Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trip to Roseburg

In July I took the kids to go to Oregon to visit my parents. I hadn't been in about five years, and it was so fun! My mom had just retired officially, and my dad took most of the week off, so we got tons of attention. Thanks guys for planning such a fun trip for us! The kids of course had a great time. It was fun seeing all the remodeling that my parents had done on their house. We took the kids to the park a couple of times, played in my parents GORGEOUS yard, went to some fun restaurants, played games, went to Wildlife Safari, and just spent some good quality time together. I can't wait to go back!

I must have caught Lily while she was falling down or something. Her hair doesn't normally look like she's being electrocuted.
Wildlife Safari was super fun. This buffalo rubbed his head on the window for a few minutes scratching an itch I guess.

Allie lost her first tooth while we were there. The tooth fairy came all the way to Oregon!
Dylans favorite pastime was sticking his fingers in Grandma's nose and mouth.

Somewhere I have a picture of Danny doing this very same thing, 9 years ago.

I got to see my friend Heidi and meet her awesome kids. Heidi and I grew up in the same neighborhood and were best friends. So great to see her!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Loose Tooth

Being shy about showing her loose tooth.
Being proud to show her loose tooth.

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Little Butterfly

Allie's first year of swim team was a blast. She learned four strokes: freestyle, breast stroke, back stroke, and butterfly. Her favorite was the butterfly, and I just loved watching her do it. Her little bum poking up out of the water was so cute. She loved every minute of swim team, and never missed a practice. She had such great coaches, and made some good friends there too. She had practice every morning at 7:45, and was always dressed and ready to go by the time I woke up. Meets were usually on Saturdays. Kind of long, but totally worth it. She got a ribbon for each stroke regardless of where she placed. I loved that she got up, got great exercise, and learned something so useful. Yay Val Vista Lakes Dolphins!!

They had a really fun post season party, where the kids all got trophies and danced and danced and danced. It was hilarious, and reminded me of junior high dances. It was a "Jungle" party, hence some of the outfits...
Dylan's girlfriend Emily
Grandma Stansfield came all the way from Hawaii to watch Allie's swim meet and come to her party. Thanks Grandma!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First Day of School

It's a little quiet around here this morning. Today was Allie's first day of Kindergarten, and Lily's first day of Preschool. So it's just me and the boy for a little while. Strangely quiet. Their first day wasn't actually as sad for me as I thought it would be. They were both so excited and happy that I guess it wore off on me and I was just excited for them too. I walked Allie to school, and as we approached the school she says "you can just drop me off here if you want to." She has always been so independent that I'm not surprised. She didn't mind that I wanted to walk her to her class, but she certainly wasn't sad to see me leave either. She was the very first patient of the year in the Nurses office though, with a blister from that loooooong trek to school. :) Then I came home and walked Lily to her school. She also didn't even notice when I left. I'm proud of my girls for being so brave and so excited for such big changes in their lives. So now I have a little more time on my hands. Catching up on my blog is one thing that I'll have a chance to do. Both of them are done at 11 though, so its just the perfect amount of time to get a few things done but not miss them too much.