Summer 2012 has kept us hoppin'!
We, however, are not fantastic photo-journalists...
In the past 6 weeks, we went to Sioux Falls for an ordination (congrats, Father John!), Aberdeen to visit my dad and Sara, and Chicago for the 4th of July with Bob's family. We hosted 10 Chilsons/Pattersons here for the better part of a week, Grandma Kathy came to visit twice, and my friend Suzy (Robbie's Godmother) spent a long weekend with us.
We have no photos of any of the above.
What we DO have is a bit of evidence that we have fun just hanging around near home. Here are some photos/videos of our boys doing just that...
|Jakey says "Ready, Set, Go!"|
|Jakey is saying "beep-beep, Robbie" (we're working on "excuse me", but for now beep-beep does the job)|
|Ducky's turn :)|
|It may be called a "baby pool", but these guys are serious about their "swimming" - getting their heads underwater, splashing, and flailing arms and legs, even in just a few inches of water!|
|Favorite dollar store gifts - butterfly nets. Robbie practices his "pool boy" skills.|
|Who says floaties are just for water? This craziness was part of an afternoon spent under a sprinkler...|
|Don't look now, boys, but you both stopped moving at the same time. AND mom has her camera. This is unprecedented :)|
|Jakey's favorite turtle floatie - thanks, "Auntie Cousin" Lindsay, for leaving this one for us!|
|I know this photo quality is a bit fuzzy, but c'mon, how cute is it? The boys still spend a LOT of time with the wagon... and as you can see here, they enjoy every minute of it!|
|Bob did lots of landscaping work in our yard this summer. He had a lot of "help" from Robbie. Too cute. That kid took his little red shovel (thanks, Grandma Kathy!) and follwed daddy everywhere...|
|You can't see it, but Robbie's shirt says "Rad like dad" :)|
|Mmmmmmmm... dirt. Icky!|
|We are lucky to have a man-made lake near us, with a beautiful sandy beach and shallow water - perfect for toddlers. We've been there lots with family, and on playdates with friends. Both boys love the water, but Jakey LOOOOOOOOOOOVES it.|
|Robbie loves the sand, too! Look at that tongue :)|
|I got your hat!|
|Taking turns pushing each other in this floatie (thanks for sharing, Emily!)|
|"NO num-nums. Stay wa-wa!!!"|
|We made our first trip to the MN zoo this week (thanks to the Hensleys for sharing their membership perks!)|
|Checking out the penguins (that's their friend Cooper between the Chilsons)|
|Boys' favorite part of the zoo? The kid-friendly "caves" outside several exhibits!|
|They also LOVED the dolphin show. "Fish jump? Fish jump high!"|
Here's a live-action look at the gymnastics inspired by those floaties...
Now, the boys are old pros at helping us fill up the pool with the garden hose. This video, though, is from early in the summer - their first experience with the hose!