Friday, August 28, 2015

August Randomness

These are the pictures that just don't fit anywhere else. Just random things that have happened this month.

Building their marble works - working together. That's what I remember most about this photo.

The easel went from empty to looking like this one morning. That's a lot of numbers. Yes, it's divided in half to help them remember to share. One draws the line the other gets to pick which side.

We went to visit my mother and grandmothers. From left to right around the table we have: Sweet Daughter, Great-Grandma C (gentle grandma), Sweet Son, Me, Grandma (my mom), and Great-Grandma W (dancing grandma). It's so cool that my kids are getting to know and spend time with their great-grandmothers. As a kid I remember spending time with my 3 great-grandmothers and 1 great-great-grandmother. It's not that we are having babies young, the women in my family tend to live a long time. There is an almost 90 year difference in ages in this photo alone. (Dancing grandma is the oldest, but don't tell her I told you that!)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rock Climbing

In our never ending quest to get the kids to sleep, we decided to take them rock climbing. It's indoors so it should be perfect when it's over 100 F outside, right? Did I mention it's not air-conditioned so really it's just not in the sun, but still HOT.

Both kids climbing with ease.

It's difficult to tell perspective here, but she is really high. She made it to the top and rang the bell. Then she happily jumped back and let the auto belay bring her down. The only issue was sometimes we had to add weight to get the belay to recognize her since she is so light.

He also enjoyed climbing, but in his usual safety first way didn't want to go too high.

She never did get tired and just kept picking different paths to climb up. Turns out that bell is really motivating for her.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Can you tell they dress themselves?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Swim Lessons

We thought we were done with swim lessons for the year. Then Sweet Daughter started doing flips underwater and pushing herself past her ability. We decided to add another week to help keep her safe.

Sweet Daughter's turn

Sweet Son's turn

Yes, there were 2 kids to 1 teacher. That is a typical ratio for this swimming school, though sometimes it is 3 kids to 2 teachers. They make so much progress because they are constantly working and not just waiting for their turn. Remember the videos of Sweet Daughter jumping off the diving board with glee while Sweet Son had to be either thrown off or bargained with for a long time before being willing? Here is the progress:

Sweet Daughter is still fearless.

Sweet Son showing some confidence!