Sunday, July 13, 2014

How It Is

We've been a little less adventurous than I'd hoped to be this summer, but we've done a few things since I last posted. My mouth took longer than anticipated to heal, which made me feel like I wanted to be lazy, but it was feeling much better just in time to take the kids on a hike with my sister, Art, (and her family) the day before my birthday. It was  fun to try a new hike and it ended up being a super pleasant morning. I really enjoy hanging out with my sister. Pen was super bummed she couldn't go because of dance camp. We missed having her along.

The next day was my birthday. I still can't believe it has come and gone already! I got to sleep in, and by the time I awoke Pen was at dance camp, Ginger was gone babysitting and Bud was rock climbing. So, Rophone enlisted Big and Edith's help to make me breakfast in bed. It was delicious. 

While I was eating my breakfast and showering, Rophone took his two helpers to the party store to buy me balloons and a birthday banner. It all made me feel so special.

I haven't had such a relaxing morning in a long time. It was absolutely lovely. We picked Pen up from dance camp and headed to lunch. Ginger was still babysitting and had to miss out, but we figured the money she was earning would make up for it. :) It was a really fun and nummy lunch.

I spent some time reading in the afternoon-- it was heavenly. Then, in the later afternoon my sister, Art, and my brother, Rib, arrived with their families. I was so glad Rib was in town and could come help me celebrate. Having two of my siblings here was the perfect capper to one of the most relaxing and wonderful birthdays I can remember. 

The kids played so well together, too. I'm glad my birthday gave them an opportunity to see each other. Cutie pies.

A seriously great birthday. 

I've managed to take the kids swimming at our neighbor's house a few times. So nice to have a generous pool-owner next door. The kids are really enjoying being able to swim more often. 

Edith learned how to pump on the swing (Yesssss!) and has become a swinging addict. The first few days after she learned, she swung for hours on end. At the end of the first day, when I called Edith in for bed, she got off the swing and began walking stiffly toward the house saying, "My arms hurt….and my legs hurt, too! What's wrong with me??" It made me laugh that she had swung long enough to make herself that sore. She seems to have built up her swinging muscles now, though. If she can get someone to swing with her she's in heaven.

Last week we went to watch our local NBA team practice. I didn't get the girls in the picture because they were gone for an eternity trying to buy some water bottles. Thanks for doing the water run, girls! I love this photo because I said, "Look at me and smile!" 

Close enough. Ha!

I guess it has been a pretty fun month since I last posted. Fun enough, hopefully, that the kids don't feel gypped. We've gone to the library a few times, too, which is a pretty awesome part of summer, I think. Let's see what kind of action I can drum up for the next few weeks. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

And a Bag of Chips

We celebrated Father's Day last Sunday. Let me tell you, Rophone really is all that and a bag of chips, so we were happy to do whatever we could to make him feel special. Rophone had to work in the morning, which was a bummer, and the kids seemed to have lost their boarding passes for the helpful and nice train, but I think they were just anxious to get to the part where Rophone got to open his cards and gifts. So, let's skip right to the fun part, shall we?

Big gave his card and little gift to Rophone first. You could tell he was excited to see him open it. 

Next up was Bud. He was pretty happy to give Rophone the card he had made, too.

Edith was pretty sad that she hadn't made a card for her dad, but then she realized that singing a few selections from Frozen was a good alternative. How I wish she would let me record her. It's the best.

A few recent play dates at the neighbor's house have put Barbies on Edith's radar, so she was really hoping that one of the presents contained a Barbie. Rophone promised her that if a Barbie was in any of the boxes, she could have it. Boy, was she excited! She tore into the first Barbie-sized-ish box with gusto. 

When she got the package open and saw that it was a water bottle she said with dismay, "Awwww. I really thought it was a Barbie!" She continued to be disappointed, the poor kid.

Each time the excitement would build… then, nope! At least she took it well.

The kids were all super excited to see Rophone open the shirt they made for him. Edith, too, even though it wasn't a Barbie. I think I should have printed the phrase "Real Men Wear Unicorns" on it. Maybe next time. 

Like the good dad he is, Rophone put it on and wore it the rest of the day. Doesn't he look handsome?

I made a salmon dinner that really hit the spot to top our day off. It was fun to show Rophone how much we love and appreciate him. He definitely makes our lives better. We love you, Rophone!

A Night at the Opera

I'm not surprised that I forgot to post about this, since it took place just a few days before we moved, so I'll just do it now. Bud had the same 3rd grade teacher as Ginger so, like Ginger, he got to participate in an opera with his class. The class decides on the theme of their opera and then writes the script. Then they send the script off and a volunteer scores it for them. It's really a fun thing for the kids to be a part of. 

Bud's class decided the theme of their opera would be "Bad Baby Attack at the Bakery". It was cute. I felt bad for the poor "parents" and their mis-behaving "babies" because I've been there before. Bud was a waiter and a baker. He was also one of the artists that drew and painted the scenery. 

Bud also chose to perform in a talent show that immediately followed the opera. He always jumps at opportunities to perform for people. I'm really proud of him. He did a fantastic job.

I know this last one is blurry, but I love the look on his teacher's face as she applauds his finish. She looks just as happy with his performance as we were.

I think Bud had a great 3rd grade year, and this opera was a fun way to bring it to a close. Good job, Bud! We loved it.

Lazy Days

I think we've had a pretty good mix of doing nothing much and doing some little somethings since school got out. Just about how I like to spend my summer vacations. 

Our niece was in town for a few days, so Rophone had the great idea to go up in the canyon to play at the bottom of the waterfall. It was a perfect day for it and we had a lot of fun. Good thinking, Rophone! The older two girls disappeared up the falls once we got there, so I don't have many pictures of them. The younger kids, on the other hand? I'm just going to swamp you with pictures now...

It was a bit bright.

Edith was so happy when her daddy helped her climb the falls like the bigger kids were doing. They were cute to watch.

I know that trip to the falls probably deserved its own post, but oh well. Now we'll move on. 

I had to take a photo of our backyard basketball court. We were just going to leave our hoop in the carport while we're here temporarily, but Big had other ideas. Now he has one hoop to dunk on, one at his current playing height, and one at his future playing height so he can prepare himself. Big is in heaven.

We had another of our weekly work meetings, and I just had to take a picture of these two cuties sitting on the steps as they ate their Creamies. Edith is getting used to her new friend's enthusiasm for her, I think. At least they were having a bit of conversation as they sat together on the steps, and she wasn't trying to get away… Progress.

I had some surgery in my mouth that left me feeling a little less than stellar (especially when kids decline the invitation to hop on the helpful/obedient wagon). Big picked a flower for me to try and help me feel better. Thanks handsome.

Rophone had another grand idea to make a visit to the newly remodeled museum that's nearby. It was really a lot of fun. Very spacious and pleasant to walk around in. I liked that they didn't have too much on display-- just enough to make it really worth our while, but not so much that the kids felt overwhelmed or tired of being there. I'm sure we'll be back.

I had to laugh at how quickly Rophone sped past this Beetle display. Not a bug fan, my man. Ha!I thought it was pretty cool and very cleverly displayed, though. 

I can't believe I didn't get a photo of the butterflies displayed in the shape of a huge butterfly. Gorgeous.

That evening, right at bedtime, Edith let us know she needed to sit on the potty. I put her on with some books on a bench and waited for her to call out that she was done. It was taking her a little longer than I expected, so Rophone went in to see if she was ready to get off. I guess going to the museum is tiring…

Then there was the day she was trying to be sneaky by hiding in the closet:

Seems like summer vacation is going pretty well so far. Can't wait to see what else we get up to.