Monday, September 15, 2008

Skyler's Canoe Trip, Silver Dollar City, and the Olympics

We recently went to Silver Dollar City with the girls. Jaylie was really excited because she is now 36 inches and can ride a lot of rides. In fact, there were a couple that I wouldn't let her ride because I don't think they are safe for a 2 year old. Seriously, if you have been to SDC do you really think a two year old needs to ride those little pirate ships that go close to a 100mph? I think not!

Skyler, Jason, and I usually take a canoe trip every year. However, since Jaylie has been home I have stayed home with her. I really don't know if she would like it or not, but it is not one of those things that I'm willing to go and find out about either. I'm sure other moms can relate. Jason and Skyler went this year and had a great time. We might try with Jaylie next year.

We love watching the Olympics. Skyler is a huge Nastia fan. Can you tell? I like Shawn Johnson. How can you not? She is so adorable!!

First Day of School

Can you believe Skyler is in the fourth grade? It is so crazy because I can remember being in the 4th grade. I've always heard that 4th grade is a huge change from previous years, but the girl has homework every night. The kids switch classes, so she can have homework from different teachers every night. A normal night of homework is an hour to an hour and a half. Oh, and for those of you that don't have kids in school yet, just wait. They have changed all the rules in math, etc. Not only is she learning, but so are Jason and I. I will say that I do like some of the new rules they are using to teach multiplication and division. Math was never my favorite subject, but I think had I learned things the way they are teaching them now that it would have been helpful.

So...not only do we have school and homework, but lets not forget the extracurricular activities. Skyler does girl scouts on Tuesdays, basketball practice on Wednesdays, and this great program called "Girls on the Run" on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Girls on the Run is for girls age 3rd-4th grade and the girls train twice a week for an hour and a half. In twelve weeks they will run a 5k. I'm so excited because when she gets done she can run with me!! Skyler is doing great, last week she ran a mile. I remember trying to run a mile in grade school for gym and I about died. I think it took me an hour. I remember thinking that a mile might of well as been forever. Another great thing about this program is that they teach the girls about healthy body images and healthy eating habits. I should probably take some notes for myself on the healthy eating habits.:)

I don't want to forget Jaylie. She started preschool this year. I know she is a little young, but she wanted to go so bad. I am so glad that I sent her. She LOVES it!! Her teachers are wonderful. I got her a preschool teaching book and now when Skyler does her homework Jaylie will run and get her book and do hers as well. It is so adorable.

End of Summer Pictures

We have spent a lot of time at the lake this summer(thanks to the Farias). The girls both absolutely love the water and Jaylie was almost swimming on her own by the end of it. On this day the girls enjoyed tubing and Skyler tried skiing. Notice Jaylie's goggles that she is wearing on her head. She thinks they make her look cool.