Friday, July 24, 2009
Anyway, in the bonus features, there is "Far, Far Away Idol." They got Simon to voice over his character and all the characters sing songs that fit their personalities. That is Luke's favorite part. And his favorite one is Prince Charming singing "I'm 264 my shirt!" HAHAHA!!! When he first started singing it, I told him we need to change the word to "cool." (I didn't think my 7 year old needed to be singing "I'm too sexy for my shirt!") I didn't realize at the time he thought the words were 264!!!! It's hysterical! Now I can't stop him from singing it, because I laugh so hard! Lance's mom and sister heard him sing it Saturday and my parents heard him tonight. It gives us all a good laugh!
Today the kids played on the waterslide all day. They were in and out of their swimsuits 3 times. They had a picnic lunch outside and loved every minute of it! Mom and Dad came over late in the afternoon to watch them play on it. I usually keep Emma in the house with me and let her stand at the screen door to watch the kids. But when Mom went out, she carried Emma out with her. She sat on Mom's lap for quite a while, but she finally had enough. She's never sat on grass before. Here was her reaction...
It was hysterical! She tried to keep every part of skin in the air! She finally relaxed and started crawling around, but she sure didn't know what to think of it at first!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Emma is changing so much right now. She is finally beginning to really eat table food. After she took her first real bites the other day, I've given her something solid at every meal. The past two days, we've had pancakes and she loves them! She also does well with Veg-All. Gross I know, be we season it and she likes it. Especially the carrots. She also is starting to take off on her walking. She will walk quite a while holding both of my hands, but now is wanting to just hold one of my fingers. She's getting daring! We have a hippo walking thing. We got it for Sara. It has a handle and gives a little resistance to pushing so it won't roll out from under her and she did that across the living room floor today.
I woke her up to feed her some fruit! (I couldn't get to my camera fast enough to get one of her actually eating from the spoon with her eyes closed!)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Last Friday, Mom and I took the kids to the park to play on the playground. We had so much fun! A cool front came in Friday and it was actually a little cold! I was sitting on a bench under the shade with Emma in the stroller beside me and I had to move us into the sun! Imagine that! In July!!! The playground was packed with mom and kids. Everyone wanted to be out. Then we walked across to the town square to get burgers at a restaurant. We took them out to the square and had a picnic and the kids played in the fountain. I was soooooo mad for not having my camera! I took some with my phone, but it's not the same. After we ate we went into a couple shops on the square and then at Luke's insistence, we went into the Walton Museum. He loves it. It's hysterical. He always wants to see Sam Walton's office and truck.
Then it was home for naps. It was a great day. I am so glad my parents are here so they can have days like that with the kids.
Lance's mom met me Sat to get the kids and take them home with her to spend the night. They, along with their 2 cousins slept in a tent in the back yard with GiGi. She is either a saint or insane! The kids had a blast!!
I realized a couple days ago that we only have 4 more weeks before school starts. We've been busy all summer and I feel like there is so much I wanted us to do that we haven't done. We are going camping this Saturday through next Wed. and then we have another camping trip planned for the week before school starts. It's going to fly past. I'm sad to see the summer end. But at the same time, it will be nice to have a couple days a week without kids to get errands run. That's been the hardest part of the summer. But I'm going to miss the laidback days of summer.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
And one more big milestone tonight. Emma ate table food!!! Woo Hoo! She's been so delayed in her eating. All of the other kids were eating table food by now and by 11 months they all ate pizza! She has not been that way. So we are working on it and tonight we had burritos. I gave her some hamburger meat and some shredded cheese. She turned her nose up at first, but then got the hang of it and ate several bites on her own. Then she got tired and ate a couple jars of baby food. But hey, I'll take it!
What a big girl!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We've had a good week this week. Tuesday, we went down to Lance's parents house to have swim and do fireworks with the family. The kids had so much fun and I'm so glad we went. Lance had to unload some cinder blocks off a trailer down in the field, so Hope and I went to help. She was so adorable. I let her sit in my lap and "drive" the Tahoe. She was in hog heaven! She says the funniest things. The other day, Luke said something about cracking his "nuts" and I know what you're thinking, but he meant knuckles! I laughed so hard. But it has stuck and while we were driving, Hope grabbed my hand and pulled my fingers. Then she laughed and said, "I crack your nuts, Momma!" She loved "helping" Lance and I and kept saying, "I a big helper."
Yesterday, I broke out the waterslide for the first time. We haven't had time to get it out yet this summer because of how busy we've been with swimming lessons, VBS, and the family reunion. So it came out yesterday and the kids have been on it constantly! This is our 3rd summer to have it and the kids LOVE it. Here are some pics of the fun!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Luke being silly
Hope loves Grandpa!
Luke going down the zipline at my cousin's house
lighting some fireworks
Daddy and his girl!
There are some memories that I want to write down so I'll remember them.
- Luke learning how to work a clicker and lighting fireworks. (thanks Uncle Keith!)
- Sara and Hope riding in my lap down the zipline
- Sara floating on her back in the river and going down the water slide
- Luke wanting to play volleyball soooo bad
- Hope falling asleep in my lap during the fireworks
- Emma smiling at everyone
- Luke sneaking up behind me and smearing icing all on my neck
- Sara clinging to me when we first got there because she didn't know anyone
- Hope sitting in Granddad and Granny Edna's laps
- the kids riding in the bed of the truck for the first time
It was so much fun that we are going to camp again next year and so are Jeremy and Leah and hopefully Mom and Dad. I am so blessed with such a great family. And the fact that every year, before lunch starts, we pledge allegiance to the Flag and sing the star spangled banner and then pray. I do pray that God continues to bless our land. But it does remind me that He says "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, I will heal their land."
Friday, July 3, 2009
This year we're taking the camper. I don't necessarily want to camp every year, but I grew up camping down at the river for the 4th and want my kids to have that same experience. They are so looking forward to it! Hope has asked for 2 days if we're going camping today. Tonight, I was bringing some extra pillows in from the camper and she thought I was taking them out to it. So she went and got some decorative pillows off of our bed and put them by the door and told me that she got pillows for camping. She is so ready to go!
So, I'll be gone for the weekend, having a blast with my family, and enjoying the 4th of July. Happy Birthday America!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So I ran several errands, and worked on the house some when I got back. I was worn out after that. Unfortunately, when I get run down, I get cranky. That doesn't bode well for the kids. So, I was a grouch this afternoon. I felt badly about it and wanted to make it up to them. Lance was at a meeting and wasn't able to be home this evening, so after dinner, the kids and I did some Wii bowling and cow racing! They had a blast. Sara surprised me and did GREAT. She placed 2nd in bowling behind me. Luke was not happy. :) And Hope cracked me up screaming for joy whether she hit the balls or guttered!
It was a fun night with me and the kids. I just wish I could relax and enjoy more of those. I said a prayer asking for forgiveness tonight and I know that I have to turn myself daily, minute by minute over to the Lord and allow his peace to flow through me and to my children. I fail miserably at it every day.
Sara is quite the artist!
Hope loved sidewalk paint