Saturday, July 28, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Yeah, I know it's the end of July, but it's been a crazy busy summer and I'm usually so exhausted at the end of the day that I can't convince myself to blog in a timely manner. I promised myself I would post these pics before the MONTH of July is over...and I'm running out of time!!!

We started the holiday off a few days early with the annual kids shoot, something that my sister started with her kids and has kindly allowed us to join in on :)  

This shot was the goal of the afternoon, but we had to get through quite a few other pics to get it...

Trace's favorite pose...

Adaline looks so blonde!!


 On the actual 4th of July, we rushed downtown for the morning parade. Good thing we hurried, I think it took a whopping 20 minutes for the entire parade to pass us by.

Spencer wasn't all that impressed...

Adaline loved her perch from her "packpack"

Hayley's patriotic crew

After the parade, we spent the afternoon trying to stay cool in the pool
And in the shade tent we had posted on the lawn
We did not do fireworks. Both our kids go to bed fairly early and I thought both kids would just be scared by them. I know Adaline was, she woke up crying so many times throughout the the night because of the surrounding neighborhood fireworks. Maybe we'll try seeing them next year.

All in all, it was a great holiday~ hope you enjoyed yours, too!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Swim Lessons

Travis and I both enjoy swimming and being in the water. We've had Adaline in the pool since she was  a few months old and we've been working with her being comfortable in the water and general pool rules/water safety all summer in our pool and my parents' pool. But we thought she could use a bit of practice from a non-family member, so after much consultation with my good friend Julie and my sister, we enrolled her in the city swim lesson program. It runs in two-week sessions for most of the summer, four days a week, 40 minutes a lesson. Adaline was one of the youngest in her pre-school class, and by far the smallest. We know she's a slow-to-warm personality (meaning it takes her quite some time to get comfortable with new people or new things, but once she is comfortable, she completely relaxes and comes out of her shell), so we talked it up for a few weeks before the lessons started. Not too much, just to let her know the experience was coming and what it would look like and what she would be expected to do. 
On the first day of swim lessons, I could NOT get a smile out of the girl. She was definitely nervous about all the new faces. I kept telling her where I was going to be sitting, and I wore my big brown sun hat so she could easily pick me out of the crowd, but she was still VERY clingy. 

(see, no smile...)

She refused to even scoot up and join the group :(

When she finally did, the rest of the kids were jumping in and she sat on the edge. It was at this point that she broke down and started crying. I almost started crying. I promised myself I would give the instructors time to work their magic, so the whole first day, I just stood there wringing my hands.
She cried at least 30 of the 40 minutes.
We talked about it on the drive home and for the rest of the evening we kept revisiting it and talking about what to expect the next day.
It must have worked, because she only cried for 10 minutes the second day (although it felt like an hour for me). She was able to stop crying but still refused to join in and do the moves. The instructor didn't push it, and we all walked away with hope for the next day.

It must have worked because she didn't cry on the third day, but she still separated herself from the group...

 But the instructor slyly put her closer to the group when her turn was over... and she did try a few of the things the instructor asked her to do. By the end of the week, she was totally engaged and completing the tasks! Major improvement!

And by the start of the second week, the Adaline I know and love was starting to come out at swim lessons:

 (major kudos to the instructors for handling all those kiddos at once!!!)

 She was willingly sitting closer to her new friends and listening to the teacher :)

And by the last day, she was hopping all around the waiting area, super excited to start the lesson!

Thank you, Miss Violet, for all your patience and persistence! The most frustrating part for me as a parent, was knowing she could do all the things the teacher was asking her to do because she will do them at home with Travis and me, but seeing her refuse to do them for another person. By the end of the two weeks, she was really getting into it and showing that she had the skills AND that she would follow the directions of a fairly new person. That's all I wanted her to take away from the experience- the ability to listen to the adult in the pool, whomever that may be.

Because it was painfully hot at 11am the first week, Spencer stayed home with Travis, but the second week, they joined me in cheering Adaline on...okay, Travis helped cheer Adaline on, Spencer spent most of the time enjoying the unseasonably cool weather by napping in the shade :)

Hopefully we'll continue on next year and make even more progress and I'll get to see the new friend I made in the waiting area! (Let me know when you're in back in the area for a visit, Ann- we'll go for a walk or coffee or something!)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday Fun

We've been making the weekly trip to our local Farmer's Market on Friday mornings for the entirely of summer and I love it! Who doesn't love fresh fruit, fresh hummus, fresh peasant bread, and sometimes fresh scones. Sadly, my scone ladies (as Adaline has come to know them) haven't been around all month, and I miss them dearly. The scone lady is the same baker that makes the desserts for The Tap Room, Dust Bowl Brewery's tasting room. Sadly (and a little embarrassingly,) I have yet to stop by The Tap Room and actually try the beer or food. They opened the month I found out I was pregnant with Spencer, and now that he's here, I'm too tired to go out to lunch or dinner...
Anyway, back to Farmer's Market, we always seem to run into a few friends and find some great food to take home. If you're able to, check it out!

 One Friday they even had a little petting zoo set up!

 And this was just too darn cute not to document :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's been a while...

We have been so busy enjoying every moment of our summer as a family of four that I have fallen off the blogwagon a bit. Here's a photo update of Spencer's last 6 weeks. He's growing so fast it's amazing. And I'm not saying that in the I-can't-believe-how-fast-time-is-going kind of way (even though I do feel that way!) I'm saying it in the literal-HE'S HUGE- kind of way. Seriously. HUGE. He's barely 3 months old and already in 6 month clothing. It is such a switch from our little petite Adaline who is almost 2 1/2 and can still fit in some of her 18-month-old clothes (not many of them, but still...she's so tiny!!!)
Anyway, this is what I've been seeing for the last three months...

Isn't he cute?!

I have many more pictures to post and I'm slowly getting there. I've finally uploaded all the photos onto the computer (ahem, because the card was finally full), and that's the first step, right? Blog posts will surely follow :)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

All Smiles

I took this when Spencer was 5 weeks old. He started smiling that week and I was so exciting to capture it on film. He is SUCH a happy baby.