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We are a family of 5 that moved from California to Arizona about 8 years ago. We love it here! We love to watch movies, enjoy the great outdoors when it's not blazing hot, play sports, hike, ride bikes and spend time together! Life is awesome and we wish the same to all of you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Back to School

And so school begins again. Our Con is now off to 1st grade. We are happy to report that there was no running out of school crying after Mom and Dad this year. We turned around to be sure we didn't have a little shadow and were pleasantly surprised to see Con playing on the playground oblivious to our presence. That's not to say that Mommy didn't shed a tear!

Our ham-bone off to his first day!

What a sweetie pie. He looks so grown up!

Back to School Celebration

We started a tradition last year of having a last hurrah before the kids go back to school. So this year the night before they started we decided to go with a movie themed party. The movies chosen were: Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. We had a blast hanging out and being goofy together. Below is a brief overview of what we did to celebrate!

Conlan as Indy

The kids did a series of games and a scavenger hunt. Here they are taking out the bad guys. Those straws were oh, so threatening!

The kids received invitations via owl to attend Hogwarts. The sorting hat welcomed them and sorted them into the different houses. Auntie Bree helped out by being the voice over the speaker phone.

Next stop was Ollivander's wand shop. With a flick of the wrist and a test run each kid found the wand destined for them.

In potions class they had the chance to choose which potion to make. The potions of choice were: Polyjuice, Love, Skele-Grow and Aging Potions. With a little baking soda, colored vinegar and imagination we were having a blast!

Conlan super focused on the right mixture for his Polyjuice Potion.

With a little help from Daddy, Aislinn made a successful Aging Potion.

Here is a bit of the bubbling potions. We all really liked the colors they created.

After a good wizarding duel, they stopped by divination class to learn to read each other's tea leaves.

And last but certainly not least, a trip into Hogsmeade to visit "The Three Broomsticks". Our young witches and wizards were in desperate need of refreshments. Brownie spiders, bat guano (whipped cream & brownie crumbs), broom sticks and wands did the trick!

And now the biggest challenge of all...school started the next day! We had a blast and look forward to our celebration next year!