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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Weekend stuff and some




So we had a pretty good run of fun this weekend, and some screw ups on my part, but all is well that ends well.
Right?
On saturday, the kids had their first tennis lesson. I forgot my camera! It was funny. One teacher, 8 or 9 kids swinging rackets, chasing down balls, teacher trying to keep them focused, lot's of air tennis. 
Do you have that visual yet?
They played some games, had a good time.
Next we headed off to Horse riding lessons. I headed out to the residence address and not the barn address, so I was all confused, then lost, then mad, then weirdly giggly. Kind of like when a person is freezing to death and they take their clothes off because they think they are hot, then we found it!
I made my apology, gave them my lame excuse, and got the kids on the horses. 
They did so well, and of course loved every second!
 K surprised me, he was so commanding, confident and gentle. He handled his horse so well, that they asked if he had ridden before.
 M, did well too. I sort of knew she would, not a shocker.
 But K was a funny thing.
M rode Maggie, and K rode Mr. Magoo.
I have been waiting for this day for a while. It was fun to see them out there. I think I smiled the whole time. 
I may have looked a bit manic maybe.
 My first impressions are generally less than stellar.
Anyway, We headed home and made a card cause M was headed off to a birthday party.
Or so we thought.
 Here come screw up #2.
We get over to the party house, really, very close to being on time.
It's not looking so birthdayish.
There are no kids or other minivans unloading, or even balloons. It was so dead that there was a beautiful bird in full song.
Think tumbleweeds.
Hmm..
We walk around the house trying to figure this thing out cause I was quite befuddled.
So the Father sees me wandering around on his deck and let's me in.
I am explaining that I thought that the party was today, he is all no, that would be tomorrow, I apologize. He winds up thinking I am some lady named Kate Riley. It was just an all together awkwardly confusing situation.
Anyway, It turns out that they are going to their pool club, and would love to have M for a part of the day and have a mini party with her. 
 M is thrilled, so is her friend. 
All good.
Saturday night we have a goodbye BBQ for my SIL  Aysen and her Husband, Koray.
They have been living and studying here in the States for two years. They have applied for their green card, but their Visa has expired, so they need to return to Turkey until they get their cards. It will be weird not to see them around for a while.
Good bye guys, for now, we will miss you so much!
Eating watermelon won't be the same with out you.
Really.
On Sunday, we went to a water park/amusement park for a summer get together for A's work. We had such a great time.
This was the first time the older kids went on big kid fast kind of rides. 
They liked it, Kinda.
K was just hilarious. He pretty much started each ride like this
 halfway through he was pretty much this
Here is M on that swinging pirate ship.
Fun.
Yeah, woohoo!
Oh, crapppp...
Here are some Funny ones of K.
Having a good time,
Kinda cool
Kind of scary,
 Make it stop!
Wanna go again?
Ev liked the ice cream.
 Get ready,
Inhale!
 He also loved the water park!
Look at this happy tube sliding little face!
Running through the sprinklers
So much fun
"Time to go" was not welcomed.
Some crashed
There were hugs.
Good times
Today, we headed off to our buddies pool for some summer fun!
Lots
of 
swimming
 Trampolining
mopeding
yard caring
hot tubing
Independence celebrating
you know just hanging out!-K


Friday, June 27, 2008

smatterings

Well this going to be one long picture filled post. We have been busy and I have been tired and not wanting to post, but I got this spare moment.
Right now.
So I am just gonna sit here and post.
So we have been taking advantage of all the FREE events in ours and surrounding communities.
The kids went to a book club event, and had a snack and made a craft relating to the book. It was mostly second graders who could read well, and M was just blown away at the level that these kids read at compared to her. It has inspired her (she is competitive) to buckle down and really hit the books. 
That's been interesting, she has been really working hard. It's amazing what motivates kids.
 We went back to New Haven green for the Arts and Ideas venue for a Jose Gonzales concert. He played Latin American beats from all places spanish speaking. It was great.
We ate some tacos from the curb side burrito stand to make the whole deal even more grande. Grandpa came too!
 There were even bubbles!
Great stuff.
Then we caught the Tim Latta act which was very cool! 
 He did crazy stuff on stilts.
 He incorporated masks
to dramatic music and he did these fluid movements.
It was mesmerizing.
The kids loved the masks!
 Ev was really sad when it ended.
Really.
so sad.
Next, we hopped on the free trolley and took a trip around the city with our friends.
Later that night, we caught a magic show at the library. It was quite funny. Lots of neat tricks and jokes,
 And bunnies.
Look at all that petting!
Balloon sword fights
 girly balloon poodles!
The next day our weird egg sack that I could not identify hatched, appears to be wee wasplike bugs?
We still don't know?
We have been making progress on some uninvited house mates!
We are still catching and releasing, as far as the arm can chuck them, babies!
Today my dear freind Cari and her beautiful baby boy, Yanni, came for a visit.
She is pregnant and looking great, and I just can't wait to see this new baby. I'm thinking girly thoughts for her!
 We had a great day just chatting, and eating.
E had a weird game going on. It went a little like this:
 Sit in a creek
 dump water on thyself
Repeat.
 Anyway, there is so much going on for free in these parts. Check out what's going on in yours. I bet you will be amazed!
 This weekend is a busy one. Stay tuned!-K