Archive for June, 2017

The forecast was for rain, but we’d already planned our trip to the Georgia countryside to spend the day picking strawberries. And the kids wouldn’t even entertain the idea of an alternative. So the momma’s rallied and readied ourselves for a very wet and muddy strawberry picking experience. We packed the rain jackets and the wellies, the towels and some extra clothes and drove as planned into rural Georgia. As it turned out, the day was glorious. Hot and sunny.

This farm had more to offer than just strawberry picking. The first thing the boys noticed was the jumping pillow, so thats where our country adventure started.

Look, see, I mentioned it in my last post, the wrestling, its a constant thing for the boys these days.

Even Cullen wants to be part of it.

Distracted by some far off noise.

Being the nosey children they are, of course they had to check it out.

It was the goats. Adorable little baby goats.

So excited the baby goat took the blade of grass he offered.

Later our friend Gracie-Jo joined us on the farm.

Tunnel slides, always a popular activity.

Keane and Gracie-Jo hit up the jumping pillow again.

The see-saw at the playground, but only one of the sides had a seat for see-sawing comfort.

Cullen is happy on the side with the seat.

Keane, well, there’s no comfort on his side of things.

So the result was the kids all sat on the side with the seat, while the mommas took turns pumping.

3 kids on, we did try to squeeze Cullen on too, but he got angry cos his spot at the back “was not cozy momma”.

So I took him to the corn crib where I knew he’d have a blast with the trucks.

Not long before the rest of the crew joined him.

Tractor ride to check out the cows at feeding time.

Eventually we got to the strawberry picking part of the day.

This little guy here, my firstborn, today he turned 5 years old. He’s been waiting for this day for so long. A summer baby he is always the last of his school friends to have a birthday. But today he finally caught up. We celebrated the day with just family, this weekend we’ll host a party with all of his friends. But he got his gift, a Wild Kratts power suit and lots of creature power discs. For anyone who is unfamiliar, and as briefly as I can make it, Wild Kratts is an animal wildlife show that Keane is obsessed with right now. In the show the Kratt brothers study various animals and then harness their power into discs that they can then add to their power suits. The discs give them the powers of each of the particular creatures. There, hope thats helped clear up any confusion. Of course as soon as he got it, he wanted to take his suit out and test its creature power effectiveness, so we did. Later in the day we went out for dinner, the choice of restaurant was all Keane’s, and as you might expect from a 5 year old, Chick-Fil-A was his fine dining preference, cos they have an indoor playground.

Keane, as my eldest you represent the parts of motherhood that are new and scary, the areas I have no experience with, but your energy, your brightness, your positivity, your ability to listen and your eagerness to understand helps us all to navigate our way through. For 3 years now you’ve been obsessed with dinosaurs, but recently added geckos and snakes and basically every reptile, extinct and living to your obsession. You are the most adventurous boy I know, always up for a new challenge and experience. The fact that you might not be able to do something, never even occurs to you. You may not nail it the first few times you try, but you never doubt that soon you will. You are always open to meeting new friends and have zeros issues starting up conversations with random people in random places. Your kind and inclusive and a friend to all animals.

If I had to talk about the biggest changes I’ve noticed in you this year, its that your friends have now started to play a bigger role in your life. You ask me to play with you less, instead demanding that I text or call the moms of various friends and see if they can come over or if we can meet up. Little by little you are moving away from being momma’s boy, developing an interest in sports, eager to hang out and help Daddy more, engaging Cullen in your newest games but getting frustrated when his 3 year old mindset doesn’t fully comprehend. Wrestling, always wrestling with your brother and your other guy friends. I mean, whats up with boys and the constant wrestling?? Climbing, climbing and more climbing. And then theres your love for swimming and your biking. Its such a bitter sweet thing to see you grow and watch how quickly you are developing your own sense of self and independence. Its all moving so fast and theres nothing I can do to stop it, just enjoy it and make every day and every experience count. Oh, and capture as many photos as possible, so I can always look back and always remember.

Its great to be 5!

Got his new creature power suit on and we are off to test it out.

Night vision goggles, always handy to wear during the day.

His collection of power discs.

About to pop a power disc into his power suit.

And there it is, he’s about to channel the skills of the Modern Butterfly.

