Thursday, July 21, 2011


Why do these two have the biggest grins on their faces and most importantly why are they so happy standing next to each other? It's unimaginable and that's why it needed to be photographed.

Actually, the reason why David is so happy is because he passed a diving test which consisted of swimming across the pool using the right technique. Julia was congratulating him and considering she has no interest in going on a diving board, there was no jealousy and she was sincerely happy for him. She had been witnessing him sitting on a bench for hours staring at the kids jumping off the diving board and water slide.

Now, when we are at the pool, I know exactly where he is at any given minute. Four hours on a diving board without a minute of rest, that's what I call summer.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Summer Fun.

Our past weekend was packed with a lot of exciting events. Saturday, David had his first swim meet. I'm not going to elaborate on the significance of this event for me because I'm trying to keep it sweet and short here for once. I'm just going to say that for a child who wouldn't get into a pool for almost 5 years of his life, it was a big deal. He loves team sports in general whether it's t-ball, soccer or hockey, but swimming seems to be his favorite right now.

As David was getting ready to swim, he said to me "I'm going to kill them". What? According to him, that's what a kid in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book says. Ok, so after explaining that it's not really nice to say, I made a mental note to check the book myself. Not only does is say it in there "kill 'em" while referring to a child participating in a swimming competition, but the first few pages are filled with how much the kid dislikes swimming. I think the book will be going back to the library tomorrow. The only reason David picked this book in the first place was because the older kids, including his 3rd grade book buddy, read it. After all, there is a reason why many books have suggested age printed in the back of them.

Julia and I spent Sunday at the beach while Seth and David hung out in the city an entire day. They went to a museum, a street festival and visited Seth's uncle and aunt.

It was a great, yet another exhausting weekend. Every summer I wonder what we preoccupy ourselves in a winter with. I know, we don't sit around watching tv, but still it doesn't seem as fun, busy and sometimes tiring as these summer weekends are.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Knitting In The Summer.

Some of the below knits were done before the summer, but definitely after the snow has melted and we were hit with over a 90 degree weather. A lot of them didn't get a chance to be photographed. Since we have been living at the pool for the past month, I knit there too. The kids are comfortable swimming on their own (rather I'm more comfortable letting them go in the pool by themselves), so I can afford sitting back and knit while still keeping my eyes on them.

There is a skirt for Julia, another one for her cousin, a hat/booties/bib gift set for our librarian who's been very kind to us and mostly just random knits not necessarily intended for anyone yet. Once David's first tooth started wiggling, I knitted him a tooth "pillow" with a pocket on the back. He placed his tooth in the pocket and the tooth fairy left him a dollar coin there. He loved it.

We are off to the pool and I'm bringing my knitting bag that holds a very cute pattern. Stay tuned.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Run for Fun Race.

It's become our tradition to participate in an annual Leonia "run for fun" race on the 4th of July. I ran 5K in 24:08 minutes, Julia and David ran a race around a block. Here are some pictures from earlier today.

Do you see a woman behind me? She was able to catch up to me by a finish line. Our times were tied, yet she got a first place trophy. Am I just a bit sensitive? You bet.

It is a great family tradition and even though with a few bumps on a way (such as Julia being bored of waiting for her race to start and decided to walk back home alone crossing two streets until Seth realized she wasn't turning and coming back), I'm looking forward to them joining me one day running 5K.