Friday, September 20, 2013

Summer Recap, Part 2

Continuing with our Summer 2013 recap, here's a little more of what we were up to in July:

This next picture sort of deserves it's own post. This is record-breaking history right here, folks. Kooter is a very "special" cat. He is like no other cat I've ever known. He has zero feline instincts; scared of the outdoors, doesn't hunt, doesn't jump, and can't even climb trees or wooden fences. Many years ago he actually got "lost" in our backyard when he went under the fence into our neighbor's yard and couldn't figure out how to get back into our yard. He was frantically meowing from the other side of the fence and I was trying to coax him up. Needless to say, his cat-like instincts were not at all cat-like (didn't even attempt to jump or climb) and I had to reach my arm through the post and the fence and shimmy him up to the top where I could pick him up. Then he proceeded to have a full-on panic attack. We're talking panting, drooling, the works. All because he got "lost" one yard over and didn't think to just come back the way he went...so yeah, he's very Special. Extreeeeeeemely smothering loveable and affectionate, but dumber than a box of rocks. So anyway, all that to say that when I walked in and saw him sitting on top of this 4 foot tall bookcase, my jaw hit the floor. Granted, I'm sure he just climbed up there from the couch, but this is the first time he's acted like a cat in a long time. Definitely blog-worthy :)



I posted about the 4th of July but we also celebrated the weekend before down at Rick's parents' and at his aunt & uncle's big lake party they have every year.  Last year Harrison was terrified of the fireworks but he did great this year. Covered his ears a little but there was no screaming and crying so it was definitely a huge progress. Harper loved them!









 



One night Harrison had a sport camp at a local church and so we took Harper to dinner. She definitely loved all of the attention.







And I think it's safe to say that his sport camp wore him out:






 

We took them to their first circus. After about 45 minutes they started getting a little restless so I brought out the big guns at intermission. One way to get kids to sit quietly in their seats is to give them a giant lollipop. Never underestimate the power of sugar (or it's awful effects when the crash comes on, lol).







he was amazed by the motorcycle on a tightrope...love his expression







 


My mom had a birthday in July. She had a couple of candle-blower-outer-helpers. They also gladly assisted with the consumption of the ice cream cake. They are nice like that.






A few more random pictures in July:

Boyd Pyramid

celebrating National Ice Cream Cone Day

Checked out the Dinosaur Exhibit at Moody Gardens while waiting for the rain to pass
Lots of couch snuggles

And one of the best parts about a laid back summer is that when your fully dressed children turn on the water hose without permission, instead of getting frustrated you grab your camera and sit back and relish them being silly kids enjoying the simple pleasures in life.


I really want a drink of this water but can't figure out what's stopping it from spraying near my mouth.

Maybe if I bend my head down I can reach it?

water slide!

happiness.

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