Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week of All the Firsts

We had a great week of firsts.  We went on our first steam train/ riverboat ride.  We went to the beach for the first time this summer.  We saw so many new sea creatures.  We found a new place to hike; we went to check out the tri- state marker.   It was wonderful!

Friday we took a trip to the other end of the state and went on a train and riverboat ride.  It was such a fun day and we learned a lot about the history of the area.  Alec spent the entire time in the car reading his Wolves of Beyond book and even had me stop on the library on the way home to pick up the third book in the series.  He's been coloring up a storm with his color by numbers book and spent some time in the morning building Charazard with his mini Lego type set.

Saturday Alec spent most of the morning reading his wolves book while Evan watched old Pokemon cartoons and Ian hung out in his room.  As soon as we received a call from my husband we packed up and headed to his grandparents' house.  We spent a long day cleaning out and moving furniture and boxes.  There wasn't a whole lot for the boys to do and while they helped out here and there when they could they mostly spent time playing outside or, in Alec's case, reading a book.  He brought The Loser's Club with him and read the entire book!

Sunday morning found us right back at it; cleaning house and sorting through a lifetime of belongings.  The boys had packed more things to do and snacks to keep them occupied but we didn't end up staying very long.  At some point more help becomes... well.. not so helpful!  It's tough when there are so many family members with all different opinions trying to help out, clear out, and clean out and we thought it might be most helpful if we were out of the way.  The boys played around the house and ended their day with a swim in the lake and a tube ride.  Evan headed out for a sleepover and we took the older two boys out for ice cream.

With Evan not home on Monday morning, I let the boys have a day off from school and Ian began watching The Cars That Made America.  Once Evan arrived home we went to the store and tried to find him a comfy chair for his room.  We didn't find anything and once we were back home the boys all played outside for a bit.  Alec came in to work in his color by number and the next thing I knew all three boys were cleaning a room in the house! Evan worked on cleaning the garage, Alec cleaned my dining room and Ian cleaned the hallway and the foyer.  All three boys wanted extra time to play video games and watch TV and I was happy to grant them that!

It was raining Tuesday morning so we settled in for another day at home.  The boys all worked on a bit of schoolwork.  I went grocery shopping and they carried all the groceries in.  They cleaned a room each so they could play some video games. We went to the library in the afternoon and I was so surprised when Alec managed to read two of the three books I picked up for him by dinner!

We had the best time at the beach on Wednesday!  The sun was shining and since it was like low tide all day we were able to explore the shore looking for all sorts of wonderful sea creatures.  (More pictures will be shared tomorrow!).

Thursday the boys and I went hiking to the tri state marker after having worked on a bit of schoolwork in the morning.  After hiking we stopped at the library and then the boys went to play outside.  Alec tried reading his book in a few different places while Evan went swimming.  Ian played in the sand and the two older boys went on jet ski rides too.  We were thrilled when we discovered a monarch butterfly chrysalis hanging on our patio chair and we can not wait to see how changes over the next week.

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  1. That woodlands looks Amazing! I'd love to hike there. Alec is such a bookworm. It is so great to see young kids to be into readings. I wish my boy is like this. Haha The photo of the fish looks fascinating. Do you know what fish it is. Its gills are huge! What a week! I love reading your posts.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us again on #FabFridayPost xx

    1. He is a major bookwork; had read three more books in the past few days! I wish my other two were even remotely interested in reading (when it wasn't required or assigned). I meant to label that fish picture; it took a bit of research but we discovered that it's called a robin fish.

  2. Sounds like a busy week but I love how much outdoor time you all get. I would love to be a kid again and read so many books anywhere and everywhere x

    1. Oh I know! I just love watching him read; he finds a nook no matte where we are.

  3. What a wonderful week. I love all the reading going on. Your area is so lovely. I wish my kids were readers, but alas they are not.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. He's my only reader the other two act like it's torture to read even so much as a paragraph a day.

  4. Those are fun "firsts"! Yesterday we went hiking in my favorite spot for the first time this year.

    1. OH that is fun! I love getting back to an old familiar hiking spot after an absence.

  5. What a fun week full of firsts and adventures!

  6. I always love hearing about your adventures. Sounds like you had a wonderful week! As always thanks so much for linking up to #fridayfrivolity


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