Another week has passed by quickly. Last Thursday Annika had her last day of soccer (mornings) and t-ball (evenings). When I told her on Wednesday that it was her last day the next day she cheered. She was tired of all the running. I think this super hot summer has caught up with her. Of course she runs around the backyard and with the neighbors like a crazy girl but that always allows her to run to the shade for a breather whenever she wants. Not so much on the completely unshaded soccer field at 100 degrees! She did enjoy both though I think and we’ll have to see what she requests to do next summer. Her last night of t-ball was pretty fun too. They kids each batted/fielded for one inning like usual. Then the second inning they had the parents shadow their kids on the field and up to bat. Annika and I raced to each base and it was fun to play at the pitcher position with her. I was able to let my inner coach out and yell (figuratively of course) at her to show me she’s ready and pay attention and go get the ball, throw it to first, throw it to first, THROW IT TO FIRST HURRY! Kris had to work so I had the boys with me too and while I was “playing” t-ball I had Levi strapped down in the stroller and up against the fence so I could keep an eye on him and James. It actually worked out OK but I was envisioning tipped over strollers, screaming Levi’s and wandering James’. Oy. During the half of the third inning that they played before our time was up, James played with Annika. He shadowed her at short stop and had fun too. I saw him giving the coach some high fives and crouching down to ready position and stuff. I’m sure he’ll want to do t-ball next summer.
Remember how I said last week that we had a busy weekend coming up? Well, we certainly did! Friday night was our traditional “Last Friday of the Month Neighborhood Bonfire.” Jeff and Maria and the kids, Katie and Andrew and Isla, Krista and Scott and the kids were all able to come over. We had s’mores which of course the kids loved. The kids drug over the small, plastic play structures from the two neighbor’s houses and they climbed all over them for a few hours. Then they played chase and tag and “let’s torture this poor frog we managed to catch” and lots of other fun, traditional summer kids games. I love seeing my kids run around outside barefoot in the grass. It’s just the idyllic picture of childhood, isn’t it? The running around stopped though when it got dark out and Annika and Ryan ran headfirst into each other while running around the corner of the house. Ryan’s lucky he didn’t end up with a shiner out of that one. Oh, and it is always so fun to see the girls running around holding hands. Annika has really made some great little friends. It was a fun night, ended by an inappropriate joke by Kris. Funny, but inappropriate. Hee.
Saturday morning saw us up bright and early so we could gather what we needed for the day (a truckload!) and head south. We had big plans! In the morning we had a baby shower for Auntie Melanie and Uncle Dusty. Their daughter should be making her appearance any time now! The shower turned out great and I was so happy that so many of our family were able to be there. Many were up for the family reunion we had that afternoon so it was good timing to do both in one day I think! Dusty and Mel received some really great gifts and we’re all so excited to add another girl cousin to that side of the family (Annika is the only one and is really excited to have a another girl on that side). Annika is already talking about the baby as if she’s already here, using her name and everything.
Saturday afternoon was the Berg family reunion. Nana had first cousins come from all over the United States plus London to attend the reunion. It was so great to see everyone again. Some of the resemblances amongst family remembers are remarkable! The kids loved it because Isak was there and they love playing with Isak. Annika even told me that she doesn’t just like Isak, she loves him! Isn’t that sweet? They also had a great time because the reunion was across the road from Nana and Papa’s house at Nana’s brother’s house and they have a pool in their back yard. It’s one of those Intek 4′ deep above ground pools. They kids could not have had more fun in it. It made me a little nervous because the pool is up on a wood platform so the platform plus the depth of the pool meant I couldn’t see them in it unless I was on the platform overlooking or standing and counting bobbing heads. Let’s just say that they both kept their life jackets on the whole time. Annika could touch and would be slightly above the water but James would not have been. They had a great time though. And Nana had lots of games for the adults and kids to play and I think everyone had a great time. After the reunion was over we all went back to Nana and Papa’s house for some down time and discussion. One of the discussion points was around the horses and the need to find new home for a few of them. Annika, being old enough to hear and understand, was upset by the outcome of the discussion. Goldie, one of her beloved horses, was on the list to find a new home. Monday while we were preparing dinner Annika had a good cry about losing “her” horse. We talked about it and how no one is able to ride Goldie and love Goldie they way she deserves and this new home will have that for her. This is a good thing for the horse but of course it still made Annika sad. It makes us all sad to have to give away a beloved horse but it’s for the best we think. Anyway, while trying to talk with Annika Kris offered to get her another dog when we move into the new house. When she said no to that he offered to get her a cat. Did you hear me people? He offered to get her a cat! Annika has continuously lamented the fact that we “gave away” her cat (Tigger) to Uncle Mathias (it doesn’t matter that Tigger doesn’t like kids and tried to bite and scratch them and absolutely LOVES living with Uncle Mathias) and has always asked for a new one. I’ve even asked Kris if we should get a new one and he’s always, ALWAYS vehemently said no. The fact that he offered his crying daughter a new cat just shows me #1 how much a softie he is around her and #2 how much it upset him too that it was time to find new homes for some of the horses. Anyway, we didn’t get home from their house until very late which meant the kids were up way past their bedtimes. Let’s just say Levi was not the most pleasant of little people to be around on Sunday. Poor baby.
