Friday, September 3, 2010

Summer Wrap Up

Summer is really coming to a close. School starts this week! Sigh. We've been busy squeezing every last drop of fun out of it. Here are some of our adventures and milestones. The video is of our Water Wipeout Obstacle Course that Darren created. The boys had so much fun with it. Later on, Darren introduced chucking water balloons at the boys when they went by which was met with a little opposition. But the boys liked throwing them at their mom and dad when we joined in the fun!
This boy learned how to tie his shoes and has been driving his mother nuts with filling out every application for a credit card that he can get his hands on. I let him fill one out online last week and walked away a moment and when I came back, he'd submitted it! Darren got a call from American Express asking for him and we got a letter declining him. Whoopsie! Right now he's saving to put $20 on a Visa reloadable card. This big boy is potty trained! Hooray! And he enjoys summer corn on the cob just like mommy. He gives me flashbacks of Joseph at 3 years old. He talks a mile a minute and pretends all day he is somebody else. He is a worker or a doctor or a doggie or a kittie. And if I call him Justin, he'll correct me and then ask me to fix my mistake: "Remember Mom, I'm Scott the worker. Say it again without the Justin."Both boys took swim lessons for a week at the YMCA and really loved it. Justin felt like such a big boy in the pool with his own teacher just like his big brother. Joseph really responded to his teacher and finally went under water a few times for him. His teacher had him swimming the length of the pool with just his little floatie belt on. It was great. It looks like he's straining his neck to keep his head as far out of the water as possible while he swims.Dog pile on Grandpa! The boys and I left Darren for a few days to travel to Oregon and visit Grandma and Grandpa Jolley. My sister-in-law, Emily was there with her kiddos too. We had a great time. We went swimming, played at a gymnastics gym and had a birthday BBQ for Carol's birthday.The boys had a great time playing with their cousins, who are getting so big!
I made it back home in time to be completely spoiled at a baby shower thrown by my friends Athina and Lisette. It was beautiful and yummy and I got so many cute baby clothes! I love these women.The party throwers and me. I am feeling great, just feeling nice and huge. Poor Justin is just the right height to get bumped by my belly if I'm walking by him in a tight space. Justin has also noticed the shrinking of my lap when we read together. One night while we were reading, he said "Mom, your baby just kicked me in the back!" But I can tell he's going to love his little sister. He gives her hugs and kisses a lot. Last night he told me he would kiss all her owies when she comes out.And finally, we couldn't let the summer go by without seeing the Mariners play! Unfortunately, I've taught the boys that cotton candy is a must. Yum.My boys having a blast at Safeco Field!


Jenni said...

I love everything about this post! If Michael and I can be nearly as cool as parents as you guys are someday, I will consider it a success. Your boys are getting too big and my VERY FAVORITE is that he said "without the Justin part" hahahahahaha!!!!

You look ADORABLE and I've been thinking so much about baby girl Jolley lately and I cannot WAIT!

Emily said...

So much fun!!! I'm with Jenni...always working on trying to be as cool and as much fun (and patient and soft spoken and kind, etc etc) a mom as you are!

Love the backyard obstacle course! So cool.

So proud of Justin for being potty trained and both boys for being such good swimmers!

Thanks for making the long drive to see us, it was so much fun, Easton loved playing with his cousins.

Can't WAIT to see your new baby girl!!!!

Carol and Bruce said...

I've been waiting for this and it was worth it, such cute photos and I love the video and the obstacle course, good job Darren on that.

You have managed to have lots of fun Summer days and we are so grateful we got to be a part of that, it was so fun to have you here, thank you for making that drive.

The shower looks so great and I'm anxious to hear more about it and see all the cute things. So Exciting! It is getting really close.vis

Aimee said...

Your boys are getting sooo grown up! Good luck with the last little bit of your pregnancy. You are adorable pregnant!!

Melanie said...

Hey Jill! SO fun to read about what you guys have been up too! It's been too long and we miss you guys! Those boys are too cool and we can't wait for baby girl too!!

The Mommy-Files said...

What a cute pregnant momma! I bet you received some adorable baby girl clothes! :)