August 2, 2017

Weekend update

Posted in Family news/Updates at 10:09 pm by Mel

I feel like we’ve had a hectic summer!  Where to start?

  • We are debt free!  Last week we paid off the last of our debt (sans House) and it feels incredible. After years of working the snowball we finally made it.  All said and done we cleared about $170,000 in debt in about 6 years! The house goes up in October and then we’ll really be free!
  • This past weekend we headed to Duck Lake which was around Muskegon.  We headed up with our friends and the kids had a blast.   On one side of the sand bar was a small shallow lake and on the other was Lake Michigan. It was lovely and warm.  The kids loved it because they had the nice warm water to play in, they built a sand castle, and even jumped off an outcrop into the water.  Both are getting very good swimming under water.  Maybe the swim classes are paying off.
  • On Sunday, my dad came to visit and told us all about his trip out west.   The kids also swam for hours and we also picked blackberries.  Unfortunately, Noomi got stuck in the blackberry thorns almost immediately, Ajax got bored, and then before I knew it I was alone in the woods picking berries.
  • On Tuesday, it was National Night Out in Williamston which meant food, games, a water hose, a hot air balloon, face painting, and bounce houses.  We didn’t get home till late but the kids were very well behaved the entire time and had a blast.   Ajax ran wild and is now old enough to go off on his own a bit.
  • Overall, both kids are doing ok and having fun this summer.  Noomi has been a bit of a handful and has been quite stressed about kindergarten.  She’s been having trouble sleeping and has been getting up a ton at night.  She’s been worried that her writing isn’t good enough.  This morning she was trying to tell Ajax and I a story, but we couldn’t understand a word she was using. She became so upset and said she couldn’t go to kindergarten because she doesn’t have the right words.   I’m dying here, how can a little girl be so worried about school!  So far nothing we have said has made any difference.  Ajax in true brother form has been supporting, but sneaks in some taunts here and there. His funniest thing right now is to call Noomi, Naomi, and it is driving her crazy.  I remember doing the same thing to Emily when she was little, lol.
  • At summer camp Ajax took the swimming test (so that he didn’t have to use the life jacket) and passed. He was beyond thrilled, next is the deep water swim test. For that he needs to do the backstroke and that, he will tell you, is where he has trouble.

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July 23, 2017

Busy week roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:42 pm by Mel

After Noomi’s party the kids went up north with Grandma Dara and
Papa.  They had a great time.  Ajax is now big enough to reach the pedals on the John Deere.  Noomi used the hose to clean the house (twice) and also taught Mabel to use the doggie door.  They came home on Friday and were quite worn out!

On Saturday, we headed to Oxford for the family BBQ.  The kids played and swam with the cousins.  Everyone had a great time.  We got home around 5 and then the kids went swimming again with some of the neighbors.

On Sunday, we did the normal cleaning routine and then Noomi and I headed to Canton for a wedding shower for my cousin, Michael.   While we were gone the guys went for a bike ride and Ajax wrote in his summer journal (as we are trying to have him write consistently over the summer to keep his skills up).   Noomi had a great time at the shower and sat right at my cousin’s feet while Michele opened the presents.  It was pretty cute.

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July 16, 2017

Birthday party

Posted in Family news/Updates at 4:55 pm by Mel

Yesterday was Noomi’s birthday party.  This was her small party year so it included family and close friends.  Noomi was pretty tired as she had a hard time falling asleep the night before (she was very excited) but rallied for the party.   I made her a watermelon cake and a peanut butter cake.  Noomi loved the PB cake and ate 2 pieces.

On Sunday morning we had the family over for Noomi’s birthday breakfast which included, of course, sprinkle pancakes.  After breakfast Grandma Dara and Papa took both kids up north for the week.

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July 12, 2017

First tooth and other things

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:39 pm by Mel

Found a few misc. pictures that I forgot to add previously since my computer was acting funny.

