Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mall Fun

Checking out the "flower" he found in the backyard. Yes, it is a dandelion...

Putting things in his bucket. Mostly sticks and leaves around the yard. He's my clean-up man.

As the weather in Grand Rapids has been getting hotter and more humid, we've decided to explore other playing options that are not outside and in the backyard. Mommy is not happy with sitting around outside and sweating to death. Yes, we do have pool access now-a-days, but I feel bad taking advantage of our neighbors so early into their new pool adventures. Now, next week, they are out of town camping, and we've been asked to "get their mail and keep an eye on the house" which I interpret as use the pool whenever and however much you want!! :o)

Anyway, I've been exploring other playing outside of the house options. We've done the library lap time, but it's now over for the rest of the summer. Grandma's house is typically air conditioned, but still a little warm for my taste. And they have more to do than hang out with us all day long. Today, we've rediscovered the play place at the mall. Yes, it is somewhat of a germ haven, but it's air conditioned and Jayce had a blast! And best of all, I get to sit on the bench that surrounds it and just watch Jayce run all over the place for an hour. God bless the mall!!

He figured out how to navigate the snake at the mall today. What a big kid!!
You can see that he loves it, huh???

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's a "Big Truck" kind of week

If you know my son, Jayce, you know that he has favorites: balls, books, and recently: Big Trucks. Traveling down the highway is always a fun experience because he literally sits in his seat, pointing out the window, and squealing "big truck" all the way.
Well, when we woke up this past Friday, Jayce had a huge surprise waiting for him at the end of our driveway: a BIG TRUCK. Our neighbors recently decided to put a pool in their backyard, and Friday was the day. They had a back-hoe working on digging out a deep end to their pool. We sat in the driveway for 20 minutes just watching them work. Jayce was beyond thrilled.
On Saturday, we ran some errands and saw a construction site that Jayce thought was amazing because of all of the big trucks working on it. We actually parked next to it for a few minutes so that he could watch them work. I'm quite sure that the construction workers leaving for lunch thought we were crazy.
Monday we got to try out the Vermilyes pool for the first time. Well, Jeremy had already been in it because while Jayce and I were napping on Sunday, he helped Dave put in a 6 foot fence around their yard and was rewarded with a dip in the new pool. Anyway, the three of us went across the street to go for a swim. The water was a bit chilly, but very refreshing. We stayed in for over an hour - Thanks Vermilyes for sharing with us!! While we were there, the V's neighbor's were having a new roof put on. Of course, there was a big truck lifting shingles onto the roof that took most of Jayce's attention while we were there. We even got out of the pool in time to see it loaded on a trailer and driven off. Jayce thought this was very cool.

Today, we were walking around our neighborhood (maybe it was my attempt to trick my body into having more contractions because I'm having a doctor's appointment tomorrow!) and we walked out towards the main roads. Guess what we saw there!! BIG TRUCKS!!! Jayce had fun looking for trucks on the highway in the distance and I enjoyed the break in the shade.
As I said, this week has been full of trucks and fun. Hopefully, we'll have more to report back again soon!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Something old, something new...

So, something old: I'm trying again to journal/blog so that family and friends can see how we are doing all the way over here in Grand Rapids. In the past I haven't been too good at it! I'll get started and do well for a couple of days then......
Something new: I'm trying to turn over a NEW leaf. My new leaf is that I'm going to commit to blogging at least three times a week for the next month.... wish me luck!!!!