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Jacob’s first day at Pine Grove Nursery School was Tuesday, September 17th.  In an effort to ease him (and his Mom) into going to school, we signed him up to attend in the mornings two days a week.  Leading up to his first day, he was excited about going to school (and getting a mid morning snack!), but not so excited about the idea that Lilian and I were not going to be staying with him.  As it turns out, there were a decent amount of tears from both Jacob and his mom that first day. But despite the tears, and despite his first words being “Mommy, what took you so long to come get me?!?!” when I picked him up, he really seemed to enjoy his first day.  The next several drop-offs weren’t much better (even though he was really excited to go to music class), but this past Thursday (only his fourth day at school), we had a breakthrough!  Although he still wasn’t happy about me leaving, there were no tears when I dropped him off.  Hopefully this will continue tomorrow.  He seems to love his teacher and loves to tell his Dad all about his day over dinner.  Other than a little separation anxiety, he looks forward to going to school and seems to enjoy all that he’s learning with his new friends.

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The Smoothie Gang

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…from our apple picking superheroes!

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And in case you are wondering what we did with all of those apples, we made 9 quarts of applesauce for our freezer, with 12 apples to spare!

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…population 2.  🙂

But seriously, this is what our house sounds like these days. In case we have not made it clear, Jacob LOVES music. He just recently started adding a verse when he sings his Alleluia, making up random new words each time he sings it. I think that here he sang:

Lord, please help me protect my sister,

and send my alleluia to my sister,

(indecipherable) ALLELUIA!

Lilian wants to do anything her big brother does, so she watches very carefully and does her best to replicate his every move.

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I love this kid.

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I’ve had this post written for a couple of weeks, but due to technical difficulties with some of the pictures, was unable to post before now.

Last Friday we took a day trip to Mystic.  Since Keith didn’t get home until 1am on Friday and Lilian slept til after 9, we got a bit of a late start and arrived right before lunch time.  We decided to have lunch before we started exploring the aquarium, so we made our way over to Abbott’s for some lobster with a view.

Not a bad view...

Not a bad view…

We arrived a few minutes before they opened so we soaked in the gorgeous weather and lovely scenery.

Posing by the sea

Posing by the sea

Where is my lobster roll?!?!

Where is my lobster roll?!?!

Once we ordered and sat down, certain members of our family got rather impatient to eat!

IMG_7599After we all enjoyed a warm lobster roll (all except Jacob who opted for a PB&J – weird kid 🙂 ), we headed over to the aquarium.

Watching the beluga whales

Watching the beluga whales

Our first stop was to watch the whales.  Both of the kids loved them and we wound up going back to visit them several times!

Frogs!

Frogs!

We stopped to see some of the other large, outdoor animals eating lunch before heading inside to visit some of the smaller guys.

IMG_7575Checking out some little fish.

Look Mama, a giant fish!

Look Mama, a giant fish!

So many fish!

So many fish!

Jacob holding a starfish

Jacob holding a starfish

Jacob also picked up a starfish and held it.  We were really surprised he wanted to touch it, but he held it fearlessly and even gave Lilian the opportunity to pet it!

Lilian touching the starfish - brave girl!

Lilian touching the starfish – brave girl!

Lilian hamming it up for the camera!

Lilian hamming it up for the camera!

Jacob enjoyed the aquarium but Lilian LOVED it!  I think she could have sat and watched (and talked to, and tickled) the fish all day long.

We topped the day off with a trip to a local bakery (no pictures, I was too busy eating!) and the four of us split a few desserts before getting in the car and heading home.  What a fun way for our family to spend a gorgeous day together!

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