Keep on truckin’……

Everything seems pretty routine to us now but it was nice to have a day off on Monday. Now that we get up so early for school, it’s kind of nice to have a day to laze around and get ready at our own pace!  On Tuesday, Mommy and Ryan explored a new place called CatchAir and there was lots of fun stuff to do.  Kitt and Garet are hoping to be able to go soon, too!  Ballet and tap started this week for Kitt and Garet and lots of friends from last year are in the class so that was fun.  Also on Friday was Coralwood’s Homecoming.  We all had lots of fun eating pizza and ice cream, walking in the parade, bouncing in the bounce house and seeing Ms. Adams!  On Saturday we went to a fun event at a park where we did lots of activities as a family.  Our favorite was rolling a huge beach ball.  Later that day we played in the sprinklers in the backyard which is not something we do often.  We especially loved playing on the trampoline while the sprinklers were on.  We were sliding all over the place!  We got to see Aunt Kristen a few times this week and went to her apartment today after a trip to the airport to ride the trains.  We will see you next week!
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Granny is viewing your blog from my hotel room by a lake in Peru and missing you and Poppy so! Tomorrow we are taking a long boat ride to floating islands so that is new for me. Thank you for my lovely Happy Grandparents’ Day wishes today. Poppy and I would not be grandparents without you. I know how much fun the Coralwood homecoming is. You girls are never idle. I am eager to see some of your tap dancing steps. I have sure seen a lot of llamas in Peru which only makes me think of you more often. We have to be up early tomorrow so I will say good night. Sending you lots of love, kisses and prayers.

Hi Girls! I’m happy that you are adjusting to your new school schedule and also glad that you had an extra day off to relax and have a fun time at home. Your Coralwood homecoming sounds like it was lots of fun. I really liked seeing the photo of you rolling that big beach ball in the park. I don’t think I’ve seen a ball that big before. I’m sorry I couldn’t see you march in the parade but I’m sure you did a great job! Granny returned home from her trip to Peru and it was good having her back at home. Here’s wishing you another great week and I’m looking forward to the next time we can visit with you again. Love you lots!!!! …Poppy

A few more firsts

Ryan started her “school” this week. She was not thrilled about taking the picture but she seems to really like it. She likes her friends and teachers and loves going to the playground. She goes three mornings a week so Mommy is still trying to figure out what to do with all her “free” time. Another first was a visit to a museum in Gainesville called INK. It is a neighborhood where kids get to do everything and run everything. It was a lot of fun with activities, costumes and play areas. During the week we did all of our normal activities which included going back to swimming among other things. We spent all weekend with Mommy and Daddy going to parks, for ice cream, going to the library and on family adventures. On Saturday, Aunt Kristen played with us so Mommy and Daddy could go out to dinner alone. Of course we missed them but had a great time with Aunt Kristen. We are looking forward to another day off of school tomorrow!
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Your mom can find the most unique places for you to visit. I really enjoyed this one. Was there any “profession” you liked best of all? Ryan seemed to really enjoy playing the piano. I think you girls could “handle” most of those jobs. How did your mom enjoy you cleaning her teeth and styling her hair? I noticed Pooh came along for the adventure. It was good that your mom and dad were able to have a date alone. Next to your mom and dad, Aunt Kristen is the best person to watch you as she loves you so much. I am happy to hear Ryan likes her new school. It’s especially nice that her best friend Charlotte is in the class, too. Granny is going on a long adventure this week to Peru so she hopes she can find a unique surprise to bring to you. I will be praying for you this week and sending you lots of love and kisses. I will be catching up from Peru next week. Xoxo

Hello Girls! Poppy enjoyed reading all about your weeks activities and especially seeing all the photos taken at the INK museum in Gainesville. What a neat museum! It looks like you all had fun trying out different professions. What did you enjoy doing most? Being a police woman, deputy sheriff, doctor, hair dresser, piano player, fire fighter, chef, worker or judge? Ryan, how are you enjoying ballet classes? You sure do look happy in your ballerina outfit. I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend and are fully rested before another week of school. Poppy was busy today working in the back yard and cleaning the back porch. It sure was hot and I’m ready for some cool fall weather. Granny left today on an extended vacation to the country of Peru. But she’ll be back in plenty of time for Kitt and Garet’s birthday. I hope you all have a great week in school and at home and I’ll be looking forward to reading your next blog. Love you lots! …Poppy

Oh no!

