Monday, July 19, 2010

July 4th

The summer fun is just continuing on here. For July 4th weekend, my sister Mari and her boyfriend (fiancee?) Jimmy came to visit. It was so fun to see them!! The boys, of course, loved having someone else's attention.

We had hoped to see some great fireworks, so, despite the very rainy day thanks to Hurricane Alex, we called Carlos'N'Charlie's in Austin to see if they were still on for a show. They said "Rain or shine, we're having fireworks!" So, on we went. We took the scenic route which is always fun. We met up with Grandma and Grandpa Thier for dinner, then headed over to Nana and Big Daddy's. Shortly after we got there, gearing up to go down to the lake, we found out that Carlos'N'Charlie's had indeed decided to postpone their fireworks til the following night. So we drove to Austin for naught. Bummer.

Saturday we decided we didn't want to make another trek to Austin, so we bootlegged it in the mall parking lot next to Fiesta Tx and watched their fireworks show instead. It was great anyway!!

Aunt Mimi and Jimmy visit

Aunt Mimi and Jimmy visit

Also while they were here, Aunt Mimi and Jimmy went down to the AA convention. There were 60K people downtown for it. I heard later that it was the largest convention San Antonio has ever hosted!! And I'm so proud of my sis and where she is in her life/recovery (and you too, Jimmy!!).

Anyhow, Sunday we went to church and lunch and were sad to say goodbye. The visits are never long enough. The kids keep asking to go to Aunt Mimi's house ever since they left.

Aunt Mimi visits

We love you, Aunt Mimi & Jimmy!

Oh and don't you love Chance's face...

That evening was the actual fourth so we got out some fireworks for the kids.

Can I just say, fireworks scare me? Like, a lot....? Thankfully the boys aren't big enough for the scariest ones, but giving Chandler a sparkler is enough to send me running for the hills!

4th of July light painting

4th of July light painting

Then we put the pyromaniacs to bed, and had a little less scary fun with fireworks.

4th of July light painting

Using the strobe firework....

4th of July light painting

Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Month of Summer

June was incredible. We didn't go hardly anywhere. Family visited. We adjusted to a later schedule. We spent a few days in pajamas. Chuck worked from home 2 days a week. June has been the epitome of summer.

We've had visits with Nana, Big Daddy, and Granny...
Ice Cream with Nana

HuHot with Nana & Big Daddy

Lunch with Granny

The boys have swam on the porch. This is their expression when I say it's time to get out.
Fun outdoors

We've made pigs-in-a-blanket.
pigs in a blanket

We've found lots of bugs in our yard.
This caterpillar almost immediately pupated once we caught him...and he turned out to be a beautiful monarch butterfly!
our caterpillar pupated.

I have video of that I need to find....

We found this tiny preying mantis.
Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
note: Chandler has Mommy's moisturizer on his face, which he'd just gotten into right before the bug was found...thus he hadn't been cleaned yet. But man, his skin is definitely wrinkle-free now!

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

We've also found a mutantly huge walking stick. And this:

and beyond the bug category, here was our greatest surprise in our yard. Gotta love the quasi-countryside!
You might live in the country if...

Chuck got an x-box for Father's Day. Charlie will never be the same.
Checking out the Father's Day gift

And when it's all said and done...we crash out.
Crashed out.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE summer?!

Finishing Up Kindergarten

In that final stretch of school, Charlie got to do something special: say the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the school. Each morning there's a little show televised to each room that is streamed live from fellow students. This time it was Charlie's turn to stand among other students and say the pledge for all to see. My strong leader wasn't even nervous!

Saying the Pledge of Allegiance

And for his final day, we had a short ceremony in his class room. Each student got to read a short piece about what was his/her favorite part of Kindergarten. Charlie's favorite? Science. Is he Chuck's kid or what?!

Last Day of school

Then we watched a slideshow presentation that his teacher had made of their school year. I LOVED how Chance and Chandler wanted to join Charlie...
Last Day of school

This is his awesome teacher. She's retiring this year after 26 years of teaching kinders. She was so good to him!

Last Day of School

The final bus ride home...
Last Day of school

And a little "Orange Cup" to celebrate!! For those who don't know, Orange Cup is a frozen yogurt place near Barnes & Noble in La Cantera Mall. When I asked the boys where they wanted to go for ice cream, they said "Orange Cup" (they don't have to know it's healthier...). For the win!!

Last day of school