Girlie Weekend

Cora will be starting preschool September 3. She is SO stinkin’ excited to start!!!! She really needed to have her hair cut after our disaster earlier in the summer, so I thought it would be fun for her to go with me to the salon I go so we could get our hair cut together. We did have a really fun time. She was afraid for the stylist to wash her hair since the last time she ended up drenched. I assured her this wouldn’t happen here and thankfully it didn’t! She asked if Lizz cut my hair when I was a little girl, and I said no–I doubt Lizz was alive when I was 4 years old! After getting our hair cut we stopped at a local coffee shop, and I got her some ice cream (which she ate about 2 bites of), and we just sat and talked. I asked her what she was most excited about doing in preschool and she said, “Coloring!” Really? She rarely colors at home because she doesn’t seem to enjoy it. We had a great time together, and I had to chuckle as she said a few times, “Mommy? Can we go home? I reaaaaaaally miss Daddy and Ben!” I’m thankful she loves (and misses) the men in her family!

I took this photo of her...

I took this photo of her…

...so, she took this one of me!

…so, she took this one of me!

She almost always insists on a cone AND a bowl!

She almost always insists on a cone AND a bowl!

Rebekah slept the whole time!

Rebekah slept the whole time!

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Legos & Tie Dye

This past weekend we were in the city my MIL and my sister live. My MIL had bought both of our kids new Lego sets, and they all had fun putting the various things together. My MIL kindly offered to get up with Rebekah during the 2 nights we were there so David and I could sleep. It was great to get 2 full nights of sleep in a row!!!!! I’m still tired, but maybe not as much!

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While at my parent’s house 2 weekends ago my sister and I did tie dye with the kids. They weren’t able to wear the shirts that day but since we were all getting together the next weekend it was OK! We met up with my sister and her crew (and my Grandma was spending the weekend with them) for lunch on Saturday and then walked a couple blocks to a grade school near them. There was a neighborhood festival going on so we had fun letting the kids play and do whatever was available for them to do. Our kids, however, were very tired and very “off” so it wasn’t as fun for them as I thought it would be. We all left early, went to a nearby ice cream place, and then our family and Grandma made our way back home. We had a good weekend but as always were glad to get home!

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Saturday Fun

We’ve all been sick with various viruses–mainly some stomach bug, the flu and terrible colds–the last few weeks. Saturday, even though David was still feeling pretty yucky, he suggested we get out of the house and go to a local farmer’s market in our area. I called Grandma to join us, and we all drove the 15 minutes or so to the market. The kids were EXCELLENT, and that, of course, makes everything so much better!  We got all sorts of produce that we’re not growing in our garden (or the deer haven’t eaten out of our garden, like the tomato plants…) and just had a fun, relaxing time meandering around looking at everything. We decided to stop at Qdoba to get lunch. As we were leaving the restaurant we looked out in the parking lot and saw a shiny, red firetruck! We made a big deal about it to the kids, and they got all excited. I then realized that coming out of the restaurant with us were 2 firemen! They started talking to the kids about the firetruck, and then asked if they’d like to sit in it! They were SO EXCITED, as were David and I, and they didn’t hesitate to sit in the truck! Ben actually asserted himself and pushed in front of his sister, which I found very funny! He usually just lets her push him around…Anyway, they both got a turn and were very good and all smiles! I love to see my kids happy and getting to participate in something unplanned and fun! Thankfully, I had my phone with me and got a photo of each of them in the truck. They were certainly all smiles! Yeah for fun firemen!!!!

Every boy's dream, I think!

Every boy’s dream, I think!

She was pretty shy about the whole thing, but she did smile big and  actually said "thank you" without much prompting!

She was pretty shy about the whole thing, but she did smile big and actually said “thank you” without much prompting!

Ice Cream with Grandma

With my grandma living so close to us now it’s fun to give her a call and say, “do you want to go get ice cream with us this afternoon?” We did just that the other day! We took her to our favorite spot and introduced her to the wonders of this ice cream! It’s good, and thankfully, I can eat their chocolate, in fact it’s the only safe flavor I can eat! Anyway…we had fun, sat outside in the nice weather and just enjoyed each other’s company, and of course, the ice cream!

