June 30, 2018

June Roundup

June was full of summer fun. I thought the month would feel long with Sophie out of school, but the days flew by and we filled them with lots of fun activities. Long live summer! 

Photos from one of our zoo days

We made a trek out to one of the other library branches to meet a pony and dig for dinosaurs. The dino activity was a hit and one I might have to try to replicate at home sometime since they enjoyed it so much. 

We survived our annual eye exams with all three kids in tow. I was able to do all my tests with Charlie on my lap, and the tablets kept the big kids occupied for most of the time. 

Sophie helping me to carry groceries out to the car

My cute little Charlie wearing Davey's hat at the pool

If there is a zombie apocalypse we will probably run out of food before we run out of diapers. I love to stock up when there are sales!

We had some heavy rains one weekend. Normally our storms blow in and out pretty quick, but this one lasted a few hours. The streets looked like rivers, and the drainage canal in our neighborhood, that's probably 6 feet deep, filled all the way up. 

This was the only photo I managed to take on Father's Day because it was such a crazy day. Dave had early church meetings, I spoke in Sacrament Meeting, and Charlie had a major blow out and spent all of church naked. We came home, had a steak dinner, and then just vegged for the rest of the day. 

Sophie went to her first week of camp at the Discovery Center. She chose "Construction Builders" and had a blast, even though she was one of only two girls in the group. Davey had a hard time watching her go into a room full of trucks and tools each day, so we would go play at the park after dropping her off as a consolation prize. 

First corn of the season

And first popsicle of the season

Sophie has been on a Lego kick lately and has been able to build some of her smaller sets by herself

We met friends at a splash pad one morning and Davey fell asleep in the car afterward. We still needed make a store run, and so I got Davey out of the car and laid him in the shopping cart on a towel. He slept through the whole trip, and then I was able to put him back in the car and take him home to finish his nap in his crib. He must have been exhausted!!

We tried out the "Kids Bowl Free" program one morning. You still have to pay for shoes, but each kid gets 2 free games of bowling each day, all summer. Taking turns was a bit of a struggle, but it went well enough that we might try it again. Sophie got a spare, and Davey rolled a strike!

We finally traded our Utah licenses for Texas ones. It was quite the adventure spending two hours at the DMV with the boys, but it is done and next time we can renew online!

Our summer storms make for some great rainbows! Dave pointed out that I should have gone out the front door, instead of the garage, and taken the photo with the rainbow over our house instead of over the alley. Now I have remorse. Hopefully we'll get another one this good so I can try again. 

At the end of June Aunt Liz arrived! She got a job at Northwest Hospital here in Amarillo and will be staying with us for the next year. The kids were so excited to see her!

June 28, 2018

Just Keep Swimming

We are still swimming most days of the week. It's just too hot for any of our other activities. Some days we meet up with other families, and sometimes we just go on our own. It's quite the adventure to get three kids to the pool with all the towels, snacks, toys, floaties and other gear, but Sophie has become a good helper and I have figured out the best way to load the stroller to get us there and back without to much trouble. 

Sophie has really progressed with her swimming this year! She has always loved the water and now has the skills to match. I let her go in the deep end without her puddle jumper now if I'm available to sit near the side and watch her. She loves to do the slide and diving board at the Town Club pool, and jumping in to dive for pool toys. She can reach depths of 7 feet now!

Davey wants to do everything Sophie can, but is just too little. I caught him about two steps from the top of the slide once and had to haul him all the way back down because he isn't allowed. I also found him in the deep end the other week, surrounded by a group of teens, yelling "Marco, Marco, Marco!" as he tried to join their game. He is also fond of ripping apart the swim bag in search of snacks and checking all the filters in the pool for lost toys. 

I got Charlie a swimsuit and hat recently, but he still spends most of his time on a lawn chair in the shade. It's where he takes some of his best naps. He is old enough now to wear a little bit of sunscreen so I do bring him out to sit on my lap in the shallow end sometimes, but he doesn't love the water yet and prefers to watch from the pavilion. 

Hanging out in the shade with Charlie

I love this sequence of photos - clearly Charlie still isn't sure about Davey

Davey got sick right after swimming a few weeks ago. I'm still not sure what caused it, but I buckled him into his seat and we had maybe driven 10 feet before he threw up everywhere. Poor guy. I'm glad it happened only minutes from home, and that Dave was there to receive us. He grabbed Davey and took him to the shower, while I hosed down the car seat and cleaned out the van. After a long shower we put Davey on the couch to watch shows. He threw up once more, and then lay there for the rest of the night. Thankfully he was back to normal the next morning. 

Look at those lashes!

June 26, 2018

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

This week we revisited the Botanical Gardens. Our last trip was almost a year ago, and just like before, the kids had a great time! We have so little nature here in Amarillo, and don't spend much time outdoors, so it's always nice to be somewhere surrounded by lots of green.

Our visit was prompted by the addition of a koi pond and a Japanese Tea Garden. I had read that you could feed the fish and thought it would be a fun activity for the kids. We brought some quarters and little cups and they both had a great time dropping the little pellets in the pond. After that was over, they spent another two hours running up and down the paths, chasing dragonflies, smelling the flowers, and gathering sticks, and hunting for butterflies. It was a perfect morning!

Sophie by the waterfall in the greenhouse and with a little snail she found on the path

Looking for a four-leaf clover, but we never found one

Feeding the fish. It was a breezy day and the surface of the pond was pretty rippled, so it took awhile for the fish to notice the food. Luckily they eventually found it when Davey dumped in his cup all at once and started chowing down. 

This kid doesn't like to hold still for pictures any more - he's always on the run!

I'm pretty sure the Tea Garden is meant to be a tranquil setting, but my kids thought it made an awesome playground. Luckily we were the only ones there so I didn't feel the need to reign them in, and let them have a little fun. 

Attempt at a group shot

Davey refused to join this photo, but I love this picture of Sophie and Charlie

June 21, 2018

Flight! at the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is one of the most exciting places to visit in Amarillo, so we visit often, but compared to other museums it really doesn't have that much to offer. They do, however, have a traveling exhibit that's changed out a couple times a year, and when they do it's nice to have something new to explore. In June, "Wild Music," a very boring and not at all interesting for little kids exhibit, was replaced with "Flight!" which is a more hands on and has some "wow" factor. We have been through it a few times now and like the changes!

Inside a little plane

Lots of air power!

Not quite a real hot-air balloon, but Sophie thought the Christmas lights were fun

We were there while they were bringing in the helicopter. You are not supposed to touch it, but Davey found the one place were the perimeter fence had not been connected yet and ran in to get a closer view. 

Me and Charlie

Video: Davey and Dave trying the air-propelled rockets. When I did this with the kids I only got it to go up a few feet; When Dave helped out on a later visit, he built up enough pressure that it shot all the way to the top and got stuck on the ceiling!