Mom and Aunt Shelley came for a visit, and while here, went over to Huntsville to see their cousin, Anita Dutson.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Mira with Mme Desmet in the empty classroom:
We had the cousins come down to play. The girls (Maggie, Paige, and Juliette) are drying in the sun with Matthew.
Matthew woke to streamers, balloons, and gifts. He was pretty stoked to be turning 5. And I love that his brothers and sisters are even more excited for him!
He has also been asking for a soccer ball for a while. But not any soccer ball. He wanted the classic black and white soccer ball. I think he thinks it is more authentic. We gave him a gift certificate to go to Boondocks, which Chad took him to. He played laser tag, did the bumper boats, played mini golf, did the arcade. Chad said it was fun to watch Matthew at the arcade because once he used up his tokens, he continued to "play" on the arcade games for quite a while.
And here he is, working the Perplexus:
Chad took a few pictures of Matthew at Boondocks having fun:
What is Matthew like these days?
What is Matthew like these days?
*His favorite things to do are jump on the tramp, swim, and ride bikes.
*His favorite buddies to play with are Phoenix and Alyssa.
*He loves to play with the hose, fill up the pool, and spray his sisters!
*Dinnertime is getting better. He tries more foods. Some days are better than others, but we're getting there.
*He is the cutest dancer. The other day we were at a gym with loud, thumping music playing. He just started breaking out in dance, happily jumping and moving. It was completely adorable.
*The iPad is his wannabe best friend. He loves to play Hungry Shark at the moment. (He still enjoys Minecraft, too.) I am grateful for the timer on the iPad so I can have it automatically shut off after a designated amount of time.
*His current favorite song is Papaoutai by Stromae. He likes to move to that one.
*Bedtime usually means he wants Jack up in bed with him. He just loves Jack.
*He has 2 jobs a day he is supposed to do: typically taking out the small garbages, walk Jack, wipe the table, etc.
He was really looking forward to having a birthday party with his friends. We had to have it a few weeks after his birthday due to vacation, holiday, etc. But he'd wanted a water party in the backyard. I asked the girls if they would take charge of the games. They were such good sports and planned musical chairs; water gun fun; rock, paper, scissors, water; and jumping water. Their own made-up games. It was pretty cool. The kids had a lot of fun with it. And, honestly, the best thing was that they were totally entertained by the water and tramp and being together. I served lunch, and then they just went out and played.
Soccer games are in full swing. Saturday mornings are busy with three games in a row, Chad coaching all of them, and setting up nets. I love watching them play. We talked to Mira about possibly trying out for competition soccer. She's vacillated between wanting to and not. She finally decided to go for it, and promised us there would be no complaints when it's time for practice. Once she gets out there, she kills it and has a great time. Colin has decided to make this his final year playing soccer. He wants to focus on tennis, in hopes that he will be on the high school tennis team next year.
Ella and Mira and their friends Victoria Howe and Ashley Lesh: