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Holiday

Pumpkin Carving

We carved some pumpkins. We listened to halloween music. Lucia’s pumpkin was rotten so we had to run to the store to get another one. We roasted pumpkin seeds. Lucia’s new pumpkin had seeds inside that were sprouting.

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covid-19 Elliot Sports

Elliot’s Soccer Team

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Home Life Outdoor

First Snow

We have had a few early season snows this year and this afternoon we were surprised by a few inches that wasn’t even predicted. I think we ended up having around 3 inches by the time it stopped. The older kids aren’t as interested anymore, but Lucia and Rose had a blast.

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Outdoor

Return to Pumpkinville

It was a nice day today so we headed back to Pumpkinville to find some more clues in the maze. You would think it would have been much easier in the daylight, but we actually only found the same number as we did in the dark.

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Birthday Lucia

Lucia’s 8th Birthday

Today is Lucia’s 8th birthday! We had the party earlier this week so today was fairly low-key. Lucia did wake up to some lovely yard decorations, which was fun. She also went to the zoo with Erin yesterday, as part of her birthday present.

Lucia at 8 is a lovely, smiley girl who loves to spend time with just about anyone. She is very social and gets along well and can carry on a conversation with anyone in our family and neighborhood. She and Rose are the best of friends and spend nearly 24 hours together every day – and have a blast. Also of note is that Lucia loves to spend time with our neighbor, Elsie. She is Lucia’s best friend outside of our house. Their relationship has been curtailed of late, because of the coronavirus, but they still like to spend time together when and as possible.

Lucia’s day usually begins around 8, I think when Rose wakes her up. They share a bedroom and stay on the same schedule. Lucia likes to eat waffles or a bagel for breakfast before doing a little school work. She is in second grade this year and was going to go to school, but because of the pandemic she and Rose are homeschooling another year. This year in school we are basically just covering language arts and math, with some other lessons added more recreationally. Lucia is making good progress and reading and does well at math, though she doesn’t always like it.

For lunch she likes mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and pizza rolls (smart girl). She still prefers the basic foods but is starting to he more adventurous. She also has a milk allergy and rarely consumes straight cows milk or large amounts of ice cream.

She loves activities, including dance, tumbling, and soccer (probably in that order). She has been doing dance online this year and is taking a break from soccer, but has already made us promise she can play next year.

Every day for Lucia ends with reading, playing with Rose, and lights out between 9 and 10.

Favorite song: Moral of the Story
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite food: Walking tacos
Favorite band: Justin Bieber
Favorite book: Kaya
Favorite activity: Dance 
Favorite movie: Moana
Favorite subject: Science

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Elliot Kids' Activities Sports

Elliot Running

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Andrew Birthday Lucia

Birthday Party

Today we celebrated Andrew and Lucia’s birthdays! Mimi, Papa, and the Reagens came over for walking tacos, with optional skyline taco meat, presents, and cake. With the nice weather we are still hosting outside when possible.

Birthday cakes, which were delicious. It was a bit windy outside so Andrew and Lucia were stationed just inside the house.
Andrew and Lucia’s view
The guests of honor
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Andrew Birthday

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

Picture from the future. . .

The party is planned for tomorrow, but today we had a simple celebration for Andrew’s birthday. Susan bought some cupcakes for us to enjoy for a light dessert before heading to Pumpkinville.

Let’s see. . . Andrew at 17. . .

  • Sleeps as late as possible, which is not usually very late because he usually has to get up for school or cross country. On Sundays he will sleep until 11.
  • Eats normal things.
  • Runs cross country.
  • Wants to work at Target when the cross country season is over.
  • Refs soccer.
  • Is doing online school this semester, which has him in front of the computer most of the day.
  • Has more homework than ever.
  • Is starting to think about where to go to college.
  • Usually goes to bed between 11 and midnight, unless he can sleep in the next day, in which case he will stay up until 1 or 2.

Favorite song:  none
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite food:  Chicken Nuggets
Favorite band:  none
Favorite book: none
Favorite sport: XC
Favorite movie: none
Favorite Subject: Computer Science

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Andrew Birthday Outdoor The Reagens

Pumpkinville

It is not very often that I post without pictures, but tonight we went to a pumpkin patch and corn maze in Mitchellville, just outside of Des Moines, and had a great time. We are celebrating Andrew’s birthday tomorrow night and we were looking for something to do on his actual birthday. The Reagens recommended the corn maze and we all met up just before the entrance closed at 8. We spent a little over an hour in the maze before sitting around a fire until a little after 10. When our cars were the last ones in the lot we felt it was probably time to leave. The funniest thing is that the boys group, Andrew, Ian, Cameron, and Elliot, spent a long time doing the corn maze blindfolded. It was a challenge under normal conditions and I am not sure how they did it.

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Andrew! More to come on that. . .

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covid-19

What Soccer Spectating Looks Like in 2020