See you at the summer Olympics in about 15 years.
For one of our last summer roadtrips, we headed to San Antonio to celebrate a birthday with a special friend and to visit Sea World again. If you remember, last time we had to leave after 2 hours because Drew was so sick.
Let’s just say we may never visit Sea World again because we had a similar occurrence this time.
But we went and had fun and paid for it on the way home to Houston with fevers and vomit.
I know. Our life is so glamorous, you might often mistake us for famous celebrities.
But good grief, we were happy to be there! Jake was super pumped. It broke his heart to leave last time and he was ready to see the dolphins and sharks that we had missed.
We saw the Sea Lion show and the worst thing ever happened. I was serenaded by the pre-show entertainer. I wanted to cry – I hate that stuff! But the rest of my family thought it was hilarious. Glad they got a good laugh.
A sweet high school friend was a trainer at Sea World for many years and offered to let us meet several animals throughout the day. It was so cool! We got to pet and feed this sea lion.
Because I can’t change the order of my pictures for some reason, I will pause to show you a picture of the kiddos who got to play last weekend! Jake and Drew were so excited to see Bailey again – they have missed her a lot since she moved! We were able to celebrate her 2nd birthday and visit with their family for the day. Still hoping they move back to Houston one day…
Another cool experience we got was to meet this beluga whale. So so neat! We all got to pet/”kiss” the whale and watched the trainers feed her. Drew was scared so we didn’t get a good picture but the rest of us loved it!
There’s my happy Drew…eating donut holes at the birthday party. His love language.
Since we’ve been home, the boys have been sick, so we finally went to the doctor yesterday to get some medicine. Their first day of preschool is next week and we aren’t going to miss it!
Jake made his birthday list today. He wants this whole aisle:
In other news, we are all so excited that Drew is potty trained! Phew!
I’m getting a little embarrassed by picture quality on the blog. Perhaps I’ll try and get out our real camera soon.
Then again, that’s a lot of work.
Sadly (but kinda happily), summer is quickly coming to an end. You can tell we need to get back in a routine quick because we’ve reached the point where Jake just whines about wanting to watch TV all day. We’ve actually had some cooler (read as low 90′s…) weather this week but it hasn’t been enough of a draw for the kids.
This week we’ve been trying to swim as much as we can since the pool closes down in a few weeks. They have had such a great time in the pool this summer with friends and both are so comfortable in the water. Our big thing was “timing” how long they could stay underwater. And now that I think about it…that’s all my friends and I used to do too…ha! Next summer Jake will definitely be swimming on his own and I hope Drew won’t be far behind!
Pictured above is my biggest regret. I found these cap guns at a consignment sale…not realizing they required actual “ammo” to shoot. So Seth went and got some caps at Academy and we’ve had fun scaring the neighbor’s cats.
The boys love a good birthday party and I feel like we have at least a couple a month! Who can turn down all that cake and icing?? Especially when it will stain your teeth and lips for the rest of the day!
It has been tough to figure out a good discipline method for Jake, so we use incentive charts a lot which seem to work much better. We dug our own grave when we (I) promised a hermit crab like some of his friends had if he filled up his chart with stickers.
Well, he did.
So off to Petco we went. And now, believe it or not, these dang crabs are growing on me.
Hmm…that doesn’t sound good.
The boys both took gymnastics this summer with several of their friends. This was Drew’s first class (Jake has been doing this for a year or so) and he loved it! It has been a perfect way to get out their energy…they jump on the trampoline, swing on bars, jump in block pits, and run around. Money well spent!
Playing (and bathing) with our sweet friends, Noah and Avery
The boys have been eating their vegetables this summer so we decided to see how well they fit in Daddy’s clothes now. Still need a little bit of growing…
And who can resist a good movie?? We’ve seen Monsters University, Turbo, and now Planes this summer. Planes was actually their least favorite but they loved the other ones. Drew is still borderline too little for the movies but did pretty well with a never-ending flow of popcorn.
Mid-day “cuddling” with Sky. Did I mention we got a BOGO free deal on these crabs? The pet store wouldn’t let us tear a family apart because they had previously been living together with another family. Oh my.
Be looking for them on our family Christmas card come December.
Earlier this summer I bought a butterfly habitat for the boys. Y’all. I kind of think I bought this for myself because it was the coolest thing! You got a coupon to mail in and have live caterpillars sent to your house. Then, we got to watch the entire metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.
Education at it’s finest. Not sure why we pay for preschool.
It took about 10-14 days for all 5 caterpillars to complete the process but Jake and Drew were so excited to see the butterflies! They enjoyed giving them fresh fruit and sugar water to eat…I’m not sure how we didn’t manage to kill them because they loaded that thing down with fruit.
I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
It is hot.
Have I mentioned I really don’t like summer? I think I have. One or a million times.
30? Really, librarians? I don’t have the arms to carry those home.
If you need us, we’ll be enjoying the A/C or the swimming pool.