We took the girls to my sister so they could get their hair re-cut. I won't say fixed because I don't think it will actually be fixed until it grows a couple inches. But she did a good job at evening things out. This way when it does grow it will look nice and not like a big mess.
Scarlett did a great job holding still. I could tell she was concentrating on not moving. This being her first official haircut I wasn't sure how it would go. But she did really good.
Tada! It does look kinda cute!
Penelope got about 6 inches cut off to match the big chunk she cut out of her hair.
Neither of them are very upset about the whole ordeal. I just hope they never do it again!
Last Saturday we made the hour and a half drive to Seattle for the annual Bike expo. Tucker was way to excited for it. Last year Bob and the kids went without me. I stayed in town and went to a Women's Conference. It was also the day Leon was almost born. Because I missed it before I was just a little bit curious.
It was basically tons of vendors selling various bike stuff. I don't think Bob ended up buying anything but he did enjoy looking. And we got more then our fare share of flyers and pieces of candy from the booths. In fact Cliff was handing out granola bars and we made sure to stop by their both several times. It kept the kids happy.
I'm not sure what this particular booth was for. I took Penelope to the bathroom and when we came back Tucker was time traveling.
They even had a fog machine going. They told him he traveled one minute into the future. He thought it was the coolest thing ever.
This was like my fifth attempt to get a picture of all the kids looking.
Bob really liked these wood bikes. I guess they sell for about 4 thousand dollars.
I didn't get a picture of it but they did have some really neat bikes for families. I saw this one with a cool bench on the back of it meant to hold three kids. Then there was a baby seat on the front. It was perfect for us... minus the price tag.
There was one booth I was interested in. A bike lawyer had a booth set up. He represents bicycle riders after they get hit by cars. I kind of have a love hate thing going on with Bob riding his bike to work every day. I want to support him because he loves it and it is a really healthy thing to do. But on the other hand I just get scared that one day he isn't going to come home and I'm going to get a call about how he got hit by a car. It just happened to someone in our ward a couple months ago. He is ok now but he was in the hospital for a couple of days. I hope Bob never gets hurt, but our town is not the most bike friendly. So there will always be that possibility. At least now I will be prepared with a lawyer to call if something happens.
My favorite part was watching the bike artistry. Three people came out on bikes and did some really crazy cool tricks.
The video is of their intro. I kinda wish we got a video later because their tricks got way more spectacular toward the end of the performance. Check it out.
After the expo we drove over to the Freemont Troll under the bridge. It is always a fun stop for the kids, although this time we were freezing. Tucker kept telling everyone not to look into the eye. Apparently if you look into the trolls eye you will have bad dreams. it was funny watching him walk around making sure not to turn his head toward the eye.
Whenever we are leaving the house I send the kids out to the car while I get my shoes on and get Leon's coat on. It is the only way to avoid everyone crowding around the door. So the other day the girls were already in the car when I came out and saw this.
We store a lot of things in the rafters above the car. So I just thought it was funny that the one thing that happens to fall right on the windshield is a zombie. And his head fell too but they weren't connected. I tried to convince the girls that the zombie must have came alive when we were sleeping and tried to get us. The didn't believe me and said that it probably fell down. I still thought it was funny.
I've been wanting to take pictures of the Seattle skyline for a while now but just haven't had the right opportunity. So when we were in the area for a bike expo I made sure to squeeze in time for these pictures. I had read online the best location to take them but I was still amazed when I got there at how perfect it was. You have a unobstructed view of the skyline and we weren't even very far away. It was perfect.
It was overcast all day and even a little bit rainy. I want to go back and take pictures on a sunny day and another time at night. But I'm happy with these because I figure this is what it looks like a good portion of the time.
The next three are the same pictures edited different.
I'm thinking about making a large print of one of these. Which is your favorite?
