Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring break = Play dates

Since it was spring break this week and we didn't have school, we made up for it with a lot of play dates. The weather definitely cooperated with us, too! We are loving this summer weather in March! Here is our week of the letter M and outside fun...


Mickey Mouse sticker fun.
Monday morning was rainy, so we did a few projects. We started by playing with Mickey Mouse stickers, which I turned into our Mm flashcard. Then after printing off a bunch of pictures of family members, we glued them onto card stock and then played a matching game with them. Spencer grew bored with this game after a while, but he was relatively good at matching the two alike cards. Monday afternoon we walked around the lake with Daddy and spotted more ducks and geese.
Gluing pictures onto card stock.
Playing our homemade match game.


Tuesday we stayed home and enjoyed time playing at "our park" (Spencer refers to the swing set as our park) and baseball, tennis and basketball in the driveway. Tuesday night Spencer went with Daddy to eat dinner with Grandma Amy and Marmer while Ashton and I attended our second Baby and Me type class at the library. I very much enjoy these classes. It's fun meeting other moms with babies, and it's a nice opportunity for Ash and I to spend some quality one-on-one time together.


New friends hanging onto hands.
Picnic lunch at the park.
Wednesday my sister made the trek all the way here with her nephew Jase. We walked a mile and a half into town and had a picnic lunch and spent the afternoon playing at the park. It was a lot of fun having my sister here. It just reminds me how much I wished we lived closer so we could do random outings like this more often. Wednesday night the boys and I met Daddy at the drive-in for supper outside. It was hard to pull Spenc away from the tractors long enough to eat. After scoping out the geese at the lake, I sent the boys home with Dave and I had my "Angie time." Every Wednesday after supper I leave for a bit to enjoy a little time to myself. I normally just go to a cafe and read, but now that the weather is nice I will be meeting a friend for a walk. It will be weird to walk without strollers or kids, though. Definitely a nice change of pace.
This is where Spenc spent most of his time.
Cat napping.
Aunt Hopey.


Thursday we had another play date at the park with my friend Kari and her daughters, Becca, Kayla and Abby. It's always interesting watching Spencer interact with other kids, especially slightly older ones as he tends to follow them around and copy whatever they do.


Spenc and Austin driving the Gator.
Friday we made the short trek to our ECFE friends Carrie and her son Austin's house for another play and lunch date. Spencer was in tractor and choo-choo heaven. We played outside a bit and reveled in all the greatness that living out in the country affords you. After lunch we stopped at home for some naps. Then we headed to Grandpa Dave's for some fishing and a fish fry. Spencer absolutely loved fishing on Grandpa's dock and even ate some of the fish, although he said that was a gross idea when Daddy mentioned it to him the night before ("Ewww, gross, Daddy!!").


Saturday we spent the afternoon outside around our neighborhood. We tried playing at the park behind our house for a bit. Our 4 year old neighbor, Saul, was there, so Spencer enjoyed having a play mate for a bit. But it was far too windy for Ashton, so we took shelter in the calmer area in our front yard, where we drew on the driveway with sidewalk chalk while we waited for Daddy to get home. Then we headed to our friends' house, where we grilled out and then ended the night at another park.
Jackson and Spencer going down the slide hand-in-hand.


Driving Marmer's tractor.
Today we dropped Spencer off at Grandma and Marmer's, where he enjoyed a lot of tractors and picking pine cones with grandma, while Dave, Ashton and I went furniture shopping for our living room. Hours later this indecisive family settled on a new sectional, rocking chair and some tables and accessories at a great deal. After picking up our son, we stopped for some ice cream before heading home to grill out on our deck for the first time this season.

It's absolutely bizarre having this summer weather in March, and I only hope it's here to stay. Try explaining to a two year old how we were able to play outside one week in sandals and no coats and then be stuck inside the next. Please, Minnesota, be nice to us.

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