Thursday, July 25, 2013

One week from today

Dear Finnan,

One week from day, you will start kindergarten.  I have thought about this momentous occasion often, but never for long.  There is no point lingering over the ifs, ands, or buts.  I know it will be exciting.  I know it will be great.  I know it will be the beginning of so many wonderful things.  I know it will be hard. I know it will be all those things for both you and me. 

Right now, you seem excited.  We don’t talk about it much, but you are protecting all of your new kindergarten gear and asking a few questions, trying to anticipate what it might be like.  We were thankful to find out a neighbor and a new friend, Elizabeth, will be in your class.  Your teacher is Ms. Delaschmidt and from what I can tell she will be a good fit.  These are two details I know about the first day.  For the rest, I will have to wait and see.  I just hope you will tell me about it.

When I drop you off on your first day, I am going to want to say so many things.  Most importantly, I hope you know that at home there is nothing but love waiting for you.  And with that knowledge, I will let you go further out into this less than perfect world.  When you do step away from me next week, I am sure I will only say, “Have fun.  I love you, buddy.”  So, go for it and have fun.      

Love, Mom

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


by Finnan LeBlanc
July 8, 2013

Once upon a time, a little boy was very happy.  And a lion was following him.  The lion kept on walking.  And the boy kept on walking too.  And the boy was so very happy but as soon as he saw the lion he was not happy.  He ran into the forest.  When he ran into the forest he was afraid of the wild animals in the forest.  And then the little boy climbed up into the tree.  The little boy kept jumping from tree to tree.  The lion tried to shake a tree but the little boy kept jumping.  Then a tree fell down on the lion and the lion died.  The little boy got to explore the world.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer mornings

Every morning this summer I have come out to this...

Finnan and Jude working independently or collaborating on an art project.  Most mornings, there is a drawing dedicated to "MOM" or "DAD."  Sometimes to both of us.  This particular morning they were planning a Superman party.  Discussing the merits of the various Superman pictures, how they could decorate and who they should invite.  

Rory has started drawing as well.  This past week I found him laying on the floor, with a coloring book and crayon supplies.  He spotted me before I could get a picture of him engrossed in his work.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Our second trip to Florida

June 30th, the boys, the dog and I drove to Deland, Fl to visit my parents for the week.  For the first time in all the years I have been going to visit Deland, the weather was not good for several days in a row.  As it seemed to every where in the country that week, it rained and stormed, rained and stormed, on and on.  The storms kept us away from two different baseball games, but we still were able to occasionally sneak out to the pool and the boys took advantage of every other rain-free opportunity to play baseball in the backyard with my dad.  Really, my dad could not sit down while there was a break in the rain.  "Paw-paw, want to play baseball?"  My mom stocked up on art supplies and play-doh and I brought Finnan's kindergarten packet, so we managed to keep busy during the down pours as well.

Around mid-week the weather cleared.  Perfect timing, as Atticus flew in and we escaped to the Daytona Beach Hilton for two nights, while my parents kept the three boys.  Daytona Beach was not our first choice and we were skeptical, but we ended up loving it.  The beach was enormous.  We were there on the 4th of July and it was very crowded, but there was still space for people to be playing soccer and volleyball on the beach.  You could rent bikes to ride on the beach.  And, staying at the Hilton, we passed pools and several Tiki bars on the way out to the beach.  We had so much fun, we even had my parents drop the kids off at the beach with us after our second night so we could spend time with them on the beach.  We rented bikes for Finnan and Jude and we all played in the tidal pools.  Rory was loving the beach, running after birds and throwing himself into the tidal pools.  Then suddenly he was not loving anything and we needed to get off the beach quickly.  Luckily he calmed down and rested on Atticus while I played with Finnan and Jude at the hotel pool.  Daytona Beach is only 30 minutes from my parents house.  We will definitely be doing this regularly.

After the beach we finished out our week at my parent's house.  We went to a marine science center at Ponce Inlet (aka "The Turtle Hospital").  Then Atticus, Finnan, Jude and my mom climbed the lighthouse at Ponce Inlet, something Jude was very excited to do since my mom had told him last time that he needed to be 4.  The Sunday we left was my dad's birthday, so we had a pizza party at the pool in their neighborhood Saturday night.  Jude worked on his freestyle all week and he definitely surprised Atticus by how well he was swimming.  Rory also seemed to want to swim that night.  He just kept going from me to Atticus and back again, eventually even wearing googles to do so.

You can see the storm rolling in...

It took a while before Jude figured out the bikes.  But once he did, he turned into a race car, complete with sound effects.

Rory enjoyed chasing the birds.

Running between tidal pools.

Digging for shells.

Finnan and ROry did also enjoy some busting of waves.  The water was definitely colder than the Gulf though!

The tidal pools were nice and warm.

Rory kicking and blowing bubbles in a tidal pool.

Touching sting rays at the marine science center.


So proud.

Jude was fine the whole walk up and down and then 11 steps before the bottom he says, "I'm scared."