Chickadee is always up for an outing, like going to our town’s Oktoberfest!
Big Jenga at our church’s game night was a big hit with Chickadee!
Here are a few more pictures from our visit to the Twistee Treat Diner at The Pink Elephant last week. Chickadee has exclaimed over the elephant every time we’ve driven past on our way to Chicago, so she was very excited to actually stop by!
Today was Chickadee’s first day of sixth grade! I can’t believe this is the last year before she starts junior high!
I decided to do something different this year, and start the new school year on a Friday, so we could spend a day doing only the fun, first-day-of-school stuff, and not worry about diving into the work until next week. Last night, I made sure the school room was ready to go…I made a few minor changes this year, but for the most part, our setup is the same as it has been:
I also got the Schultüte assembled:
After we look through our materials for the year, pictures are always a priority:
I decided we needed a fun outing to kick things off, so we drove all the way to Livingston, IL (about 40 minutes away) to the Twistee Treat Diner at The Pink Elephant for ice cream cones. It’s on Historic Route 66, and we’ve driven by it every time we’ve gone to Chicago, and I thought the time was finally right to check it out!
Would it even be the first day of school if we didn’t build a Lego set? I decided the Disney Villains Icons set would be a nice bridge from our fairy tale themed summer school…it’s a very clever set, and the girls let me build the Sleeping Beauty part. We’ll just ignore the hard time they gave me over the VHS tape build!
A (poison) apple for the teacher!
Ladybug requested a special dinner from Lilo and Stitch: The Official Cookbook. She really wanted to try the Pelekai Sweet and Sour Pork, and it was excellent! I also made a super decadent, super chocolatey cheesecake for dessert.
I really liked starting the school year this way…it was nice not to have to immediately get started on our actual work! I think we just might do it this way again next year (which will be Ladybug’s last first day of school with me)!
This has been a Big Week. We said goodbye to Bunny when we dropped her off for college, and I didn’t think Chickadee was going to let her go:
To distract ourselves from missing her, we visited the St. Louis Zoo on what was probably the nicest August day I’ve ever experienced in St. Louis! It was the kind of day that makes you believe that eventually it might be autumn.
We got to go see Moose’s marching band put on an exhibition following two weeks of band camp…Chickadee was very excited to see her brother perform!
Chickadee couldn’t resist the mirrored staircase at the St. Louis Art Museum this morning!
We finally made it to the spray park!
It has stormed almost every day for the past week, so Chickadee has been spending her time indoors playing Splatoon 2.