Don't they look happy? Sierra said the best thing about her first grade class is "everything." Reanne told me she was most excited about having a third grade web site she can do homework on. Grant has called Sierra three times on the play phone. He misses his sisters.
I'm not sure why I have had a hard time on the blog recently. But I need to list some of our recent Bourgeous events.
The first was that Jess took a final army, out of the country trip. He got to go to Italy for 9 days. I was pretty much jealous the whole 9 days he was gone. He brought me back some olive oil and a couple scarves, but I would much rather have been able to go. If I were to go back in time, I would have convinced Jess to let me join the military instead of him.
While he was gone I potty trained Grant. I never had a kid who wanted to do anything on a toilet...but when they get close to 3 I hit my diaper limit and they are forced to leave their diapers behind. It took about a week, which is about the same schedule as the girls. I don't know why I was so worried to potty train a boy. He did great.
The third big event was Grant's birthday. It really wasn't a big event. We had a little party with my dad who's birthday is a day after Grants. I didn't take any pictures of the night. I still can't believe that I totally failed in that category, but we had a couple presents and I attempted to make a cake with 7 minute frosting. It was the only thing my dad wanted for his birthday. He gave me an A for effort but I guess I didn't get it right. (If anyone has any tricks to share let me know.) I can't believe Grant is three already. With how excited I was that he is potty trained, I'm still kind of sad too. I officially have no more babies in the house.
The last big event is today. Jess and I celebrate 10 years of marriage. How did we celebrate? Going to Back to School night of course. :) Our kids are so excited to go back to school. And I am excited for them to go back to school. We are all so happy to be going back to school. What better way to celebrate an anniversary. (Don't worry. We are going out tomorrow.)
We finally went on a family vacation after about 2 1/2 years. We wanted to visit Jess's mom in Pennsylvania before she moved. We didn't realize that would be 3 days after we left! We went sight seeing during the day and helped her with odds and ends at night. The kids also got to see cousins because grandma had them for the summer at her house. It was a fun but exhausting trip. Here are some of the highlights. We went to Baltimore to see the aquarium there. I have been to the Monterrey aquarium which is impressive so I wasn't expecting to be wowed...but I was. This is a really cool place.
Here are some of the girls at Hershey Pennsylvania. This was one of the places the kids liked the best. Who wouldn't when you are surrounded by chocolate.
Jess's mom watched the kids for us one day so we could go to DC. Can you believe neither of us had been before? Jess is standing in front of the Vietnam Memorial. He found his mom's cousin's name.
Grant posing with a civil war cannon at Gettysburg. They just built a new visitors center which has the most amazing painting of the war. It was painted in 1904ish and has recently been restored. It is like 4 stories high and as big as a football field. Of course after learning all about the battle you get to go to the actual sight. This was probably Jess and I's favorite place.
We went to a beautiful lake not to far from Jess's mom's house. It was very relaxing and it was really nice to go to a place that didn't take hours to get to by car.