Saturday, August 9, 2008

Reading Rivers

This fam loves to read, well, except maybe Daddy, but he's improving. This spring, Brady surprised Mommy and Daddy by teaching himself to read - really read. Seriously. It still amazes us. We wish we could take credit, say something like well, our children never watch tv. We've read to them hours and hours since they were babies. Ya right. Lexie got read to, and after that, we just concentrated on surviving our evenings. Anywhoo, this is a pic of Brady reading to Grandpa during his visit and Harrison "reading" in "Tophie's" seat. (which by the way, was being washed, but he didn't seem to notice)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Grandpa's Girls

From bedtime stories and goodnight prayers, to horsey rides around the living room and an extra arm to "cawwy me,'' Keilah Grace snuggled her way into Grandpa Doug's heart, and was actually upset when she realized she could not go on the airplane with them to their house. We made many new memories over Grandpa and Nena's visit, and here's some pix to show off the girls' time with Grandpa.

Goggle Girl

Whatcha lookin' at? Don't you wear your goggles when watering the flowers?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Swimming Lessons

The last two weeks were spent rushing aroung from the moment we woke up so we could leave the house promptly at 10:30 am. for swimming lessons. The kids so look forward to this now, that I don't know if I'll ever be able to get out of it. The older four were able to take lessons and have all gotten more comfortable in the water. They all jumped off the diving board, Lexie without any flotation device, and Maddie yelling "cannonball" as her feather body slipped into the pool. It was a riot!
The girls both passed their levels and the boys, well, the boys had lots of fun! Needless to say, although I'm sure they learned something, we need to work on listening to other adults.
My Dad and Malinda, or Grandpa and Nena were able to join in our morning rush and watch the kids show off in the pool, and thankfully, we all made it through those two hectic weeks. Well almost... Austin split his head open so he wasn't able to continue into his second week, so my sweet neighbor is taking him along with her for the next two weeks. Talk about a real friend! We love you Suzanne!