Monday, December 22, 2014

Weekend Fun

We started last weekend by meeting some friends at a local park.  For one second all kids where in the same place and we got a cute picture.

On Saturday morning it was rainy so we spent the morning making holiday cards.

Once the weather broke we went outside for play!  Bjorn "built" a hidehoot and here he is describing where the tools go in the tool-shed.
Odin, of course, found something to climb...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Odin the Amazing...

I turned my head for one second yesterday...couldn't find Odin, yelled, "Odin!" No answer...I walked around the corner and look what I found...he is such an athlete...He was really, really proud of himself once he climbed all the way to the top and then back down.

Although, nervous during the show I kept my mouth shut for fear that yelling would mess up his focus.  When he returned to the ground I gave him a high-five and then told him to NOT DO IT AGAIN!  That boy's going to keep his Momma on her toes! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

A day filled with fun and sun!

Yesterday (Sunday) was a fun-filled, sunny, WARM day in Athens (in DECEMBER!).  The temps made it into the 60's and in the sun it felt incredible.  We took a walk to the river (short hike right out our door) and explored :-)

Sticks are very important to our boys...

The desire to cross a part of the river to get to the "island" was too great for the kids.  And so they jumped in and ran across.  Momma wished she would have put them in their rubber boots!

Wet, but warm in the sun...

We ended our adventures with warm baths and lunch.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Busy, busy

Well, folks just say it is that time of year...but really I don't think our intense level of business has anything to do with the holidays...seems to have everything to do with our massive remodeling project on Holman Ave.  In a couple of days the drywall will be done, geothermal up and running and it will be time for us to begin the finishing work. That means we have to start picking out paint color, bathroom vanities, tile, is so much and so overwhelming (at least for Momma;-).

Yesterday we took a break after school and just enjoyed some fun and friendship at Memorial Park. We learned how to "sled" GA-style...

 Odin had a blast!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday

Oh, what a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday we had this year!  It began with a trip to Raleigh and then a 2 night stay at the lake house (a benefit of the lake house not selling;-).  At the lake house our dear friends Lynna and Luca visited and the fun was continuous for 24 hours!  Lots of game playing, domino building and movies (of course!).

Our trip to the lake house was cut short by one night because the weather forecast called for snow up north and the next leg of our adventure was PA to visit our friends Mark, Mel and Madelyn.  And the weather man did NOT let us down...plenty of snow...the kids LOVED it!  Note the snowman above Odin's shoulder.  Momma stayed inside ;-)


After the weather calmed Odin got to ride a pony (first time ever).  He said it was AWESOME.
In the evenings we split our time between games and movies...

The morning we left was very sad for the boys.  Odin exclaimed, "It isn't fair.  Madelyn gets to live here all the time!"  I guess that means we'll need to visit more often!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Another Trip to Raleigh

We got to spend another lovely weekend in Raleigh.  We traveled up to sign a year lease with a lovely couple that will be renting our home (since it won't sell...).

We spent the weekend with friends.  Momma Lynna watched the boys and it was a pleasure to slip back into our "Raleigh life" for a couple of days.

After spending time in Raleigh we drove up to the lake house to enjoy another house that won't sell ;-).  Grandpa Dave joined us and spent some quality time with the boys.

While in Raleigh Grandma Fern took the boys to Shul and babysat so Momma and Dad could go out for dinner!  Woa...a dinner date;-)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekend in Raleigh

This past weekend we drove up to Raleigh to enjoy Halloween and our Raleigh friends.  It was a blast.  We started the adventures Halloween night with Delta, Demetrius, Asher, Hope and Luke, Lizzie, Lucas, Sue and Trampas.  We carved pumpkins and attempted to trick or treat (but all the houses were empty by the time we got there;-)  Grandpa made up for the lack of candy by taking the boys to Whole Foods and buying them TONS of candy and chocolate milk!

On Saturday and Sunday we played again with friends.  And Monday Lynna, Luca, Grandma and the boys played all morning while Momma worked.

We are so happy we got to see our Raleigh friends!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Odin Camping with Cub Scouts & Bjorn with Momma

This past weekend Dad and Odin went camping with the boy scouts.

Bjorn and Momma had fun together too.  We found a Batman costume, went hiking by the cabin, read many Halloween books, and 

 cooked together :-)  Fun times!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Visit to Grandpa's

For the past three months (since we have been living in Athens) Grandpa has been back in Momma's hometown (Pilot, VA).  Grandpa is working hard fixing up the house he built and Momma grew up in.  This past weekend was Momma's 20 year high school reunion, so we all traveled up for the weekend.  The reunion was a blast and Odin was curious of the idea that Momma would have a playdate with some old friends ;-).

We stayed in Pilot with Grandpa and the kids loved, loved the homestead and hiking around the land.

It was a rainy weekend, so we purchased rubber boots and spent a lot of time playing in the creek.
Björn found out that his boots were only waterproof to his knees!  (and squishy when filled with water!)

While Björn was taking a nap, Grandpa and Odin went on a special creek adventure way up the creek checking out fruit trees along the way and looking for gold in the creek bottom!

We also picked a lot of apples!!

And turned them into apple sauce back in Athens  ;-)

Tonight Momma's going to use some of the apple sauce to make an apple pie ;-)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend Fun

In Athens the weather cooled down dramatically for us this weekend allowing lots of outside exercise time!  Momma ran 12.5 miles in preparation for the 1/2 marathon in two weeks.  Odin biked 3 miles with her keeping her company.

We also went to the soccer fields for more running.  Odin found a friend to play with him...such a nice fellow he didn't seem to mind a 6 year old interrupting his training.  Hopefully we'll bump into him again!  They kicked the soccer ball around and played a couple of rounds of chase.

 Bjorn played too, but in a different way ;-)

He also enjoyed watching!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Week in Review

Just some fun pictures from this past week...boys are just so awesome!  And so much fun...

Sprints in new soccer outfits from Uncle Ant!  This photo they are catching their breath after running across the field.

Making cookies (and learning a bit about fractions...AND enjoying maple syrup).

 Playing the drum Grandma Fern gave Bjorn for his birthday.

Friday, October 3, 2014

More Progress on Holman House!

Coming along quickly!  The addition with three floors!!  WOW!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Grandma Fern visits

Grandma Fern visited us this past week and it was so lovely having her around.  Momma and Dad went out on 3 dates and the kids had a blast getting Grandma-time.  Unfortunately we only got one picture (kids were totally uncooperative)...

Thank you Grandma Fern for visiting!  We look forward to the next visit.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Basement DONE, framing beginning!

Work on the Holman house is happening so quickly!  Here is our addition.  Momma is standing in front of the basement.  Above the basement will be the new kitchen, living and mudroom.  Gosh, it is so exciting and it moves so quickly :-)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate

Talk like a pirate at Sandy Creek Nature Center.