#edmundw

SOUND ON. 
We did our first volunteer spot at E’s school this afternoon and J was SO EXCITED to bring his own lunch and sit with his big bro. 
He ran away once right at the end and said “poopoo face” at two very inopportune times, but overall was GREAT and got to sit with E the whole time. 
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #brudders #tcsrocks #beingtwoisfine
SOUND ON.
We did our first volunteer spot at E’s school this afternoon and J was SO EXCITED to bring his own lunch and sit with his big bro.
He ran away once right at the end and said “poopoo face” at two very inopportune times, but overall was GREAT and got to sit with E the whole time.
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #brudders #tcsrocks #beingtwoisfine
FISHING! 
Even though E has been battling a serious case of hand foot and mouth we hit the river anyway bc we’ve had this trip planned for MONTHS!! GranDoug bought Edmund his OWN POLE and he was just SOOO excited to go fishing. 
First thing Saturday morning they get down there and he reels in a GIANT 16 inch bass right in front of our house. He was so excited. 
Side note: he doesn’t like holding it to show it off because smells are a SERIOUS thing for him. 
#edmundw #GranDoug #gonefishing #guadaluperiver #roadtrip
FISHING!
Even though E has been battling a serious case of hand foot and mouth we hit the river anyway bc we’ve had this trip planned for MONTHS!! GranDoug bought Edmund his OWN POLE and he was just SOOO excited to go fishing.
First thing Saturday morning they get down there and he reels in a GIANT 16 inch bass right in front of our house. He was so excited.
Side note: he doesn’t like holding it to show it off because smells are a SERIOUS thing for him.
#edmundw #GranDoug #gonefishing #guadaluperiver #roadtrip
RIVER SCHOOL.
Out of town but still learning!! And the aunties all got to help and play too. Edmund and Aunt @lilhannsies drew a cat in our phonics book today with the help of @artforkidshub , and then some sight word/phonogram bingo outside this afternoon with @devinhanning and @amber_hanning and @leehanning . These monster face sticker books have been a little seasonal fun as well!! #edmundw #homeschool #hybridhomeschool #tcsrocks #phonics #learningtoread #kinder
RIVER SCHOOL.
Out of town but still learning!! And the aunties all got to help and play too. Edmund and Aunt @lilhannsies drew a cat in our phonics book today with the help of @artforkidshub , and then some sight word/phonogram bingo outside this afternoon with @devinhanning and @amber_hanning and @leehanning . These monster face sticker books have been a little seasonal fun as well!! #edmundw #homeschool #hybridhomeschool #tcsrocks #phonics #learningtoread #kinder
ROAD TRIP AGAIN! 
My mom and Doug rented a river house for the week and we came as soon as we could!! Fevers keep you from school but they don’t keep you from driving across the state to New Braunfels!
It took us FIVE HOURS to get here from home but attitudes were great and this was my FIRST road trip solo with the little men. 
We’ve done some #riverschool , taken a short swim (J says “too cold” but also “I go back in!”), and the boys were obsessed with these motorcycles we found in a Flatonia gas station. (Someone couldn’t wait 20 more miles for #bucees ) 
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #roadtrip #travelwithkids #guadaluperiver
ROAD TRIP AGAIN!
My mom and Doug rented a river house for the week and we came as soon as we could!! Fevers keep you from school but they don’t keep you from driving across the state to New Braunfels!
It took us FIVE HOURS to get here from home but attitudes were great and this was my FIRST road trip solo with the little men.
We’ve done some #riverschool , taken a short swim (J says “too cold” but also “I go back in!”), and the boys were obsessed with these motorcycles we found in a Flatonia gas station. (Someone couldn’t wait 20 more miles for #bucees )
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #roadtrip #travelwithkids #guadaluperiver
KID ART GIFT WRAP.
This gift isn’t even from us I’m just the international-mail-package-wrapping-fairy (also @sarahwganger knows I love anything to do with gifts/packaging so I’ll DO IT GLADLY).
But home sick and needing something to start off our school day but mom didn’t set anything up so: make your own gift wrap time :) Taped some butcher paper down and set out the @weareooly paint sticks and some @crayola oil pastels and let them go to town!
