Friday, July 24, 2015

Last week of school - Captain's Log, Week 274

What the girls said this week

The girls were watching "Penguins of Madagascar."
Ellie: "I want to watch a different show. The penguin show is scary."
Jason: "Okay, we can watch a different show."
Ellie: "I want to watch the zombies."

(Just to clarify, the zombies she's referring to are from a video game she and Jason play together called "Terraria." It's a lot like Minecraft, and the zombies aren't scary at all. Which is why she considered them less scary than the penguin movie.)

What we did this week

Well, we're about to leave for Spain. Tomorrow. And that's crazy. Absolutely crazy.

My mom is here to watch our girls and our nephew Ezra, which we are so glad about.  Jason and I are really sad, though, to leave the girls for two weeks. Every time we think about it we just get depressed. I think it'll be better after we've talked to them the first time on google chat, and we can see them happy with Grandma.

Speaking of, Ellie has figured out how to take pictures with our phone and text them to people. Here are a couple she's taken and texted to Jason or me this week:

On Saturday I got my hair trimmed while Jason took the girls to park close to the haircutting place. It was a really great playground and I wish it was closer to us.

Afterwards, we went to the farmer's market, and then went to another park. 

Funny Zelda:

On Tuesday Jason had his last day of school.

That evening right before the girls' bedtime we had popsicles outside with our neighbors. We chatted with Lacrecia while Kai gave Zelda cuddles.

On Wednesday morning Jason spotted a female deer and her baby out in the backyard:

Later that morning we went to pick my mom up from the airport. Since we got there a couple minutes early, we went to this "Observation Park" that Jason discovered the last time he was here. It was really cool! It has this observation deck (in the back of the picture) where you could sit on benches and watch little planes land on the runways. 

Along the rail of the observation deck, it had all these informational plaques about different kinds of airplanes.

The playground at the park had some mini runways for kids to run down (so cute!) and a little jungle gym.

After we got home that day Jason and Zelda were in the backyard and they found a snake. We googled it and figured out it was a rat snake, which isn't poisonous. So we picked it up, and it was a really nice snake! We brought it back to the house to show it to Ellie and Kai.

And this video is the best. Listen for Zelda at just after the 45 second mark. She yells, "Yay! A snake!" And then pretends to scream.

Alyse and Tanner and Ezra got here yesterday, and today we did lots of pre-travel stuff. Which is why this Captain's Log is so brief, because we've been doing so much stuff and now I've really got to go to sleep!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

End of Jason's Didactic Year

Jason's PA (Physician Assistant) program is two and a half years long. The first year is called the didactic year (classroom learning) and the second year and a half is clinical rotations.

Well, we're celebrating because today was the last day of Jason's didactic year! First year of PA school: done!

Jason had his last two finals in the morning. Then he came home, got me and the girls, and we all went back to his school for an end-of-year lunch with everybody from his class.

After the lunch (which included a dunk tank!) we stopped by the library on the way home. Ellie picked out a bunch of new books and Zelda hid in the stuffed animals.

We're so excited! Jason's done with his first year!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jason's Birthday - Captain's Log, Week 273

I cannot believe that it is one week until we leave for Spain. After it feeling so far away for such a long time, all of the sudden it's speeding towards us!

This week was great. Last Saturday we went to Jordan Lake with some of our friends. It was perfect weather and super fun; we swam in the swimming area and played with lots of mud, and took a canoe across the lake where we got to see an eagle's nest with baby eagles in it.

Ellie throwing mud:

Zelda hanging out with Benjamin:

 Jason and the kids:

The next day, Sunday, was Jason's birthday.  The girls made him cards in the morning (which you can see here), and then we had Jason's birthday dinner later in the day, complete with German chocolate cake.

Ellie decided to use the caramel to paint tiger stripes on her arms:

We had a lot of rain and thunderstorms earlier this week. We just got the girls some raincoats and they were excited to wear them. Zelda didn't want to take hers off, even when they were back inside the house.

Lately Ellie's been pulling lots of beetles off of our crepe myrtle bush. They really like that bush for some reason.

"Mom, take a picture of this bug!"

(Ellie is watching me type up this Captain's Log, and right now she's saying, "Mom, what's this one called? Ellie and the beetle. Mom, write 'Ellie and the beetle.'")

