July 14, 2012

Last day of swim lessons

Yesterday was Liam's last day of swim lessons for the summer. David took off work, and Nana and Papa came to watch him show off everything he learned! And, Liam really hammed it up for us!



The big deal about the last day of lessons is that all of the kids get to go down the big slide with one of their instructors. Liam somehow managed three trips down the slide. 
 The little girl in the next four pics is Lillian, from Liam's class at Sparkle Kids. This is the same little girl Liam chased down and kissed after the Father's Day Fishing Trip. :) These pictures really show the difference in Lillian and Liam's personalities....Lillian is having a blast as usual, and Liam is serious, as usual!



 He looked miserable each time he came down the slide, but he always came out of the pool begging to go again. Liam had this girl, an instructor in training, wrapped around his little finger. She was always holding his hand or carrying him. One day after lessons, she said, "He is the sweetest 3-year-old I have ever met!" That made this mama's heart happy to hear!
 At the end of class, each child was given a sucker, a progress report, and a free swim pass. Looks like we'll be heading to the pool this week! 

July 12, 2012

Swim Lessons

Liam started swim lessons last week and has done so well! 
On the first day, all he would do was stand in the water, refusing to put his belly in the water, and play with his friends. Now, he puts his face in the water, kicks, blows bubbles, floats on his back, etc.
(What's up with this smile? This is what I get every time I try to take a picture of him!)
He has even "jumped" off of the diving board a few times! Talk about coming a long way!!!
video

July 5, 2012

Father's Day Fishing Fun

A couple of weeks before Father's Day, David received an invitation in the mail from Liam (or his daycare), inviting him to a picnic and fishing for some father/son time. Liam was pumped. David...not so much. He's not real into fishing, but definitely sucked it up for his baby!

I was lucky to get to tag along as a helper since we live across the street from the pond where they were fishing! It was so cute to see 10 dads and their kids fishing together. :)

The boys ended up catching 4 fish! (Too bad it is a catch and release pond!)
 Liam was not too sure about that fish on his fishing pole at first! He refused to touch it.
 He was a little more into it the second time they got a bite, but he still wouldn't touch the fish.

By the end of the night, I completely took over the fishing pole and had a blast! Who knew fishing could be so much fun!?!?! Here's my big catch of the night....
Liam is such a lucky boy to have David as his daddy! Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

July 3, 2012

A birthday and an Anniversary

June is always a busy, busy month for us. We celebrate David's birthday, Father's Day, our anniversary, and our nephew's birthday all in the same month. It gets a little crazy, so David often ends up with one big gift for his birthday, Father's Day, and our anniversary. This year that big gift was a trip to Texas to tour the Ranger's Ballpark and to go to a Ranger's game. (We had to leave Liam behind because of his peanut allergy. A baseball park full of peanuts plus a toddler with a severe peanut allergy would make for quick trip to the ER!)

The tour of the Ballpark was so cool! David and I are both huge fans, so getting to go behind the scenes was really exciting for us. We started out by visiting the press boxes. This is their view every game. So jealous!
 Then we got to go into the room where they hold post-game press conferences.

While in the batting practice area, our tour guide pointed out this whiteboard with a verse and some inspirational words written by JOSH HAMILTON!

And, to wrap up the tour, we were able to go into the Ranger's dugout. We both got to sit in Ron Washington's chair!

 While in the dugout, Ron was getting his workout on right in front of us!
We also got to see the batboy putting out bats for the game. We spent some time talking to him about how the players knew which bat was theirs. He pointed out the initials on the top of the bat. Easy enough! (This bat belongs to Elvis Andrus.)
After the tour, we went back to our Bed and Breakfast for a quick nap before heading to the game. The Ranger's made an awesome comeback from behind to win the game! Go Rangers!!!!

July 2, 2012

Disney 2012

In April, David and I decided we really wanted to take another trip to Disney World. So, we booked a trip for the end of May with my parents. 

We drove. Again. Luckily, Liam is easily entertained with an iPad. He watched movies pretty much the entire way. 

We stayed in the cabins at Fort Wilderness. Liam called our cabin his "Mickey Mouse House." I really failed in taking pictures this trip, so I don't have any pictures, but our cabin was the cutest little place! 

I repeat, I really failed at taking pictures during our trip. We were way too busy having fun to slow down for pictures!

One of my favorite moments was the morning we went to Hollywood Studios. We waited in line for what seemed like forever to get in the gate, so Liam curled up in his stroller and passed out. 

When we got inside, we got fast passes for the Toy Story ride and started walking around. We suddenly walked up on Liam's favorite character (currently), Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. So, of course, we had to wake up Liam. He was not happy. At all.  And then he spotted Jake standing right over his stroller. He looked so shocked, confused, and happy all at the same time!

Jake waited for us to get Liam out of the stroller, and then grabbed his little hand and went for a walk with him. 
 Jake loved that Liam had his sword!

After Jake, we met up with Handy Manny, another one of Liam's favorites. Liam was not sure about Manny putting his sword in his tool belt!

After meeting two of his favorite characters, it was time for Disney Jr. Live. This is such a great show for kids!
We were so early for the show that we got seats on the front row! (Side note....before leaving for Orlando, I was diagnosed with Shingles under my left eye. During the drive, my eye swelled so bad I could hardly see out of it. The night we arrived in Orlando, I went to Urgent Care. They did an eye exam and sent me straight to the E.R. After waiting forever, getting my eye completely numbed and cleaned by an E.R. doctor, and another eye exam, they said that I had some sort of infection in my eye. They gave me some antibiotics, told me to keep my eye covered while at the parks, and said no make-up until my eye healed. Hence, the no make-up picture below!)
During one visit to Animal Kingdom, we had lunch at Tusker House. Yum! Yum! While there, we got to meet Goofy....
 Daisy......
 Donald.....
 and last, but not least, Mickey......
 Meeting Winnie and Tigger was another highlight of our trip.
We had the best time, even with the tropical storm that soaked us all but one day while we were there! I'm so glad my mom and dad were able to experience the magic of Disney with us this year. I'm really hoping that a trip to Disney will be on next summer's agenda also!!!!