Logan was strutting his stuff in his new shoes/AFO's/straps. He will show off to anyone within his perimeter (he is definitely NOT shy). Here's how the little show-off looked before his first, solo trip to spend the night at Grandma/Grandpa's house (for ultimate spoiling):
Future Super Model
Krista came home and did what she loves - reading. And this is how she looks when she is thoroughly absorbed:
Good morning. Wake up kids. Dress kids. Feed kids. Brush kids. Buckle Kids. Drive kids... wah, wait! What's this?! There's a weird round shaped thing in my straight-lined Lincoln streets!! What do I do?! What does it MEAN?!! Oh, the humanity!
Okay, seriously, I'm new to the "south-side" and Sheridan Blvd is my new turf. There are two roundabouts on this road about 7 blocks apart and I thought it would be awesome for traffic flow. And, maybe it is.... but, some people totally freak out at them and either: 1. Sit. And, sit. And, sit some more. or 2. Dart into the circle as fast as they can without looking or yielding. I usually end up coming across both on my daily morning commute and I've only done it for a week. I'll sit behind sitter as he/she waits for ALL of the traffic to clean from every side. Then, when I get almost around, a darter will spring right in front of me, causing me to slam the brakes. I have to take a deep breath and remember, "The peace of Christ be with you." I'm hoping that maybe these are all new drivers to the area like me and it will smooth out with time... we will see.
Also, roundabout's have a "truck apron" for larger trucks to make it around them - but, they are not a good design for trucks or trailers. These vehicles have to wait forever for a big enough opening to merge into traffic. I always end up behind a sitter and then a truck/trailer full of lawn mowing equipment. I haven't been late yet, so maybe I'm just venting a little. Just a little, tiny bit.
We've had our first week of school, woohoo! Due to the excruciating heat, the kiddo's have had early dismissal after lunch every school day. We're supposed to get A/C this year, but the project was delayed from a small fire/smoke damage in the school (during construction).
Krista is adjusting well. She was nervous and scared at first, but now that things are rolling, she seems comfortable enough. She still misses her old school, but is making friends and getting familiar with her new one.
Gabriel loves Kindergarten. After an extended first wiggly tooth period, he finally lost it during lunch at school last week. He told me that he now has a window in his mouth! The tooth fairy came to visit and left him a $1 golden coin. He was very excited.
Logan got some new AFO's and subsequently, new "huge" shoes. Normally, he wears a size 8 toddler shoe, but with the AFO's, he wears an 11 1/2. He has boasted about his new shoes to anyone we are around and wants to show them how fast he is in them. I've been trying to adjust his straps to accommodate and it's been trial and error, they always want to pop off and unravel. I'll get a good shot of them if he ever stands still!
Sorry to my target audience (mom), who checks my blog every day!! I can't guarantee a regular update, but I do what I can/when I feel like it...
Summer was super-fun-lazy-time. The kids spent the time playing in their pool, at the zoo, at the library, and mostly at home. Krista and Logan both had one set of swimming lessons, but boy are those expensive. They both did great - Krista got reacquainted with the deep end, still getting her arms strong enough to go across the pool. Logan started out not even able to walk in the shallow end with his balance issues, but at the end he was able to walk independently. He loves being in the water. Gabriel was scared and refused, then recanted (too late to join the lesson) and was miserable every time we went to the pool to watch his brother and sister do their lessons. After that we decided to join the gym, we are hoping to get him used to being in the water before signing him up for lessons.
I want to go in!
Another big part of our summer included:
The kids also love their slumber parties at Grandma/Grandpa's house. Krista truly discovered her love of reading and devoured chapter book after chapter book. Logan and Gabriel bonded so much that all Logan does, while his brother is at school, is ask when we can go pick him up...
It was a great summer and Krista said it went by faster than last year - it's only the beginning, sweetie, whole years will pass by in the blink of an eye!