Monday, August 11, 2014

Swimming….or not

It took Sarah a few times to warm up to the pool this summer but by the end of summer she was really enjoying it.  I decided to take her by myself one evening after Shane got home.  I thought it would be a  fun way to spend a little time and get her good and tired.  It was overcast whe we left the house but I thought it would be fine.  We stopped at Walgreens to get a floatie and it started to rain but it was just a quick shower and by the time we got to the pool it had stopped.  But then the clouds rolled in.  Fast.

I got her floatie on.  I put the ring around her. I sat her on the step of the pool.  She laid down and smiled really big.  And then it thundered.  Did it?  No surely not.  If I pretned it didn't maybe it wont again.  

Nope.  More thunder.  Have to get out.  Thirty seconds after she got in.  I looked at the girl working and gave her fair warning that this would not be pretty.  And it wasn't.  No way on earth to explain to my partially deaf, no language until 6 months ago child that the thunder she can't hear means we can't swim.  It's impossible.  Trust me.

This is what she looked like all the way home.

I let Shane take over once we got in the driveway because, well honestly because she had screamed for 10 solid minutes and mamma needed a minute.  This is how things went for him.

I know it's probably not great parenting to take a picture while your child is pitching a massive fit but you've either got to laugh or cry.  She was crying plenty so we just had to stand back and let it run its course.

She recovered and she has had plenty of swim time!

9 Months

She's been home 9 months now.

Here's what we've been up to.  July was a stay at home month.  The boys were back from their big trip.  Jenny had been to youth camp.  Will did go to Super Summer during that time but other than that we pretty much did a whole lot of nothing.

We played in the rain.  We walked out to the garage with Shane one morning and it was raining.  She kept  motioning to go out on the driveway and I kept telling her no and then I just thought "What the heck!"  She LOVED IT!!!

Will continues to amaze me with how natural and relaxed he is with her.  She adores him and squeals whenever he comes home.  He comfortable keeping her and is just so great with her.

This is how she rides in the car when he is next to her.

Watching TV- SportsCenter probably

Jenny wanted to take her to the Children's Museum so we hung out there one day.  She really enjoyed it!

My lefty!
She played so hard she fell asleep on the floor.  She was organizing her wipes one minute and was sound asleep the next!

Her brother and sister dressed her up again- at least she doesn't look like a gangsta this time.

She watched Will weed eat the yard and fell asleep watching TV with Jenny.  This time it was probaly Little Couple on the TV.  

She painted.  Her face.

And then a tile at the ceramics shop.

She conitnued with her gym class.  To say she enjoys this would be a lie.  She LOVES it!  Everytime we pass the shopping center it is in she cries. She has really come very far and for the most part follows the directions.   Her precious teacher Mr. Jemarcus has gone back to school now so we will see how that transition is but I am very glad we attempted this this summer.  It makes me feel good about how she will do in school.  It took her a few weeks but she got the routine down really well.  She only went once a week and we missed a couple of classes so I know going several days a week at school she will get it even faster.  Physically she is doing really good too!  She is jumping and running with no problem and can even jump and twist around.  So proud of how far she has come!

Will and Jenny finished up the summer good too.  Jenny had a date with her daddy!
She has grown up so much this summer!
Will had his first college visit!  Gracious!  It wasn't an official visit, but we tagged along on a business trip to Birminghm with Shane because Will wanted to look around.  We introduced him to Mr. Beeson.

As we walked around Samford I texted Shane, "I am walking around my old college showing my teenager around while pushing a stroller with my Chinese baby in it.  Life is funny!"

He answered, "Yes. Yes it is."

It's also good.  Hard, busy, but very, very good.