Monday, August 8, 2016
Earlier this year my friend Renee offered to work with Ella over the summer. With her short term memory issues we were really concerned with her losing the information she worked so hard to learn. Renee has been coming over on average 2 times a week to work with Ella. There have been a few obstacles that have made us cancel like when her frig died and all their food went bad and then we had to cut one session short because Ella was just wiped out and needed to go to take a nap.
The first week in August Renee wasn't going to be able to work with Ella since she would be house sitting her Dad's house in Tacoma. We thought it would be fun to still get together on the days we normally would, but not to work just to have fun!
We originally were going to go to Titlow spray park, but then the weather showed a big thunder bolt and it wasn't even going to get much above 65 or so. Not exactly good sprinkler park weather! Renee decided that we should just come over to her Dad's and hang out.
She gave us the tour of the house and then the kids wanted to get their suits on to go in the hot tub!!!
I think this is the first time my kids have gone in a hot tub at someones house. I know they've felt the hot tubs at the hotel, but for the most part they are WAY to hot for them. Renee's Dad knew that kids were going to be in there so he turned his down to 98 degrees. It was like warm bath water. It was wonderful!
After a while it was time to get out and eat lunch. I had packed up food and since we were at someone's house we were able to have warm food instead of the typical sandwiches. The weather had actually started to get nice...the sun was peaking out even though it was a little windy. We thought we could at least go to a park to play on the toys.
Just a couple blocks away is Kandle Park....it has a great wave pool, but you have to pay to get in. No thanks! We had a blast on the toys though!
I love exploring new parks with my kids!
At first they were all over the place and it was hard to keep track of them. That always makes me nervous, but after a while they started teaming up and hanging out together so that made it easier to keep an eye on them.
Ella and London had fun on the swings together.
This was Ireland's first time on the swings and she LOVED it! Look at that face! She is such a cutie pie!
Zeke was climbing all over. It's crazy that it's August and he's wearing a sweatshirt. I do remember that at one point he was wanting me to take it off because he was "Sveaty!"
Owen and Jack were playing some sort of chase game or obstacle course game. My kids are all into American Ninja Warrior so they want to make every playground a ninja course!
This was a fun toy....there was a ramp and it was big enough so someone in a wheelchair could get on it. I had fun because I would hold on from the back and then jump up and down. I was able to get it moving pretty good like that.
Zeke in a bubble! Sometimes I think it would be good for him to live in a bubble. I don't know how many times a week I hear...."I hurt me here!" and then he points to where he hurt himself.
Jack was trying to catch Owen, but I was blocking his way...I told him the only way for him to get through was to let me take a picture!
When we first got to the park you could see the nasty looking clouds off in the distance, but of course the longer we stayed there the closer they got. I decided to give the kids a 5 minute warning....our van was parked on the opposite side of the park and I didn't feel like getting drenched!
It was only about a minute later and I saw a lightning bolt and said, "Ok that's our cue!" It was followed by the thunder shortly after. As we were walking to the van London was scared of the thunder so we told her what we always think it is....the lightning is God taking your picture and then the thunder is him clapping because you did a good job! Not sure if it helped though!
It was such fun time hanging out with Renee and the girls. A couple days after that we hung out again...this time at the zoo!
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Towards the end of July I was really struggling with being in a bad mood. I had gone to my Naturopath and she had put me on some herbs to help, but I was still moody. I'll be posting an update about my depression soon. Anyways I thought a change of scenery might improve my mood. I needed to run a few errands so we did those first and then we ended our trip by going to the new Federal Way Town Center. I knew that the park had opened earlier in July and that there was a sprinkler park, but we just hadn't found the time to go yet. My friend Melinda had taken her two boys and said they had a great time so I thought it was worth a shot.
There is a nice spray park with these 3 monoliths They spray water out the top and then there is water that is rushing out from the base. There are also other areas around the concrete circle that randomly spray water. My only complaint about the water park area was I felt they needed to make more of the sprayers go off at one time. There really was only couple of them spraying water at one time so all the kids would rush over to the those and they'd be filled up in no time. Then they'd switch to a couple other ones spraying on the other side and then ALL the kids would go rushing over there. I just felt like it might be better if they had a few areas spraying water at the same time so that one area wouldn't get rushed by all the kids.
To the left of the spray park were some play structures. The zipline was a huge hit of course!!!
Owen spent a lot of time riding them over and over.
Jackson also had fun on the zipline.
He not as crazy about it as Owen, but he did ride more than I thought he would.
Here's another view of the spray park. The building up above is going to be a new Arts & Events Center.
Here is the view of the field. They are still trying to get the grass to grow so they have it roped off in sections. If you look down at the horizon you can see Mt. Rainier. The parking garage on the right is the transit center where I used to catch the bus to work everyday for the last 3 months of my pregnancy with Owen.
Speaking of Owen he just loved those monoliths....he would go stand right in the middle and just get soaked!
Zeke man is more apprehensive when it comes to spray parks. It was so hot though that I finally just grabbed him and ran through the middle. It felt so nice to get cooled down and he was giggling so he enjoyed it too!
Right past the zipline area is a littler kids play area.
This was my other complaint about the park. I didn't like that the slide for the littler kid play area faced away from the other toys. I was trying to keep my eyes on all the kids so I sat down on this little hill that had big rocks on it. I could see everything....the spray park, the spiderweb climbing toy and the zipline. The only thing I couldn't see well was this playarea.
