Before his first morning back at school Miles told me he was a little nervous. We talked about how it is natural to be nervous and even mommy gets nervous when starting something new. I told him if he feels scared or nervous at school to think of mommy in his heart. The whole time Miles was at school Hadley kept asking me "do you think Miles is thinking about you in his heart?" When we picked him up this was also her first question to Miles and thankfully he didn't need me or think about me at all - he expressed that he "had so much fun!" All week he looked forward to going to school.
Hadley also had a great first week. She didn't hesitate to go and was so excited the first day.
|Getting ready to drop Miles off the first day of pre-k|
|This year he's using a backpack!|
|On Hadley's first day of dance class I took these pictures before we left. |
She chose this pose herself with no prompting from me.
Hadley LOVED dance class and did so well! She is learning tap, ballet and tumbling and although one of the tiniest dancers in class (as I've been telling everybody) I think she has a natural talent for it (spoken like a true mama).
We ended the week with a trip to the North Shore. Our plan was to drive to Two Harbors on Thursday at noon, camp for two nights at Gooseberry Falls and stay in a hotel one night in Duluth. We mostly stuck to our plan...
When we arrived at the campground our campsite wasn't quite right so after partially setting up we took everything down and started at a new, much larger and more private spot. By the time we were set up it was getting dark... and cold. Did I mention the forecast said it would get down to the mid-30s at night? The caption for this picture adequately describes our first evening.
|Yes, it's 8:30 at night. Yes, we're eating dinner in the car. Yes, Miles is wearing his snow pants and winter coat. Yes, it is raining. No, we couldn't get a fire started.|
|In the tent in the morning.|
|Hanging out in the tent.|
Friday: toured Gooseberry Falls, did a two-mile hike (doesn't seem like a long distance until you're lugging a 35 lb and 40 lb kid on your back), walked along the shores of Lake Superior, collected beautiful rocks and agates and left them for other children to discover, had a warm and wonderful campfire for lunch and dinner, and made a game time decision to breakdown camp around 7:30 pm and head into Two Harbors to spend a warm night in a hotel.
Saturday: played mini golf, we headed back up the shore and toured Splitrock Lighthouse, hiked along the shore, had a picnic lunch, drove to Duluth, swam in the hotel pool, walked through Canal Park, saw a ship leave the canal and the lift bridge rise, and had dinner at Fitger's Brewhouse.
Sunday: swam in the pool, saw a ship entering the canal, had lunch at Canal Park Brewery (yes, Mike met his craft brewery quota for this trip), and drove home and are now doing what seems like a zillion loads of laundry.
|Drinking hot chocolate in the morning at the campground|
|Photo courtesy of...Hadley!|
|The kids loved climbing and jumping all over the rocks. |
We had to watch our 3-year old very closely because she's so fearless.
|Goofing around at our campsite.|
|Chatting by the tent|
|On the shores of Lake Superior|
|Throwing rocks in the water|
|One of many of our rock collections|
|Miles and Hadley's first time playing mini golf|
|Miles loved the game and wanted to play all 18 holes.|
|Hadley lasted about two minutes and then proceeded to pick the obstacles (mainly these two bunnies) off the course and play with them. Luckily we were the only ones out there.|
|The cutest puppy ever.|
|The view from the lighthouse|
|The scenery on the North Shore is so beautiful!|
|Duluth lift bridge|
|Another lighthouse in Duluth|
|We were so busy exploring during the day the kids liked to have downtime in the evenings at the hotel.|