May 20, 2016

{SPRING} ::Apple Blossom, Mothers Day & the Yard::

Our Spring has been absolutely gorgeous! While we've loved every minute of it, we fear how hot August will be ... and the gorgeous weather has made it that much harder to get the kid to bed on time. 
:: A little of what we've been up to::
I {adore} C's teacher! She is kind and SO good with the kids {and also a good friend of mine} ... It is amazing how she can actively engage a group of 24 third graders.  I snapped this out my window the other day.
We've had some awesome thunder storms roll through ... including this one on an evening walk.
... out to dinner with these two, always an adventure ....
I needed someone to watch C after school a couple of weeks ago. So his teacher offered up her husband. He took the boys to the park, for a sugar fix, and to the police station, where Caden got to see "a real bad guy".  Great Daddy Day Care {he even sends pics of the monsters}. ... have I mentioned how much I love where we live?! :-)
Caden continues to have oodles of fun in our neighborhood, including in the huge mud pit they created in the last empty lot.
... one muddy monster ...
.... our neighborhood also comes with some amazing burn pile fires ...
... the kids thought this was pretty cool ...
I really cant get enough of the view from my front porch. 
... or of these two boys on the porch ....
... gorgeous late afternoon sun ...
... Caden's daycare service ...
... just hanging out ...
.... getting in reading minutes {a nightly battle} ...
... spying on a kiddo in class ...
... a new addition to the models at Old Navy ...
{Apple Blossom Kiddie Parade}
This year Caden decided to participate in the kiddie parade with his karate group. ... waiting for their turn.
I followed behind with the wagon of water. Dan watched the parade, but unfortunately was on the opposite side of the street from Caden.  Caden is towards the end on the far side.
{Apple Blossom}
The little sh** wrote the "prade" in his planner, but scribbled out Mother's Day. Of course when I called him out, he thought it was hilarious!
... dippin dots in the park ...
This year we sat at the beginning of the parade route. My friend got us seating in the reserved area.  It was nice to have grass and the opportunity to spread out, since it was 80 plus degrees on parade day ... but since it was at the beginning of the route, we didn't get to hear the bands for extended amounts of time. Definitely pros and cons to both.  ... we had fun ... because really, I love a parade :-)
 
::Mother's Day::
This year for Mother's Day I wanted the three of us to go on an adventure.  A day with no electronics for the monster. A day of no work or house work or yard work for Dan ... so that's just what we did ,,, headed out.  We ventured north. Our first stop was at the Red Barn.
I wanted to take Caden fishing since he still hadn't caught a fish.  A new kids fishing pond recently opened ... and oh how cute it was!
Within 10 minutes, Caden caught his first fish!
Reeling it in ...
... and then ... Dan couldn't get the hook out of the fish, it was too deep {we had planned to catch and release} ... and the fish ended up dying.  Caden was quite worried the fish didn't survive.
He had all kinds of questions. When Dan told him he could help clean it, Caden said no way ... and the possibility of Caden helping to eat it, nope, he wasn't having that either. {dan did later eat it and he said it was really good}
So.so.cool!
He caught a second one {which we released}, and then we were on our way.
After fishing, we went up to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in Chelan. While C was eating his chicken, he asked, "was this a real chicken" ... oh boy ... Dan and I giggled under our breaths, and I feared I was going to have a vegetarian on my hands {I think we are past it, nothing has been said the past week}.
::The Yard::
The yard is still a work in progress .... oh so much to do.
... working on the irrigation ...
... trenches for days ...
The irrigation pipes are finally all in ...oh goodness there is a lot of them. We've had more top soil delivered.  Next weekend we are again renting a tractor, tilling in the top soil ... and hopefully within a couple of weeks we will have grass.
... and that sums up our last month. Fourteen more wake ups until Summer Vacation {wahoo!}