Monday, August 9, 2010

The Awesomest Summertime

With Bridgette's new found health and increasing mobility, we have been out and about and having fun here at the end of the summer.

If I was a normal person, I would split up my blog entry per activity so that it wouldn't kill you. But by now you know I like to slap all of them fine photos in a line until the post length reaches to the next nearest town.

Welcome to my form of scrapbooking.

If you think it might, in fact, kill you to read this, may I suggest you skip down to the bottom and watch the video suitably titled "You should watch this video." You won't be disappointed.

Section 1: Around Home

We drink Pedialyte. Lots and lots and lots of Pedialyte. All day, every day. We purchase a case of Pedialyte a week, no exaggeration. Mmm... grape Pedialyte.

I love Bridgette's face in this photo. It captures her personality and her eyes show you her soul: intense, inquisitive, older than her years.

Also, we play with lots of sidewalk chalk (and crayons, markers, pens, pencils ... walls ... couches).

We play in our backyard and with the neighbors.

We play with the pups, happy Chewy and sneaky Piper.

Bridgette climbs stuff.

And tries to brave sliding down, though she gets mighty nervous.

Section 2: Pioneer Day

The Orem Fire Department hosted a breakfast on Pioneer Day. They had all their engines, ambulances, and even two helicopters for the kids to look at and explore. They had lots of food, tables, and a live band. Very cool.

The line was so long that we actually opted to check out the vehicles, donate a little to the cause, and eat breakfast at Denny's. A few hours later I got a call saying that my donation won a raffle for a $50 gift certificate. That wasn't my intent, but I didn't mind.

Bridgette is a huge fan of helicopters and airplanes.

And she got to see one REALLY close-up.

Yep, that's Bridgette "flying" the helicopter. Hope they checked their switches before taking off.

Based on our postures & smiles, I'm pretty sure Bridgette was about to blast-off. Mostly I put this in because the last time she was this close to an ambulance, she was inside it.

Not posed. As soon as Bridgette climbed in the cab of the fire engine, she tried very hard to put on her seat belt. It was a little too big & technical for her.

We helped her get fastened in and she was happy as could be, ready for a ride.

Section 3: Petting Zoo, OR, Ways to React When Eaten by a Cow

"My, what a friendly, hungry cow."

"She seems to like everyone."

"She likes to lick my baby's hand."

"Wow, she's not opposed to licking my baby's head." (Sorry, missed the actual tongue shot; use your imagination.)

"Well, and now she's eating my baby's shirt. Silly cow."

The cow licked the kid next to Bridgette too, and he freaked out and ran crying to his mom. Whereas, Bridgette stood calmly, allowing the cow to chew her shirt, and then she actually laughed. Silly baby.

Dual-wielding corn kernels. Now that's skill.

Umm... looking at chickens, I think.

This photo was more exciting back before she started walking because here she is trying to walk before she was truly successful. But I still put it in because she's so darling.

This is how a toddler demands popularity, by lining up every kernel of corn precisely out of reach...

...and then feeding each goat individually, one kernel at a time.

The petting zoo also had a kid zone we'd never explored.

We explored it together. It was a tight fit.

And this is why you don't really have to pay to go places. Bridgette was just as happy to sit and play in the mulch.

Thanks to Aunt Brenda for coming with us and taking some of the photos!

Section 4: Living Planet Aquarium

Bridgette and I have a year membership to the aquarium and have been lots of times, but this was the first time we attended with others. Aunt Heidi and her girls Ellie and Sienna joined us as well as Aunt Brenda and her surrogate niece, Sarah.

Bridgette was quite sensitive on this outting, so I spent a lot of time holding her. However, she did have some good moments, especially with her cousin Ellie. (Eyeeeeeeeeeeeee!)

She has attempted to pet the stingrays for a year. It's usually her favorite stop. This was the first time she was actually able to touch one. It swam right out and flapped its ... fins?... at her above the water line. Then she reached in and felt it.

Ellie & Bridgette in the Radioactive Super-Creature Marsh

Aunt Heidi and Baby Sienna - such a cute picture.

Mammo/Aunt Kelly with Bridgette & Ellie. Bridgette spent so much time getting carried that day that Ellie wanted me to carry her too. Nothing quite like hoisting two small children for hours to strengthen your arms. Wait... did I say small?

Ah, yes. The penguin exhibit.

You should watch this video.

Section 5: The Friends

And last, we attended a reunion BBQ and had a nice time. I didn't take many photos, but I really liked this one. It's of Bridgette with Sophie, the daughter of our friends Chelsea & Rob Weidmann. I spent much of my childhood with the Weidmann family in Texas, and seeing these two playing together was like looking back 25 years.


Tammy and Alvin said...

OOOHHHH!!! OOOHHH!!! [shaking with pure pleasure] This is such a good post!

Heidi said...

Such cute pictures! I especially love the one where Bridgette is trying to put on the fireman's seatbelt. :)

Lore said...

I love it, Kelly. I especially love the many hands-on learning experiences. How many two-year-old girls have gotten to "fly" a helicopter, or have been ready for a ride in a fire engine, or have touched a stingray, or have had their shirts eaten by a cow? She is one lucky little girl.

Jacqueline Miller said...

Awesome town. Glad to hear you're having such a great summer!

HeatherH said...

I love Bri's pretty's in her hair! She's so beautiful. :)