Thursday, August 18, 2011

Denver and Maodo

Denver is definitely going to miss Maodo. He loved having another big brother for nine days and Maodo loved him too. He always made time to tickle Denver or help him with something or give him a piggyback ride. It was so cute. I loved watching the little bond they had.

A sad good bye

Bright and early this morning (notice Denver still has his pj's on), we were off to bring Maodo to the bus. The nine days went by really fast. We enjoyed having him at our place and by the sounds of it, he had a great time too. Hopefully we're able to keep in touch and this won't be our final goodbye!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Biking and Fishing

On Saturday morning, I got Victoria, Austin and Maodo up to go for an early morning bike ride. When we bike the rail trail in the morning or the evening, we always see so many deer. I’ve taken Victoria and Austin before and so I thought it would be a neat experience for Maodo. Well, the deer didn’t let us down . . . . we counted about 15 or so and many of them were quite close. This time I brought my camera (takes coordination to bike and take pictures at the same time!) and got some good shots.

In the afternoon, we headed out to do some fishing again. We didn’t really catch anything worth mentioning (a few small gobies) but we all had fun. I so badly wanted Victoria to catch a fish in her dress – seriously, would that not have been a great picture?? But I have to admit, the pictures of her fishing in her dress are pretty cool too.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mission accomplished

At Grandma's house on Friday, the kids were able to catch some frogs and there was even a bonus . . . . a snake! (yes, I have shivers going up and down my spine just typing that!) Maodo held the frogs and the snake but made it very clear that he thought they were "nasty"! But at least now he can say he's seen a real live frog (and snake).

We also ventured across the road to feed and pet the horses. The kids always find that so much fun and of course the horses enjoy the attention too.

We ended the day with play time at a new play structure. We were there for a long time and it was hard to get the kids back in the van when it was time to leave. Always a good sign that kids are having fun!

Friday, August 12, 2011

More fresh air

We spent yesterday morning hiking, running and exploring at the RBG. Austin was hoping to find a frog or two as Maodo has never seen a real frog. Unfortunately we didn’t find any so that will be our mission today! We did see a snake and caught lots of butterflies. The chipmunks weren’t too interested in being fed even though the kids sat and sat so patiently waiting for them to come. A few came to eat but mostly they just wanted to run around chasing each other.

The afternoon was just spent at home in the backyard blowing bubbles, running through the sprinkler and working together to build things in the sandbox. It was another great day getting lots of fresh air and everyone had another good sleep last night.