Saturday, June 13, 2009

Daddy-Daughter Days

Today Chris and his dad headed over to the Bass Pro Shop in Orlando -- and they took the girls! From what I saw on their website, it seemed like they had a lot to look at and even some activities for kids this weekend, so I hope they're having a good time! Chris is fearless when it comes to taking the girls places, and they love to do pretty much anything with him!

Last Friday, Chris and Grace went to a Daddy-Daughter Dance hosted by a church. The girls made cards for their dads, they got their picture taken, they got to make cupcakes, and there was dancing! We didn't think Rachael would be up for it this time around, so she hung out with me -- but Chris said later that she probably would've gotten out on the dance floor! Here's a picture of Chris and Grace before they left...

Last night as I was putting the girls to bed, I stepped out of the room for a moment and heard Grace calling me. "Mom, Rachael's doin' something!" Lately, it's usually, "Mom, Rachael's naked again!" Sometimes it's because she wants to try to go potty or her diaper needs changing -- either way, it could mean that potty training is on the horizon for her. But last night, it was just Rachael being mischievous. I came into the room and she had pulled herself up on their little kitchen counter and was standing up behind it. Check out her little face -- the picture of innocence, right?

VBS was last week, and everyone had a great time! Grace had a class filled with her friends, Rachael was wonderful in childcare (once again I was told how helpful she is when it comes to cleaning up!), and I had the opportunity to lead the children's (1st-6th graders') Bible story time each day. It was a lot of work, but it was so much fun -- my favorite part was reenacting a storm by turning on a box fan and squirting the kids with a water bottle! (It was their favorite part too -- every day after that, they asked me to squirt them!)

It seems like the calendar keeps filling up -- swim lessons will start soon, and Grace has activities through the church that she gets to attend this year! I think to be safe I may just schedule dates where we make a point to not plan anything!!

Hope you're continuing to enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

End of the Year - Beginning of Summer!

Grace's last week of school brought us...

Water Day!

A little bit of (cute) attitude!
Rachael's first haircut with Kathy!
Pajama Day! (Nope, I didn't join her!)
And, of course, Graduation Day!
The girls got to go to the pool with their babysitter on Friday, a birthday party for a friend of Grace's at a community pool on Saturday, and then Sunday night was Grace's end-of-the year program at church! She sang every word to every song, she has come so far!

Today was a big day for us -- it was the girls' first real trip to the beach! Yep, you read that right -- born and raised in Florida and, at 5 and 2, today was their first time to really have a beach day! Grace went when she was 2, but it was in December and it was only so her Uncle Jerry could take some great pictures of her. The girls had a BLAST! Surprisingly, Grace was a lot braver than Rachael, bounding into the water with her buddy, Faith! Rachael wanted to hang back at first. After a while she realized it wasn't so bad and let me and Faith's mom bring her further into the water, with us helping her jump when the little waves broke!

Splishing and splashing!!
Rachael heads towards the water -- you can see the hesitancy!

Hope your summer is off to a great start too!