Monday, May 31, 2010
(above: trying on life preservers...they work!)
We started off like we do for most vacations, enjoying the first night a little too much (if you know what I mean). Going to bed late after a few adult beverages made it tough for us to catch up on sleep for the rest of the weekend, but it was worth it! We had pretty weather for the most part, so we were able to stay active outside....which is needed when you have three young kids full of energy. The first day we all got acclimated to swimming and being around the water (since it was our first day of the summer with pools open), and spent a couple hours at the club pool.
Saturday, we got up and had a little exercise. It was a little cooler so we went for a walk. Then we got the boat out and took the kids on the tube. Lily and Preston had fun, but Bennett decided she didn't want to go. Since it was hot if you were not in the water, we decided to put the boat away, and we went to the neighborhood pool to play for awhile longer. After getting cheered on, Bennett started jumping off the side of the pool on her own, and attempting to swim to the side of the pool. We were excited to see this since the kids start swim lessons Tuesday.
Sunday was the only day that showered off and on, so we took turns on the waverunner in between the rain. This ended up being the most fun for the kids (too bad we didn't try it out sooner). In between all of the water activities, the girls enjoyed painting, playing "go fish," and watching movies. Pres just entertained himself exploring the house, and spotting ducks outside.
Today we just laid low and cleaned up the house before heading home. It was a great getaway, and we had a lot of fun with our friends. Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing your house once again!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
But today is her actual birthday, and all of the family (that live here) came over for dinner and cake. We started off playing in the yard, but when the humidity got to us, we came in to eat a typical summer dinner: burgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, tomato with mozzarella and basil, and chips. However, in typical Bennett fashion, she negotiated to open one present before dinner. Of course she chose the largest one, and had Christian help her open it. It was a water/sand table for outside, which she and Pres already love (thank you Louis, Michelle and kids).
We ended the night with birthday cake. She spotted a princess-themed cake in Publix over a month ago, but it didn't feed enough people, and the next size up fed too many people, so we compromised. I let Bennett have her own small cake, and she chose the colors (pink and purple), and then we ordered another cake for the guests. The small cake worked out well since she and the rest of the little ones were licking the icing and she was eating the cake with her hands (rather than a fork).
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
About a week and a half ago, we stopped putting any diaper/pull-up on Bennett at night. The accomplishment is that she hasn't had any accidents and has woken up dry every morning! She
had been doing great for awhile, rarely tinkling at night, so I thought why not give it a go! She is turning three this weekend, so what a great milestone to reach. She is doing fabulous, but I am sure an accident will happen sometime in our future, so I better purchase some rubber sheets soon.
Our other big hurdle is probably more for me than Preston, but I am just happy that we have BOTH made it through this week. He has kicked the bottle! YEAH!!! I know some of you are counting in your heads how old he is, and thinking "shouldn't he have gotten rid of it months ago?" Well yes, but I messed up and let him rely on that for comfort. A friend told me that I just needed to cut it out cold turkey, and I knew it would be tough, so I decided to do it this week while Steve was out of town. The first day was hard enough, just eliminating his morning bottle (he took three a day), so I caved at naptime and bedtime. However, I stayed strong Tuesday and didn't give in even when his whining and crying was relentless. Wednesday was easier, and today he didn't even ask for one.
So happy we have less things to pack for our summer trips!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I was in the kitchen washing dishes, and when I came around the corner, this is what I saw....both of them on top of the cushion roof. I kept waiting for it to collapse, but it didn't. Then they started diving off the top (as seen below)....
So am I bad parent to let me them do this? They were sweating from playing so hard, and Pres passed out within minutes, so I guess it worked. Does that make it okay?
Saturday, May 8, 2010
When the pool got boring, the kids would take turns playing on the swingset. We even got the sprinkler out for them to run through, though they didn't quite get the hang of it. I had to run through with them. After a couple more times, I expect they will be running through and sliding around in the grass. I think we have a fun summer ahead of us!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Above is a photo of my mother at the bird exhibit at the zoo, she kept gathering up the little birds on her hands, arms, shoulders so the kids could get a quick pet before they flew off. Then the other photo is my father hiding during a game of hide-n-seek. Pres found him the first time, but then everyone wanted to take a turn hiding in the same place.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
As much as she loves dancing, there are days when she is just not in the mood and does not participate. She has not been herself the past week, so I must admit that I was a little worried. However, she did great! She smiled, followed instructions and really just had fun.