Sunday, July 29, 2012


We were very excited to be able to share the Olympics with Stephen this year, and so far he has been interested in watching swimming and the bike road race (of course, it's only Sunday, so not much has been on yet!).  Stephen was very intent on the swimming...

He has also been very intent on adding new words to his vocabulary.  I can't remember all of them (I really SHOULD start writing them down when he says them), but we've heard "eye weem" (ice cream), "a-eee!"  (happy, while singing "If you're happy and you know it"), and "gwee" (green).  On their own, it would be pretty had to figure out what he was saying, but in the context, it was pretty simple.  He's trying SO hard!!  On the agenda for this week, though?  Sign language!  Stephen has been very interested when he catches parts of the show "Signing Time," so I checked out a bunch of DVDs from the library - we'll see how it goes!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Not much to say

I don't really have too much to share right now.  We're just enjoying our summer, going to swim lessons, and playing outside when it's not TOO hot.  Stephen is ready to go back to school, and heads back August 17th... to KINDERGARTEN!  I still can't believe it. 

Stephen has been trying to swim the "butterfly" stroke at swim lessons.  It's not what we're going for, but we continue to work on other strokes, and let him do this too.  He's really FAST!  We are all very excited to watch some olympic swimming events over the next couple of weeks.  Maybe it will encourage him to try something else new?

And check that out!  Stephen figured out that rock wall a lot more quickly than I thought he would.  He still slips sometimes, but that usually has to do with the fact that we only go out there in the mornings, and the lawn makes his shoes wet.  He actually likes climbing up the rock wall better than the ladder!

Our pressure-free summer seems to be working out pretty well for our boy.  He's using the iPad to communicate a lot better than he was 3 months ago, and is attempting much more speech than we've ever heard.  He has also been "singing" along with different songs that he hears.  It's pretty fun!

Friday, July 6, 2012

We went on vacation

We went to Tucson.  We flew in on Saturday, and were scheduled to fly back home a week later, however, due to rampant illness at the airline (illness or contract negotiations?), and several cancelled flights, we were able to stay a couple of extra days.  It worked out well, though, because poor Erik had a stomach bug for about 4 days while we were there, and this way he had a few more days of vacation to enjoy.

As per usual, Stephen and Granddaddy had matching shirts.

 And we swam.  A lot.  Maybe 3-4 times a DAY!

We also got to enjoy a little luau with our cousins!  We had never gotten to spend time with Tia's younger granddaughters before, so this was extra special.  Stephen got a kick out of all those crazy girls, and graced his older cousin with a "Hiiiiiiiiiiiii!" while swimming, which was pretty special

It was a pretty relaxing trip, in spite of our travel problems at the end.  We really enjoyed our relaxing time in Tucson!!