Jul 18, 2007

Summertime Fun!

Well, summer is finally here in Northwest Arkansas. We've been spoiled the past month--lots of rain and low temps. Not anymore--this week has been miserable in true Arkansas form. Hot, humid and just yucky. So, we are spending lots of time in the pool. Kristin can touch the bottom of the pool now but is still kind of uneasy without her floaties or ring. She will go under and hold her breath. Next summer we'll definitely be doing swimming lessons.

Tonight I made my first attempt at decorating a cake. It's a sad looking cake and I almost didn't post a picture of it! The cake stuck to my pan, which made me mad, so it didn't have a good start. But it was fun. Maybe by November I can make a halfway decent birthday cake for Kristin. She made me feel good and told me the cake was beautiful! Chris didn't have much to say about it, but I'm sure the looks won't stop him from eating it!

I finally got my summer haircut. I let my hair grow over the fall and winter then cut it all off for the summer. She took off 10-11 inches...there was a ton of hair on the floor when she finished. It used to drive Chris crazy that I do this, but I think he's finally gotten used to it. Kristin was devestated that I cut my hair---she's all into long hair. The other night as she was inspecting my hair she wanted to know why some of my hairs are SILVER!!! It's time to go in for some highlights!!!!

Jul 9, 2007

Fun at Nene's House

Over the weekend Kristin and I visited Mom. Kristin had quite an adventure--she has become "nature girl"--she's all about bugs, worms, anything wiggly or gross. Well, Mom lives out in the country so Kristin spent Saturday hunting for bugs and she found some pretty neat stuff. First she found a turtle that hangs out around the house. Kristin wanted to keep it, but I talked her out of it by telling her the turtle wanted to go home to be with its family. Then she found a frog and an assortment of bugs. Sunday morning while we were sitting on the back porch we found a really strange big green bug. Kristin loved it, of course and had to play with it. I'm not squemish around bugs so I have to admit that I had fun too. Kristin brought home some "treasures" to share with her friends today at school--a hawk feather, a blue jay feather and some pine cones. There's nothing like exploring in your big backyard!!!!

We had a good 4th of July. Chris had to work noon-5 so Kristin and I spent pretty much the entire day in the pool. We were both worn out by the time Chris got home. Later that night we went to sonic for slushes and ice cream then went to watch the fireworks. We discovered that the Lowe's parking lot is the perfect place to see the fireworks....close to the airport with a good view but without all the traffic to fight on the way home.

Only 4 weeks until Kristin starts school. I can't believe how fast this summer is going by. We are so busy at school with the summer preschool and school-age programs. We do have fewer kids in the summer so it's a nice break even though money is a little tighter. However we will be back to full enrollment come August.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Jul 1, 2007

The Angels

Yesterday we finally got to take Kristin to the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage. She's wanted to go for a long time and every time we tried to go, it rained. It did rain some yesterday but we just grabbed the umbrella and off we went. Kristin was so happy to see all the Precious Moments kids or Angels as she calls them. Of course she loved the gift shop but we managed to leave with a few bath fizzies and some lip gloss. I loved the year round Christmas store (Kristin loved the decorated trees and wanted her picture taken by all of them!). I could've spent a fortune in there but only bought two ornaments.

After the Precious Moments Chapel we went on to Joplin for a visit with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandpa is having a cardiac cath done Monday and they will put stints in where there is blockage. So, he was having to take it easy. Brandy and Hunter were there too. I can't believe Hunter is already a year old. He is a cutie and reminds me of Kristin at that age--always on the go! Kristin visited with Grandma and Grandpa while Chris and I did some shopping. Penny's had a huge sale so I got Kristin a couple of dresses that she can wear to school and church. She will NOT wear shorts--only pants, capris, skirts or dresses. I am so glad that she will be in uniforms this fall--it will make buying clothes and getting her dressed everyday much less complicated!

I'm having trouble downloading the pictures, but I will be putting all of them on Flickr, so you will be able to look at them there. Hope everyone is having a good weekend and has a great 4th of July. Kristin has a cold and can barely talk, but of course it hasn't stopped her from trying! Chris has to work a half a day on the fourth, but I'm off work. Kristin and I plan to spend the day in the pool!!