August 2007 . . . A blast from the past

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from August 10 years ago and write a poem or a blog post.

I went on a mission this week to find photos from August 2007.  I finally found them tonight!

10 years ago, the boys were 2 and 4 and as cute as can be.

The Imaginative One started preschool.

I moved school buildings once again.

Now to the photos I’ve chosen from August 2007.

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This is the Wee One dressed as Goliath from the Playhouse Disney’s show Jo Jo’s Circus.

The Imaginative One was obsessed with the show.  I bought him this Halloween costume one year.  It was on sale so it was cheap.  Both boys wore it non stop for years.  Best money spent.

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The boys were outside underneath our maple tree.  The Wee One was eating a yogurt and apple.  I love his eyes in this photo.

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We went to Krispy Kreme for donuts and to watch the donuts being made.  I think they were excited to eat some delicious treats.

The Imaginative One no longer believes in smiling so it’s great to find a photo of him smiling.

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This is the Wee One’s first day of preschool.  He was at the preschool for two years.  Now he is getting ready to go to 8th grade which is crazy.

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That’s not how you play corn hole, the Wee One.

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Playing in the park.  The Wee One has lost one of his sandals.  This is nothing new because he still loses shoes ALL the time.

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The Imaginative One took gymnastics for a few years because of his lack of coordination.  This was taken on his last day of gymnastics.

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Playing in the water.  So much fun!

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He got to meet this giant frog while he was playing in the water.

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Playing in the rain – One is in his diaper while the other put on his rain coat.  Such a difference in personalities.

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The Imaginative One got to pose with this cool car.  The Newport Aquarium is located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Wee One got a hair cut.  He was so mad about that.  Tears and a tantrum followed the decision to cut off his baby hair.

It looks as though he had just had some yogurt or cotton candy ice cream before the clippers were brought out.

These two are now going to be middle schoolers.  They say those are the most difficult years.  It has been so bad with the Imaginative One.  I hope it’s not that bad with the Wee One.

I hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane with me.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

A Ropes Course and Zoo – Day 2 Part 2

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Ropes Course

Here is a video of the Imaginative One on the ropes course.

And the Wee One on the ropes course –

The boys were given a two hour block of time that they could be on the ropes course. During that time, they could be on any of the courses – beginner, medium, and advanced. They ended up lasting for 1 hours and 45 minutes before they decided to be done with the course.

It was well worth the money we spent. At one point, the Wee One thanked Hubby for having him do the course. He really enjoyed doing it.

Here are three collages of them on the course.

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Zoo

Gibbon talk

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Animals in the Discovery House – The animal on the bottom right is a chinchilla.

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From left top clockwise to left middle

Chickens – They were given free reign of the area.

Meerkat

Wallaby

Tortoise

Some sort of bird that was up in the rafters

Alpaca

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The farm area was sponsored by Levi jeans. They had this cool jeans sculpture.

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More of the Gibbons

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Random Shots

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Tiger

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There was a goat in the back of the truck and a dog statue in the front of the truck.

Join me next Saturday for photos of the museum.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

Hotel Fun and Then Fish – Day 2 Part 1

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Hotel Fun

The boys decided they wanted to form a duck choir while we were in the hotel room.

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The boys wanted to pretend they were T-Rexes. They ran around the room with part of their arm in their shirts.

After all the fun at the hotel, we checked out of the hotel and then went to the Greensboro Science Center. The science center had a ropes course, aquarium, children’s museum, and a zoo.

Aquarium

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At the front of the aquarium is a sign with a flashing sea creature. It went too fast to get a good photo.

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The otters – They had an area where you could climb in and get closer to the otters.

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Penguins

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The science center had a HUGE octopus. He was out while we were there in the morning.

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They had an area where you could pet manta rays. The boys loved being about to touch them.

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They had a submarine that you could climb into so Hubby and the boys had to climb into it.

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They also had a big tank of fish, sharks, and manta rays.

We only did a brief walk through of the aquarium because the boys were going to do the ropes course. They give you a time to do the ropes course. Our time was an hour after we got there.

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The atrium of the science center

We had to walk through the atrium on our way to the zoo because the zoo is where the ropes course is located.

Zoo

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The cockatoo and Macaw

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The Gibbons – They were so much fun to watch.

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The lemurs

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This peacock was walking around. I thought that was cool.

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Random Shots

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More random shots

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Red Panda – The Wee One’s favorite animal. He was one happy child when he got to see it.

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I loved the signs they had for all of the animals.

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Tortoises

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Hubby helping the Wee One get geared up for the ropes course.

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The Imaginative One getting ready for the ropes course.

Join me next Saturday for the boys on the ropes course and more of the zoo.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

On June 22, we left for our South Carolina trip. The first two days of our trip were going to be spent in North Carolina before heading down to South Carolina.