To get optimal paper coverage I flipped around the paper a few times instead of moving the kids chairs around the table. It worked GREAT. 
We added stickers at the end for an extra layer. 
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #creativekids #iamanartist #paint #messy #giftideas
KID ART GIFT WRAP.
This gift isn’t even from us I’m just the international-mail-package-wrapping-fairy (also @sarahwganger knows I love anything to do with gifts/packaging so I’ll DO IT GLADLY).
But home sick and needing something to start off our school day but mom didn’t set anything up so: make your own gift wrap time :) Taped some butcher paper down and set out the @weareooly paint sticks and some @crayola oil pastels and let them go to town!
To get optimal paper coverage I flipped around the paper a few times instead of moving the kids chairs around the table. It worked GREAT.
We added stickers at the end for an extra layer.
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #creativekids #iamanartist #paint #messy #giftideas
TRAVEL SCHOOL.
In addition to all the fun sealife, Texas history, and animal things we learned on our trip, we also kept up with our school work for TCS! 
Phonogram bingo in the car, lots of reading and memory work in the car, hotel math and coloring, and tons of fun! 
#tcsrocks #hybridhomeschool #edmundw
TRAVEL SCHOOL.
In addition to all the fun sealife, Texas history, and animal things we learned on our trip, we also kept up with our school work for TCS!
Phonogram bingo in the car, lots of reading and memory work in the car, hotel math and coloring, and tons of fun!
#tcsrocks #hybridhomeschool #edmundw
A NEW ZOO!! I feel like we are pretty much professional @houstonzoo guests now, but while in #sanantonio we tried out their zoo!!
-it takes longer to zoo when you don’t know your way around. -pushing and pulling a wagon on hills is hard and I’m GLAD I didn’t have the stroller.
-the highlight was FIVE Komodo dragons and a Komodo statue.
-mommy got a giraffe selfie.
-THERE WERE HIPPOS!! -the riverbank water feature was SUPER fun.
-this zoo was DESIGNED with kids in mind and it was lovely. I didn’t need to lift James for any animals unless he was being two and refusing to scoot over to a window or climb up. #beingtwoisfine #jamesiewilk #sanantoniozoo #komododragon #krattskids #edmundw #roadtrip #travelwithkids
A NEW ZOO!! I feel like we are pretty much professional @houstonzoo guests now, but while in #sanantonio we tried out their zoo!!
-it takes longer to zoo when you don’t know your way around. -pushing and pulling a wagon on hills is hard and I’m GLAD I didn’t have the stroller.
-the highlight was FIVE Komodo dragons and a Komodo statue.
-mommy got a giraffe selfie.
-THERE WERE HIPPOS!! -the riverbank water feature was SUPER fun.
-this zoo was DESIGNED with kids in mind and it was lovely. I didn’t need to lift James for any animals unless he was being two and refusing to scoot over to a window or climb up. #beingtwoisfine #jamesiewilk #sanantoniozoo #komododragon #krattskids #edmundw #roadtrip #travelwithkids
SEESTERS.
While we were in #sanantonio we got to see Aunt Hansies!! Dinner on the river walk with all of us at @casariosa , then dinner with the boys Sunday, and dancing to her fabulous Duo @extraspecialband on Saturday! 
#auntlife #edmundw #jamesiewilk #roadtrip #travelwithkids #seesters
SEESTERS.
While we were in #sanantonio we got to see Aunt Hansies!! Dinner on the river walk with all of us at @casariosa , then dinner with the boys Sunday, and dancing to her fabulous Duo @extraspecialband on Saturday!
#auntlife #edmundw #jamesiewilk #roadtrip #travelwithkids #seesters
TRAVEL SNACK SYSTEM.
This picture was taken during a low point of the trip for me: three hours into Seaworld I got REALLY tired and I told josh “I’ve hit that tired point where I don’t feel well” and he reminded me I hadn’t had anything but water for 7 hours and handed me a Gatorade and I was FIXED. (HERO). But I kept the boys hydrated and well snacked the whole trip without buying park food and here was our system:
I packed a gallon size bag from home into our diaper bag stuffed with snacks in pairs (two by two like the ark). The boys got to take turns picking the snack but whatever one picked they both HAD to eat.
