Monday, July 30, 2012

Pool Day!

The kids have been getting a lot of pool time with Nanny Barb this summer, but we (Daddy & I) have not.  Last year we got a membership to her neighborhood pool which is awesome, mostly because we are almost always the only people there, but also because they have a big kiddie pool.  This year, since I can't really be out in the heat (risks after surgery and not great in the midst of chemo) and I don't want to risk the germs IN the pool (since I have NO immune system to speak of), we did not get a family membership.  Yesterday, we were finally able to coordinate with Nanny Barb to meet us at the pool so we could see all that the kids have learned this summer.
You might remember that we tried swim lessons in the spring, but they didn't go well for the girls after the first session when they felt a little too much pressure to swim on their own to the instructor.  Don't get me wrong, the instructor is AMAZING and I highly recommend her.  But the girls just got spooked and then they tended to make it worse for each other.  Clark, on the other hand, proved to be quite the little fish and he loved Ms. Teresa.
We have been hearing stories from Nanny Barb that all three are now "swimming" in the big pool with the aid of swim vests, kick boards and/or swim rings.  They are kicking, using their arms and even putting their heads under water.  It was so great to finally get to see them show off for us.  And they loved having Daddy and their Nashville cousin, Marshall, in the water with them.
I'm so glad we got that time together, but I admit that I like watching more than swimming. ;)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Playing Restaurant

I am so totally amazed by the "imaginary play" thing that my kids engage in when given the opportunity.  The other evening, they took my order for their restaurant.  Kendall was the waitress getting the order.  Then Clark was the chef and Emma the expediter.  It was hilarious.  And even funnier was when Kendall asked what I wanted to eat.  I told her a grilled cheese, sweet potato fries and a salad.  "You want a drink with that?" was her response.  Then she proceeded to take me to my table and stepped away.  Moments later, she informed me that they were out of the food.  When I asked what food was available, she went to the "window" to ask (this was the TV) and came back saying that there wasn't any food left.  She wasn't worried and didn't offer any solutions.  Emma just kept dragging more pretend food to my plate that was NOT on my original order.  And Clark?  He just kept making me eggs.
They repeated the same scenario with Daddy once I retreated to check on laundry.  I think he was able to actually get some food as requested though.   We laughed after they were in bed and we retold our own dining experience in their restaurant.

It's not much to most people, but it is one of those memories that I'd like to be sure I hang onto for a while.

Nightie-night and thanks for putting up with my long absences.

And here's a cute shot of the kids at the zoo back in June (the one in blue is a friend, but I don't have permission to post a photo of him, so the backside seemed safe).  They are growing up SO fast!

Monday, July 16, 2012

BabbaBox Affilliate

I am now providing a link on the right-hand sidebar where you can click and check out the great subscriptions offered by BabbaCo for monthly BabbaBox activities.  Each month, they decide on a theme and select age-appropriate activites, a book and other fun things to try related to that particular theme.  We tried out a month before enrolling in the summer pack at a discounted rate.  They are now offering a back-to-school 3 month subscription as well.

Should you choose to click the link, I will get credit for any purchases made as a result.  I would appreciate your support should you decide to order.  For those of you that might have multiples, you can place your order for one box and then email them directly in order to get additional supplies for same-age siblings at a reduced price.

You get everything you need to help you teach them.  They also send a surprise for the adults .  Once month it was chocolates or a pizza cutter, etc.  There are resources online to help you work through the activities and projects while teaching them about the theme being presented.  You also get information about emailing them for a code in order to get a free App for your tablet or mobile phone.

I have not received ANY free products.  My discounts have been as a result of shopping for promo codes and looking on other blogs for offers.  My reason for posting this is to inform my readers of my Affiliate Status with BabbaCo/BabbaBox.

Should you have any questions about my affiliate status, please contact me via the contact link on my profile.  If you have other questions regarding BabbaBox, please contact them directly through the links provided on their site.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Never Too Many Prayers

Please check out my latest post HERE and pray for the Shelby family.