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They Really Do Like Each Other (Throwback Thursday)

1. Throwback Thursday: Share an old photo and let it inspire your blog post.

I could share a photo of a summer sunset.  However, I shared one a month ago and will share more with my Folly Beach blog posts.

Another prompt I could have written about what was your child’s favorite part of the summer.  So last night, I asked the Wee One what has been his favorite part of summer 2017.  His response was simple and to the point “I’m not in school.”  The reason is because school is boring.  He then responded the beach was his favorite part.  He didn’t want to talk any more because he wanted to listen to Harry Potter and his brother did not so he was upset.  (We were driving when I asked him the questions.)

Since neither prompts were going to work, I’ve decided to find an old photo and tell more about the photo.

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Three years ago, I reconnected with one of my friends from the Disney College Program.  We decided to meet up in Cleveland.  When Molly and I made plans to meet up, I decided to make it a road trip.  The boys and I visited Cedar Point, the Cleveland Metro Zoo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, and the Wilds.

Today’s photo is from our visit to the Cleveland Metro Zoo.

As we were walking through the zoo, I witnessed the boys holding hands which rarely if ever happens.

This photo is one of my favorites of both boys together.

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This is another photo from the zoo.  I love the Wee One’s innocence in this photo.

Here are some other photos that I took while we were at the Cleveland Metro Zoo.

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I really enjoyed the Cleveland Metro Zoo.  If you were to visit the zoo, make sure it is not a hot day because there is a LOT of walking.  Plus make sure you are wearing shoes that will hold up to all of the walking.

Since there is a lot of trees in the park, I bet it will be beautiful in the fall.

Have a magical day,
Traci
Mama’s Losin’ It

Happy 14th birthday, Imaginative One!

Today is the Imaginative One’s 14th birthday!  I don’t how that happened.  It’s as though I blinked and 14 years had gone by so quickly.

 

This year is different for me.  I’m not with him to celebrate his 14th birthday.  He’s in Kentucky at Boy Scouts Camp which is something he truly enjoys.

 

Dear the Imaginative One,

 

During this past year, you’ve lost your aunt and had his one grandma move in with us and then moved into an apartment 3 minutes away.

You got Password, our Quaker parrot.  That bird trusts and loves you.

You’ve have traveled to Orlando and Charleston.  And have volunteered at a Vacation Bible School and a search and rescue for a task force.

You’ve grown A LOT and your voice has changed. You are now at least 5 foot 7 inches, maybe more.

You’re still the sarcastic, animal loving, book loving, gifted, chocolate loving, and a sometimes mama’s boy.  You make us laugh A LOT.  You frustrate your brother with your strict rule following at times.

You’re the only one that I know that has read the ENTIRE student handbook for the fun of it.

Happy birthday, my 40 year old in a 14 year old body – my old man.

I’m proud to be your Madam Gasho, mom, or dearest mother depending on your mood of the day.

You make us proud everyday!

I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday next week in Hershey, PA!

Love,

Your Madam Gasho, mom, or dearest mother, depending on your mood

 

 

Rolls in His Sleep

3. The last thing that made you laugh.

Last week, I wrote my Writer’s Workshop post on my phone.  This week I’m back to using my PC.  So much easier.

While we were on vacation last week, we had so many laughs.  When you are in a house with a 12 year old, an almost 14 year old, a 14 year old, and a 15 year old, there is sure to be some laughs.

I think the moments that made me laugh the most was the time the Imaginative One decided to call me Madam Gasho with a French accent.  He supposedly worked at the hotels in both Greensboro and Charlotte, NC leaving chocolate on pillows.  Since it was so hot outside, the only chocolate he could leave was tootsie rolls.

His payment for the job was buckets of snot.  I know gross but he’s almost 14 and a boy so we hear a lot about farts, snot, and poop at our house.  Sorry.

He told us that he should not have signed that contract.

Fortunately I took a video of him talking about the contract.

During the first night, he ended up sleeping on the floor of the hotel room because he did not want to sleep in the same bed as his brother.

The second night, he did sleep in the same bed as his brother.  He hated it.

If you sleep in the same bed as the Wee One, he will poke at you through out the night.  He also moves around in his sleep – A LOT.  The Imaginative One was not too happy about sharing a bed with his brother.

Here is a video of him explaining why he did not enjoy sleeping in the same bed with him.

Those were only some of their antics last week.  I wish I had a video of them running the hotel as though they were a T-Rex or the dinner time conversations at the beach house.  Those were hilarious.

I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything.

Just so you know, I’ve started writing posts about our trip.  They will begin on July 29.  A new post will be posted every Saturday.  It’ll take at least 6 months or more to get through all of our trip because of all we had done during the 10 days we were gone.  I only took 3,500 photos.

