Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mudstacle Run

Whew! I can't believe we have been in school for eight weeks. It is crazy how fast time flies. These past two months have been really long. Boogs has spent the majority of this time doing this:
Boogs got some kind of bug bite the last week of August that got infected and had red streaks going up his arm. This has been our life since then: 10 days of antibiotics, allergic reaction rash to the antibiotics, infected spot went away, spot came back 8 days later, another 10 day round of antibiotics, bleach baths, towel/hand towel/sheet washing every single day, warm compresses, antibiotic cream, bandages, spot went away again.

We finally had the chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine last weekend at the LEEF Mudstacle Run.
Boogs was super excited! It has been two years since our last mud run. There were three race course options - Kids Fun Run, 2.5K, 5K. Boogs decided he wanted to do the full 5K and conquer EVERY SINGLE obstacle. I love his enthusiasm. What a fun race!
We made sure we made it to the race early before it got too warm to enjoy the day.
Boogs got super close to the Hydra Bubbler. I think he was covered in more bubbles than anyone else out there.
 The Ranger Mud Slide was our first taste of getting our feet sucked into the squishy mud.
The Up and Over spools was a good challenge. There were six spools of varying sizes.
I managed to get across the balance beam in the Punisher Pit without getting knocked off by the people launching balls at us. Boogs was not so lucky, he fell down into the muck. The next obstacle was the Double Barrel Mud Crawl. My knees did not appreciate the small muddy/rocky tunnels we had to crawl through. Boogs loved it.
Boogs had fun punching his way through Punchy Alley and NoodlePalooza. Wow, it looked like a lot of work to get that part of the course set up.
Boogs kept goofing around in the Get Wired section of the course. We had to go through 5 rope mazes. They were fun.
I loved that the course had a tiny block half way up the Wall Climb for the kids to use as a step so they could get over the wall all by themselves.

 The Cinnamon Rolls were hard to climb up but a blast to run across.
There were several more muddy areas before we made it to the America's Navy calisthenics course.
We had to do high knees, side steps, run around the cones, lunges, and then sprint down the fence line.
Look at that muddy boy! Running up and down the ravines was tough (at least for me).
The tires slowed us down a bit, especially when we got to the huge ones at the end.

I walked around the Hay! Hay! obstacle so I could get a pic of Boogs climbing over it. He told me I had to go back so I could say I went through every obstacle in the race.
Right before the finish line, there were kids throwing "snowballs" at the runners. Boogs picked up a ball and threw it back.
We made it through the entire 5K course. Boogs celebrated by jumping all the way into the vat of bubbles
After the race, we stopped at several of the booths to shoot hoops, drink green drinks, get freebie toothbrushes and snacks.
I was so glad Boogs was finally feeling better. We went to a friend's bowling birthday party later in the day. Sadly, on Sunday morning, that stupid infected spot came back on his arm. Sigh!!!

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

First Week of 5th Grade Lunches

Back to school means that it is time to pack lunches every day. I started packing themed lunches for Boogs on his first day of kindergarten. Now he is in 5th grade. He told me he still appreciates themed lunches "every once in a while". Cool! I get to make cute lunches until he tells me he is too old for them.

I made his first day of school lunch based on the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. In the book, Chester the raccoon is comforted on his first day of school by his mother. His mother places a kiss in Chester's palm to remind him of her love throughout his first day of school. This story has become a tradition in our house. We read it the night before school begins and then I turn it into a lunch for the first day of school. In the lunchbox: ham & cheese hand sandwich (I traced Boogs hand onto the bread), fruit leather heart, yogurt, berries, and salad with a radish heart.

Boogs lunch for his second day of school was a quick thrown together meal. In the ELB lunchbox: peach slices, carrots, hummus, pistachios, roll, cheese, and salami.

ELB Lunchbox of love: cheese stick, yogurt pretzels (they kind of look like hearts), almond butter & jelly sandwich, raspberries with chocolate chips, and salad with a red pepper heart.

Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I bought this book last year and put it in Boogs' bookcase. When we were trying to decide what book to read for our bedtime story book last week, Boogs pulled this one off the shelf. In writing this book, Hawthorne tried to make Greek Myths more accessible for children. Boogs was tickled by the descriptive language Hawthorn used and sentences that we could not read in one breath. Here is an example: It is greatly feared that the Three Gray Women were very much in the habit of disturbing their mutual harmony by bickerings of this sort; which was the more pity, as they could not conveniently do without one another, and were evidently intended to be inseparable companions. (Did you just try to read that in one breath? Any luck?)

We still have a few more chapters to go to complete this book so there will probably be a few more Greek Myth lunches next week. 