First, pictures of Noomi’s lost tooth.  She insisted on writing a letter to go with her tooth and put it under her special owl pillow.

Second, I took the kids to a festival and we had fun walking through the historic village and they even used the fire hose!

Third, we took the kids to see Wonder Woman in the theater.  We did the early 10 am showing, but it still ended up being a full house.  The kids loved it, but as kids, asked a dozen questions, lol.  They ate a bunch of pop corn and all around had a good time.

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Five and toothless

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:20 pm by Mel

Today Ms. Noomi turned 5 years old!  How did that happen?  Cannot believe that we have an 8 and 5 year old. Where has the time gone?

Ms. Noomi lost her first tooth as well.  When it began to wiggle she kept asking when it would come out as if there was a predetermined time that it would come out.  Now that it has come out, she keeps asking when her new tooth will come in.   Oh, she also explained that she wanted 5 monies from the tooth fairy (tooth fairy brought her $1 USD_ she was still beyond excited).

This past weekend we also headed to Allegan for little Vivian’s second birthday party!  Lots of fun cousin time and family time!  Our little ones are growing so fast!

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July 5, 2017

Summer continued

Posted in Family news/Updates at 5:32 pm by Mel

So I realize there’s a big gap in my blog here from June to July in a blink.  That’s how it’s felt around here though!  Where does the time go?

Dave has been swamped at work, I had a huge case to get out the door, and then I was in New Orleans for a conference.  Dave managed to take an entire week off from work to be home with the kids while I was gone and all around it was a win-win.

Both kids still love their summer camps.  Noomi has no troubles at drop off and Ajax is obsessed with a game called Gaga Ball.

This past weekend was the 4th and we all had a long weekend!  We took the kids to celebration in Okemos celebrating its 175th birthday.   We toured the historic village, saw the Civil War re-enactors, listened to some music, used a fire hose.  We also went to the Okemos fireworks display this year which was very nice.  We took the kids to see Wonder Women at the theater.  The kids have been swimming a ton and love the pool.  We also had a bonfire at the neighbors and Ajax learned the fine art of fire building.  Neither kid really liked roasted marshmallows for some reason, but enjoyed watching them catch fire.

Today we’re home as both kids have pink eye.  Of course.  Luckily they are on eye drops, but Noomi has been a bit difficult in that area.

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June 12, 2017

Weekend and summer camp

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:34 pm by Mel

This past weekend was a bit busy.

On Saturday, after swim class we headed to Brooklyn to visit a bit.  My dad will be leaving on a month long motorcycle trip across the country and we wanted to see him before he hit the road.  Dave and grandpa took the kids fishing and swimming, and my mom and I kicked it around the house.  After dinner Dave and grandpa headed to the store to try their hand at Mai Tai’s, so my mom and I took the kids to get ice cream and then to the park.  Win-win.

Noomi also found some of Emily’s old stuffed animals and insisted on bringing two home.  One was a dinosaur that I remember Emily carrying around nonstop with her when she was about 6 or so.  How cute is that?

On Sunday, we hung at the house, did a bit of cleaning and then spent a few hours in the pool.  The kids LOVE the “big” pool, lol.  Ajax asked if we were fancy.  I told him, no dude, no one would call us fancy.  I guess I should’ve asked what he meant by fancy.

Today was the first day of summer camp for the kids via the YMCA.  Noomi is at Camp Hugabee and Ajax is with Camp Pawapi.  Both kids had a great day, though Noomi was hesitant to let me go this morning.  Ajax actually knew a few kids that were at camp as well, so that was nice.  One parent that was dropping off also commented that his older daughter’s name was Noomi!  Turns out they were from Sweden and he explained that the name is quite popular there.  He was also impressed that we spelled it correctly.   Ajax had a great time and told us about canoeing, archery, and climbing a rock wall.  What a first day!

