Slip Slidin' Away

We set up a "waterpark" in the backyard...y'know...the Whale Pool, the Dora Splash Zone and most of all the Slip 'n' Slide...Beckham didn't know what to make of it...except the mudball that he is...he loved the wet, muddy grass that was the result of all the water play.

Bella loved the whale pool and taking water out of it while Ken kept trying to refill it.

Then Ken got the brilliant idea to go through the slide himself...through Alex's legs...fortunately this resulted in no trips to the emergency room...but it did result in one sore daddy...who was heard muttering something about being "too old for this." Are you ever too old for the Slip 'n' Slide?

Then Alex had to try it himself...Kata was there with a refreshing splash of water...cold...for her Bubby. So thoughtful, eh?

Kata has found her zen moment...holding Becks...the only creature who will willingly listen to her Hannah Montana theme song over and over again...and listen to her wax prolific on the merits of Ariel vs. Cinderella. He's a good doggie.


I Can See Clearly Now

Another milestone reached...as Alex put it so eloquently..."I keep getting new equipment...first the braces...now glasses!"...He has a slight astigmatism...and only has to wear them in the classroom (to see the whiteboard) and when watching TV or movies...He may look like his Dada but he has his Mama's eyes and therefore the nuisance prescription...He'll get over it, I'm sure...Girls do make passes at boy's who wear glasses...dear me, that will hopefully happen *much* later.

Becks...posing for all the world to see...I'm a beautiful puppy...who loves...mud and grass...and these crazy people who adopted me.

Bella still *loves* the Elmo chair that Maka gave her for her birthday. Nobody can sit in it except her...not even Beckham.

And then there's Kata...always ready to...strike a pose. Okay...let's stay focused and clear...and enjoy this weekend...welcome to Summer!


The Dog Days of Summer

Apologies for the delay in blogging, but...we've been busy, as usual. First we had Kata's Enchanted Forest Recital. She was a Rainbow Butterfly and performed beautifully...as rehearsed...and without fear or drama. Can you tell she loved every minute of it? Maybe it was that rhinestone sign that said "Diva" that I hung over her crib when she was a baby...who knows? She was every bit of one!

Auntie Daphne and Maka joined us for the fun and Alex came through with a beautiful bouquet for his prima ballerina sister. Bella, just looked on wondering when she'll get her 15 minutes of family fame...

Then before we could say, boo...Bella turned two...it was Elmopalooza time...he's her favorite character and she loved every minute of the festivities and every inch of the buttercream frosted, banana custard filled cake! Mama's baby, alright.

Baka and Djedo drove in for the occasion...so we got the rare All-Grandparents shot. Please note that Baka's the only one without a hat....hmmmm...and we had *plenty* for all because my mom brought "extras."

Ken took this last week off because both Kata and Alex are out of school. So, off we trotted to Sand Harbor. Man, it's beautiful. And it was a breezy 75-ish (as opposed to 92 in Reno)...but the glacial water was...44 degrees. Aha. You read it right. 44. It did feel good...for about 10 seconds. And then body parts began to get tingly.

Alex participated in his first Scout Day Camp as a full fledged Bear Cub. This year's theme was Ancient Civilizations. He made a sundial, a leather cuff, hieorglyphics and a birdhouse. I know you're thinking what were the civilizations? Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Viking. Alex is second from the left in the picture below.

Here's the raingutter regatta in action. Note the Viking helmets.

And then...our biggest news of all...we adopted a puppy! A 8-week old Bichon Frise. His breeder drove him all the way from Montana so he wouldn't have to fly in this summer heat. What amazing customer service!

We've named him Beckham (Becks, Becksie)...yes, after the soccer player. And no, we won't be adding a dog named, Posh, just for laughs. He is it. Him and oh, yes, the goldfish...still alive after 6 months.

Kata and Alex have totally bonded with him. And Becks has totally bonded with Bella. Of course, she runs away from him the moment I point the camera. But there will be pictures one of these days. And so on with the Dog Days of Summer (yes, had to say it)!