Monday, July 29, 2013

Our Week

This week was a typical summer week, full of fun, but still with lots of down time to do whatever we want. Just the kind if week I've been meaning to have but have been so busy up until now to actually do anything but try to catch up around the house between trips. Now that we've been home a while I have actually caught up on housework and have been even able to start on some projects I wanted to get done before the baby comes, like turning our old guest room into Julia's room. (October 9th is the baby's due date in case you need reminding. Now that I'm in the third trimester and getting big I get asked almost daily when I'm due. Alas, still more than two more months away!)

Our week starting from last Saturday. Robert had to drive into work to bring in Costco packs of snacks, goodies, and drinks for his team to get them through the summer busy season (through September 15). PwC moved office buildings earlier this year and the kids and I had never been to the new office, so we decided to join Robert to check out the office. It's amazing how much fun an almost deserted office building can be on a Saturday night, the kids loved it.

They got to play in the conference room.

Watch a Dodgers game.



And best of all, write on the walls! A lot of the walls in the office are painted with whiteboard paint so you can write right on the wall. Julia loved it. Here she is with her masterpiece of everything she saw out the window: an airplane, a helicopter, "daddy doing the taxes" at a desk, the office building with Mommy and Julia inside looking out the window, the black fountain at the front of the building, a blue crane, Mommy and Daddy hugging, a firetruck,and a fire station with two flags on it and a couple people inside (which it turns out is actually a restaurant that is in an old fire station. That was my bad, I thought it was a real fire station when I pointed it out to her). Then she signed her named at the top.

The rest of the week Robert was pretty busy (busy season...) so we didn't see him much. But the kids and I had plenty to do. On Monday and Tuesday we went swimming and tried to practice getting Julia over her fear of floating on her back, getting water on her face, and jumping into the water. She took swimming lessons for one week and literally kicked and screamed when asked to do these things. They had a one week break from lessons because the other family she is taking them with is on vacation, so we were trying our hardest to work on her phobias. They start up again tomorrow and I have high hopes that she will cooperate better now. I think by the end of last week she was completely over her fear of floating on her back (still with someone holding her, but at least she's still and not thrashing around) and is greatly improved in her fear of jumping into the water and getting water on her face. 

Tuesday night we saw Wreck it Ralph as part of Claremont's summer movies in the park. I told Julia we could only go if she took a nap, and since we had gone swimming, she did! So she stayed up for the whole movie and was very into it. Micah was excited to be outside with lots of people and also stayed up the whole time. He was impressed with the giant movie screen for five minutes and then spent the rest of the time eating snacks, running around the blanket, and climbing on top of me. 



Wednesday we went to a program at the library as part of their summer reading series. It was a presentation of  "Old Mcdonald" with live animals. Each time we sang the song they would bring out a different animal and tell the kids a little about the animal. They brought out a chicken, ducks, a tortoise, a guinea pig, a rabbit and five bunnies (or kits we found out). Afterwards they had a little petting area outside with some bigger animals like goats, sheep, and an alpaca they could pet. Micah started out the show on my lap on a chair next to all the kids, but he let me know he wanted to be like one of the big kids and went and sat down with Julia. At the petting area he really liked to stand right next to the animals, but not touch them. Julia was running around touching all of them.

Thursday Julia had her first gymnastics class. She was jumping around on the mats before class even started so I took that as a good sign that she was going to like it. And she did. Everything was right up her alley and she is looking forward to the rest of her classes. Micah sat with me and drew, and then jumped around on the mats as well when the kids moved to a new area.



Friday we went to Costco and while we waiting in line for returns I took my phone out to show Julia she had a nasty scab on her lip (not pictured), but Micah saw me taking a picture of Julia and made this cheesy smile too.

Friday night we went to Robert's work and charmed met some of his coworkers. Then we went to a Dodgers game, Micah's first at Dodgers Stadium and our first since we've been back in L.A. We were camping over the Fourth of July weekend so we didn't see any fireworks, and Julia has been asking me all month when we are going to see fireworks because it's July. So, since the Dodgers do fireworks after the game every Friday night and Robert has been wanting to go to a game, it only made sense to go and appease both Robert and Julia.

Micah did good considering we got there at his bedtime. He stayed up the whole time and was kind of cooky/crazy loving the crowd.



I told Julia that afternoon she should take a nap because we would be up late, but she did not. So she started melting down a little by the end. Dodgers won 2-1 and after the game we got to go down to center field to watch the fireworks. We had brought a blanket to sit on, but forgot it in the car. Turns out, the grass in center field is so nice you really don't need a blanket anyway. 

Julia wanted to do a handstand.

Then on Saturday we had some family over, Daniel, Amanda, and baby Hannah. The baby swing is always set up in our kitchen and the kids love to push it, empty or with a doll in it. They were thrilled to have a real baby to push in it.



Then Steve and Wendy stopped by. Micah really liked sitting on Steve's lap and "reading" the book.


After lunch we went swimming. Julia loves the water more than Micah, so Amanda kept her entertained in the water after Micah (and baby Hannah) had enough.



And Sunday after FHE Robert did Micah and Julia bench presses, a favorite around here.
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