Mommy has a terrible thing to admit–she only took two pictures this week!!!! Don’t for a minute think that we weren’t busy–we were too busy to even take pictures. Poppy was here until Tuesday so we went and got ice cream one last time and played around the house. Kitt and Garet had a fun week in school and are getting adjusted to the longer day and early mornings. Mommy and Ryan enjoyed spending days together including ballet and meeting her new teachers. Ryan and Mommy had lunch with Kitt and Garet on Friday which everyone enjoyed. Speaking of teachers Ryan starts school tomorrow. Every time Mommy mentions school to Ryan, she says she doesn’t want to go so it should be interesting. Her teachers are really nice, though, and Charlotte is in the same class which will be good. The weekend was fun as we went swimming, had ice cream and played at home. We also went to Leapin Lizards and Aunt Kristen’s apartment to play. We were pretty tired tonight and will look forward to some fun things at school and at home this week and hopefully Mommy will take some pictures.
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Back to school!

This week began with Kitt and Garet’s first day of Pre-K. They seemed to enjoy it but kept talking about what a long day it was! On Monday afternoon we went rock climbing. Kitt and Garet are going to climb with Coach Scott on a regular basis and they did great! Ryan, of course, wasn’t going to be left out so she played on the climbing dinosaur.  Ryan got to enjoy a fun play date with Charlotte and Thomas at Fernbank and she also got to start Mommy and Me Ballet.  She had so much fun but mostly enjoyed getting all dressed up.  She also enjoyed going to art class with Mommy.  A big treat of this week was Poppy coming to town!  He got here on Saturday (with a box of Krispy Kremes, of course) and we are loving having him here.  Today we went to Piedmont Park and also to the Fox Theatre for a Mary Poppins sing-a-long.  We have been worn out at the end of the day this week getting used to the new schedule but everything seems to be going well here.  We hope all of you are enjoying any new adventures you are having!
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What a great way to start my week – looking at all my family (except Michael) on the blog. Oh, how I enjoy looking at my favorite people! As usual, you girls had a fun filled week and a special treat with Poppy and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. After talking to you girls, it appears he brought enough for the whole weekend. I am sorry now I didn’t come with him; however, at least it won’t be long before your birthday in October. Enjoy this week and I will be anxiously awaiting all your exciting news from this week. Love you lots.

See you later, summer!

We had a wonderful last week of summer and are looking forward to school starting tomorrow. Kitt and Garet start Pre-K and Ryan has a couple more weeks but she is excited, too. We went with Mommy and Aunt Kristen this week to LegoLand and had such a fun time. We rode rides, played games, watched a movie and saw lots and lots of Legos.  On Wednesday we all went to Coralwood to meet Kitt and Garet’s new teachers (Ms. Morris and Ms. Hall).  They seem really nice and we are looking forward to going back.  Even Ryan seemed comfortable in the new class.  In fact, when Ms. Morris took Kitt and Garet’s picture, she also took one of Ryan!  We got to see Aunt Kristen several times and also went to Leaping Lizards and Sensations Therafun.  On Thursday we went with Mommy and Daddy on our first ever family vacation with just the 5 of us.  We went to the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC and had a fantastic time!  It is a huge indoor waterpark with lots of other activities as well.  Ryan enjoyed playing in the pool area while Kitt and Ryan loved the wave pool and big water slides.  We will definitely go back one day!  Unfortunately, it is challenging to take pictures near the water slides when someone is always needing to watch us but there are a few.  On the way home we stopped in Greenville, SC and had lots of fun running around, eating ice cream and playing with the camera.  Our last news to report this week is that Ryan doesn’t sleep in a crib anymore–she also doesn’t sleep in her own room anymore.  She is becoming a big girl very quickly.  It has been a incredible summer with so many fun adventures, memories and people.  We need to get ready for our big day tomorrow so we will see you next week!
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What an exciting week you all had! Great Wolf Lodge looks like a really fun place to visit and from the smiles on all your faces, it looks like you had a great time. As always, I loved seeing all the pictures of your activities. Lego Land looked really neat and reminded me of the exhibit we visited when you were here in Pensacola. I also see you were playing some goofy golf. Was that fun? Did anyone get a hole in one? I know Kitt and Garet will be starting pre-K this week and I hope it really goes well and you learn lots of new things. Maybe next summer you can read stories to Poppy! I hope you have another great week and I look forward to reading all about it in next weeks blog. Until then, remember you are all loved very, very much!!! …Poppy

From the looks of things, you girls and mommy and daddy had a fantastic time at the water park.Maybe one day Poppy and Granny could go to the lodge with you. That was a great adventure before returning to school. I am happy to see that Ryan is now in the same bedroom with her big sisters. That will make it easier for mommy and daddy when they read stories and sing songs at night! Yesterday I went to Miss Lisa’s pool by myself, and sure did miss having you girls with me. At Least Miss Lisa came out and kept me company!! I am happy to learn you like your new teachers at school. Your mom tells me there are more girls in your class than were last year so that is good news. I know it will be a fun year, and your mommy will be at the school often to volunteer. Sending prayers and lots of love and kisses.

Home again….with company!

