Friday, July 06, 2007

Getting caught up with the Heldts

I have been out of blog-commission for awhile now! Kevin's parents and his sister (pictured here with Anna and Bin) visited us for about a week. It was fun to see the kids enjoying their grandparents, and Aunt Krystal was a huge hit--Anna couldn't get enough of her. She thought her aunt was just too cool!

We hung out around the house, Kevin's family took the kids to the park, we all went to the beach and McDonald's, and Kevin's dad put together an outdoors chair set that the kids love. Kevin, Krystal and I went with the kids to Red Robin one night, and another night after putting the kids to bed Kevin and I snuck out (with Kaitlyn in tow) to go visit some friends and then go out to dessert.

Anna started the summer library program last Wednesday. She did GREAT and LOVED it! Maybe because they read a story right up her alley, something like "Scary Green Monster Go Away". (She loves spooky things!) I totally spied on her and she was doing all the hand motions and stuff. She fell in line and went with the other kids, no separation anxiety there. I'm going to continue doing this throughout the year. I was able to chat for a lot of the time with another mom.

Kevin's family left July 3rd. July 4th we went to the annual church picnic up in SLO, came home for a couple of hours and then headed over to our friends' home to do fireworks. After that some other friends came over to OUR house with their extended family who was in town, for apple pie and smores. Yum!

Our kids loved the fireworks for the most part. At the very first one, Anna jumped up and ran and hid in the bushes. But after that she enjoyed it (she said her favorites were the purple ones). Yosef was giddy the entire time, he loved it! Biniam cried the whole time, that is until Kevin handed him to me--he instantly stopped crying! Makes me feel good to know that Biniam trusts me and looks to me for comfort. Kaitlyn sat in her carrier carseat the entire time, on the sidewalk, and fell asleep. When they busted out the sparklers, Anna loved it (at one point I looked over to see her grinning doing TWO at a time!) Yosef, interestingly, was too scared to do one, and Biniam allowed Kevin to force him to do one.

I am exhausted! But it is so worth it to see your kids enjoying and anticipating things. Yesterday I set the kids' pool up and they've been swimming ever since. I see one of my greatest callings as a mom to give my kids a fun-filled, magical childhood. Summer days spent swimming, eating otterpops, enjoying fireworks with friends all bundled up (and getting to stay up wayyyyyyyyy past bedtime), all the things that make for warm memories.
Tomorrow we get to go to a sweet friend's birthday party in Morro Bay. Life is good!!!
Anna, Biniam and Yosef enjoying the bench from Grandma and Grandpa Heldt.
Anna with her aunt Krystal.
Me and Kevin at the beach.
Kaitlyn all smiles at the beach.
Our little family before church on Sunday.
Kaitlyn napping at the beach--this picture cracks me up!


erika said...

Hey look, you're up ;)

Very cute pictures... glad you guys are having fun!

americanalum said...

Great pictures. I am so glad to see that you've been enjoying yourself during your blogging hiatus!


Kate said...

good to hear from you and I'm glad you are all doing the pics!

Rachel said...

I'm not a fan of sparklers and when a friend tried to hand one to Aubrey I just about lost it. I'm sure when she's Anna's age I'll feel differently, but she still feels like a baby to me sometimes.

It sounds like a fun filled week was had by all. I am looking forward to your visit and am anxious to meet my niece!!!

shell said...

glad to hear you are doing well! the pictures are great!

Kristen Borland said...

great pics! good for you for wanting to make special memories!

what do the other kids do during the library program?

Third Mom said...

Hi, I found your blog through another, and just wanted to say your family is lovely. Also, thank you for the link you have to The Invisible Children - I'm putting it on my blog as well.

I'm an adoptive parent, and have two children from Korea. They're teens now, our son is off to college in the fall, and our daughter will be a junior.

Glad I found your blog!

Samantha said...

Such a busy time of year! It seems like one thing after another. I hope you are able to get more caught up with life than I am! Boy, my house is a mess! Your kids look so happy. I am glad they are able to enjoy each other so much.

Jeannett Gibson said...

Welcome back to Blog Land!


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