{ The Proper Way to Eat a Banana }

While Brianna was at Young Women’s Girls Camp this summer she learned this  cute banana song that she taught us. Ever since then, when someone yells, “Banana’s up!”, all the kids get into position and sing the song. A banana is one of the few fruits that Scott knows how to identify correctly. It’s either a “banana” or everything else which is an “apple”. He loves bananas and has been well taught in the best way to eat one for breakfast.

Step 1: Convince mommy to slice one up and let you eat it up on the tall chairs at the high counter instead of your highchair.

Scott eating banana 2 blog

Step 2: Concentrate really hard to stick one of the slices on your little fork.

Scott eating banana 3 blog

Step 3: Make your mad face at the banana and try to scare him on your fork.

  Scott mad face banana blog

Step 4: Try to get it to stick on your hand instead.

Scott banana on hand blog

   Step 5: Trick that silly banana and finally get it stuck on your fork.

Scott eating banana 1 blog

Step 6: Eat yummy banana. Repeat as necessary.

Scott banana in mouth blog


{ Starting School Questions }

Now that school has been in for over a month, it has been fun to see how this school year will go. Here are my abbreviated 5 word answers to the school year so far:

1. Who’s in school this year?

Brianna, Austin, Brooke, and Erika

2. What grades are they in?

7th, 5th, 2nd, and kindergarten

3. How would they describe their teachers?

Fun, Joking, Pregnant, Nice, and Animated

4. What new school stuff did we get this year?

Potterybarnkids polka dot backpacks/lunchboxes

5.Lunch box or school lunch?

Lunchbox except for chicken day

6. How are the new school hours working out? Little kids 8am-2:30pm. Brianna 9am-4pm

Aaron takes little, Brianna bus

7.Any sports or activities so far?

Brianna soccer, us loyal spectators

8. Favorite after school snacks?

Anything, and lots of it

9. First quarter report cards?

Lots of smiles from parents

10. Mom’s favorite thing to do during school hours?

Take a nice long nap!

Austin 5th Grade blog  Brooke 2nd Grade blog Erika kindergarten blog


{ Flat Rock Park }

Bridge blog

For Labor Day we decided to stay close to home and enjoy some of the fun things right in our own backyard. A day at Flat Rock Park seemed to fit the bill quite nicely. The kids were up for a nice picnic lunch, exploring all the climbing rocks, wading in the stream, and of course sliding down the slippery rocks.

Abby and Scott on steps blog

Erika at park blog

Clothes on rock

Erika and Abby blog

Girls walking in water blog

Scott walking in water 1 blog Scott walking in water 2 blog Scott walking in water 3 blog

Looking for fish blog

The day wouldn’t be complete without trying to catch a few fish. There were tons of little minnows swimming around and the kids  were all convinced that they could catch one with their bare hands. Erika and Abby kept calling them tadpoles, until we found some real tadpoles with these super fat bodies. yuck!Austin was finally the one to catch a fish, though we weren’t all convinced at first it wasn’t dead. “I just found it floating down the stream. “After some good water resuscitation he was able to bring the little guy back to “life”.

Scott seeing fish blog

The highlight of the day for the kids was sliding down the big rock formations at the front of the park. They somehow remember a time we came here before and slid on them and it was the “funest thing they had ever done”. I still am wracking my brain for when that even was? The only problem with such a fun activity is that since the water always runs down the same places, it is super slippery on them. So just walk up on the dry parts you say? Can we say hot!

Sliding on rocks blog

The older kids didn’t seem to mind as much, but Abby was screaming once she would get to the bottom. We found a little tamer spot higher up with just a little slide for her, Erika, and Scott. Erika Abby Scott sliding blog

Austin sliding blog

Aaron and Scott sliding blog   At the end of the day the kids even convinced daddy that a slide down would be fun. A fun Labor Day close to home was just what we needed to unwind a bit.