Sunday, July 28, 2013

Silver Spring Fountain

We've done this before, of course, but the kids were begging to do this again after a Sunday morning at Kenilworth Gardens and then Eastern Market. I had a great time at Kenilworth Gardens, even found a leaf for a hat. Because those lotus leaves are BIG.

I had a hard time getting action shots of Q7 because she never stood still long enough. C8 loved just parking herself in the water so I was able to get some crazy ones of her.

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There seems to be nothing better than getting soaking sopping dripping wet in the middle of town. We actually hadn't been for over a year, maybe two, and Q7 got there and commented that she had a picture in her mind of the fountain tiles as a rainbow. I think she was a little disappointed that it wasn't a rainbow, more of a swirl of blues with a sun-splash of yellows, but not so disappointed that she didn't go in.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


guest blogger Q7.

Gymkana was fun but we had to do cartwheels every morning but I mostly liked mostly everything. Birdcages were fun, especially on circuit (on the rings) not on daddy.

Cartwheels are horrible! I was bad at them. I was good at circuit.

Circuit is when we go on:

uneven bars (a high bar and a low bar together),

the rings (I bet you know about those),  

a moon bounce,

and parallel bars (parallel bars are two bars that are shortish and you do a little walk -- like a straight hare, a human hand walk, a kitten, and stuff like that on them).

The trampoline was super fun.

C8 liked the trampoline and balance beam best ... here she is!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

New things

C8 is the same age that I was when I got glasses. Only she has one near-sighted eye and one far-sighted eye. Q7 also tested into glasses but she begged so much the eye doctor said she could wait 6 months and get her vision tested again to see if she still needs them. Fine. C8 didn't fuss at all during the exam, she even started talking about how she'd need glasses, etc. So we thought she was OK with it. Until we went to pick them up on Friday.
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First she tried not going to the eye doctor's to pick up the glasses until I said we were going to Yogi Castle afterwards to celebrate getting glasses. When we got there she barely put them on when she tore them off again.  She had to try them on to make sure they fit correctly. She did not like that. She could barely stand to look at herself in the mirror.  But she did it. Until we left the store then the tears and crying started, so we had to go home instead of Yogi Castle.

Eventually, though, we got C8 to wear the glasses for some time here and there, and we did go out to dinner to celebrate. We had to take pictures on the sly. But look how cute!

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The next day we got another sneaky shot at Udvar-Hazy  on Saturday ... even cuter when she isn't pouting.

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I've told her she doesn't need to wear them to Gymkana this week and next, but by August 1, 2013 she should be wearing them full time.

W got a dose of Glasses-Reality when she was waving and yelling "Hi Lillian! Hi Lillian!" from the pool yesterday to a girl who was definitely NOT Lillian. I am not sure the lesson sunk in, but C44 and I took note of it.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July Bike Parade

Is this just a rerun of last July? No. But the last few things I've posted about sure feel like it! We did the bike parade last year. But it was HOTTER. And we had two lovely visitors. And our AC was broken. Thank goodness the AC wasn't broken this year, but no guests. Although in June we had some AC issues while visitors were here. But back to the point at hand. Fourth of July bike parade at the pool!