Another low-key 4th here in P-ville. The kids had some fun at swim practice in the morning with watermelon relays (and eating the watermelon). Then Young-Hoon and I squeezed in some tennis before the heat got unbearable. Then the neighborhood had a pool party, so we decided there was no need to go out in search of festivities. We had hamburgers, chips, snow cones, and frozen margaritas (from a slurpee machine! best idea ever!) While Young-Hoon and I (mostly I) enjoyed the margaritas, the kids had fun in the pool with some of their school friends. About 1/2 way through the HOA brought out the inflat-a-bull for some rodeo fun. In the beginning, there were too many kids and adults swarming the thing for our kids to get a ride. But after a while, the pool cleared out and the kids had a great time.
Monday, 3 July 2017
The vans weren't the only big change for us this week. Yesterday, we spent most of the afternoon moving Oscar's things into his new room.
When we moved into this house, we always knew at some point the extra room would be used for him, but it was so nice to have a guest room/office/Lego room, that we pushed it off. Finally, we decided that it was time. Hopefully this will put some distance between the boys, who fight almost constantly. So far, everyone seems happy. Johan gets to keep the Lego table because his room is bigger, so he's thrilled. However, he's currently sleeping in Oscar's room for the second night in a row.
And just for memory's sake, here are a couple pictures of Matilda (with Irene).
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Monday, 26 June 2017
I've been feeling a little guilty that we have no real summer plans. A combination of our big trip to Korea last December and a very untrustworthy van has us Austin-bound aside from a few day trips here and there. Well, Grandma and Grandpa Cameron saved the day! They rolled into town last Friday and the kids have been in heaven since then. It started out the next morning when Grandma and Grandpa got to see their first swim meet. While it may have been a little long for the spectators, the kids loved having the extra support in the crowd, and they did great! On Monday we went to the local water park. After a bit of a wait due to lightening, we had a great time in perfect water park weather. Even Grandma got in on the fun!
On Friday we had some BBQ at Rudy's. Always a favorite!
I haven't got any photos from Saturday because Young-Hoon and I were with Irene at a swim meet in the morning (see future post) and in the afternoon, we left the kids at home with the folks and headed out on the town (which, incidentally, has a very different meaning now than when we were younger). I hear the kids had a blast...maybe too much.
Sunday was my dad's birthday, so we celebrated with a big meal and some apple pie. We also had a little photo shoot.
Monday, 12 June 2017
To celebrate the end of the school year we took a quick camping trip to Pedernales Falls State Park this past weekend. We went there once last year, and it quickly became our favorite Texas State Park so far. We were lucky enough to get a reservation early in the summer before it gets too hot. In fact, the weather was perfect all weekend! We started our trip with a hike along the river. It got dicey at spots with a bit of vertical climbing which the kids loved. They like the "dangerous" hiking.
After the hike, we needed to cool off, so we put on our suits and hit the river. It was shallow, but the water was moving pretty quickly so it added to the excitement.
McKinney Falls State Park. It holds a special place in our heart as it was our campground when we first came to Austin on our recon trip almost 3 years ago. Although we live less than an hour away, this is the first time we've been back. It was a bit of a nerve-wracking time in our life, and I think we'd been trying to block it out. The kids had a great time swimming in the lake, and I think we'll make it back again now that we've taken the first steps.
Friday, 9 June 2017
We just finished our first full week of summer vacation...and we survived! Actually, we kept pretty busy all week between swim practice in the morning and library events, $1 movies, or chores in the afternoons. I've also reinstated the 20-20-20 plan of last summer: 20 minute rotations of reading, piano, and math. Last year I figured an hour of study/day wouldn't kill them. This year they were actually eager to get to it! Today we skipped it because Irene and Oscar participated in a typing class at the library, and I was reminded several times that we missed 20-20-20. We also have done a couple of Korean classes and some art time courtesy of Art for Kids Hub, and next week I'm hoping to add a guitar lesson courtesy of youtube (cause goodness knows, I can't do it!) This evening in our down time, I walked into the living room to find this:
Word Girl, but I think they've earned it.