Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Had a 34 week appointment with my doctor today. Exact words out of her mouth while measuring my stomach? "Whoa, you're growin' a big one, aren't ya?!" (insert doctor's laugh here) Hmmm...not funny me thinks. She did assure me more than once that "we won't let this one go too far". I'm not sure exactly what she meant by that. I can only hope that it means we'll try to avoid the 10-pound-and-up-club! Yikes!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Swimming 101 and 201

This past week our pool has been a classroom. Hanna and Lukas, along with 3 neighbor kids and their 4 cousins, were able to take swimming lessons right in our own backyard. It was quite an adventure.

Hanna did not take to the water right away. It was a little cold and her skin and bones apparently weren't quite enough insulation. But, by the end of the week, she was sad a little less and trying to "swim" a little more. The swim teacher, Miss Sara, was fantastic. She had no problem letting the kids cry if it meant learning a valuable skill, like reaching for the side if you fall in. I'm glad she was so tough because after the first day I had thought about taking Hanna out of lessons. She had been so sad and so cold that she asked to go to bed and then proceeded to sleep for FOUR hours! Who knew that 30 minutes of swim lessons could take so much out of a kid.

I was a little worried that Hanna would be so turned off by the pool that she would never step foot in it again. But, to my amazement, last night the family was hanging out in the pool and she wanted to get right in. She showed off almost all of the skills she had learned in lessons and had a huge smile on her face the whole time. I think it helped that it wasn't so cold. I also have a suspicion that the absence of Miss Sara made her more comfortable, she does tend to hold a grudge.

So, Hanna passes swimming 101 and all is well.

Lukas had been swimming on his own without a floatie for about 2 weeks prior to swim lessons. I think this was the key to his success this week. He already knew he could swim on his own, which made lessons no big deal for him.

It really was fun to watch him. His swimming really improved and he had a lot of fun. I've never really been able to observe him in a "classroom" situation where he needs to listen to the teacher and follow instructions. I must say that I was quite impressed with him. I always thought he was kind of a stinker and might not be the best listener if the teacher asks him to do something he'd rather not do. He was a wonderful student! I would've been very happy to have him in a class of mine. He did everything Miss Sara asked of him and he did it quickly and with a smile. What a buddy! That kid amazes me on a daily basis.

And Lukas passes Swimming 201 with flying colors!

Swimming lessons....a success.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dirt: No Longer on the Menu

Most of you have probably heard us talk about or have seen for yourself the love that Hanna has had for eating dirt (and sand, and toilet paper, and napkins, and wood chips, etc, etc). Well, last week she had some blood drawn to check for anemia. Of course, she is very anemic and had we had it checked sooner she could have been treated and she probably would not have consumed the majority of the "baby sand" from her turtle sandbox. We are very glad to have this figured out and to have her on her way to maximum health!

I think the problem here is that she is a third child and therefore we did not freak out about the dirt eating as much as we would've with the first. The moral of the story is: when it doesn't seem right...it probably isn't!

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July

We had a fabulous 4th of July at the cottage! The weather was absolutely perfect. The kids spent all day in and around the water and went back for more after supper each night. The adults enjoyed the water too but the food was the highlight of the weekend. Grandma does not joke around with holiday food. Chris said he ate at least a week's worth of food in 3 days. I guess we won't have to eat for 4 days now, right?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Our All Star!

Following the baseball season, Derek was asked to play on an "All Star" team for 8 year olds. The kids had a couple of practices and then a 6-team tournament this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun! Our team won it's first game but lost the second and therefore did not get to play for the "championship". Derek was bummed that he would not be bringing home a trophy but he had a lot of fun playing some great baseball on a beautiful day!
Way to go Derek!