I chose things I know they both would eat but packed a huge variety: goldfish, ritz cracker sandwiches, fruit snacks, granola bars, teddy grahams, sauce pouches, etc.
We talked about the system and the plan before hand and they both knew what to expect and it worked GREAT.
#littletravelers #roadtrip #sanantonio #edmundw #jamesiewilk #brothers #snackattack
TRAVEL SNACK SYSTEM.
This picture was taken during a low point of the trip for me: three hours into Seaworld I got REALLY tired and I told josh “I’ve hit that tired point where I don’t feel well” and he reminded me I hadn’t had anything but water for 7 hours and handed me a Gatorade and I was FIXED. (HERO). But I kept the boys hydrated and well snacked the whole trip without buying park food and here was our system:
I packed a gallon size bag from home into our diaper bag stuffed with snacks in pairs (two by two like the ark). The boys got to take turns picking the snack but whatever one picked they both HAD to eat.
I chose things I know they both would eat but packed a huge variety: goldfish, ritz cracker sandwiches, fruit snacks, granola bars, teddy grahams, sauce pouches, etc.
We talked about the system and the plan before hand and they both knew what to expect and it worked GREAT.
#littletravelers #roadtrip #sanantonio #edmundw #jamesiewilk #brothers #snackattack
THE ALAMO.
Edmund has gotten a ton of basic Texas history from Marmee with Josh and myself filling in details as he’s asked...so I seized an opportunity and we hit the Alamo during Joshs final meeting last week.
I read every exhibit they’d let me read (we now know LOTS about 1800s weaponry and a smidge about the chapel and the history of the Missions), and we explored and watched a documentary on the Alamo and then popped into a VERY EXPENSIVE toy soldier store where they had historical battles set up in miniature. 
It was super cool and they had a great time and for a hot minute E wanted to be William Barrett Travis for Halloween (now we are back on Iron Man or Chris Kratt).
#roadtrip #sanantonio #rememberthealamo #texas #littletexans #travelingwithkids #edmundw #jamesiewilk
THE ALAMO.
Edmund has gotten a ton of basic Texas history from Marmee with Josh and myself filling in details as he’s asked...so I seized an opportunity and we hit the Alamo during Joshs final meeting last week.
I read every exhibit they’d let me read (we now know LOTS about 1800s weaponry and a smidge about the chapel and the history of the Missions), and we explored and watched a documentary on the Alamo and then popped into a VERY EXPENSIVE toy soldier store where they had historical battles set up in miniature.
It was super cool and they had a great time and for a hot minute E wanted to be William Barrett Travis for Halloween (now we are back on Iron Man or Chris Kratt).
#roadtrip #sanantonio #rememberthealamo #texas #littletexans #travelingwithkids #edmundw #jamesiewilk
SEA WORLD!
We did about 5 hours at SeaWorld two days last weekend and it was FUN. 
Meeting our fav characters, hitting discovery point to see the aquariums (E really wants an animal encounter now), climbing and splashing in the Bay of Play, roller coasters (E’s first!!), and J falling asleep on the way out BOTH days! 
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #sanantonio #roadtrip #seaworldSA
SEA WORLD!
We did about 5 hours at SeaWorld two days last weekend and it was FUN.
Meeting our fav characters, hitting discovery point to see the aquariums (E really wants an animal encounter now), climbing and splashing in the Bay of Play, roller coasters (E’s first!!), and J falling asleep on the way out BOTH days!
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #sanantonio #roadtrip #seaworldSA
FALL PLAY DOUGH KIT!
We’ve been enjoying our ocean dough kit for MONTHS but after the beach it was time for a change!! Taught my sweet #gangergirls to make play dough and whipped up our fall doughs in the process! 
The brown is scented and colored with cocoa powder, the burgundy has sparkles, the orange has cinnamon to scent it, and the mustard color I love so much! 
