Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Anniversity

That's what Kiree told us on our anniversary.  We celebrated our 11th anniversary on our 11th anniversary which also happened to be last Friday.  Bob took the day off.  I made crepes for breakfast and we went to the water park at Six Flags.  Kiree is finally tall enough to go on two of the tube rides.  Luke got to ride on my lap on the lazy river.  Jaide is now tall enough to go on every water ride, in fact, I think she's tall enough to go on every ride at the park (and too tall for the little kid rides).  The weather held out for us until it was time to go home.  It wasn't too crowded or too hot or cold.
Traffic was kind of bad coming home (it was raining and it was the beginning of rush hour on a Friday) so we had to stop and get the kids some fast food to take to their friends' house.  Their friends' mom babysat the kids for us and Bob and I went out to dinner.  We had to go home and change into nice clothes first.  Bob told me he was going to take me to a fancy restaurant.  He sent me an invite on google to Harryhausen's.  That is the name of the fancy restaurant that Mike takes Celia to in the movie Monsters Inc.  We were joking about this and I asked him if the reservations were under the name Googly Bear (that's in Monsters Inc too) and he told me yes.  I did not think he was serious, but no, he did in fact make the reservations under Google E. Bear at the fancy restaurant near our home.
Dinner was delicious and expensive (but Bob had a thing of course).  After dinner Bob took me to Best Buy to look at smart phones and tablets, a favorite pastime of Bob's.  We did not buy anything.  I did have Bob take this picture of me.  We really should have gotten more pictures that day.  I didn't get any at the amusement park at all.
We picked up the kids and went home.  Bob and the girls took the dogs for a walk while I got Luke ready for bed.  Bob called to let me know there was a huge, awesome rainbow outside.  We both got pictures of it with our phones.  I figured out how to take a panoramic photo on my phone but the clouds got in the way by the time I really figured it out.
Our house is the pot of gold!  Look close and see the double rainbow

The rainbow went all the way over to the trees on the right but then clouds got in the way

Summer times

Summer is the busy season for moms!  This year we're doing punch cards.  Jaide needs to get 12 punches and Kiree needs to get 10 to fill up a card and get a reward.  We made up a contract for each of the girls with a list of what they need to do to get punches.  They've been doing pretty well (it's designed to give frequent rewards) but we have sure had some of "those" kind of days!  So far the girls have gotten to go to see Monsters University and go to the amusement park.  They are well on their way to their next reward presently.
One of the things they have to help out with is the two dogs we're dogsitting.  They are still excited to feed them, take them on walks, and clean up their poop.  We'll see how long it lasts.  They very much want to get a dog and this is good for them to see what all is involved.
This week the girls have a drama camp.  Kiree asked what drama was and I told her, "you may not know the word, but you definitely know drama!"
Here are some unrelated pictures:
We got a new roof before school got out.  I should get a picture of the finished product.  The truck that delivered the shingles left four deep ruts in our yard- better that than a broken driveway!

I made some pudding pops the other night


We made pvc pipe bows and wooden dowel arrows at Activity day last week


June-ish kidisms

K: I know the perfect time to escape from school..when nobody's looking!!
M: (to Bob) We have a swim shirt that is Luke's size but it's pink and white polka dots. L: laughs
K: I love washing the dishes! I'm going to always wash the dishes! (it didn't last)
J: (talking about a party she went to at a spa) we did face-i-cures.
J: How do you spell un-use-shun? (after much back and forth I finally figured out she was trying to spell unison).
L: ah-pa or ah-ba = apple, cheesh = cheese (and lots of other foods), shoos = shoes
J: denominator/thermometer
J: (getting mail out of the box) you've got mail. M: Do you know where that phrase comes from? J: Yeah, Elmo's world.
K: That's why I curse linguini!
K: Happy anniversity!

Friday, June 21, 2013

The End of School

So far, summer has been good. Here's a recap of the end of school.

Field day got postponed because of rain. The rain date also got rained out so they had it indoors.  The third grade picnic was also indoors.  Luke, Kiree, and I came for the picnic.  The third graders get to grow a garden and eat salad made from the garden produce at the picnic.  The girls discovered that they don't mind radishes or beets cut up small in a salad.
I think Jaide watched movies every day the last week of school.  The last three days were half days.  It was a busy time.  We made a big cookie for a end of the year present for Jaide's teacher.  
Tuesday of that week, Bob gave Luke a haircut.  I took Like and Kiree to get pictures the day before.  I think Luke looked younger without his long, curly baby mullet.  It looks like his hair still has some curl to it.  I guess we'll see how it looks when it grows out more.