Hmm, now I think we’re working the gecko grip.

Cullen, always along for the ride.

Choosing the next power. Tasmanian Tiger I believe.

Minding his own business, playing with some toy snakes.

More creature powers happening.

Gloves on.

Testing their grip like abilities.

Dinner at Chick-Fil-A and birthday cupcakes to close out a very special day. .

Pool Party

June 5, 2017

My goal tonight was to get myself to bed before midnight. I’m down to the wire, it’s going to be close but if I type fast I can make it happen. So briefly the photos I’m sharing this evening/almost tomorrow morning are from the 5th birthday party of Keane’s friend and classmate, Cannon. Cannon is into sharks right now and wanted to celebrate his half a decade milestone with a pool party. I know technically sharks are not in the habit of residing at neighborhood pools, thank goodness, but the whole water element was a polite nod to the sharks preferred habitat. That and the fact that Cannon just wanted a pool party, so no arguing with the birthday boy thats what I say.

Party is kicking off with a splash around the kiddy pool.

Cullen brought a T-Rex and an alligator. I swear, these kids and their preference for predator type animals. His friend Brendan brought some fish.

Keane ready to go diving.

Little thumbs up letting me know he’s ready to go.

Away we go!

Someone enjoyed that very much and went on to spend the next 30 mins simply diving.

Birthday boy Cannon had never dived before. Here he is finding the courage to take his first dive on his birthday.

The other kids were so cool, they cheered and encouraged him on.

After a few nervous minutes….

…he took off.

Well done Cannon.

Meanwhile, not on the diving board Cullen and our friend Grace Jo.

Busy transporting the marine life around on a floaty.

Off to play in the big pool.

Cullen, just one of the lads.

Keane practicing his backwards dive.

Time for some noodle fun.

Cannon is conquering all kinds of jumping fears today.

Cake time.

A donut birthday cake, yum!

We have officially kicked off our summer of adventures with a day trip to Stone Mountain Park. The motivation for this trip was the new Dinosaur Adventure that opened last weekend. The boys have been waiting months for this to open, since January to be more specific, when we went to enjoy the Snow Mountain experience and they first spotted the signs bragging about the Dinos arrival. Of course we co-ordinated our trip with our good friend and fellow dinosaur, bug and reptile lover, Bryson.

Bryson took control of his moms phone so he could have full control over the photos captured from the day.

Here we go.

Cullen making sure I see, am just as excited and know the way to our Dinosaur Adventure.

Welcomed at the entrance by a baby parasaurolophus.

Oversized hatching baby T-Rex.

The mad rush and excitement.

While Bryson was taking a photo of the Allosaurus he dropped his mom’s phone. And so began the phone retrieval mission.

Bryson’s face is priceless here. He’s not taking his eyes off that Allosaurus as he’s lowered to reach the phone.

Keane chillin with his dinosaur friends.

The impossible capture, all 3 boys looking at the camera at the same time.

Ready to get up close with a “real” T-Rex.

A break from the heat the boys take a run through the geyser. Bryson’s momma was smart, she packed Bryson’s swimmies. This momma was smart’ish. While I didn’t think to pack Keane & Cullen’s swimmies, I did bring a change of clothes, so they were free to enjoy the water too.

A quick change into dry clothes and a break for lunch, then it was on to the Skyride. A cable car ride to the top of Stone Mountain.

Of course they go straight to the seats with the best view.

A peek-a-view of our direct route to the top.

And here we are “at the top of the world” according to the boys. Keane told me he could see all the way to Ireland from up there.

3 little adventurers.

Bryson’s mom was sweet enough to get a photo of me and the boys. This was the result. And I love it.

They never stop with the climbing.

Bug hunting.

Yet more climbing.

They spotted some soaring eagles.

This is what I got when I asked them to get together for a photo.

The decent back to earth.

The the last part of our day we took the Stone Mountain train ride.

Keane acquired a new snake friend from the gift shop in his favourite colour of orange.

Cullen is concerned momma won’t get on the train too.

But we’re all aboard now.

The lads.

Bryson excited about something he’s spotted.

Happy faces are the best faces.

Passing an old southern town.

A train track view of Stone Mountain.