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June 9, 2017

Last day of school! 2017

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:25 pm by Mel

Today was Ajax’s last day of the second grade!  He had a half day and rode the bus to and from school.  Noomi stayed home with me as her last day of preschool was actually last week.  I’m just now realizing I didn’t take a picture of her for her last day of preschool, HA!  oh well, second kid problems.  After we put Ajax on the bus Noomi and I went grocery shopping and even picked out some new summer clothes for her.  We had a very good outing.

When Ajax got home we had lunch, they played some MineCraft and then we went out and played in the pool.  A few neighbor kids and their parents came over and we had an impromptu pool party.  Overall, a lovely day.  Ajax said he was both excited and sad that it was his last day.  He said he’ll miss his teacher, Mrs. Gienapp, and his class, but is so ready for summer.

Next year he’ll be going into a new school – Explorer – and Noomi will be starting Young 5s. Both our kiddos will be in school full time and will be riding the bus in the morning together!  I can’t believe how big they are both getting!

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June 6, 2017

Tough Mudder and miles 2017

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:24 pm by Mel

Exciting times at our home this past week.

Dave and I completed Tough Mudder Michigan which was held in Oxford this year at a gravel pit.  It was an incredible venue.  We had so much fun doing it together.  Unfortunately the rest of Mitten Mayhem wasn’t able to run with us, but we fully represented.   We ended up staying the night at my cousin Sandy’s home in Clarkston and then got up early to volunteer on Sunday as well.

While we were at TM my folks had the kids.  On Friday, Emily picked up both kiddos and kept them overnight.  Apparently they ate a ton of pizza, watched Boss Baby, and Adrian showed Ajax a new card game on the iPAD.   On Saturday, Emily and Adrian took the kids to Brooklyn for farm clean up and everyone worked taking down trees.  On Sunday, my parents kept the kids and then met us at our house after volunteering all day.

Ajax didn’t do mini-mudder this year since we opted to sign him up for soccer and we have limited funds.  He’s been asking and asking to play soccer and we finally consented.  Apparently they have “try outs” (not real try outs) on June 19th and then the sport starts in the Fall/Spring.  Noomi had no desire to do soccer or T ball or any other sport.  She stated she was happy with her swimming class.

This year Ajax topped 25 miles for Mileage Club and was in the top 10 again this year!  That meant a pizza lunch with Principal Cobb today with the rest of the top 10 kids.  We are beyond proud of him.  He set a goal and went for it!

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May 29, 2017

Memorial weekend 2017

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:44 pm by Mel

Long time, no posts.   The name of the game here has been busy, lol.

The kids are both amped up as the end of the school year is drawing near.  They can hardly contain themselves.  Dave has been busy at work and was in Georgia for a few days on business.  My work is steady and I’m gearing up for my annual conference which this year will be in New Orleans.

This past Memorial weekend, I got off work a bit early and Dave and I were able to pick the kids up from school.  On Saturday, the kids had swim class and then Ajax had a friend over all afternoon.  That was nice since I got a bunch of meals in the freezer and that kept 50% of my kids occupied.  On Sunday, we ended up spending most of the day over my cousin Wendy’s house as her family has decided to move back to England.  The kids had a great time playing and will be sad to see them go.   By the time we got home the sky was dark and thundering, so we had a picnic dinner in the living room and watched The Fellowship of the Rings.  The kids absolutely loved it.  I was on the fence, but Dave insisted they were old enough.

On Monday, we planted flowers and got the garden in.  We also put up the “big” pool and the kids freaked out they were so excited.  They actually spent a good part of the day in the pool and at one point we even had another neighbor kid in there as well.  Now the water was freezing, but that didn’t seem to stop the kids.  After our work was done we headed into town for some much deserved ice cream.  We capped off our night with the hamburgers and corn on the cob and the second Lord of the Rings film.  The kids are hooked.

Overall, a lovely holiday weekend.

Below –  Mother’s Day weekend – Ajax holding a Pinterest win.  And a birthday party I took Noomi to last weekend.  Noomi in her matching lularoe dress which Grandma Dara and Theresa gifted all the ladies.

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