29 July 2012

Riverside Zoo


This past week I was the grouchy camper. Let's just call it hormones adjusting after Everett stopped nursing. I forgot how grumpy PMS makes me. Grrrr. Justin let me watch Batman Friday night all by myself. I have no qualms going to a movie alone. It's not like there is much time to interact while watching a movie. I shared my own popcorn, drink, and gummies...with myself. It was balm to my hormonal soul. LOL. I came home 2.5 hours later much refreshed. I was preturbed to see quite a few children at the movie, young children like ages 1-8. My kids would have nightmares after watching a movie like that. Wondered what parents are thinking taking their kids to shows like that...even midnight showings.

Our ward had a fun breakfast for Pioneer Day. We celebrated the day going to the Riverside Zoo. I enjoyed passing Chimney Rock. Gave me pause to reflect on our Pioneer heritage. The zoo was in even worse condition than last year. Makes me sad to see such a nice little zoo going to waste. One Monkey even waved at us. The kids fed the ducks, aka the fish. I was creeped out by all the fish swarming over the food. Gross. Everett was the only kid brave enough to pet the little donkey and feed it. Once we reached our heat level the kids enjoyed a foray into the splash pad. Everett did not like the splashing water. Phillip ran around all the water and the perimeter. We had fun until Amelia slipped and cracked her head on the pavement. We treated the kids to lunch at Sonic. I wanted to get some fabric at the tiny, ghetto Joann's. I had all my stuff picked out in 5 minutes. It took 35 minutes to get my fabric cut and my items checked out. There was no wait. The cutting lady was slower than molasses and the lady who checked me out had to enter in each item by hand since the scanner was not working. Made me grouchy.

Everett is growing up so fast. In the past couple weeks he learned how to:

crawl (he crawls a few paces, to get under or around something...then scoots)
fold his arms and say "men"
Cruise around using the furniture
swim relatively well
loves to look at books
squeal like a pig (I am taking some joy in squirting him with a water bottle when he squeals for no reason)
stand on his head
can do the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Sunbeam song
Counts to five (he hears that way to often when I warn Phillip)
sings and dances to music
loves bubbles

Happy Pioneer Day!

Cheyenne County Fair

Strange. I have not blogged in almost 10 days. I hope my memory serves me well. I had a fun HS Senior session Saturday at 8 am. We took soccer photos, cheer leading poses, and photos of her large Nike shoe collection. Justin "watched" the kids by going back to bed while I was gone. Came home to find Phillip in Everett's crib and Amelia putting on my makeup.  After the session I had the urgent need to get out of dodge. We packed up the kids and drove to Sterling for a day at the "water park" pool. It was supa dupa hot. The water felt amazing. Everett was really grumpy and not acting like his happy self. He had no fever or any other symptoms, just one whiny baby. Even the lure of the water did not entice him for long. Phillip is becoming more and more brave in the water. Amelia finally went under the waterfall feature for the first time by herself. My kids are not fans of spraying water, sprinklers, etc. Pools are fine. Saturday evening Jenny (the HS senior) and I had another photo session out at the Webb's abandoned homestead. The clouds covered the sun much earlier than anticipated so the photos are not as crisp as I wanted. Amelia came with me to help Jenny smile.

Monday for FHE we worked on our 72 hour kits again and had a lesson on Repentance. Tuesday we went swimming at the pool. I picked up some new floaties at Walmart since Everett's floatie totally ripped a huge hole. This time Everett was Mr water baby again. He was almost swimming in his new floatie. He learned how to swim on his tummy in the floatie and not get a mouthful of water. Amelia and Phillip swim all over the big pool. I love the confidence their arm floaties give them. Friday we went swimming again. Phillip took off his floatie in the baby pool and taught himself how to swim under the water on his belly. He could swim half way across the pool before coming up for air. Then he proceeded to leap off the side (back to the water) and blow bubbles out of his nose once he reached the water. It was so amazing to watch him gain confidence and teach himself how to swim! Friday I had fun visiting with a lady who also has a son named Everett. She is an amazing knitter!

All year long Amelia requests stories of when she went to the fair. I tell her the story of what happened at the fair when she was two and three years old. Her favorite time of year is when we go the county fair. When I told her Wednesday was the day for the fair she was ready to reenact her favorite story. She had a picnic lunch ready and her outfit picked out. We ended up going after Justin got home from work so the picnic did not pan out. It rained right before we left. That was a blessing because the fair was quite unpopulated. We had a great time eating some dinner. I love Everett's reaction to the animals. Amelia and Phillip got to pet a bunny, touch some chickens, and look at sheep, goats, calves, pigs, and steers. Amelia introduced Phillip to the sheep. She put her arm around his shoulders and gave him a tour. That was a sweet moment in my book. We got some tickets and let the kids ride some of the jerky, awful rides that kids somehow love so much. One of their favorite shows is Team Umizoomi. One episode showed the characters playing fair games. Phillip really, really, really wanted to play a game. He chose hitting balloons with a dart. The fair worker was so awesome. He let the kids play until they hit a balloon (three tickets = one dart). Both kids won a teddy bear. Phillip wanted to play another game so we let them play a duckie game. He chose a fairy wand for his prize. He was so proud of his dorky little prizes! Amelia LOVED the Ferris wheel. Everett totally rocked the Wrangler diaper cover I found last year. Amelia promised not to cry when we left this year. She made true to that promise!

Thursday I finally started painting the pink wall in Phillip's new room to yellow. Actually I painted the closet doors. Hey! It is a start. Might need some help with the kids to get the rest done. I did not put the paint right away (shame on me). Phillip rolled paint on his trike, Amelia's bike, and the double stroller. He was a good sport helping me clean up the mess. You think I would learn. Sometimes covering all the points that need attention is more than I can keep up with. I got ANOTHER haircut. Still is wonky. No more. Next time I am shaving my head...by myself.