This summer has been flying by, which is considered a good thing in Texas! We have enjoyed trips to Nebraska, SE Oklahoma, Hawaii, and visits from my brother, Jared's parents and friends living in the Middle East. We started our summer with our annual summer trip to Nebraska to see all of my dad's family. It's always fun seeing all 10 children (including three sets of twins) all four years old or younger playing together. Although it was a week before the 4th of July, we were able to light off some fireworks. The kids' favorite was the parachute. Isaac was so intent on catching one that every time he heard a loud noise, he looked up in the sky and started sprinting in varying directions!
|Jones family (missing an uncle Kent and cousin Sydney)|
|First time we've allowed him that close to fire!|
|Julia & Cousin Izzy|
|3 sets of twins (2 yrs, 4 yrs & 1 yrs)|
|2 top attractions: neighbor's dog and Uncle Zachy!|
We attempted to avoid the summer heat when Jared's parents came to visit by traveling to Broken Bow, Oklahoma. We stayed at the cabin for a few days and enjoyed being outdoors. Everyday included lots of "nature walks," fly fishing, campfires, and smores!
|Swimming at the lake|
|Julia being camera shy|
|Grateful Dead Pizza!|
|Isaac hitching a ride w/ Nana & Papa Christianson|
|Games w/ Papa|
Kai has been continuing to work on his speech development. He is always talking, but not always understandable. He gets therapy from a speech pathologist three times a week, which seems to be helping. Although his speech development is difficult for him, he loves to learn. He does very well at recognizing his letters and numbers and is constantly asking "Why?" He really wants to know how everything works and is persistent in finding out! He loves to be read to and often requests the "real one", which is his Jesus story book Bible. Kai also is our animal lover. If he's not "borrowing" someone's dog to play with, he is pretending to be a dog himself. I feel slightly guilty for tying a leash rope around his shirt and throwing straws for him to fetch. Maybe this is a sign that we need to add a member to the family before too long!
|Apparently he is borrowing Julia's signature head tilt :)|
|Kai playing w/ Daddy's jacket|
|Dressing up w/ Mommy's dress|
Julia has taken a break from dance class this summer, but it doesn't stop her from dancing! She usually has her leotard on at least once a day and even sings her own songs to dance to. She has morphed into an organization diva. She loves to make her room, "pretty," and will gladly clean the boys' room and game room also. The boys think this is great, until I recruit them to help! I should have waited a few more months before getting new carpet. We had at least one nail polish incident in her room before we she switched gears from make-up/nail polish thief and artist into her organized and clean self. She also is a bit of a perfectionist and gets frustrated when she can't to something perfect. Lately she's been saying, "What in the word (world) is going on here?!" when things aren't going her way :)
|Isaac & Papa Christianson|
The first week in August, Jared and I drove the kids up to Nebraska to stay with my parents while we celebrated our 10th anniversary in Maui. It was a big jump for us since we have never been away from all the kids for more than 1/2 a day! We had a great time and I learned how to get out of mommy mode surprisingly fast It was so refreshing to spend time with my husband and with little to no responsibility. Although, I did miss the kids a lot and kept dreaming about their squishy little arms! The kids had a blast with my family and were happy to see us at the end of the week, but sad to go home. My mother will need to recuperate for a few months before seeing us again! I hope that I have as much energy as she does when I'm a grandmother :)
We also stopped near Omaha on our way home to attend a family reunion on my mom's side of the family. It was great to see aunts, uncles, and cousins that I hadn't seen in almost 10 years.
|Hiking/swimming to waterfall|
|Jared jumping off of Black Rock|