5yrs - 6rs old
Sept 13, 2009 - Sept 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Anya!  We had a full weekend of celebration and fun for Anya's 5th birthday.  It started with Camping at Jordan Lake, roasting marshmallows, playing charades and going for a spooky night time walk. Up the next morning, bright and early, to go for a walk, bike ride and swim in the lake.  Mid afternoon we headed home and cleaned up, then it was off to the mall to get Anya's ears pierced for her birthday. That night the kids went to the YMCA parents night out until 9:30pm and came home exhausted. Sunday was Anya's birthday, so we went out for bagels, stopped by Target to pick out her cake and then home to open presents.  We had a fun time.


September 5, 2009  Hope Depot Kids Workshop
The 1st Saturday each month they have a workshop for kids at Home Depot. We have been a few times and made some cool things. Anya has just one more workshop to earn her free "tool kit". They each have their own apron and each visit they take home their craft as well as a button for their apron. It is fun.

Anya School Pictures - Kindergarten October 2009


Girls weekend in New Jersey October 2-4
Grandma Linda, Aunt Janet, Mary Jane, Heidi and Anya

 

Family Visit October 8-12, 2009
 

Alan was getting artistic with the new camera
HeidiAnyaLarsCamryn

Happy Halloween 2009
We started off joining the neighborhood parade at 5pm. We all walked together in the parade the few blocks to the clubhouse. There we were served pizza and juice boxes. The kids all had a good run up and down the embankment and played in the playground. Then we headed home and waited about 30 min, before hitting the streets.  Time to trick or treat!  We always start with Judy and Saiid and we looped the entire block and down the road to a couple of cul-de-sacs as well. An hours of Joy and time to go home.  :-) 

Anya's self Portrait

Report Cards are in!  Fall 2009
Anya - kindergarten    

Beaches Resort in Negril, Jamaica  November 20-27, 2009
Thanksgiving week!

12/03/09 The kids visited with Santa at the YMCA.

12/10/09 Anya's school performance

12/18/09 Anya's school party - Gingerbread man theme

Christmas eve and day 2009
The kids had the full day with Grandma, while we were at work. They made the foundation for the gingerbread houses and made then decorated cookies for Santa. That evening the Clements family came over to enjoy a turkey dinner with us. After dinner it was time for hot chocolate and decorating the gingerbread houses. That was followed by roasting marshmallows by the fire pit, singing Christmas Carols.  Better go to bed now, time for Santa to come.

Christmas Morning was fun, of course the kids were up very early. We enjoyed our day and all of the new toys. It was a rainy day, so we were inside all day. There was plenty of snuggle time for us all. The next day we went out for dinner and when we arrived home the kids and grandma performed a show for us. It was wonderful.

Christmas Break 2009 & Beech Mountain, NC

 

January 15, 2009 "Anya the Vet"
Anya gave her 1st presentation to her kindergarten class last week. We captured video of her practicing the night prior. She was to dress up as a community worker, list 3 things she would do at her job and 2 things she likes about her job.  She opted to be a "pet doctor".  VIDEO

 

 

January 29,2010 100 days of school for Anya.
They didn't need to wear uniforms today, so she made a shirt to celebrate.

January 30, 2010 Snow Day! So it was already a stay at home day, but snow is fun no matter how it falls. They forecasted 5-8 inches and over night we received about 3. In the morning is was sleet, sleet, sleet and occasionally snow. We played out front and tried to sled down the side of the house. Then Alan braved the icy, snowy roads for us and drove us to the neighborhood club house. There is a big hill and it was the popular place for the day. We really got some speed there!  The kids not only went down the hill, but jumped the curb and skid across the icy parking lot.
   VIDEO Anya      VIDEO Lars

February 2010 - More Snow! This sure has been a cold winter, but we are keeping busy.
Valentines weekend Grandma Linda came to visit and of course it snowed again. We woke up and went outside to build a snowman, but it quickly turned into a crazy fun snowball fight. :-)  Later that day we were off to the Planetarium to learn about black holes and see a scientist show us all about "matter". We ran some errands that evening and stopped by Old Navy. Anya and Grandma went ahead into the store, while I put some things in the car. When I arrived at the store, there was Anya posing. I just had to snap a pic with my phone.
Waiting for the Black Hole show to start Anya, our old navy girlValentines Day 2010

February 6th we went to the Home Depot kids workshop in the morning. That evening it was off to "The World's Toughest Rodeo". Alan received some free tickets and an awesome parking pass from work, so off we went.

