Thursday, July 19, 2012


It's 7-11
So 7-11 stores give free slurpees! 
I went to pick up my boys from Corrie's and went to the 7-11 there and parked next to the missionaries! They went in to refill their cups with my boys. Tyler had his first sip of a slurpee. I didn't give him much b/c I'd hate to contribute to his first brain freeze! 
 My boys were at Corrie's b/c Malia was with me in the pool. I had a big photo shoot for The owner now has underwater hair pieces for women who have lost their hair. I picked the models b/c I have beautiful friends and would much rather people I know be in my pool than hired models who say they can swim then turn out to be non-swimmer litigious people. The hats are fun, don't you agree?!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

baby jumping jacks

The boys needed to let some energy out before bed. Steven told them to do jumping jacks. Tyler was in the corner and rushed over and started flapping his arms bouncing up and down on his knees right along with them. He continued to do it even while I went to go get my camera. I know maybe you had to be there to truely appreciate it, but it was awesome:) He has done it since too. he's 10 months old.

summer kayak trip

We like to go canoeing. The only time Steven and I had been in a kayak was off of Ft. Desoto somewhere. We rented one and shared. And we fought and neither of us really wanted to ever step foot in a kayak again. Well, over 10 years later, we each rented separate ones. I actually almost didn't go for a number of reasons but my mom told me they weren't good enough. She said that she WAS going to watch Tyler for us and that she would come to ME and Don would go meet Steven and the family off of the road and that I was just tired but the water would feel good once I got out on/in it. 

Isaac wouldn't step out of the van when we got there. He didn't want anybody to see his hair cut. He had to have his hat on at all times - which is good since his hears, neck, and forehead were used to the shade of his hair. 
 We went with the Crews who frequently kayak and own their own.
The mosquitoes were huge and relentless. HUGE!
 Steven jumped at the first tree. 
 Darren climbed with Noah,
 then let Noah jump/fall into a full splat belly flop. He cried. But more from being scared it seems.
 The Crews are adventurous and swam across that strong current.

 Lunch Break! Cherries, grapes, sandwiches, fudge sticks as always, fruit snacks, gummy bears, and waters.

Yea, Malia had quite the break down because she wanted fairness. 
 Darren found an eye patch, two pairs of sunglasses, drift wood that he saved, and something else I think.
 All the kids jumped.

 Darren climbed and jumped from higher.
 But not as high as these crazies! No I don't know them.
The kids REALLY wanted to paddle and were surprised the Crew kids were holding out that they had paddles the whole time. 
 Noah has to dance every chance he gets.
 Isaac was brave enough to stand a lot.
 These two babies floated on the current to me repeatedly and loved the ride.

Dylan ended with me and was brave enough to stand too.

Kirsten's pool party and my neglect of Isaac

Kirsten had her birthday at our house! 
Our little friend Canon was over for the day. We thought it would be a good opportunity to try to blow up balloons with baking soda and vinegar experiments. It didn't really work. 
 We used markers and made a banner for the birthday girl.
Kirsten's mom was there and the babies were sleeping, so we got to go in the pool and grill hot dogs! 
 At least we got some swim time in, because it started to thunder so we had to go in right after eating.

 We played a long time. Then Kirsten got to eat her cupcakes her dad had decorated.

 She had the kids captivated with her story reading skills.
 She even had them clean the play room!
 I need her every day.
 But let me tell you about this little guy. My Isaac doesn't always do well when I had a lot of people over. He did really well, so I thought. We didn't even have Malia or Noah over. I talked to Marcie in the living room while this little guy went into the bathroom. When we were saying goodbye to Kirsten's family, Isaac came out to say goodbye too. I asked him to come over to me because I wondered if he had somehow parted his hair so his forehead could show. As he got closer, I could not help but laugh!
 He had given himself a full hair cut.
 Long pieces had fluttered down to the bathroom floor.
 I asked where his hair went and he assured me it was all in the trash can. A LOT was. He also told me that he didn't want it to get into his eyes. I'm pretty sure he stole that line from ME because when he doesn't want a hair cut, I tell him that I just want to give him a little trim so it doesn't get in his eyes. In fact, I was quite annoyed with the Super Cuts or Fantastic Sams lady last time. I told her to NOT touch his front hair b/c I had just trimmed it the day before. And what does she do? Cut it bowl cut-like in the middle of his forehead.
 So I took him outside to take his picture. He just stared at me while I grilled him on why and how he cut his hair. He didn't know if he would be in trouble. He wasn't. I had him cal Daddy though.
 To show both the front and the side, I posted this following picture on Facebook. At first glance, it looks like scissors are coming out of his head because he had an itch on his hear I guess. But he cut both sides, the top, the back, layers all over!
 Yes I have mother's guilt for sitting on the couch and not being aware of my kids. Isaac takes matters in his own hand. The night before, Steven found him all decked out with Dylan's bike pads and helmet with a big bike fallen on top of him. The bikes had tipped over when he was trying to get Dylan's bike out - by himself. He was ready to take it for a spin! Who needs parents or training wheels when you have pads I guess.
 Buzzing the rest of it off was sad for all. Steven didn't like cutting his soft hair and Isaac liked the hair the way he had styled it himself.
He went into the pool to wash off.
He looks a lot like Dylan from the back now. I have had to do double takes more than once.
He's so cute with his big white forehead.