Sunday, April 26, 2009

I Can Swim!

I'm thrilled that we're done with lessons again for this year and he can actually swim now. These aren't the best videos but my memory card was full. Jackson's now able to save himself (Lord willing) if he fell in a body of water and can do a simple freestyle. He's so sad to not be going to Miss April's house every day anymore but I'm glad to have that time each day at home. It's amazing how much he learned in 10 minutes a day for 3 weeks.

Random Family Time

We've had some fun family time in the midst of our crazy work and school schedule. We weren't able to get a culture pass for the library but had a coupon for the Arizona Museum for Youth and visited there for the first time. It's great for the kids. There were kitchens, a slide, art area, building room, library, story time, and exhibits. We went when it opened which ended up being perfect. By the time we left, there were some bigger kids there and the toys were everywhere. I forgot my camera, but the pictures from my phone actually turned out ok.

Cooking in the kitchen.

"Grandma DaDosa-I found middle C!"
Serving Daddy some yummy treats.
Picking corn.
Deciding whether or not to pick the carrots.
Serving up some bread in another kitchen area.
We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and stamped Jackson on the tree.
This was a cool box that was lit up. Jackson had fun building.

Lounging in the library area and petting the kittens.
Drawing and cutting.
Spinning in a fun chair!
One thing Jackson likes to do it pretend that he and Daddy are sleeping. They 'snore' and Mommy has to come and wake them up.

Easter-long overdue!

Ok, it's been 2 weeks already since my last post. Life has been incredibly crazy recently and I'm praying that this week will be easier for our family. Swim lessons finally finished this week which is 2 hours in the car (going from work to pick Jackson up, head to lessons, and drive home) and Shane's softball season ends this Tuesday. That will mean our evenings will be family time again. Praise God! In the past 2 weeks, we've had some fun though. I'm going to do a few posts of some of the things we've been up to beginning with Easter.

Easter: We had an amazing service at Tempe Town Lake that morning. It was perfect weather after a rainy Saturday to praise the resurrection of our Lord with our church body. It was Jackson's first Easter that he had a slight understanding of what Jesus did for us on the cross and how He rose victoriously from the dead. Of course it's a 3 year old understanding, but it's a lot more than last year. I'm excited to watch him grow and learn more about the great God who entrusted us with him.

When we got home, we had an Easter egg hunt in the new backyard-he has an eagle eye and needed NO help at all from Mom and Dad.

Spending a rainy Saturday coloring eggs for the first time.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Swim Lessons

Jackson took ISR swim lessons last summer and learned how to save himself if he fell into a body of water. He learned to turn over, float, and cry until he could be rescued. He cried daily during the 5 weeks of lessons but it was worth it to have the peace of mind. Plus, the lessons are only 10 minutes everyday. Not unbearable to hear your child crying. :)

This year, we've started the refresher lessons. They are only 2 weeks since his float is perfect still. He's learning now how to flip over, kick and swim, flip back over when he needs to breathe, and continue until he gets to the edge. He LOVES it this year, which has been so nice. He talks about swimming with Miss April and loves spitting out the 'yucky' water he gets in his mouth. She said he'll be doing strokes by the end of next week which will make our summer near water a lot more fun for him. We're allowed to take video on Fridays so here's what he can do so far.