I ended up hanging out over in the little kid playarea so Ella and Zeke could enjoy it and that's when I saw Owen heading straight for me on the zipline!
The ziplines are designed so you only ride one way and then get off. There are platforms on both sides so the kids can form lines. So the whole idea is you ride one way and then get off and then another kids gets on and rides it back to the other side.
Well some of the kids weren't doing that. They were riding it one way and then letting their momentum carrying them back to where they started. That meant that the kids on the other platforms weren't getting a turn. I was trying to explain the whole thing to a little girl and she was so sure she was right and I was wrong that I finally had to tell her I wasn't going to talk to her anymore. I mean seriously I'm already moody I don't need someone else's kid trying to tell me what's what!
The big kids have been having so much fun playing with each other.
Owen was chasing Jack and Ella and instead of them freaking out about it they were actually having fun!
Jackson made it to freedom, but Owen took Ella captive!
I love that she was enjoying the game though. Not too long ago she would have been screaming at Owen to let her go!
They were struggling and smiling and laughing!
Owen was trying to drag her into the water!
Finally Super Jack decided to step in!
Here I come to save the day!
Let go of my sister!
Come on Ella!
After that fun they all decided to go over to the spiderweb. This thing is so cool!
There are so many areas to climb on there can honestly be 20 kids on it at one time.
Zeke was trying his hardest to get to the middle area, but the last gap up to it was just a bit to far for his little legs!
Ella and Zeke wanted me to put them on this little hammock seat so I did and then I rocked it around like they were riding on a horse. They thought that was fun and a little scary!
At the end of our trip Zeke got up the courage to ride on the zipline. This older girl was so sweet to help him get on the seat. It's nice to see him going out of his comfort zone trying to act like his older siblings!
As for my mood.....it didn't really help I was still a grouch, but we did have a good time. The very next evening was when I got to go away for the weekend with my girlfriends and relax. A couple days away is always good for my state of mind!
Saturday, August 6, 2016
On July 26th my MOPS group had a summer get together at the movies. I love going to the summer movies because they are only a dollar. Yes they are movies that you've probably already seen, but it's so fun to go see a movie on the big screen. Also.... there's popcorn!
Since we were seeing the movie at The Landing in Renton I figure why not make a day of it and head over to the park afterwards. The movie started at 10am so I knew it would be around noon when it was over. I packed us a lunch....we didn't really eat much though....did I mention the popcorn? We had the whole set up with the beach blanket, camping chairs and sand toys. The only thing that was missing....
was the sun!
The weather report said it was going to be in the upper 70's, but there was no sun in sight when we first got to the beach. Since it was so cloudy I actually had the kids just play on the playground first so I could decided whether or not I was actually going to let them swim.
After playing for 30 minutes or so you could tell it was getting muggier so I knew the sun would eventually make an appearance.
I figured the kids would play in the sand and not necessarily go in the water until the sun was shining, but that didn't stop them one bit.
They had to start digging rivers and tributaries and then those needed to be filled in with water.
There was a lot of engineering work go on with this project. The kids were having to deal with the water eroding the sides of the river banks and then they were damming up different parts of the river to make the water flow a certain way. It was quite educational!
After the fun of building rivers wore off they decided to jump in the water.
The air was really warm, but still without the sun shining I knew I wasn't getting in that water!
Thankfully after a couple hours the clouds completely vanished and the sun came out in all its glory. We headed over to the snack shack and Jack was so sweet he bought Zeke some candy since he didn't have enough money in his spend envelope to get any.
I waded in the water every once and then to cool off, but for the most part I just loved sitting there watching them use their imagination.
I did not want to have a repeat of last year where I burnt my legs to a crisp so I think I applied sunscreen at least 3 times to my legs.
I also made sure to reapply sunscreen to the kids shoulders.
Thankfully not one person had any bit of sunburn anywhere! Yahoo!
The big kids were having so much fun swimming out in the water. Ella and Jack did not want anything to do with their life jackets this year. They love going underwater so I wouldn't want a life jacket either.
Zeke finally got brave enough to venture out deeper in the water than I ever think he has ever gone.
I still think of him as my baby so seeing him do big kid things always surprises me!
For most of our stay at the beach there was a Boys & Girls Club group to our right. They were having loads of fun digging and digging. I think we were trying to see who could dig the biggest hole. When it was time for them to go there were these huge holes left in the ground so we thought it would be fun to fill them with water.
It took many, many buckets and many, many trips back and forth to fill up the holes. It was most definitely good exercise!
Jack's hole that he was working on was further away from the water and his just wouldn't fill up. I'm think it was because the sand around it was just soaking up the water since it doesn't normally get saturated.
It's a little pool of mud!
The kids wanted to see how deep the pool was. They were thinking it would be as deep as it was when they dug the hole, but of course the sides of hole had slowly been collapsing....there's that darn erosion again....so they were quite surprised when they jumped in and found out how shallow the water was.
Let me see how deep it is!
No...let ME see how deep it is!
I absolutely love coming to Coulon Park and I love that kids love it as well. This is a park that has so many memories since I grew up in Renton. It's fun to be making such great memories with my kids here as well.
I think we finally decided to pack up and head home around 3:30 and by we I mean me!
We had hours of fun and by the time I got home I was totally wiped out. Going to the beach with 4 kids is no joke. We have another summer movie day coming up in August with my MOPS group so I'm planning on doing this same thing again as long as the weather is nice. We've got to get out and enjoy this sun shine while we can!