After another month of HIATUS, I'm back. I tell you what, there is nothing like getting to spend a summer with your kids; drinking in the sun, board games, the pool, sprinklers and bike rides, cleaning and organizing rooms and closets, trying to get on a good workout routine, and even getting a little bit of scrapbooking in.
So...I'm finally on my computer again. My computer sits in an armoire, and this summer, I've closed it up and tried to stay away. And, I've been successful (as you can tell).
So...what's new? I've lost my camera!!! Had it at Daz's end of ball bash/swim party in June and haven't seen it since. Darn it!! I had a couple super cool pictures of Killian doing flips - front flips and back flips - off the diving board too. He's such a daredevil! I've been trying to track down my camera, but no luck. So I guess you'll have to settle for him getting soaked in the sprinkler. (All these pictures are from before I lost the camera)
Daz and Killian just left on Tuesday. Craig drove Daziel to Atlanta and he flew to Seattle where Victor picked him up. So, he's there spending three weeks with his Dad. A nerve-wracking night and day for me. I am a super nervous flier. And, I was even more worried sending Daziel on one by himself. It was a direct flight, so that helped to ease my nerves. Craig actually walked him to his gate and watched him get on his plane, and Victor was there waiting for him at the other end. It all went well. He said it was long (5 1/2 hrs). But, he's 10 now, and this is the life we've given him. Proud that he's taken it and done so well with it. He's quite the kid!
Craig took Killian back to his Mom's on his way home from the airport. We had him for a little over a month. It was a fun, good month. I got to be here at home with all four of our kids. We did two weeks of swim lessons. And man, can Killian swim! All of the kids are swimming actually. But Killian, he definitely has some power. And he can dive really well too. Next summer he might be able to be on the swim team! Cool!! Daz is diving too and Allyssa is swimming all over the deep end by herself. She's been mustering up the courage to attempt diving in, but gets a little scared and ends up doing belly flops. I must say, that she gets from her mama. I've never been able to dive, either.
Colby? Well, there's always a story with him, isn't here? At the beginning of the summer he was doggie paddling ok. He refuses to wear a life jacket and has no fear. Our base pool has a slide that goes into it. The moment I turn my head, he is headed down it. Into 5 feet of water. And in the beginning of summer, he had the lifeguards jumping in after him a few times. Then, at Daz's pool party, right when we got there, the kids were getting situated. It was at somebody's house; they had a small pool with a diving board. I was talking to Craig, turned my head away to look at something as I was talking, turned back and Craig was gone. I was looking around and then saw him. In the pool. With his clothes on! Colby had gone and jumped off the diving board into the pool! So, swimming lessons were a must in our house! And after the first two week session, and many, many, many afternoons at the pool, he is now swimming! Hallelujah!!!
Here are a few scrapbook pages I've done lately that have been challenges at a local scrapbook store. They give you particular supplies and a theme, and ask you to put a page together. I got second place with both of these. Kinda cool. I wish you could actually see...they each have pockets with journaling. I really liked both of these ones. I love this high school picture of my mom, so when the store gave a Mother's Day challenge, I thought this was the perfect picture!
What else today? We've been watching alot more tv. So You Think You Can Dance is, like last summer, one of our favorites again. (If you're watching, who do you like?) This school year, there were weeks it seemed like I didn't set foot in my living room. Literally! I know it sounds insane, but I was so busy between the kids' school, my school, all our activities, my kitchen, my computer room and my bedroom - occassionally for a little shut eye. So, it's been nice to slow down and watch a little bit of tv. Any tv watching I did this year was late episodes I'd have to watch on my computer. I'd walk by my living room and wonder, when was the last time I sat down on my couch? So, definitely making up for that and having some couch potato evenings around here! Plus, we got DVR so I can record my shows. So now, even if I miss them, I can comfortably sit on my couch to watch them rather than spending even more time in front of this computer. Nice!
Well, I'd better get. I'm babysitting two other kids this summer on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Allyssa had a couple friends over for a sleepover last night. So, even though two of mine are missing, I have lunch for six kiddos to make here in a few. I hope you're all having a great summer!!