My sister- and mother-in-law may just celebrate our special holidays, including our wedding anniversary, better than we do. Laura made an amazing cake… coffee was an ingredient, so there was excuse not to let the kids have seconds – more for the grownups!
I’m pretty sure she lost three more teeth this summer, including both front ones. Early one morning, she eagerly woke Finn to brag about her take from the Tooth Fairy.
In mid-July, Thea, Jason and Finn ran the Harrisburg Mile.
And, afterwards, the littles ate French fries by the river.
They had quite a cheering section.
Thea and Finn built airplanes.
Finn’s teacher assigned: “Use recycled materials to make anything you want,” so we built a fire truck.
Uncle John came to visit, and Laura made a wonderful blueberry blue velvet cake to celebrate our August birthdays… and Thea couldn’t resist a photo bomb.
Later, back in Beverly Park…
Finn showed me that he’s grown so much this summer, he fits Thea’s bike better than his own. He wants a red one just like hers, he says…
She tried for some hoops.
And got a little frustrated.
We pieced together the contents of a fantastic cooking-themed Kiwi Crate.
Jason cooked some tasty dishes for his friend’s “Bacon, Brews, and BBQ too” fundraising event.
Thea invited Nonna to her birthday party.
Finn participated in his preschool class’ graduation event (but we’re sending him for a second round, a second year in that classroom – it’s really that terrific)!
Miss Katie called his name and presented a little diploma.
After the ceremony, he ate cookies with his gal pal Olivia.
Thea attended Back-to-School night at Hoover Elementary.
And later, passed some time on a playground, as she awaited her soccer photo session.
Here is her NEW Wildcat team (she was on the Wildcats last year, but with mostly different players and a different lead coach).
She played in her first game of the season, and scored 6 of the 7 goals scored during the game! She has pretty good hustle, but she’s still working out her ball hog tendencies. Being 5-turning-6 has its advantages among four- and five-year-olds.
Here’s the team line-up before they slapped hands with kids on the other team.
She had quite an entourage, on the sidelines.
At home, she read aloud the birthday card she received from Joanne.
That evening, she participated in her very first Girl Scout event, as a new addition to Camp Hill’s Daisy troop! Here, she and her friend Leah prepared to tie-dye t-shirts.
She earned her first badge and mingled with Brownies and Juniors!
At a birthday party held at a nearby sports complex, Finn and Thea played air hockey for the first time. They really took to it… I just had to keep reminding Finn to keep his non-shuttling hand off the table.
She really, really wanted to win a stuffed unicorn in the claw game… and I realized how hard it is to explain to a five-year-old how these games are rigged.
She was more than a little letdown that her 10+ tries didn’t work out.
Meanwhile, Finn was having a good time playing Space Avengers.
At home, we went back to basics with a simple game of hop scotch.
Stay tuned! Thea is on deck for her first day of first grade!