We love summer! It is the best time of the year! Here is what we (mostly Novalie) have been up to so far this summer!
Playing with friends:
Moscow Aquatic Center-Hooray for the pool! This is as close as Novalie has ever gotten to the moose!
Bowling at Pee Wee Sports Camp:
Getting Daddy-daughter soccer balls:
Dressing up with “Pink Bubblegum” (her daddy-daughter soccer balls’ name):
Novalie learning how to do the monkey bars all by herself:
Week long art camp(SO FANTASTIC!!):
T-Ball for the Bluejays:
Track and field day at sport’s camp:
We took Novalie to the circus yesterday. Her favorite parts were the bears, dogs and elephants. We let her ride the ponies and the elephant. I wasn’t too excited about her riding the elephants because Kevin and I watched a show once about elephants that went wild and out of control at the circus. That is all I could think of, but we let her ride it and she loved it! Here are a few pictures:
I can’t believe a week ago we were playing in the snow! Crazy weather! It is warmer this week and so we have been outside a lot. I love the summer!
On Saturday we hiked the mile Kamiak Butte. No pictures, sorry! Novalie was getting kinda bored with just hiking, so we found a tree that was down probably for a long time and it had all sorts of sharp branches sticking out of it. Immediately it became dinosaur bones. T-Rex dinosaur bones, of course, because of all the sharp “teeth” sticking out. Then we found a big webbed type print in the ground and that became a duck dinosaur who was still alive in the forest. And so our adventure began! We were on the look out for the duck dinosaur and every fallen tree became a dinosaur with a story from Novalie how the duck dinosaur “got” it. Novalie had her T-Rex tee-shirt on, so we were protected from the duck dinosaur. At one point, two birds started calling to each other and that was the duck dinosaurs calling to each other. When the duck dinosaurs called to each other, Novalie would grab my arm and squeeze. I think the story was becoming real for her. We never did find the duck dinosaurs, they are still out there in the forest.
Yesterday, Novalie and I went to the Moscow Aquatic Center for the first time this summer. I don’t know if we will be going everyday like the summers past because gasoline is $4.12 a gallon here. That makes me kinda sad, but we have found lots of stuff to do closer to home. We were at the pool for 20 minutes and they made everyone evacuate the premises because of a chemical leak, so we eventually left after waiting about 30 minutes and got some lunch (our lunch was inside the gates which they wouldn’t let anyone near). We were on our way home and I decided to drive by to see if they re-opened and they had, so we went back, only for them to close again for a power outage. That didn’t take that long to fix and we were finally able to swim. It was about a 4 hour ordeal with 1 1/2 hours of actually swimming. I always looked forward to the day when Novalie could swim by herself and I could lay in the sun and read. That got boring pretty fast and I wanted to swim with Novalie. Funny how when you aren’t needed any longer you realize how fun things are. I want to spend time with Novalie. I don’t want to sit on the side watching the whole time! I love swimming with Novalie. It is one of my most favorite things to do. One day when we grow up and have a house, it has to have a backyard that can fit a pool. It is my only luxury in life that I want. I will drive a beat up car, I will have hand me down miss matched furniture, I won’t take fancy vacations, but I will have a pool. That is my dream and dreams do come true!
Today is a significant day. First, it is Mother’s Day. Second, 5 years ago today, Kevin and I left on our journey to become parents. Being Novalie’s mother is up among the greatest gifts Heavenly Father has given to me. What an honor to have a day that celebrates motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day to all mother’s! Have joy in the wonderful blessings our sweet children bring into our lives!
This is what I woke up to this morning:
“Mommy, Mommy, wake up. It is snowing outside, come and see!”
“Seriously,” said Kevin.
I opened the curtains and sure enough it was snowing. Seriously!
I wanted to crawl back in bed and hide under my warm covers and return to my dream of sitting on the warm beach, soaking up the sunshine with a good book. Instead, I got Novalie and myself bundled up in snow clothes and we went out to play in the snow. This isn’t the first time I have seen snow in June, but it is the first time I have built a snowman, a small snowman, but STILL a snowman, in June. Seriously!!