Monday, June 23, 2008

Zero to Sixty

So up until this summer Izaac has not been all that interested in the pool and swimming. We would go and he would last less than an hour (sometimes even just a half and hour) and pronounce that he was done and getting out. All of this while wearing floaties and definitely NOT getting his face the point where if he did get his face wet we would have to wipe it dry. Then this summer began...My first week off we went to Mom's pool in the hopes that this year would be "The" year Izaac would enjoy swimming. Well day one, he would not take off the floaties...but we did convince him to put his face in the water....that was five minutes of fun. Then he opened his eyes under water....another five minutes of fun. Then the goggles...that fun lasted the rest of that day. The next day he was convinced to take off the floaties....and he has not stopped sense! He swims very well for a kid who has never had formal instruction. He can jump off the side and swim back. He retrieves things from the bottom of the pool (shallow end of course). Does the dead mans float. And surprise of all, yesterday he busts out with the freestyle. I am in awe! He does wear us out though...because he spends 90% of his time under the water we are constantly dragging him up and insisting he take a break. He has the invincible feeling right now so we have to be extra diligent watching him. And to make what could be a relaxing time at the pool even more stressful...Ivy is not even a bit scared of the water! She jumps off the side, goes under and does not even bat an eye. Even playing on the stairs we have to be on constant watch because she has no fear. Can't wait to see what the next pool trip brings...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Who Knew! Pre-K Graduation!

I had no idea that they had Pre-K graduation...but sure enough! It was a very well planned event with songs and marching in lines...I'm impressed Mrs. Sarah could get 22 four to five year olds to preform as well as they did. I have a feeling we will be doing this again come the end of Kindergarten. Hopefully the cap and gown will work again, and if anyone needs the use of the outfit, we are renting it out to pay for it:)

The Big Show!

For the spring semester we signed Izaac up for The Little Gym, to learn gymnastics. Don't really know how much gymnastics he learned as apposed to having a place on Monday nights where he could burn off some energy bouncing off padded walls. I take that back he did learn some new tricks, and he had tons of fun. Don't know if he will do it again next semester. We are trying to let him do one new thing each semester to see what he enjoys. Maybe soccer next?

A Little Late

Last time the Swansons were here we decided to abandon the couch for a little while and head up to the new park in downtown Houston. Of course this was awhile back but I am behind on putting the pictures on my blog. We had a very nice time, but do not know if we would go back just for the park. It was difficult to find parking and the shade was limited....but we still enjoyed ourselves.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Summer - Day One

So the summer has begun and as many of you know I have both kids for the summer, and in previous summers have gone a bit crazy. Working outside of the home has given me the structure I need to get up in the morning, get dressed and get myself and the kids out the door. Being a stay at home mom, I'm not so good at. So to all of you who do it every day, I salute you. Here it is almost 10:30 in the morning, I'm not dressed and neither are the kids. BUT...I have fed them, which is a BIG challenge for me...I would prefer to change diapers than have to figure out what to feed them...sad I know. Anyway here is my accomplishments for today, because I have heard from a very accomplished stay at home mom (Shelly, that is you)that it is better to make a list of what you have done as to a list of what I have not done. So here it is. I have worked out on the Wii Fit, but only two of the four sections because Ivy woke up. Got the trash out. Set up a Lego sorting system for Izaac. Delt with 5 Ivy melt downs. Made an Isabelle free play zone for Ivy (okay so I'm stretching it there a bit) and cut coupons. So needless to say, I need to work on my days, but this is only day one:) Wish me luck!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Welcome Isabelle

Well it took us a long time to get over losing Butch, but we finally made the decision to get a new dog. She is super sweet, loves the kids and is very energetic. We got her from the League City Animal Shelter and they put her age at about two, two and a half...we think she is more like one, one and a half. She definitely has some puppy tendencies, chewing and mouthing you being her two big ones. She wants to be near you every second that she can and if you scratch her belly she will be you BFF! Don't quite know her breed, mutt most definitely, a lot of some kind of hound (Plott hound is what they told us Im sure so we would over look what else she is mixed with) some pitt, you can see it in her face if she looks at you right, maybe even some lab. I think she might even have some greyhound in her based on her running style, but seeing that no one knows her back ground we will never know. We need to get her to our own vet, maybe he can give us a better estimate of her age and breed.