Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July 2018

This year shall be known henceforth as The Year of the Smokebomb.

The kids saw some little smoke bombs near the sparklers at the grocery store, so we bought two little packages.

They really liked them.





And they liked them so much that they talked us into going to the fireworks store to buy some more, bigger smoke bombs.



This is what was left on the kitchen counter AFTER they decided to take a break from the smoke bombs:

4th of July

The Colossal Smoke Ball was definitely the best one.

4th of July

The little hand grenade smoke bombs were neat because you could pull the pin to start them, but they did tend to cause some small burns in the process.

We also bought some huge sparklers when we were at the fireworks store.


4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fourth of July at Stone Mountain




This year on July 3rd, we headed to Stone Mountain to see the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision, which included a nice fireworks finale, and as soon as that ended, to see the 4th of July fireworks show.  It was two shows for the price of one!


These are the finales of both shows!  The laser show was very entertaining, but it did not photograph well at all.  We had a very lovely time.

Happy 4th of July!!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program

Our library is having a summer reading program with all sorts of activities for the kids.  They all have clever names that give very little information about what the program actually is, so I just went ahead and signed up for all of them. 

I am pleased to present the activity program that was entitled:  Island Challenge.  Once we got there we found out why it was called Island Challenge.  There were little plastic tarps set up on the floor, and the kids gathered around them as if they were islands.  Each island was a different color, and the kids at each island became a tribe.  Connor and Lex sat at the red island and were therefore part of the red tribe. 

Then, they designed some books and bookcases.  But for some reason the bookcases were made of gum drops and toothpicks.  I'm still not sure why anyone would dream to build a bookcase out of gum drops and toothpicks, or even how what they built are supposed to act as bookcases, but here we are, with gum drop and toothpick "bookcases."

Challenge Island at the Library

Challenge Island at the Library
The Hobbit
Illustrated By The Hobbit
(Design by Lex)

Challenge Island at the Library
The Ol' Reds
(Design by Connor)

Challenge Island at the Library
A Guide to All Things Pointless
Illustrated by Connor

Challenge Island at the Library

The kids seemed to have enough fun to fill an hour on a hot summer afternoon, even if none of them could make heads or tails of this strange activity program.

When we were done with Challenge Island, we spent a few minutes with the Children's librarian in order to report their summer reading progress.  Both boys had read enough Harry Potter books to earn their summer reading rewards and add their names to the wall of fame.  Lex asked me to take a photo of his name.

Challenge Island at the Library

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Very Harry Potter Birthday


One thing that Connor asked for for his birthday this year was a magic wand based on the wand he received on the Harry Potter website known as Pottermore.  I was able to contact a wand maker here in the USA and order one to his exact specifications.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor is measuring the wands. 
The one closest to him is his new wand.  
The one closer to the camera is my old wand.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor's wand is a 14 inch pinewood wand with a dragon heartstring core.

He also received his Hogwarts letter.
It is his 11th birthday, after all.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

He decided that it must be a fake, though, because since he lives in the USA, he would have gotten a letter from Ilvermorny.  Details, details.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

He has been busy building all the Harry Potter Legos for the past few days.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Here is the game that Uncle Kris and Aunt Lauren gave him for his birthday this year.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Boys Club


The day before Connor's birthday, we headed to a boys club meeting at a skate park near our house.  The kids mostly ride scooters and bikes.  It was Connor and Lex's first time at a skate park, and some of the hills and bowls were seriously intimidating.  They took their time about getting used to the idea of riding on them.


At the Skate Park with Boys Club

The kids mostly just played in the bottom of this bowl.

They nicknamed it "The Pit of Despair."

At the Skate Park with Boys Club

I played a little bit of Pokemon while they were playing with their friends.

At the Skate Park with Boys Club

We brought some birthday cupcakes to share with all the kids.
They had mustache rings on top of them so that the kids could go incognito after eating all the sugar.

No, I didn't take any photos of the cupcakes, but they were awesome.
Trust me.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Connor's 11th Birthday!!

Today, Connor turned 11!!

He asked to go to Legoland as his birthday treat, part one.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

And so, we did. Happy Birthday! It's like they knew or something.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

We have been to this Legoland once before, but we enjoyed the Atlanta Miniland so much more this time because we live here now and know what these buildings really are.  We've even been to many of them.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

I spy the Olympic Rings water fountain area in Centennial Olympic Park!

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

I spy the Varsity hot dog shop!

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

I spy the King and Queen Buildings, which we can see from our neighborhood!

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

It's the Georgia Aquarium!

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

It's Stone Mountain!


Connor and Lex decided to build a giant Lego fort out the giant Lego bricks in the pirate play area.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday



He did the whole peasants and tyrant thing again from his new fort/castle.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

The boys built towers to test on the earthquake simulator.


We visited the Ninjago training center.  This place was awesome.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

There were several ninja challenges in this room, including a laser maze.  The boys love a good laser maze.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday


Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday


The boys rode all the rides as many times as they wanted to.

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

Legoland for Connor’s 11th Birthday

After the boys had done everything that they wanted to at Legoland, which was basically everything at least once, and some things several times, Connor said that he wanted to go home and build some Legos.  Specifically, the Harry Potter Hogwarts castle.

So, here we have birthday special day, part two:

Connor’s 11th Birthday

We built Legos until it was time for dinner.  

Then we went and picked up Kevin and headed to Farm Burger.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Birthday, part three.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

We brought his presents and a cake and had a little birthday party at the restaurant.

Connor’s 11th Birthday

Once we were done with dinner, we headed to the mall.  We walked all around the mall while we were waiting for our movie to start.  

Because special birthday day part four was a trip to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  In 3D.

Happy 11th Birthday, Connor!!
We love you!