Friday, July 24, 2015

Bowling With Friends

We've been so busy getting ready for our trip this week that we haven't had any time to hang out with our friends. So today we made some time to go bowling with our buddies, Colin and Wyatt.

The kids had a great time and loved seeing each other and I was happy to have some time off from worrying about our upcoming trip. They bowled two games and then spent a little time in the game room pretending to play video games.

Here are a few video's from today:

Near the end of the second round Colin wanted to try bowling without the gutter guards. He missed the first couple of times, but I believe by his third try he was knocking down pins! Then, Harper decided he'd try to bowl without the help of the ramp and on his first try he got a spare! He was super excited about it and decided he liked bowling without a ramp.

When Dakota wasn't having her turn bowling she was chasing Colin and Wyatt around being a "weirdo". They laughed and played and had a great time!

Final Swim Lesson

On Thursday Harper had his final swim lesson; for awhile at least. (Dakota hasn't participated for most of this final session so Harper has been having private lessons. Things could be worse.)

I was thrilled to see that his coach moved him from level 3 to level 4! That means my boy is making some terrific progress! He was so proud when he came out of his lesson and he asked me if I'd seen him dive from the side and jump in to the teacher. Of course I'd been watching and I just can't believe how far he's come.

We're going to take a little break from lessons until after school starts. Our new schedules will be quite busy and I don't want to overwhelm the kids with school during the day and activities in the evening right away. I think we'll ease into school and then see if we can handle other activities.

Harper Meets the Dentist

Harper had his very first dentist appointment this week. 

I did my best to explain what would happen and he didn't seem phased about any of it. He was such a big boy and jumped right in the chair and did exactly as they asked him to.

The assistant showed him each of the dentist's tools and did her best to keep him informed about what they were doing. (He didn't see the hygienist this time, just the dentist.) The only time he showed any emotion was when they used the suction. It's kind of loud and he wasn't prepared for the noise, so he jumped. The next time she went to use it he told her he was a little scared and she told him she just wouldn't use it, and he was just fine.

When he was finished they gave him a new toothbrush and a special coin for the bouncy ball machine they keep hidden. It's funny to think Zoe and Landon used to look forward to getting those coins! Because Dakota did such a great job she also got a toothbrush and a bouncy ball. I was really surprised that we were able to get through the whole appointment without tears from anyone!

Oh, and Harper's teeth are in great condition except the dentist did inform me that he grinds his teeth. He said it was very typical of kids his age and we'd just have to keep an eye on it when he got his adult teeth.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tonight at the Pool

It's been very hot here the past couple of days and after working hard all day we headed down to the pool for a little bit. Harper is now swimming without his floaties more often than not (he never put them on today) and Dakota is doing more and more with hers on. I was trying to convince Harper to jump into the deep end to me today and he just couldn't work up the courage until Tony offered to hold his hand and jump in with him. It did the trick and after a few times holding hands, he began doing it on his own! 

He must have jumped into the pool a half dozen times and somewhere in there he decided he could also jump in, touch the bottom and then swim from his jump in point to the steps on the other wall. He just never ceases to amaze me! It's so cool to watch him grow more confident.

Dakota loved showing us how she could float on her back and her tummy with her floats on. She's getting more and more brave every day. For about a half hour before we left the pool tonight we were playing sharks and both kids were jumping in to me and I was getting them. For a second I forgot I had Dakota and not Harper in my arms and I tossed her over to the steps and she went completely under water for a second. I thought I'd probably just ruined her day once I realized what I'd done, but she came up and just started jabbering away like nothing had happened! Then, to see what happened, I did it again and again, she just came up ready to keep on playing. It was awesome! Before we left Dakota got the idea to take her floats off and play without them. She practiced "swimming" a little but it only lasted about 5 minutes and then the lifeguard blew the whistle and it was time to go home. I think the swim lessons and family pool time is really giving both kids a huge confidence boost in the water and I'll bet Harper will be full on swimming by the end of summer.

Sleeping In Her Soup

We've been REALLY busy this summer. So busy, in fact, that Dakota has been falling asleep in the craziest ways/places.

At Landon's birthday dinner, she fell asleep hanging off the bench at dinner. She ate a little bit, but then hopped down under the table. She does stuff like that all the time, but I was surprised when I looked down a few seconds later and she was fast asleep on the bench between Tony and I! Poor thing kept slipping when her knees would give out but when we tried to help her lay down on the bench she had a fit! So, we put her back like she was and she napped there until we left! Crazy kid!

Then, this past week, we'd been out running around all morning and when she sat down for lunch, she just about passed out in her soup.

I can't help but laugh when she gets upset at the end of the video. I turned my phone off right before she threw her spoon across the table! She was just miserable, poor thing.

I can't get over how big she looks in that picture! My baby sure is growing up and I wonder if it's part of the reason she's so tired. She hasn't napped in the longest time and now she needs one at least a few times a week; I guess summer will do that to a girl.

Sports Camp, Week 3, Lacrosse

Today's sport was lacrosse.

Harper was looking forward to camp today, as you can see in the picture above. He is always excited to go which is great, but something seems to happen when we get there. They always start each session off with a warm up lap and he did that just fine, but when they said they wanted them to run zig zag through the cones, he refused. Then, when it was time to learn how to cradle the ball in the net of the stick, he was ready to call it quits and go home.Why? I have no idea. So, he broke down in tears and we made quick trip to the bathroom for a potty break and a pep talk. The pep talk worked and after that, it was smooth sailing...mostly. (Dakota was up to her old tricks, hanging on my leg and refusing to try anything, for the most part.)

After lots of practicing "scooping" up the ball, Harper was able to do it a few times and boy was he proud! He just kept practicing until he got it and I was impressed with his commitment. I had to keep reminding both kids how to correctly hold the stick but for the most part I just let them do whatever. Harper did his best to do what the coaches asked while Dakota played with me. 

All in all, lacrosse is a pretty neat sport. I'm not sure either of my kids will ever play it, but it's fun to learn!