Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July

Lydia got a new pool the other day. It fits her request perfectly. She wanted a small pool that could hold about 2" of water. She's so easy to please!

Seeing Daddy come home with a PINK pool was just about too much for her! She squealed with delight, offering hugs and kisses to both Mama and Daddy.

But, of course, even a PINK pool can tire you out.

Jacob enjoys being in the pool but has no confidence about his ability to float while wearing a floatation swim suit. All of my other children have learned to enjoy the freedom a floatation suit offers at an early age, but not Jacob. Maybe it's an effect of the sensation loss caused by the spina bifida, but he just isn't comfortable on his own in the water. Even when I hold his hands as he floats, he screams. He insists on having something supporting his bottom or either he wants to be holding onto the side of the pool or the ladder.

But, being in the raft is a very safe place to be, in his opinion. So, that's where he spends most of his pool time.

Samuel, on the other hand, has a blast in the pool! Here he is jumping into the middle of a "donut".

Esther and Samuel found out today that it was fun to straddle floats and pretend that they were horses. Before too long, a race was started. You can see it in the video below.

Anna didn't spend much time in the pool today, but she has spent lots of time in it so far this summer. She's a great swimmer!

But, wait! What about the food? Aren't your "supposed" to grill on the 4th of July? Yeah, I guess so. This year we cooked different food. The main course for lunch was chicken and tonight it will be roast, both of whom floated in Italian dressing all night. Below are the unfinished projects.

Happy 4th! Enjoy the freedoms you still have!

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