Once again it has been forever since I updated here. You know it’s bad when Kris is reminding me to update! So, let’s recap what we’ve been up to. First, on the 6th of August we had Gramme’s family reunion. Great Grandma lives in Arizona now 10 months out of the year so instead of at Christmas, we get together during the summer as a whole family. Same as last year it was potluck at Great Aunt Sue’s house with time at a nearby lake swimming and boating. It was great to see everyone again and we got a really great picture of all the great grandbabies together. There has been a great-grandbaby explosion! There was at least 5 babies all under one year. Kris was down at Nana and Papa’s house for the weekend helping with horse stuff so Gramme drove with me to the reunion and helped me kid-wrangle. All three kids loved it in the water again. Annika went tubing with Great Aunt Sue and James went for a boat ride but not tubing. Levi loved playing on the beach and in the water and took a short nap in Gramme’s lap. I think this is a summer tradition the kids will look forward to!
The next day we did more boating. This time we met Grandpa and Marcia and Krystle, Pierce and Ayla at Lake Waconia beach for some fun in the sun. Kris was still at Nana and Papa’s house but luckily this time I had Grandpa and Marcia to help me kid wrangle. It took Levi a few minutes to adjust to the water and after that we couldn’t get him back out again! We left his baby life jacket on him and he would wade into the water and then roll onto his back and float there. Unfortunately he couldn’t roll back over and stand up so we had to help him up each time he was done floating. He also loved sitting on Marcia’s floating raft. He would sit on that like a king with a big grin on his face. James is my cautious child and even though I told him he could play in the water without his life jacket on, he was more comfortable keeping it on and played all afternoon that way. Annika is getting more adventurous and she took hers off and tried doing hand stands and front and back floats in the water. Or Marcia would toss her in the air and she’d splash down in the water. They were having a great time. We did take a couple boat rides too. The boat was beached right by us the whole time. Levi was pretty nervous the first time out. We made sure to go slowly for him and he eventually settled down and sat nicely on our lap, watching the other boats go by. He even got to sit on Grandpa Dan’s lap while he was driving. Uncle Pierce took Annika tubing one time and she giggled like crazy as usual. Then James and I went tubing together. Unfortunately we both went in the lake when the tube went under. James of course popped right with his life jacket on but he was still scared after that. I got him back on the tube though and we went for a nice, slow ride after that. Once back in the boat he told us he had fun but while out on the tube he was telling me how scared he was and that he wanted to get off. When I reassured him that we were just doing this for fun and that I wouldn’t let anything bad happen to him then he settled down and enjoyed the slow ride. Hopefully as he grows he’ll mature out of some of this cautiousness. I don’t want him to miss out on fun things in life because he’s scared to try them.
After getting home from our day on the lake we found Daddy there waiting for us. Yay! And while he watched the kids I jumped in the shower quick and then we got right back in the truck and sped on down to the hospital to see our brand new niece! Mabel Maylea was born to Dusty and Melanie on Sunday August 7th. She’s a little peanut of a thing but absolutely adorable and we’re in love with her already. We haven’t been able to see her again since then but I’m hoping we can get a visit in tonight.
Do any of you watch Phinaes and Herb? No? How about your children? Do any of your kids watch it? It’s an animated kids show on the Disney channel and Annika and James have taken to it recently. One catch phrase from the show is “Cure you Perry the Platypus!” and last Friday night while cruising around Target (wasting time while we were having another showing – no takers yet but lots of showings!) they kept yelling that at each other and random objects in the store. Then they would bust out in giggles. Apparently not very many Target shoppers know the show or catch phrase either because we got quite a few strange looks. Oh well, I just giggled right along with them.
Speaking of cartoons, Annika has decided she’s about outgrown cartoons. She would now prefer to watch the Disney tween shows like Good Luck Charlie. I’m just waiting for Hannah Montana (or whoever is hot now) to take over our lives. How can my baby girl be getting so big!?! She’s also my snaggle toothed baby girl. She has four missing teeth right now and they’re spaced apart such that she has these weird looking mouth right now. She has one front tooth with gaps on either side and her two bottom middle teeth with gaps on both sides of those. She looks so funny!
Saturday we went to Mike and Sara’s twin girls’ first birthday party! I can’t believe they’re a year old already. They’re pretty cute (of course they are – little babies are always cute!) and had on adorable matching yellow dresses. The party had a Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Polar Bear, Polar Bear theme since those are the girls’ favorite books. Sara is the master party thrower because she had a kid table set up with paper and crayons and colored pencils and homemade playdoh with cookie cutters for the kids. That managed to keep my kids entertained for a long time. Otherwise they were running around the backyard with the other kids at the party. Mike and Sara have a pretty steep hill in their backyard and the kids thought it was fun to play at the very top of it. Then they’d come racing down as fast as they could. One time James couldn’t go any faster and ended up tumbling the last few feet head over heels. He hurt his knee somehow while falling and couldn’t put much pressure on it for a few minutes. Even the next day he’d limp every now and then. He hasn’t complained about any pain since so I’m hoping he just jammed it a little bit rather than injuring himself. Levi thought he was a big boy though and had to go play with the big kids too so he’d climb to the top of the hill and carefully walk back down and run around with them. After leaving the party (Levi needed a nap!) we drove to a Sprint store and splurged on toys for Kris and I. We upgraded our standard flip phones to smart phones. We each got an HTC Evo 4G plus the associated data plan. It’s our first time with a texting and data plan! We feel so fancy now. Then we went home, fed the kids dinner and played with our new phones all night. I’m still figuring mine out and need to download some apps still to make using it more functional and easier. It’s so nice though to have my e-mail and our family calendar with me at all times though!
Sunday we went boating again. I could get used to that! We met Grandpa Dan, Marcia, Krystle, Pierce and Ayla back out at Lake Waconia beach for another fun afternoon. This time Kris could come with us. Annika and I went tubing. Annika and Kris went tubing. James refused (very politely) to go tubing. He is so cute. We would ask him if he wanted to go and he would say no, thank you or no, I’m going to let Daddy have a turn all by himself. Levi also enjoyed the boat more this time and even fell asleep the second time out and got a good snooze in lying on the beach. He also adored the water again as I expected. So did Annika and James. After we were done at the beach we went to Grandpa Dan and Marcia’s house for a pizza dinner before heading home to put our tired kids to bed.
Yesterday after dentist appointments, Kris and the kids came down and had lunch with me. It’s no surprise to any of you that I had to clean Wendy’s Frosty and Avocado Ranch dressing off my jacket before returning to work, right? Silly little munchkin baby and his dirty hands! Then, while I slaved away (ha!) they went to the Como zoo with Jon, Acer and Tilia. Jealous! Annika’s been asking to go to that zoo almost all summer. They do have different animals than the Minnesota zoo so it’s a nice treat for them.
Today we meet with our builder to hopefully extend our contingent contract (still no offer…are you sure you don’t want to buy my house?) and tomorrow we’re hoping to visit Mabel (and Dusty and Melanie too of course).
Monday Kris starts fall classes and in only a couple weeks the kids go back to school. Summer is almost over!