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June bugs

1 Jul

Here’s what our June bugs have been up to this month:

Gymnastics – Reece goes to a class of her own while Rynn and I enjoy a mom & tot class.  Rynn’s favorite thing is the bungee swing.  That’s the first thing she goes to after we do our stretching that consists of singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” while running our fingers down our legs, and doing the butterfly while ducking from things that are flying toward us.  So cute.  She also likes to jump on the trampoline together (with me holding her), which makes for my second workout of the day since I go to the gym right before gymnastics.  I’m pretty much sticky the entire morning.  We then use the mats to practice forward and backward rolls.  I try to sneak peaks at Reece’s class, but I have to keep an eye on Rynn, who bulldozes other kids when they are doing something she wants to do.  Rynn’s like the tiny little dog who thinks she’s super tough.  And watch out because she will bite!!  Watching Rynn go through the ending routine, from the parachute circle to the good-bye song, then the stamp each child gets to the popsicle line is all so much fun.  She toddles to each station with such authority.

Reece enjoys her class with Miss Brandi from church and her friend Ady.  When I do get a chance to peak in on her class, what I see is quite hilarious.  Reece jumps without bending her knees, making her look like a bobble head doll.  I think she may seriously get whiplash before it’s all over.  She’s doing so well and, most importantly, follows directions (anything that reiterates following directions is good for her).  🙂

Swim – Reece is also taking swim, for the third year (poor second child Rynn still hasn’t done any kind of swim lessons), but this year she has graduated from the “mom and me” class to on her own.  She’s really improved so much from last year (scroll down to the swim report) when she was one of the children who didn’t participate as much.  Now she does just about anything except jump from the side.  She’s really cute too.

Father’s Day – When I asked Reece what she wanted to do for Daddy for Father’s Day, she said, “I know, I’ll have a tea party for him!”  So on the Saturday before Daddy Day, I helped Reece bake cookies and set the table for her special guest, who was coming back from Albuquerque that day.

Daddy-Daughter Date

Letter of the Day – Before this summer Reece had mastered 6 letters of the alphabet – R, E, C (all in her name), I (easy, it’s just a stick), T (super easy since we’re in Raiderland), S (just ’cause) – but I want her to be able to identify all letters by the end of the summer.  So we have a letter of the day.  I draw the letter on the easel and she traces it.  We then identify that letter on the fridge and on her alphabet puzzle.  My friend Tamara (who also happened to be Reece’s KDO teacher last year) also gave us the great idea of gathering things from around the house that begin with that letter.

“A” is for ant, art box, angel, and apple

“B” is for book, ball popper, bananas, backpack, bus, ball, bowl, and blue

And that’s as far as we’ve gotten.  We’ve skipped a few days.

Rynn has been putting her Mommy skills to use…

And her cleaning skills…

And her dress-up skills…

And her cuteness skills…

We heart summertime.

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Indian(a) Summer

3 Sep

We had a wonderful time with family in Indiana.  Not being able to travel there as often as I once did before children, I missed them terribly and I am so thankful our whole family could get together with their whole family (as opposed to getting a few of them here or a few of us going there.).  The girls were reacquainted with their aunt, uncle, and cousins and Reece has spoken fondly of each of them ever since.  Nate, Phil, Anna, and Luke all did so well with the little girls.  The two bigger boys have always impressed me that they play and play and play with their little girl cousins when they could be more concerned with their upcoming football game, or homework, or even the t.v.  Nate and Phil swung Reece and read books to her (princess books at that!) and held Rynn any chance they could.  Anna shared her princesses and baby dolls so well and was so sweet with the girls.  Just like the last time we visited when Reece was nearly one and learned how to wrap boas around her neck and carry a purse, Anna offered more things for Reece to learn.  This time it was the “climb the door frame” maneuver, but Reece has yet to be successful at actually getting up to the ceiling.  🙂  Luke (a.k.a. “Yuker”) and the Reecer became pals right off, and even though he wished Rynn would have been a boy, I know he loved her lots too.  Why else would he leave his G.I. Joe mission in the playroom to go play with the girl on the other side of the sliding glass door?!

Wayland and Kaleesha were so wonderful to let us invade their house and their busy family schedule.  Wayland seemed to work magic on Reecer’s occasional grumpiness and Kaleesha was, as always, so hospitable.  I loved being able to visit over breakfast out, and during down time at the house.  The four adults stayed up late each night after putting the kids down so we could visit more.

