We went rock climbing again. Tucker has been practically begging to go again after that first time. I think he really wanted to make it up the meduim wall like his sister.
One of the climbing instructors was different this time and for some reason Penelope was not loving her. I don't know why she was very nice and smiley. But Penelope refused to talk to her and for a while she couldn't climb until she said the commands. I had to walk over and make her say it. I thought it was so weird but she was being shy I guess.
We went during the day this time so the lighting was so much better for pictures.
Penelope breezed through the easy wall but got scared at the top on her first try. Luckily no one had to climb up and get her this time. She moved on to do the medium a couple times.
Tucker did the medium wall on his first try with no problems and he moved onto the medium hard wall. It looked hard to me but he did a good job. He was so close to the top two times that it was so hard to watch him quit. I just know he wanted to make it so bad.
Oh well maybe next time.
This wall had cracks and crevices he had to hold onto instead of the regular hand holds.
In the next picture you can see how high Tucker got. It was a tough spot, that I doubt I could ever do.
Ok, I'll stop bombarding you with rock climbing pictures. I probably won't even go next time. Scarlett and Leon are too young to climb and it is easier sometimes to just stay home with them instead of making them sit and watch.
Our ward did their primary program just before Halloween. Somehow I forgot to post about it and just found these videos. It went so well this year! It was my first year since we've had kids in the program that I wasn't sitting up with the kids helping out. I'm in nursery now so I got to sit with Bob, Scarlett, and Leon and watch everything. They were so cute!
I was nervous about Penelope doing her part because last year, her first year, she got too scared and wouldn't say it, then she went home and threw up. So to help her feel more comfortable we went a couple days early and let her practice in the chapel. It worked great. She did her part and said she wan't even scared. Here is a video of her part right before church the morning of.
She says: I'm grateful that Jesus created the moon. The children got to help pick out their parts.
Tucker also did well on his part. It was semi-long so I didn't make him memorize it. Check it out.
He wasn't the most excited about practicing it again for the video.
I love watching the primary program. It is probably my favorite sacrament meeting of the year.
I love my new midi skirt and I have a couple of them now. I don't know why I never realized it before but if this skirt were just a few inches longer it would be a poodle skirt. All it needs is the poodle. Even the material reminded me of my old poodle skirt costume. It is fun and who doesn't love pockets?
Yesterday was wacky hair day at Tucker's school. They must have been talking about it at school or something because he was really excited about it and the past few years he didn't even want to participate. He was funny because the night before he said "Mom, how fast can you sew?" That is not the kind of question I ever want to hear. Kind of like, "Mom, how fast can you make a batch of cookies for my class?" I think he wanted me to make him some long fake hair. We compromised on using left over Halloween black hair spray. He seemed pretty excited about the result.
The kids had a week off from their swim lessons so with our extra time one day we took them rock climbing. Bob and I both thought the kids would get a little bit off the ground and start crying and give up. But they really showed us. They both did amazing!
Tucker would quickly climb halfway up the easy wall and then instantly get scared and give up and say he wants down. Penelope was much slower and also made it about half way her first time. But on her second time she made it all the way to the top. She then got scared and an employee had to climb up and give her a piggy back ride down. After that she moved on the the more difficult wall and climbed it to the top two times! I was shocked that she is such a good climber. I really had no idea.
Tucker took a few more tries but did make it to the top of the easy wall. This first picture shows Tucker at the top of the easy wall and Penelope about halfway up the the medium wall. They really are quit high.
After Tucker and Penelope went I had to give it a try. I've never been good at rock climbing. I've tried on those mobile walls a couple times and have never been able to do it. I also tried on a real mountain before but I was the only one in my group who couldn't do it. I don't know why I just don't feel safe holding on to those little knobs. I'm usually pretty decent and sport type things, but not rock climbing. Anyway, I tried the easy wall and really wanted to give up. Especially when I got to just below where I am in the picture. But with the kids encouragements and taunts that they made it up I was able to make it. But I didn't like it and don't really want to do it again. I am so much taller then the kids I really am amazed that they could do it! It was so hard.
Bob of course was able to do a much harder wall with no problem. He did get a bit scared letting go and coming down though. I guess he just didn't trust the rope. I thought the guy was going to have to climb up and help him down just like Penelope. Just kidding.
Here is a video of Penelope's first time up the easy wall. You can tell she was pretty scared. After this time she didn't really get scared anymore.
And here is one of Tucker's attempts. I'm bummed I didn't get a video of him making it to the top. At least you can see how fast he would climb and then suddenly get scared and just give up.
It was so nice because the whole time there was only one other kid there. So Tucker and Penelope just got to go again and again as much as they wanted. Hopefully we can find time to go back.
Tucker needed his own space in our house for when Leon naps in their room. We don't have any sort of play room for him to go hang out in. All we have is a few extra square feet at the top of the stairs. Just enough room for a desk... a small desk. I've been looking for a while and found this little one for only $20.
It was pretty beat up, but the size and price was right. So I sanded it down a ton, repainted it and gave it knew hardware.
I love how it turned out.
I finished the top with a polycrylic so it is very durable. Finding these drawer pulls was so stressful. I was in Lowes with the kids staring at all my options. Everything was either too expensive ($5 knobs meant I doubled the price of the desk) or not what I was looking for. The kids got bored fast and started acting up and at the same time I was getting doubly stressed because I couldn't find what i wanted. I was going to go with a very similar knob but a rounded shape in stead of rectangle and they were $5. I had them in my cart and everything even though I was not happy with the price and wishing for something more squared off because nothing on the desk is curved. But while walking out I saw these perfect knobs on the wall marked with my favorite word "clearance" for only $.79 (This was a few weeks ago so that price might be off just a bit, but it was cheap). I was so excited I rushed over and found only 3 left! After talking to the employees and begging for them to sell me the one on the wall they said no and I was once again upset. Luckily we called a different lowes and they had some left. I put one on hold but when Bob went to pick it up for me they claimed they didn't know what he was talking about and he searched the store for 20 minutes only to find 8 of them left in a random bin. And it was $3. I didn't care I was so happy.
So far the desk has worked out great. It looks nice in the space and now Tucker has a place to work on his homework, or read, or play legos while Leon naps.
Lately I've been loving polka dots! I don't know why but I bought a couple different dotted things. I think I need to stop or people are going to start calling me the polka dot lady. This dotted navy peplum shirt is just perfect and I really like it.