Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Family fun in the sun

Last Friday we took the kids to the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center for some fun in the sun. The place is huge and the prices are awesome! Our whole family got in for $4!

Here's Noah going down the water slide.

And Zachary's turn.

There's a 'lazy river' with inner tubes.

And a 'vortex pool', which fascinated Zachary.

Noah and I hung out while Zachary and Nate played in the lazy river:


After just a couple of hours, the kids were pretty much wiped out for the day. That's MY kind of family adventure!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sorry I couldn't make dinner tonight, Honey...

There's a giant, hairy beast asleep in front of the stove.

Thelma has chosen a new nap location, and it's darn inconvenient. You'd think she'd pick somewhere more cushy and carpeted, but I suppose when it's this hot outside, sleeping on the nice cool tile must feel pretty nice. She's put on quite a bit of padding since we've had her, so I don't think she minds too much.

Come to think of it, she sure has a knack for finding inopportune spots to snooze. If I'm washing dishes, she likes to sneak over and lie down on the rug next to my feet, completely unnoticed. It's caused many near accidents as I trip over her, but I'm definitely improving my dish juggling skills. What a bonus, right? She also likes to sprawl out in front of doors, some of which swing inward and give her a good whack. But her most favorite spot of all is under the computer desk. There's no point in pushing the chair in anymore, she just scoots it out with her big body when she goes to lie down.

I know we went through quite a rough patch with this canine when she first arrived, but I'm happy to say she's turned out to be quite a sweet dog. There's something comforting about having her around, especially when Nate goes out of town. She puts up with the boys poking and prodding and never snaps back, actually choosing to follow them outside to keep watch over them. And while not exactly the best running partner, she IS always willing to go along.

And so I'll keep tripping over her, vacuuming up her enormous amounts of dog hair, and nudging her out of my way, because deep down, I really like "Princess Stinky Toots" and I'm glad we took the time to work through her little 'issues'.

I do still miss those brown boots of mine she chewed up though...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Happy Summer!

One of our sunflowers finally popped open. Amazing, isn't it? Three months ago this was just a little seed we planted in the ground, now it's taller I am. How can you not be happy just looking at it?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scouts are weird


Having had no brothers, I'm just not that familiar with Boy Scouts. I remember in elementary school that some of the boys wore their blue Scout shirts on Wednesdays and they usually had some ugly hand painted plaster slide thingie that they wore.

A couple of years back, Nate was in charge of the 11-year-old scouts, (11 of them, no less!) that met at our house each week. After the boys left, I usually had to spend time Lysoling the funky boy smell out of the house and calming down my own boys who were completely and totally wound up, and right in time for bed, after witnessing such a testosterone tornado. But because it wasn't MY calling, I never really sat in during the meetings or listened much - my job was limited to refreshment duty.

Oh, and I distinctly remember rolling my eyes when Ben Lee, the other scout leader, informed me that the name Webelos is short for "We'll Be Loyal Scouts".

Come on.

So now that Zachary is 8, we've both been flung into this whole program. I always thought Nate would handle this stuff, but I realize now I need to know what's going on too. And I'm already beyond confused. Last week I attended my first ever pack meeting and witnessed an Order of the Arrow ceremony, which was ... um ... interesting?

I need to sit down and read the Cub Scout handbook because I still couldn't tell you the difference between a den, a pack, and a troop. And I'm starting to wonder if I ever will?