~We came home on Tuesday the 5th from our dreamy getaway in Savannah. The next few days were filled with laundry, house cleaning and yard work. Fun, Fun. :o)
~Then 08/08/08 arrived and since that point we have been obsessed with the Olympics!! Our Tivo has been on overdrive since that day just taping up a storm. We love Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres and our hometown girl Nastia Liukin - just to name a few. We are full of American pride and we have been rooting each night as though we are watching the Super Bowl. We have had a lot of great family time around here - we are kind of sad that swimming and gymnastics are over - now we will focus on basketball, platform diving and whatever else we can soak in before the closing ceremonies on the 24th.
~The 9th was our church's first service on Saturday night. We have switched to Saturdays and love it! At our previous church we went on Friday nights for years and it worked perfectly for our family - so we are thankful for the new Saturday night service.
~11th - 15th was a busy week. Our three year old was in swimming lessons all week and LOVED it! He has always been fearless in the water so we are so thankful that he now has the skills to swim and be safe in the water. My boys have Phelps' fever so our oldest is wanting to begin taking advanced swimming lessons to begin learning swimming strokes. He says he wants to be in the Olympics one day so we are going to enroll him this Fall to get him started toward that dream (remember, this is the son who was terrified of water until earlier this summer - my how far we have come in such a short time). Here is a little video of our three year old at swimming lessons. Day one he was asking to jump off the diving board and on the third day she let him - he was so proud of himself and we were too!
Our oldest spent two days and one night at Blaine and Lesli's swimming and playing with his cousins. He had a great time swimming - he loves bragging that they stayed in the pool one day for 6 hours - he thought that was really cool! I hate that we do not get together with them more often. We only live about an hour away but life just gets in the way.
The 13th was my one year Blogaversary! Wow - a year. I started this blog as a scrapbook for my boys and a way to keep up with friends and family. If you would have told me that I would have formed relationships with people I had never met in person or that I would have arranged to meet one of those people (more on this later) - I would have thought you were crazy! But over this last year I have met several people through blogging and I am thankful for these relationships. People who do not blog do not get it and probably think it is strange to have friends that you have not met in person but I thank God for this year and these new relationships. I hope to meet you all in person someday.
Friday (15th) and Saturday (16th) was our church's Women's retreat. I, along with another lady in our church, are helping get a new ministry off the ground for moms with kids 0-5. At the retreat we shared about this new ministry at two break out sessions so I spent last week doing last minute things for my part of the presentation. I am so excited about this new ministry as I have a heart for moms of toddlers and preschoolers. Moms ministries have played such an important roll in my life so I am happy to be apart of starting this as I know it will be awesome for ladies in our church and in our community.
We have had such a laid back summer with absolutely no schedule and it has been w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l! Since the boys have gone to bed late each night and were able to sleep as late as they wanted most mornings we decided this week should be a trial for the school routine that starts next week. So far so good - there has been no fighting at bedtime.
Friday (22nd) is Meet The Teacher Night - prayers have been lifted up all summer that God will place our 3rd grader with the teacher that is best for him. I have to be honest, third grade scares me ALOT as I have heard it is such a big change from 2nd grade. Ready or not let the 3rd grade adventure begin.
So that is our past 14 days. As Jeremy puts it we have been in a "vacation hangover" and it has been hard getting back into the swing of the routine of life. But I think I am finally back so starting tomorrow I will begin sharing the recap of our vacation. I also plan on reading blogs again. :o)