Saturday, August 30, 2008

KU vs. Floriday International University

Kids in back of the Union sporting their Jayhawk balloons.
Paul and Poppy in the Famiy Zone

We had a great time at the first KU football game. It was PACKED which made it even more exciting. The kids enjoyed the balloon animals, walking around on the hill, cheering and snacks. The Hawks looked great and won easily 40-10.

Friday, August 22, 2008

First Week of School

Katie's class
Kindergarteners playing a game to learn eachother's names.
Ms. Dunlap reads

Mrs. Estle's kindergarten students learn new vocabulary.

Here's some pics of the kids' classes from the first week or so of school. And don't worry I'm not stalking them during the school day. These pics are taken by the school.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

PTO Back to School Picnic

Here's a pic of Katie's current and previous teachers. Miss Parker, Mrs. Estle and Ms. Dunlap. Katie loves them all!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

KU Fan Appreciation Night

We took the kids to KU Fan Appreciation an Memorial Stadium today. The kids loved the inflatables and seeing the Jayhawks. The had an autograph session afterwards but we left because the lines were really long and the only the kids wanted was Big Jay and Baby Jay.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

First Day of School

The first day of school went great. Matthew was grumpy about getting his picture taken but ok about going to school. This is our annual picture in front of the little oak tree. See how much they've all grown over the years - 2007, 2006, 2005! They are all sporting their some of their favorite duds. Katie is wearing a shirt with a horse on it and using her Hawaiian backpack. Matthew is wearing a Lego Indiana Jones T-shirt and has a Batman backpack and matching lunchbox this year. Paul is wearing a new Lego polo and using his camo backpack for hopefully another year.

I thought the change in morning routine was going to kill them but they did great. They've been sleeping in until about 8 or 9 all summer and need to be up at 7 to get ready for school. Katie was up at 6 raring to go. In this second picture Katie was long gone to her classroom and so we missed that picture.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Money's Worth

I came across this awesome pedal race car at a garage sale last week. The kids love it and are riding it everyday. With all the hard use I don't expect it to last too long but it only cost a dollar so we've already got our moneys worth.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Colorado 2008

Troy unexpectedly had some slow time and so he could work a mini-vacation into his busy schedule. We decided to Go West! We headed to Woodland Park, CO for a long weekend along with his dad, Mary and niece, Dani. We couldn't all fit in one vehicle so they followed the van in their truck. Although it was a long car ride the kids stayed busy with snacks, games and crafts. I was fortunate to come across the Target 75% off sale and cleaned them out of games and crafts.

Even though our time in Colorado was short, we managed to fit in Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Pikes Peak, Helen Hunt Falls, Cripple Creek, a Cowboy Chuckwagon dinner show and the Dinosaur Resource Center.

The kids loved the hotel pool and playing in mountain streams. They had fun panning for gold and now Matthew wants to be a gold prospector when he grows up. They were all impressed with the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodlawn Park and Paul earned a cub scout badge there. They were troopers when it came to hiking and had more stamina than I expected.

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Long and Whining Road

Wow! We had a blast bit it feels great to be home. We're not actually all the way home yet but we're close. We're driving through Topeka now.