Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Need to Get Some Picture Up in Here

I'm having trouble getting pictures from my phone and from the little camera.  They're coming soon, Grannie!

In the meantime, a little funny for the baby book....
Last night, instead of just packing AJ's lunch like I normally would, I made the mistake of saying, "Hey, what would you like for lunch tomorrow." His response, "I'd really like to open my lunch and see some peanut butter cookies in there." I bet you would cutie. Sounds like we're making much overdue peanut butter cookies tonight!

Dexter's been coming up with some great lines too.  I should really start writing that stuff on the calendar like I used to when they were babies.  Oh well.  I do remember that when it was raining and the chalk drawings from our stairs were washing away, he said, "Look.  It looks like rainbow milk."  I liked that one.  Today was, "You know, Mom.....  (which is how he starts every sentence)... God made the whole world.  Everything."

Summer Camps

Tumbling camp has ended.  It was great, but having Dexter in the class with AJ got silly by about class 5.  If I put AJ in again in August, I won't be putting Dexter in with him.  Too brothery.

AJ's in all day skateboard camp this week.  From 9am-4pm.  It's 6-9 year old.  I think he's the only 6 year old.  He's having a blast.  They even went swimming today which meant he had to be a big boy and change in the men's changeroom and get dried and dressed all by himself.  When I asked him how swimming was today, he said, "I accidentally wore my underwear under my bathing suit."  So, I said, "Oh, so you're not wearing any underwear now?"  He said, "Yah, I am.  I dried it."    "How?" I said.    "With a towel," he said.  Jeepers.  I think he likes wearing underwear with his bathing suit, so I'll just pack him another pair for tomorrow.

Dexter started his bike camp yesterday, but alas, it was as I thought, it was all kids who couldn't ride without training wheels.  I had called ahead to double check that and they thought it would be a mix, but no.  It's intention is to get kids off of training wheels.  Dex has been riding without training wheels close to a year and a half, and I really wanted him learning some bike sense and safety kind of stuff.  He had fun that day getting to ride all over a gym and for $30 I can't complain.  But the teacher must've read my mind and suggested he go in the 6-8 year old class that's for two hours right following the morning one.  There is no preschoolers-without-training-wheels camp.  It's too bad.  I'm going to suggest that.  So, Dexter got to join the big kids today and he road on trails and everything.  He was pretty excited, but totally exhausted since he rides a little 12" and had to pedal like crazy to keep up. Poor guy.  I've lowered the seat on AJ's in hopes that Dexter can use that tomorrow.  He can just touch the ground on the 16 ".  We'll see how that goes.  It's probably time for me to get AJ a mountain bike type thing with gears anyhow.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Has Started, Finally

Oh, I have to get on here more often.  More importantly, I need to get Richard to upload photos from the little camera and my phone which get used way more than our large camera.   Here are just a few to see and a little something I wanted to jot down about the boys ....

If I remember correctly, Dexter had drawn our house and a map for Grannie to tell her how to get here.  I think he's missing you, Norma.

Dexter's sleeping.  Can't remember if there was a reason I took this picture, but awwww.

Finally summer has arrived.  The little pool is up.  No big pool again this year.  Maybe next year.  The boys have a blast in here paddling around on the boogie boards.  

AJ got a trophy at the end of gymnastics this season.  "Most Improved Athlete".  
I feel the need to write that he's wearing his Ben 10 pajamas and that he was not out in public in this shirt.
 And here you can see that he was, in fact, happy about that.

Summer so far:

July is packed.  I want to remember this.  I'm not sure how I'll feel about it at the end of July.  Will I miss it or be relieved.

Sprinkled in this schedule are playdates, and optional, fun library events like a magician and such.  Also, the boys are in the summer reading club from the library.  Although that doesn't take up any extra time, it sure does make sure that I don't slack on bedtime stories this summer.

Mondays - Mommy's gym, skate park if there's time, lunch, tumbling camp, home to play, early dinner, soccer practice.

Tuesdays - Open for whatever we like... the lake... being lazy... friends.. visits... library stuff... whatever.

Wednesday's - Mommy's gym, skate park if there's time, lunch, tumbling camp, home to play, early dinner, soccer practice.

Thursdays - Same as Tuesdays.  Today we visited with Auntie Kim and spent the day in the back yard.

Fridays - Mommy's gym, skate park if there's time, lunch, tumbling camp, straight to AJ's piano practice, and straight to swimming lessons, early dinner, optional soccer game.  This Friday night we're going to see Sesame Street Live courtesy of free tickets from the boys' dentist office!  Cool.  I'm pretty stoked.  We've never been to anything like that before.

Tumbling camp just started this week and continues next week. 
Next week we add VBS (Vacation Bible School) to the mix for AJ from 9-12 Monday to Friday.  Eek.  I"ll help in the nursery on one of the days.
The following week, AJ starts his all day skateboarding camp from 9-4:30!!!  Skateboarding in the morning and swimming in the afternoon.  That same week, Dexter starts his bike camp just for 1 hour each morning.


Dexter is just bursting with the desire to read right now.  He is reading already, and has been for a while now.  He sounds words out and knows the basic necessary sight words.  However, just this past week, he started asking to learn 'new words and digraphs'  (There's a reason he knows that word.  It's from a favourite movie).  The other day (I think exhausted from being in the sun all day), he just sat on the couch with one of AJ's chapter books for darn near close to an hour!  He was not reading that, of course, just looking at the pictures.  But man.  An hour!

To my delight, he said this yesterday morning, "Mom, I know how to spell cheese......  C H S... oh, no.  E E."  My heart skipped a little beat.  Too adorable.


AJ has a vivid imagination. We learned how to play marbles tonight and he already had names for all of the different ones. Ask him where he learned all the names.... from his secret spy ninja club. "Did you meet these friends at school?" "No, they're from all over the world, like Asia." "How did you meet them?" "I don't remember."
Here were some names of the different marbles he told me about:
red lava
orange lava
purple instinct 
 brown sugar
rainbow destroyer
 blue water
blue ice
white annoy
Where does he come up with that stuff?