Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
McIver actually started the whole thing last night. He wrote all these letters all over his page and then wrote the letter A with the circle around it at the top. The he said: " I got an A, I got an A. Mom, did you know that an A is really good, but a Z is bad, bad, bad?" I haven't figured out where he picked that up yet.
All through dinner he kept trying to show the waitress his homework and tell her how very hard it is. She was appropriately impressed.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
This is one of the hard parts about being so far from family. I know that everyone in Myrtle Beach is taking the best care of Mamoo and that there's not one single thing that I could do to help matters. I just would like to be able to see Mamoo for myself - she sounded so good on Friday night when I spoke with her, but then Ginny called Saturday morning to tell us about the 2nd stroke. I just miss being able to see all of our grands (both of my grandmothers - Grandma Janet and Grandma Myrtle and Mamoo) more frequently.
I told Olivia and McIver that we need to be praying for Mamoo's recovery. Olivia has a great plan: Well, since we're moving back to Columbia, maybe Mamoo should just stay with GranGran and GranDaddy until we get to Columbia. Then we can visit her every day and take her to the grocery store and keep her company.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
McIver found the 2nd cache - you can see that it could be pretty hard to find, depending on where it's hidden. This one had lots of different kinds of stones in it. We left the TB (that's geocaching lingo for Travel Bug), in this one.
Here's Olivia putting a cache back in its hiding spot. Sorry not to have a picture of her face, but this is more to show you just how sneaky you have to be to hide/find the caches. There's a concern that folks who don't know about geocaching ("muggles") might find the treasure and not really know what to do about it so folks are very tricky with their hiding spots.
So, I mentioned some hijinks... After 3 successful finds, we headed to Memorial Park which is just covered with caches. We thought we had one that was pretty close to the road and wouldn't require too much traipsing through the woods. So, we parked Margaret's car on the side of a street with some very nice houses and began our trek. The kids were still into it at this point. Once we got to the point where we knew we were close, though, we had a hard time finding the cache - the clue said that it was covered with sticks and pine needles. This is where we were -
I mean, there were sticks and pine needles EVERYWHERE. So, after about 15 minutes or so of hunting, we decided to head back to the car and call it a day. Only when we got back to the car, Margaret realized that her keys had fallen out of her pocket at some point during the trek. Oops! Both of our pocketbooks/cellphones were locked in the car and, to top it all off, Olivia had to go to the bathroom (and not the kind you can do in the woods; I had already suggested that).
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
In case you can't see what is in McIver's pocketbook (which he borrowed from Olivia), it's a frog. The poor thing is probably scared to death. This was taken just a few moments before his release back into the wild of our backyard.
Olivia is taking a reading class (although it turns out to be much more than just reading, they're also doing math, counting money and more) again this summer. She adores the teachers and we are lucky enough to live around the corner from where the class is being held this year. After walking her to class for the last 3 weeks, she decided today that she's ready to ride there by herself. Look at how proud she is! (sniff, sniff - my baby is growing up!)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy Fathers' Day, Will! We love you...
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Olivia loved being out in the ocean. I can't wait to get to Myrtle Beach so she'll be able to really enjoy it this summer.
After getting Adrienne some medicine for her sting, we went to the Strand in Galveston. LaKing's is an old fashioned soda fountain with more candy than you can imagine, a taffy-pulling machine and a few rides. It was nice to be out of the sun and in the cool of the AC.
This was a pretty good way to recover from a jellyfish sting.
Adrienne and Olivia decided to share an ice cream sundae. I'm pretty sure it was Olivia's first one.
McIver saw no reason to share!
Emily and I couldn't just sit by while the kids enjoyed ice cream so we shared an old-fashioned banana split. Tasty!
As you can see, McIver really likes Mark Andrew. The kids all had a great time in the town square area playing with the huge chess board. Olivia wasn't happy that we couldn't get back to the beach, though.
McIver, after 2 failed attempts with 2 other horses, finally was able to feed a horse from his palm. The Tim McGraw wanna-be carriage driver was very nice, even though we refused all of his attempts at slashing his prices to take a carriage ride. It just wasn't in the cards. And, for the record, he was about 50 pounds heavier and 10 teeth shy of looking remotely like Tim McGraw!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
McIver loved the one-on-one attention from Tim.
Quick picture break!
We have 4 more lessons next week which will be fun.
We snagged our usual table in the bar area right next to the sandbox so we could keep an eye on the kids. We missed having Sam there, but he has been spending the week with his grandmother enjoying some one-on-one time with her. Olivia, Abby and McIver took their own bowl of chips to the rail to watch the other kids play while they waited for their supper.
McIver may have won b/c of this move - putting the racecar popsicle behind his head resulted in ice cream in his hair. After icecream, the girls got busy building a bridge along one of the benches. Good this Wednesday isn't too busy of a night - no one needed the seats.