Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer Fun

It was 103 degrees today so I think it is definitely safe to say that summer is here. We've been swimming and lounging and swimming and playing games and swimming and watching television and swimming and well, I think you get the drift. 

We have a sweet little girl here from Russia staying with us this month. She is part of a great program that helps kids from the Chrenobyl blast area get dental and medical care. She is very very shy and an only child so I imagine life with our family feels like a whole different universe/circus! She skyped with her mom tonight and it was fun to listen to their laughter and wonder what the heck was being said. 

(If you would like to learn more about this program or hosting a child next summer, just leave me a message in the comments and I can email you a link. Seriously. Great great program.)

Todd and I celebrate 12 years tomorrow of wedded bliss. 12 years. I can't believe how fast time flies.....most of the time.  :) Here we are today with the pastor/friend who led a prayer the night of our wedding and did our premarital counseling. I don't think any of us have aged one bit since then. Cough cough. Nope, not one tiny little bit.

Monday is hospital day for Owen. We go in early for his scope and biopsies. Based on the way he's been acting lately, I'm expecting good news. He seems to be feeling great and is having a blast being home everyday with his siblings. He also has no fear of the water this year. No fear. He constantly goes out too deep and then just hops on the back of whoever happens to be standing there and points to the shallow end. Most people at the Y are learning to just walk him back over to where he can stand. It's kind of hilarious and humiliating all at the same time.

Speaking of swimming, we went to a swim party the other night and Isaac told me if we had a pool in our back yard that he probably wouldn't ask to play video games as much because he would be swimming all the time. Nice try, Isaac. Our backyard is the size of a small pool. The answer is still no. That kid trips me out. All the time. And dude has some ups.

Emma Grace is busy being Emma Grace. She switches back and forth between being super helpful and sweet to showing some pre-teen sass. Isn't it too early for this? I swear it is. She's not supposed to think I'm totally stupid until 11 or 12, right? Oh well - I guess she's advanced.  She has been a huge help to Liza and I think Liza enjoys having a "summer sister." I think. I really have no way of knowing if Liza is enjoying her or if EG is annoying the snot out of Liza, so we'll just go with the better option of the two.

And that's it so far.

This super long update is officially brought to you by all caffeinated tea I drank at the wedding tonight.

Really. I should be in bed right now and I'm not even starting to feel sleepy.



  1. Happy Anniversary!! What a fond memory I have of your wedding. Have a wonderful celebration! You certainly have an adorable family worthy of celebration. Love to all.

  2. you can just make a bunch of pillow case dresses for your Russian girl!! She's smiling in all these pictures! That's good. good luck tomorrow!

  3. Great picture of you. You look so happy!

  4. Hey I was about to say how beautiful you look, but Jessica beat me to it. And excuse me, look at you doing good to all. I think that Liza is pretty lucky. I will be thinking about you tomorrow.

  5. I thought I commented to this already, but don't see me...hmmmmm. Trying again...SO relieved to get the word(s) yesterday. Probably went WAY over my limited texting plan, but so worth it to ask for and get updates! Prayers answered. Liza seems to be smiling in all your pics so that's a good sign that she is comfortable. I'm sure Emma Grace is a HUGE help in that comfort level and them learning a lot about each other! Continued prayers for biopsies and great thoughts for your nurturing love to Liza!