We have been enjoying the cool weather. I’m definitely not complaining about that. We got some new sidewalk chalk (mermaid and unicorn glitter) so they’ve been filling up the back patio every day. I have to take buckets of water and wash it off so they can color every morning.

I made chicken alfredo the other day. It was a hit with Lauren, but Hannah gagged. At least she tried it!

Hannah got a new Elsa book from a garage sale so she was reading it with Lauren on the couch. These two get along so well. They even share a room, which hasn’t caused much of an issue so far.

The kids got some new shoes Friday morning thanks to clearance. I don’t think they will make it until September, but they work for now. Lauren will be getting SMOs (braces) on her feet on July 1 (she chose pink camo), so she needed some new shoes anyway.

Today we are just hanging out at home this weekend, since it’s supposed to storm tonight and tomorrow. I bought some paint and playdoh so we may do some crafting for Independence Day. Have a great weekend!

Finally Home

These two are home after being gone for three days. They came back sunburnt and full of dirt. I think it will take a few baths before they are completely clean. My poor tub…

Hannah went from completely content to hysterical after finding a splinter on the bottom of her foot.

We’re laying low this week due to car problems and excessive homework (me). It’s raining today anyway so we’re just going to read, write, color and maybe bust the playdoh out.

Summer Fun List!

It’s the second week of summer and my kids are so bored. So we sat down and came up with a list of fun, local things to do. We are going to try Jake and Scout’s Berry Farm to pick raspberries, blueberries and cherries. We also might try Boys-N-Berries Farm (especially this Fall to see giant pumpkins!)

I get my Farmer’s Market information from this site. We haven’t been to one yet, but there’s one just up the highway every Friday. The drive-in movie will be a little more challenging to plan, since it’s a bit of a drive, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I found out about it many years ago.

From a few weeks ago…

Avery has already been to the local zoo with her friend, and Lauren went with her class. Just poor Hannah got left out! We are planning to go there one of these weekends with all the kids (and maybe the Significant Other)! We also want to get to the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls because their otter exhibit is now open! Can’t resist cute little otters!

As for the rest of the stuff, that can be done here or at Gramma’s (except for the bonfire – that’s strictly done at Gramma’s!)

What are you and your kids doing this summer?

Pediatric Podiatrist Visit

Lauren has Down syndrome, for those of who who did not know that. She has always had a little trouble walking since her ankles turn in, and I think it’s starting to cause her pain. She doesn’t seem to want to play on the playground as much, or run around with her sisters. I am concerned that her ankles will only get worse, and cause future problems with her hips, walking, and moving.

I finally got an appointment with a pediatric podiatrist who has experience with children with special needs, even though we had to drive all the way to St. Paul to see him.

My mom came with Lauren and I, since I am unfamiliar with the Twin Cities, and my mom has been there several times over the past six years for my brother’s cancer treatments (all is well now, thank goodness!).

We started out kind of early, since we weren’t quite sure where to go. We had donuts and banana bread for breakfast, and hit the road. Traffic was a little nuts going out of town since it was rush hour but we made it. It was a beautiful day, weatherwise. We went to Cabela’s before the appointment to stretch our legs and check out some animals.

Lauren was not happy that she had to go to the doctor, because doctor visits usually mean shots. But today, she didn’t need shots thankfully. She did really well at the appointment, and as usual, everyone loved her. She clung to Gramma most of the time, since mom is old news when Gramma is around (and I’m okay with that, since Gramma is awesome!)

We met Silas the Therapy Dog. Lauren really loved him. He sat with her for a few minutes while we waited to get her brace molds made and she gave him a few cheese treats.

Lauren was diagnosed with hip dysplasia today. She is getting braces for her ankles to help straighten them out so she can walk better. We’ll get the braces in about two weeks and she chose a butterfly design for the outside of them. All in all, it was a successful appointment (three hours start to finish) and we’re hoping these braces will help!

First Day of Summer

Today is the first day of summer. Lauren is already asking when she can go to school again (she misses her teachers and is 100% sick of me already). Yesterday after school, Lauren, Hannah and I made the world’s best cookies (and I ate too much dough…). We dropped Avery off at a friend’s house for pizza and a sleepover.

This morning, these two were up before 6am, playing in their room not so quietly. So we decided to head to Cub in our jammies for our favorite donuts while we waited for the library to open.

After we had donuts and smelled the flowering trees, we went to Walmart for some sandals for Lauren. She picked the same ones as Hannah, so they could “be best friends”.

Our library started their Summer Reading program today, so I registered all the kids. They can collect minutes by reading and turn them in at the end of July to win prizes. There are also some kid-friendly events going on in the next two months that we plan on attending.

Now we’re just hanging out, coloring with new crayons, running errands, and enjoying the cooler weather (since yesterday was 90*). We rented the Lego Movie 2 for the third time (time to think about buying it…) and we’ll probably read all of their new library books before Monday.

Have a great weekend!