This month has been a huge month. First we had to finish out the school year, which was totally insane. There was also a new puppy and the road trip to Ohio. Boy Scouts meetings wound down, while baseball geared up. And finally, we jumped 2 feet first into summer vacation, with a family road trip to the woods of Kentucky.
Here's a walk down memory lane.
May the Fourth: Also known as Star Wars Day, and also the day that we brought home our new puppy, Daisy.
I wrote all about Daisy's first days on this post here. Since that post, Daisy has really settled into a routine around here and is just about house trained. She and Kylo are just the sweetest together. Although, I think she might drive him crazy sometimes, he would never actually let on to that and allows her to do just about anything.
Shortly after May the 4th...
Lex went on his 3rd grade field trip to a cave, which turned out to be the only field trip he got to attend. this year. Just days after this picture, he got horribly sick. More on that in a minute.
Mother's Day weekend, the boys and I made an undercover road trip to Ohio to a.) surprise my mom for Mother's Day, and b.) celebrate my brother's 40th birthday. I made sure to get my annual Mother's Day picture with the boys while we were there.
On the way back home, Lex came down with a fever, so we kept him home from school on Monday. Tuesday was his class's park day, but he was still running a fever, so he missed that. I was so bummed for him. He tested negative for strep on Tuesday, but still had a fever Tuesday night. He missed his awards assembly on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was tested for mono and told to stay home until the results came back.
His whole class made him get well cards when they found out he was going to have to miss their big field trip to the pool on Friday. He tested negative for mono, and sprung back to health over the weekend, but we will be talking about this one for a while. What a horrible week to be sick.
Eli finally was able to use his flint and steel from Santa to start his very first campfire in the back yard. Jeremy got a video of it. I was one proud mama. He's been trying for weeks! The secret was dryer lint.
Just for the fun of it, I used some of Jeremy's scrap wood to make little fairy doors for the base of the trees in the back yard. It's whimsical and I love it.
Lex had his end of year piano recital, and the only picture I managed to get was this one of the boys doing their best to ruin said picture.
And then guess what happened. Eli got sick with a fever too. With just one week of school to go. He missed the entire last week of school including field day. Poor guy! He was totally bummed, and I was one exhausted mama after 2 consecutive weeks of sick kids.
Lex made it back for the last week, and got to participate in his class's ice cream party.
School got out on a Thursday, which was Eli's last day with a fever. Friday we packed up all our camping and hiking gear. Saturday, we left for a weekend in London, Kentucky.
The first night, we spent time skipping rocks into the lake.
And also splashing around.
Saturday night, the boys played with cousins and we grilled hamburgers and ate s'mores. Sunday morning, we headed for home.
But not without a stop at Cumberland falls. I posted several pics of that outing here.
Between Kentucky in Missouri, we pulled off the highway in the town of Santa Clause, Indiana. We had never been but it's been on our list for a while. We were shocked to see roller coasters in the middle of a field when we pulled into town. I didn't know that a theme park was the the big attraction in this town. We drove to some shops and wandered into the Christmas Store.
And guess who we saw in the middle of June! Santa asked the boys about their favorite presents last year, and let them write their names on the Nice List for this Christmas. We checked out a world map that has pins representing people all over the world who have visited this shop. Santa also told us that the high school has an art contest every year for designing the Christmas post mark for the year. The winner's postmark is used through the month of December, then retired after the season. Isn't that cool?
After a successful outdoor weekend, we arrived back home and the next day bought a pool pass which we intend to use daily, or as close to it as we can get, for the rest of summer.
And finally, I was invited to an outdoor yoga class with baby goats. They were so stinking cute! You could just pick them up and hold them like babies. The yoga part was awesome too.
We are all ready for summer. Bring the heat.