NJ and the kids colored skulls for Dia de los Muertos. This was the first time ZJ showed us she could control her coloring. She colored in the shapes on the face and gave her skull arms, legs and other body parts.
"Mi gato caleco se fwe al pake." It should say "Mi gato calico se fue al parque" and means "My calico cat went to the park."
I opened a spaghetti squash and found lots of already sprouting seeds.
ZJ and I toured what will hopefully be the preschool she attends next year. It is the only school we're applying to and is a co-op so I'll be working there as well. They have themed weeks and were currently in their construction theme which she loved.
ZJ drew faces for the first time. Lots of creepy faces. There's a few full bodies too.
We went to 2 festivals this month where the kids got to put cereal on pipe cleaners to make bracelets and then eat them off.
The kids went to their first Miller Outdoor Theater show. We saw FROGZ.
IJ's team soccer pic.
ZJ's team soccer pic (with several kids missing).
ZJ's Heart Heroes cape finally came. They send custom capes to kids with CHD.
The tag that came with her cape.
A very happy ZJ after her first Kindermusik class. She loved it and followed directions beautifully.
ZJ had some very cold and one very wet soccer practice.
NJ was a mystery reader in IJ's class. The mystery reader sends in clues about their student so the kids can guess who's parent is coming. Then they show up with their kid's favorite book.
ZJ and I were there for the mystery reading because we also spent the morning preparing IJ's class' vegetable garden for planting and then during their recess we planted seeds with the kids. They've already begun sprouting now.
Proud IJ with his goodie basket prize. This was his 2nd time to get to visit the goodie basket for the entire school year. Both times he has brought home items I've donated and he could have used anytime at home.
IJ had to disguise a turkey. He came up with the idea to make it a robot.
IJ was going to camp in the backyard with NJ as his reward for having such a good week at school but he got sick with a mystery illness. His throat hurt, his stomach hurt and he threw up once. Camping was delayed and he didn't have a fun weekend.
He recovered in time to go to school the following week and dress up for the story book parade. The kids pick a favorite book and dress up as a character. IJ decided he wanted to be the beanstalk in Jack and the Beanstalk. We made a vine of yarn with felt leaves, used a doll as jack and put a cloud on his head. He was adorable and had one of only a handful of homemade costumes.
Before this week was out IJ developed a cough which turned out to be the beginning of the flu. Both the flu and strep and other viruses were going around his school and masses of kids were out sick. He had a rough couple of days with lots of sleeping. We did our best to keep him isolated but by Saturday it was clear I also had the flu and by Sunday ZJ had it. She did the best and seemed back to herself in 24 hours. Camping was delayed yet another weekend.
IJ, NJ and ZJ turkeys.
I ran the Turkey Trot still weak from the flu. I hadn't worked out in days. I had committed to running my first 10K and wanted to follow through. My pace was slower but I ran the entire thing.
That night we went out to dinner for Thanksgiving and then took the kids and grandparents to the Zoo for Zoo Lights. Everyone seemed to enjoy it although the kids were exhausted.
Camping! Finally! IJ and NJ camped out the weekend after Thanksgiving in our brand new tent. They watched a movie in the tent, made smores and slept in their sleeping bags (IJ's sleeping bag was actually mine from when I was a kid).