Saturday, August 9, 2014

swimming with clothes on

Oliver had an entire swim lesson fully dressed this week. It was sort of his graduation lesson from his first series of swim lessons. After his fully clothed swim he gets to move on to learning strokes! The purpose of this swim is to teach the kids what it will feel like if they ever fall in fully clothed. It looked like hard work, but he did great! I can't believe they made him undress himself as well. I cannot believe how much progress these boys have made in such a short amount of time. Oliver has had about four hours of instruction time, approximately 16 15-minute lessons and he has gone from barely putting his face in the water to this.

Monday, August 4, 2014


The boys received adorable, matching bathrobes, made by Gramma, in the mail today. They absolutely love them and I sent them into the pool so they could test them when they got out. It's in the mid-80's today so not exactly bathrobe wearing weather and I couldn't get Elliott to keep his on for very long (Oliver told me he was going to take a nap in his, so we'll see how sweaty he is when he wakes up). Here are some swimming shots, as well as a few of them with the bathrobes on.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

more swimming

The boys started up swimming again this week after almost a month off of lessons due to travel, etc. They are both making amazing progress! Oliver is basically "graduating" from his beginner lessons and will have a lesson fully clothed this week so he can see what it would feel like if he ever falls in. After that he can start learning strokes and how to snorkel, which he is really excited about. Elliott is now able to rest and breath on his own, which is huge progress for him and means he should be swimming across the pool soon!

Elliott sings Itsy Bitsy Spider

July happenings

I'm back, at least for a little while. I feel like I abandoned this blog for most of July and that's because after being gone for almost two weeks, I'm just now starting to feel caught up with life. I have a plethora of photos and videos to post and will try to get to many of them this week. For now, here's a rare selfie of Nick, Penny and I.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oliver's first crossfit class

It doesn't get much cuter than this! Oliver had a blast yesterday trying out the new kids' crossfit class at our gym. I'm hoping the scheduling will work out so that he can continue to go. He loved it and had a huge grin on his face the entire time.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Oliver swims!

Oliver swam across the entire length of the pool and back today during his lesson. This was his 11th 15 minute lesson and he has gone from barely putting his face in the water to this! We are so proud of him and so happy that he is now much safer in the water and really seems to enjoy himself when his in it. Here are some unedited clips of both boy swimming today:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th of July, 2014

We enjoyed our usual 4th of July BBQ, scissor lift riding and firework watching at Jim and Cynthia's! This year, we invited our neighbors up the street to join us. They have a three year old son named Henry who enjoyed playing with my boys. Here is a short clip from the evening:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

new slide

These guys are seriously the cutest! Our neighbor gave us this slide when he remodeled his backyard recently (his kids are in high school now) and Nick built a temporary support for it so the boys can use it.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Here are a few pictures of the boys enjoying some outside play a few weeks ago while I was trying to get some photos for father's day cards.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


art camp 2014

The boys just finished up a week at art camp and had a blast! This was Elliott's first camp experience and he definitely enjoyed having his older brother around. Oliver's was also very happy that his best friend/neighbor Charley was at the camp with them. It was just two hours every morning and they came home each day with many fun projects. All of these pictures were taken by the art teacher during the week.

Oliver and Charley

bunnies in the classroom! the gray one was named Oliver!

cheering on the dance party
some of their projects! picture frames and stepping stones

Sunday, June 15, 2014

happy father's day

Happy Father's Day to the most wonderful husband and father! He spent the weekend camping with Oliver and then came home to a remote control helicopter from Elliott. I love the expressions on their faces.

 Getting attacked with goodnight kisses!