One of our most memorable moments of the trip came during the start of Nathanael’s football scrimmage.  Reece had been woken up from her nap before we left and was in a foul mood, even by Reece’s standards.  She threw a monster fit on the way to the field (something about her independence being challenged) and threw herself on the ground.  After finally coaxing her to peel herself off of the ground and into the stadium, she decided to take her baby doll to go tee-tee at the end of the bleachers…where we would later learn was right above the home of a bee hive.  I hadn’t had a chance to watch a single play because of the two bees I kept shooing away from Rynn’s stroller, but a familiar scream broke my attention off of Rynn and onto Reecer.  I saw a swarm of bees around Reece and immediately scooped her away from the buzzing swarm.  The two bee stings on her leg caused a fury of excitement at the football field…the trainer was paged, people brought ice packs, other moms gave their advice on how to take away the sting, the athletic director arrived to tape off the area…all in about 30 seconds flat.  Nathanael even heard the commotion on the bleachers from the football field and got to tell all his friends that was his little cousin crying.  🙂  Unfortunately, the bees continued to stalk us because of the fruit juices, fruit snacks, and whatever else in our diaper bag, and we had to vacate the field to avoid another attack.  Poor Kaleesh didn’t get to see Nate’s first scrimmage that she had been so excited about.

The story does have a happy ending though…

Ironically, the bee stings turned Reece’s frown upside down and she became the happiest victim of a bee attack you’ve ever seen.  She even sang about the bees who stung her.  Kaleesha and I joked that they must have injected some nectar or honey into her bloodstream.

For more on our great time in Indiana (including pictures), see Wayland and Kaleesha’s blog.

Summer Vacation

2 Sep

Long time, no post!  Between two vacations, my work for the church, sewing, MOPS steering team, Food 2 Kids, and family time, I’ve been a little busy.  In turn, I’ve taken a “summer vacation” from blogging.  I’m going to catch up in installments, starting with the Thompson Family Reunion at Don and Michelle’s Four Spokes Ranch, and Butch and Carrie’s Possum Kingdom lake house.   The pictures show all the fun we had…

American Sweethearts

6 Jul

girls

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reece hat

rynn flag

reece flag

Zoo, Hotel, Friends, & Souvenirs

15 Jul

We had SUCH a great time on our little family vacation to DFW. The whole purpose of our trip was to take Reece to the Fort Worth Zoo, which I have always loved (I even made Scott go with me once when we were dating). For the past several months as I’ve read books with animals to Reece, my excitement over taking her the zoo has grown so much I could hardly contain myself. So she had heard the word “zoo” several times, especially in the last couple of weeks, and she had no clue what I was talking about. Well, Friday morning she got to see what all the hoopla was about and she LOVED it! Here are some pictures from our day at the zoo:

Waving to the giraffes

Looking down at the hippo

Up close with the white tiger

Feeding a bird with a seed stick

Playing in the kids’ activity barn

Riding the carousel

Riding the train with Daddy

I loved the look on her face as she saw all of these different creatures God has made. And now she knows these animals really do exist when we read our books!!

Reece also really loved the hotels (two nights in FW, one in Plano). She would run back and forth across the room. The TV and radio were both at a perfect height for her, so she loved to crank up the volume on the TV, run, turn on the radio, and dance. She certainly didn’t need all of the toys I packed for the hotel (well, besides her baby and bear, of course)! Our first week of swim lessons back home must have really paid off too because my “water-weenie” was now stripping her clothes each time we passed the pool. We took her swimming one evening before bedtime and she loved when her Daddy “threw” (more like dropped) her to me in the pool. She signed “more” over and over.

We also really enjoyed seeing good friends that we don’t see as often as we’d like, including my cousin Rocki with her husband and two kids; Nat-Nat, by BFF from way back when, her husband, two boys and mom; and Scott’s old buddies from the company he was with before Gallagher.

Reece’s souvenirs included a cute little hat from the zoo, along with a giraffe that makes noise. All Scott & I wanted to take home with us was a dozen Cinnamon Crunch bagels from Panera Bread. We found a Panera Bread on the way out of town Sunday, and ordered our lunch as well. The kid at the register was having a really hard time both communicating and punching things into the computer. When we placed our order they had 7 of our favorite bagels left. By the time we GOT our order, they were down to 4…better than nothing, I guess.

While I’m glad to be back in the LBK (tonight we thanked God for “home”), I’m already missing the family time our short little vacation provided. Life’s just so much more fun when Scott doesn’t have to go to work, and I don’t have to keep house! 🙂 Reece was a true joy and constantly kept us entertained despite being pushed to the limit each day.

One last picture…this one is of Reece entertaining herself on the way home Sunday…by putting Cheez-its in between her toes and wiggling them!

4th Fun

8 Jul

Reece had a fun-filled 4th of July with friends and family. Festivities began Thursday night when we took her to the Vintage Township neighborhood parade. We met up with our friends, The Rush Family, and Reece and Emmie rode around the park in the cutest parade you’ve ever seen.

We then went to Plainview on the 4th and celebrated with family and friends. Reece swam, played tennis, rode in the golf cart, ate watermelon, rode a tricycle (with Grandpa’s help), and more!

Updated Family Photo (minus the belly and Rynn):