Sunday, July 29, 2012

Splish, Splash! Katie and Her Friends Celebrate 7!

Katie decided to have her party this year at Splash Station.  What a WONDERFUL job they did!  I hope she wants to have her party here again.  It was affordable (in the sense of any child's party when you think food, cake, ice cream, party favors, games, etc.).  All the kids had a great time.

The kids from Katie's class/grade: Amanda, Katie, Cassie, Matthew, Alex, and Danielle

 The Party-Go'ers: Gwen, Julia, Spencer, Delaney, Amanda, Katie, Cassie, Sean, Matthew, Alex, Danielle, Sophie, and Rowena

Splash station has several sets of water slides: speed-mat slides, body slides, and tube slides, along with a lazy river and a zero-depth pool.  To ride most of the water slides, you need to be 48".  Sadly, Katie was the only too short (and significantly too, besides Rowena).  Thankfully, she passed the swim test easily and was able to enjoy all the ammenities of Splash Station.

We had hot dogs, chips and drinks, followed by AH-MA-ZING ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.

 Katie and her bestie, Cassandra, dancing on the bench
Katie and her "boyfriend," Matthew, going down the tube slide together.

Then, I took the 3 girls from Katie's class/grade along with Katie and Delaney to the roller rink in their pajamas for some free roller skating.

Next we headed home for presnts, fun playing Wii, Barbies, and Game Cube, and coloring before watching 2 back-to-back Barbie movies, eating popcorn, and finally falling asleep around 2am

The next morning, the girls had yummy breakfast and then ventured outside where they were able to watch a few locusts shed their shells, which was pretty awesome. Thanks to everyone who helped make her birthday wonderful!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

USA! USA!~Olympics: London 2012~~USA! USA!

I love the Olympics.  I love watching all these amazing athletes that don't otherwise get recognition for their talents.  It's fun to watch sports that I don't know exist, and that aren't prevelant around here.  My favorite Summer Olympic events are swimming, diving, and women's gymnastics.  I will watch any event, though, and right now, NBC is my favorite channel.

For this year's Opening Ceremonies, we went to the Salkas' home for appetizers (Pinterest style), crafts, and company.  The kids had fun playing throughout the ceremonies, while Linda, Jeff, and I (Peter was at the movies with Ryan) chatted, made and ate food, and watched.  Later the kids made their own Olympic torches and watched the torch come into the arena, then a few fell asleep.  We got home around 11.

Throughout the Olympics we're planning on playing Wii Mario & Sonic Olympics as well as our own version of Olympic events, Henderson Style--which means Pillow Fighting, Pool Splashing, Breath Holding (in the pool), High Jump, Long get the idea.

Starting the Olympics:
The Hendersons were all dressed in Red, White, and Blue with stars and stripes, but I changed two into their pajamas  just before the lighting-of-the-torch.  Go figure.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fill In The Blanks

It's been so long since I've blogged.  I have so many drafts that I haven't published yet because I take so many pictures, it's difficult for me to choose which to use.  Have you noticed I have yet to publish Rowe's birthday letter?  Or her trip to American Girl store?  I also have a hiking post and a Museum of Science & Industry post to finish and publish.  Not to mention variou other here and there things.  Sorry.  These four kids have been keeping me super busy this summer!!!

My friend, Connie, did a post today about things she loves.  I wanted to share my answers.

I could blow an entire rainy afternoon…watching the Harry Potter movies with the girls.

When I was a kid, I used to love… roller skating, playing Barbies/house/school, being outside, and peeing in window wells.  There I admitted it.

I’ve always wanted to become really good at… cooking.  And not just in following recipes, but to be creative and truly know flavors and fragrances and what goes together.  I imagine myself on Master Chef.

If I could do one thing every day of my life, it would be… to nap.  I love to nap.  Oh, or maybe read.  Maybe I'm just picking things I'm not able to do often now?

I can lose track of time when I am… reading or on the internet.  It's disgusting how much time I allow myself to play on Pinterest, Facebook, reading blogs, and email!  And, if I'm engrossed in a good book, I can read for hours and not even realize it's been more than one.

Nothing clears my head like…running.  I just love the focus of my feet hitting the pavement, the steadiness of the breathing, and being alone.…

When I’m feeling drained, all I want to do is… sit on the couch and either watch TV or allow myself to be sucked into the virtual world of Pinterest and Facebook.

I feel most connected to my body when I’m…exercising.  It really doesn't matter what kind: Body Attack, Zumba, dancing, running, even walking.  Feeling my body move, the muscles working; it's a wonderful feeling and connection.

In my daydreams, I imagine myself… debt free, playing with the kids without thinking of what else is on my to-do list, and sometimes retired and travelling with Peter to various places and visiting our children.

I get a shot of energy when I… feel like one of my kids are in danger or being threatened/picked on!  There's nothing that gets my blood rushing more than needing to jump to the defense of my child. They will forever have me by their side.
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