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Swim Lessons

Our small town has a really nice public pool which offers (2) 3-week swim lesson sessions during the summer. They don’t allow kids until they’re 4 years old so this is the first summer we’ve been able to take advantage. (Although, I did learn they have a little tots class where the parents are there with the little ones in the pool…I didn’t sign Ben up for that though because I can’t commit to that right now…) Monday was the first day of lessons. Cora is starting out in the “Pee Wee” class, and we’ve been talking about it for weeks now. We woke up to rain and chilly weather. David called the pool and since there was no lightning or thunder, yes, they would still be having the lessons. Cora was excited, and then a little nervous that she would be getting wet in the rain. I told her it didn’t matter, she would get wet in the pool anyway! Of course, it’s drizzling pretty hard when we get down to the pool (just a couple blocks from our house!), but we press on! Turns out it will only be Cora and her one friend, M, from our small group in the Pee Wee class. M wasn’t there on Monday, but Cora did great anyway! She went alone with her teacher (David and I were the obvious 1st parents who followed after and were called back by the pool staff and told parents are encouraged to let their kids go alone…we just didn’t think about it!) and seemed to have a great time.

Ben, on the other hand, did NOT have a great time! He fussed and cried the entire time because he wanted to go with Cora. He then kept pointing at the big water slide. David told him it was closed, no one was going down it, and he’d have to wait for another day. Wouldn’t you know it? Almost as soon as David got Ben to believe him they turn on the water to the slide so the older kids can go down it. Oh, you should have seen Ben’s face! He was NOT pleased!!!!! He kept pointing and fussing and accusing David of lying in the only way he knew how! It was as if he were saying, “You LIED to me!!!!!” It was pretty funny, but I did also feel bad for Ben. He is obviously our adventurous one. It didn’t help matters any when he saw his sister walking up the steps to the slide with her teacher. Thankfully, Cora came right back down, but that didn’t matter too much to Ben! There is a small splash pad area so we can let him get wet and play on nicer days while Cora is doing her lessons.

In any case, the weather has improved as the days have gone on. Cora cried when it was time to leave, but it helped to tell her we would be back the next day, and the whole week, and 2 more weeks after that!

Cold, wet and rainy!

Cold, wet and rainy!

Attempt #1 of the summer for the slide...

Attempt #1 of the summer for the slide…

"I can't believe I have to stand here and merely WATCH the action!"

“I can’t believe I have to stand here and merely WATCH the action!”

Um, hmmm, well, uh…

Yeah, I’ve been struggling this week to have blog posts. I apologize to those of you who check here daily. Thank you for checking and I hope next week I’ll feel more inspired to share stuff! We’ve  been busy–who isn’t?–and so sometimes I wonder if you really want to know about it all! We’ve been busy getting the nursery ready (just about done!), keeping the kids entertained (does that job ever end???), checking on the garden (thankfully the deer and THREE frosts we’ve had in May haven’t done as much damage as we thought!), having time spent with extended family and well, I guess the list goes on!

We have a busy summer ahead. Not just with the baby coming! Ben will be turning 2 in 20 days (eeek!!! How did that happen? And, will his sister be here before or AFTER his birthday?), Cora will be starting swim lessons for the first time (for 3 weeks), and going to vacation Bible school during that time. Not sure why everything seems to be falling in June, but there you have it! I have a feeling our July and a lot of August will be filled with the usual newborn stuff–no sleep, eating schedules, etc. we plan to head to WV to see David’s family and let them meet the new baby. Phew. I’m tired just writing all of this!

David and I have definitely hit the point of being wanting to be done with the pregnancy stage! We are more than ready to meet our new little lady and can’t wait for her arrival! No, I don’t want to hurry things along because I know it’s in her best interest to stay in as long as possible, buuuuuuut…well, we’re ready to be a family of 5!!!

What are your summer plans this year? Are you getting to go on the vacation of your dreams, or will you be staying home? Are you moving, starting a new job, or doing nothing at all?