Learning and Racing

The weeks fly by, here at Good Family Robinson. Jason added another race to his repertoire, and Thea did the Kids Dash before his race.
She’s the Warrior Girl on the far left, and she stopped as soon as she got to me.
“That wasn’t a long enough race for me, Momma.”

Then, Jason was off and she watched intently, waiting for him to pass by.
Suddenly, he was there!
And soon afterwards, he crossed the Walking Bridge and the finish line.
The next day, we attended Celebrate Wildwood, an annual festival at the local Wildwood Lake wildlife sanctuary.  I was more impressed by the ZooAmerica presentation than Thea.
Nonna and Baba met us there!
And Jason and Thea saw a lady about making a scarecrow.
Finn was not much help.

Somehow, Jason and Thea managed.
Thea and Finn painted a couple of pumpkins.
And Finn got a stern talking-to about running away from us.
They made some bird tracks in the sand.
And she learned about a few other types of tracks.
Later, we added some window clings, getting in the spirit of the season.
Here’s the flashback to last year.


On Monday morning, they had a phone chat together, on the way the school.
Later, Finn began playing soccer (officially), but rebelled against wearing the official Soccer Shots tee-shirt.
Thea demonstrated her new song to learn letter sounds.

The following week, Finn moved up to Preschool!  He especially loves the puzzle shelf there.

Now Finn eats breakfast in the same room as Thea, and she has enjoyed showing him the ropes there. (Photobomb by Asher, who is actually a very happy child. Just not in this frame).
Thea’s Kindergarten class has been learning about nocturnal animals, and they made these collages partly with sticks they gathered outside.
They’ve also been learning some geography and about the U.S. postal service, and we have homework to mail “Flat Stanley” to a faraway friend or relative, and ask them to take pictures with Flat Stanley at local sites, and send them to Thea.  She mailed her Flat Stanley doll to Uncle John, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa: “Hi Uncle John. Please take a picture. Thank you. Thea.”
Finn has made some advancements with potty training, and Thea helped him find some Paw Patrol underwear in the department store.  He proudly went to the potty there and enjoyed using the hand dryer after washing his hands.
Jason and I ran the Troeg’s Hop Dash 5K race. It was the first mid-day race I’ve run in the heat with the idea of having a beer afterwards. We both did great and have dropped our mile running times by about 30 seconds since our last race, in August.
While we were running, Finn and Thea spent time with Kara and Fred. They rode in a golf cart, bounced on the giant trampoline, and Thea bonded with Lucy the Dog. Fingers-crossed that she’s getting over her inexplicable fear of dogs!

Later at home, Jason informed me that Thea was busy posting a sign-up sheet over the treadmill.  I hadn’t realized that my 4 a.m. workouts and Jason’s at 10 p.m. conflicted with her running plans.
Here’s a close-up of the sign-up sheet.  Can you tell she’s learning about question marks at school?

Hope you have a terrific week!

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  1. Great photos! Thanks for sharing your family activities……Who doesn’t fall for a Golden R.?

    Aunt Dana



  2. Looks like great fun ! 💞



  3. Love to all!



  4. Deanna Morrison October 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Congratulations on the race. You guys are amazing. And another great week in the Robinsons Book. Love you all.❤️ Grandma Deanna

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  5. doreen robinson October 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Great pics and so proud of u Jason on your weight loss and dedication. Loved your singing Thea and all the neat things you make( scarecrow, pictures etc). Good job Finn on your potty training and wearing big boy pants. Hugs and kisses. Love Nana

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  6. My heart leaps to the opportunity of reading Good Family Robinson. Thank you, Mattie, for writing a log that I can feel close from far away!

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