So, lets see - I haven't posted in 3 weeks, so a lot of little things have gone on...
The 2nd week after we got home, Deklan broke out in full blown hives - it was horrible. He had an allergic reaction to the medication I gave him in China for the 103 degree fever (we are suspecting he had strep throat.) This was medication we brought from the US and he had had it before a few times, but for some reason, his system didn't like it this time. He itched so badly, one day he couldn't walk because the hives on the bottoms of his feet hurt so badly. The day when his hands were covered and puffy, he had a hard time doing things like getting buckled. It was just not fun. But, hey, it got him out of another week of school - Ha! Actually he would have rather gone to school.
School is out for the boys and it is nice to not have to pack lunches. We actually timed this whole trip to China (actually, we didn't have any control over "when" we went, but...) as we left 2 days after spring break ended, and got back to school with only 2 1/2 weeks left. We got back just in time for all the end of school fun! Kallen got to go see a River Cats game for getting straight A's. Unfortunately, it rained though. Trayton had a fun field trip to a pioneer living museum, and Deklan had field day, and a carnival at his school. Kallen has been having fun with his new remote control airplane that he bought with some of his birthday money. Each time he flies it, however, he had to go to the hobby store to buy replacement parts. Deklan turned 7 on June 7th and he got what he wanted (a lot of money.) He has yet to spend a big portion of it. He is enjoying feeling "loaded" (his word) for his age. Deklan also has his hop hop recital coming up. Trayton has been waking up most mornings at 6am and running with Todd. He is "training" for a triathlon. And Gwyndolin simply steals the show every day.
|Kallen with his airplane.|
|Trayton with his teacher on the last day of school. Hey he is wearing his "Great Wall" t-shirt here.|
|Deklan with some of his money he got for his birthday.|
A couple of nights we have cooked smoores outside in the fire pit and that has been some good, relaxing, summer time fun. Gwyndolin has yet to have one, but she likes graham crackers. Here is a picture of her hanging out around the fire pit.
Gwyndolin LOVES to dance. She is such a riot. She dances to everything - and literally anything (the dryer chimes, loud obnoxious thumping music from gangster cars, toys that make sounds, you name it. She points to the boom box when there isn't music playing. She has her favorite CD - a CD of children's music we got for her in China. There is one song on the CD that she sings to. It is really sweet. The other day we were at the mall and I had her in the baby carrier and every store we went into had it's own music playing. If I wasn't dancing to the songs as I walked around, she would look at me and start doing her wiggly dance. It was adorable. A couple of the clerks noticed too that I had to dance with her and they just thought she was darling. (O.K., anyone can barf if they want - we are just so in love with her, but I know it can be nauseating for some.) She also LOVES to swim. She doesn't care if the water is cold, nope that doesn't stop this girl! She loves to be splashed, loves to kick in the water etc. Tonight we were in the pool and we felt like she was getting really comfortable with the water (didn't mind water in her face, kept putting her face in the water etc.), so we did the baby dunk where you count to 3 and then blow in their face and then dunk them... she LOVED it. This is amazing as the first day we had her simply washing her hair was very traumatic! She has come so far! Here are some pool pictures.
|Good golly, look at how cute she is!|
|After eating her graham crackers - messy face, but happy baby!|
|Gwyndolin floating with daddy.|
|Ewww the pool looks green - really it wasn't, there must have been something funny with the lighting.|
|Getting warm in the hot tub.|
|She is clapping in this picture because she is excited to get in the pool. I am laughing. She is so stinkin' cute!|
|Kallen and Gwyndolin. Gwyndolin sees the camera and wants it - hence the hand.|
|Having fun in the floaty. O.K., folks, this floaty is 12 years old - yep 12 years. I bought it for Kallen and have used it for all our kiddos. Amazing!|
|Deklan, Trayton, and Gwyndolin getting warm in the hot tub.|