Ice Kids

Jordan somehow convinced E to try hockey. The main draw is the awesome equipment – knee pads, shoulder pads, chest cover, cup, etc – he makes superhero fighting sounds when getting geared up.

Nat has liked ice skating for years now but we only go 1-2x per season. This week she went twice! She can skate without hanging on. This pic was from earlier in the week. She is improving leaps and bounds. I’m trying to get her to sign up for the hockey programs learn to skate – for more conveniently scheduled ice time.

Auntie Leah would be so excited!

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Snap Chat

Daddy sent us some funny snap shat pics while in NY. I don’t have snap chat so we improvised.

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Grocery lists

Upside: Natalie loves writing

Downside: She is using the power of the written word to exert her influence in some new ways

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Goal!!!

On the last game of the season (against one of the easiest teams) Nat scored her first goal!!!!! I’m very proud of the kids for trying hard all season and having a good attitude. Go killer bees! (E was on a different team – it was really just PK practice and I didn’t think to do any pics of him). Coach Jordan is to be credited with handling such things as a kid puking on the sideline for eating to much grass to soothing kids who cry when they think their parent left them (but the parent is really just in the bathroom). There’s a special place in heaven for early childhood coaches!

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Trick or Treat

From Optimus Prime and a skeleton. (Nat picked up on the fact that the older girls don’t dress as princesses so she wanted more of a classic costume like a ghost or skeleton). They also pulled out some candy for the troops to donate at school. Elliott even included a penny. 


At home Jordans D-Elvis came apart for some interesting post treat silliness. 

The school parties earlier in the day were fun too. (To be honest a little tedious – I have a hard time jumping from work mom to school mom, when I know my email is piling up. However I know what’s more memorable!)

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Word Combos

The kids are doing so well in school. It’s awesome to see how they apply it at home. For example Elliott says hu-normous (huge + enormous). And when his friend accidentally knocked down Natalies set up he met me at the door, explaining there was a disastrophe (disaster + catastrophe). 

Here’s some recent work products. First and last are Natalies. That word at the end is science. 

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Natalie’s 1st grade open house 

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Optimus prime

The rain this morning kept E and I away from Natalie’s soccer game. (I’m really proud of her for her good spirits and trying even though her team has only scored one goal all season)

Elliott: we get mommy and elliott time. What should we do? I have a good idea 

Me: I have a good idea too. 

E: what is it?

Me: wresting (pretty confidently)

E: I have an even gooder idea. Let’s build a vehicle for Optimus prime with real wheels for Halloween. 

(In my head, oh my. This is testing every creative and engineering bone in my body)

Two hours later… we are both pretty impressed with ourselves. 

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New England Bucket List…

The Big E is a western Mass tradition. The horror stories about 1-hour traffic jams for a place 3 miles away from our house deterred us last year. This year we went on a Thurs (abandoned the morning attempt after the traffic jam began at the end of the street) and the kids loved it. 


Elliott doing sign language to me during a ride – the message was I Think you are wonderful! 🙂



A grandpa type won a huge puppy and randomly gave it to Elliott. It was right after E was turned away for being too short to go on a ride. He’s been smiling for days. (Nat was a bit jealous but has adopted the puppy too)


Aw man. Looking like she’s about to hurl. 


Who would have guessed we could spend 40 min at Vitamix display? Perfect since jordan had to hop on a conference call and it was my first day off crutches after a sprain. 



My only ride. I felt worse than E looks!

Natalie’s most important ride to go on was the Ferris wheel. Thank goodness she decided against the 100 foot drop one. Elliott’s was bumper cars. He was just tal enough for most rides at 42.5 inches – with his shoes on. 

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Pumpkin Art

Mom and Natalie do I look like a famous artist? – Elliott


Yes you do bud. Do I look like a famous artist’s student? – Natalie


Yes…. I love you Nat! (Huge grin) – Elliott

20 minutes later…

Should we have a contest to see who wins? –  Elliott

(Me. Oh uh. This has gone too far.)

We can have a 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 year old contest. – Erin

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