Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fun in the Corn

It's been awhile since I posted, but that doesn't mean we haven't been doing anything fun around here. Last weekend, Greg and I took the boys out to Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm for some fun. I took enough pictures for several posts, but what the boys really liked was the corn.

I wish there was a way to have one of these corn bins in my backyard. I'm pretty sure I could just let Nick and Henry out there in the morning and open the door for lunch. They might not ever come out of the corn!

It was raining outside, so it wasn't actually a bad thing that Henry and Nicholas preferred to stay in the corn. Greg and I sat at a picnic table waiting for the boys to tire of the corn.

Here's Nick at the door to one of the corn bins. It's as if he's saying, "What, you want me to come out? No thanks, I'd rather live here!"

I'm not sure why all pumpkin farms don't have a corn bin. It's a great moneymaker and it seems like it'd be hardly any work. Plus, the kids get such joy out of the whole experience.

I promise to show more pictures from the pumpkin farm later this week, including some cute ones from the pumpkin patch and an interesting one with Greg and a goat.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Math and Science Night at Henry's School

We had two nights of school activities last week: Henry's school had Math and Science Night, and Nick's school had a Medieval-Themed Reading Night.

It was "team day" at Bonnie McBeth. Henry wore a UK Wildcats t-shirt, because his daddy went there for grad school.

Since I'm a teacher and I always encourage parents to be involved in school events, I figured I had better attend the events at my kids' schools. Thus, we made leaf patterns and said hi to Nick's old teacher and Henry's new one.

They used a balance to compare the mass of pumpkins and gourds.

I have no idea whether they really understood what they were doing, but they sure had fun experimenting with the gourds!

They counted items they found in a corn bin. I think they could've done this all night.

I have to remember to take them to the corn bins they can climb in at the pumpkin festival this year. Nick and Henry love the feel of the corn.

I really liked seeing the pictures and student work that was lining the hallways. Henry was quite the ham for this picture!

I did a close-up of this picture. He has his tongue out and everything!

The last (and wettest) activity was sink or float. The boys predicted which items would sink or float, and then they splashed them in the water to see if their predictions matched reality. Mostly, they just splashed water around.

We probably would've stayed a bit longer, but we were hungry for dinner. This night ended up being pretty cool.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sir Readalot's Castle at Nick's School

When I got home from work today, Nick was bouncing around, telling me there was a book fair at his school and we had to go. Now that my boys are both in school, there are two buildings' worth of events to attend. Tonight we went to Nick's elementary school with Grandma Toni. This particular event boasted a medieval theme.

I know. The above knight seems more Roman, but maybe I'm over-thinking the whole thing.

Besides meeting wandering knights and ladies, we were able to listen to some storytellers. Then, Nick and Henry went into the art room to make their own coats of arms.

It's very different being the parent at these events. Good, just different. I'm in my 15th year of teaching this year, but this is my first time visiting an elementary school as a parent.

Henry drew on his coat of arms, too, but he wanted to get back to the book fair. That, you see, is where they keep the Star Wars books.

Nick was a little intimidated by this guy in chain mail. Henry? He kept staring at the guy's wooden sword like he wanted to steal it.

This guy's costume was a little more period-appropriate, I think.

I ended up spending $30 on books for these guys. I was so happy that this book fair doesn't have any toys, so all there was to get excited about was the books.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Playing in the Park after School

Today, after school, the boys and I visited the park behind my school. This is a relatively new park, and the boys were excited to be able to play there.

Henry and Nick just about flipped when they figured out they could both fit in this swing. They didn't want to get out!

Nothing beats the grins on these guys faces, and seeing them so happy helps a lot after a stressful Monday.

The boys like walking through the school garden and trying to identify the plants there. Both boys were surprised at how big the pumpkins had gotten.

Mondays are hard, but these guys make them much more palatable for me. We played at the park for a good hour before heading home. Now it's time for homework (mine and theirs).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nick Dresses Up as an Elephant, and Henry Rides an Elephant

I'm going to flash back to our summer vacation in August, when we visited Circus World Museum, in Baraboo, Wisconsin. They have a Kids' Circus Show every day, where kids are the performers. Nick got picked to be an elephant performer in the show.

Henry was a little irked that he didn't get picked.

In fact, he later had to be escorted out of the show because he was so upset. Nick, as expected, performed well as an elephant; he likes being the center of attention.


Henry decided that if he couldn't be an elephant, at least he could ride one!

He was so small they let him ride up front, and he had this big grin on his face the whole time.

They only let the elephants give rides for a very short time, but we got there at the right time. Henry loved it!


This time, Nick was the jealous one. I have to give him credit, though. He didn't throw a tantrum at all. My boy is growing up.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Search for Halloween Costumes, Part II

Something I didn't mention about our shopping trip last Friday night was how Nick found, as he put it, "a Marty vest." While I was looking around at Gymboree, Nick came across a red puffer vest just like the one Michael J. Fox wears in the first "Back to the Future" movie. He insisted that I buy it, so he could be Marty McFly for Halloween. Then the search began for the rest of his costume. First, we had to find a jean jacket that would work under the puffer vest.

What do you think? Nick knows he's cool in his new jacket. We found it on the clearance rack, thank goodness. That wasn't all, though. Marty McFly, you see, dressed in layers.

Nick needed a red t-shirt, then a blue checkered button-down shirt, then a jean jacket, then the puffer vest. Whew! Thanks to some very helpful store clerks (it was a slow night with not many customers), I found almost everything in the Oshkosh store. Does Nick (above) look like Marty (below)?

He sure thought so! "Nobody calls me chicken!" he said as he checked himself out in the mirror.

Now all that's left will be finding him white Nike shoes with the red swoosh and some retro 1980's sunglasses. Oh, and maybe I can find a little DeLorean or a kid-sized skateboard to carry around.

We've been watching the trilogy all weekend.  

Oh, and Henry? He begged for a jean jacket too, so he could be "cool." And for his costume? Hmm. Well, we were thinking perhaps Doc Brown. He already says, "Great Scott!" in perfect character.

His hair is already nearly white and it sticks up in a pretty funny way when we gel it up. Anyone have a poodle skirt? Nick wants Greg and I to be George and Lorraine.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Search for Halloween Costumes, Part I

Ever since the first Halloween stores started popping up, Nick has been asking me to take him and Henry to look at costumes. Last week we spent a good half hour in one store trying on costumes, though I wouldn't let them decide yet.

Nick liked this skeleton costume, but I thought it was a little bit scary for a Kindergarten student. Henry wanted to be Darth Vader (of course), but I told him we did a Star Wars theme last year and we needed to move on.

Cute, but we need a new theme this year.

So Henry tried on a lot of costumes without committing to anything. He kept asking, "Does this once have a light saber?" Sigh. Henry has a one track mind. He did like this monster costume, mostly because of the fuzzy hat.

Both boys found plenty of costumes they liked, but they were either too scary (all of Nick's choices), or only Darth Vader costumes (that would be Henry). Last Friday, though, Nick came up with a cool idea all on his own. I'll write more about that tomorrow, but here's a teaser. . .

Who do you think he wants to be for Halloween this year?