Here is my sister-in-law (Chris' wife) and their grandson, Aiden. He earned a participation award because he started kind of late in the year. He is in Cubbies with Rachel, John, and Beaker.
Here is John, Rachel, and Erin.
After AWANA, two of Maddies' friends came and spent the night. She was so excited! And so was everyone else. We have known them since they were babies. On Monday, they went back to their friends' house to swim and I took Beatrice and Kristinie the Great to a place called Power of Play. I used to call it Power of Bacteria because they place was so dirty and nasty! I am no germophobe - we have the 5 minute rule in our house! But the place was a dump. I was pleasantly surprised to find it had been renovated and it was great! Clean, bright, open, and lots of fun stuff to go on. Here are Beaker and Beatrice on the play jungle.
Kristinie the Great
See saw - I thought these were safety hazards!
Here is Beaker playing doctor. I think I got fifty shots and my blood pressure taken a million and one times!! I guess I am healthy.
Dr. Beatrice looking all serious!
Monday evening, we watched our grandnephew Aiden. He is 4, six months older than Kristinie the Great. He loves superheros and he was playing batman. Kristinie the Great was supposed to be Starfire but she wasn't getting the whole concept. She kept going in the batcave the wrong way and doing the wrong thing. Aiden was a tad bit frustrated with her! We were enjoying the comic routine. It was sort of like Abbot and Costello - but not.
While the little kids played on the playground, we played badminton with our neighbors, Sidney and Logan. They are Lindsay and Bea's ages.
Here is what happens when your kids get your camera! Lindsay!
Good buddies! The first thing Aiden does is run and jump in Roberts' arms when he sees him. He doesn't care about anyone else. It is so cute.
Fun on the slide with Starfire.
Being the ever industrious person that I am, I was inspired by my sister-friend and made Bea and Kristinie the Great a similar dress. Pay no attention to the grumpy little girl on the right. She just woke up from her nap. And then, while Rachel and John visited, I made Rachel a dress to match. I put it on her and she was so excited, she hugged herself!!! HA HA HA!!
Thursday was knitting and crocheting and we had a great time sitting around and not knitting and crocheting but talking! After dinner that night, we went to Mayfaire Town Centre and walked around. It's an open air mall, sort of. We ended up at Atlanta Bread Company. Did you know, I could eat there every single day and never get tired of their California sandwich? After 8:00pm, their pastries are half price. Mr. Handsome treated us to some delicious pastries! They don't have a huge selection but they had things we liked, so no one's complaining.
Friday was our fun in the sun day. It's the day we head to Landfall pool to swim. As soon as Beaker found out, she ran to dress herself. And this is what happens when a 3 year old dresses herself. In case you are unsure of what you are actually seeing, she put her board shorts UNDER her bathing suit. YES! You read that correctly. She put her board shorts UNDER her bathing suit. We were cracking up.
The water was very cold because it had rained quite a bit.
Beatrice underwater! This is our olympus tough camera. And I can honestly say it is TOUGH! I love this thing. AND it takes great photos!
Fight for the ladder.
Erin and Rachel
Lindsay and Maddie
Saturday was a banner day for our Beatrice. She got an early birthday present. Mr. Handsome took her to pick out a bike! She is rather self conscious riding it but she really loves it. It is, of course, pink.
Kristinie the Great didn't want me to forget about her.
For dinner, Robert decided to set the table in a special way. Here is his handiwork.
That is our week. It flew by and we have one whole week of summer behind us already. We did have quite a few sleepovers last week, too. I will try to remember. Beatrice spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's. I already mentioned Maddies' friends coming over. There was one more but I can't remember. This will be the summer of the sleepover. OH - and I started working on the Fourth of July banners! Right now, they look like referee shirts - blue and red - but after I add the stars, they will look fabulous. I was thinking that these banners remind me a bit of Richard Simmons because the fabric is so him! Shiny and crazy and just plain fun. I might need to incorporate feathers into my next set. I also made an easy french bread recipe, which you can find here: http://www.dealstomeals.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-post_09.html I made 15 pounds of mashed potatoes and froze them, as well as black beans and froze them. In hindsight, I should have used seasonings when I cooked them. They are rather bland and hopefully, they will taste good when I use them.