I have a feeling this box will get a ton of love during our morning time for school! 
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #dough #diy #makeityourown @mamapapabubba inspiring me with the use of the #ikeaglis box!!
Special thanks to @bekkiyvonne for some of these fun sensory items! We both bought things and went halfsies!!
FALL PLAY DOUGH KIT!
We’ve been enjoying our ocean dough kit for MONTHS but after the beach it was time for a change!! Taught my sweet #gangergirls to make play dough and whipped up our fall doughs in the process!
The brown is scented and colored with cocoa powder, the burgundy has sparkles, the orange has cinnamon to scent it, and the mustard color I love so much!
I have a feeling this box will get a ton of love during our morning time for school!
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #dough #diy #makeityourown @mamapapabubba inspiring me with the use of the #ikeaglis box!!
Special thanks to @bekkiyvonne for some of these fun sensory items! We both bought things and went halfsies!!
ART ART FISH ART. 
Ok guys. My stepdad is an ARTIST. It’s insane. He carves wood and takes wood scraps and draws on them and they are GOOD. 
I mean, there is a life-size-hand-painted Komodo Dragon in E’s room.
So I go over to the house to pick up the boys the other day and walk into this scene.:
-GranDoug drawing away.
-the fish book out for inspiration.
-E sitting across the table from him drawing fish as well.
I took all his fish sketches (barracuda, catfish, electric eel, and flounder) and glued them onto some blue paper so he could display them all together. He was SO THRILLED to be creating with GranDoug. It was super sweet. 
#edmundw #creativekids #iamanartist #sketching
ART ART FISH ART.
Ok guys. My stepdad is an ARTIST. It’s insane. He carves wood and takes wood scraps and draws on them and they are GOOD.
I mean, there is a life-size-hand-painted Komodo Dragon in E’s room.
So I go over to the house to pick up the boys the other day and walk into this scene.:
-GranDoug drawing away.
-the fish book out for inspiration.
-E sitting across the table from him drawing fish as well.
I took all his fish sketches (barracuda, catfish, electric eel, and flounder) and glued them onto some blue paper so he could display them all together. He was SO THRILLED to be creating with GranDoug. It was super sweet.
#edmundw #creativekids #iamanartist #sketching
MONSOON.
(Ok not really).
Decided to go to an indoor playground after school but the boys were so tired we didn’t last long and then it took us NINETY minutes to get home. 
So I arrive home real defeated even after truly a great day. 
Josh calls me pulling into the neighborhood to tell me about a rainbow and a little bit of watching the hooligans splash in the puddles and the rainbow and the LOVELY evening-post-rain light really did give me quite the pick me up. 
Also I got to rescue my sister @abbym2015 from the children’s museum and get her to her car. So I’m basically in the Paw Patrol now according to #axldavid . 
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #rain #htx #puddleduck #rainbow
MONSOON.
(Ok not really).
Decided to go to an indoor playground after school but the boys were so tired we didn’t last long and then it took us NINETY minutes to get home.
So I arrive home real defeated even after truly a great day.
Josh calls me pulling into the neighborhood to tell me about a rainbow and a little bit of watching the hooligans splash in the puddles and the rainbow and the LOVELY evening-post-rain light really did give me quite the pick me up.
Also I got to rescue my sister @abbym2015 from the children’s museum and get her to her car. So I’m basically in the Paw Patrol now according to #axldavid .
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #rain #htx #puddleduck #rainbow
MOMMY SCHOOL. 
First day of home school is in the books.
-there’s a LOT more work in kinder!
-I drank 3 cups of coffee. -I totally flagged and had E donthe wrong copybook pages and E did half of it but @bekkiyvonne noticed and fixed me!
-we started with a sensory bin during all reading aloud/memory work/etc. James continued to go back to it throughout the day.
-math continues to be the fav thing to do (even J wanted me to make him a worksheet and do the linking cubes)
-we still only survive all the journaling/drawing prompts thank to @artforkidshub .
-had a little post dinner paint party with the @weareooly paint sticks.
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #tcsrocks #iamanartist #creativekids #sensoryplay #flisatfun
MOMMY SCHOOL.
