Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Round-Up

Tid-bits of fun I don't want to dedicate a whole blog post about.  You are thrilled, I'm sure. 

1. Jace is now helping himself to his own breakfast - yogurt covered raisins paired with an ankle cross.  He sure is cute. 

2. We got our firepit 85% done!  We ended up getting some "no dig" landscaping thingys (yes, that is the technical term), put it in a octagon circle, filled it with 24,000 bags of pea gravel and put our furniture out there.  We might need to finish the actual fire pit area, but I'll take what I can get. One day we WILL relax out there by a fire and roast "smarshmallows."

3. The best cake around. Justin had a birthday!  We had our small group over, ordered a massive amount of Chinese food, picked up this delightfulness and devoured it all.  Yes, it may be girly but trust me, every guy who made a comment about the look of the cake was literally eating their words when they tried it.

4. Frozen is still very much alive in our house - there are some days where you just need to be a reindeer.

5. Oklahoma weather doesn't cease to amaze me!  It's hot, it's cold, there are tons of earthquakes and tornadoes.  These two pictures were taken in June in Oklahoma.  Yep, both wearing fleece because they were "soooo cold."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fire Safety Camp

The same week that we started swim, I also enrolled H in the Edmond Fire Safety Village that our local fire station puts on.  They have built this amazing complex that allows kids to learn the basics of what to do in an emergency! Thankfully we had a few buddies that were enrolled with us so H was PUMPED!!!

Since weren't allowed to stay and watch (and I had a tired little guy to put down for a nap), I really don't know WHAT they did.  When I asked her about it, all I got was "popcorn, movies and juice."  Well worth the $20!  Not prompted, I got a little more out of H of what she learned and that she truly had a blast.

She even got this really cool t-shirt that she can grow into!

We were supposed to go back that Friday of the same week of her two days of classes, but the June Oklahoma weather rained us out.

Today was the day we got to go back so she could show us what she learned for the Safety Challenge.  Can you see her expression as she is looking up at the fireman?  Ha!

They laid down on the mats until they heard the alarm...

got up to run through the bounce house...

ran to put on helmets and bike to the stop sign...

run around the corner to shoot water through the hose at the cones to knock it down...

then used the tool (not toy) to knock the block from one side to the other...

to crawl through the tunnel...

to go help Rescue Randy and pull him to safety. 

I was exhausted trying to keep up with them! Probably because I had this cutie on my hip since he couldn't participate in the challenge.  We found a school bus for him to pose in front of.

but he was more interested in rescuing Randy. 

H completed her challenge and was able to put on firemen's gear! 

Of course, we had to have a few more turns on the bounce house.

One of the firemen was really nice to get out a truck for the kids.  We were on our way out when he told us he was getting the truck so we got a private viewing.  They were pretty excited!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Fish and A Mule

I bet you can't figure out which one is the fish and which one is the mule (AKA stubborn!)...

This year we enrolled both kids in the City of Edmond swim lessons.  I was pretty excited since both like to be in the water (bath times are now a breeze) and was pumped to get them in at the same time during lessons.  The tricky part is that J had to be in a "parent taught" class..and well, I knew that could cause some issues.

We were pretty excited to find out our BFF's were there at the same time!!  It made getting to the pool each day that much more exciting for the kiddos.

I put H into P3, which was two levels up from last year, but she really enjoyed it and her instructor said she "improved tremendously".  Awesome.  I just want her to be comfortable and confident when it comes to water...and know how to avoid drowning.

Swimming on her own!
J wanted to just be on his own for every swim lesson.  He didn't want to do what the instructor asked him and he wouldn't ever show her that he CAN blow bubbles, float, etc.  I know he can, because we do it in the bathtub and other pools.  It's just never on command.  J is just a stubborn little guy and it has to be HIS idea...which apparently swim lessons were not.

The hubs came to rescue me  enjoy swim with J one day.  The next day when I was back in the water, the instructor told me that J did so good with his daddy the day before.  Yay and UGH at the same time!!  At least J had ONE good day of swim. ;)

We are going to keep trying with him this summer to get him comfortable with the pool.  He likes to be in the water - it's not a fear for him - he just wants to do it on his own accord.

Summer swim lessons, in the books!