6yrs - 7ys old
Sept 13, 2010 - Sept 13, 2011


Sept 13, 2010  Happy Birthday Anya! 
Grandma Linda made a wonderful cake and cup cakes. Just as Anya asked and drew.

Anya turns 6 and was fortunate to have 2 Grandma's celebrate with her. A few weeks prior to her birthday, Anya asked if Grandma Linda could make her birthday cake. Grandma asked what kind of cake Anya wanted, so Anya decided it would be best to just draw a picture. So above you see the picture drawn along with comments to explain the most significant details. This picture was then emailed to Grandma Linda. Anya had the option of helping to make the cake or to have it be a surprise. Anya opted for the surprise, but informed Grandma Linda that should would be up very early in the morning to check for her surprise.  Grandma Linda waited until after Anya was in bed and asleep before starting in on the masterpiece.  Lars snuck out of bed to assist and late in the night it was all done.  Anya awoke the next morning and was astonished!  She was just tickled pink to say the least!  We all had a wonderful day.  It was also Grandparent's day, so of course we had to celebrate with the Grandparents that were in NC.  :-)  Thanks everyone for a magical weekend.

Happy Halloween 2010
We had so much fun this year. Gone are the little cutie costumes and on to the dark and scary phase. 2 days of trick or treat this year. Saturday we dressed up and stopped by a friends party, then off to downtown Apex for some store front trick or treat time.  After that it was dinner at Red Robin!  Sunday was Halloween and again we dressed up. The kids ran to a few houses to trick or treat, but wanted to rush home to hand out candy and of course SCARE kids.  Lars was poised aside our 2 scarecrows and blended in. We had the strobe light and scary music in the background to help set the scene. When the prey approached he pounced and it was a riot.  Funny enough the kids 5-9 didn't really get scared, but the teen agers did. Every last one of them jumped and even told Lars that he was awesome and to keep that up. On pair of teen age girls stared at Lars for about 5 seconds and even asked it he was real. We said no, and then he pounced and grrrrddd.  They jumped and it was a success. 


11/6/10 A fun night with the Clements family with a little Rock Band and a Bonfire!

Camp Kanata Nov 7, 2010 Alan and Anya went on an exciting excursion.  Read all about it here...

November  2010

11/17/10 Anya is learning all about community helpers. She had to choose a community helper, do a research report, dress like that person and then present her report to the class. Well, today was the big day. She was so excited to be a fire fighter! She was all prepared and turns out there were 2 other firefighters in her class as well. She came home just thrilled that she through her research the class learned that fire fighters don't just fight fires.  She reported that they are also on the team to help with car accidents. She was so proud of herself and we were too.


Thanksgiving 2010 click here

Our first snow 12/4/10  The kids are so excited for our first snow this winter season. We have high hopes for it to stick so we can sled tomorrow. Not likely, but we can dream.

Christmas in Orlando 2010  - click here for pictures

1/14/11 - Friday night fun at Dreamsports, then home for a sleep over (Callie, Anya, Jason and Lars).
Wake up the next morning to 2011 chocolate chip pancakes!

1/22/11 - 1st Basketball game for Lars (12)

1/29/11 - Yummy grilled chicken for dinner and a "healthy" FUN dippin' dessert! We had a great time and didn't worry about the mess until the end. I think the kids went a little overboard with the chocolate.

February 4, 2011 - A weekend with Brown Bear and Anya Wagoner
Brown Bear is the class pet and it was Anya's turn to bring him home. She had to take pictures and write up what they did together. 

On Friday, I got to have Brown Bear come home with me. On the Y bus, I introduced him to my brother Lars.  When we got to the Y, I showed him around and then we played a fun game. Then we got to play that fun game, then we had choices for a new activity. Then me, Brown Bear and Lars were picked up by my mom.  Then we went  home and had dinner and I introduced him to my mommy and daddy.  After that we watched a movie and had a slumber party in my brother’s room with his Big Teddy Bear named Tommy. 

The next morning we went to McDonald’s for breakfast and I had a cinamelt and a hash brown. After that we went to home depot to make a valentine heart shelf. Brown Bear helped me by holding the hammer for me. I put the goggles on him to make sure he was safe.  He helped me make my heart shelf. Later that morning I went to a juggling show in downtown Raleigh. It was pretty funny. On Sunday morning we woke up early and watched cartoons on the couch with Brown Bear and Tommy. He had a fun weekend with me! The End"

Feb 18-22 Ski trip to Wintergreen, VA  Slideshow

March 6, 2011 - Nice Sunday Walk
Almost made it! Started out on our 2 mile walk around Apex community lake. 1/2 way around the lake, we started telling stories of big foot and were looking at the white clouds ahead.  Then behind us was a rumble. We turned around and it was black. Just then a man turns the corner on his bike from behind us. Anya and I screamed, due to the big foot stories and the dark rumbling in the sky.  The man laughed and said "I didn't know I was that scary".  Needless to say we had a good laugh. Then we all took bets on when the rain would come. I voted 10 min, Lars 13 min and Anya 3 min.  About 30 second later all of the trees roared, darkness arrived along with serious buckets of rain. We ran around the next corner and hung out in a porta potty for a few brief minutes, to see if it would pass. No luck! Off we went for the next mile running walking and everything in between. There were a few others stuck out on the lake like us. A lady going the other direction around that we had passed on the other side, passed us again.  We all laughed at the situation and she said "At least your kids will remember this one forever". I have to admit, there was thunder and some lightening, so we were in a rush. Arrived to the car with every bit of us soaked down to the undies! We did have a BLAST!

Easter Weekend 2011 - We took a road trip to South Carolina to go dirt bike and rhino riding.  It was cold rainy and fun.  Lars got a flat tire early in the morning and because of the rain, the trails were far more advanced.  We still had fun the rest of the day, but couldn't fix the flat. Without a working dirt bike, we decided to skip day 2 and instead headed to Carrowinds. Anya, the adrenaline junkie, was finally tall enough to go on some of the big roller coasters. It was great fun.

April/May 2011  Summary (I bought a new computer late March and neglected to set up my web publishing for nearly 2 months because work and home were so busy! So, I am going to do a summary posting for those 2 months.)

May-  So much going on!   Gramma Bev arrived to stay with us for a month, she and Alan have been doing little pranks on each other all month.

Anya and Alan went to their Spring Outing Weekend

Grandma Linda arrived for Mother's Day/Bday weekend. We ate, danced, played and relaxed.


Lars raced in a Duathlon

Gramma Bev threw in a Freaky Friday, everything was backwards, inside out or upside down. Dinner under the table with no utensils.

*   video-slideshow of Gramma Bev's visit
*   The Crazy Kuckoo Bird Video

6/10/11  Kids finished school and both had outstanding report cards, received awards and are ready for summer camp!

Summer Camp 2011 
We love the Y Camps! Memories have once again been made!

Camp Rising Sun vs Camp O  -  Lars had fun playing soccer, but it was pushing 100' by 11:30am. 1/2 time they cooled down on the hallway floors.

Wacky Wednesday - Halloween dress up (Harry Potter and Hermione Granger)
6/15/11  The counselor at camp sent some pix to us today of Anya and her friend Tessa (from preschool).

Puerto Rico Vacation  June 27-July 4, 2011

July 14-18, 2011 Wella, Grandma Linda, Cousin's Nicky, Caity and Hailey came to visit (pictures here)

Aug 13, 2011 - Preparing for our Haunted House, making a huge spider.

Aug 19-23, 2011  Girls trip to CA

August 25, 2011 - 1st Day of School (Anya - 1st grade,  Lars 4th grade)