Of course, when the children were younger it was a lot harder watching them in the pool and taking them places, but as they have gotten older it is so much easier to just load them in the car and away we go! Thank goodness, we do not have anymore car seats. When I have little Sarah, who is four and still needs a booster, I have too many kids to get in my car so we stay at the house and swim in the pool.
|Emma, Daylee, Jonah, Evan, Sarah, Jaycie and bringing up the rear..Ryan|
|Jaycie and Daylee|
|Playing a game of Ring Toss|
The kids have a great time getting ready for bed at Nana's house. They move the coffee table and throw quilts and blankets on the floor, then curl up and watch movies until they fall asleep..
|Ok, maybe they don't curl up right away!|
|This picture is a little dark but they are getting ready to do stretching exercises.|
|1st Place to Emma!|
Jonah was not able to join us this week because he was playing in a Golf Tournament. The good news is that he took 5th place! Erin brought Jaycie, Evan and Daylee over and I would pick up Emma from dance lessons at 8 pm. While waiting for Emma, the three decided to have a puppet show, Tiffany had made the stage using curtain rods which fit perfectly between my dinning room and the hallway. The show was great, the lines were so funny that I could not quit laughing..Jaycie was trying to film for UTUBE and my laughing was drowning out the sound of the play.
|This is their puppet stage that Tiffany made.|
|The whole cast of characters during the final bow! Jaycie's hand trying to video tape.|
At eight I picked up Emma and we had spaghetti, Daylee's request, for dinner then we watched So You Think You Can Dance. This program has become one of our favorites...I can see Emma on the program in 10 years! The next day Jaycie and I went to pick up Ryan and Sarah and it was off to the pool for another fun day.
Time is flying and the summer is drawing to an end. Daylee has started volleyball and Evan's football practice is on Wednesday nights..those two are the first to leave Nana's Wednesday Nights. We miss them but we know that it is almost time for school to start and we only have a few more weeks left. Oh, by the way, Evan made Quarterback for his team!
Amber dropped Emma, Jonah and Jaycie off at the Surgery Center which saved her about 30min in driving time. I had some work to finish and by the time we were ready to leave a big rain storm started. It looked like a hurricane, the wind was blowing sideways and the rain was coming down in sheets! I wanted to wait it out but the kids wanted to make a run for the car..Guess Who Won! By the time we got to the car, we were all soaked, cold and laughing. Emma turned the heater up in the car and away we went. We had only driven a few miles when it started to clear up, the sun came out and the clouds cleared. Go figure that is Colorado weather.
|Just a picture of Sarah touching her tongue to her nose!! This is a talent she is very proud of!|
|The Birthday Girl!|
|Jaycie making her Birthday Cupcakes!|
|Sarah licking the beater..her favorite thing to do!|
After the cupcakes were finished baking, Jonah asked me to take a few pictures of him lifting a boulder he had found in our complex.
|"Nana, look at my muscles"|
|"I DID IT"|
|Emma with one of the pool toys from Wallmart.|
|Ryan playing with a ball|
|"Nana, take a picture of me diving!" Emma|
|"ME TOO!!!" Jonah|
|"Now take this picture!" Emma, Jaycie and Jonah|
|Jaycie and Sarah. Sarah's bangs are always in her eyes!|
|Emma and Sarah. The oldest cousin with the youngest!|
After we went in, had lunch and ate the yummy cupcakes, it was time for the kids to get ready to leave. Emma decided to show us one last stretch and Jaycie and I tried to follow.
Summer is now drawing to an end and I will miss these special times. It has been so much fun watching, and listening to these seven wonderful young souls. They have laughed, cried, fought, made up,.....
They amaze me with their insight, their knowledge about science (just have a talk with Evan), their compassion for all living creatures ( all of them), their thoughts on social or political views ( Jaycie and Jonah), their creativity (Daylee) and their love for the arts (Emma, who's progress in dancing is outstanding), for her beautiful red hair and sweet disposition (Miss Sarah) and for reminding me most of his parent (Ryan, you are the spitting image of your Dad).
I love all of you and am so lucky to be your NANA. I hope we have many more fun days in the sun!