Tuesday, May 24, 2011


The kids are REALLY into drawing maps these days.  I think they think they are pirates and are going to find a treasure!  They like to draw it and then roll it up, carry it around for days, and consult it to see which way they need to go.  Most of their maps consist of some squiggly lines and an occasional "X marks the spot."

So of course, I recently bought them a book about maps that starts off in a kids room (a map of the room) and essentially backs out to a map of the house, then the street, then the town, all the way to a map of the solar system.  This inspired them to draw the following...pretty good if you ask me!

Here is Mason's map.  You can tell because he labeled it at the top, sounding out the word "map."  He then drew some buildings and labeled them with the first initial.  W = Which Wich or Wal Mart (not sure).  CH = Chuck E. Cheese, of course!  And my personal favorite...he sounded out "our house" and wrote "R HOWS."

Here is Owen's map, as you can see at the bottom.  His map is mostly the roads to the particular destinations.  He even discussed as he was drawing his many roads how we could take "this road or this road or this road if there was construction."  H = house, W = Wal Mart, and my favorite...his best sound-out of Target.  TORGIT!  (Yes, the 'a' in Target sounds like a short 'o' come to think of it!)

I was quite proud of them for the detail they included.  (Lots of explanation went on during the drawing phase...wish I had it on video).  Good thing I took a picture of these great maps, because what did they do?  Immediately roll them up and cart them around...and now...who knows where they've ended up!

Just Because We're CUTE!

Owen's on the left, Mason on the right

Visiting our BFF!

A few weeks ago we were able to make a trip to Athens to visit Owen and Mason's best friend, Cate.  Boy did the three of them have a fun time!  They spent the better part of two entire days outside in the pool and on the water slide!  No one took naps, and there was a LOT of silliness going on.

So excited but fell asleep 4 miles from Cate's house.  Mason is clutching his sleeping bag because he's really excited about the slumber party!

Dance party...they didn't know we were watching for a while and it was hilarious.  Of course, as soon as I start filming, they catch on!

The kids were just playing behind the couch, doing their own thing...reminded me of a clubhouse meeting.

Bike time!  (O, M)

Discussing kid stuff in the pool...

Filling up yet another pool...always a good idea!

Popsicle time! (O, M)

A banana snack and a movie after a long day of fun!

Another dance party...

More craziness!

Best buds! (O, M)

MORE popsicles! (O, M)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It's a......

(look through the pictures...)

It's a..........