Boogs enjoyed the story of Perseus' journey to bring the head of Medusa to his king This lunch includes some of the trials Perseus encountered on his journey. In the ELB lunchbox: salad, blueberry darkness, strawberry enchanted wallet, eyeball pick which The Three Gray Women shared amongst themselves, marshmallow with the Three Gray Women, Perseus Cheezit crackers, Babybel Medusa with spinach hair, and Pocky Stick sword.
This is the illustration in the book in which Perseus presents Medusa to his king.

Another myth we read in this book was the story of King Midas and his Golden Touch. King Midas was so greedy that he asked for the power to turn everything he touched into gold. This power did not turn out as wonderful as he hoped it would. In the Easy Lunchbox: salami turned into gold cheese, golden apricots, golden lemon yogurt, Goldfish Crackers, orange slices, and golden yellow pepper flowers on top of salad.

Easy Lunchboxes (also known as ELBs) are my go to lunch box to use when packing lunch. I love the three compartments and the easy open lid. Boogs enjoys being able to see all of his lunch at once. You can purchase ELBs HERE.

You can see over 500 of the story themed lunches I have made my son by clicking HERE to visit My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back-to-School Traditions

I'm both sad and excited about this year of school. This little guy

is now a great big 5th grader.
Where has the time gone? On the first day of every school year, Boogs has stood in front of our door. Look at how close he is to reaching the little window on the door. There are days when I wish I could put a brick on his head to keep him from growing up. I am proud of the funny, kind, intelligent, sweet, goofy kid that he is. He is at that in-between stage of being a little kid and a big kid all at the same time. Boogs did let me make him our traditional first-day-of-school lunch based on the book The Kissing Hand. We have done this every year since Kindergarten.
I traced Boogs' hand onto the bread to make his ham & cheese sandwich. You can see his other first day Kissing Hand lunches in last year's post HERE.
When we leave campus after the first day of school, I take Boogs to a bookstore and let him pick out a book. I never can guess what he will choose. Here are pictures of his kindergarten book choice and today's book choice. (Maybe I am feeling this nostalgic because this is his last year of elementary school.)

I like to have loads of family time the last weekend before school starts. This past weekend was no different. Boogs and I went for an early morning walk on a trail near our house. We stopped and looked at all of the signs telling about the caves in the area. The city has put grates over the entrances to keep people from crawling down into them and getting lost or stuck.

We left the trail and headed to a little park to play for a bit before heading back home. We made it home just in time to beat the rain. We went to the movies and saw Pete's Dragon.
The J-boys and their dad (R) invited Boogs over Saturday afternoon to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons. The boys are so excited. R told me it was a sneaky way to get the boys to do research, reading, math, and maybe a little chemistry. They are planning on meeting once a week to continue the game. When we got back home, we found that my sister had left this on our porch:
Boogs thought it was so neat that she crocheted a dragon for him on the same day he started learning how to play Dungeons and Dragons.  Thanks Aunt M!
Daddy took us to Main Event on Sunday morning. We bowled, went rock climbing, played laser tag, and played video games. We love it when Main Event has their summer fun pass.

After lunch, Boogs asked if he could go home and find a spot to read. He wanted to have a peaceful afternoon/evening to get rested for his first day of school. It is time for our adventures to slow down and settle into the new school year. I already miss our lazy summer days. There are 179 school days left until summer vacation 2017.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Last Bit of Summer

I went back to work this week. It was a busy summer. Last week, Boogs and I enjoyed a few summer outings while my husband joined a new company and went back to work after taking off for ten weeks. I took a picture of him like I do with Boogs on the first day of school. Isn't he cute?
Boogs completed his second week of diving board class. Boogs met his goal of doing an eggroll dive. He LOVES taking this class and I love watching him go off the diving boards again and again.
Every year he looks forward to the last day of class when the coaches throw towels at the kids as the kids jump off the diving boards. It is hard to time it just right to catch the towels.

One day after diving board class, Boogs invited a friend to go with us to the Austin Nature and Science Center. We love going there to examine all sorts of exhibits.
There is a great little trail outside to spend a little time in nature. The last time he stood under that rib cage statue, his head did not come close to reaching it. Boogs still loves being buried in the sand.
I made sure Boogs and his friend brought an extra change of clothes because I knew they would not be able to resist getting in the water.
We love the outdoor man-made creek. It is so much fun to move rocks, to build, and take apart little dams. Boogs tried to see how big of a splash he could make in one of the ponds. The boys were both soaked by the time we had to leave. So glad they had dry clothes.
We had 23 days of 100 degree (or higher) weather this year. Last Friday's temperature reached 105 degrees F (40.5 C). It started raining on Saturday and has been raining since then. The high temperature for the majority of this week has been in the low 80s. What a difference! I am hoping the rain clears up before the students come back to school on Monday.

I can't believe summer is really over. I am looking forward to another great year of teaching and hoping Boogs has a fantastic 5th grade year.

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