Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First day of first grade...

We had an awesome last day of summer.  Followed by a fever for Scott that hit over night that resulted in him throwing up in the morning and missing his first day of school.  Such a bummer!

He made it to school the second day though.  He probably could have used one more rest day but he was up and ready to go when I got home from working out and we decided that the whole late to the party would be more harmful than going to school a little tired.
Can't believe we have an official first grader in the house.

And the next day we were back at it at soccer practice.  Scott's team has one practice a week right now.  Owen's doesn't but he goes with Brian and they do their own practice.  So grown up these two.

Last week of summer

Its hard to believe that summer has come and gone and we are already a few weeks into the school year.  Before I share our first week of school I will reminisce about our last week of summer.  After  we returned from our northwest trip we just over a week until Scott started first grade and we tried to make the most of it.

Mimi and I took all four kids to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum one day.  The kids had all been but it was my first trip - what an awesome place.

We started in the butterfly garden.  They loved trying to find all the species from the cards they were given when we entered.  It was beautiful, I wish I had taken a picture of the whole enclosure.

I found this sign out by the water play area.  Perfect on so many levels.  I wish this was posted everywhere.

Owen playing in the water area with a little wooden boat.  Childhood at its finest. 

We spent a solid amount of time arranging and rearranging these bamboo poles into teepees.  They were so into this I'm highly considering duplicating in our back yard.  

We made sure to visit the snake house.  The boys loved it and had LOTS of questions for the naturalist. 

Just picnicking with cousins, summer's best.

We visited the T-Rex, it has a name, maybe Sue? Its been too long for me to remember now.  Super neat exhibit though, complete with a real paleontologist to answer all of our questions.

One of our last stops of the day was the planetarium.  Probably the best kids planetarium experience I've ever had.  It was geared completely to kids and it wasn't just a prerecorded show.  The guy took questions and then directed the sky to show us all the answers to our questions.  It was amazing and the boys had a great time (once they stopped fighting over who sat where)

Picked some snacks back at Mimi's.  I'm going to need a fig tree of my own someday!


And before we headed home we had some serious tree climbing.

We finally made it to a beach day with our school, never mind that it was the last beach day of summer, but at least we can say we went.  And we got to capture (and release) some sea critters to boot.

Stopped for roadside coconuts on our way home!

We hosted a play date for friends the friday before school started...appropriate for our typical fight club friday.

The day before school we headed to our favorite lunch and ice cream spot with friends for burgers (with gf buns!) fries and ice cream.

It was the best way to say farewell to summer.