Attempting a simultaneous jump!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Now that summer is officially over, we are experiencing summer-like weather! Today's temperature climbed out of the 60's (where we were stuck all summer long!) and into the upper 70's! It felt hot, since it was noticeably warmer than other day in recent memory. So the kids and I embraced the warm weather today and pulled out the Slip 'n Slide! They had so much fun just running up and down the slide, "swimming" in the small pool area at the end, and just feeling the cool water from the sprinklers drip on them. And as I watched from a chair in the shade, I kept thinking about what an absolutely delightful afternoon we were having!
The kids played together really well (I didn't have to play referee at all, which is a record as of lately! I can't remember an afternoon with them both home and there wasn't a squabble!), shared things, took turns...it was remarkable! I even read a chapter in a book as they played!
Shane is "swimming" and pretending to be Buzz at the same time! He's multi-talented!
After slippin' and slidin' (and some play dough time for Faith), both kids asked to do some painting.
We only paint with water at our house...!
This picture is from a few days ago when we went to Big 5, a sporting goods store. There was a giant chair out front that we couldn't resist making into a Kodak moment! The kids love going to Big 5 - it is as exciting for them as a toy store!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This is what I did while I should have just gone to bed!!
Steve and Faith loved doing this!! I couldn't believe how brave she was!!
The smiles say it all! I love this one!
So handsome - like his daddy!
The whole crew!
An evening view
If, by chance, you read the blog in the approximate two hours that I had a very similar post, please continue reading as this is the new and improved post!!
So, a good week...it was capped off with another Michigan football victory (and some great games on Saturday!!), and few tech problems solved, and some overall very nice weather! Here's a picture of Shane-man before bed on Saturday night...
Monday, September 13, 2010
On the swing - still one of his favorite things to do!
A few other highlights from the past few days...
- Faith now wants to dress herself after finishing swim lessons. While she has been dressing herself for some time, the post-swim change into clothes was new. There are some little changing areas on the pool deck, and in the past, she has always wanted me to be behind the curtain with her and helping when needed. Today, she let me know she wanted to do it completely herself! Another reminder that she is growing up!
- Shane let me know he is ready for Kindergarten...if he knew what that meant, he would not say that!!
- The highlight of Faith's day today was listening to her teacher read Green Eggs and Ham. It's on our list to check out at the library when we go tomorrow!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
After spending the morning at school, Faith visited the dentist in the afternoon! Since this was her second trip to the dentist, they did a full cleaning of her teeth. She did a great job, and cooperated fully during the cleaning, which is always a relief to the mom!! It sure helps going to a pediatric dentist who has a wonderful staff all geared for handling young patients! And to top things off, there were televisions on the ceiling playing children's movies for when the kids are lying back in the dentist chairs! I know I would enjoy my trip to the dentist more if I could watch a movie!! Faith's day ended with a renewed vigor to brush and floss her teeth! Amazing what a new tooth brush and toothpaste can do!!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here is Steve enjoying the water with Delaynee Nord and Faith and another friend we met there. Notice Faith is not wearing a life jacket or swimmies! Since the other older girls were not doing so, Faith asked if she could go without. While it made me nervous (I watched her extra closely!!), she did really well. She showed off what she has learned in swim lessons, and actually encouraged Delaynee to start swimming under the water!
At first Shane was a little worried about the whole swimming thing (aka he had to be held by mom!), but soon he gained some confidence and really had a great time! Once he saw Lucy Taylor using his floating thing, he wanted to swim in it, which was really great!
The two kids really had a great time together!
Again, one of the highlights of being at the lake is drinking Gatorade! Shane would ask for it all the time! He even would ask Steve as soon as they took off on the Jet Ski to stop for some Gatorade!!
Right outside our room post-nap time!
Relaxin' after a big morning of swimming!
Needing a break after riding the Jet Ski all morning! We were able to ride them to the Colorado River and up to Topock for some breakfast! It was a highlight of the trip! We also went and spent an afternoon in Topock Gorge, which was really great! The kids ran around and played along the sandy beach, while Steve and I sat in chairs in the shade and soaked in the beauty around us and delighted in the joy of our kids!
Since we were on vacation and wanting the kids to spend some time relaxing out of the sun, we did let them watch some movies! Shane discovered Charlotte's Web and it became an instant favorite! He also discovered the joy of watching a movie while in bed!!
The girls posing for pictures before heading out for dinner one night! The kids all got along very well and had a great time together!!
Here is Faith helping Steve clean the skis and prep them for the next trip! We took the weekend to relax and recover (catch up on sleep, do laundry, clean the skies, unpack). Now we are preparing for all of life's activities to start up once again...school, MOPS, ballet, etc. It was the prefect way to end summer!