Damien’s Birthday Celebration

Damien turned 9, what?! We celebrated on the Saturday over Labor Day weekend. We kept it simple this year and decided not to invite any of his classmates. But I think it was still a super great day.

Damien’s cake pick
Damien and Scott baking the cake in the morning before the day’s activities. Note Scott’s hair/beard.
We went to a place called Northern Air which has trampolines, inflatables, laser tag, and virtual reality gaming.
Scott was VERY tired after this lol. Also, he shaved his hair and beard off! He startled Damien LOL
Damien and Scott playing VR
Here is Damien playing the VR game again. The monitor above displays what he’s doing in the game.
Next it’s time for presents!
From Mom & Dad – Pizza PJs, two bath fizzies, candy, Dog Man 7 book, and two video games that we bought on clearance probably over a year ago that we found during the move lol (Recore and Battle Chasers)
From Grandma and Grandpa Hanks – A color changing alarm clock, Risk board game, and an emoji catch game
From Great Grandma and Tom – A very sweet birthday card and money which is going to go towards winter gear like snow pants and gloves, and maybe a treat too 🙂
Thanks to all!
Decorating the cake
Damien picked colorful candles this year instead of his usual number candle. The flames are supposed to match the color of the wax.
The birthday boy!
Blowing out the candles
Yummy cake 😀
Learning how to play and getting my butt kicked in Risk

End of Summer Break

I believe we are finally at the point where we can start slowing down and start getting into a nice routine. So far we like the vibes here in Grand Forks. It seems like a nice, friendly community. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for any activities in the local area to explore. There was a Corn Feed event in Emerado (right outside of Grand Forks AFB) that featured all-you-can-eat corn, a car show, and inflatables. We also scoped out the weekly Farmer’s Market today in downtown Grand Forks.

I had Damien take pictures at the car show for his Grandpa 🙂
Damien’s favorite car at the show
I’m not going to pretend I know the year of any of these lol
I think Damien likes the stripes
Now this is the type of car that makes me think of my Dad
A nice bright green color
Getting snow cones at the Corn Feed. Damien is all red and sweaty from jumping in the inflatables.
The sporting goods store has this cool game where you pick a gun and the targets move or make a noise when “hit”.
We FINALLY received our belongings after living in the house for about three weeks.
We think everything made it and we had a few damaged items. I’m not moving again for a LOOOOOONG time! We still have a few things to unpack and set up.
I bought myself a cute mug for my tea. I like the colors for the kitchen.
Back to school shopping time! We have a Five Nights at Freddy’s, Roblox, and Black Panther shirt. Damien was very excited about them.
Back to school haircut time!
Damien’s first day of 4th Grade! OMG I can’t believe it!!!
Damien going to bed after a wonderful first day of school.

Damien has been in school for two weeks now and everything is going so well. Damien said that he likes the variety of school lunches better at his new school. He also has made some friends and he likes his teacher. I would say that the biggest improvement is the fact that the teacher doesn’t assign homework, only reading. THIS HAS BEEN AMAZING. So much fighting and screaming and crying over homework these past school years and we finally have a little bit of relief.