Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Swimming Lessons

We signed up for the YMCA.  I've wanted to for a long time but have been holding out because it is so expensive and for me to ever work out I'd need to put the kids in child care which is a couple more dollars per child per hour.  Not worth it to me.  But we really wanted to sign our children up for swimming lessons.  The lessons that we did before and loved are $50 per child.  Now that we wanted to put three in it is cheaper to get a Y membership.  So we signed up, and we are going to get the most out of it we can, even though I won't be going to work out all the time.

Their first swimming lesson was last week.  We went ahead and put them in the lowest level class for their ages.  That put Scarlett and Penelope in the same class called Pike.  Tucker is in the 6-12 Pollywog class.

This was Scarlett's first ever swimming lessons and she loved it!  She got right in and did whatever the teacher said with a big smile on her face.  It was really good that She was in the same class with Penelope because even though Penelope did lessons before she was scared and hesitant.  A few times she told the teacher no and wouldn't do something, then the teacher would move on to the other children and after Scarlett did it then Penelope would do it too.  Penelope is probably a bit better then Scarlett at doing the stuff but she is much more hesitant.  This is different from her other lessons because they have to hang on to the wall and they can't touch the bottom.  Plus there is only one teacher and six kids.  Not at all the best ratio for beginners who are scared and clinging to the teacher, but it is cheaper then the other lessons, so I guess you get what you pay for.
Above is a picture of Scarlett and Penelope just after they were told to slide in at the very beginning. Penelope needed a little encouragement (scolding and mouthing that she better get in the water) from me.

Next is Tucker's class.  He did great and loved it, just like we thought he would.  Most of his class hasn't been showing up so there has only been 3 kids each time which is great.   He does whatever the teacher says and tries his best to get it down.
Meanwhile during swimming lessons Bob and Leon played in the shallow part of the pool the whole time.  I was a bit surprised that Leon went near the water, but he did and he even went down the small slide.  I think for our next lesson we are going to try to get there early and let the kids play in the water a few minutes before the lessons start.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Point Defiance Zoo

We haven't taken the kids to the zoo in a long time so on Monday we decided to go.  It was perfect because Bob and Tucker had the day off for Columbus day.  But that isn't a holiday everyone gets off so it was pretty empty.  Plus it looked like it was going to rain even though it didn't.  I don't think I've ever seen so few people there.  It was great.
They had Halloween decorations up and I thought these next signs were funny.
When we saw the polar bears they were growling and it looked like fighting with each other.  I'm not sure if that is normal for them or not, but it was pretty exciting for us.  We were the only ones in the exhibit and the kids started getting really scared.
It is crazy how big these guys are.

The aquarium is always a favorite.

Then off to the kids play land.  We tried to see most of the keeper talks so we were kind of bouncing back and forth around the zoo.  It was worth it though.  I love to see them feed the animals and hear what they have to say about them.
The kids would have been happy here the entire day.
The tigers were my favorite.  They are just so beautiful.
They even said they have baby tigers but they are so young they aren't out for people to see yet.  I remember when they had two tiger cubs and we saw them.  It was so fun because they just jumped around and climbed all over each other.
At the elephant exhibit we learned all about the two major species of elephat and now I want to see the other one to compare.  Our zoo only has the Asian elephants.
These peacocks are always roaming around, but this time one followed us back to our car.  We had to kind of send him away to back out.  It was neat to see one up so close.  It would have been neater if he opened up his feathers but we weren't that lucky.
It was such a nice fun family day.  The point defiance zoo is pretty small and about an hour away.  I'd like to take the kids about once a year.  So it's not quite worth it for us to get an annual membership.  It was a perfect way to get the kids ready for their Halloween costumes.  The kids are each going to be an animal and Bob and I the zoo keepers.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Patches Giveaway

Tucker rips through almost every pair of jeans he owns.  That is why when I heard of Easy Patches I thought they were so neat.  These patches don't require any sewing or ironing!  It is crazy but they just stick on.  I also love them for decorating the kids backpacks and toys.

I let my kids each pick some for their backpacks.  I've seen a lot of kids at the school with the same backpacks.  This a a great way to personalize them.

I thouhgt it was funny that Scarlett wanted the LOL.  She has no idea what it means but picked it because it is pink.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Watch What I'm Wearing

Necklace: f21  Shoes: Fred Meyer  Cardigan: Target
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

While in Puyallup we made a stop at the Scholz Farms.  I heard this pumpkin patch had the most free things so I thought I'd give it a try.  And everyone was right, the kids loved this place.  It was just past the more expensive more crowded Spooner farms and the kids loved it.  I think Spooner farms is fun, but if you are looking for something different I would definitely recommend Scholz.  They played for over an hour and we didn't spend a dime.
Plus it seemed like the place was loaded with picture spots.

We even got to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
And a gingerbread man.
They had a small but free corn maze.  Now that our family is getting older the kids aren't always free and so I'm all for a smaller but free corn maze.  It wasn't difficult at all but the kids liked it.  (Spooner farm corn maze would have cost us $34).  And probably every couple years I would be up for paying the extra for the harder bigger maze.  But its just not something we need to do every year.
They had little outdoor cars and cozy coops for the kids to ride around.  They had hoola hoops and even a bowling set for the kids to play with.
The tractor seemed to be the kids favorite though.  Penelope was a little scared that it would start rolling and there was a bit of fighting about who got to drive, but not too much.
Leon was happy running down and in between the rows of pumpkins.
We got lucky and the weather turned out great.  It had poured right before we left.  I was worried we were going to get soaked.  But the opposite was true.  It even got so warm we all took our coats off.
They had different animals including wilber the pig.  But it was the chickens the kids loved.  We fed them right out of our hands.  That was an experience because some of them were nice and just got the food.  Others bit hard and totally bit my palm.  I think we were just supposed to throw the food in but that was way less exciting.  Bob wants to get chickens.  Maybe in our next house we can get a few.
I love holidays and making memories with our kids. I think Fun family activities and traditions that we repeat year after year are the things my kids will remember when they grow up.  These are the things that will bind us together as a family.  Just like the family proclamation says "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Apple Cider Squeeze

Last weekend we went with my parents to a fall festival where we got to make our own cider.  They were practically giving these pumkins away so we got another one.   We now have four.  It was kind of hard to choose one together as a family so I just picked.  I almost broke down and let them each pick their own.  But then I knew they would each want to carve their own pumkin and that would have taken hours.
Leon was munching on an apple that was supposed to be made into cider.
We had to wait a bit for our turn but when it came I thought it was worth it.
The kids especially loved throwing the apples in to be smashed up.
Bob made turning the wheel way easier than it actually was.  I kept getting it stuck on the hard green apples.  Everyone had to wait while I wound it back and tried again.
Next we had to smush the apple pieces by turning the top.

And lastly pouring the apple cider into the containers.
It was amazing how many apples it takes to fill up one gallon.  That night we all enjoyed a warm cup of cider while watching Hotel Transylvania. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Peanut Butter Leon

Just as Scarlett starts to slowly grow out of her destructive phase Leon steps up to fill the role.
Of course it is peanut butter.  I think we go through two of those jars a week, sometimes three.
This reminded me of a time when my brothers tricked me into making a big mess with the peanut butter.  They had me digging into it with my hands doing almost the same exact thing.  Then we took pictures.  I have no idea why, I was young, but I do remember my mom wasn't happy when she got home.