week 30 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 30 – 52 Collages 2014

This week we celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise party. Happy anniversary, mom & dad! They weren’t expecting a bunch of family and friends waiting to celebrate them with a big luau (and a whole roast pig!) in my brother’s backyard. There were plenty of grass skirts, tropical cake, pulled pork, and fun to go around! Speaking of anniversary, earlier this week was Batman’s 75th anniversary. Liam’s babysitter took him to the local bookstore, who was giving kids free Batman comics and masks and letting them participate in all kinds of Batman crafts. Liam was in heaven! Lila has started playing with Liam’s DC Super Friends figures (like Wonder Woman!) and got …

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week 29 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 29 – 52 Collages 2014

This week Lila turned 5 months old! We went and had lunch with grandpa and found time to play outside at the playground and splash park. We met a dragonfly that got stuck in our house, and Liam helped set him free outside. We practiced writing letters in chalk, and Liam is doing a great job writing his own name! Lila learned how to grab her toes and likes getting up on all fours or in push-up stance as she keeps working on crawling. Liam and daddy happened to catch a hot air balloon launch at the nearby local airport and stopped to watch the action. They launched three balloons in the air by our …

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week 28 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 28 – 52 Collages 2014

Another week in the books! The summer seems to be passing us by way too quickly. This week I attended and presented at an edtech conference being held at our district. I shared two sessions on web tools for the under 13 crowd, and it was standing room only! Everything went smoothly and I had a great time connecting with other educators. Especially since I’ve been working hard this summer preparing for next school year and the two new classes I’m teaching. Liam went with me to check out my classroom and helped me do a few things at school. The kids had their 3 year (Liam) and 4 month (Lila) check-up and Liam showed …

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week 27 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 27 – 52 Collages 2014

Happy Independence Day! Beautiful not-too-hot-or-humid weather his holiday week inspired us to spend lots of time playing outdoors at the park. Swinging is still Liam’s favorite! To celebrate July 4th we packed up a picnic lunch and I took Lucas and the kids to Conner Prairie. It was the first time for all of them, and we had fun exploring. (And a lot has changed since I was there last!) Liam has been fascinated by the giant hot air balloon from afar for years now, and he finally got to see it up close and personal, though he wasn’t interested in a ride just yet. The boys played traditional 1836 games, Liam met some farm animals, …

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Week 26 – 52 Collages 2014

It was HOT this week! We explored a new (to us) park and Liam found some big rocks to climb on. We played outside in the kiddie pool and went to the splash park to try and keep cool. Liam entertained Lila, who watched from her swing in the shade. I got an elliptical machine, and the boys helped to put it together for me. Liam practiced using his new (to him) digital camera. He took lots of pictures of Winston the dog and George, his stuffed monkey. We played in the rain briefly at the end of the week and was thankful that it helped to cool the weather off a bit.

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week 25 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 25 – 52 Collages 2014

What a week of celebrations! First, we celebrated Liam’s third birthday, though he doesn’t officially turn three for another week. Before Nana and Papa Karpiuk left, we had a little pre-birthday celebration with them, and Liam received an awesome red superhero cape that he’s barely taken off since. On the weekend we had a small Batman themed birthday party, and Lila dressed as Robin so that she could be Liam’s sidekick. I think they look pretty great together! 

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week 24 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 24 – 52 Collages 2014

June just keeps getting busier and busier! This week we went on our first hotel adventure with the whole family so that I could attend a teaching conference on project based learning. And an adventure it was – five days in a hotel with two young kids where I had to get up and go to “work” each day? Liam went with me and attended daycare provided by the conference. He has a recent obsession with finding and pointing out American flags, and so we’d spend the drive to and from the hotel counting each one we came across. Believe it or not, we passed an American flag STORE along the side of the road …

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week 23 - 52collages 2014 - thekarpiuks

Week 23 – 52 Collages 2014

The first full week of summer break sure was a busy one! “Busy” is going to be par for the course this month, that’s for sure. It was my first full week home with both kids for the first time, (Because Liam was still attending preschool all this time while I was on mat leave) and I also decided it would be a good week to start potty training. I’m not really sure what I was thinking, but we had to start sometime! Liam is very proud of his new big boy underwear – Batman and DC Super Friends themed, of course. We’ve had ups and downs this week, but overall he’s doing really well, …

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