Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lazy Days of Summer

We did nothing this week but watch Once Upon a Time. The End.

(Yeah, right.)

Monday, July 14 –  Diamond interviewed for an internship doing forensic psychology. She also recently got a job with campus technology at BYU-I. She has continued to do well in school is making great progress toward her degree. We're proud of you, Diamond!  

The younger kids started swimming lessons this week.

Tuesday, July 15 – We had a busy day right from the morning onward. After taking the kids to swimming lesson, we drove out to Ventura to a children’s hair stylist Hallie found on Yelp named Jack N’ Jill’s Cuts for Kids.
Dawn had a great "bedside" manner. She kept Eliza entertained and focused throughout the cut.  

While Eliza got her hair cut, Mike taught Landon how to play foosball and air hockey. The kid’s a quick study.

After the haircut, we had lunch at the Habit. Such yummy burgers, plus onion rings and sweet potato fries (cue drooling Homer Simpson). Perfection!
With the new, shorter 'do

In the afternoon, Mike took the kids back to the neighborhood pool so they could practice their new swimming skills. In the evening, we went to the library for family story time in pajamas.

Wednesday, July 16 – After Hallie took the kids to the pool while Mike worked, Mike returned the favor by taking Hallie to work, where she started her job at Hobby Lobby. Mike then took the kids over to Marina Park in Ventura, where they spent a full morning and early afternoon enjoying the playground, waves, and lunch.
Landon, right at home on the zip line

Eliza showing the other three-year-olds how it's done. After she went, a bunch of little kids who were too scared to try finally did go. 

They only got knocked over by the waves once, and once was enough.

Finding mussels . . . 

and crabs

Ideal conditions for kite flying!

She successfully chased off the pesky seagulls . . .

only to have the ground squirrels make off with her goldfish. 


Hallie called in pain from the pinched nerve in her back about halfway into her shift, so we drove back to rescue her. She decided by the end of the day that she would have to quit and find a less physically taxing line of work.

Later in the day as Hallie and Eliza were reading, Eliza let Hallie know about how she received a scratch on her arm from a tiger.

Thursday, July 17 – After swimming lessons, Landon begged, “Please don’t let this be the last one!” Nope. We’ll go back on Monday. 
Learning the fundamentals of diving at the community pool

He showed off his skills later on at our neighborhood pool. Now that he can confidently swim in the deep water, the whole pool is his domain. So exciting!

We brought the games out of the garage and into the front room so they could get used. This month must seem like Christmas every day in some ways as the kids rediscover the playthings they haven't used in a while. 

Friday, July 18 – In the morning, Mom and Landon went to the movies to see Planes: Fire and Rescue while Mike and Eliza hit the pool. Mike had a class to teach in the late afternoon/evening, so Hallie and the kids took him up and then they ran errands.

Saturday, July 19 – We have experimented over the week with homeschooling, with Landon spending time reading, reviewing his writing skills, and money math.  This morning, Landon came into Mom and Dad’s room asking all sorts of questions about the value of the coins he has collected and added to his new wallet (which he is using to keep his incentive “dollars” along with real cash). So far, the doing school at home routine has been anything but, and yet we’ve had fun while making progress.

Mike took the kids down to the park to practice baseball and go swinging (not swimming, this time at least).

Then we all went to the farmers’ market for produce and kettle corn (which Landon purchased with his money).

We spent the afternoon organizing the front room and trying to get it more finished. We still need to hang pictures, but it’s getting there.

We celebrated all the kids’ hard work with dessert for dinner! For the first time since we moved here, the skies clouded up and we got rain. Or rather, a few drops fell from the sky. For some peculiar reason, the kids went berserk and decided they needed to hide in the boxes in the back yard.

This from kids who routinely used to run around in full-blown Midwestern thunderstorms

Before going to bed, they got baths. After hers, Eliza put on her Wonder Woman cape and started flying around yelling, “Super Hero Man, to the rescue!” Would have helped for her to put on some clothes too. She is pretty super though: She can save money (see the wallet in her hand?) and style her hair, all on the fly (so to speak). 

Sunday, July 20 – The children spent a (mostly) quiet morning playing games and building with Legos. 
The fan makes the propeller go! 

Creating a new house for the village, complete with a trap door
Sawyer was blessed today by Shad, so we attended their ward. And so ends another lazy summer week. Do we know where that Roku remote went? 

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