Sorry no outfit pictures from me this week. I woke up not feeling well last Sunday but went ahead and got ready for church anyway. But I started feeling worse and worse as the morning went on and at the very last minute decided that there was no way I was going to make it to church. I promptly got back in my pjs and into bed. My husband thought it was funny. He said, "Wow, it took you 30 minutes to get dressed for church and only 30 seconds to get back into your pajamas." It is a good thing I stayed home because I spent the day in bed feeling horrible. Luckily it passed quickly and I was almost back to normal by Monday.
Penelope's first swimming lessons were on Tuesday. Tucker did the entire last swim cycle alone because Penelope wasn't quite ready. She needed some time to think about it and to watch first. She is like that in everything. It isn't that she is super shy but she would be classified as "slow to warm up." Tucker is the type to jump right in with no hesitation so raising Penelope has been much different than what we were used to.
Anyway, we made a special trip to the store to buy her a knew swimsuit. It was really fun. We rarely get to spend time with just the two of us. She is such a people pleaser it was hard for me to get her to pick a swimsuit. She kept asking me which one I thought was best. Or she would say things like, "That one, because I think Tucker would like it." Honestly she was so excited about the entire thing I think she would have been thrilled with any of them.
By the time Tuesday rolled along she started getting really nervous. She kept asking me all kinds of questions about swimming lessons.
Penelope: "Mom are we supposed to wear underwear?"
me: "No, like I told you earlier except at the store you don't need to wear underwear with a swimsuit." Penelope: "I think you do."
Me: "no you don't."
Penelope: "Maybe you do. You don't know everything about swim lessons mom."
Then while we were waiting for it to start she started getting really worried and talking about how the swimming people weren't going to know that she was wearing a swimsuit. She thought they would think it was just her normal clothes and not let her go in.
When it was finally time they have the kids line up and call their name so they can go to their teachers. I wish they would start from the easiest class and go up but they always do it the other way around. Making the youngest kids stand there the longest wondering what to do and if they were going to get called. I can see how most people would not even think twice about it. But I could see Penelope getting scared and almost start crying when Tucker left. Of course with our name she was very last.
Look how cute she is waiting.
Penelope lucked out on her class. They have two teachers and only two kids! It is like private lessons.
Tucker on the other hand has 7 in his class and only two teachers. He did great too by the way. He moved up again so now his class actually does swimming without any help. It is fun to watch.
Here he is trying to wave at Penelope.
Penelope did mostly everything her teachers said. I only heard her tell them no one time and that was at the beginning when they were told to dunk their head under. She put her face in later but she just wasn't ready right at the start.
I could tell she was so scared to jump in. But she did it anyway and I'm really happy for her. We talked before hand. So she knew it was coming. We also talked a lot about being brave. And how that means doing something even though you are scared.
I'm excited to see how much they will grow in just the next few weeks.
The kids have been begging to go to the local skate rink so we took them last Saturday.
Things didn't go quite how I expected. First it cost around $25 which I thought was really expensive for an hour and half of skating. Then we had such different skating abilities in our family we just had to split up the entire time and it didn't really feel like we were spending time together like I wanted. Plus Penelope and Scarlett wanted to be done after about half an hour. Oh well. I'm glad we went. It isn't like we had a bad time. Just not great.
The girls did really well on the skates. It was both of their first times and they barely fell down at all. I think Penelope fell two or three times and she did most of it without holding hands. Scarlett held on the entire time and went very slow. There was no crying from either even after falling down so I was pretty happy about that.
Pushing the stroller was apparently really fun. Who knew? Scarlett really pushed most of the time.
Tucker was a maniac trying to do crazy skate moves the entire time. He by far fell the most, but only because he was jumping around and twisting his feet all weird. It was funny and he enjoyed it.
This first video is of Penelope. Sorry it is so dark.
I'm not the hugest fan of this song but their dancing was too funny not to take a video. And go ahead and ignore me yelling at tucker at the end. He just couldn't hear me over the music.
This last one is really hard to see, but I will just tell you it is Scarlett pushing Leon in the stroller, Penelope is holding on to it and at the very end you can see Bob and Tucker up in front.