Phew! After two tough to write POTW with lengthy collage "assignments" it is nice to be back to a simple little picture and story this week!
Last Friday we took Spencer and Quinn to Stone Mt. to celebrate Spencer's birthday. This has become sort of a tradition - which really stems from the craptastic way the boys' elementary school allows them to celebrate birthdays. In a nutshell, to celebrate a birthday at school, you are permitted to take in store bought food (i.e. cupcakes) and meet your child in the lunchroom for the 25 minutes they are assigned lunch period. If you want, you can eat lunch with your child (at a table away from his classmates) and at the end of the 15 minutes or so (takes a while to get through that line...) of shoveling food, you can take the purchased cupcakes to the class and give one to each greedy, grabby little body. There is no singing. There is no celebrating. There is just the witnessing of lunchtime chaos and the handing out of preservative laden, peanut-free sweets. After doing this one time I vowed never again.
And so now we let the boys take a "free day" from school and they get to choose what they want to do. Normally it's a very nice one-kid-on-two-parents experience that is pretty hard to come by in our family! This year was a little difference because we started the morning with family eye doctor appts and Spencer decided that he would let Quinn come with us for the day AS LONG AS he got to go with Quinn in February. Win - Win!!
(Aside - I can't wait to share a picture of Q in his new glasses, which haven't come in yet. He is SO flippin cute!! Also, terrible mom moment... the boy is nearly blind!! When they put the eye chart up and asked what the lowest line he could read was, his face crumpled and he said, "I can't see ANY of them". I feel terrible that he's gone this long not being able to actually see, but I can't WAIT to see how much better he is on a lacrosse field when he can actually see a ball!)
Anyway... we had a blast at Stone Mt. It has really changed a ton since the last time we had been there - all for the better. I encourage any locals who haven't been there in a while to check it out again. The boys had a great time on the sky hike and really enjoyed going to the top of the big rock. We also go to play mini golf and had a very nice lunch. Great day!
We followed that up with a nice visit from Grandpa Bob and Grandma Phyllis. We started Friday night with the traditional Japanese steakhouse birthday celebration for Spencer and Zane and then proceeded to drag them all over the place to watch a football game and a lacrosse double-header on Saturday. (All of which we lost...) Sunday we were blessed with a rain day so we could huddle in the house and recoup from all the activity. What a fun weekend!
Have a fantastic first weekend of October! We don't have many leaves changing down here yet, but the temperatures are fantastic! I love October in Georgia SO SO SO much!!