Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy Weekend!

My poor boys -- this is the second week in a row they've missed swimming. Considering the session isn't that long to begin with, I don't know if it's worth them to even go back. They've had colds lately. Swimming and the sniffles don't mix well. Not only that, but now they're coughing and I don't want to take any chances with their immunities down. They don't have the flu and aren't running fevers, but with everyone being so cautious right now, it's better that they stay home.

Nathan & Neil have been doing really good with their swimming lessons. That is surprising in itself because their instructor really isn't that good. She's nice, but she's about 500 years old and doesn't make the class fun for the kids. She's more of a ... nag. One time she jokingly told Rick that Neil (above) needed to have a drink before class so he would relax a little. Ummm ... okay. Rick has a membership at the gym and I'm hoping he can work with the boys during free swim time. We take them swimming in the lakes here during the summer, so at least they've gotten a good start.

On the other hand, Nathan (below) has finally mastered bike riding. He learned later than most kids, I guess, but that's because he's been so addicted to his Big Wheels. Plus, with all the ice and snow, he didn't get as much practice. He's gotten the hang of it now, so he's feeling really proud of himself for that. It's going to be a beautiful day today, so hopefully we can spend it outside. I think we're going to go to the storage place and pick up our travel trailer and bring it back home. Our home owner association doesn't allow us to leave it here year round, but we can keep it here during seasonal times. None of our neighbors would complain, but we still keep it in storage during the winter. The boys will be happy to have Trailee, as they call it, back home. I spent a few hours outside yesterday collecting fallen sticks to burn in the woodstove downstairs. I think Rick's going to work on our fountain today. He's trying to drain the water out so he can reseal it so it doesn't leak as much. Yesterday he got a worm stuck in the pump he was using and it fried it -- both the pump and the worm! ***shudder*** Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. Congratulations Nathan! I'm sorry they still aren't feeling well, I hope it all passes soon. How funny about the swimming teacher. You can give him a shot of whiskey before you go! LMAO

    Have fun outside today. It's kind of chilly and drizzly here so no working on the yard AGAIN this weekend. They're actually calling for snow. No accumulation though, but the moisture is really nice.

    Too funny about the worm. I would figure to you a dead worm is a good worm. *snicker*


  2. Better safe than sorry - with swimming.

  3. Congrats to Nathan on his bike riding.

    My oldest says he must work 10 minutes every day and then he'll be able to ride his bike. I guess that means I'll have to work 10 minutes with him.

  4. Nancy -- Yeah, a dead worm is the best kind. Rick ended up buying a new pump yesterday, so he got all the muck out of the fountain. There were a bunch of dead worms in the bottom, all rotted away. I couldn't even look.

    Kim -- I agree about it being better safe than sorry. Looks like the virus is slowing down. It was funny because we were at the grocery store yesterday, standing by the deli, when one of the workers let out this big cough. I swear, EVERYONE turned around and looked at her. How intimidating.

    Christina -- Thanks and good luck with your son and his bike. We started Nathan off on the grass so it wouldn't hurt so much if he fell. He went down the road yesterday, so I think he's gotten the hang of it. :)

  5. Swimming classes! They are certainly interesting. Right now Ryan is a 'sunfish' and is in a class of 4 kids... with a teacher who looks about 12. (OK maybe 15 but that is IT!) And Jess is a 'sea turtle' in a class of 20 but she swims with her dad. (And her teacher might be 15 but he is a cute 15!) lol

    Sunday mornings in our house are so much fun - rushing to get to the pool! :)