August 20, 2008

First Day of School

Today Josh and Izzy went back to school. I know they'll have a great day, but I'm not ready for them to go back yet. I'm not ready for summer to end.
I'm not really emotional about it. I didn't cry from missing them. I just really like it when they're home. I like being around them and we have a great time together.

I'm REALLY not looking forward to homework. (I could dedicate a whole post to my opinion on children's homework, but I'll save that for another time.)
One thing that is good about them going back to school, is that I get to spend quite a bit of one-on-one time with Ben. That's something I am looking forward to.

So for now, I'll put on my happy face as they get on the bus, and go back into the house to enjoy the time I have with my little brown boy.

August 4, 2008

Family Hike

Last Saturday we got up early and went on a hike up to the "Y." All of the kids did really well - I was surprised. David got to ride along in the pack, so you'd think he had less reason to complain and yet, he was the only one I heard whine. No, he wasn't too bad, really. We did have a good time together, and the view of the valley was gorgeous! Especially as the sun was coming up.

Sittin' on the "Y"

After about 100 feet into the hike, Ben said to me,"Mom, can you carry me?" I thought, "Oh, no." I was tempted to turn around and wait at the bottom of the mountain with Ben while the others went on ahead. But, Ben surprised me. He was great the whole way. He would run ahead of us and then run back down - all the way up. I think he covered twice the distance we did!

Just chillin'

Izzy was happy to finally be standing on the "Y"

Going, going. . . GONE!

While we were resting and sitting on the "Y," David decided to play his favorite game - throwing things and waiting for someone to pick it up and give it back, only to have him throw it again, and again, and again. So he decided to throw his sippy cup down. And down it went, bouncing all the way down the "Y" and off into the bushes. Everyone up there just sat and watched in silence. After it disappeared the laughter began.
All David could do was say, "Uh-oh, uh-oh." Uh-oh is right.