Finally, while downloading pictures from both cameras on Thursday, I found these couple from earlier this month that Ellie took of Zelda: 

Another funny thing from this week: We got a new webcam, and Ellie calls it the "eyeball" and wants to play with the "eyeball" all the time. One time she wanted to play with it while Jason was at school, but I couldn't get it to work. "I'm sorry Ellie, I don't know how to turn it on," I told her. She thought about this for a second, and then told me, "Ask google."

Also, Ellie says she has mice in her stomach. She's said that for a while, but I just remembered to write it down right now. They squeak when she's hungry, according to her.

Oh, and I finished Don Quixote!!! I feel very accomplished. Of course, now I need to read Volume 2 (which was published ten years later). But I feel that much more prepared for Spain. 

That's all for now! Lots coming up this week, with Jason's last finals on Monday and Tuesday, my mom coming into town on Wednesday, and my sister and her family coming into town on Thursday!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Little monsters - Captain's Log, Week 272

I apologize in advance, because I feel like a lot of the pictures this week are blurry or dark or overexposed. But they preserve the memories, and that's what counts. 

What the girls said this week

Ellie: "I don't want an egg sandwich! I want a bread, and egg, and a bread!" 

What we did this week

Looking back at this week, I feel like we didn't have single events so much as we had multi-day themes going on. These were the main themes of this week:
  • I started another blog
  • Zelda started getting really close to climbing out of her crib, so we converted it to a toddler bed. The first night she and Ellie were running around the room for hours. We eventually pulled out the pack'n'play and put her to sleep in there, and then transferred her to her bed when she fell asleep. We did that for the next two nights, and also put her down for her naps in the pack'n'play. It didn't seem like we were making any progress though, so we switched her bed back to a crib yesterday. She's just too young to make the switch to a toddler bed. So we pretty much just have to cross our fingers that she doesn't climb out of her crib for the next while. 
  • We're preparing more for Spain. I read about the history of Spain and Portugal this week, and we're beginning to pack a little bit, and I went to the dollar store to get all kinds of goodies for the girls while we're away and they're with my mom.
  • Part of preparing for Spain was cleaning out and organizing the playroom this week. I just finished this morning, and I am so relieved, because it's finally clean for the first time in days. Having everything all over the floor during organization was driving me crazy!
  • I listened to more Don Quixote on Librivox. I'm on chapter 41, which means I'm getting close to finishing Volume One.
  • The girls played out on the deck a ton this week. They love their little $5 pool we got from Walmart, and are out there everyday splashing in it and throwing toys in and out of the water. The shade structure + the little pool = heaven to them.

Okay, now our pictures for this week.

On Saturday (the fourth of July) we went to a park up in town. It was one we haven't been to before, and we were kind of surprised to find a super weird climbing structure instead of a normal playground. The girls still had fun, though. 

Ellie intensely riding the springy ducky:

The park (which was clearly designed for an older age group - like middle school aged kids) had this super weird slide that didn't have sides. And it was pretty tall, too! It seemed like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Jason and I both went down it, but it was really scary.

We went to a different, more age-appropriate park after the girls were satisfied with playing on this one. We didn't do fireworks on Saturday, since we'd already done them on Friday, so we just relaxed at home for the rest of the day. 

The girls have played dress up a couple times this week. Here they are as monsters, walking around holding hands:

Here's a picture of the first night we converted Zelda's crib into a toddler bed. Ellie climbed in and wanted to sleep in there with her, which we were fine with. It didn't last, of course, but it was cute when they were in there together.

Our tomato plants are doing great, and have been loving all the rain we've had lately. I don't think I've had a chance to pick a single tomato off the plants, because Ellie and Zelda keep picking them off  and eating them as soon as the turn red. I'll go out to the deck and find one of them wandering around, working on a half-eaten tomato. I'm so glad they like them!

 Here's another day that Zelda was a monster. She was walking around, saying "Rarr!"

On Wednesday the girls and I went to the park in the morning, and then went to the library for a special "messy play time" activity. They had stations that we rotated around, with fingerpaint, playdough, shaving cream, and a sand table. The girls had a lot of fun. 

And last but not least, here's a picture of what I found when Cat slipped into the house one day. I went around the bedrooms looking for him, and found this:

And that was all of our week that I remember, haha!