On Friday night, we babysat Liam while my cousin Leah and her husband went to a wedding. The house was pretty nuts, with three kids and a dog — especially when one of those kids is James, and the dog is an energetic puppy. It’s nice to be in this phase where I can have a baby for a few hours (or a dog for a few days) and enjoy him without any of the sleepless nights! Poor little Liam is teething, so I spent most of my time trying to make him comfortable. Leah and Ted didn’t think I’d be able to get him to sleep, but if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s snuggling babies into slumber.

sleeping liam

After he was down, I fell asleep on the couch at 9pm. Apparently, I am too old for this!

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Diving Back In

After an unplanned hiatus thanks to James’ injury, the kids start back with swim lessons tomorrow. A lot of people have asked me why Annie takes lessons, since she knows how to swim. There are a few reasons. First, yes she can swim, but she has to learn other skills, like treading water. Second, in our swimming program as you progress through the levels, they teach different strokes, like breast, back, and freestyle. Third, it teaches water safety and respect—yes, swimming is fun, but it can be dangerous if you are careless. And fourth, Annie is in lessons because James still needs them, and she would NOT enjoy sitting on the deck all summer while he was in the pool. So they both get water time, and I get 30 minutes every morning to sit quietly. EVERYBODY WINS!

Cool Stuff

~We’re in the middle of a heat wave, and I am flying through these towelettes. They are technically for make-up removal, but they feel soooo good on my face, neck, and arms when I’m really hot.
~Annabel says these pool rings her friend has make her “feel like a dolphin.”
~The kids love these misting fans. Do they use them against each other? Yep. Do I care? Nope, because they aren’t saying, “Moooooom, I’m hooooooot.”

Happy Sunday, everyone!