Saturday, September 23, 2017

Revisiting Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Four years ago, Boogs and I visited Umlauf Sculpture Garden. You can see the post here. This time we did some of the same activities - scavenger hunt, salt water taffy sculpture, sketching our favorite sculpture, walking the grounds, and learning more about the artwork.

While we were there, Boogs measured himself against a sculpture called The Diver. Boogs was 7-years-old when we went last time and he was almost the exact same size as the statue.
I thought it would be neat to see how much he has grown since we last visited.
Look how much his arm has grown.
Boogs' foot is not that much bigger. I thought it would have grown more than that in four year.
 Taffy "sculpture" of The Diver.
Boogs still liked the Icarus sculpture. Last time he said it was his favorite sculpture in the garden. This time, he decided he liked The Diver best.

It was a beautiful afternoon to wander around the shady grounds of Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

It is hard to believe that Boogs is now a great big 11-year-old. Sometimes I wish I could turn back or slow down time. But then I realize what an amazing, thoughtful, and fun young man Boogs is becoming and I look forward to the future and all the changes that come with it as I watch him grow into a man.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day of School 2017-2018

Whew, it has been a long time since I've posted. Boogs is growing like a weed and has been keeping me busy. We had a fantastic summer and we were not quite ready for a new school year to begin. Boogs is now a great, big 6th grade middle schooler. I have no idea where the time has gone. It seems like yesterday that I was taking his picture for the first day of kindergarten.

We are keeping up with our first day of school traditions. Boogs posed for a picture by our front door. His head keeps inching towards the window on our door.
Since Kindergarten, I have made Boogs a first-day-of-school lunch based on The Kissing Hand. He took his lunch to school in an EasyLunchBox. It contained: pizza cut into hearts, heart granola bar cutouts, blueberries with plum hearts, salad with tomato & radish hearts, and cheese hearts. Boogs allowed me to make a special lunch today. He told me he is excited about all the options for lunch at the middle school cafeteria. I'm not excited about that.
Every year after the first day of school, I take Boogs to pick out a new book at the book store. Here are this year's picks. Look at that smile. He is happy with his choices.
Boogs really enjoyed going to school today. My fingers are crossed that he continues to enjoy the next 179 days left in his school year.

It has been a while since Boogs has wanted a story themed lunch. I used to regularly make story themed lunches for him. You can see those story themed lunches here on my Pinterest board.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Skiing At Vorlage

We decided to take a day and go to the Gatineau Mountains in Quebec to ski at Vorlage. My husband had asked around for a family friendly ski area and several people told him this would be a great place. We called and booked a ski lesson for Boogs. My husband and I have not skied for well over twenty years. I was not that great of skier back then. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
When we arrived at Vorlage, we found out they still considered it to be pre-season. That was unfortunate because it meant the only chair lift open was attached to three blue runs. This was the first time Boogs had ever been on skis and there were no green or even a bunny hill open for him to learn how to ski. 
Boogs loves being in the snow.
It was a bit rough for him trying to come down the blue run. He kept at it. His instructor was basically the same size as Boogs. She said she was having a hard time holding him back because of the steepness of the hills. At least, Boogs learned how to get back up after falling. He had a lot of practice with that.
After his lesson, Daddy took him down the hill. They made it to the bottom without falling.
The nice thing about it being pre-season, was the lack of people at Vorlage. The local schools were still in session. So there were only about ten skiers in the entire place.
 We never had to wait for the chair lift and rarely shared a slope with anyone.
 It was so beautiful! The air was crisp, the sun peeked out every once in a while.
 Daddy had fun. He really enjoyed being able to go right back up without any crowds.
Boogs decided he would rather play in the snow without skis on while Daddy and I kept skiing. He played near the chair lift while I went on a few more runs. Then Boogs and I went in for hot cocoa while Daddy kept skiing. It was a lot of fun. Boogs said he enjoyed it but it was also frustrating. Next time we go skiing, we will make sure there are green slopes for him.
I am the queen of the wedge. I really did not care how ridiculous I looked making extra wide snowplow turns down the slopes. And hey, I only fell twice. Not too shabby.

Here's Daddy on one of his first runs down the slope. By his fifth run, he was zipping down and lapping me.

Next year, we will try again.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Annual Bird Hike & Tobogganing

We left for Canada to visit my husband's family on December 19th. We had an amazingly easy day of travel. Our traveling luck held out with wonderful weather during the first part of our visit. Boogs was thrilled with the snow in Ottawa. The first full day we were in Ottawa, I had to go get Boogs a new snowsuit. I had forgotten to pack his snow pants. I also forgot to pack my camera. I guess that is what I get for packing the morning we were leaving town. It all worked out, Boogs old snow suit was over two years old and he barely fit into it. The new one should be big enough to last for two years. After Boogs put on his snow suit, he spent at least three hours in the front yard playing in the snow, came in for a bite to eat, and then went back out to play in the snow.

The next day we went on our annual feed-the-birds hike. We have been going on this hike with my husband's family since before Boogs was born. Last year, there was no snow so Boogs was thrilled to have a snowy hike this year.

We loved watching all of the squirrels. This little guy, took over a bird feeder. He let me get really close to take a picture before scampering off.
Boogs tried his luck at feeding the birds in this lean-to.
With a few seeds in his hand and a few more on his hat, birds stopped by in a constant stream.  Can you see the bird sitting on top of Boogs' hat?
Daddy left this message in the snow for Boogs to find.
Boogs wrote a message back for him.
We kept walking to our usual bird feeding spot. Now I am going to post way too many pictures of the birds landing on our hands.
We probably stood with our arms extended for an hour. After a while, Boogs had to use his other hand to prop up his arm.

This little squirrel was sticking his tongue out at us. He kept stalking the bird feeder, waiting for us to move out of his way.
I showed Boogs how to pick a spot where he could rest his arm on some small branches.
Grandmaman and Grandpapa headed back to the car while we stayed to feed the birds a little while longer.
We took the long way back to the parking lot and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
We always have to go have a Harvey's burger when we go to Ottawa.

We dropped Grandmaman and Grandpapa off at home before we headed to Mooney's Bay sledding hill. Boogs tried to stand on his saucer and slide down this little hill on the way to the sledding hill.
He fell down right after I took this picture.
Boogs went down the big side of the hill first. It took me a while to have the courage to try it. It was fast and far.
The climb back up the hill was long and tiring. We were the only people at the hill for most of the time we were there.
It was fun riding down the hill together on the toboggan.
Here are a few more pictures from our afternoon of sledding. It was a beautiful day and we certainly got in our exercise coming back up the hill.

Daddy was standing at the bottom of the hill, in our way. He kept moving in line with where we were coming down just to mess with us.  

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