizza).
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

harper's first day of school 2015 - younger 4s class.

Harper went back to school today - entering the "Younger 4s" Class. She goes to First School from 8am until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Just enough time to give her some quality playtime with her friends and learning time with her teachers while also enabling me to get some MUCH needed alone time.

She was really excited about starting back to school. When I picked her up, she said that she had a great day. She mentioned that she played outside, played in the kitchen, played with her friends, and listened to her teacher read a book about a mouse starting school. 

Suffice it to say, it was a good day.

Prior to heading off to school this morning, we had a brief photo session to capture the day. 

Here are the results:
For reference, here are the pictures from Harper's first days of school from the previous three years.

Last year - when she was entering the "Younger 3s" Class:
2013 - when she was entering the "2-year-old" Class:

2012 - When she was entering the "Baby/Toddler" Class:

As an interesting coincidence, it was 4 years ago today that Hayden had his first day of school in the "Younger 4s" Class and one of the teachers is the same. I think it's going to be a very good year for Miss Harper Grace.

Here are some pictures from 4 years ago when Hayden had his first day of school in the "Younger 4s" Class. He was so little!!!!
In the background, if you look at the top of the picture, you can see the bottom of the carseat. Harper is in the carseat.... 

Monday, August 17, 2015

third grade.

Today is Hayden's first day of Third Grade. He woke up by himself (without needing to be told it was time to wake up) and got himself all ready for school. 

He seemed excited and ready to get back to school - or maybe his friends. Regardless, he was in a good mood! 

I can't wait to hear all about his day when I pick him up this afternoon. I really think he is going to have a great year and I couldn't be happier for him.

Here are some pictures I took this morning before we walked to school.
For reference, here are his first day of school pictures from the past 3 years:

Second Grade:
First Grade:
Kindergarten:
He sure has grown! He looks so little and innocent when he started Kindergarten.... and so "old" and big now.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Back-to-Back Lake Weekends.

We spent the past two weekend at the Lakehouse. The first weekend it was just the 4 of us (plus Alfie). 

It was really nice to get away just the 4 of us. It was a much different atmosphere at the Lakehouse without everyone there and we enjoyed it - although we also enjoy going to the Lakehouse when my parents and my sister and her family are there. It was a nice change of pace though - and something we hope to do again (and regularly). 

The second weekend (last weekend) we brought our friends' son/our kids' friend, Jack Nix. We have dubbed him our honorary cousin - and he bore the title well.

Hayden was especially glad to have someone else joining us. He noted several times that he liked the Lakehouse when it was full of people and that he needed people... his family of 4 apparently wasn't quite "full enough" for him.

We were blessed with wonderful weather both weekends and I took lots of pictures.

These are from our first weekend excursion with just the 4 of us (plus Alfie):
 And these photos are from last weekend's excursion that included Jack:
Definitely two fun weekends spent at the lake. Hopefully we will get a chance to go back again before fall. We shall see!