Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Is Winding Down

Summer is quickly coming to an end here in Florida, well as far as school is concerned.  The girls will go back to school on August 9th.  Wish the heat would go away when the kids head back to school, but no such luck.  It will probably be around till December.  I feel for the kids having to trudge back and forth to school in the heat and humidity..........makes them tough, I guess.  This 105 degree heat index may kill them before they toughen up, though. 

We had a very laid back summer.  The girls did not go to any camps, so the summer consisted pretty much of hanging out with neighborhood friends and swimming in the pool.  Sometimes it was hanging out with the neighborhood friends in the pool! There were days of staying in your jammies until you changed into your swimsuit, and mornings sleeping in.  The big girls will actually sleep past 9:00am sometimes now!!  Not Rachel though, no matter how late you keep her up.  There were days of camping in the Keys, building tents in the bedrooms, visiting with cousins, celebrating the 4th of July with neighbors, playing Wii games, playing cards, getting haircuts, and going to the dentist for checkups (the girls LOVE doing that on summer vacation!)  I managed to get Rachel to the orthopedist to get new orthotics.  I also got her started with a new speech therapist here in town.  The trips to the Orlando therapist were just getting to be too much, and I was only going twice a month.  Now Rachel is going once a week.  I miss the therapist in Orlando, though.  She was really good and worked well with Rachel.

Next week we are going to drive over to the other side of Florida and spend a few days on Sanibel Island.  We will be leaving Monday and coming home Thursday.  I have always wanted to go there for the great shelling.  We have really wanted to go to the Gulf with the kids, but with the oil spill, we were afraid to try the Panhandle this year.  The girls are looking forward to it, and I think Rachel will love the Gulf since it is so much calmer than the Atlantic.  We even found a place that takes dogs, so Cookie will get to go along for the ride.  I may learn a lesson here and he may never go on another trip with us.  We will see how that works out.     

Building tents in Rachel's room.  Did you notice that they even have a fan in the tent?

Face painting on the 4th of July.
Rachel attempts to Wii bowl.  She didn't know that her remote didn't work, and I was actually bowling for her.  She has not figured out how to work all the buttons yet, so we just let her think she was bowling.
Cookie and Leah hang out at the pool. Wow....look at that paint job on that pool deck!  ;-)

The big girls practice their snorkeling skills. 

Rachel enjoyed playing with the water hose as we filled the pool.  Usually in the summer it rains enough that we don't have to do that, but this has been a dry summer.

Rachel was such a big girl when she got her hair cut this summer.  It was the first time she did not sit in my lap.  I did have to move in and hold her head at times, but she did pretty good on her own.  At times it looked like she was going to fall asleep in the chair.

Rachel has been learning how to swim deeper into the pool this summer.  It has been so funny to watch her try to get below the surface.  Her little butt pops up in the air every time. 

This is what happens after the butt pops up and she begins her descent.  She is actually making it almost to the bottom of the pool in the deep end, which is eight feet! 

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