|In the corn... at the pumpkin farm.|
|Enjoying a hay ride.|
|Having a picnic dinner from Subway.|
|I don't have as many pictures of Brennan |
at the pumpkin patch because he was in
another group. He had a blast though!
|Brennan made a perfect|
|Kate watching her favorite movie|
on the ride to the beach.
We were all happy she had
headphones... Barney may be her
favorite but not ours!
And then we took the older Great Minds kids to the beach for the day! Brennan spent the day fishing so he didn't go along... but Kate did and it was her first time at the beach! We left around 8:30 AM and our first stop was the aquarium at Fort Fisher. We all enjoyed looking around the aquarium and then we headed to the beach for a picnic lunch (Subway again) and to splash in the waves.
|She LOVED the beach once she got used to it!|
She ran and splashed and laughed the entire time!
|One tired little girl after the big |
|It was great to meet up|
with Alison and her family! Her girls are adorable!
It was great to meet up with a good friend in Raleigh. She now lives in Virginia and it had been two years since I had seen her last! We had a great visit and promised not to let as much time between visits again!
|I finally met her youngest too!|
|Kate always loves being with Sue|
who was also excited to see Alison and
Brennan missed the beach day and the breakfast with Alison because he was fishing with Mr. Thanos! They went fishing in the brackish waters off the coast and had a GREAT time! They fished until 1:00 AM and then got up and fished some more at 7:00 AM! They both came home smiling from ear to ear and smelling of fish themselves! We are always thankful to Mr. Thanos for taking such wonderful care of Brennan and giving him so many wonderful memories!
|This is just the fish they kept!|
|Driving to Black Mountain was fun too!|
I went with Brennan to his overnight fourth grade trip to Black Mountain. We left on October 27th which was the perfect time to see the beautiful fall leaves! I was especially excited to go on this trip! I had gone on this trip ten times as a fourth grade teacher and always loved it... but have to admit it was even more fun just being a parent!
The two days were filled with many fun adventures including teamwork games, candle making, dinner, time playing and running around, a huge campfire complete with S'mores and ghost stories, breakfast, the fast moving game of predator and prey, and time in the stream. The weather the first day was perfect but a little cold the second day. We all bundled up and had a super time!
|They had to work together to get this ramp to|
balance... they finally did it!
|Another team working activity.|
|The view was BEAUTIFUL!|
|How many kids can climb the same tree?|
|Three cheers for the mountain trip!|
|The perfect place to play|
the predator/prey game!
|Brennan got to be fish during one|
of the rounds of predator/prey.
|Brennan's favorite activity|
was finding and catching critters
in the stream. You know it's cold
when Brennan's wearing a coat!
Dave and Kate met us in the mountains on Friday for the weekend. We stayed at a beautiful place in Hendersonville and had a relaxing and fun time. The weather was a little (ok a lot) cold... but that didn't stop us! We still went paddle boating, fishing, hiking, more fishing, and played with the goats. Our resort included a delicious breakfast each day and our room was adorable!
|At breakfast Brennan managed|
to spill his water both days...
we moved all liquids away from his reach!
Silly kid! He wanted to blame it on Kate
the second day but she's too smart for that and
didn't let him get away with it!
|Paddle boating was a little|
tricky in the wind... but we did it!
|Here is our favorite goat-|
he was more like a dog than
a goat though!
|Eating breakfast in Flat Rock at|
a place called Hubby Bubba's.
|You ordered the food outside and|
then sat under ceiling heaters
to eat it. It actually was warm enough and
fun! Plus the food was delicious!
|Brave Brennan with the frog...Kate|
was scared of this frog and wouldn't
go near it. She is so funny!
|This may become our Christmas card this year!|
I love this picture and I love these two kids so much!
|We played in the game room too!|
|Of course Brennan caught some fish!|
|Kate didn't catch any fish|
but she had fun trying.
|Our princess had to wear a coat|
over her dress..
this coat and hat were
perfect for a princess though!
|Kate and her friend dressed|
up for Halloween.
|Kate and Ms. Julie (her teacher).|
|Taco our guinea pig is so sweet.|
So are the kids in Kate's class!
|After Kate went trick or treating at school she knew|
exactly what to do at night! Here is our princess
with her vampire brother ready to protect her!
|It was raining so we thought we'd try trick or treating at the mall... but it was CRAZY! Apparently|
everyone had the same idea!
We ended up trick or treating in our neighborhood because it stopped raining. Brennan and Kate had so much fun and got a ton of candy! Kate truly enjoyed her first Halloween in America!
|Brent designed Kate's butterfly shoes |
and wanted to add some cushioning
to the sides.
|We've been so busy we haven't|
even had time for a haircut!
We've also been busy going to physical therapy and occupational therapy each week. Kate LOVES going and it gives Brennan and I a chance to work on his homework and projects together. We accomplished a lot on his game board based on the novel Soft Rain. Somehow going to Wendy's for french fries and a frosty before the appointments has become a new tradition too.
It's nice to be home for a weekend and I finished my progress reports, paid some bills, cleaned the house a little, and finally had a chance to catch-up on the blog. The kids are running around trying to trap Zamboni (our dog) and laughing together. So much for the clean house.... apparently every pillow and blanket was needed to capture that sneaky dog. :-) Their laughter is music to my ears!
We have so much to be thankful for and today we are especially thankful that both of our kids go to such amazing schools, they are both healthy and happy, we have a warm house and warm clothes to wear on cold days, and we are surrounded by amazing people!