Micah turned 8 in early December and loved every minute of all that attention. =D We celebrated early with a Skype call with Grandma Cleve to open his present and then just kept right on celebrating. We had waffles in the morning for breakfast, opened presents (he’s a total ham and appreciated all of the cards, gifts, and videos he received throughout the day), had a friend over for cake and playing and then finished the night with dinner out at the Melting Pot. He was pretty jazzed all.day.long.
Here was the final picture we took of Micah as a 7 year old! How is this happening so fast?!
This will be the remaining pictures I have for November, excluding Thanksgiving as that will have its own post!
Here are some pictures from life at CC:
And some pictures from a field trip to the orchestra:
Life around our house:
Side note about the above pic of Ethan doing math – GRAPH PAPER CHANGED OUR LIFE. =)
Enjoying the snow on “our” hill. We invited friends to join us for one afternoon, too.
Micah loves to try new fruit. And he prefers to be the one to cut it for us, too. Eek.
Also, Ethan got injured while wrestling at our friends’ house. We had the neat experience of Ethan getting stitches at our own home because our friends’ dad is a doctor! I’m also happy to report that I didn’t pass out, despite being the only parent home! Thanking the Lord for this whole experience!
We started our school year on August 19th this year, starting with a full day at CC. Both of the boys had new tutors this year and I am the Director for our community for the first time. Ethan has most of the same kids he was in class with last year, but has a couple new ones. Micah has mostly new kids in his class. And I’m feeling a good mix of emotions about my new role, but mostly I’m feeling thankful for the opportunity to serve these families. We’ll be studying about the medieval period during CC this year and reading a lot of good books set in that timeframe. Here are some CC pictures from day 1:
And on Tuesday we had a more laid back start to the school year. We began with French toast, went for a bike ride, and ended the day with ice cream. Don’t worry, there was some learning in there, too. =) Ethan is in 4th grade; Micah is in 2nd.
We also took bi-yearly measurements for both boys: Ethan is now 4’10” (and has almost the same size feet and hands as me). Micah is 4’3″.
Micah also had his first soccer practice after CC. (Ethan started the week after.)
We really tried to soak up some family time before the rush of the school year began. Here are some pictures from around the house/neighborhood.
We also did a timed mile run at the park. Micah and Mike ran a half mile together and then Mike finished his mile while Micah rested. Micah ran without stopping, which impressed us all. Then Ethan and I headed out for our mile run and he beat me by a good minute – such a stud!
We took the boys to Red Rocks for their first concert. We got to see Chris Tomlin, which was a fun treat.
We attended our second Practicum. As the Director for our CC community, I needed to attend trainings on both Foundations tutoring and Essentials tutoring. Micah absolutely loved this – he wore matching shirts with some guys in his little gang for most, if not all, of the days. One of my dearest friends joined our CC community this year, so we attended Practicum together!
We went on a family bike ride out towards Mel and Joel’s house. The hope is that we will do it again and make it all the way there. As it turns out, biking with my family is one of my very favorite things to do. The boys knocked off quite a few more miles towards their summer biking goal that day.
Also, I celebrated my 35th birthday! My hope had been to ride 35 miles that day, so I started the day with a long ride with the boys around the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Both boys reached their 100 mile for the summer goal on this ride. Then later that evening I went out alone and raced the sun and rain, losing my battle and requiring a pick up by Mike and Micah.
We celebrated a friend’s birthday at a cool Ninja gym:
Mike and the boys played golf one of the weekends and I walked along.
The boys got bank accounts, played a lot of legos, took some more bike rides, and brought in their Bookies summer reading contest. Micah wrote me a sweet encouraging note when I was having a rough day, so I had to include that in here.
Meagen graduated with her Masters in engineering (or something like that) and invited me to her graduation. SO proud of her!!!
Mike and I snuck away for a date to see Mumford and Sons at Fiddlers Green again.
And, finally, I had an idea to put some rewards in a jar that I could use throughout the year whenever I needed to motivate the boys. We are all pretty jazzed about it. =)
Soon thereafter, we had the pleasure of hosting Grandma Cleve for about a week. We timed her trip with my Lasik eye surgery, so she was a huge help to me while I recuperated. This means, though, that I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually would from our adventures. =/ Adventures included visiting Bookies (a bookstore we love!), Chipotle and a concert in the park, a trip to the big coin store, visiting with family that live here (Great Aunt Terri and cousin Lindsey), celebrating Christmas in July and also Mike’s birthday.
Oh, and I had surgery:
Thanks for coming out again, Grandma Cleve!! We sure loved having you!
When each of their grandchildren turn ten, my parents hope to take them on a solo trip of their dreams. Ethan is the first grandchild to get this privilege and he had a wonderful time! He didn’t have to think for long about where he’d like to go with them; he opted for Philadelphia as soon as he learned about the trip. He wanted to see the Liberty Bell, the Mint, Gettysburg, and Falling Waters. He did all of that and more! He and Grandpa kept journals for the trip, but pictures will tell the stories best on the blog. He had a blast! =)
Here are some pictures from our brief morning in Wisconsin before heading back to home.
We are SO thankful that the boys have opportunities to see the world with people they adore. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for taking Ethan on this trip of a lifetime! He will cherish these memories always.
Not long after we returned home, it was time for each of us to head in different directions. Ethan went on his 10-year-old-trip-with-grandpa-and-grandma to Philadelphia. I traveled to Atlanta to help my sister at her trade show and got to see family and friends there, too. Meanwhile, Mike and Micah had their one-on-one trip for the year.
They had one day at home before heading out:
They first flew down to Phoenix so that Micah could spend a day with Grandma Cleve. Since Ethan and I were gone for such a long time, Mike wanted to make sure Micah had some extra fun, even though a one-on-one trip with him is typically only a long weekend. Micah had developed an awful rash prior to the trip, but it sadly grew worse over time. Apparently, though, he was not one to complain about it even though it looked pretty miserable. He loved his special day with Grandma Cleve, particularly going mini-golfing in the dark!
The following morning, the guys grabbed breakfast with Grandma Cleve and Great Granny A and then were off on their adventure to San Diego.
Day 1 – traveling to San Diego and enjoying the hotel, cool car, and the beach:
Day 2 – Sea World
These two had a wonderful time together. It was remarkable to me to see how much growth Micah experienced when comparing this trip to the one he took last year with Mike. Such a difference a year can make!
Over our Spring Break we opted for a 5 day trip to drive the Pacific Coast Highway – starting in Santa Cruz and ending in LA. I had no idea what to expect as Mike is our trip advisor, planner, and researcher and I do very little prep for these excursions other than to pack everyone. =). Anyway, he did a wonderful job organizing another fun trip for us. We will want to do more of this drive someday – the sights were unreal!
Day One: early morning flight, a stop at Apple (where Micah lost another tooth) and Google and then a late night swim with Daddio
Day Two: we took a walk to the beach in Santa Cruz and explored that pier and saw seals before heading onward to Monterey where we played at the beach and then had the very best clam chowder ever for dinner. We also saw otters at dinner!