Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer days

We've been enjoying our summer days! I have lots more real information to post, but it is late, I am tired, and I just want to dump some pictures for all my kids' grandparents before we head north for a visit!

Kids playing on a hot afternoon. They are both terrible nappers. Olivia will. not. take a nap. Leo usually wakes after 45-75 minutes. Boo! But, at least they are good players! They are starting to play so well together! The bad part about this one is that just a little while later while I was trying to put clean clothes away in Leo's room, Leo climbed up onto the dining room table and stood in the middle like a centerpiece. He was crying when I found him because he had hit his head on the chandelier. Oh, my! Olivia yelled for me, and when I carefully walked over to him and got him down, she said, "Silly brothers!"

Our tomatoes are ripe, and Olivia loves them!!

More hot afternoon activities. We missed the pool this week because Olivia had a boo boo on her foot and she didn't want to get into the water with a band-aid on!

Nicholas bought a chain saw and cut down our dead tree in the front yard this morning. The kids stood at the window and called, "Daddy!" the whole time. When he was finished, Olivia walked over to me and said, "Did you hear me cheering Daddy on? I said, 'Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!"

Don't you love corn? Yep, sure do! How about you? I love corn, too!

And we hit the McWane Center on Wednesday, just the kids and me, and it went great (except that, again, my kids are the.worst.sleepers and only sort of napped on the way home). But we found more cool things to do that we missed on the first trip!

And we did gymnastics on Friday and met up with Olivia's best friend from school, Laura Kate, who has a little brother Thad who is Leo's age! So much fun!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Catching up on photos

Seriously, I am so behind printing photos. Other than professional photos (or semi-professional photos)and a few projects, I hadn't printed photos since June 2012. A couple of free coupon codes for photo books from Target made me finally make some so that when I "print" the photos, they are already in books! Here are the two I made:

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

More days in our life

We did our fun plans of heading to the science center on Friday last week (and we became members so we can get in free to a ton of science centers all over the country: bring it on!!)...Nicholas came with us and it was great to have the extra hands and eyes so that the kids could do what they wanted. I think he had an awesome time, too!

And on the way home, Leo crashed for the hour and fifteen minute drive, which is a typical nap for him these days, unfortunately. Nicholas and I instituted earlier bedtimes this week for the kids because Olivia absolutely refuses to sleep for a nap now, and Leo only takes one for an hour to an hour and a half. Instead of 8 o'clock for Leo and 8:30 for Olivia, we backed them up to 7 o'clock and 7:45, and things have been going better. Leo still wakes once or twice a night, but we try not to go in. He usually sleeps until around 6 o'clock and Olivia until about 7, which is about when they were waking anyway.

Saturday our neighbors had a splash party, and the kids had a great time! In addition to this big slide, pool, and bouncy house thing, they had a small dry bouncy house, and a baby pool and slide. Plus, they have a huge play set in the backyard, so the kids had a ball! 

 I love, love, love that the kids are playing together more and more! One day we broke out the princess hut in Olivia's room and Leo and Olivia had a ball!

And Leo loves to play in the hampers. One morning after throwing in a few loads of clothes, I left the kitchen for a moment to get Olivia out of bed, I think, and this is what I came back to!

Another day, after the kids wanted to get into Leo's crib to bounce while I was putting clothes away, Olivia suggested I put a blanket over them so they could have a hide-out!

The bathroom pictures for art still is a project. I haven't quite got the ones I want, but there are several cute ones!

And Olivia had her first day of the Capitol School on Monday! Here is a picture of her that morning. Nicholas took her, and she was super excited and did GREAT! No crying at all! When I came to pick her up she was sitting next to her teacher in a circle singing a song. Tuesday and Wednesday went similarly well. She melted down Wednesday afternoon, though, and said she didn't want to go back, which I think had more to do with the frequency of the meetings since Olivia doesn't like our new summer Monday-Thursday schedule, which just started June 3. The Capitol School camp she is in goes M-F this week and next. I kept her home today, because I know it is a lot. She is three. But tomorrow she is going back at my urging, and I hope it goes well. (Nicholas will drop her off, which I think makes it go a little more smoothly.) We have to make a decision about it by the end of next week as that is when the tuition is due.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I am really so thankful for all the fun things there are do with Nicholas, Olivia, and Leo this summer, and I am even more grateful that I have the time to do them. I really lead a cherry life working part time and getting to spend the rest of my time with my family. It's not lost on me. Here are a few of our adventures of late:

The University's outdoor pool complex is fantastic! This is the first summer we are members, and here are some pictures from our first excursion, which lasted all of ten minutes because of storms that rolled in.

We drove over to Daddy's office thinking it might blow over and we could go back. Alas, that was not to be. Leo had fun in the rain, anyway!

I realize that I took no pictures on our good camera the past few weeks, so these were in my phone. If Olivia takes a nap in the afternoon, she and I have some special time while Leo starts his nap and then Leo and I have some special time because he wakes before her. Leo and I usually share a snack and then play some games: yogurt and hide-and-seek on this particular day!

We've since been back to the University pool twice now and had a great time! The slide is for people over 48 inches, so the kids haven't done it. But the baby pool has fountains and the big pool has a lazy river! I LOVE that the baby pool has huge canopies over it! Both kids love that pool! (We've been up to the pool in our neighborhood, too, and the kids have fun there, too!)


Olivia's best friend at school, Laura Kate, had her birthday party at the gymnastics place we go to and both kids had a great time Saturday. Nicholas went with us and was a huge help to our friends whose two kids are the same ages as our two and they are in the same classes at the Mom's Morning Out where Olivia and Leo go. (Notice the dads and little brothers are sitting at a little table in a corner!)

And Olivia started swim lessons on Monday. It went well for 15 minutes and then was a disaster. One of the other kids started kicking water in her eyes, and she just wanted me. And I am such a hover mom that I sat next to her and got her out. Then she wouldn't get back in. They suggested that she move down to the parent and child class, but that night she started feeling badly and had a pretty bad cold by the next morning. So, we kept her home from school Tuesday and called the swim school and rescheduled her classes until late July. That gives me over a month to stop being a hover mom. Probably not going to happen, but at least we can get Olivia more used to the water!

 This afternoon Leo took only a 45 minute nap and Olivia took none, so at 2:15 I decided we were going to check out this new play area called Tumblebus Station. It is just an air conditioned place to play, but my kiddos had a great time! Then we went to the library for new books and stopped by TCBY for yogurt since I had free coupons from taking them to the doctor a while back! We are all exhausted, and excited for more big days to come: The McWane Center tomorrow and a neighborhood party Saturday!