Happy Independence Day! I am so glad that I was lucky enough to be born in this country. Thank you to all those who have served us to keep us safe.
What the girls said this week
Zelda: "I gotch-you! I so funny."
We were listening in the car to "Let it Be" by the Beatles. Ellie heard it, and said: "Let it be? What?! It's Let it Go!"
What we did this week
Okay, this is actually something from a couple weeks ago. In Jason's PA class they had to make videos a while ago explaining the necessity of doing a certain procedure and demonstrating how to do it. Jason's video was really good and really funny. A couple weeks ago they held a mini-Oscars in their class and watched all the videos, and Jason's won "Best Picture." :)
I think Ellie just had a growth spurt; she looks a couple inches taller to me than before. She's continuing to learn and grow; she's getting really good at reading short words. She also loves imaginative play; one of her favorites is to have "creature powers" (from the show Wild Kratts) and run around the house saving imaginary people and animals.
|Something Ellie did.|
Zelda loves dress up. She'll bring us clothes from the dress up bag all the time, wanting us to help her put them on. And other times she'll be walking around, having dressed herself up:
Zelda also loves baby dolls. They're one of her favorite toys to play with, and she'll carry them all around and take care of them. This one she "decorated" very carefully with stickers this week:
Something super cute Zelda's started to say is "I gotch-you!" She'll run toward us and grab out legs and then yell, "I gotch-you!" She also likes to run around in circles or run down the hall and then tell us, "I so fast! I so fast!"
I've been reading more about Spain and Portugal this week. We leave in three weeks! That's just crazy. I am sooo excited. I even pulled the suitcase down out of the attic this week to start packing some things. Squee!
So, on to things the whole family did this week:
Ellie, Zelda, and I all got multiple chigger bites. I have decided that I hate chiggers. They're my new least favorite insect.
We got a shade canopy for the back deck. We've been talking about it for a little while, because the girls love to play out there but the wood gets so hot in the middle of the day with the summer sun. Jason went to Walmart after classes one day this week, and brought home a shade canopy. It's great! Here's the girls having a picnic under it the first day we got it.
Then we went hiking at Raven Rock State Park yesterday, and it was sooo fun. Jason had the day off of school, so we took the girls out pretty early (I think we got there at about 8:30 or 9) and did the two mile loop trail out to Raven Rock.
The girls had a blast. They were so excited that they were running down the trail when we first got there. The forest was absolutely gorgeous, and it was a perfect temperature for walking.
Close to the start of our walk, Ellie pointed at a sign next to a tree along that pathway (that said something like, "Welcome to Raven Rock State Park." Ellie: "Look what it says! It says it's a perfect tree for birds."
We walked down a cool staircase to get down to the rock. It reminded me of the Swiss Family Robinson or Tom Sawyer's Island at Disneyland.
|The girls found some earthworms coming out of the ground.|
While we were down exploring by the rock it started to rain. And not just a little. A lot. It was pouring. And we knew from having looked at the weather report that morning that once it started to rain, it was going to rain all day. So, there was no point in trying to wait it out before walking back the mile and a half to the car. Luckily, it was a warm rain, but we were all going to look like we jumped in a swimming pool.
This is what walking back looked like at first:
Soon Zelda let me take her, though, and Ellie discovered that she could splash in all the puddles forming a long the trail. She loved that, and that kept her occupied for about a half mile until we reached the overlook.
Jason carried Ellie the rest of the way to the car and I carried Zelda.
It was such a fun outing and Jason and I were both really glad we did it.
Later yesterday, we went to the Fuquay 4th of July celebration (yes, they had it on the 3rd). It was held in a big park in Fuquay and they had all sorts of inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses for the kids. Ellie did three different bounce house things, and then Ellie and Zelda both rode in this fish ride (which they loved).
They closed down all the rides at 9 o'clock so that they could do fireworks at 9:15. We were wondering how Zelda would do with the fireworks this year since she doesn't like loud noises, but she did great! Both girls really enjoyed the firework show.
We think we're going to take today easy and stay at home, since Jason and I are both kind of exhausted from yesterday. We have some neighbors down the street that we think will do fireworks, so we might walk the girls down there to watch.
Happy 4th of July!!