Jul 30, 2012
Aaron and I received an invite to visit with friends in town from England. They weren't here long, maybe a week. It was nice to catch up with old friends we hadn't seen in awhile and spend quality time together. Landon hadn't seen "Uncle Steve" and "Aunt Tobi" since he was a toddler. Steve being a doctor has been tough on him. He works crazy hours and lives so far away from friends and family. We're hoping he takes a job a little closer to home so we can make these visits a regular thing. Haley, Steve's oldest, was nice enough to "babysit" little Liam while us adults hung out and reminisced about the fun days that have seem to become a thing of the past. Don't get me wrong, we still have fun, just not like before, ya know, pre kids. Aaron and Steve have been friends since college. It was nice that Aaron could see him while he was in town. And, I realized that some things never change between them...and never will. But, we were never that hip on change anyway. When we arrived Kari and Greg had a big, inflatable water slide set up in their back yard for the kids. Naturally, that is the first thing Landon noticed. And naturally, we didn't get the memo to bring swim gear. But, the last-minute decision on their part didn't stop our two from having the best time of their lives...nor was I going to interfere. We had tons of fun and can't wait to do it again...hopefully sooner rather than later.
July 21st: I had a photo shoot with a one-year-old. I was waiting for them to arrive when I saw the butterflies fluttering about in the bushes.
July 22nd: I had another photo shoot of a family. Super cute bunch!
July 23rd: Liam hasn't been showing too many signs of wanting to transition from a bottle to a sippy cup for a very long time. Just recently Liam has shown interest, but only if there is something he really wants (e.g. cookie) will he attempt it. And, the only container he will drink from other than his bottle. Ugh. We're still working on it. Yay, Liam!
July 24th: Kylie was playing with Landon in his room when she ran to tell me she lost her tooth (a molar).
July 25th: Landon and Kylie practiced their Fire King Dance. And yes, I do have video for blackmailing purposes.
July 26th: Before Kylie arrived, I found Landon passed out on our couch. He must have had a rough night sleeping.
July 27th: I love the sky when it looks like this. I have a sense of peace that comes over me.
Jul 20, 2012
July 14th: Landon was learning to block at workout training.
July 15th: We took the kids to the 4-H Fair. Best. Facial. Expression. Ever. I'd say he had a great time!
July 16th: First day of football camp. He is determined and focused. He's doing wonderful!
July 17th: Another day of football camp. Notice the serious face? Game on, people.
July 18th: Football camp was cancelled because of a nasty storm that rolled in.
July 19th: The kids bugged me about taking photos of them. As soon as I said the words "photo booth" and "props" it was on like Donkey Kong. Loved it!
July 20th: Our OT brought a tunnel for Liam to play in. Normally these kinds of things scare him, but he took to it quite well. I guess I know what to invest in next!
Jul 19, 2012
The 4-H Fair is our annual local event we try to go to every year, mainly for the kids' enjoyment. This summer we've been having nasty, miserably hot weather, keeping everyone in hiding, but we toughed it out and went anyway. First we visited the animals and watched the Saddle Club show, in addition to only riding rides like we normally do. The horses were so pretty and entertaining to watch. After we felt we had enough of the two and four-legged creatures we headed to the main attraction - the rides. Landon did his typical stroll through the fair and rode the same rides he does every year, except this time he got up the nerve to ride the Scrambler. I kept
telling warning him that this ride was going to tickle his belly and it will go fast. He didn't seem phased in the least bit. Meanwhile, I am having a small panic attack as I let go of his hand to wait in line. I bowed my head and prayed he didn't get sick or scared. I was hoping this wouldn't be the ride to end his love for carnival/amusement park adventures. You know, like a bad night of drinking tequila? Yeah, like that. Surprisingly he did a fantastic job of holding it in and planting a huge smile on his face during the entire ride. Maybe he did it for me? I was suddenly comforted when he let out a big laugh and I was then able to fully enjoy his first experience on the Scrambler.
And then time to go home. What a fun day!