June 23, 2016

Schools Out for Summer 2016!

We are coming up on the close of our first official week of Summer and so far we have survived.  The boys were feeling a little under the weather and so it we spent the week detoxing from the hectic schedules that is the last month of school.

It started with our very last week of Family Center.  Family Center was a HUGE part of our lives for the last 5 years.  It was the first place where I felt at home in our new town!  I was grateful for this one last year with Evan and we'll miss everyone so much.  Evan made sure to let everyone know that he was "GRADUATING" and that he would miss them when he was a BIG FIRST GRADER.  And we celebrated with a cake!

Graduated from Family Center!
Evan and I brought a cake to celebrate!
Thank you Family Center!
That same afternoon, Evan went on a field trip to a local Farm to learn about animals.  His teacher had taken a short leave of absence but was able to come out for the day to spend time with the class.  The kids were all so excited and I was able to get my annual teacher picture!
Evan and his teacher Mrs. Williams
On Monday Shaun and David had their Move-Up days where they would find out who their new teachers would be.  That mean for Shaun he would walk over to his new school and check out where his classroom would be.  He was excited to find out who his teacher was and told anyone who would listen that his teacher was "so beautiful".  Oh. My. Word.  We're going to be in trouble!  Both boys are already looking forward to next year.  Evan would have to wait to find out his new teacher until Thursday!

On Tuesday we celebrated Success Night with Shaun and Evan.  Shaun is essentially graduating from Mill Brook (K-2) and moving on to Broken Ground (3-5) and Evan will be attending school full time in the Fall.  We took the boys out to dinner and then went to the school so they could show off their best work.

Dinner at El Rodeo
Evan and Mom
Shaun and Dad
Shaun showing off some of his writing.  He's REALLY good!
Last time in a Mill Brook classroom!
Shaun and his teacher Ms. Flynn - she completely got this kid and all his quirks.  He had such a great year and really matured a lot.
Evan showing off his portfolios
His Mendala
Evan and his teacher Ms. Martin - she was a student teacher in the classroom from January to May and then took over as the long term substitute when Mrs. Williams took her leave.  She was amazing and the kids loved her.  You would have never known she was fresh out of college.  I was excited to see that she would be staying at Mill Brook as a preschool teacher!
Finishing off the night with a little treat!
On Thursday, Evan rode the bus to school in the morning for Step-Up Day.  He would normally go to school in the afternoon, but needed to be in school for the morning to go meet his new teacher and classmates.  I couldn't wait to find out who Evan would be with and was excited to hear that he would have the same first grade teacher that Shaun had.  I'm already counting down the days to the Parent/Teacher conferences because Shaun and Evan could not be more different and I'll be curious to hear it from a teachers prospective.  David and Shaun had the same Kindergarten teacher and it was definitely a different experience!

Finishing off the week, we headed over to Broken Ground so that I could give David's teacher a hug and thank her for pushing my boy and making sure that he didn't fall through any cracks (like with his word work - he is a terrible speller).  She was really amazing.  I'll miss her, but she is confident he'll have a great year next year!

David and his teacher Ms. Pike
Look how much they have grown in a year!
First and Last Day of Fourth Grade
First and Last Day of Second Grade
First and Last Day of Kindergarten

May 17, 2016

Evan 6.0

I can't believe that Evan is SIX!  He is wrapping up his year in Kindergarten and last year home with me.  Next year he'll be in school all day, just like his brothers.  I'm both happy and sad about that!  Ha!

He is looking so grown up and I needed some spring pictures so I headed over to the studio to snap some, and it just so happened to be on his actual birthday.

After the studio we headed to the movies to see the Jungle Book in 3D!  And we finished off his birthday with a trip to his favorite restaurant!

3D Glasses
Ready for some birthday dinner!
A special birthday song and hat for Evan!
Birthday treat!
Then today he had his well check.  He's grown a lot since last year!  He did well with the eye test and so far doesn't have a need for glasses.
Getting taller!

Reading while we wait!

HEIGHT: 47 3/4 inches (86th percentile)
WEIGHT: 65 lbs (98th percentile)

May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Today we had our 5th Mother's Day Brunch!  Everything was pretty crazy this year and like every year it seems, the Doc was on call.  That wasn't going to stop me from having a delicious brunch, though this year I managed to keep it a simple.  We did a waffle bar, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and I made two overnight casseroles to save myself some time.  One was a french toast casserole from Pioneer Woman (which was delicious!) and the second one was an Overnight Egg's Benedict casserole, both were delicious!  I also made a raspberry coffee cake.

