For the past month, Amber and Jade have begged me to set up our tent in the backyard and sleep out there. I've been dragging my feet doing it cause, well, I don't think sleeping on the ground in the hot Arizona summer is very much fun. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE camping. But I prefer to go camping somewhere much cooler. Somewhere the temp is UNDER 102 at 8pm. But after all the pestering I could handle, I finally gave in and set the tent up last night. It took some time as I couldn't find our small tent, only our big 2-bedroom with a "porch". And I don't think I've ever set it up before. But as you can see, I managed to get it up. I'm not joking about it being 102 at 8pm last night. I checked. It was hot. I ended up bringing a fan into the "porch" with a long extension cord to the outdoor plug - it really didn't help much. Amber decided she was too hot around 10 and went in and slept with David. Unfortunately, Jade didn't make that same decision so I was required to stay out there with her. And it finally cooled down. At 4am. I think it "cooled" to 75-ish. I put a blanket over my feet and finally fell asleep. So needless to say, we're ALL taking naps today! I'm surprised I'm functioning as well as I am......
Our campsite. Complete with a Jeep and spare bike tire.
Amber sweeping out the tent. Yes, Pie is nakey - she just got out of her bath and ran outside before anyone could catch her.
Does this look like a comfy way to sleep?? This is around 2am. I couldn't sleep and I was amazed at how Jade was sleeping.
K - so that was our camping adventure. Now here's some randoms:
Amber made an apron using Fry's bags.
I taught Paisley how to draw circles. Can you see them? She even says, "Circle, circle" as she draws.
This is Jade in swimming lessons. On Wednesday, her class was in the deep end (12ft) and her teacher told them to try touching a brick at the bottom. Jade was the only one able to touch it. So he told her to try picking it up. Now, the brick was 10lbs and the deep end, like I said, is 12 feet deep. He didn't really expect her to be able to. But Jaders went down, down, down, picked up the brick, and brought it all the way back up to the top! We went and got a box of munchkins from Dunkin' Donuts on our way home.
Paisley has finally gotten used to swimming lessons without me. She's cheerful now about going to class, socializes with the other kids, and even giggles while splashing her teacher! And yesterday, we even saw me and instead of freaking out like she has before, she smiled, pointed at me, told the girls next to her, "My mommy!", waved at me and giggled when I waved back. She's passed all the required skills to move on to Preschool B, but has to stay in Preschool A because she's just so young. PreA is for 2-5yr olds and I have to get an age overide every 2 weeks to keep her in there. But PreB is for 3-5 and there's no way they'll overide Pie's age to make her 3 in the computer. Oh well. She doesn't care.