Ryla started gymnastics one year ago, and she has had nothing but fun ever since then. The first few months were a bit crazy. She changed classes about every four weeks as her teachers tried to get her into a class level that was best suited for her. Now that she's gotten settled and had some times to learn some skills, she loves going to the gym. This past week, she had a showcase. We were excited to get some time in the gym with her to see how much she had learned.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Last week, Aidan tells us that he wants to buy a snorkel and some flippers. We tell him that he better get busy on doing some chores. Then he has the best idea of his life. He asks if he can open a lemonade stand. We spent some time talking with him about how he would need to buy his supplies, learn how to make some drinks, and find a place to sell them. So, our little business man comes up with the idea of using the money he had saved so far to buy supplies, using some old fence material to build a lemonade stand, and having mom and dad post some pics of his stand in our neighborhood Facebook group. For a six year old, that's a pretty solid business plan!
Step 1: Recycle some old wood from our fence to create a storefront. Yes, dad did a lot of the work- especially with the saw. But, there wasn't a piece of the build that Aidan didn't help with in some way. He helped hold the wood steady for the saw, he ran the drill, and painted the letters that mom traced.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Now for round two of the family vacation posts. We left Springfield and headed to Grandpa's farm in Cuba, MO. It may have rained quite a bit while we were there, but it didn't stop us from getting out in the woods and doing dirty, awesome, farm stuff. This is always a big deal for the kids because it is an experience so different from their day to day life.
Let me first introduce you to Bear. He's a 100 pound Great Pyrenees that follows the kids everywhere on the farm to make sure they don't get in to too much trouble. I think he was relieved to see Noah go. Keeping that kid out of trouble is more work than this dog has had to do in the past year combined. We spent a lot of great time hanging out on the porch just listening to the rain and watching the dozens of hummingbirds whiz around our heads.
Let's not forget the fishing adventure. The farm has a small pond on it that was stocked with catfish about 15 years ago. These dudes are fed on a regular basis and have never really been fished. Which means it's pretty much impossible not to catch a fish. We actually made four casts and caught three, 10+ pound, catfish. It should be no surprise that dad is the only one not to catch a fish.
This is a game we like to call "Let's be passive aggressive and hope people think we're cute." Ryla always wins at this game.
We headed into town to catch the 4th of July parade. I think Grandpa bribed a shop owner to save us street side seats, and we're glad he did! The kids thought it was the greatest thing in the world that people would drive past them and wildly chuck candy into the air.
Yes, Noah found a way to injury himself while at the farm. Just for the record, he's not crying because he lost half of the skin on his forehead...he's crying because we took his picture.
I'd be remiss if I didn't offer a big thank you to Grandpa for taking such good care of us on the farm. It's always a special time with so many great experiences.