Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Bucket List: Week 3

This was our busiest week yet.  Andrew had Cub Scout Camp every day from 8am to 4pm, so we went to the pool each evening instead.  And Ryan and Molly had lots of play dates!

Andrew attended Day Camp with his cousin, Alex.  They got to be "buddies" the whole week.  On the last day of camp, Andrew's leader came up to me and told me how much she had enjoyed having the cousins together this week, how well they got along, how kind they were to each other and to the other boys.  How well behaved they were.  Words every mom wants to hear.

At camp, Andrew got to participate in archery, shoot bb guns, make space derby rockets, get sprayed by a fire truck hose, go on nature hikes, and eat cookies and chips every day.  He loved camp!

His friend Corbin was at camp with him, too, but was in the Bears group, so they didn't get to see as much of each other as Andrew would have liked.

As I mentioned above, Ryan and Molly invited friends over to play this week, since we were home in the morning. On the first day of camp we had friends over for a fun painting and water table play date. I tried to make the sidewalk chalk paint I have seen floating around pinterest.  The colors were not very bright on our driveway...or our fence, but they still had fun.  A friend told me the trick to getting brighter colors was to use food coloring gel.

Each week we try to do something nice for someone else.  My children helped to make dinner, including a dessert and cards for friends who just had a new baby.

For another play date this week, we had friends over and we all made Jello Play dough together.  It smelled great!

Andrew's coach told Andrew that he thought he was ready to swim in his first meet this week.  Andrew was so excited and so confident! I love Andrew's confidence and positive attitude.  I hope he keeps it as long as possible.  There is so much in the world that causes our children to doubt themselves.  I don't think I was ever as confident in my abilities as he is in his abilities.  And it isn't in a cocky or braggy way, it is just very matter of fact.   (Which is great because he has a really braggy mom who thinks her kids are fabulous).

Andrew swam in two races.  His first was a freestyle relay.

 His relay team included his friend, Ian.

His second race was the 25 meter freestyle.  My cousin's children were swimming with the other team.  It was so fun to see them!  Her son was in the same heat with Andrew and several other boys.  (He beat Andrew by a mile)! :)

Andrew was a great sport about coming in last place in his race.  But really, it is hard not to be in a great mood when you have such awesome friends at the finish line cheering you on!

Since we are trying to include service in our activities all summer, it was great that this week was our family's turn to clean the church.  Andrew was sick, so I stayed home with him.  Chad took Molly and Ryan to go and clean.  Unfortunately, none of the other families who were supposed to be there were able to make it, but Chad and the little ones worked hard to be helpers. I am grateful for such a wonderful hubby who is willing to teach our children the joy of service.

I love this pic of Molly talking to her twin.  It would be wonderful to have two Mollys.  She is such a fun little girl!

Unfortunately, Andrew and I also missed out on Bucket List # 23, go to Cold Stone.

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