Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sandbox Upgrade

Pete got an awesome birthday present from Aunt Tashina and Uncle Matt the other day, a huge sand digger! We've had a turtle sandbox which is fun but doesn't support the Tonka Trucks and now this digger that Pete wants to use with the sand, especially now that he has to share it with Nora.  It was the impetus to finally upgrade the sandbox like we'd be considering for awhile now.

You can see the majority of the sandbox here.  Plus Nora wanting a refill.
We've also had issues this year with the playset being blown over in windstorms, so we added the new and improved sandbox on the playset and used the sides as outriggers for an increased base and lessen the chances of it flipping.  We filled in the bottom of the playset with sand filled a smaller area with rocks and then had the larger box filled with sand on the other side.  Pete's digger sits in the middle of the two and the rocks act as a filter for spraying of the sand before coming inside.  The digger rotates all the way around so he can haul dirt from either sand box for big projects and fun!  There is also tons of room for both kids to use the Tonka trucks or sand tools.

Getting ready to take a dip at the "beach"
It took us most of the day to do, but was finished in time for them to enjoy for awhile this evening.  It took 36 bags of playsand and the sand leftover from the turtle to fill it.  Phil did a great job on the project and the kids will get lots of use out of our own little beach area!

And she's in!

Even Dex is dog tired after watching Phil work hard on the project!

Monday, September 7, 2015


Fort Wayne was a stop a couple weeks ago for the Airpower History Tour.  Phil had heard about it from a coworker that went so we hurried out of town to make it before they closed.  We even had to get an inverter to run the nebulizer for Pete because we didn't have time to do it before we had to leave. Well we made it in time, there was quite a line (ended up taking about an hour and 15 minutes) to get inside of the B-29 bomber, which we were able to climb a ladder into and check out!
Selfie with "Fifi"

Inside the bomber

Pete with the Corsair

Pete scowling with the bomber

Check out the size of those tires!

Family Photo after a great evening with some sweet planes!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day of Preschool

This dude has his first day of preschool last week.  He loves it.  He has a new teacher and will be getting another once the school hires the permanent replacement for his previous one that has moved onto other adventures.  We miss her but have high hopes for future for both her and the kids.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pete's 5th Birthday!

Oh my! I'm still in shock that Pete is 5 almost two weeks later.  He's getting big and is becoming a kid now and losing that preschooler look.  First 10 things I love about Pete:

1. I love your laugh.  It doesn't come out all the time, you've always been a fairly serious one.  When it does come out it is glorious.  Especially when you start giggling about a cartoon you watched yesterday and we're driving around town. Those are my favorites.

2.  I love your imagination.  Boy the things you dream up and think about for a now 5 year old are amazing.  To think all that is somehow crammed into a fairly little body, no wonder you get growing pains.

3. The way you are concerned about others. You always ask how people's days were and their sleep and dreams at night.  You even listen about our days, just keep it up for forever little man.

4. I love your kissing attacks.  You'll "hold" me down and kiss all over my face.  Part of me gags at the semi-slobbery kisses but part of me knows that some day you won't be so free with those kisses to your mommy so I'll take them slobber and all.

5. I love that you are starting to brush your teeth on your own and I just have to watch you so you don't just eat the toothpaste off instead of brushing.  I still remember my dad doing this with me.  sigh.

6. I love you because you are a great big brother, better than I could have dreamed of.  Normally you are willing to share and pretty decent about it when you don't want to let her play with a particular toy and hand her another one she can play with, even if it mean Optimus Prime's head will be sucked on.

7. I love that you are happy with cereal for breakfast.  Really I'm not a morning person and am so glad you don't expect too much from me and are pleased with a bowl of cereal and milk when I'm struggling in the morning.

8. I love the way you try to sneak grapes from the fridge.  You don't realize this but I leave them there for that reason, but you think you're getting away with something before dinner. Your face when you are "caught" is priceless kid.

9.  I love how much you like playing in dirt. I can just feel the boy radiating off of you when you do, especially now that you are teaching the joys of dirt play to your sister.  Plus it makes it easier to convince you that you really do need a shower.

10.  I love your curiosity for all things.  Especially construction sites, and how we guess what they are building and think of what it could be and keep watching every time we drive by.  I love our little game. Plus when I can't answer your questions and you get excited when we have to ask Suri.

Pete in Pictures (most recent to oldest)

Birthday Party
This year I didn't pick a theme, he loves way too many things to pick just one to go with.  So we did them all!  He didn't want a normal decorated cake but requested chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and LOTS of sprinkles.  I used Meijer, because they had a free cake since Nora birthday cake incident.  They have the best chocolate frosting.  I'm drooling thinking about it tonight...

Grandma's came, Aunt Sarah came, Pete was surrounded by presents.  I'd say his birthday was a success!
His cupcake with spiderman candles

We have him surrounded!

His new favorite book (and show on Netflix) DinoTrux

A megzord (power rangers) from white grandma and grandpa.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dirt Pudding

Pete had been requesting dirt pudding for some time. They now sell a lunchable style packet that is dirt pudding, I couldn't handle paying a dollar for maybe a 1/4 of a cup of the stuff when I can make a whole batch for not much, plus the fun of cooking with Pete. The kids ended up covered in dirt and earned baths before bed.
While  eating

She is so excited

In Nora's defense Pete tried to help feed her

And Pete's after. I even got a nice smile from him!