It so fun to get together with the family and even though it was a pretty cool and crummy day we all had a great time hanging out.  The kids even managed to jump into the cold pool for 20 minutes.  Then a massive wind/rain storm blew in and it got COLD!


All my favorite Mom's!

April 30, 2016

Adventures in the Big Apple

During our April vacation we decided to take the boys on a mini-trip to NYC.  Since they are all preforming in the Jr. version of the Lion King, we thought it would be fun for them to see the show on Broadway!  So we packed up the car and headed to the Big Apple!

We're off!
We left early Tuesday morning and met up with Omi, Grammy, Auntie Kristin and GG at a rest stop in MA for lunch.  Then it was full steam ahead until we got to the Bronx where our hotel was.  It was a gorgeous hotel and it came with FREE parking which is pretty much unheard of in NYC!  We didn't mind the distance because we knew the boys would enjoy the subway!
Hanging in the hotel!
The only downside to the hotel was not having a pool for the boys to use, but it wasn't the end of the world.  We found a chain restaurant at a shopping mall plaza for dinner since parking was a requirement and most of the local places had only street parking.  Then after our dinner we got some ice cream.  By the time we got back to the hotel it was pretty much bedtime for the boys anyway.

The next morning we got dressed and all met down in the lobby for the FREE continental breakfast (another hotel perk!). After that it was time to head out and catch the subway into the city.  My mom has never been to NYC before so this was a huge treat for her and we had plans to hit Time Square before going to the theater for the show.

First NYC subway ride for Grammy and Shaun!
We got off at Grand Central Station to show the boys the famous landmark in some of the movies they have seen.
Grand Central Station
We also walked by the public library to show them the big lion statues!

Grammy enjoying the city so far!

After some quick site seeing we needed to grab some lunch.  We decided to get some burgers at the Shake Shack!  Charlie and I had met for lunch here when we came during his conference so we knew it would be yummy and fast!  We still had one quick stop to Times Square to make before getting to the theater.


Grammy and Omi enjoying their milk shakes and burgers!
Charlie and me too!
After lunch we headed into Times Square.  My mom had never been before so I felt like Ed Asner's Santa from Elf when he was explaining the rules of the big city to Buddy!  "Mom, there will be people dressed up as different characters...do not take your picture with them...they just want your money!  It's not FREE!"  Ha!  She was in awe and can now cross another one off the bucket list!

Me and my Mom!

It was the boys first time here too!  They had been to Rockefeller Center and FAO Schwartz before, but never Times Square or Broadway!
So then it was time to get ready to go to the theater!  The boys were so excited and I was excited to see their faces when they walked in!

Shaun, Auntie Kristin, Grammy & David
Charlie, Evan, GG & Omi
Theater selfie!
Shaun is so ready for the show!
The show was everything we hoped it would be.  I had seen it in Boston before, so I knew what to expect but watching the boys faces when they saw the opening scene of Circle of Life was the BEST!  Especially David, who will be attempting to walk on stilts as a Giraffe in his second round of being in the Lion King, Jr.

After the show!

What an amazing experience!
We still had some time to kill before our dinner reservation so we popped into a souvenir shop so that my mom could grab a NYC sweatshirt.  Then we decided to see if the restaurant would maybe take us early so we headed over and sure enough our table was ready!

Dinner at Mama Mia 44sw!
The dessert place we wanted to try didn't have any seating and they were out of a lot of the selections so we just grabbed something small and took it to go.  It was going to be a long trip on the Subway back to our hotel and we had plans to pack and go to the zoo in the morning.

The hotel was near the Bronx Zoo so after a quick breakfast, we packed all our things up and headed out.  The weather was going to be much cooler than the day before in the city so we bundled up a bit more.  The boys had a blast at the zoo and we ended up staying until close.

Ready to see some animals!
The boys got a kick out of the peacocks
Grammy and Omi in the Butterfly Pavillion

After some walking around and seeing some of the animals, we had some lunch and then the boys got a ride on a camel.

Evan was too nervous to go alone, so Dad was the hero of the day!

We never have to worry about losing Grammy?

We got to the tiger area in time for a feeding demonstration!  It was cool to see the lion up close like that.

Taking a ride on the Bug Carousel!
That was the last thing of the day.  The boys quickly stopped at the gift shop and then it was time to head out.  The plan was to try and get out of the city as quickly as possible and then find somewhere to eat in CT.  We managed to find a Cheesecake Factory near a mall and got our dinner and dessert before saying our goodbyes to everyone.  We hit some construction traffic, but otherwise it wasn't an awful ride home.  We made it home at midnight!  We were so exhausted but the trip was totally worth it!  I can't wait to take the boys to another show!