Thursday, December 4, 2014

Monterey Bay Aquarium!

The 3 of us went to California to visit Dad and Cory in October. I was surprised to think that this was my first time back to Cali all year! We always love going to Pop and Grammy's because it's relaxing and fun. AJ played in the garden, fed the turtles a HUGE zucchini that Cory had grown, ran around with chickens and played with the neighbor kids Hudson and Mackenzie. 

On Sunday we split up, left AJ with Pop and Grammy and all headed up north to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Pop and Grammy wanted to take AJ there and Jason and I wanted to go too! So all day Sunday, Jason and I got some adult time; we went wine tasting, went into the super cute shops and had a nice dinner on the pier. Pop, Grammy and AJ went to a really cool park and went to Bubba Gump's for dinner. 

The next morning we all met up for breakfast and then headed to the aquarium. This place so neat! We watched a shark feeding, checked out the jellyfish and walked around the whole place. It really was a great experience for everyone. 

Pop and AJ with HUGE zucchini for the turtles

Walking with the chickens- this picture always makes me laugh


We found out that AJ LOVES Clam Chowder- who knew?


Jason had been talking with AJ about playing flag football over the summer and when it became available, we signed him up. AJ is not the most physical kid. He isn't really into wrestling or rough housing so I wasn't sure how he would do. 

We signed him up with his friend, Andrew. They had practice and a game once a week. There were kids on his team who obviously had been playing before, but also those who were just starting out. His coach was really good, taught them how to stretch and they learned a few plays. AJ really seemed to enjoy himself. He would try to get the flags of the other players, but many times he did that after the play was over :) Twice he got the ball and took it the wrong direction :) It was so cute to watch him with the other boys. They played around, laughed and learned some football. 

Go Red Wolves!

He's a First Grader!

It's been a while since I've blogged. I was having problems getting pictures to load on here and then it became really overwhelming with months of things to catch up on. But here goes.

School started for AJ back in August. We weren't quite ready for the summer to end. We had a wet summer and would have loved a few more pool days. AJ was lucky enough to have his same teacher from last year, Mrs. Hayden, which made the first day so much easier. AJ walked in and was happy to be there. There was another boy in the class that was crying and did not want his dad to leave and AJ befriended him right away. It's so nice to see him be such a kind-hearted person. 

First grade certainly is a lot different than Kindergarten. The work is harder, the rules are more strict and homework is not optional anymore. AJ has math and spelling homework almost everyday. He doesn't love to do it, but it isn't usually a big challenge. 

First day of 1st Grade!