September was a great month for us! We had a lot of fun exploring the zoo and various parks in our area. Rob has been getting back into the daily grind of school and work and the rest of us are trying to adjust to him being gone all. the. time.
We like to go out and explore because that way there is less time for fighting with your brother or sister, terrorizing the house, or endless whining. ;)
One of our first outings this month was to the zoo. The kids had a lot of fun in the Amazonia exhibit.
I snuck a picture of Charlotte playing with her toy phone and saying, "cheese!"
This girl is going to be trouble. She's already the queen of selfies!
For Labor Day we took a day trip to Baltimore with our friends, Fred and Sarah. I've only been to Baltimore a handful of times- most of which were to pick people up at the airport (so that doesn't really count), and once to the aquarium (which is super cool).
Sarah planned a fun day of all things Baltimore. We started off the morning by visiting a park with beautiful views of the city.
the whole family:
James desperately wanted to run down this big hill-
it was all fun and games until they had to hike back up!
James loved that the playground had a treasure map theme. He spent so long trying to find each picture hidden somewhere in the playground.
We stopped to break up the heat and the walking with some gelato.
Always a good idea.
We also had another visit to the zoo. We go to the zoo A LOT in the fall because it isn't as humid as the summer. We can actually make it to more than one exhibit without sweating to death. haha.
James attempting to get the sea lion to play- sometimes they will follow the ball and do flips
We have had so many beautiful sunsets from our balcony!
Church with Charlotte is pretty much 3 hours of walking the halls. Once I told her we needed to go back to class- this is her attempt at hiding from me.
We took the kids to go fly kites! Naturally James picked a Spider-man one. We found a perfect field and there was just enough wind to get it up in the air! Charlotte was great at holding (tangling) the string for James.
We visited Old Town Alexandria to feed the ducks and stop for ice cream at Ben and Jerry's.
Exploring Clemyjontri park. We have started visiting this park a lot on Fridays because we drive Rob in to work and the park isn't far from his work.
The kids and I have started a picnic and movie tradition every other Friday night when Rob is in class late. He is gone most of the week nights so it's nice to have something to look forward to at the end of the week. (Like not cooking dinner and letting the tv babysit my kids for a minute)
Charlotte reached her milestone of 18 months and finally got to start nursery! She did great, although we did receive a report that she ate a humongous snack. Which I took to mean as she probably helped a few of the other kids eat their snacks as well.
James has a REALLY hard time staying in bed at night. Pretty much since we switched him to a toddler bed a year and a half ago. We started a sticker chart and told him every time he gets 7 stickers he can go to sweet frog's (his favorite place in the world), well it took him a month, but he finally earned 7! hahaha. Heaven help us all.
More park adventures with the gang:
James started swimming lessons this month. The first week he was so excited, all the way up until he stuck his foot in the pool. He decided the water was too cold and refused to swim. We ended up going home early.
James and I have had a lot of fun doing homeschool preschool. Each week we learn a different letter. So far he has mastered S, A, M, T, and F!
Sometimes being in the city all the time starts to make us all feel a little claustrophobic. So, we decided to visit a farm not far from us, called Oxon Hill Farm. The kids loved having a wagon ride, and then feeding the chickens and the pigs.
Char loved feeding the chickens until one of them tried to get some food out of her little hand. After that she wanted nothing to do with them. haha.
James also started gymnastics this month. (we're trying to find constructive ways to burn off some of that energy!). He did better than swimming and made it through the entire class. Hopefully our luck continues.
Week 2 of swimming was a success! James finally got in the pool and even swam for a little bit without his floaties!
All snuggled up to watch general conference:
and this picture simply because it's amazing.
I love these chubby legs!
Phew! That's it for September!
What we are looking forward to:
-October! Celebrating James and Rob's birthdays
-A visit from Grammy