It is that time of year again-time for apple picking at Smolak Farms! Today was the perfect day for apple picking. The skies were sunny and the weather was mild. This year Nonna and Papa joined in on the fun. We all had a blast!
This past Wednesday we went on our first school field trip. The first part of My Father’s World-God’s Creation from A to Z is a ten day introduction about creation. We learned that on the fifth day God filled the seas with creatures and the skies with birds. We went to the aquarium to see some of the many diverse creatures God made! I wanted to do some sort of scavenger hunt, but ended up doing Bingo based on an idea I found on this blog. I made our own sheets and we used do-a-dot markers to mark off the animals we saw. I also added tasks I knew we would do like “touch a sting ray” and “top of the tank” for when we reached the top of the giant ocean tank.
Our first stop was the sting ray tank. Sarah had no qualms about sticking her hand in to touch a ray. Her sleeve got soaked in the process. Abigail was a bit more apprehensive. She insisted that she couldn’t attempt to touch the bigger ones. We were there for quite a while but Abigail did eventually touch a ray-and let out a big squeal once she did.
We then walked around to look at the penguins and smaller exhibits before checking out the giant ocean tank, sea lions, and jellies.
While we were down in South Carolina we thought about going to the beach but did the zoo instead. I pretty much figured our beach-going days of 2013 were over. Thankfully I was wrong. Last Wednesday we had highs in the upper-80’s/low-90’s! This is not typical weather for September in New England. Jonathan had the day off, so we decided to take a family trip to the beach.
Now it is time to pack up our suits, buckets, and shovels for the winter. Beach visits will be very interesting with four kids instead of three!
Jonathan and I had been talking about visiting Grandma Kapaldo in South Carolina for a while now. This past weekend we finally did it. It seemed like most of our “vacation” was spent in the car, but the visits we had were well worth it!
Here are a few fun stats regarding our trip:
Leg 1 – MA to Springfield, VA – Thursday
- 8 hours (record time for us)
- 450 miles
- Abigail asked “Are we there yet?” five times while Sarah didn’t bother to ask at all
Leg 2 – Springfield to Colombia, SC – Friday
- 9 hours
- 470 miles
- Abigail asked “the question” 11 times while Sarah, again, didn’t ask at all
Leg 3 – Colombia to Springfield – Monday
- 9 1/2 hours
- 470 miles
- Abigail didn’t ask the question! Sarah asked us once.
Leg 4 – Springfield to MA – Tuesday
- 8 1/2 hours
- 450 miles
- Abigail asked us 6 times. Sarah didn’t bother again.
- So we spent a solid 35 hours in the car and traveled 1,840 miles. And we all still love each other.
On Thursday night we were able to visit with Papa Kapaldo, Uncle Aaron, Auntie Mita, and Micah (the girls 15 month old cousin). The girls had lots of fun running up and down the halls with Micah and as a result fell asleep for the night without any help from us!
We were happy to find out that Uncle James would be visiting SC the same weekend. He flew in from Indiana. The girls love their Uncle James. Uncle Michael and Auntie Jesse also live in SC so we got to see lots of family during our visit.
I wish I had more pictures from our weekend. We spent most of our time hanging out while the girls did plenty of running around and playing with Sullivan-Michael and Jesse’s cat. Abigail has concluded that she is not allergic to small cats because Sullivan is a small cat and only big ones cause her problems. I’ve tried to explain that it really deals with the type of cat but oh well. Speaking of allergies though I’m glad we were armed with Benadryl because a mosquito bite right on Abigail’s lip caused quite a bit of swelling. The mosquitoes found the girls to be quite appetizing.
Our big activity for the weekend was visiting Colombia’s Riverbanks Zoo. This was a great zoo with plenty to see. Abigail’s favorite animals were the flamingos. When we asked Sarah what her favorite was (not until we got home) she told us the “bamboos”. I giggled and said, “Bamboo is a plant, not an animal.” But then she said something about the “bamboos” having red bums. Then I got it, “Oh! Baboons!” I love her. The girls also really enjoyed feeding farm animals.
Maybe when our little guy is a year or so old he will be “road trip ready” so we can make a visit again. I feel like we are becoming road trip experts with all the traveling we’ve done. I know I have great memories of car trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s and I hope the girls are storing happy memories of their own.
A week ago we started our 2013-2014 school year. Abigail is in Kindergarten and Sarah is in Preschool. Lily, well, maybe she can be our mascot? All kidding aside, I still need to think of what to do with Lily. I want to find some exciting activities for her to do during school that are only special school-time activities. She likes to get into things, which makes it harder to give Abigail and Sarah any undivided attention. I’m sure we’ll get into a groove-just in time for our little guy to arrive!
We have our good days and our hard days. Once we get out of the basic intro stuff I think the girls will have more fun with it. I’ll be sure to update you all on our progress!