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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apples and pumpkins

Happy fall! Although it's hard to believe it's already the end of September, the weather turned here this weekend and it definitely feels like fall. To mark the new season, we went pumpkin and apple picking today with Torrie!

It was a beautiful, if chilly, day - we were not the only ones who thought of apple picking today! But the farm was spacious and we had a good time. Lilli went to a spend-the-night party last night, so she sacked out on the way home (wearing the eye mask she got from the party that says - I survived Valentine's slumber party).

Aside from apples and pumpkins, it was a sports-filled weekend. Lilli played well in her game yesterday morning, though her team is not likely to accumulate many wins this season. Here she is warming up against me.

My town soccer team tied our opponent yesterday, and then I lost another flag football game (though not by quite as many points as last week).

Today, I scored my first goal of the season, and the first goal for my entire team this season!

My goal was all that was needed to get us started, and we went on to win 4-3.

Yesterday, I also got to pick up my instrument of choice for school band this year - percussion! For 4th grade, that means a glockenspiel and snare drum. (Let's just say that Mom is not thrilled, but I am!)

Last week was a busy one for Mom and Dad, with both of them traveling for different parts of the week. Torrie helped fill in the gap by walking us to school one morning,

And we thanked her by giving our first (of many) gift to the coming baby!

It's a mini-Tarzan, complete with a blue collar that Lilli crocheted herself. We think baby boy is going to love it.

We're hoping this week is a little less busy than last!


Monday, September 19, 2016


Has anyone noticed how Mom has been slacking off on the blog? Skipping weeks, posting late, not having many pictures - it's been a pitiful string of posts lately! We're finally all adjusting to our new routine, so hopefully things will get better around here.

This week, most of our pictures come compliments of Sofia's mom, who was trying out her new camera at our soccer game on Saturday and got some great shots of me in the goal

And chasing down the ball. (I'm in the green short, pink shorts, and purple socks. Colorful.)

She unfortunately was not at James's soccer game that same day, or his flag football game that night, or his OTHER soccer game Sunday morning, so we have no pics of any of those. Though perhaps it's a good thing we don't have documentation of his game yesterday, since he got kicked in the nose while saving a goal! He is fine, and even made a joke to Dad a few minutes later about the style cleat that kicked him, but it was still pretty scary.

Mom did manage to take a picture of James's drawing of Scout that he made while I had my piano lesson - it's pretty awesome!

Last night we got to hang out with Molly while Mom and Dad went to dinner for their anniversary. We hadn't seen her since before we went to FL, and we've missed her so much! It was a fun night for all.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Our first polo match

We went to our first polo match today!

Estani and Sofia's dad is a professional player, and they invited us to join them for his final match in a local tournament this weekend. It was so fun! We won't claim to fully understand the game, but we have a much better sense for it. I even got a chance to help Estani care for some of the horses! Pretty cool.

We also spent lots of time playing soccer this weekend. Lilli started bright and early Saturday morning,

And I had a game Saturday afternoon and again this morning. It was a character-building weekend, in that we didn't get a W in any of the games, but we still had fun!

Mom and Dad had a chance to go meet our teachers on Thursday. Each student in my class made a card tower that highlighted our goals for the year - mine was one of the few left standing at the end of the night! (Tape. If there's one thing I've learned from Lilli, it's the beauty of scotch tape.)

We are still adjusting to our new schedules - hopefully this week will start to feel 'normal'!


Monday, September 05, 2016

Back to school

We started 2nd and 4th grade last week!

James and I both really like our teachers - mine is the same as last year, which is great because he is a wonderful teacher. And James said that his makes learning fun! We are excited for a great year.

The night before school started, Mom treated us to takeout from the new restaurant down the street

And a picnic dinner in the park. We topped it off with some reading for a perfect end to summer vacation!

This weekend we have been playing non-stop with Estani and Sofia. We even had a split spend the night on Saturday - Sofia and me at her house, and James and Estani at our house. Mom was a little sad, because I was the only other person pulling for UGA vs UNC

But they managed to win anyway.

Today we continued our marathon playdate with a trip to the marine lab to run around and explore. It's a bit breezy thanks to the remnants of Hermine, but we had a great time!

We hope you all had a chance to relax this weekend for Labor Day!


Monday, August 29, 2016

A busy end to summer vacation

Sorry we have been MIA for a couple of weeks! It's been a bit of a whirlwind. We left FL on the 15th, spent a night with Aunt Julia and Jim in their awesome new house, and then went to Grandma's for a few fun-filled days. Mom stayed with Aunt Julia so she could work on a marsh project there, so we are short on photo documentation of our time in NC. Well, except for this x-ray of Lilli's finger!

She shut it in Grandma's door, so she and Dad spent a morning at urgent care. Luckily, there was no break, and everyone agreed that she has very pretty bone structure in her hand!

Aside from the urgent care excitement, we played lots of tennis and pickle ball, went to the beach, and got to hang out with several of Dad's old friends. It was a great week!

Mom drove up to meet us on Saturday and we were back at home in MA by Sunday afternoon. Lilli and I went to a really fun sports camp all last week! We enjoyed seeing all of our friends again, especially getting lots of time with GG.

Mid-week, Mom and Dad enjoyed a delicious dinner at a nearby farm. (Thanks, Torrie!)

On Friday, we went to Vermont to hang out with Torrie, Brian, and Tarzan for our last weekend of summer vacation! As usual, it was a wonderful and relaxing get-away. We explored a couple of spots on the lake

And did lots of tubing!

Dad even skiied!

The dogs of course had a great time playing - there was an abundance of sticks to retrieve (and just chew on!).

Many thanks to Torrie and Brian for the awesome end to our summer break.

We're hanging out with Mom tomorrow, and then we have our first day of school on Wednesday! 2nd and 4th grade - hard to believe!