Saturday, July 19, 2008

Summer Lovin'

I can't believe it's already July 19th! I swear it was July 4th just yesterday. Let's just pretend for a moment that it was and then I won't feel too bad about taking so long to publish this post. So speaking of yesterday, we went up to Spokane, WA to spend some quality time with our good friends Adam, Heidi & Campbell. It was a lot of fun! To honor our nation's independence day, we had a great bar.b.que, watched movies, and saw a fantastic fireworks display!

Here we are with our boys!

While there we enjoyed a lovely bike ride with kids-in-tow. My butt was sore for days after, but it was well worth it!

Close to their house is a fun park with a water structure right next to the play area. Not only did Grace love it, but as you can see by the look on his face, Clark loved getting his feet wet!

Here we are sporting our red, whites, and blue!

Heidi and Campbell enjoying the great outdoors!

Since they live in Liberty Lake, we decided to watch the fireworks at that lake. It was perfect! We found a perfect spot, with not a whole lot of people and saw a great fireworks display. Here we are waiting for the show. And the view was gorgeous!

Grace has been into making a funny face for the camera lately. This was no exception.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What I Did This Summer

So I know that summer is far from over, but I couldn't think of anything else clever. Anyway, to catch up on our lives, we celebrated our 7th Anniversary on the 14th of June by eating out at the Olive Garden, without the kids! It was delicious!

Earlier that morning I ran a half marathon. Since I wasn't able to train all that much the last couple of weeks because of sick kids then I got sick, it kicked my butt! It really helped that Andy, the kids and my friend, Ciara with her kids were at mile 4 and then mile 10. Thanks for the support! I didn't do much else that day. I finally got my strength back just in time to go out to eat.

I realized the other day that I haven't posted much about the kids. So here goes:
I am amazed at Grace sometimes. She is a quick learner! We are big fans of the videos Signing Time. She has those songs memorized and is always repeating the signs. This fall I am going to have her in a preschool co-op. By the way, if anyone is interested there is a gal in our ward here who developed a preschool curriculum called Smart Cookies. They are working on a website, but the lessons are amazing! I'll give anyone the info if you'd like. She talks of going to school, everyday! She's so excited! She can write her name, kind of (she writes her G and C backwards and the R is a tricky one!). And lately she has become a great help! She loves to set the table, sweep (that one is going to take some practice), and feed Clark (carefully supervised)!

Then there's Clark. He is such a mama's boy! It seems the more I try and get him to get use to other people, the worse he gets. We call him our little 'stinker'! And whenever we feed him solid foods and ask him if he wants more, he cries really hard. I am not exaggerating! But he is also the sweetest little baby I've ever known. He loves to snuggle (which I love!), blow raspberries, and take baths. He could be crabby, but once I get him in the tub, he's happy! It's really hard to believe that he is now 8months!

So far, the kids just love each other! They just both light up when the other is around. If Grace wakes up from a nap and she's not too happy, all I have to do is sit Clark in front of her and her bad mood disappears! And Grace can get Clark to laugh like no one else! I just hope they continue to be good buddies.