Thursday, January 26, 2012

Robert turns 10!

 Clue #1 in the treasure hunt

Birthday Boy!

 Maxwell, Evan, Maddie, Robert & Claire in their matching shirts

We helped Robert celebrate his 10th birthday at an amazing pirate themed birthday party. The kids had so much fun digging in the sand, going for a treasure hunt with very creative clues, breaking open the pinata, decorating their own cupcakes, eating lots of pirate food (especially the donuts!), and dressing up like little buccaneers!

Disney with the Parrishes

Our friends Colleen & Chris ran the Disney 1/2 marathon on January 7 and decided to make it a family trip to Florida! We've had a great time with Ella & Keegan, and even got to go to a character breakfast at Chef Mickey's on Sunday and Magic Kingdom on Monday. Here are a few of the highlights.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Arbor Day

On Thursday, Evan's class had their Arbor Day Field Trip in Downtown Windermere. There was a presentation by the Mayor and Garden Club and then the kids sang 6 songs about sunshine, trees and Windermere. It was too cute. Then they got to watch an arborist climb a giant tree, help plant a new tree and were then treated to lots and lots of cookies!
 Singing some songs

 With the golden shovel
 Goofing around with his friends
 Helping plant a new tree

Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Chase's Pre-K Class
Acting like parts of a tree (Evan and some of the boys are acting like trunks!)

Blue Springs

Last weekend, we took advantage of the beautiful cool weather and headed to Blue Springs Park to see see the manatees who head there for the warm water (72 degrees year round) when the St. John's River water gets too cold.  There were 280 manatee there that day (although we didn't see them all!). The kids had a great time watching all the manatee and fish in the water, and we all enjoyed being a little cold and treating ourselves to some hot chocolate. It was a wonderful day to be outside with friends and wild animals.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Last days in Arizona

Our last two days in Arizona were spent
 lounging by the frigid pool (which Evan found out first hand when he jumped in fully clothed just to test it out)

 and loving on our family
with a good bath to end the trip!

All dressed up, and somewhere to go!

 Evan, Davis & Claire sure looked adorable for James & Nicole's rehearsal dinner!

Fun in Scottsdale

When we arrived back in Scottsdale, we were treated to a day with Uncle John, Baba, Grandma, Uncle Bryan, Aunt Laura & Davis

 We got to ride on the carousel

  and the train
 Got locked in "jail"
 And got to climb on Uncle Bryan