Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Goldfish Cupcakes

Wow, it feels like for-ever since we've made fun cupcakes around here! So we decided today that it was about time!

It's been too stinkin' hot lately to mess with baking during the day. So I made the cupcakes last night. Then this afternoon when it was too hot to do anything else, we made some blue icing, got out some circus peanuts and m&m's, and went to town. :)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Little Confidence = a Big Transformation

It would be an understatement to say this post is a bit overdue. It is about one of the very most exciting parts of our summer.

You see, at the beginning of the summer, Micah would only get in the swimming pool with his puddlejumper life jacket on. We spent the majority of last summer telling him that if he would just believe in himself, have some confidence, he could take the silly thing off and swim. But he never did, so we started this summer off the same way.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we swam in a friend's pool. Their shallow end was a little bit bigger, with a more gradual drop than the Myers' pool that we usually swim in. And, it wasn't just us. There were other kids there - and Micah did not want them to see him wearing a floatie. So he didn't wear it. He stayed in the shallow end, happily playing where he could safely touch.

But if you watched carefully, you could see that he was experimenting. Little by little, always within arm's reach of the side, he began to see just how well he could keep his head above the water. Eventually, he was swimming. Not for long, and not very far...but he was beginning to build that confidence.

And then the first two weeks after school was out, we took swimming lessons. Nothing ground breaking happened during these lessons as far as Micah was concerned...except that for a few minutes each day, his confidence was built just a little bit further. So much so that about halfway through the lessons, one day when we were at Mrs. Debbie's pool, Micah asked to swim without his floatie. And he did great! Once again, he never ventured out of the shallow end...but by the time we were through, he was no longer staying within arm's reach of the sides of the pool, either. We ended the weekend with a five-year-old who was fully confident in his ability to swim where he could touch the bottom. (And parents who were fully confident in his ability to swim in water of any depth.)

And then we had another week of swimming lessons. Slowly, slowly, one day at a time...building his confidence little by little...practicing, practicing, practicing...

And the next weekend we were swimming at Mr. Ron and Mrs. Debbie's pool again. And Bret finally talked Micah into swimming in the deep end. He swam all the way across on his first try...and our little fish was born. He was everywhere.

The next weekend we swam in a pool with a diving board. And you guessed it - he jumped off the diving board with no fear. In four weeks we went from life jacket to diving board, a transformation that was amazing and inspiring to watch unfold.

Micah-Moo-Magoo we are so proud of you and so very excited for all the swimming fun you have had and will have in the years to come.

...and now I can't help but wonder what other kinds of transformations you - and I - might be capable of with a little confidence...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Rest of Our July 4th

Wow, it was a full one! After the parade we went swimming with some friends. They were house sitting for some folks who have a nice little backyard pool - with a diving board! (A very exciting recent discovery.)
Then after some pizza and a long nap we were ready for some more excitement. So we got some snow cones and headed out to see some fireworks. We, of course, had to wait awhile for it to get dark enough. But between the snow cones, the board games we brought, popcorn, and a couple of rounds of Simon Says with the folks sitting next to us, we managed to stay entertained!

It was a great fireworks show! Our favorites were a kind I had never seen before - they actually made smiley faces in the sky! Josiah was a little scared by the noise. He hid in the truck for about half the show.
And what better way to end a very long, very full, very fun day than on a pallet in the living room?!

Happy Independence Day to everyone! We're so thankful for all those who have sacrificed so much so that we can have fun days like this.

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A Parade!

What a treat we got this year - Conner's Cub Scout Pack had a float in Burleson's July 4th Parade! After a week of all three wellsbrothers battling hand-foot-mouth disease, Conner's participation was a little if-fy at one point. But he pulled through and got well just in time.

We let Micah choose if he wanted to be in the parade with Conner and Dad or not. Not real sure about the rules, we did our best to prepare him for what to expect. So, with wisdom beyond his years he said, "Well, usually when someone says something like, 'There's going to be lots of walking and you'll have to walk the whole way, even if you're tired,' they really mean it. So I think I'll go with Mom." :)

...and going with Mom wasn't that bad - we got donuts and he got to play on my phone, always a treat!
Meanwhile, the Cub Scouts were making their final parade preparations, including patriotic hair color.
...and while Conner was doing that, Micah and I were joined by more adoring fans. (Josiah had been spending a couple of days at BooBoo and Yogi's house.)
It wasn't long before the parade started coming!!
...and finally, Pack 620's float came into view!
Conner had decided that he'd rather walk than ride. He had apparently been working the crowd, handing out candy to the kiddies, and buttering up the old folks. I'll never forget the way his eyes lit up though, when he saw us!
 ...and leave it to Dad...a huge armload of candy, thrown right to Micah and Josiah!!
And as slow as the parade had gone thus far, our heroes walked on past us all too quickly. The rest of the parade was l-o-n-g, but there were a few highlights - the Pink Panther (a new fav on Netflix),
 ...and camels!

And as if we weren't proud enough already, we got an email yesterday morning. At the Lions Club Banquet for the 4th of July Parade, our Pack leaders learned that our little guys won the award for "Best Civic Entry." Way to go Pack 620!!!

...and then, the Parade Sponsor's (Babe's Chicken) Favorite Float award - the *big award* - was announced. That's right, Pack 620 got the "Babe's Choice" award, too! How exciting! (We like to think it had a little something to do with a certain charming blue-eyed young man who chose to walk and talk with the spectators. :)

So proud of you and your friends, sweet ConnerBug!

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