While we were sad to leave Granny and Poppy’s house we were happy to get home! We were also glad to get to spend the week with Jennifer, Mommy’s friend from college, and her son Calvin who is also 4 years old. We all went to MDO on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and spent lots of time at the pool in the afternoons. On Tuesday we went to Sensations Therafun for some morning fun and on Thursday we went to the Botanical Gardens. We also went to Hippo Hopp one afternoon. It was a great week with lots of fun showing Calvin our favorite things to do. We were also glad to get to see Aunt Kristen some this week, too. On Saturday, Aunt LeAnn, Uncle Barry, Parker and Patrick came up for a fun day at the zoo. We had a great time seeing them and hanging out at the zoo. On Sunday we all went with Mommy and Daddy to the park, the splash pad and then to Piedmont Park for popsicles. We had a great week and are looking forward to one more week of summer fun before school starts next week!
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Oh, it’s great to be a Florida Gator! Love your Gator shirt Kitt. I see a lot of new things in this week’s blog—new ballet shoes, new tap shoes, new bathing suits, and I think a few new outfits! Are the shoes your new back-to-school shoes? Everything is adorable. Ryan, you try so hard to do everything your big sisters do, but I think flying a kite is going to be a challenge. I am so proud at how well Kitt and Garet are at jumping off the diving board. If Ryan could swim to the side, no doubt she would be joining you on the board!!! Kitt, what’s up with your whole family on the front porch? Are you having to air out your bed because Pooh is stinking up your bed??? I see that your mommy has some wild finger nail polish. This was part of an outing she had with Jennifer, I suppose. I think your mom and dad have an exciting adventure planned before school resumes. Have fun. I’m sending you lots of love and kisses.

Hi Girls!!! Poppy sure was sad to see you leave Pensacola and head back to your home in Georgia. Having you at Granny and Poppy’s home was so much fun and I really miss you lots. But, at the same time, I am happy to see that you have settled back into your routine and are having fun. I was so excited to see Kitt and Garet jumping off the diving board. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ryan doing that next summer. And congratulations on finally getting your kites to fly! It looks like a lot of fun and maybe you will show Poppy how to fly a kite next time I come to see you. I hope you have another fun week and I hear you are doing something very special for a family vacation. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of pictures from that vacation. Until next time, take care and remember that Poppy loves you all very much! Hugs and kisses to you all.

Fun in the sun….sad to go!

We have had such a wonderful time in Florida with Granny and Poppy and are already so sad to be getting ready to go home. We did lots of new and exciting things this trip which was fun.  On Monday we went out to the beach to see Granny’s cousin and her family (Sheila, Doug and Caitlin).  It was so much fun as we went swimming, played in the sand, ate and jumped in the waves.  One night we went to see the Pensacola Blue Wahoos play–that’s the minor league baseball team.  We had never done that and we really enjoyed it.  Mommy was worried we would be bored but the love of baseball must be in our blood as we had a great time dancing, eating and even watching the game.  After the game they had fireworks which we loved!  On Thursday Poppy and Mommy took us to Mobile, Al to go to a new museum called the Exploreum which was great.  It was well worth the drive as we had a wonderful time.  We were also excited to spend some time with Aunt Joan.  Ryan had never met her and she had not seen Kitt and Garet in a few years.  Her visit included us taking another trip out to the beach to see Sheila and Doug which we loved just as much the second time.  In fact, Garet even asked where she was sleeping!  Mommy and Auntie Kristin took us on a big boat for a  dolphin cruise–it was lots of fun and we got to see several dolphins.  The guide told us we might even see a mermaid so imagine our disappointment when we did not see one.  No trip to Pensacola would be complete without a meal at McGuire’s so we did that after the cruise.  Finally, we went with Daddy, Poppy, Mommy and Uncle Mark to the Naval Air Museum and also to Ft. Barancas.  We always love the planes at the museum and the fort was a fun new experience for us.  We are so glad to have such wonderful grandparents who love us very much and help create such special memories every time they see us.  This trip was no exception!  We also appreciate (as does Mommy) how much they do for Mommy while we are here, too.  The time passed too quickly and we are all sad to go home but look forward to special visitors at our house this week and also look forward to seeing Granny and Poppy again soon.
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What a fun filled two weeks I had with you girls. We were on the go all the time, and it was wonderful. There was no one at my bed early this morning asking for donuts so I am wondering if you woke your mommy up asking her for donuts! All your pictures on the blog are terrific – I loved every one of them. I know you are going to start right in keeping busy by going to MDO three times this week with your friend Calvin. His mommy is one of your mommy’s best friends. Miss Lisa said she is sorry she couldn’t hug you good-bye, but she said you can always swim in her pool. Have a great week, and remember I love you to the moon, to the sun and to the stars.