Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday night, I did a midnight bike ride through Memphis (with over 1000 other people, including Ian Rubin de la Borbolla, my friend Heidi's husband). It was so.much.fun! Can't wait to try it again next year with Scott & Heidi!
Jillian tried out a single ponytail:
Monday, August 22, 2011
Then Scott found a spaniel/pekingnese mix near us whose owner didn't have time/space for an enthusiastic dog. We went down to meet him on Tuesday, and ended up getting him for a weekend visit Saturday.
On the way home we took him for a walk at Patriot Lake:
Ryan loves him and he seems to like us ok so far.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Two kids on a plane:
And picking up a new state (Utah) on the way home:
Fun California license plate from Aunt Sandy:
It wasn't all fighting between my little ones this summer. Here, Ryan shared his drink:
Shopping at Home Goods in Northern Virginia:
Using Ryan's flashlight as a microphone:
Touring the Pink Palace with Nanny and Gramps (saw the Tahiti IMAX movie, too):
New Tinkerbell pj's from Nanny and Gramps:
In the waning weeks of summer, with our trips finished and temps in the upper 90's, I was pulling out all the stops to keep them entertained and out of my hair. Setting this up kept them busy for most of a Sunday afternoon:
And later the same week, Ryan pulled out his trains. He did the whole set up on his own, didn't get frustrated, and was so excited to share it with Jillian when she woke up from her nap! I took this as they played together to remind myself that they do get along most of the time:
Jillian at the cabin in Greer's Ferry:
Scott gave me a break the other evening and the three of them got creative with Jillian's blocks:
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Here, Jillian imitates her big brother's usually sullen expression in pictures:
Ryan's very excited that one of his best buds, Joshua, is in his class. Not excited enough to really pose with him, but oh well!
Sunday, August 07, 2011
This morning, I took my early risers out to try and find Bridal Veil Falls. The parking area was well marked, but not the trails. We wandered for awhile and found some neat rock formations:
Finally found a viewing platform and figured the falls must be close.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much water falling. We didn't trek down to the bottom (it was over 100 degrees in Greer's Ferry this weekend!), but hope go back sometime after it rains!
One more trip out on the boat before heading home. Ryan has become quite the first mate, helping Matt when we left the marina and returned.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Aunt Barb taught Jillian how to work the shades and pose like a movie star:
And no one had to show her how to jump in! She's just as fearless on the boat as she is at the pool!
The whole family in Greer's Ferry Lake:
Video from Barb:
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Jumping off the side:
A little Jillian video:
Meanwhile, Ryan works on his breast stroke:
And his crawl:
Then they practiced saving the swimming instructor:
And we found out that my little bean fits inside a locker:
Jillian wanted to see the "oooh-ooh, aaah-ahs" (monkeys). Ryan:
The kids were hot (we spent some time in the air conditioned Polar Bear area just after this):
Watching for sea lions:
We had no plans for afterwards, and Heidi suggested trying Jerry's Sno Cones which we had never been to. Wow! It was awesome and only 13 minutes from our house! We will be going back!