I sent two of my babies off to school this morning. Robbie is now a big 1st grader, and Emily started Kindergarden today. They were so excited! And I didn’t even cry. Really. Aren’t my kids the cutest?!?[photopress:100_5367.jpg,thumb,centered] [photopress:100_5369.jpg,thumb,centered] [photopress:100_5372.jpg,thumb,centered] [photopress:100_5373.jpg,thumb,centered] [photopress:100_5375.jpg,thumb,centered]
I haven’t updated on Kelsey in a while. She has gotten so big! A couple weeks ago, she started crawling – not just the army crawl she was doing, but a full-fledged crawl. Of course, that comes with it’s own hazards. Not only can she now get into everything, but she also got her first bruise when she face-planted in the kitchen. So sad![photopress:100_5318.jpg,full,centered]I’m sure this won’t be the last time! She has also started pulling up on things. So she plays in the dishwasher as I do dishes, which is fun. I like loading everything twice! She is so wiggly right now. Getting her dressed or changing her diaper is a marathon event. But, pretty much everyone agrees that she’s adorable!
I have not been so good at posting things lately. Hence, some catching up is in order. First up, STAR WARS! Last week, I took the kids with Randi (my sister) and Mary (my niece) to see the Star Wars exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science. Honestly, I thought it would be kind of a dork fest. But it was really cool. Seriously, I’m not kidding. The kids even really enjoyed it, and there was lots of hands on stuff, as well as costumes. Here are a few pictures:[photopress:100_5319.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Emily was so excited to be there, she almost hurt herself smiling![photopress:100_5324.jpg,thumb,alignright]This was as close as I could get Adam to the wookies. He was a little scared![photopress:100_5326.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Robbie playing a cool game where you build a spaceport.[photopress:100_5327.jpg,thumb,alignleft] [photopress:100_5329_1.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:100_5330.jpg,thumb,alignleft] The gang’s all here!They actually look kind of similar . . . [photopress:100_5331.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:100_5341.jpg,thumb,alignleft] [photopress:100_5349.jpg,thumb,alignright]Of course, we HAD to play downstairs before we left!
A big chunk of our summer has been spent swimming. Robbie and Emily took swim lessons this year, and have both become pretty good little swimmers. We found the magic tool to swimming is . . . GOGGLES! We bought each kid their own pair, and the kids are fearless. Robbie passed his Level One swim class. Emily didn’t, but that’s mostly because her teacher failed to actually teach her anything. We didn’t put Adam in swim lessons, but he loves the water. He isn’t afraid to go under the water and try and swim to me. As for Kelsey, well, you’ll just have to see the picture! [photopress:Robbie_fountain.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Emily_Funny_Face.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Adam_Swim_Lessons.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Robbie_Swim_Lessons.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Emily_Swim_Lessons.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Kelsey_Naptime.jpg,full,centered]
I don’t have anything to do this week. Normally, I’m working on some project. But I’ve finished everything. Robbie’s birthday party was last week. Swimming lessons are over. It’s not my month for sharing time in Primary. I’ve already done all of the kids school shopping (which I’m still mad about because our school district is switching to uniforms!). I cleaned the whole house on Friday for the party. All the laundry is done. I woke up this morning, and realized all that I had to do was take care of the kids and clean up the house. And that doesn’t take very long. The sad part of this is that I don’t know what to do with my free time. I don’t have hobbies anymore. I have kids instead. I suppose I could sit and read a book. Or watch a movie. Or play with the kids. What do normal people do with free time? Do normal people have free time? I’m sure I’ll come up with something -but it will probably just be another project to keep myself busy!
When did THIS happen?[photopress:Aubrey___Robbie_birth.jpg,full,centered][[photopress:robbiebirthdaycake.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Robbiecandles.jpg,full,centered][photopress:robbie3rdbirthday2.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_3130.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_4042.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_4566.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_5217.jpg,full,centered]Happy Birthday to our Little Buddy! We are so glad that you are part of our family! You are amazing! We love you!
WARNING: This is going to be a serious post. Yes, I really do know how to be serious. I mean it. Stop laughing. It’s been forever since I wrote anything. Frankly, nothing that exciting has happened. Life just continues to roll on. Jon goes to work, and school, and the church. The kids play and argue and laugh and fight and act cute (that one is mostly Kelsey!). I get a little more insane, and count how many more days are left until school starts again. Pretty typical. I could tell you how many times we have gone swimming this week (6 and counting) or what movie the kids have been watching (Everyone’s Hero) or how many loads of laundry I have done this week (I lost track a while ago), but that’s pretty boring. So, here’s something I was thinking about this morning.As I was driving to the gym this morning at 6:00 (you remember the insane part, right?), it was raining. And the lighting was flashing. And the thunder was booming. It was awesome! I love it when it rains, and I especially love thunderstorms. I was listening to Hilary Weeks as I drove, because I wasn in Jon’s car, and Jon has gotten old in the last year and mostly listens to church music now. (I give him a hard time about this!) I was listening to a song entitled “He Is” which is one of my favorite Hilary Weeks songs. It describes all the different things that the Savior is to different people and all the places that we can see the love our Savior has for us. And I realized that I was looking at one of them. The magnificent lightening and thunder were more amazing things that the Savior created for me to show me how much He loves me. It was kind of a cool realization. I don’t think I slow down often enough to look around and see all that I am blessed with. Even better than that, after I left the gym, I came outside to a full rainbow stretching across the sky. It was beautiful! I think that Heavenly Father was speaking to me a little bit this morning, just letting me know that He’s there and He loves me. And that is just cool!