Amelia said this morning: I am going to get my blue bag, I will be right back. She is really putting some great words together into sentences.
Abby was at grandma and grandpa's this weekend and had a good time.
******* We did the math and figured out that we need one more week in the summer to fit everything in. So we're going to Bend on the week of July 21st and missing out on a preschool class with the neighbor kids Katie and Dorie. We're on the waitlist for the Pirates class... Arrrrrgh!
We did register for the summer preschool at the Community Center during the week of 7/28 and 8/11 and in swimming lessons at 1220 pm during the 2nd and 4th sessions. On the last week in August we're headed down to Reedsport to go see the Wildlife Safari in Winston and Coos Bay. I have never been down there. I was sort of hoping to hit Baker City, maybe Susan and I will do that ourselves...
We enjoyed breakfast this morning with the Hugharts. It had been a long time since we had gotten together with members of the Breakfast Club for Bfast. Peter had been in Baltimore to hang out with Kevin & Heather, but no breakfast there! Karen is expecting their first, so she had her share of questions about baby stuff. Susan enjoys giving advice as a professional on the subject. The breakfast we pretty good, although Mia's (my side order) of pancakes were wickidly cold. Susan had a "Benny" that was pretty good (Eggs Benedict) and I had a Fat City Omelete.
We celebrated a belated birthday because many of us were sick on the actual day. It turned out to be a stroke of luck when the following weekend we had one of the nicest days weatherwise that we've had in 2008! It was very pleasant and the party turned outside to the backyard to a messy patio that hasn't really seen much devoted care. Amelia loved her cake and did a fine job of jumping right into it as you can see. She even reached for the remainder of the cake as Susan was cutting it. She got a lot of lady bug themed gifts and Debra went a little crazy getting the girls these great wood toys that flapped their wings. The kids really enjoyed those.
In the background, Dakota plays badmitton with the older boys that were there, including Grandpa Koonce who is always game to play with kids of all ages.
Nana and Grandma Chris enjoyed the day, Nana was happy to have such a successful cake (as always).
Amelia enjoyed everything lady bugs and Nana made two wonderful dresses that included lady bugs! Amelia had to put them on as soon as she could. She wouldn't wait and was very persistent, so since it was her birthday we felt inclined to oblige. One of Mia's favorite people in the whole world is Emma. She enjoys the special times she has had with Emma while Mommy is out shopping at Trader Joe's. I think she likes showing Jack how to do things since she is just a touch older and she knows that Emma is Jack's Mommy. Abby lead the kids in finding animals in a block of ice that Susan made. All of the kids enjoyed the various activities that Susan had planned for them including the frozen animals in various layers of a yogurt container that were attacked with water that would help the ice melt. It took awhile for them to decide that enough was enough and that they could do a quicker job by taking the ice out and smashing it on the patio.
Amelia's cake was a work of art and it tasted great too. Nana always makes such creative cakes, we're pretty lucky to have such an artist to construct whatever the girls ask for. Abby asked for a Dragon, so that should be interesting. So much for those standard old cakes that you can buy a form for!