Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Up, Up and Away!

Through a grant at work, our office was able to charter a helicopter for a few hours. I have never been on one and jumped at the chance to go! It was so much fun!
I asked the pilot if we could fly over Gramp & Grams place because it is just down the road; I was able to take some nice aerial shots of the farm. We also flew over Star Island! For those of you who don't know, Star Island is noted in Ripley's Believe it or Not! for having its own lake, Lake Windigo, "a lake within an island within a lake".

Gramp & Gram's farm

Star Island

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chaos and the Dr. appointment

Wes - 5 years
Ht: 47.75
Wt: 59 lbs

Jack - 19 months
Ht: 36.5
Wt: 33 lbs

This morning I took the boys in to the doctor for their check-ups. In my head I thought that it would be fairly easy - Jack gets shy around people so he would just sit with me and Wes is fine on his own and listens fairly well.

I was so wrong.

We check in at the desk and Jack wanted to zip around the waiting room so I had to hold a squirming, screaming, HEAVY 19 month old. Wes is constantly using the bathroom and of course Jack wants to follow. We find a place to sit and Jack is running between chairs having a great time, making a mess of all the magazines and, trying to write with chalk on the walls. Wes was very well behaved and drew his signature tractor pics on the available chalkboard. They call our names and of course Jack is unwilling to give up the chalk and is yelping down the hallway. He seemed to enjoy the exam room at first. The computer was far to tempting and he tried numerous times to 'type' on the keyboard, tried ripping all the baby photos off the bulletin board, completely tore the sanitary paper cover off the exam table (it looked like a rabid cat had gone through the room) and tried to escape from the room many times.

When the Dr. arrived Jack calmed himself for a while, and I mean a very short while, and then was back to messing up all the magazines again. Wes got to go first and did a wonderful job and answered all the Dr.'s questions!
The boys were informed that they were behind with getting shots - Wes had to get three, he then asked how many Jack had to get...6!! Wes thought that was pretty funny. The nurses came in for shot time and Wes was up first, of course he wanted Jack to go first but I told him he had to be brave for Jack (plus, the nurse promised him a treat - he jumped right up on the table!) He was freaking out while they were applying the rubbing alcohol and yelled ' I don't think I want to be brave!' It was over soon, a few tears and he was fine and boy was he excited to see Jack get his shots! Jack laid there very calmly for the nurses, surprisingly! He cried for all 6 but was soon pacified when they opened the sucker drawer - both boys had their little hands in their so fast grabbing up candy!

The whole process only took about 30 minutes but to me, it felt like forever! They are both healthy and well over the 100th percentile in all areas!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Days of Summer

Not much new going on in our lives lately so I thought I would post some pictures from the last few weeks.
Our garden is blooming and it is interesting to see what will blossom next. Jack loves to smell the flowers...and trees (I'm not sure what that is all about).

4th of July was great, we had Kathy, Rod, Gram and Gramp over for a BBQ, went to the parade in Walker and, Kyle and Wes went the fireworks show down the road at the resort.

We also have been enjoying taking walks to the harbor and swimming at the community pool!

Jack taking a ride on the Jimmy express

Wes having fun making faces on the porch screen, this is his Klingon look

mmmm, watermelon!

Peonies in bloom, my favorite flower! Too bad they don't last longer

Giving horsey rides

This is what you get with a boy who is not really interested in eating. Baked beans in the hair. Good thing kids are washable!