We went to the American Visionary Art Museum the Saturday before school got out.  A while back the girls made a bunch of art out of construction paper and hung it up in the living room.  They called it the museum of fine art.  Somewhere along the line I think one of them accidentally said museum of fine fart.  Then that became a running joke.  There was a display at the museum we went to about flatulence.  A real "museum of fine farts."  The girls were amused.

The girls were wearing their matching "hooray for summer" shirts
For the last day of school, Kiree and I dragged the girls' bikes to school to pick up Jaide.  There was much complaining from Kiree, but in the end she managed to ride around (with training wheels!) and not too many tears.  Jaide had a lot of fun.  Luke was ready for a nap.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Beach (House)

I really love going to the beach.  It's usually very relaxing.  I enjoy finding pretty shells for my collection.  I like to sit and watch the waves.  When it's not too cold I like going in the water as well.  I love the fact that the beach is like a giant sandbox for the kids to play in.  Going to the beach usually involves a long drive for us so it was nice to be staying in a nice house that was a short walk to the beach.  Apparently the week of Memorial day is the last week before the rental prices go way up.  
dressed for Memorial day
(aka America day as dubbed by a British fellow Bob used to work with)
It was a great week to go and the weather was awesome!  
this is a picture of the house from their website
from the top deck, you can kind of see the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in the distance
The house we stayed in had six bedrooms, two for each family.  It had a large kitchen/family/dining room on the top floor.  Most of the bedrooms were on the middle floor, and two were on the bottom floor.  The house had a pool and a hot tub as well.  One of the things all of the kids enjoyed the most was the various decks, especially the one up on the roof and the one off the girls room which had a hammock swing.  Although we were about two blocks from the ocean, we could see the ocean from the kitchen window and from the upper decks.  
The house had a lot of stuff like kitchen equipment and even two toy boxes.  There was plenty of room to hang out and tvs in each room (we're not used to that, but it was nice to give the girls a quiet option for something to do when they woke up with the sun).  It was nice to be with other families for several reasons.  Two really nice ones were because we took turns making dinner and because the kids entertained one another.  The days that we all went to the beach, the kids worked together to dig and build in the sand and they also had fun making up games and jumping into the waves.
I think the going to the beach might have been the kids' favorite activity.  Luke was a lot more mobile this trip than he was the last time we went to a beach.  He loved the sand and he loved the ocean.  He was not really scared of the waves.  He wanted to do what the big kids were doing.  He started really walking during this trip.
first day at the beach


I'm glad we brought this suit along for Luke even though it is 6-12mo size.
We got a lot of compliments on it.  It's so cute, kept the sun off a lot of his skin, and it fit pretty well.
 I bought it from several months ago, it's made by Junkfood.


Bob bought a kite

the big hole before it got really big

I took this from the pathway, our little beach spot

having fun in the water trapped on the shore at high tide


wet, compact sand is a good place to practice
your newly acquired walking skills

Luke flying a kite. Bob got the kite he bought going and handed it to Luke.
He held on for a little while and then let go.  

all of our kids plus more in the big hole (aka "hot tub")

posing for a family picture in the big hole our last day at the beach, Luke wasn't having it

we tried

Luke was not afraid of the ocean

the day it was just our family at the beach

you could walk really far out at low tide
finding interesting stuff at low tide
filling in a hole the girls made before we left, they decided to bury themselves first

Bob and I went for a walk on the beach one night.  It was interesting to see all the crabs skittering very quickly across the sand.  We didn't bring a flashlight and it got very dark.  We were glad we managed to find our way back to the pathway that led back to the house.  We decided to bring the girls out to the beach the last night we were there.  This time we brought a light and the camera.

they kind of blend in don't they?

heading back after watching crabs
It was a good trip.  We managed to avoid sunburn pretty much up until the last day.  Jaide got very tan.  Kiree and Luke got a tiny bit tan.  I got mostly tan and burned in a couple of spots.  We brought a lot of sunscreen and used a lot of it!
The girls were sad to leave.  We were very happy to find all well at home.  It was our first trip away since we moved in to our in August of '11!