Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Catching up - mid-April

We're picking up speed as the end of the school year approaches.

A few weekends ago Papa took some students to a conference over the weekend. I am fairly sure it is the longest I was on my own with all 4 kids, but we had a good time. It's nice to have an excuse for putting aside our normal weekend chores and just doing fun things together.  

M2's favorite fish friend.
The weekend after that we traveled to Minnesota to see Uncle Dave on his last day in town before heading home. We were worried that a snow storm would keep us home, but in the end it wasn't a problem at all. We spent some time at the zoo, played at Grandma and Grandpa's condo, and the day went really fast.

Watching the bears.

This past Friday and Saturday the weather was just beautiful and we spent a lot of time outside. Quite a few neighborhood friends were also out and the kids spent a lot of time running around and playing. Papa cut down one of our trees and drastically trimmed another, with the help of a neighbor's chain saw.  M2 enjoyed watching and was a lot of help hauling branches.

Now it has cooled off again - we had a small amount of snow yesterday. Hopefully we'll get some more nice weather here soon.

The kindergarten class has started its end of year count-down, which add some excitement to the month.  M2 is home the first three days of this week because the kindergarten teachers are screening next year's class.  He and M.G. have Thursday, Friday, and Monday off for Spring break.  Yesterday he came to work with us and spent some time in my office and some time in Papa's.  Between a workbook he really enjoyed, writing on the whiteboard, going out for lunch with Papa, and reading, he would have stayed longer! Tomorrow he'll be at work with us again, I hope he didn't use up all of his quiet behavior yesterday! 

M4 seems to have started trying to throw a lot more words at us all of a sudden. So, seems like we don't have anything to worry about there.  He suddenly also will sit and listen to a story sometimes, too.  Still hard to read to other people when he is unoccupied, but I think it is getting better.

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