Monday, April 24, 2017

Silly socks

This is how 4th graders do silly sock day at school!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cuyahoga River lunch

Spring weather in Ohio is unpredictable.  It can be cold and cloudy one minute and 80 and sunny the next.  Which is how today has been.  We took a chance, though, and sat outside for lunch at a restaurant on the Cuyahoga River where we were treated to a great view of water rushing over the rocks below.




It was a nice opportunity to have Easter lunch with Mimi!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Fishcreek's got talent

Next Friday, April 21 the 4th graders at Grace's school have the opportunity to participate in auditions for the school's talent show.  According to Grace, the three 4th grade teachers are going to be the judges and they have a gong if they don't like the performance.  Hmmmmm....

So, some of the 4th graders (okay, probably most of them since they all think they are STARS) signed up for the audition.  Grace said she and Charlie are going to do a piano duet of the song "Tooth Fairy" so Charlie came over  this morning to give them a chance to practice outside of school.  I was really impressed how they worked together to come up with a plan.



Later, Grace and her friend, Kylie, dyed Easter eggs together.  Kylie took hers home so now we only need to eat 6 hard boiled eggs instead of 12!  Win!



Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter egg hunting

This year we realized that most of the church and community Easter egg hunts were for children up to 8 or 9.  It was difficult to find any that welcomed bigger kids yet Grace and her friend, Jacob, still wanted to look for eggs.  So, Jacob's mom, Jill, and I organized a little hunt for some of the neighborhood kids.


Each family filled about 40-50 eggs and the moms hid them in the backyards for the kids to find. They had a great time scooping up the easy ones and looking high and low for the more difficult eggs.


They found a lot of eggs, but I bet there are still some out there that will be discovered in the next weeks and months!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

A bed for a "tween"

A "tween" or a Queen...is there a difference?


We called The Loft Monkey back in January.  He came to meet Grace and designed this loft be for her based on things she said she wanted.  Then, he built and painted it in his garage/workshop and came back to our house to assemble it in the room.  What a cool early 10th birthday present!

The ballet barre and mirror are fun additions that make the bed unique to Grace.  It is just big enough for her to stretch and do a little barre work when she isn't at the dance studio.


Buddy is not sure what he thinks about the bed yet.  He always sleeps with Grace so this is going to be an adjustment if he wants to continue to do that.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Girls night in

This is what we did last night -- face masks and a movie!  I loved being silly with my girl.  We both think the cucumbers were cold and wet which didn't make them feel good.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cat Nap

Buddy has the right idea!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Let the magic begin!

The excitement started when our Magic Bands arrived in the mail for our spring break trip to Disney.



They didn't have Magic Bands the last time we visited four years ago, so the ability to link our hotel, transportation,  event tickets, purchases, and Fast Passes was a pretty cool new addition to the Disney experience!

Grace jumped right into "relaxation mode" when we arrived at the Caribbean Beach Resort by trying out a hammock on the beach closest to our hotel room.  There is something about a hammock in the shade that just says "vacation".


This huge resort has several clusters of buildings surrounding water.  Each group of buildings is named for a different country in the Caribbean.  We were staying in Trinidad North which was conveniently located next to a small pool,  the 1.2-mile walkway, and the main pool and dining area.


We spent a lot of time during this trip at the pools, which was good since it was close to 90 degrees most of the days.  The pool had a zero entry area, water slides, and games and activities every day.


We also rented a 4-person "bicycle" one morning to explore the resort.


At Disney Springs (which used to be Downtown Disney) we did some shopping and ate a delicious steak dinner at "STK".  This evening Grace reminded me that she is a "tween" now.  She sure looks like one!








Jacob and his parents were also in Orlando this week. Since our vacations overlapped a couple of days they came to our hotel for a pool day.  This was great because the moms got "mom time", the dads got "dad time" and the kids had someone else to play with all day.  Grace and Jacob made Mickey tie dye shirts at the pool to wear the first day they go back to school.


Disney's 25,000 acres include a lot of water.  And, since it is Florida, there is a lot of wildlife in and around the water.  We saw signs like this everywhere reminding us of who as living right below the surface.


We also found out that Disney has the 3rd largest bus fleet in Florida with 300 buses.  Only the cities of Miami and Jacksonville have more.  Their transportation was amazing and we took full advantage of it riding buses and boats several times.  On the night we went to the Boardwalk we were lucky to be in a boat watching fireworks from three different amusement parks at the same time!


But, after that, we left the Hollywood Studios area at the same time as everyone else and we got stuck waiting in the bus line.  Rookie mistake!


I know some people go crazy at the Disney parks - visiting a different park each day of their vacation. It sounds like a great idea until you remember how much walking and how exhausting the Florida heat and sun can be.  For this trip we chose to visit Epcot during their Flower and Garden Show. And, we ended up walking over 8 miles that day!


In addition to the fun rides and the countries of the World Showcase, Epcot was dressed up for visitors with character topiaries everywhere.  A couple of times I had to peek below the flowers to figure out how they created these floral masterpieces.






We met up with Jacob and his parents again on this day so the kids could design a car at Test Track together.  That was a great ride! Their car came out grade and beat Kyle's care in a few of the tests.


Jacob's family are Disney Vacation Club members so they took us the the vacation club lounge for drinks and a snack before they left for their flight home.


 It is good that we have Grace around to do family selfies or we wouldn't have any photos of all of us together!


Our final night in Disney included the Hoop-de-do Revue dinner show at the Fort Wilderness Lodge.


It was a funny, loud music and comedy show with a western theme complete with buckets of "cowboy" food like fried chicken, corn and beans.




Laughing, clapping, and singing together was a great way to end our "magical" vacation!

Friday, March 24, 2017

4th grade class

The day before spring break, Mr. Rood took this photo of the class.  They had a fun day of spring cleaning the classroom and a pizza party.  It was well-deserved after taking the State math and language arts tests this week!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Because, why not?


Doesn't everyone snorkel in the bathtub?


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunny Sunday

We don't get too many warm, sunny days in February around these parts....When it is 60 degrees in the middle of winter we get the sunglasses out and head to the park!


Today, the "park" was the Cleveland Metropark Zoo where we got our 10,000 steps in as we saw all kinds of animals who were also enjoying an unexpected sunny day.





Grace is working on a research project about kangaroos so we went looking for them.  They were too far away and lounging under the trees, but she did get to try out their big ears to see if she can hear better.


We are pretty sure Aunt Carrie has bears like this right near her house in Montana!  It is a "black" bear which we learned can be black, brown, cinnamon, or even white!



I am glad Grace is not too big to ride the carousel.  She also seemed to want a photo every time we saw an animal statue!




BTW..I am the worst at taking selfies!