Saturday, September 13, 2014

Water Fun

Oops, this post got buried down in a list of other draft posts. So it is about a month late, but I always say, "Better late than never."

The last two weekends we have done some fun water activities. Last weekend, we went out on Utah Lake with Glen & Ty and did some tubing. Dax and Mark both rode on tubes and we had a lot of fun. Mom even braved the tube and for a brief moment Seth thought about it, but he didn't like sitting on the tube.  We ate lunch on the boat and had a great afternoon. It was a fun trip!

Dax is so excited to ride on the tube!

Seth has great sea legs. He walked all over the boat and never fell.

Ready for the first ride.

Mark wasn't so sure this year, but Ty convinced him to go.

They look slightly horrified, but I promise they are having fun.

Seth thought he was brave, but he wasn't.

We all went together. That was fun!

Mark was worn out.

Seth got to drive the boat.

He loved being captain for a little bit!

The next weekend we went to Seven Peaks. We haven't been there since Dax was a baby, so none of our boys remembered visiting this water park. We went with our friends and we had a blast! The boys were so brave. Seth rode down the slide lots of times and kept asking for more. They loved the wave pool. Mark and Dax went far into the water and tried to ride the waves back. They loved playing in the kid section, too. We spent almost 4 hours there and it flew by. It was a lot of fun!

We went down this slide about 10 times. Seth loved it!
He's helping me take this picture though, so he isn't in it.

Dax went down the kid slides a million times.

Dad and Seth also ventured down the kiddies slides.

Those are Mark's feet sticking up over the snake...he liked to dive over it.

Dax and Mark are out past Randy...they went out super far into the wave pool.

Then Dax would run from the waves.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Soccer Season...again!

I'm pretty sure that I write this post every spring and fall when we play soccer. But it starts to monopolize our lives, and so it is all I think about.

Mark is with his same coach from last year, but half of the team is different. Lots of boys made the decision to move on to competition soccer, instead of recreational soccer. We didn't think Mark needed to live an intense soccer life at the age of 8, so we stayed with our same league. Their team is the Ninja Turtles again which matches their green uniforms well. Mark played really well the first game...he scored 3 goals! He hustled all over the field and he worked really hard.

Warming up

It was the 8:00 AM game this week, so we didn't really get Mark's hair done! :)

Dax is on a new team this year. Randy is coaching and they are the Blue Dragons. Dax really, really wanted blue uniforms, so Randy hurried over to pick them up early. Our team looks to be pretty good. We were up 7-0 at half, but they don't keep score. Dax scored two goals, and he was running all over the field. He is so speedy! He is super excited to have his dad as his coach this year.

Excited for the game to start.

Speedy Dax!

I didn't get a picture of him before the game,
so here he is halfway through all hot and sweaty!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dax: Lots of Firsts

Dax has had a busy week. He began a lot of new activities. First, he began piano. We were able to start Dax with Mark's old teacher who is amazing. The whole day Dax threw a huge fit about how I was supposed to teach him and he was not going, but once we were there, he had a great time. And he keeps bugging me to practice every day.

First piano lesson
The next day Dax started a reading class at our local literacy center. The class lasts for four months and is geared to helping children learn to read. Dax loved every minute of it and was so happy when he came home. I hope he makes great progress in reading.

First day of literacy class preschool.

The following day, he started preschool again. This will be his final year of preschool. Dax is 5 and could be in kindergarten but we have made the decision to wait to send him to school like we did with Mark. It has been such a great decision for Mark, and we feel it will benefit Dax, too. Dax is going to preschool right here in our neighborhood, so he really wanted to ride his bike. Here's to another great year of school for Dax!

First day of preschool

Riding his bike to school

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Seth's Check Up

Seth having an EKG.

Seth went back in to see the cardiologist a few weeks ago. I am still amazed at how well he behaves for all of the tests, and when the doctor listens to his heart for 10 minutes. Seth is so calm and still. It definitely makes the doctor visits easier on us.

Seth passed with flying colors. Everything came up perfect. We have been going in about every 6 months. But the doctor said we can go a whole YEAR before we go back. And then if things continue to look good, he said we might be able to go a few years at a time. I'm not quite sure I'm ready to go that long yet, but I feel so blessed that Seth has recovered so well from his heart surgeries. He is truly a miracle to us!

Eating popcorn at a baseball game---Seth loves popcorn.

Seth wanted to try underwear. He kept them dry for 2 hours,
but while he will sit on the potty, he has yet to actually "go" in the potty.

At Seven Peaks

At the new playroom in the Aquarium!

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