Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At the Park with Dada

I took these two weeks before Father's Day, intending to print up some pictures for Sam for the holiday, but you see how well that worked out.

Happy belated Father's Day!

Climbing is a favorite activity.

As is running. 

I wish I knew what she was saying - maybe explaining the game.

Something hilarious, probably.

Playing airplanes.

And also birds.


One of the songs the kids like to listen to (on a CD from Aunt Barb) has a lyric that goes "Lying on the ground and looking up... Lying on the ground and looking up," which pretty much sums this up.

They were playing a game where they tried to jump up and touch the basketball hoop.

Again, I wish I knew what story she was telling. Something serious, most likely.

Do you wonder where James got his curly hair?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Amelie!

Back on May 31st, we had a small party at Bonkers to celebrate Amelie's FOURTH birthday. (Can you believe it?)

There was climbing!

Ellie and Aunt Barb went all the way to the top!

The baby brothers went the wrong way up the toddler slide.

There were also some cars (that didn't do much because I didn't put any quarters in, but apparently they were still pretty fun).

Benny drives the car.

Ellie hops in. We tried out nearly all of the possible combinations of kids and cars.

Aunt Barb & Benny strike a pose. 

And then it was time for cake! I mean pizza and fruit. Mostly cake and ice cream, though.

Grandma Mary took some sweet pictures while I was videotaping. Thanks!

Checking out the selection of prizes.

James going bonkers.

Still sad about those prizes behind the counter.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the kids did not care much about the group picture.

One of these days, I'm going to remember about the burst-of-pictures setting I can use on the camera.

Here they are! James, Amelie, Hattie, Ezra, Ellie, Benny, Caitlin. Plus Grandma Mary & Papaw in the background.

And, if you are not already overloaded on birthday fun, there is also a video:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Splash Pad

According to the camera, we visited the splash pad on May 31st. It was our first Stephen's Lake Park outing of the summer, and the facility is really very nice (and free!).

The kids wear rash guards to cut down on the need for sunscreen and the potential to burn. They look like iminiature surfers. I've been noticing more and more kids wearing them. Amelie has a regular swimsuit for evening and indoor water play, but she asked to wear her "trunks" to indoor swim lessons this morning.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sam the Horse

It's a good thing the kids have Dada because the likelihood I'd let them ride around on me like a horse approaches zero.

I can't help it with the gifs. I love her momentarily freaked-out face in this one.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Little Gymmers at the ARC

This picture is blurry, but I like it anyway. My camera is good (in fact, it's better than my photography skills) but  I end up deleting a lot due to blur.

We met up with our friends Kara and her daughter (who's almost exactly in between Amelie and James in age) and she's the one walking the balance beam in the background here, which is kind of funny. We were the only ones at the gym for a while.

Madelynn was very interested in the carrying capacity of the tricycles. 

Shauna took this one with her phone on another visit. We decided it looked like an album cover. (And also somewhat like the kids put themselves in time-out.)