Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Making Jack-O-Lanterns!

The night following our trip to the patch, J, Archer, and Maddox jumped full steam into making Jack-O-Lanterns! Quite on a whim, I had purchased a nice pumpkin carving set from Target. I immediately felt a little silly spending $10 on a tool set we'd only use once a year. However, it made such a difference! J LOVES pumpkin carving and always tries to outdo himself each year. He really did need a strong set of sharp tools after all. What a  relief!

Mads and Archer loved painting the pumpkins they picked out.

After a few tries, Zoot decided paint doesn't taste as good as ketchup.

He takes pumpkin carving very seriously.

This year, he and Archer decided on a Bumble Bee Transformer carving. That's Archer's Halloween costume as well!

Yay for Fall!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Preschool Pumpkin Patch Field Trip 2014!

Fall is in full effect here in Fredericksburg! Last week Maddox and I tagged along on Archer's preschool field trip to Snead's Pumpkin Patch. I was a little concerned that it would be a hot mess since it rained all day long the day before.

Here's Zoot. Bored out of his gourd with the rain.

So we went to the library! 

We pre-gamed the night before with "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." Archer was glued to the tv/laptop! I would never have guessed he'd be so into it. That night and the next morning, he kept saying that we'd never find a pumpkin small enough to fit in the house. He was really concerned about it no matter how many times I assured him that we'd find a pumpkin small enough that he could carry. I thought he was just being silly until I remembered that all the pumpkins in the movie were the size of the kids! He literally thought that all pumpkins in pumpkin patches were kid sized. What a trip!

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the patches we're barely muddy and the hayride was perfectly dry. Archer was thrilled that there were so many manageable sized pumpkins a foot. Zoot was just happy to be there. Big wins all around!

Zoot was also obsessed with the tractor. Like, in awe. 



It's all fun and games until someone has a meltdown. It's hard being a little brother and having to stay awake 30 minutes past nap-time.

I think preschool pumpkin patch field trips have to be the most adorable thing ever. I'm so happy I was able to attend!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Archer's First Field Trip!

A week or so ago, Zoot and I accompanied Archer on his first ever field trip! It was a nature hike and scavenger hunt in Alums Springs Park! We played on the playground for a bit first, then trekked through the woods and up a steep hill in search of acorns, rocks, squirrels, and colorful leaves.  Archer loved inspecting everything with his magnifying glass. Zoot enjoyed throwing clumps of dirt.

"Be Mindful"

Thoughtful graffiti. 

He LOVES his teacher, Ms. Wood.

It's amazing how much Archer is learning and growing. I love seeing him interact with all his friends. The cuteness has no limits!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Archer's First Day!

It's been pretty busy around here, lately. We are bursting at the seams with living. Sometimes I feel like I'm just running around in circles refilling sippy cups, prepping meals, cleaning up meals, changing diapers, reading books, running errands, and having adventures with the boys. All good things, mind you. Just everything all at once. One of those everythings is just a small, life changing event. Archer started pre-school. NO BIG DEAL.

Here's the completion of Archer's first homework assignment. It's a paper doll of himself.

We read this the night before school started. I plan on having all this teachers through 5th grade sign it. I may or may not have cried.

Archer picked out his outfit and his new backpack. Zoot just wanted to be included.

Hahha It was a tad sunny...
How did he do? How did I do?

Well, as soon as we opened the door to the preschool hall, he ran past me into the classroom and yelled, "Bye, mom! I'll make you a aminal!"  That was it. I hung his backpack on it's hook and smiled at his little picture hanging above it. Then, I said bye to the Nug and Zoot and I had our own little adventure.

Archer is totally thriving in school. He is so happy, he can hardly contain all that enthusiasm in his little body. Seeing him so joyful and excited makes ME excited. I love that I can give him this opportunity. I love that Zoot and I now get  a little one-on-one time twice a week. Preschool. It's pretty amazing all around. One person DID cry, however, and continues to cry pretty much every time Archer goes to school. I'll give you a hint: He's got two giraffes and his name rhymes with boot. I'll blog a bit more about that another day.