Getting Ready for School

Last Friday we took Cutie Pie to his preschool open house.  He got to meet his teacher who just so happens to be Wildman’s golf instructor.  She is absolutely wonderful!  Cutie Pie’s classroom is super cute and filled with all sorts of fun things to do and see.  I cannot believe that tomorrow is the first day of school for both boys!  The summer has truly flown by.

Today is Cutie Pie’s baseline assessment for pre-kindergarten.  Wildman and I are dropping him off for a 40-minute session with his teacher.  I’ll probably end up taking Wildman to Starbucks for a special treat while we wait for Cutie Pie to finish up.

Wildman’s 1st grade open house is today as well.  At 3 PM we’ll head over to the elementary school to meet his new teacher and check out his classroom.  Wildman will be in a split 1st/2nd class instead of a traditional 1st grade.  Half of the children in the class are second graders and half are first graders.  I’m not familiar with this sort of class setup so we’ll be learning as we go!

Also on schedule for today:

  • Returning our mountain of library books- the summer reading program is over for another year
  • Grocery shopping for lunch items to pack in the boys’ new lunch boxes
  • Picking up a prescription
  • Cleaning the house

Stay tuned for more back-to-school photos…


Sea Turtles!

Our local Sea Turtle Preservation Society hosted an open house/fundraiser event today in honor of Archie Carr‘s birthday.  For those of you who don’t know, Archie Carr was a famous ecologist who was instrumental in sea turtle conservation.

The boys had a great time checking out all of the exhibits.  They were especially fascinated by the models of sea turtle nests.  Ping pong balls were used in place of real eggs.

Mara Uman Hixon, a local chidren’s book author and conservationist, was there to sign copies of her books.  There were two different books about sea turtles to choose from so I ended up buying one of each for the boys.  We read them tonight for our half an hour of reading for the library’s summer reading program.  It took me the entire half an hour to get through both books.  They were extremely informative and the illustrations were gorgeous!  I was actually quite surprised that the boys paid attention for both stories since they were so long.  That’s the sign of a good book I guess- when they can keep the attention of a 4- and a 6-year-old!

I hope to take the boys to the beach this summer to watch the sea turtles lay their eggs.  It’s such a cool experience!

Fire Station Open House

Last week was Fire Prevention Week!  Many of the schools and fire departments in our area had been sponsoring special events so we decided to take the boys up to the Indian Harbour Beach VFD Open House on Saturday.  It’s an annual event that the kids love attending.  This year we rode our bikes over there.  Because it was perfect Florida fall weather and the ride was maybe a mile, we figured that the boys could make the trek without a problem.  They did great!

The garages were all open and many of the fire trucks were parked outside for the children to explore.

I love the old fire engine they had on display.  Modern fire trucks should have open air cabs 🙂

We got to watch the firemen raise the flag on the ladder truck.

Cutie Pie didn’t want to leave the fun of buckling and unbuckling the seat belts and harnesses.  He could have stayed there all day if we let him.

Wildman wanted to shoot the fire hose at a wooden target.  Cutie Pie was content to watch.

Cutie Pie was all about climbing the ladder and going through the window at the top, however!

It was a fun morning spent with the family.  We came home with a bag full of fun giveaways for the boys that included fire truck flip flops and coupons for free Slurpees.

Fall would not be fall without a trip to the fire station.

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