Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Sitcom Kid

Audrey has turned into a little one-liner extraordinaire.  She always chimes in with some funny little thing at just the right time.  Her comedic timing is amazing.  She could out-do Full House era Mary-Kate and Ashley on their best day. 

On the flip side, she has not had enough sleep all summer.  She can be a total terror.  Today, at swim class, it was terror.  She wasn't cooperating at all, and her teacher called me over to talk to her.  Audrey informed me she had practiced enough.  That's right, at the ripe old age of three, she was done swimming.  We talked her down and her teacher got her ready to do the next exercise.  Her teacher pushed her out into the water to give her some momentum to get swimming (think of the running start when learning to ride a bike), but Audrey kept true to her word.  She didn't move a muscle and sunk straight to the bottom.  Totally motionless.  At this point, it was much more art film than sitcom kid.  I wouldn't have guessed a kid could drop like a rock to the bottom of the pool without panicking.  Impressive, really.  She stayed there, completely still, under water until her teacher yanked her back up.  What a punk.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Swim Lessons

Behind the 4th of July, swim lessons are my favorite summer event.  The kids are always so brave and learn so much.  It's awesome to see them grow.  This year, Audrey is finally old enough to go and that is a big deal.  She was always a great sport about sitting on the side and watching, it is so nice that her time has finally come.

I told the kids I wanted to get pictures before we left, and they insisted on posing in the yard.  This is purely their own doing:


I did make them turn around so the sun wasn't in their eyes.  It didn't help.  Still didn't get them all looking at the same time.



Who knew the chicken was going to be the best at looking at the camera?


This morning Amos wanted to document their second day of swim lessons:





Only 6 days left, it definitely feels too short!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

4th of July 2014

Last year we were very much newbies in Duvall, and didn't quite know what to expect on the 4th of July.  We're fast learners though, and this year we were ready.

Fireworks are legal in our city from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the 4th of July.  You'd better believe we were out in the yard at 9:01 a.m. ready to go...


Amos fully embraced his new "lighter" position:






Mid-morning, we took a little break from blowing stuff up to head down to Carnation for their parade.  The kids love a good outfit for a parade.  As I tried to snag a couple pictures of the girls, Ward insisted on eating his banana right there.  It was so funny.  He's a funny guy.  And pretty darn smart.





Yep, I am really going to stand right here...


What?





The kids got a little anxious waiting for it to be time to go, and Eric had the brilliant idea to have them decorate their candy collecting bags for the parade.  We'll have to remember that for next year.



The parade was fun, but much more crowded than I remember it being last year.  




For Grammy Cindy:





All of the usual entrants were there (dancing horses, tractors, et al), but this one was new:


A banner for each of Washington's fallen soldiers.  There were far, far too many of them.  The visual was incredibly overwhelming. 



After the parade, we headed home for bbq, smores, naps, and a firework spectacular (not exaggerating, we found out why it's called "Boom Town"). 



I don't have the slightest idea how she got so dirty?





Like all days, there were outfit changes, messes, breakdowns, and squabbles.  But there was also a whole lot of celebrating.  God bless America.

Eagle, ID June 2014

About May, I realized there weren't enough weeks in the summer to accomodate all of the different plans I was making...At the top of the list though, was a trip to Idaho.  So, the first full week of summer we packed up the car and headed to Grammy and Grampy's house.

The kids had a great time playing with their cousins and we got to spend some time with the Catmulls before they head to Arizona for medical school.

New to this visit were the raspberries!  They've never been in season while we've been there before, but boy, did we make up for lost time.  The kids picked and ate to their little hearts' content.  I think it was the third day that I dared to utter "I think I'm raspberrie'd out."  We all picked and ate all week long, but the one time I had the camera out was when they were all out in their jammies.  Classic.





 A quick walk from the raspberries was Papa's shop where he and Uncle Shawn were working hard on a car project.  The kids, raspberries still in hand, enjoyed a field trip.





We've managed to schedule in another trip later this summer, and this time the Sookhoos will be there!  I am going to have to be MUCH better with the camera that week.