Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lots of Swimming

We’ve been doing lots of swimming lately thanks to our ridiculously hot Texas summers.  The kids have really been enjoying it, and I’ve been enjoying our escapes from the house.

For Father’s day, we went to George’s parents house for swimming and crawfish.  Jacob loved to play with those things.  Fortunately, they are all gone now, and I no longer have to look at them.  They give me the heebeejeebees (I have no idea how to spell that, but you know what I mean).

As I was folding laundry a few days ago, Grace and Clare decided to dress up. 

Wearing mommy’s cami inside out and backwards


She had a t-shirt on her head right before the picture.


I love how they both have my shoes on the wrong feet.


Today’s pool outing was hot but fun.  Thanks to our new floaties, I was actually able to breathe while at the pool.  Having three young kids that can’t swim makes for a stressful time at the pool for Mommy.  Now I can watch from the shade and not have to worry that they will fall off the steps or off the edge.

Daddy taking pictures


Eating popsicles


Floating in the water


This one will barely let go of the edge


Soaking in the rays (don’t worry, the twins have lots of sunscreen on)


A cute video.  I can’t believe how big the twins are getting!

We’re famous! sort of…

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blueberry Picking

Yesterday morning we went blueberry picking with some friends.  We tried to go early so that we would miss the heat, but we were still melting out in the hot Texas sun.  The kids actually did quite a bit of berry picking.  Clare ate a lot of the berries straight from the bushes.  Grace doesn’t seem to care for the blueberries too much, but Jake has been eating them like crazy.  We made a blueberry pie yesterday and blueberry muffins this morning.  I haven’t even used half the berries we picked!  I guess we’ll be eating a lot of fresh blueberries this week.

Right before we started


I love how Clare is examining the berry in the background of this photo


Jacob in the field


Grace looking for dark berries to pick


Clare with her bucket (which was also Mommy’s bucket, I think this bucket spilled at least 3 times)


Some of the kids hiding from the sun


Buzz Lightyear didn’t want to miss out on the fun


Sno-cones to help us cool off!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fire Station Tour & Toy Story 3

Yesterday we went to a friend’s 3rd birthday party.  The party was at a park and ended with a tour of the local fire station.  The last fire station tour we went on had the twins pretty frightened, but this time they really paid attention and enjoyed the whole thing.

Jake in the ladder truck


Grace in the ladder truck


Clare in the ladder truck


Grace and Jake standing by the fire truck


Sitting in the ambulance listening as the fireman explains the equipment

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All the kids with the fire truck and 2 of the firemen who gave us the tour


After the tour, we went to see Toy Story 3.  It was awesome!  I’d say as good as (if not better than) the first and definitely better than the second.  We had a great time, and the kids behaved so well!  We’ll definitely have to add it to the DVD collection when it is released.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Michael’s Sale Find

This morning I found some fingerpaints on clearance for $.99.  I also found some fingerpainting paper for $2.  This kids spent quite awhile fingerpainting this morning, and I still have a ton more paint and paper.  I think my $5 will go a long way this time.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Today’s Project

Grace has been begging me to paint with the “real” paints, the acrylics from a set I bought a few weeks ago.  I’ve been avoiding it just because it is a bit of extra work to set up and clean up; they aren’t washable.  We painted for about 30 minutes, just painting the inside surface of the back of a poster frame.  Everyone helped and really enjoyed the process.  Here is the result:


These are the general areas where everyone painted.  Grace pretty much painted all over, but Clare and Jake stayed mostly in the area directly in front of them.  I helped fill in bare areas and added the flower.


In other news, Aunt Kelly and Gree Gree watched the kids while George and I went to a baseball game a couple of weekends ago.  My sister took some pictures while we were gone.

Grace pretending to be Kelly


Trying to make cookies


Loving Rogue the Kitty


Clare loves kittens so much!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Corn Husk Dolls etc.

I’ve had some corn husk doll kits in the cabinet from a craft exchange we did quite awhile ago.  I finally pulled them out and made them with the kids.  Grace and Clare have dolls and Jake had a bird.  I say “had” because a couple of hours after we made it, the head fell off.  Oops.

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Clare has really started in with imaginative play.  I am constantly finding her playing so sweetly with her dolls.  She was tucking in this little doll from their dollhouse. 


Today she was changing Ariel’s diaper.


Resting in between harassing her siblings.


Wanting a diaper change


Riding the bounce and spin zebra with his eyes closed.


Monday, June 07, 2010

A Whole Lot of Not Much

That’s what we’ve been up to.  Just busy with the usual.

All dressed up

One of the twins took this of Emma

Jake’s self-portrait

Before the Astros game


During the game


Worn out from a fun day