Speaking of Sunday, once again we were off on the go. Sunday was Brianna and Katie’s annual birthday playdate. The kids were excited to go and while in hindsight I should have left Levi at home to get a good, long nap in, instead I brought him with and gave Kris the “afternoon off.” Well, Levi continuously melted down that afternoon after only sleeping a half hour in the truck on the way there. The other two had a good time though playing in the water and eating snacks. After a while though my daughter had enough of the mud (the super fun water slide/car wash/slip ‘n slide had created quite the mud pit by the end of the day) and I’d had enough of Levi’s tantrums that we left after 2.5 hours of play time. I guess that’s not too early but I felt like I was leaving before everyone else and I wanted more time to just sit with my friends and enjoy their company instead of listening to crying toddlers and complaining kids! Ah well, we were home in time to have dinner with Kris and just hang out the rest of the night. It was good to be at home for a little while.
Tuesday night our neighborhood celebrated Night to Unite by having a small gathering behind our neighbor’s house. We had ice cream and icees for the kids and two police cars and a big fire engine came by too. The kids loved that and got to climb inside all the vehicles. I even got them to pose for a nice picture by the fire truck. By our neighbors house was a kiddie pool with a couple inches of water in the bottom and no less than two frogs and a salamander. Those poor animals. All the neighborhood kids had a great time “playing” with them the rest of the evening. By 8pm Levi was melting again so I said good-bye and bring all three kids home so I could get him to bed. That boy needs his sleep!
Wednesday Levi woke up with a super runny nose. Guess what? His last two molars are on their way! His right side molars are in. His left side upper and lower molars are now about ready to poke through. He has been terribly crabby lately and at his 15 month well child visit on Wednesday the pediatrician confirmed the molar question by giving his mouth a good examination. Levi’s official 15 month stats are: weight = 23 pounds, 3 ounces (29th percentile), height = 33.6 inches (97th percentile) and his head circumference is still at the 12th percentile. He is still tall and skinny for his age! Everything else about him is perfect and on track. The pediatrician is happy that he’s on whole milk and off the bottle and that he’s starting to form words (mama, uh-oh, dada) and can point to what he wants. No words needed! (Oh, and of course it dawns on us after the fact that some of the crabbiness we’ve had from Levi that past week was probably his teeth now that his nose is running like a faucet and he sometimes has a low grade temp and his gums look like they’re about to burst…)
James has been saying and doing the cutest things lately. But do you think I can remember them when I sit down to write? NO. I just called Kris to get the this one right. Oh My Heavens. That’s what he says! Instead of what the hell or that type of questioning we get oh my heavens instead. It is so cute! And I’ve noticed him using bigger words lately to convey his thoughts. He used appropriate and something else the other day in the correct context. It was in the heat of the moment too because his sister (of course) was bossing him around and being naughty and he yelled back at her and then to me with rising indignation and he used these big words in his argument and it was like an automatic win for him regardless of whether he was in the right or not. James + big words + correct context = automatic win. I couldn’t help it and almost gave him a bear hug right then and there. He starts his second year of preschool in a few weeks and I’m so excited to see him blossom this year even more. He has just grown up so much this summer I think. He is certainly not my little boy anymore.
This weekend proves to be another busy one for us. Tonight we have errands to run. Tomorrow we have one, maybe two family reunions and Sunday we have a planned outing with Grandpa and Marcia on their boat along with Krystle, Pierce and Ayla. Summer…it just never slows down, does it?