It’s Field Trip Day to Brooker Creek Preserve!!!
At approximately 8700 acres, Brooker Creek Preserve is the largest natural area in Pinellas County. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. The Preserve provides both a unique refuge for native flora and fauna as well as an opportunity for citizens to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida.
The Preserve also serves to protect a significant portion of the Brooker Creek Watershed. A complex of hiking and equestrian trails provide visitors an opportunity to explore the Preserve’s many ecosystems.
There were three different activities for the children. They went into the museum where they watched a film and got to have a hands on experience with different furs, bones, bugs, etc. They each got to net the swamp and see if they could find any critters. Davy was the first to find one of two Crawfish, there was a tadpole, and they saw a Water Moccasin swim by. And lastly, they got to go on a hike which went through 4 different ecosystems: Pinewood Flats, Cypress Swamps, Oak Hammock, Sand Hill.
The kids loved it!
Getting ready to load the bus… Davy, Liam, Pierce
Davy’s sweet teacher Mrs. Paggio…
I missed last weekend’s game, so technically this is my first of the season. I love watching Davy play…
Earlier in the year, Davy asked me when I was going to make him a quilt. I didn’t think he was really serious about it except that he then asked me several more times throughout the summer and the fall. So, I decided to make him one for his birthday. The next question was what pattern would I do? After weeks of looking at patterns and thinking about the colors, Davy and I were shopping for some fall fabric when he asked me if he could pick out some fabrics for his quilt. It then became a hodge podge of colors and patterns and that’s when it hit me….I’ll make it the same as Andy’s! One day I will make Matty a quilt too and I love knowing that all three, although different colors, will still look the same. The fabric’s that I used were ones that he picked out, I picked out, a few from Andy’s quilt that I made as a wedding gift 10 years ago, and even a crib sheet of his that has sharks on it. It shouldn’t be surprising that he picked the green backing, but I did pick the star quilting pattern. He loved his quilt and that makes my heart melt.
It’s Davy’s birthday, and although his party is next weekend we couldn’t wake up today and not celebrate his big day. He woke up this morning on the little bed and found a present at his feet. He and Matty tore into it and found an entire geocaching kit. His others gifts which he found on the table were a quilt made by me, plastic blow bubbles from Matty, a bean bag game from granny, and a $100 bill. Aunt Brandie and Uncle Laurence spent the night too, so for breakfast we ate cream cake and sang Happy Birthday.
This year the theme for the Winter Concert was “Twinkle and Shine”. Andy, Mom, Brandie, and myself all went to cheer Davy on. The show was beautiful and Davy did a great job on his speaking part. “The true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the birth of baby Jesus!” The audience laughed, we were so proud of him.
I know he is blinking, he had just looked down to give Andy a high-five, but you can’t fake that smile so I had to include this one…
Davy’s dancing partner is Devon Elder…
Happy Halloween Berkeley Students. This morning was the annual Lower Division Halloween Parade, followed by the classroom party. Davy looks so good being a soldier along with all of his friends. Such a spooky fun morning…
It was the first day of school and our boys were ready to go! The night before we laid out their clothes, packed their bags, and went to bed early because we all knew that 6:30am was going to be here before we knew it. Most of the summer the boys were getting up between 7-7:30, so this transition wouldn’t be too hard on them. For breakfast they gobbled down some pancakes with syrup and whipped cream and a big glass of OJ. With their bellies full, they got dressed, and we headed outside for our traditional in front of the house photo. Although I laid the camera out early hoping that the lens would adjust to the August humidity, it didn’t so a few of them are cloudy. Oh well, I’d rather have cloudy pictures instead of no pictures. 🙂
Davy is now officially a first grader. His teacher is Mrs. McElroy. Matty is in a Preschool 3 class called EP3 and his teacher is Ms. Adkins. Neither one of them seemed nervous, sad, nor anxious…just excited! We loaded into the car and off we went for drop off!
This year instead of walking Davy in, we let him jump out of the car from the car line just like the other older kids. He was happy.
We walked Matty into his new class. He too did a really good job. I expected him to be a little clingy, instead I think that he was just excited. We kissed him good bye and we were off!
Davy’s teacher shared some photos from throughout the week… Looks like everyone is have a wonderful time.
First grade boys on Friday’s officially have to dress in a blazer and tie, doesn’t Davy look so handsome…
Here’s to a wonderful year!
After months and months of trying to help Davy learn to ride his bike, and what seemed like every different type of method under the sun….Andy finally found the solution and within 45 minutes he was up and running and the rest is history. So now you are asking yourself what finally worked???, well a YouTube video Learn to ride a bike in 5 simple steps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRk1xZbahf0 They watched it a few times and then he was ready. In fact the whole thing happened so quickly that I missed the first time he went gliding and pedaling down the driveway.
Here are the steps:
1. Take off pedals
2. Walk around while on the bike
3. Glide using a slight down hill
4. Put pedals back on
5. Glide and pedal…ride the bike!
He was so excited and we are so proud of him.
At the beginning of each season all the new teams and team coaches come out for Opening Ceremonies, and family fun fest. They announce each team as well as the previous season’s top winning teams. Here is Davy’s team: 5-6 Kansas City Royals coached by Mr. Doug and Mr. Andy. The boys had a great time today seeing all of the players of every age group…. And don’t forget little Matty who officially announced himself as apart of the team :).
After a full day of rain, we received word from Keystone Little League that our game was a go! Davy’s first game! They played the Red Sox and all of the children had so much fun. They played three full innings and Davy played second base, out field, and pitcher. He successfully hit the ball each time at bat, I video recorded the first at bat :), and brought his entire team in at the end of the second. Way to go Davy!