Have a magical day,
Traci

P.S.  Laugh a little every day.
Mama’s Losin’ It

Welcome To . . .

Here are a few photos from our road trip. 

When we go to different states, we love to stop at the welcome center and get photos welcoming us to the different states. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another photo or maybe photos from our road trip. 

The travel blogs of this road trip will begin in August after the Holland, Michigan blog posts are complete. 

Have a magical day,

Traci

Jumping in the Pool – A Summer Tradition

One of the boys’ favorite activities in the summer is to play in our pool.  I rarely get in the pool with them.  Usually I’m taking photos of them jumping in.  I love capturing them while they are in the air.  They enjoy trying to make it look as though they are floating.

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The Boys’ Last Day of School Photo Shoot

May 31st was the boys’ last day of school.  My tradition is to take photos on the first and last day of school each year.

When the Wee One walked into the house, he informed us that he was going to relax the next day and then start cleaning the day after that.

Enjoy the photos. Continue reading “The Boys’ Last Day of School Photo Shoot”

Summer Reading Program

Every year, the boys sign up for the summer reading program.  We try to do as many of the programs as possible.  However with our schedule and the fact the boys are considered teens, they won’t be doing a lot of their programs this year.

The Imaginative One signed up on the first day of the program and was the first child to finish the first 8 hours of reading.  He did it withing 2 days of the program starting for the summer.  The librarian knows him so she did not doubt the fact he read 8 hours in 2 days. Continue reading “Summer Reading Program”

I’m The Third Tallest?!?

4. Write a blog post the ends with the sentence: I had a feeling that would happen.

 

Three years ago, the Imaginative One and I spent the last full day in Disney together.  We went to Animal Kingdom and then EPCOT.

While we were in EPCOT, I decided to get a photograph of him and I together. Continue reading “I’m The Third Tallest?!?”

The Imaginative One’s Confirmation

Last Sunday, the Imaginative One was confirmed at our church.  He was the only 7th grader.  The other two young men that were confirmed are in the 8th grade.

When I was confirmed back in 1988, I was a 7th grader and the other ones were 8th graders.  I think it’s cool that we both had similar confirmations.

From January until last week, Nick was on hiatus from weekend camp trips so that he did not miss very many classes.  He ended up missing two because of an ear infection and then for his cousin’s confirmation. Continue reading “The Imaginative One’s Confirmation”

What Did You Just Say?

2. Something your kids said that made you think.

Let me start off with this disclaimer:  The Imaginative One is a ferocious reader.  He almost always has a book in his hand.  In fact on Tuesday, he was supposed to help with a fire safety merit badge class for Boy Scouts.  Instead he wanted to read.

A while back, he had not done one of his chores so I threatened to take away his book he was reading.  He told me that I was going to mess up his education. Continue reading “What Did You Just Say?”

Peach Quick Bread

One thing I am realizing is that even though I’ve shared recipes, I’ve not shared much about the kids or really welcomed you into my kitchen for a meal.

My kids are now eleven and almost thirteen.  Another chapter in my life is beginning, that is a mother of a teenager.  Let me tell you, life has begun to get interesting.  When this blog began in 2010, the boys were 5 and almost 7. Continue reading “Peach Quick Bread”

Weekly Ramblings – Halloween 2015 – Write 31 Wrap Up

I'm HungryToday is the last day of the Write 31 challenge.  I can’t believe it’s over.  During the challenge, I have cooked a lot of meals and desserts in the crockpot.  It’s been a fun experience.  In fact, as I am typing there is chicken and hamburger meat cooking for later meals.

I’m going to continue cooking dinners in the crock pot.  During the month, it’s been a much easier way to get dinner on the table which is much less stress on my part.  One thing I would love to do is more freezer kits and share them with you.

My 31 day post is going to be attached to a page later this week so you can still refer to it later.  I’m also going to provide printable recipes.  I’ve already put some of the recipes on my Google drive.  Once I get done with that, I’ll provide you with a link to all of the recipes.  🙂

Here is a list of some of my new and some old blogs that feature crock pot meals.  I’ve shared a few of them on my menu plan Monday blog posts.

  1. The Magical Slowcooker
  2. Recipes that Crock
  3. 365 Days of Slow Cooking
  4. A Year of Slow Cooking
  5. Sassy Slow Cooker
  6. Funny is Family – Crockpot Thursday
  7. Six Sister’s Stuff

Here are 23 of the recipes I’ve shared over the course of the last 31 days.

I hope you enjoyed the recipes I’ve shared.

Continue reading “Weekly Ramblings – Halloween 2015 – Write 31 Wrap Up”