My aunt and uncle are in town to celebrate Thanksgiving with my cousin and his family. Part of their stay involves having the older two grandkids stay with them at a hotel so they can swim. My aunt invites us to bring the Shecklets down to meet their cousins and swim. The 6 kids had a great time spending close to 3 hours in the pool!
After having pizza for dinner, everyone sang HBD to me and we had cupcakes. Yum! Then my aunt gave me a small gift bag containing a Christmas pin of my Grandma Fran’s and the pearl ring she always wore. The pearls in the ring were given to my grandma by my Grandpa Bill – he got them in Japan during WWII. I am thrilled to have this piece of jewelry to remind me of my grandparents 💗
Shecklets #3 and 4 were invited to a birthday party today. The weather was unseasonably warm so swimsuits and water play were part of the fun. There were inflatable pools, a bounce house and a blow up obstacle course! Aunt Larissa was also there, which made it even more fun!
Shecklets 3 & 4 started a new swimming session tonight. Shecklet #4 is taking lessons for the first time – I think she enjoyed being in the water 🏊🏻♀️
Today we left for a long weekend family vacation – something we have not done in a long time (with just our immediate family.) A friend of ours (Shecklet #3’s godfather) lives in St. Louis and we haven’t seen him in 4 1/2 years. The timing finally worked for us to make a trip down to see him. We decided to make a stop in Iowa City overnight so the kids could swim and visit the children’s museum tomorrow. We’re all looking forward to getting out of town and having some fun!
Shecklet #3 had her first swimming lesson today. She was SO excited!
Swimming lessons Saturday is here. Jake sent me a few play by play pics.
Apparently today was life jacket day.
Little #2 was the only one who jumped off the edge.
Little #1 taking his turn off the diving board.
Little #2…full speed ahead!
Little #3 watching from the pool deck…again. Next session we’ll get her in the water.
Little #3 was on the pool deck this morning watching Little #1 and Little #2 in the water. After their lesson she apparently went up to one of the pool employees and said, “I’m by three! Which lessons can I take?” Guess we will be signing her up for lessons next session, too.
It might not look like it on Little #3’s face, but the kids had great time with their cousins this weekend!
Jake sent this to me while he was watching Nolan at swimming lessons tonight:
“Right now, the swimming teacher is using your son as the example of the class on how to swim by yourself out in the water. He has floaties on, but it is still cool to see him floating out by himself and the teacher using peer pressure to get the other kids to follow him. :)”
We had our first wasp sting of the summer tonight.
The boys were playing outside, eagerly anticipating the rising waters in kiddie pool, when Nolan started screaming while holding his neck. Lincoln followed suit soon after. We shuttled both boys inside and quickly determined that Nolan had been stung by something (and Lincoln was screaming sympathetically.) Jake went out to the swing set and discovered that wasps had built a nest inside one of the pipes.
He came back in to check on the boys and before going out to take care of the nest, told Nolan, “I’m going outside because the wasps are afraid of me.”
Nolan responded in complete seriousness, “They’re afraid of me too and they tried to eat me!”
Jake could hardly contain himself!