week 33 - 52collages - thekarpiuks

Week 33 – 52 Collages 2014

Happy first week of school! Liam and Lila both started school this week; for Liam it was a return to his old school routine, albeit in a new location with new teachers and new friends… but for Lila it was her first time with the experience. The first day was a little rough for both kids, but they were doing much better by the end of the week. On the first day, Liam leaned in to give Lila a big kiss goodbye before he left her classroom to go to his own. It was so sweet!

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week 32 - 52collages 2014

Week 32 – 52 Collages 2014

Our last week of summer vacation was full of firsts and fun projects. We finally made a proper patio in the backyard and over the course of the week, completely transformed our outdoor space. We went from a 1′ x 1′ cement pad to a 12′ x 13′ patio. We picked out and planted bushes along the back edge and did a little landscaping around them and the backyard tree with log edging and mulch. We also needed some shade out there, so we invested in a giant offset umbrella that we put up today. It’s perfect! We will really enjoy spending time out back with the kids.
Lila is all about firsts and milestones this …

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Week 31 – 52 Collages 2014

What a great week! On Monday I got a little time to work in my new classroom and Liam got a chance to check out some of the toys in his new classroom, too. Winston had a haircut and looks (and smells) great again! Our friends Rob and Stef got into town early Tuesday to spend the week with us! Lucas and I were roommates with Rob for three years back when we lived in Calgary, and it was so good to spend time together after so long. We hadn’t seen Rob and Stef in two years, and believe it or not, we’ve hit our five year anniversary of being back in the states as …

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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 - 52collages2014 - thekarpiuks

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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