Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
After all the water fun, we went to a suprise party for one of our friends. It was also outside...we spent a considerable amount of time outside on Saturday (which wasn't necessarily a good thing considering it was 105!!) However, we persevered...birthday parties are worth it, right? Ava had quite a few friends there, too, so she was happy to play with them. She always just jumps right in to whatever situation she is presented. We ate, played some bocce ball, and had some cake, and, of course, hung out with friends...it was a good day. Even though, after a couple hours, we were ready to go and sit in the air conditioning! Here are a couple of pics from the party...
Friday, July 24, 2009
One of our favorite activities this summer has been going to the library. I have been very impressed with all of the activities...they have something different to do almost every day. Some of the fun has included a princess story time, a man who told stories with string and sidewalk chalk drawing. Chance has turned into an amazing reader this past year and the library has definitley kept him supplied with an endless array of books. It is my absolute favorite thing when he wants to take his book with him when we go in the car. He's almost finished with the summer reading program, too. Of course, he still plays his fair share of video games as well...you gotta have that balance, you know!
In other exciting news, Chance can swim now!!! He just learned a couple weeks ago, and I am telling you, he made great strides very quickly. My kids have always loved the water, but summer is usually a busy time for us and in past years, I have not made it to the pool with them as much as I should. I have been trying to change that this year and every time we go the pool, Chance gets a little bit better. Recently, we went to a friend's apartment for a pool party and everything just finally clicked for Chance. When we got there, he would barely jump off the side in the shallow end with his life jacket on, and by the end of the night, he would jump off in the deep end and swim across the pool. We are so proud of him. You can also tell by the pic on the left, that Ava is quite the little fish as well. There is not much she won't try. Of course, with her, the life jacket still stays on.
We have tried to take the kids on a lot of fun outings that we have not experienced before (or rarely). We took them to the Sam Noble Museum. They have been there once before, but it was free entrance day with a library card, so we decided to take advantage. They had a good time there. They are always fasinated by all the dinosaur bones. Although, I must say that Ava's favorite part of the museum was climbing up and down the stairs....(I think we can please her kinda easily :) ). They did have someone there with some live spiders, lizards and snakes...the kids were both entranced with that. We made a trip to the Okahoma Aquarium as well. We would really like to go to Sea World, but are still trying to save up for that...so this is the next best thing, right?!? At least the next best thing that is close by. :) Chance is really fasinated with sea creatures (he currently wants to be an oceanographer when he "grows up"). The kids loved the stingray exibit. Chance spent the majority of time there...even over the sharks. By the time we left, his shirt was covered in water from leaning too far into the water to touch them.. You can only touch them every 20 minutes and he even wanted to stay an extra 40 minutes so he would be able to touch them one more time before he left. It was pretty funny.
We did manage to pull them away from the stingrays long enough to get this picture of them with the bull shark behind them. I was really impressed with the shark exhibit. They had quite a few sharks, and some of them were quite big!
With all this said and done, I have now realized that this blogging thing is going to take me awhile to figure out. I am somewhat computer challenged and things I should be able to do in a short amount of time are taking me forever. So, this is my post for now and I will continue the rest of of our summer fun with a different post...who knows, maybe countless more posts...maybe in the same day?!? Watch out...this could get dangerous! :) Well, it can only get better from here, right? I can't stay this bad forever...