Saturday, July 23, 2011


* Friday night’s adventure of sleeping on the trampoline has been judged a one-time experience…Nephew J coughed from about midnight until about 3:00 when my bro took him inside to his bed. Poor boy. I don’t know if he just wasn’t sleeping well or if the night air was affecting him or what. Then Ed went out to sleep the rest of the night with the girls on the trampoline. From what I hear, it got pretty cold and every time anyone moved, the whole trampoline moved. Obviously. Sarah came in and slept with me around 3:30, and Becca arose with the sun at about 5:30. Bethany & Elise, my hard sleepers, moved not a muscle the entire night and slept until almost 7:00 and so don’t quite understand why we’re not doing that again!

*Sarah went for a run with her aunt this morning…her shoulders were hurting a bit, so we’re not sure if it was the lack of sleep or the whack in the shoulder she got from a bush while playing Sardines last night.

*Scavenger Hunt Time! My bro & SIL planned out a big scavenger hunt all over town so we could see the sights of their hometown! We divided into two teams; Uncle Mikey’s team, which consisted of Ed, Sarah, Elise, & J; and Aunt Susanne’s team, which consisted of me, Bethany, Becca, & Carter. Can you guess who won? Of course it was Uncle Mikey’s team, but it was pretty close! If we had remembered that we already had finished 3 out of 5 on the “Anytimers” card, we would have beat them. Must be the lack of sleep getting to my brain! Oh well, there were no prizes for the winners, but we all had a great time!

*This afternoon we headed to south Redlands to a big fancy schmancy house that belongs to friends of theirs and they have a beautiful pool!

*Nephew J actually learned  how to swim for the first time without floaties! He swallowed a lot of water, but he did great!

*Nephew C wanted to be in the water all by himself, which of course he couldn’t, because he’s only 2, but Uncle Ed (who has once again become “the baby whisperer”) consoled him by playing fetch. C found a tub of ping pong balls, which he threw, one after another, onto the patio while Uncle Ed fetched. C laughed and laughed every time Uncle Ed had to pick up another ball. He did finally get in the water with Uncle Ed, but then got pretty tired (he had only a short nap and a couple of short nights) and so snuggled with his mommy.

*There was a slide at the pool, which was quite a hit with everyone and I think I got some good pictures, which will be posted at a later date, along with 30,000 other pictures.

*Elise swam across the length of the pool, by herself, at least 5 or 6 times, in addition to all the other playing she did. I think they will all sleep well tonight.

*Nephew J said, (while reading a decorated ping pong paddle) “’Made in China’. Hm. China is a good artist.” LOL!

*Dinner is just about ready and then it’ll be baths and a short movie for the kiddos before we plunk them to bed at a decent hour. Tomorrow brings Panera Bread bagels for breakfast and then church and then we’re off to San Diego for a beach and zoo getaway together!

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