Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our Family: Week of 8/11-8/17

On Monday our ward Primary had a water/pizza party to celebrate the kids' filling up their scripture jar (they put a Tootsie Roll in every Sunday they bring their scriptures).

They had a fabulous time.

That evening, Mike had a staff party at our very favorite park.  I managed to only say nice things to his boss, the kids got to play with all of the other staff member's kids, there was a fun pinata, and the very best (truthfully, only) ribs I have ever eaten.  But, they were super good!  I loved getting to meet the other manager's wives.  We had a great night eating, talking, and playing.


On Tuesday, Adam came home from swim practice.with his ribbons from his swim meet 2 weeks ago: two 5th place and one 6th.  Yay, Adam!

He has one more practice and one last meet for the summer.  It's been so good for him.

Grace's friend invited her to go on the High Roller with her that afternoon.  It's the world's largest observation wheel.  She was terrified at first, but ended up having the best time ever.  (On Tuesdays, locals are 30% off and kids under 18 are free... Adam wants us to just drop him off, so he can ride by himself ;) ).

While Grace was off partying, I took Sam + Josh in for the 6-month and 4-year well checks.

Sam was 24 pounds 11 ounces and 29 1/2" tall - 100th percentile for each.

Josh is 37 pounds and 41" tall - 50th percentile for height and 30th percentile for weight.

Josh was ordered to gain some weight.

They both got shots.

Josh was super-tough and didn't cry... he even did a crunch and watched the nurse put it into his thigh.

Sam was super-upset.  After screaming for a minute, he stopped and just stared down the nurse until he left the room.

He knew who the bad guy was.


That evening, we went to the Relief Society back-to-school night.  Each year, the sweet sisters sew backpacks and fill them with school supplies for all of the kids in the ward.  It's amazing.  This year, they sewed them each a pillow case, too.  And then, they even spoil the kids with root beer floats on the Back-to-School night.

We love it.

I love our sweet sisters who work so hard to serve.

That evening, we had leftovers from the work party for dinner.

Josh took his order to gain weight pretty seriously.  ;)


Mike was at mutual on Wednesday, and I was in the thick of making dinner, when Sam started to scream.

I asked the boys to watch him for me.

And later found these on the camera:

There are 15 more of Sam sitting in the rocks for his "photo shoot" sans pants (because it was hot) with Adam's photography assistant dragging him around.

The moral?

Ask Grace next time.


When we cleaned out the shed a few weeks ago, Grace found a pair of rollerblades that Mike had purchased at D.I. years ago and wore exactly one time.

She fell in love.

And has been in those babies ever since.

That evening we made some homemade play-dough with Mike, once he was done with Young Men's, and had a big, fun creative fest...

... that somehow ended with the boys torturing Dora in lava.

Sorry, Dora!

Sam sympathizes with your pain.


On Thursday we dropped Adam off for his last swim practice.

I'm so grateful he was able to be a part of the swim team this year.

We did chores, did some summer school work, I refereed 128 fights over ridiculous things.

When Mike was done with work and Adam was done with Scouts we went over to Sunset Park.

We hadn't been back since the renovations, and it was amazing.

Sam slept through the fun.

But, it makes me grin just to think about his little toddler legs running around the splash pads and parks next year.

You can't really tell, but it has a cool log/treehouse theme.

Josh was in heaven with so many dangerous things to climb on (and jump off of).

Sunset Park is huge, and also has a lake that you can go fishing in... which we are planning on doing pretty soon.


On Friday, we went over to Barnes & Noble to get the kids free books for reading in their summer reading program.

Sam went ahead and took apart the shelves:

And we had to play on the uber-fun Lego table there (of course).

How many germs are on the Lego Sam has in his mouth, you ask?

I don't even want to know.


He hasn't been sick yet, though, so I think we are just building up that immune system.


On Saturday, we went to Adam's final swim meet.

He swam the 50 meter breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke.

He came in last in every race.

But, he finished and worked hard.

We can't wait until next summer!

We came home, did our Saturday jobs, ran to the store, where my sweet Sam rode in the cart for the first time:

... and my sweet ungraceful Grace knocked a candy display over:

Only Grace.

(True Story: Once we walked into the church building, and Grace fell down.  My RS president was standing in front of us, and without even turning around, she said, "That must be Grace.")

We love that sweet thing.

That evening Mike took the oldest three to the dollar theatre to see Rio 2.  I stayed home and mopped, studied my lesson, and took care of Sam.

And lest you think I'm being a martyr or anything, I can't stand "talking animal" movies, so I begged Mike to do it.  ;)


On Sunday the Primary counselor came over to see Grace, and talk to her about her upcoming baptism.

She is pretty darn excited about that.

After they left, Mike napped while I filled out interview sheets with the kids.

They are so fun.

We had a fun evening making dinner, going on a drive, and playing games.

I used to super-dread Sundays.

Turns out they aren't so bad after all.


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