Tuesday, October 31, 2017


When the first weekend of October comes around...The Hammerick's begin the transformation of our house from holiday to holiday.  A little treat for my little GOBLINS...Ayden loved the new spooky tree to hang Halloween ornaments on.

This year Allie had a hard time deciding what she wanted to be for Halloween...she was torn between Mal from Descendants, Hermione from Harry Potter or my Rainbow Brite costume my mom made me when I was in first grade.  She opted for Rainbow Brite since this was the absolute last year she would be able to fit into it...brings back memories.

Ayden's costume was chosen last summer.  He KNEW he wanted to be a garbage man!  Todd and I constructed his candy collector to roll around and put his candy in on Halloween night.

We had lots of opportunities to wear our costumes before the big night of trick-or-treating.  We went to the SPOOKTACULAR at our school...

...and Trunk-or-Treating at cheer...

...and to the preschool party at Ayden's school too!

Allie also had a FALL PARTY at school during the school day.  She played games, made crafts, and ate spooky treats.

Finally...to wrap up this spooky season was HALLOWEEN NIGHT!  We went Trick-or-Treating with our friends and made it further than ever this year!  Ayden collected his candy in his garbage can.  Luckily the weather wasn't too cold and DRY! 

Another successful Halloween!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Swimming Graduation

After 5 years of swim lessons (off and on)...this girl GRADUATED from SWIM!!! Allie has been able to swim independently for about a year now.  On vacation and in friend's pools...we haven't had to worry about her.  She's a confident swimmer.  Allie is quite involved in many other activities...and hasn't been wanting to go anymore.  Todd made a deal with her...when she passed a level 7, she could quit if she wanted to.  She DID IT!

Ayden is well on his way too...he graduated a level 4!  This summer we witnessed him grab onto the side of the pool when he didn't have his floaties on and he traveled a little too deep.  He keeps asking when he can be done too, lol. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017


It's feeling like FALL!  We walked up to Tollgate Farms on this beautiful WARM day to pick our family pumpkin.  The kiddos pressed apple cider, played in hay mazes, scooped corn, visitied with some animals and saw some pretty cool insects and spiders up close!


After some doughnuts we finally took a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch for some pumpkin picking.  Ayden found himself a butternut squash in the field of pumpkins.  We choose a BIG pumpkin perfect for carving this Halloween!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fun Run

Allie rocked out this year's fun run!  She was a top lap runner in her class with 13 laps.  She didn't stop running the WHOLE TIME!!  So proud of this girl!  I jumped in and ran a little with her too! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Summer Reading

We LOVE the West Bloomfield summer reading program!  This summer, Ayden even got to participate.  Both kiddos had lots of reading challenges to complete, a hefty reading goal (100 hours for Allie, again.) and a few fun programs to see...we got to see Eric Litwin and PETE THE CAT!

The littles entered one of their creations into the Summer Reading Project Fair.

Allie ended in 3rd place on the LEADER BOARD from all the challenges and reading points she earned and won a Snap Circuit Kit!  She collected all 10 reading brag tags!

Allie was a TOP READER in her school, reading over 100 hours!  She was invited to the board meeting to receive a reading medal and be recognized.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Big Kid Bed

All BIG BEDS in this house!. Today we FINALLY converted Ayden’s toddler bed into a full sized bed.  We think he’s starting to get the hang of this “going to bed by yourself” thing...but he tends to sneak out of bed and pass out in the hallway outside our door. I usually scoop him up and put him back to bed after I hear snoring from outside our door. However, in the morning we usually have a little friend laying in the floor beside our bed. We are HOPING this new big boy bed will do the trick!!  And help Ayden go to bed peacefully...and stay in bed too. 

On a whim this morning we ventured out, bought us a mattress, and strapped it to the roof of our car. We drove home hillbilly style (holding the mattress to our roof) and put together Ayden’s new bed. When he was about 1, I purchased his bedding...so glad that I did!!  DONE!!  Looking spectacular in here!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ayden is 4

Ayden is a happy, giggly and curious boy.  He is always asking questions to learn more about the world around him.  He sleeps in a full size bed and can brush his own teeth.  Ayden is in preschool again this year, but talking so much more than before.  Some of his favorite toys are JJ the dog, all of his trucks and building with Lego's.  Ayden LOVES to be outside, riding his bike or collecting sticks to make a campfire.  He likes to jump in the trampoline, play in his sandbox and watch truck videos on the iPad.  Some of Ayden's favorite foods are Gogurt, applesauce pouches and ice cream.  Ayden attends swim class and is interested in tennis too.

The morning of Ayden's birthday, two little friends showed up to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Jingle and Belle arrived with a letter and birthday gift...a Lego sea plane!

Ayden celebrated turning FOUR with his friends at school.  Luckily I had a meeting in the same building as his school...so I was able to come in when his class sang to him.  Nana and Ayden made AIRPLANE cup cakes for his friends.

Ayden celebrated with the grandparents that evening with dinner and ice cream.  He was so excited to open his presents!!!  He received a combine harvester and cement truck from Papa Ray, a steam roller, construction themed clothes and books from Nana and Auntie Ellen, and Farm Sprouts camp from Todd and I.

Ayden will celebrate with all his friends at his TRASH BASH on Saturday!!!  More PRESENTS!!