Monday, October 6, 2014

Tyler is 10!

This morning started with birthday donuts - a pine cone for Tyler. And Wayne picked up donuts to take for his school birthday treat as well. After school, Aubrey and I picked him up from school. In the car, she asked if I could see my "ten year-old."

For dinner, we went to Kobe Steakhouse per Tyler's request. We enjoyed our chef. Aubrey was enamored and complimented him several times.  Tyler appreciated his punny jokes.


Nervously anticipating the shrimp toss...


Score!


Aubrey getting ready...



And getting hit in the nose by the shrimp. :)


Then home to Facetime with the Showalters and open gifts from the Showalters, Grandpa Millers, and from us.




A happy day. Hard to believe he's double digits. 

Last week, Tyler was the All Star Student at school for "Putting an outstanding effort into all of his assignments. He is kind to everyone!" At conferences, his teacher showed us his excellent grades, but also praised his quiet leadership, diligence in his school work and kindness to everyone. 
He made this mama very proud of the young man he is and is becoming. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Get Air

Tonight, Tyler celebrated his 10th birthday with some friends at Get Air.

Here he's showing me what he wants me to take a picture of. (Not wanting to pose for a picture just smiling, of course).


But, instead, jumping into the foam pit.


Abe diving into the pit.


Leo, Tyler, Aubrey, and Abe.


Kala, Aubrey, Devon, Michael, Leo and Tyler...clearly I can't get a decent trampoline shot with my iPhone.




Time for dessert...tiramisu, cupcakes and drinks.


Silly Leo.


Chatting with Michael.



Our party guests...Leo and Abe.


Devon


And Michael...Aubrey finally succeeded in photo bombing.



visitor

The weather has been beautiful this weekend. Last night, the kids were playing on the deck when they saw this little visitor. 



Art

We squeezed in a little art museum time last weekend because Aubrey specifically requested to go back to the glass floor (above Chihuly glass). Just a few pics from our visit...




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday Fun

Yesterday, Wayne participated in the Discraft Ace Race. So, I decided to put our season pass to good use and took the kids to Exploration Place for the afternoon.

They had a great time and I'm happy that we can look forward to going back again soon.

Enjoying the tornado simulator.


Cranking the propellers. 



Flight Simulator



The Wright Brothers simulator was getting tricky.


And, for the longest time, Aubrey played in the castle and Tyler was building Keva planks.

I rarely go to the mall, but last week Aubrey and I made a quick trip to look at sales. We were ready to pay and leave when she ran away from me...just long enough that I started to panic. So, when I saw this "running" punishment/sign, I laughed and asked her to pose for me.  Silly.


The little princess...with tennis shoes. :P



Tyler's Keva plank creation. He worked long and hard on it!


After, we went to Yo-B's for a snack (frozen yogurt) then to the library for some fresh reading material for the kids. Too bad I think I only wore myself out. I was ready for bed by 7! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back in School

Tyler's first day of 4th grade was August 12. Fourth. Grade. 
How is he growing up so fast? 
Speaking of... He wears size large and wears size 7 shoes. No longer a little boy.

He really likes his new teacher, Ms Nietfeld. We both like that she doesn't automatically send daily homework. This makes our evenings much more relaxing.


Tyler's Fourth Grade Favorites:

Color – Lime Green
TV Show – The Amazing World of Gumball
Food - Shrimp
Drink – Mango juice
Snack - Doritos
Favorite thing about school - PE
When I grow up, I want to be – a Chef
Book – “Every book I’ve ever read” 


Aubrey's first day of preschool was ... TODAY! She has been very excited to go back to school.




It was cute to see the little reunion of friends from class last year. Unfortunately, only one friend is in the same class this year. But they sure were cute chatting together. They were the only group of kids that gathered to run, giggle and talk while we waited for the doors to open.



Ready to go into Ms. Patti's class with her friend, Violet. She was excited to go in and only quickly turned around to say goodbye.


Aubrey's Preschool Favorites:

Color – Pink and purple
TV Show –Uncle Grandpa
Food – Chicken Tikka Masala and Chimichangas
Drink – Chocolate Milk
Snack – Frozen Peas
Favorite thing about school- Getting the mail
When I grow up, I want to be – a Singer
Book- Go, Dog. Go.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Fish

We went to the Y again today and Aubrey asked me to take a picture of her...So, I took a few short videos to remember how she was swimming about 2 weeks after she started requesting to ditch the puddle jumper.
Excuse the wind noise. We do live in Kansas, after all.


Diving
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Swimming
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Flips
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The last couple of weeks

We checked out the new trampoline park.



The day before school started, Tyler's friend was over for the day. Wayne sent me this picture of them taking apart an old receiver. Kinda re-created the dis-assembly part of Camp Invention.


Playing with neighbors


Aubrey ran into the ottoman. With her eye.


KC


We enjoyed one last hurrah before school started again. We headed to Kansas City for a weekend with the Pankratz's.

The kids enjoyed the pool. 
After that weekend, Aubrey started swimming without her puddle jumper. Little girl is growing up!


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Saturday morning we headed to the Botanical Garden in Overland Park.

At least Leo smiled. :)









Michelle serenading us.





Lunch at Geo's Pizza. So good.

For the afternoon, we headed to Science City and had a great time!




Dinner at Manny's Mexican Restaurant. Goofy 4 year-olds.


Sunday morning was rainy so we headed to Fat Brain Toys. 


Then to the mall and home. So much fun!