This project was started back in late June, but saw it’s completion last weekend. My mother and father in law were here in June and the hunt for wood and brainstorming of plans began. Originally I had envisioned an on the ground fort. But my husband and father in law and two sons disagreed. We came to a compromise where the entrance would not be from the roof (lord have mercy!), but it would be off the ground. The base was completed in one weekend, but then it took a little different path than we imagined and so we had to wait until we had the time and energy to finish it. Aaron has been doing a lot of envisioning and research when it came to railings and rope ladders. I absolutely love the finished product and the kids are beyond thrilled. They have eaten dinner up there once, and have spent countless hours playing up there.
The kids also finally agreed on a name. I told them each to pick one word and then we would combine them. Gunnar somehow talked Greta into teaming up together for their two words and chose “all stars” and Sawyer’s contribution was “cheesy”. Thus Fort Cheesy All Stars came to be. In this first photo you can see our fire pit area in the background, I’ll share a post later this week with the finished product of that. We absolutely love our little backyard and it’s so nice spending time out there together.
I had some leftover paint I found in an obnoxious green color, apparently this paint was a contender when we redid the kids’ art closet, glad we went with something less bright. But it made for some fun signs.
With the evenings getting cooler finally, we are spending less time outside during and after dinner. Which gives us more time to read. I can’t leave the library now without a stack of books between the 3 kids and myself.
I finished Room in a few days, and seriously, unlike anything I have ever read. I highly recommend. I told my pilates instructor about it and she too read it in 2 days and said the same thing. I didn’t read the back, I didn’t read reviews, and I’m so glad because I wanted to discover it as I read. My instructor said she checked it out of the library and had no wait time, so go. Check it out. I borrowed it from our book swap awhile ago.
Gunnar is reading the Maze Runner trilogy. He’s on the second book and we are both waiting for the third and final book to be released this month. We’ll see who gets to read it first, it’ll all depend on where we are on our other novels.
Sawyer is really enjoying this Miss Child series, apparently there are a ton, he’s on his second at the moment. Reading is one of his favorite things to do, but unfortunately homework is no joke this year. Some nights he has more than Gunnar. But he has been such a trooper about it. He even hasn’t complained that I’m having him do the extra credit each night. Well, he’s complained a little. But only, “mama, I know you’re going to make me do the extra credit”. It was kind of like he surrendered before the fight started. He has extra math too because, well, he needs it. When you are good at something what happens is you get more work I guess. So to keep him un-bored he’s gotta be challenged. I’m just happy for him that today is Friday and that means no homework (well, except for his extra credit )
Greta discovered this fairy series at the library, and she’s insistent that if the boys get read to aloud, then she should pick her own chapter book and be read to as well. Sadly, they are torturous to read. Aaron and I cannot stand them, but she has been insistent. I skirted around this recently by picking a book that I think all three of them would enjoy listening to. But I made sure not to tell the kids what it was about until we started it. I knew if the boys found out it was about a girl turning into a mermaid when she hit water, it would be a no go. But it’s really suspenseful and well written so after chapter 1 they didn’t want me to stop. So finally all THREE of them are listening to the same book at night time and the fairy series that I really don’t like so much is being held off a little longer.
Any suggestions for books? For me? My kids? I am thinking another book swap will have to be arranged for December. By then we may be all out.
I had the privilege of photographing this little girl for her 3 year old photos, and this time I was asked to capture not only Stacie again, but her new brother Bryan. Such a sweet brother and sister bond between the two of them. You can see more photos on my photography blog from this session here.
It was quite the low key GNO a few weekends ago. Aaron was working on his crazy UCLA weekend, and my dad so graciously offered to take the boys to the USC game. Alone. By himself. With my two boys. Did I mention he volunteered this?! So it left my mom and Greta and myself for a GNO. In the car that morning Greta was brainstorming her plans.
Greta: I think we should go to Barnes and Noble and then out for a fancy dinner since we don’t have the boys.
Me: sounds like a plan to me.
And that’s what we did. After talking her Nanni not only into a trip to Barnes & Noble, but also to Claire’s. Oy vey. We headed to my most favorite LA restaurant. BLT Steak. Greta was beyond excited to be enjoying this experience before her brothers have.
Photos taken with my iPhone
Can you die with the lime in her pellegrino and the napkin on her lap?
This menu evoked quite a few questions. Suffice it to say I don’t see her going vegetarian anytime soon.
My brave girl even tried the foie gras. I even mentioned that it’s liver, but she didn’t bat an eye.
And no fancy dinner is complete without a fancy dessert.
Just a tiny peek at a session I did a couple weeks ago. Oh, the tiny toes and fingers. . . . delicious.
-nursing two colds in this house with a lot of down time and rest, and hot tea with honey and lemon
-killing my boys in a mean game of monopoly. come on, losing is good for them right?
-picking up soso’s instrument of choice for music lessons. first choice was sax but he can’t take that til 3rd grade, so the clarinet will be his 2nd grade choice until he can switch it next year
-sad we didn’t make it apple picking yesterday, but then happy since we found out there were no apples left
-building the kids’ fort, almost complete
-gardening a lot, pulling up old plants and turning the soil and adding compost for a few months of rest before next spring
-watching the kids love on their uncle who is visiting for awhile
-and all the normal household chores of laundry and cleaning and cooking