Monday, June 29, 2015

Big Kid Porch Camp Out

We have a "Summer To-Do List."  I (Millie) love a good to-do list and have passed my proclivity down to Kira.  Several weeks ago when we made our list, we added "Big Kid Porch Camp Out" almost on a whim.

So last night we grilled hamburgers and toasted marshmallows.  We set up 4 makeshift beds on the back porch.  (Simon participated in much of the night, but he slept in his own bed.)  We read lots of stories and chased fireflies in our pajamas.  We fell asleep to the rhythmic sound of nighttime insects and awoke to a chorus of birds.  Often my hare-brained schemes fall short of idyllic; not this time.  It was a perfect night, made even more perfect by the rare occurrence of a cold front in the Georgia summer. 

If I could bottle up the glory of the "Big Kid Porch Camp Out" and sell it, I'd be a bajillionaire.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Potty Training

Simon has begun potty training -- with mixed success thus far.  He happily forgoes a diaper (with or without his new big kid underwear).  He's very good at holding "it" in, but actually getting "it" in the potty eludes him.  Baby steps.  

The good news is that summer potty training lends itself to nude playtime, which is both hilarious and practical.  (His expression below is pure concentration.  Simon has started building towering houses with the Magnatiles lately, and he gets really into it.)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Aslan is on the move!"

This summer we're reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Kira for the first time, and Narnia has become a big point of conversation around here.
 What is "Wamland," you might ask? Just your run-of-the-mill magical land, currently under the spell of this bad guy:
A closer look. Pay no attention to the hearts on his leg--this guy is bad! You can tell by his teeth & his eyebrows.
  
Nothing to be afraid of, though. Wamland is in the capable hands of Kira, who has spent every spare moment of the last two days making weapons to be used in the fight against the bad guy.  That's a bow-and-arrow made out of paper, tape, string, and sticks. And staples. The girl goes through staples like nobody's business.
John with his dagger and shield. That's my dagger on the table, along with Millie's shield. Not pictured is the other bow-and-arrow (more sticks, less paper) as well as the guns John made this morning. To be clear, John's guns don't look anything like real guns; rather, they are just blobs of paper stuck together with tape.
Kira posing with her bow-and-arrow, taking on the bad guy. I love that girl.
And, just in case you wanted a closer look. It didn't shoot as well as more-stick-less-paper version 2.0, but it sure is pretty.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Uncle Jeremy's Favorite Picture

Aunt Annie was watching all the kids from the tent one day on Fripp when she observed this scene. It looks typical: Pop-Pop with the paddle-board, John with the shovel, Simon with the bucket, Kira with the boogie-board, and Aunt Millie entertaining Jackson by digging a hole. It was Simon, though, that caught her eye.
Here he is twenty seconds later, still sitting in that odd position. He is, apparently, waiting for water to come up in a wave and fill up his bucket. Millie had told him to go get some water, and this is his plan. Not only is that kid strong, he apparently has the patience of Job: Annie said he sat like this for over a minute...just waiting...
Victory! There is no telling how much water is in that bucket, but look how happy that kid is!
(Uncle Jeremy's favorite picture is the middle one, and we might have to agree.)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Through all the hairstyles (his) and all the babies (ours), you have never stopped amazing and impressing me.  Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband!  I love you.

Friday, June 19, 2015

One Big Happy

There are 25 of us Wamsteds (not all share the last name... but all are Wamsteds whether they like it or not!) between 2 houses on this trip.  Jay and I (this is Millie, by the way) always love the chance to see everyone, and now we bring along these little people that just EAT IT UP!  Every time I turn around, a different adult is reading to John.  It's been amazing!

The pictures below run the gamut - from books to the pool to the beach.  Many different people, all awesome.
And lastly a spur-of-the-moment family hug in the pool for the Atlanta Wamsteds.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday afternoon, both boys came down with high fevers.  They ate Cheerios in bed for dinner while watching "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood."  Things looked bleak.  (Snuggly, yes.  Cute, maybe.  But bleak nonetheless.)
Today -- nothing!  Both boys woke up as happy as can be.  No fevers all day, which meant many hours in the pool.  What a relief!
I wish I could end our story there, but Kira seems to have come down with the fever this evening.  We're hoping she recovers as quickly and decisively as the boys.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Freckles

We have been relentless with the sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses during our Beach Fortnight.  Yet still Kira's cheeks and nose have gradually become covered in adorable little freckles.  Can you see them? (Kira particularly loves the middle picture wherein she is attempting not to smile.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Grampa Takes Pictures

I handed the camera to my father today and told him to take a bunch of pictures. The results:
Kira with Uncle Dennis, Grampa's youngest brother--which makes him the youngest older Wamsted.
That finger got smaller and smaller throughout the session until he finally got the five of us together. Of course we couldn't get one where everyone was looking at the camera at once, but what can you do? Happy Beach Weeks!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Crabbing & Swimming

On the last full day at Fripp, we decided to try our luck with crabbing.  Turns out our luck isn't so great -- no crabs.
But we had fun trying!  We went to a pool (with a frog slide!!) to swim and eat lunch while the trap "worked."  (Fortunately, we weren't depending on crabs for our dinner.)
On Saturday, we traveled from Fripp Island, SC to Destin, FL.  Stay tuned for our adventures at Beach #2...