Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another Weekend with a Monkey

The week after we had Chester we got Jake. Yep, two weekends in a row. Woop-de-do. Let me tell ya, there is a lot more interest and participation the first week. The second week in a row in kind of a miss.

Jake’s fun weekend with the The Happy Hasslers!


We had a great time with Jake this past weekend. He really likes to monkey around. He was a lot of fun! Jake was a bit wilder than our guest last weekend, Chester. He sure liked to climb and really liked to hang around.


Jake really liked having waffles with Alec and his sister, Claire. On Saturday mornings they get to eat breakfast in the living room and watch cartoons!

clip_image006Jake really likes talking on the banana. He talked to his grandma and grandpa and all of his sisters and brothers. We aren’t sure who gets the banana bill but we sure hope he was calling collect!


clip_image010Grammy is in the hospital because she hurt her leg and needs to have some medicine. So Grampy has been coming for dinner in the evenings because he is spending all of his time at the hospital and wants to see us and have a yummy meal. He and Jake got along really well.

clip_image008What a great weekend we had together. Alec’s sound asleep in bed and Jake’s still monkeying around. We’ll see who’s ready for school in the morning!

See you next time!
The Happy Hasslers!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Our First Weekend with Chester

Chester is Alec’s class monkey. And since Alec was the “Top Banana” this week Chester got to come home with him for the weekend. We (Mommy) then chronicled the misadventures of Alec and Chester over the weekend. Below is what we sent in.


clip_image004Chester came home with us on the right day. Friday is Pizza and a Movie night! We watched The Muppet Movie!


clip_image002On Saturday we went to the Farmers’ Market. And they gave away free Kettle Corn! Do you know how hard it is to keep a monkey away from free Kettle Corn? Let’s just say we had to buy some . . .


clip_image006That night we built a fort and tried to hide from the Trojans and their donkey. They didn’t have a horse. Which leads us to Chester’s next idea . . .

clip_image002[4]Chester thought it would be fun to ride Witch Hazel (our sweet puppy) bare backed. He said he was an old pro but riding Hazel was more like riding a bucking bronco. He held on for 25 seconds!

clip_image004[4]Chester said one of his favorite things we did all weekend was read stories every night. Chester loves a good story and we do too. We read about robots, trains, rainbows, and lots of other stuff and ended every night with a serenade of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”


On Sunday, while Mommy, Daddy and Claire went to Mass, they decided that two monkeys at Mass would be too much so we stayed at Grammy & Grampy’s. And guess what! They have a horse you can rock around on in the foyer saying “giddy up little horsey” and “Hi-Yo Silver, away!” It was great fun. This time the horse had a saddle.

clip_image002[6]Another fun thing at Grammy and Grampy’s are the pianos. They have one for big people and one just our size. We played and sang the morning away. A little more practice and we’ll be ready for private parties and other social occasions. We play for cookies, milk and bananas.



What a great weekend we had together. Now for a good night’s rest so we can be ready to go for school in the morning!


Thanks for a great weekend, Chester! Next time we promise we’ll have some banana ice cream!

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Three-year-old Preschool

Alec had his first day of Preschool today.


This is what he immediately did when we got to the porch.




He had a great day and he loves his new school.

Claire’s Second First Day of First Grade

Because of class sizes Claire has to go to a different school now starting on day three. No more walking to school; we have to drive to this one. BUT it is the school that Mommy went to for kindergarten through sixth back in the day. She was a little apprehensive but she seems to like it now. We took a couple of pictures because it was still a big day.



Seems like for every sweet pic I get anymore


I have to take double the silly ones (at least)


And then you have the shenanigans going on while Mommy and Claire are going to her second new school of the week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Walking to School

Our neighborhood school is walking distance from our house. Takes about five minutes to get down there and about 25 to climb back up. (kidding, sort of, there are A LOT of stairs). Claire has always wanted to walk to school so she was super excited to get to do so.




Monday, August 18, 2014

First day of First Grade!

Claire had a great day at her new school. She is so excited about the 1st grade!


The good one


The goofy one


Trying a different sign


Alec’s baby sunscreen shot


Sweet sibs shot

Chickens and Fish

We went to Auntie Cecilia’s house for a fun Saturday afternoon. The kids loved feeding the chickens and picking eggs. We then went down to fish at the pond.