The last month of our summer vacation was lovely. The highlight for us was visiting with some friends who we had not seen for a while. One of the families has lived in Texas (not near us) for almost two years, and the other family flew in from our old home town for a vacation. Seeing all of them together was too great a chance to miss out on, so we drove out for a day of fun. We met for lunch, and then went to a nearby park for a few hours. The kids had a great time playing together, and the adults had a great time catching up. We’ve missed everyone so much, and this visit was wonderful!
Between all three families, there are seventeen children! And you know, they were all so delightful. I think a number like seventeen could strike fear into the hearts of many people, but it wasn’t at all the way lots of folks might imagine. These kids aren’t just numbers. They are sweet and precious children, and they all played beautifully together.
In case you are counting, there are only fifteen in the photo. Two little ones had gone home for naps. :)
A few more pictures of our day…
We celebrated two birthdays this month!
The young man with the Lego cake was very happy to turn seven.
His daddy, on the other hand, wasn’t too happy to turn… not seven.
Since we decided not to go away on a vacation this year, my husband took three days off work and so we could have some local family fun.
We swam every day.
I’m continually amazed at how far the children have come in their swimming skills. When we moved into our house less than three months ago, we had only four strong swimmers. Now, we have six! Strawberry and Conductor no longer need the help of flotation devices at all.
Although the two youngest boys still need to wear vests, they have become much more brave and skillful in the water.
Our baby girl, however, believes she is a fish!
Seriously. This baby wants so much to be independent in the water. She hates the restraint of parental arms holding her back. She’s been fighting for freedom almost since her first swim! A few weeks ago, we invested in a Puddle Jumper, with the hopes that it would allow us to give her a little more freedom of movement. It is a little big for her, as it is made for children at least 30 pounds, but it does the job pretty well. She can stay afloat, mostly with her face above water, but we keep our eyes constantly on her and our arms ready to grab her at any second. Although we are still very cautious with her in water, she is so pleased with her newfound feeling of independence. Wearing her puddle jumper, she kicks, swims, and gets around really well… all under Mommy or Daddy’s watchful eye and ready hands!
The bad news for August was a head injury for Happy. The guys were tearing down a wall in the play room, and a two-by-four fell on our young man’s head. No concussion, but the crown of his head was cut pretty badly. Lots of blood… boy oh boy, do heads ever bleed! We took him to the ER, and he was a tough guy. Three staples, and he didn’t flinch. The staples were removed after a week, and his head is healing perfectly.
Also in August, we:
- took a ride on a homemade train…
- did some cooking…
- played with Conductor’s super-cool helicopter that he got for his birthday…
- and spent a wonderful evening at Medieval Times!
We also started school in the very last week of August, but that will be a post for another time. We are excited to see what September, and our school year, will hold!