Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Just the Beginning

Theo and Auggie, flattering in flannel even if faces are funny :)

One of our highlights this month was swapping my girls with my sister's boys. We had a blast together eating a lot...

Watching boy shows....

building amazing lego creations...

swimming some laps...

and to top it all is the before picture...

and AFTER of haircuts- such a handsome crew. Much thanks to Auntie Beth!

Gretta took advantage of some browning bananas and baked up some yummy banana bread. 

The four older kids have been taking swimming lessons at the same time, which leaves Theo and I, snacks, books, and trucks in hand, cheering them on from the bleachers. Afterwards, we sometimes jump in the pool too. I think this guy is ready!

Target Starbucks with the Leatherberries- we love Target runs!!

Our first Daddy-Daughter Dance at Jacob's Well. 

We had so much fun at cousin Liza's gymnastic birthday party- boys will still be boys :)

We found Mr Sanders tree at Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan. Theo was on day 2 of potty training and didn't miss a beat.

We brought a friend and met lots of friends to play in the sun, exploring the Gardens.

Make a funny face if you had a great time!

Gretta is having an art lesson with Leila, initiated on her own. :)

Gretta performed in Into the Woods this year with His Majesty's Theater and Miss Molly.

Can you find Gretta? She blossomed as a tree!

Cousin hugs afterwards. We love you too, Jax and Grey!

I couldn't pass this picture up. Someone thought my bedroom dresser would make for a perfect scabbard! Lord, help me to enjoy these sweet years as they will go by fast!

We had some visitors for a delicious supper of Sloppy Joe's, fruit, and baked veggies.

Potty training started Monday, May 15th. We had quite a few accidents the first day, 
but this guy was willing and ready.

By day two (our trip to Bookworm Gardens) he had this thing. He told me when he had to go, and held it until we got to the restrooms.

"Hey mom?" "Huh?" "You said the nerd word!!!" I thought the nerd word was "what". =)

Cousins and Auntie eating together in style.

A trip to the bargain cave at Cabellas, looking for last minute Boundary Waters supplies.

We met my college room mate Jodi at Lindsey's house in Oshkosh- it has been years, but so great to catch up and meet each other's kids!

Our first trip to Bay Beach this season. Rides are a quarter, and orange seemed to be the ride choice color of the day for these two!

A first with cotton candy- they may be a bit shocked I said yes!

These two were not so excited about the texture. That is OK with me!

Sandra and Leia brought over fresh, warm pastries and churros- yummy!!

We finally planted these beautiful Knock Out rose bushes- thank you Dad!

Can't we go with you too?

The guys left Sunday for the Boundary Waters and we miss them like crazy! 
They are planning to be home Saturday night and we can't wait!

In the mean time, we had supper at GG and Gampys and enjoyed Gampys grilled pineapple with cinnamon- our new favorite =)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

It's a....

Trampoline!! I could start writing a book on the pros and cons of owning one 
only after a week of use! We've learned a few things from setting it up and following the directions exactly (we may have had to untie and re-tie the blue padding, and maybe even undo and redo a good portion of the coils- ha!) to taking turns and practicing self-control. 
Just a few more shots from our week....

The kids year-end Awana celebration at Jacob's Well was like the icing on the cake...

All year long the kids worked on memorizing verses, made new friends, & learned about the Lord from their very dedicated leaders.

Tonight we saw a glimpse of how God has grown each one. Glory be to Him!

And finally, a pizza party in Wrightstown to celebrate this little guy once again. One can never have too many birthday parties, right?!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Good Things Come in Threes (sometimes)

It has been three good months since I last posted. We are overflowing here with closing ceremonies, long division, & learning the "birdie" in the pool. Here are only a few snippets of life with the Gremore Gang. Hope you enjoy!

One of the local libraries held an evening where the kids could make a track for a small robot to follow based on black, red, and green lines. 

Oh how these cousins have gotten FAST at lining up biggest to littlest!! 
There is so much love in this picture!

Silas and Leila were the trail blazers for swimming lessons at the YWCA. One session later, enter Sam and Gretta. I cannot say enough about these lessons, as they have helped my kids get comfortable in the water, build endurance, and love swimming! 

This is Sam during his weekly presentation at our lovely Classical Conversations community day. I don't even remember why he had a horse hat on, but I couldn't resist a shot!

Heelflip, kickflip and Ollie. Truck, Axel and Kingpin. These new words have become more common on our home lately as Sam and Sy learn to skate the half-pipe.

Enjoying a root beer float afterwards (frugal mom alert: 
one float with coupon and four waters please!)!

Thumbs up, I turned three this month! I love pow pow powing my brothers and daddy, wrestling,  bow and arrows, shooting hoops, and picking out my pjs. 

Lily, Gretta, and I visited the Weidner Center to see a small rendition of Little House on the Prairie.

Sammy getting pumped up for his hair cut...

ta da! a new kid! 

We ventured with friends to NWTC on St Patricks Day 
to see these AMAZING Irish dancers.

This LONG lunch table represents a big group 
of homeschool kids in a college cafeteria. We had fun!

Sam the man turned 9 in March. Thank you Grandma Lo and Grandpa Jer for bringing the cake!!
 Its' perfect!

Time to blow out the candles.

We laughed so hard as Auntie Danielle pulled out her pretty floral, spiral bound calendar, I cracked open my mac, & Mom revealed her next three month planning system... on 8.5x11 copy paper. :) 

A small shed with 2 kittens, chicken eggs and friends. What more could a 5 year old want?!

Boys will be boys! Ending Easter with a game of catch- no shirts allowed.

But Jammies are!! Thanks to Grandma Lo and Grandpa Jer!! 

Thank you Uncle Roj and Aunt Reena for the sport books- he really does love books and sports, so its the perfect combo!

Sniff sniff- my last class tutoring these nine brilliant, bubbly students. 
What a fantastic year we have had!! 

The kids had gotten a crystal growing kit for Christmas. Look how beautiful they turned out!

Daddy is in Seattle for work. It's a tiring job to be the man of the house!

...we just got off the phone with Daddy who told the kids about a new backyard apparatus that was supposed to be on its way. Sure enough, he couldn't have planned it better, 
the Fed Ex truck just pulled up! To be continued...