Monday, August 13, 2012

The Rainbow Connection

Last night, we made a last minute decision to go to our favorite hamburger joint, Big Daddy's Ship Store.  They sell little bags of dog food that the kids can feed to the fish and ducks, so it keeps the kids entertained while the adults enjoy a little beverage.

The fish will practically eat out of your hands, and the turtles just play with the ducks.  It's funny to watch the girls' different techniques.  Haley's all about the instant gratification and tosses all her food in at once.  Shelby is more calculated, throwing a few pieces to each duck to make sure they all get a bit.

Because it is on the lake, the atmosphere is VERY relaxed and casual.  What more could one ask for in a restaurant?  Well, how about fridges stocked with adult libations that are "free", with "tips" suggested.  It's help-yourself, so no need to wait for a waiter to come around for refills.

What we didn't expect was a short sprinkle of rain followed by a beautiful rainbow over the water.  Shelby was beyond excited, shouting, "It's my first rainbow!"  Both girls had lots of theories of what was at the end of the rainbow including a treasure of gold, birds, toys, and a robot tree.

 We still aren't sure what a "Robot Tree" is, but it was amusing trying to decipher their theories!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Watch them go!

The highlight of every week is Tuesday's swim classes.  The girls don't seem to listen to a thing I say, but they will do just about anything their teachers ask of them.  It is so fun to watch them make their teachers (and mama) proud.

Check out the following video, which will be used by Olympic commentators in 2024, when they will be a part of Team USA!

Monday, August 6, 2012

You Can Lead a Horse to Water...

I've mentioned it a time or two before, but I'll say it again.  My youngest, Haley, is a bit headstrong.  Tenacious, stubborn, determined, and strong willed don't quite describe her some days...

Take, for instance, last night.  Bryon made a lovely dinner of grilled chicken, Spanish rice, and acorn squash since I had worked all day.  (Sorry, ladies, he is all mine!)  As we were enjoying our lovely dinner, we were both encouraging Haley to take some bits of her squash with the usual tricks.  "It will make your hair grow."  "It will give you energy to swim later."  "It tastes AWESOME!" None of it was working.

Finally, Haley proved us wrong and crammed a whole spoonful in her mouth.  But, it didn't last long. Her eyes started watering, and she started with the gulping.  Then, her whole dinner came up, all over my plate.  Fun times!  That little stinker showed us after all that she was NOT eating her squash.

Crazy girl will eat broccoli with a smile but will barf with squash
Yes, it's true.  You can lead Haley to dinner, but you can not make her eat...