February 27, 2010 Day at the Durham Museum of Life & Science
Alan wasn't feeling well today, so the kids and I were up and out of the house early.  We drove out to the museum and spent almost 6 hours there.  They have expanded the outdoor area, so there was loads to see and it was the 1st semi sunny day in a long time.  We spent a good 4 hours in the outdoor section (playground, butterfly house, train, bears, wolves, wind section, lunch, etc). It was fascinating playing with all of the "catch the wind" exhibits. They were very interactive and had great facts about wind.  The kids got to sail a remote boat, flap winds like a fly, make sounds on drums that caused wind and much more. We headed inside for the coolest science experiments and they have a new sound room too.  You run around the room and that causes different sounds to play, it was fantastic.
Butterfly house Watching the newly born butterflies release an Owl butterfly landed on my arm when it was released and didn't want to move.  It was beautiful. The kids had the best time today, such good siblings. I don't know how this works, but the image on the walls changes with your shadow. We all got to touch the snake. the sound room! 

March 6, 2010   A busy day for the Wagoner kids
The morning started off early with our trip to the Home Depot Kids Workshop. This month it was building rain gauges. We arrived a little early, but they let us get started anyway. Both kids are really getting the hang of this workshop and reading the instructions and putting things together with little to no help. This was their 5th project completed, so that means they earned a tool box. I was expecting a little toy tool box, but NOPE they got the real deal. Lars was a little disappointed it was empty, but excited.  We headed straight to the dollar store to pick up a few tools (screw drivers, goggles, hammer and measuring tape). 

We were doing some spring cleaning at home later in the day and we rearranged Lars' bedroom.  We weren't sure if the bed would fit between the dresser and the bookshelf. Off he went to his tool box and got out the measuring tape. We measured and had 2 inches to spare! This is kinda cool.  :-) After cleaning the bedrooms it was off to do some Rock climbing.

Last weekend Alan was sick, so they missed the Y-Guides event rock climbing.  We took Lars today, so he could earn his patch and burn some energy.  He had a tough time the first couple of tries. Then another kid gave him some pointers and he was up up and away. He was just beaming when he reached the top (12 or 15 feet up). We couldn't stop him after that, it was up then climb down and back up.  It was great to see him so excited. Anya gave it a little try here and there, but she wasn't wearing the proper shoes.
I helped Anya with hers and now she is giving pointers to Lars. Rain Gauges complete Tool boxes!

March 12, 2010  Class Pictures
Of course Anya felt the need to personalize the generic class picture pose. :-)

Spring Break 2010 Florida (March 27-April 3)
Photo Gallery Here

Happy Easter April 4, 2010
 

May 9th, 2010 Happy Mother's Day!
Alan and the kids mysteriously disappeared from the house the day prior. It turns out they went to the strawberry patch and hand picked strawberries 2 big buckets of strawberries. Later that night they banned me from the 1st floor of the house and they hand dipped about 3 dozen of them in strawberry, white and milk chocolate. The the kids also each made me and painted a planter with a cactus and an Iris. Alan iced the cake with a gift card for the spa! We had a wonderful lunch at Red Bowl and even had the car washed. Then Lars and I went out for a bike ride and I mowed the lawn. I know many would say that is not a good thing to do on Mother's Day, but I love to mow the lawn.
A perfect day!

Fun play in May 2010.  Lars received some water guns from his friends at the party, so the next day it was time to play. Saiid and sons played too, with the hose.

May 27, 2010  Anya's Kindergarten Zoo trip
They were all so ecited to get on the bus Always posing Anya and her teacher Mrs. DeMuinck

Washington DC - Memorial Weekend 2010

June 12-13, 2010  Alan Track time a Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw South Carolina
The kids had a blast watching daddy, even though it was 100+ and humid as all get out.  Each time Alan would fly by on the straight closest to us, Lars would run along side the fence. Each time, Lars would ask "Did I beat daddy?".  :-)  I figure Lars was maybe doing 6-7 mph and Alan may 140mph.  (Alan's write-up here.)  VIDEO
Look for the Black leathers, Red helmet with white strip and white bike, black tires.

July / Aug 2010 Wacky Wednesday at Camp "O" - They dressed up every week, I just neglected to get pix and post.

"Rock Stars" - Lars was Brett Michaels and Anya was Hannah Montana. It was a stretch, but we worked with supplies we had on hand.  :-)


"Xmas in July" - Anya was Mrs. Santa and Lars was a Christmas Toy


"Pirates"
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Aug 2010 - 1st Day of School
Anya is in Kindergarten and Lars is in 3rd grade.