First day of home school is in the books.
-there’s a LOT more work in kinder!
-I drank 3 cups of coffee. -I totally flagged and had E donthe wrong copybook pages and E did half of it but @bekkiyvonne noticed and fixed me!
-we started with a sensory bin during all reading aloud/memory work/etc. James continued to go back to it throughout the day.
-math continues to be the fav thing to do (even J wanted me to make him a worksheet and do the linking cubes)
-we still only survive all the journaling/drawing prompts thank to @artforkidshub .
-had a little post dinner paint party with the @weareooly paint sticks.
#edmundw #jamesiewilk #tcsrocks #iamanartist #creativekids #sensoryplay #flisatfun
First day treats! 
E had such a FAB first day back! We hit up @fatcatcreamery after for some celebratory treats. 
PSA: the Salted Brown Butter ice cream is seasonal and FANTASTIC. Everybody go get some. 
Ready for a fantastic first home school day tomorrow!! #edmundw #hybridhomeschool #tcsrocks #icecream #htx
First day treats!
E had such a FAB first day back! We hit up @fatcatcreamery after for some celebratory treats.
PSA: the Salted Brown Butter ice cream is seasonal and FANTASTIC. Everybody go get some.
Ready for a fantastic first home school day tomorrow!! #edmundw #hybridhomeschool #tcsrocks #icecream #htx
FIRST DAY!
We are so excited to be back at TCS for another year: this time in KINDER! 
Swipe right for his interview. 🥰🥰 #edmundw #tcsrocks #hybridhomeschool #kindergarten
FIRST DAY!
We are so excited to be back at TCS for another year: this time in KINDER!
Swipe right for his interview. 🥰🥰 #edmundw #tcsrocks #hybridhomeschool #kindergarten
WILD NATURE SURVIVOR GUY. 
Inspired by @jimmyfallon on @sesamestreet Edmund went on a hunt for the legendary “spiny tailed iguana” in the nature wilderness of #htx .
He was cracking me up hiding that giant stuffed iguana all over our yard while Josh mowed. 
#edmundw #littleexplorer #candidchildhood #gooutside #houstonsummer
WILD NATURE SURVIVOR GUY.
Inspired by @jimmyfallon on @sesamestreet Edmund went on a hunt for the legendary “spiny tailed iguana” in the nature wilderness of #htx .
He was cracking me up hiding that giant stuffed iguana all over our yard while Josh mowed.
#edmundw #littleexplorer #candidchildhood #gooutside #houstonsummer
ZOO DAY. 
Always fun. Always hot. Our plans for the day changed so we did an impromptu after nap zoo trip! 
We wagon-ed instead of strollering today and the big win is EDMUND CAN PULL THE WAGON WITHOUT HURTING OTHERS (not true of the stroller). So I was only on half duty LOL because E really wanted to pull it. Made it home just in time to call into a meeting at work. :)
#edmundw #jamesiewilk @houstonzoo #creaturepower #animalsanimalsanimals #houstonsummer #htx #brudders
ZOO DAY.
Always fun. Always hot. Our plans for the day changed so we did an impromptu after nap zoo trip!
We wagon-ed instead of strollering today and the big win is EDMUND CAN PULL THE WAGON WITHOUT HURTING OTHERS (not true of the stroller). So I was only on half duty LOL because E really wanted to pull it. Made it home just in time to call into a meeting at work. :)
#edmundw #jamesiewilk @houstonzoo #creaturepower #animalsanimalsanimals #houstonsummer #htx #brudders
FAREWELL Gangers! 
We sure have had fun with these crazy kiddos as they’ve had a summer break back here in the states with us!! We will miss you when you go back tomorrow but know our prayers and love follow you across the ocean!! #cousinlove #gangerkiddos #edmundw #jamesiewilk #axlandava
FAREWELL Gangers!
We sure have had fun with these crazy kiddos as they’ve had a summer break back here in the states with us!! We will miss you when you go back tomorrow but know our prayers and love follow you across the ocean!! #cousinlove #gangerkiddos #edmundw #jamesiewilk #axlandava

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