After we got back from our beach trip (end of July) we decided to get new kittens. We've had this as part of our plan since the beginning of this year. The pictures we have of our new additions seem ancient now, as they grow so fast.
KITTY PICTURE of S and T
|Vivan reading to Shirley|
Both Shirley and Temple are loving, playful, patient, mischievous felines. They enjoy playing with the kids, and have integrated themselves perfectly into the family.
I was fortunate to take a day off work so SW and I could take the kids to Busch Gardens with our family friends, the Rs. SW and I talked about how we would get around the park this year; we all decided that we would attempt the entire day on foot (our double stroller was in the car trunk if we had to go back for it). The Rs were game, and helped work some long-range transport (skytram, park train) into our day. Elena is a thrill-seeker, and enjoys roller coasters and other big kid/grown up rides (Viv not so much) and we all had a great time. The weather was perfect (unlike last year, where it was unbearably hot) and the park wasn't super crowded.
|Elena and Vivian take on Busch Gardens|
Elena got some stares, that's nothing new. We got lots of smiles too; strangers proud of Elena for going the distance. I was too...she lasted ALL DAY. As in, until the park closed. She never fell. We ended up being in the kid area at closing time, which happened to be at the farthest point from the park entrance. She tried to walk back, but ran out of energy; SW and I gave Vivian and Elena piggyback rides to the car.
|Ring toss, team-style|
|E rode kiddie rides with Viv|
We went camping with some friends. Elena LOVES camping (I do not)--which I feel might be the worst fit for a kid with cerebral palsy, but we always have a good time--even in heavy rain, even in a leaky tent, even with large bears (that was last year, but I feel like I still have to mention it). Big thanks to the R-S family, who continue to invite us even though I am always a camping novice and have no idea what I am doing out there!
|Walking by the lake|
|At the dock|
|Some baseball before the rain|
|Jason's pillow during the rain. Note the Sleepian, oblivious to her non-resting parents|
|Elena sleeping. That's my drenched pillow next to her.|
And even though I will write a post about it separately, here is E on her first day of 3rd grade!
|Looking good, girl|
|Modeling the homemade backpack strap that keeps her bag from slipping down her shoulders|
More on Third Grade up next!