July 1st was the start of our new school year, although technically we didn't start our new learning time activities until the next week.
Bulldozer's obsession with chess continued on into the new month. We'll be forever grateful for Grandpa Ron's willingness to play, every time he comes over.
The parade was very different than our Memorial Day parade and MUCH louder. The kiddos all did well, although Sunshine ended up in my lap, needing me to cover her ears.
Everyone loved the parade. It was amazing with so many different bands and varying entertainers.
We did all attend fireworks on the 3rd of July though, with our patriotic shirts and everything. It was Princess and Sunshine's first time going. Princess was a little frightened, but ended up enjoying them. Sunshine was not frightened at all, and quite honestly had no interest in them.
The actual 4th of July we stayed at home. All went well until bedtime when Sunshine started in on what would be a 5 hour raging fit. Let's just say, I had to calm down a for a while when that was over. I still can't quite figure out what caused it. My only thought is that there was a build up combined with multiple trauma triggers? Who knows. I do know that we didn't go anywhere the next day, in hopes whatever was happening, she would recover from.
On July 6th, we spent the afternoon swimming at a friend's home. In the evening, Jason took the boys to their first baseball game of the season. Princess, Sunshine and I had a girls night at home with take out and a chick flick. We all had a blast!
On July 8th, Princess started her summer gymnastics class. Sunshine also started a one-to-one gymnastics summer program. In the afternoon we went to A.C. Moore so the kiddos could Tie Dye a t-shirt as part of their free summer program.
Thursday, July 9th, the boys spent the afternoon at Bass Pro Shop participating in their summer workshops, learning how to shoot a gun and bow & arrow. They had the time of their lives. I was so proud of them for trying something completely new and foreign. If only my camera wasn't broken I would have been able to take some fabulous pictures of this first time experience. After the workshop at Bass Pro Shop the boys had their first summer science class at the library. It was all about birds. Everyone was quite in awe at Dinomite and Bulldozer's knowledge of birds. The experience was definitely a confidence booster for their homeschool teacher (aka me). If the boys hadn't already had enough fun, we headed to Bulldozer's first one-to-one gymnastics summer session. His "friend" was very kind and invited Dinomite to join them. The boys literally bounced around for an hour, before we finally headed home.
Saturday, July 11th the boys and I headed to the 1000 Islands to celebrate their cousin's 5th birthday. We had hoped the girls could join us but their behaviors made it impossible to trust that they'd be okay in a social setting with so many other kiddos. They still picked out gifts for their cousin though and received goodie bags when the boys and I returned home.
The birthday party took place at a local YMCA. The boys played basketball, played in a bounce house, enjoyed pizza, and lots of time with extended family. It was so relaxing.
After being so busy for so long, we decided to relax a bit the next week in July. We made a trip to the library. We went swimming. Princess and Bulldozer went to gymnastics classes, but that was it.
The week of July 20th, we spent a significant amount of time preparing for the kiddos annual birthday bash. Princess, Sunshine, and Bulldozer still went to gymnastics. The boys went to their summer science class at the library. We did manage to fit in some time swimming.
The last week in July flew by. Princess, Sunshine and Bulldozer went to gymnastics. Dinomite started private swimming lessons. The boys attended their last science class at the library. We had a blast swimming again. Sunshine made HUGE progress leaving the steps of the pool to swim with Mommy, then realized she could touch in the shallow end. She practiced kicking and using her arms. Sunshine even decided to start jumping in the water and going under. As long as she didn't have a life jacket on and Mommy was with her, she did great. The minute we put a life jacket on her, she flipped out. Go figure.
The morning started out with our tradition of cupcakes for breakfast. We had several left over from the party the week before in the freezer, so I just used those.
They had the time of their lives! The weather was perfect. We started out in the wave pool and then ate some lunch.
After spending time in the wave pool one more time, we headed home. Jason stayed at the house with Dinomite, Bulldozer and Sunshine, while I took Princess out for a birthday dinner at her favorite Chinese Restaurant.
What a fun birthday celebration and month of July we had!
That's Renae today!