Sunday, June 26, 2011

i'm watchin' you

here, there, and everywhere

My friend, Angela, told me about a lady in town that offers swim lessons during the summer. I got Olivia signed up and she practiced in the evenings for a week. She loved it. She would ask almost every time we got in the car if it was time for her swim lesson. She was in a class with two boys that were younger than her and niether of them liked the water much. She is such a fish! She dunked her head constantly and we had to watch her like a hawk because she would try to get in the water without the instructor paying attention. The teacher was showing her how to hold her face in the water while swimming and Olivia would always dunk her head way under the water. To help her understand, the teacher said, "Olivia, I need to be able to see your pony tail sticking out of the water." The next time Olivia practiced it she, again, stuck her head deep into the water but this time she grabbed her pony tail and held it up out of the water. She had the parents there cracking up.
Another thing we have done recently is take the girls to the water park in Arkadelphia. They really liked it and Olivia practiced her newly learned swimming techniques. There were a ton of people though which made it difficult to actually swim around. We didn't stay too long but Alex and I ended up with some pretty good burns anyway. While we were there, Olivia got sick to her tummy and sat out for a little bit.

She felt better after a little break and hopped back into the pool.

All three of the pretty girls ready for school.
(Obviously this was a month or so ago)

We aired up the kiddie pool a few weeks ago for the girls to play in. We haven't found many options locally for the girls to go swimming. And they have outgrown this pool for sure, but fun was had regardless.
They kept whispering to one another. Like there was some secret mastermind plot.

And then Olivia carried through a plot of her own...

And here is sweet little softball KayKay.
She is finished with softball now but had a great season and was such a proud kiddo!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

livin' life

It seems like things are busy and the days pass quickly. I have said that several times throughout my blog posts. I still stand back and can't believe that all of those grown ups that told me how quickly it would pass as I aged were right...they weren't kidding. 
The kids are getting big and changing every day.

Abi made A's and 2 B's on her report card for 2nd grade. Makayla had A's and one C. Math is kicking her tail and I can completely relate. We are very proud of both of them. They are at their Grammie and Papaw's at this moment. It is very strange to be a family of 3 rather than 5 this week. They are spending three days each week in Newhope and then a couple of days in a daycare here. We have spoken to them twice today and as soon as I got home this evening Olivia looked at me, stuck her lip out, and said " Momma, I miss my sisters." It was pitiful. Abi was talking about how they were getting to watch a movie and eat popcorn. Makayla said that she got to pick beans in the garden and they were good. :)

Alex got an early Father's Day gift. It was really a gift for all of us. Because we really like grilled food with a smokey flavor.

As you can probably tell, it has taken me quiet some time to get this entry completed. The internet has been super slow and my pictures aren't uploading very well.

Olivia enjoys getting our cell phones and acting like a teenager while she talks to her sisters.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

memorial day memories

We had a great time in Newhope with our family, as always.

Poppa grilled and we hung out.

Once we got home, we busted out the (way too small now) blow up pool and sat around in the yard.
I love having holidays off from work as well.

We are all doing pretty well.

Olivia has decided to use a couple of new phrases. "Awww, Bummer Dukes!" and
yesterday I was trying to find a phone number in my phone and Olivia was watching me. She then said,
 "Call Bethany Hill mobile" Which she has heard her daddy say often when voice dialing me.

I am now going to go eat some grilled veggies and hang out with the family before the weekend passes me by!

Enjoy yours as well!