Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oh What Do You Do In The Summertime?

Give haircuts. Oh how this boy would have rocked the 70's!

I will tell you what we do. What do you get when you put a sprinkler...

... a super nice plastic pool...

and a slide?

You get the thrill of a lifetime, that's what you get!

Let the games begin!

Add a popcicle to the fun that was already being had and WHOA!!! Stand back!

This was Lizzie's first popcicle and she took it very seriously. I could not get a single smile out of her until she was done with this thing.

When this boy is happy he is HAPPY! I wish you could hear his squeal of delight.

I found this to be a bit of a brave venture since the end up the pool was like a foot away from the end of the slide, but try it he did and he succeeded.

This wonderland was fun for all ages. Nicholas had just as much fun as any of them.

Lizzie was not allowed to participate fully for the sake of her safety and well being, but she loved watching the kids and was a good sport about being splashed every now and again.

"My, what a happy day!" (song courtesy of Mickey and the Beanstalk for those of you who remember the singing harp)

Yet another super sweet feature of out water wonderland. Our grass is little more than patchy sprigs and so where there is water, there also is mud! Not many kids would complain about playing in the mud. Especially not my little Thomas buddy. More than once I have caught him outside with the hose covered in mud and I must confess that at those times things didn't go over so well for him as they did on this one.

I would challenge any public waterslide to give a better splash and reaction than our very own private slide.

They continued to slide for over an hour and never got bored. I was the one who first threw in the towel. Thomas did not appreciate the fact that it was naptime. I thought about skipping naptime, but since it's my salvation for the day I overruled that thought.

Oh bliss! Yes, that is Thomas catching some serious air on the sweet slide! Several time he flew out and landed flat on his little face in the mud. Luckily the mud was squishy and he would get right back up and go back at it. It was hilarious for me and I felt sorry to enjoy such sights on my own with no one to appreciate. Thanks to my handy dandy camera you can now appreciate a little bit of the fun with me.

Yet another Soter original water wonderland creation. Where else can you find a swimming pool with not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 4 diving boards (aka plastic chairs, a picnic table and an overturned truck), and a sweet bar to hang on? Nowhere, that's where!

Lizzie's first big-girl piggies. I love it!!!

This is Lizzie in her too-big swimming suit. Man oh man is this a pinchy little thing! She spends quality time staring out this window while the kids play outside. It's rather pathetic, but she dearly loves her big brothers and sister and will crawl to anywhere she can hear their noise. What a cute little Miss!

Look at this naughty little adorable thing! She loves to dig in the plants and I caught her in the act with the camera. She thought that was pretty funny.

Nicholas got to go to his very first cub scout camp and he had such a great time! I volunteered to help on the last day and got to bring Matthew as a "tagalong". It was such a fun day hanging out with the boys and watching how they interact with their buddies. I love those little men of mine!

It's sad to watch my kids get big, ut I love to see Nicholas becoming a big boy. He tells his little brother Matthew all the important things he knows and because Matthew worships Nicholas he hangs on ever word, even when some words may be just a tad bit exaggerated. What a great guy this is!

The boys got to make marshmallow shooters as the last activity of the day. Awesome!!!

Matthew putting his shooter to the test on a soda can. Lucky for me the boys haven't thought to shoot anything out of their shooters since they've been home and I have chosen to remain silent on that point.

This was at the egg drop. Each scout troop had to pack an egg into a styrofoam container and hope that it didn't bust. Well, our troops egg busted, but it was a little boys dream come true to watch the watermelons and canteloupe get chucked from way high and splat!

Nicholas and Matthew goofing off. So cute!!!
Lizzie turns one on Friday and this is her latest skill as of last week. What can I say, she is advanced!

Matthew graduated from kindergarten. Way to go Idaho! We loved his kindergarten teacher and cross our fingers that Katie gets her.

Nicholas made the honor roll the entire year and recieved "Most expressive reader" in his class awards ceremony. Way to go Mr. Almost 3rd Grader!

Thomas loves being a pirate. You should hear his little "ARGH!"


Amy said...

AWESOME!!!!!! You are such a good, fun mom, Mandi. Way more laid back than I am. You inspire me to not be so darn uptight and stressed out. Man, I wish our kids could play together! I sure miss you. I can't believe Lizzy is going to be ONE. That is insane. And Nicholas being doing such big kid things. Nuts!! Oh, and Thomas' 'fro: the bomb!

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Hello I'm looking at your site, your daughter is beautiful congratulations to the family sorry for the mistakes I'm from Brazil

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Summer must be their favorite season. A time to play.

Kai Grafia said...

Oh my! What a wonderful family you have! Lizzie is so cute I hope I have a baby like her :)) SHe is soooo adorable!


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