Friday, July 18, 2008

Poo Poo Copter

Jacob is the cutest little man in the world. His gold locks and perfect smile make everyone melt He also has a sort of intensity normally not seen in a 2 year old. And more than, I think, any of our kids, Jacob is very happy entertaining himself. This afternoon Lorette took off early to go to a Synchro meet. I was finishing some work. Ella, the baby was asleep, the older kids were watching TV, and Jacob was playing by himself. After a while I asked Jake what he was doing, and he came over to me, solemn and serious, and handed me a toy helicopter that he had been playing with. I noticed that the copter had some mud on it, and it took me a couple of seconds to remember that Jake hadn't been playing outside...

Apparently he had tried to turn the helicopter into a submarine, and have it dive into the darkest depths of his diaper. But alas, the copter made it out, and to celebrate the occasion, Jacob gave his prized gift to me.

After a couple of dry heaves, a ton of soap, and half a container of wipes, Jake was clean. But Dad will be scarred forever.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Summer's Over??? What?

It is really hard to imagine that summer is winding down. It is sure hard to think about getting ready for school when it is still 150 degrees outside.

Today Conner, Nicki and Haylee competed in the semi-finals in the City Swim league. Caleb should have, but we agreed that if he swam in all of the practices, he didn't have to swim in the meets. Nicki was the only one to advance to the next round, so Conner and Haylee are done, and Nicki will be done next week.

Jacob has been taking swim lessons from his Auntie Heather this summer, and he loves it. Unfortunately today was his last day as well. Crap!

Living in Arizona, we've always felt it important for our kids to learn how to swim early. The only real way to prevent drownings is to make sure your kids are strong swimmers. Sure, I get the 2 seconds is too long, heck, I was a lifeguard. I've seen kids slip under the water, and I've pulled them out. It happens fast. But your kids will not always be swimming in a pool with lifeguards. It'll be those times when you'll feel at peace because you know your kids are strong swimmers.

Besides, how embarrassing for your kids to show up to a pool party at age 13, and be afraid to get in the water, because they know that all they can do is the doggy paddle...