Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall 2018 :: Walnut Grove Plantation

Our calendars told us it was Fall and the start of festival season, but the weather said otherwise. It was close to 90 degrees the first weekend in October! Brian and Jayce were sweltering in Charleston, SC for an All State chorus performance so I took the girls to FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation.

First stop was the tent full of animal furs. Jocelyn felt bad that the animals weren't alive anymore. It was a good time for a discussion about hunting and what people used the fur for a long time ago. Jocelyn guessed all the animals correctly, too. 

Then the girls got caught up in this hoop game and wanted to try it. After a quick lesson, the girls were ready to try it on their own. (and we ended up buying a set!)

It was hard to pull the girls away from the game! They played for a good 45 minutes!

Then we went to look at the bunnies and chicks. It was so hot and the poor bunnies were obviously affected by the heat.

Jocelyn has made a candle before and decided to make a really thick candle this time. There was no line so it went really quickly!

After her candle was made, Jocelyn sat down on this stone slab to complete some answers on the scavenger hunt. Unfortunately there was an ant hill near by and she got bitten pretty badly. We were kind of done after that.

I'm glad we got to go this year! We missed having the boys with us, though.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Walker Family Update and Phone Dump

Life is moving by at lightening speed. I know all of my older friends tried to tell me this when I was home with small children and the days were endless, but it really is true.

Yet, I love my family and their crazy age gaps and dynamics. I am enjoying being a mom of two teens more than I thought I would be. I admit that I was still woefully unprepared to be the parent of teens in today's social media driven and entitled world. For example, I found out today that none of Jaina's friends that are still in High School have jobs. (Well, not her close friends. I actually work at the YMCA with one of her friends so I know that's not totally true!) And almost all the teens she knows have cars bought for them. Supposedly I'm a mean parent because Jaina has to earn money. I should be telling her to just concentrate on school and good grades.

Speaking of Jaina, my 16 year old has had a lot of new things going on. First of all, she started her very first job today! She's going to be a hostess at a local restaurant. She's there training right this minute!

Secondly, my friend Aimee was getting rid of her 2008 Honda Fit for a steal! We knew Jaina didn't have enough money saved up to buy it straight out, so we bought it for her instead. And it's OUR car until she pays us back. But hers to use and learn to drive on. She's doing so great! She loves taking Shaggy with her for her driving lessons!

She also got a new phone, an Apple iPhone 6+, which she is paying for monthly. We pay for her unlimited data, but she pays for the actual phone. Yep, mean parents.

That brings us to Jayce. 13 years old now, has a girlfriend, games online 24/7 if we'd let him. He has a phone for the first time, too. But we got him an Android. It was MUCH cheaper and he's happy with it.  Now if only he'd stop texting his girlfriend after he's supposed to be in bed!

Then there's Jocelyn...

Poor Jocelyn still has the boot. We go back for a recheck on Sept. 24th. She's very sad about wearing it.

She's also very conflicted about school. She LOVES her teacher. She loves the school environment. She has made several new friends. However, she continually says she's bored. She's ready to move past all the review stuff and learn something new.

She *has* been having fun with friends outside of school, though. She attended a birthday party for her best friend Sydney and had another one of her best friends from MOMS Club over for a play date. And she went to the park to make videos with another best friend, Cecelia.

She's still into LPS, Pokemon, you tube, Five Nights at Freddie's, and Beanie Boos.

As for me and Brian, life with kids (and without) is keeping us busy. We've been playing Trivia at RJ Rockers again. This is something we did back in the day when we were just dating in 2001. It's nice to do it again!

I'm working at the YMCA two days a week and busy with Smiling Down Photography on the other 5 days a week. I'm having to learn to manage my time much more efficiently and also cut down on the amount of time I spend with my MOMS Club friends. 

So far it's all working out okay. Just ask me if I'm still keeping it all together in a month when Fall season really gets under way!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Jocelyn's Broken Foot

Yep. Title says it all.

I picked up Jocelyn from Ninja camp after her 3rd day there, just in time for Meet The Teacher night at HES, and saw that she was limping.

She insisted she just tripped and it was fine. She cried the next day when we told her she couldn't go to camp. Her ortho appointment was at 3:30 in the afternoon.

The ortho said she needed to wear the boot for 3 weeks and then have new xrays done. I also had to run out and buy her new sneakers that same night so she could wear a sturdy shoe on her non-broken foot. She didn't go with me, but I texted a picture to Jaina to let her pick. She picked the pink ones.

And that also means that she looked like this on her first day of school:

All in all, she's been a trooper. She doesn't like to wear it (she'd rather be carried!) but she's doing okay with it.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Back to School :: 2018-2019

After sleeping in until noon most days this summer, my squad was not thrilled with a 6:30 AM alarm. But they did it!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Carowinds 2018

I'm just going to ignore the fact that I am jumping around all over the place with my blog posts! I'll probably never be caught up or blog in order. I think the most important thing is that I'm still documenting our lives :)

We went to Carowinds 2 days ago, despite the horrible weather forecast that predicted rain and clouds all day. For that reason alone, I did not bring my DSLR camera or wear comfortable shoes. I will NEVER again wear flip flops from Old Navy to walk around a theme park for 8 hours :)

Jayce did not need to be measured, since we all knew he was over 54" tall now. But it's tradition! I can't believe how big my big kids are!

Jocelyn was a hair under 44", despite us measuring her at home and the doctor at being right at 44. They gave her a yellow band. She was not happy.

For those of you who haven't been, the park is actually split between states. 

We let the big kids go off to ride The Intimidator and Brian and I took Jocelyn to Camp Snoopy. It used to be Planet Snoopy and before that it was something to do with Nickelodeon and before that, it was something about Hannah Barbara. We still call all the rides the original names from 2005 :P

Right after Brian and I snapped this picture, Jaina texted me to tell me that she almost passed out in line at The Nighthawk. I raced out of line and practically ran (the best I could in flipflops) to the entrance to the Nighthawk. A really cute teenage guy was helping her and had sent his friend to go get her water. Jayce was nowhere in sight because Jaina had told him to go ahead and stay in line to ride. I got Jaina to her feet and helped her sit on a bench to wait for Jayce. We think it was a combination of dehydration and low blood sugar since she is not prone to eating breakfast these days.

Then it was lunch at Harmony Hall with the Peanuts gang:

 Jaina was feeling better so we took Jocelyn back to Camp Snoopy.

Jayce was a friend and rode some new rides with her.

Then it was off to the water park!

Originally, the forecast said clouds and rain all day, but luckily we put our swimsuits and towels in a bag and left them in the van. Brian ran back out to get them so we could swim and do water slides.

We always have Dippin' Dots for a snack after the water park. Unfortunately, they were out of the Fury flavor that Brian likes so much :(

we got to ride a few more things before the skies completely opened up around 6 PM.

We waited out the storm for a bit in a store, then headed, with umbrellas, to the arcade.

Jocelyn had a complete and utter meltdown after Jaina spent $10 trying to win her a stuffed Pikachu. The lightening and thunder were bad now and the radar showed storms the rest of the night. We packed it up and left around 7 PM.

It was definitely a trip to remember!