This little Bug has joined the ranks of nursery. Mommy is happy that she can listen to the Sunday School lesson but she misses her pal. Brynn has a hard time when Mommy leaves but settles down and has a blast with the toys and the snacks.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Back in June we decided we actually needed to open the tent we bought and use it. Novel idea! We wanted to go to the mountains and knew the girls would love it.
Here are the life lessons I learned on this camping trip:
1) Check the weather.
I assumed that since it is North Carolina and it is June it will be hot. Not so much. I packed shorts and short sleeves for the girls and just randomly threw their jackets and a pair of pants in the suitcase for good measure. As we are setting up it got colder and colder. I finally changed the girls into warmer clothes. Also, around 10pm it started raining and it didn't stop until 12pm, the next day! So let's recap: It was cold and then it started raining so it got colder. Since we couldn't cook the pancakes at camp like we planned we opted for McDonald's. I haven't had a McGriddle in years but it was heavenly after the night we had. We had to check out of the camp site at 11am. If you are doing the math then you will realize that Kevin and I had to break camp...while it rained...and it was cold. We put the girls in the car, loaded them with snacks, put the back hatch up as a shelter and folded, packed, and crammed things in as best we could. When we folded the tent it had a pocket of water that we had to get out. Kevin and I are getting soaked and all we can do is laugh. I looked at Kevin and realized that years from now we will look back on this and laugh so why not laugh at it right now.
To be honest, I was worried about Brynn. She is NOT the best sleeper. She was still getting used to walking on a flat surface so imagine running around a camp site. Well, I hate to tell myself "I told you so", but, well... Self, I told you so. She would not go to sleep. The rain kept waking her up. And when she woke up she screamed. Finally at 1am Kevin loaded her in the car and drove her down the Blue Ridge Parkway to put her to sleep. At 3am she finally fell asleep so Kevin stayed in the car with her. It might be awhile before we take her camping again.
2) Love where you are, right now...
Monday, July 16, 2012
Our family sat down one summer's eve night and drafted the Walker's Summer Bucket list 2012. It is beautiful to behold.
We have since gone back and ratified the document and after it was debated and voted upon it went into effect immediately.
First order of business, "Real" bowling. Let me explain. Caroline has grown to love Wii bowling. When she is in charge of the activity for FHE she chooses bowling every time. We took her bowling one Saturday after she finished her chores and she loved it. So now to distinguish the two she calls going to the bowling ally "Real" bowling.
Of course she chooses a pink ball every time. She also goes back and forth between using the ramp and just rolling the ball. Either way she just jumps up and down while the bowl S-L-O-W-L-Y makes its way to the pins.
Another Bucket List item that has lots of check marks beside it is the pool! We bought a summer pass to Bur-Mil and while we don't love the long drive out there we love the slides, whirlpool, and zero entry.
My Brynn Bug is going to give me a heart attack before the summer is over. She has not an ounce of fear in her. She will stand on the sides of the pool, barely wait for me to get into position and then just jump right in. She loves to go underwater and loves the Tot slide.
My little fish...
I have learned with Caroline I need to put her sunscreen on in the parking lot and get her ready before we walk in. Once she is in she is gone! We are signing her up for swim lessons next week. She is a great swimmer with her float on but I am ready for her to get to the next level.
If you are on Instagram find me (@milo1604) and post your own summer bucket list photos. Use the #summerbucketlist so we can see what fun stuff you are doing.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
She usually has cookies in her cookie jar, a whole container of Legos, and a backyard playground to rival any park.
Oh, and there is cousin Katy...
These pictures are scrumptious. I just might have to break down and print these...
Monday, July 9, 2012
Kevin and I have been trying to go on a cruise for over 3 years now and it has never worked out until this past Spring. We begged and pleaded with Grandma and Grandpa to watch the girls for us and then set out on an AWESOME vacation! It was a little stressful for us to leave the girls knowing we would have some days were we could not be reached at all but we trusted that things would work out and we did. So I will show you our vacation pics and give you some of my travel tips (because I am such a pro now.)
Ok, we say goodbye to Key West and hello to...
That vacation was so great. I told Kevin I wanted to get off the boat, wash our clothes at a laundromat, and keep cruising.