Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cousin Time

This week Michelle came down to spend the day with cousins and Nana.  We went to our favorite park because we thought T.J. would enjoy the splash pad.  It won't be much longer that we'll be able to go to parks!
We ate lunch which was interrupted by multiple bathroom trips and then hit the splash pad.

 
 
 Snack Break!
 Paige loves her some hummus.

 The kids tired of the water pretty quickly, so we played, 

  went to the bathroom some more,
visited the fountain
and played some more.   Timothy can make this go around all on his own!  (that is impressive)
Speaking of impressive.... here is a decent picture of four, hot, tired kids on a moving swing.

   Josiah was there too! He slept and ate and was a good little baby.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Basketball

Last week was Claire's first week of basketball.   I very much hope
that one day she will be able to play for the EVAC team, just like I did
in high school so we are getting her started young.  Hopefully she'll
be better than I was when she hits junior high!

Friday was her first practice and Saturday was her first game.  She LOVED the practice and was pumped for the game.  However,  her coach did not actually go over what they are supposed to do in a game apparently.

Up to this point, Claire had only played half court so having two baskets was confusing - especially because she didn't understand that each team only shoots at one of those baskets.   Claire has a great shot and made a basket!  Unfortunately it was on the other teams hoop but that's okay!
Only 8 baskets were scored the entire game and her's was one of them!

Also,  she had never guarded someone before and no one explained to her (because I didn't know) that YMCA gives each team member a different colored bracelet and it will match someone's on the opposing team.  Before the game starts they meet in middle and match up their bracelets and whoever has your same color, is your man to guard.   A pretty good idea to keep the kids from quintuple-teaming the kid with the ball but it would have helped if the coach had told them this ahead of time.... or even after the game was under way.

Here is an example of the complete and utter lostness.



I am glad I took video so we could watch it afterward and I could explain (graciously!) to her about the wrist band thing and show her how she is not helping her team when she is prancing around at center court.  I am proud of her.  She took what I had to say well when we practiced later that day she was SO much more aware and felt much better about the whole thing.

She is usually pretty capable athletically so I think next weekend she'll do really well.





Friday, March 6, 2015

Owls, Frisbee and Bikes

We recently found out that we have an park right near us that is a habitat for burrowing owls. 
We went to go check it out last week with Josh.
The girls loved the owls.  We saw five of them.  Most run into their little pipe homes when we got close but this guy was brave and let us get close to him.
It's not an exciting park, just a walk way with rows of burrows and desert to walk around in.  The girls enjoyed picking flowers and putting them in their hair.

 We also headed to Discovery Park again so Claire could give that bike hill another try.  She wasn't quite ready for it so she played frisbee with Josh
 
 while Joy practiced riding her "big girl bike". (with training wheels)
Paige wanted to play frisbee too.

Just a fun relaxing day. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

February in Arizona


 This week we went to RiverView Park in Mesa with my mom.   We had a picnic lunch and Paige enjoyed the short picnic tables made just for kids.   I enjoyed not worrying about her falling off the bench.

Claire LOVED the zip line and spent quite a while zipping back and forth.
 
Claire and Joy like the disc swing but Paige will NOT stand for any of it.
 

Paige's favorite thing at this park is the cement slide. 
 Joy likes it too. 
 The whole design of this slide is absurd.  There are no steps of any kind leading to the top so young children have to scale loose rock up a pretty steep slope to get to the top. 
  Tiny rock avalanches cause them to slip and fall and unless they are very determined or have a lot of help they'll never make it.   Then all their hard work is rewarded by a slow, high-friction ride down hot cement.   
Look how fun it is though!

The best part of this park (at least to Claire) is the 50ft climber.  
She was very brave and went as high as she was physically able. The ropes get too far apart for her to reach at the top.   I went to the top and it was quite difficult and unnerving.
 It would have helped if I had both my hands at full strength though.

View from the top
 

There are other, smaller climbers
that are pretty fun.   Joy is just now starting to like these types of things.  
 

 After a while we were all HOT.   We decided to let the girls take off their shirts and play in the splash pad.

They were so excited.   Paige loved it!
 


 Even Joy warmed up to it after awhile.


 Poor Paige was tuckered out after all the excitement. 

 A little more climbing and relaxing in the shade and we called it a day.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Booster!

We finally got Claire a booster seat! She is so excited. (and Joy is a little jealous)
 
We got her the Britax Parkway as I am still not ready to give up the side impact protection.  The whole back part does come off though so it can be a regular booster seat if we want it to. I guess I never realized how constraining her old, 5-point harness seat was. They whole time we were driving she kept exclaiming

"Look I can look out the window!  I've always wanted to look at the window!"

"I can touch Joy!  I can touch the floor!"

"Oh my goodness I can look behind us!

I just can't believe she is so big!  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rainy Play Date

Yesterday we got together with my friend Jenni and her 3 girls.  This time we met at Eastmark Park instead of at one of our houses. 

Let's just say I was overly optimistic about the weather.  

The girls had fun playing in the rain but it was cold and soon the wind started picking up and the rain was steady.

Paige and Quincy were little pals!  Usually they just look at each other and coexist but they seemed to have enjoyed each others company this time.  
 

They were the official slide dryers.  Quincy used her legs while Paige scooped up water with her hands and slurped it up. Yum!



 Poor Paige was literally shaking she was so cold (but not complaining - throwing rocks in the lake is too much fun to notice the cold)

After a picnic dinner, we were all wet and freezing so we decided to cut the park trip short and head to Starbucks for some hot chocolates.

It was all of the girls' first time with their own Starbucks drink.  It was a picture worthy event but we have yet to get a picture of these 4 that is "good".


The other customers in Starbucks probably loved us.  Nothing like a nice quiet evening at the coffee shop with your book, laptop and 6 overly excited little girls.

What fun we had!