Wednesday, July 28, 2010

bowling night part two

After I posted “bowling night” I was uploading recent videos from my camera and realized that I had taken two while bowling, one of Emily and one of Camryn.

In Emily’s video, note the little dance at the end. In Camryn’s video, note her surprise that quickly turns to disgust (I know the face well) that her second ball left the rack on it’s own. After the ball was gone she said, “get another one” and then pointed to the ball down the lane and said, “not that one”.

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Last Friday night we went bowling with Aunt Sherry, Christian and Carter.  First we met at Friendly’s, which was an experience with two adults and five kids in a booth.  We were definitely outnumbered and barely made it out alive.

July 2010 - Bowling (4)Above is a picture of almost all of the kids.  Camryn wouldn’t go for it.  She’s why I almost didn’t make it out alive from Friendly’s and her refusals continued at the bowling alley.  Once the bowling started though, she was back to her fun self.

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Emily, Carter and Camryn had to use the metal rack to get the ball down the lane while Connor and Christian were strong enough to bowl the old-fashioned way.  Aunt Sherry bowled well…as for me, let’s just say that I would have benefited from the metal rack.  It was embarrassing, especially when these four guys waiting for their league decided to sit at our lane with some beers and watch the entertainment.  One of them even said they were learning some techniques from us.  I was afraid to ask them what they meant.

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Above…Camryn and Connor serious and intense about their bowling.  Below…Emily not so much.

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July 2010 - Bowling (15)Connor, being competitive about everything, wanted badly to win so he kept checking the score.  He was not winning.  He was good about it though, although I think it helped that the 10th frame scores were not finalized because our hour was up.  We all had a great time though and the kids are already asking to go again.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ocean city

My dad and stepmom rented a house last week in OC so I took the kids down Thursday and came back Friday night. Since Harrah's Chester was getting ready to open their table games this past Sunday, that meant that there was no way Carl could take any vacation days to come with us. Today he is actually working his 7th day in a row and it's been very long hours each night. We missed him in OC but the kids really enjoyed themselves.

Highlights from our two days:

The rides.  Wonderland Pier is awesome although I really think they need to go to a band system because using the tickets gets old.  Connor and Emily loved the Caterpillar roller coaster.  Since there is only one of me, I sat with Emily and enlisted Aunt Amy to ride with Connor.  He gave her very clear instructions on exactly how she should place her arm around him for his safety.  Camryn loved the cars that whip you around the turns and the carousel.  I couldn't talk Connor into riding the flume with me. He said he'll do it next year.

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The sleeping over.  We all slept in the same room.  It took the kids about an hour to settle down because they were so excited to be sleeping in a new place and in the same room.  They kept laughing and talking to each other.  It was a room with twin beds so Connor took one, Emily took the other, I put a pack n' play in the middle of them for Camryn and I slept in a sleeping bag on the floor. We went to bed late and woke up earlier than usual.

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The beach.  Connor couldn't wait to build a sandcastle, although I don't think he was as excited 10 minutes into it when he realized that building one with mom was nothing like building one with dad. I don't think I met his expectations.

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He abandoned me pretty quickly to go sit with Grandpop down by the water.

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Emily wanted nothing to do with the ocean. She wouldn't even stand on the wet sand that was further up from where the water actually reached. 

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Camryn loved the ocean.  She wanted to stand by herself and got knocked down a few times.  She kept saying, “Don’t hold me” and “Don’t help me”.  Miss independent.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

our week

Monday was great.  Reason #1: Carl was off.  Reason #2: We met Dave, Gina and the kids at the Pitman parade.  Reason #3: We had the traditional July 4th BBQ went to Friendly’s for dinner and ice cream.  Reason #4: We went back to Pitman for fireworks.  Connor and Emily kept telling me it was “the best day ever”.

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July 2010 - July 4th (15) I have to admit that the picture above is actually a “pretend you’re looking at fireworks” picture.  I wanted a picture of them watching fireworks but knew it would be hard to capture once the fireworks actually started if the kids reacted to the noise.  It was Carl’s brilliant idea. 

Tuesday, another fun day.  We went to our nephew Andrew’s 4th birthday party.  Despite the 102 degree weather, the kids had a great time outside with the petting zoo and pony rides.

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Wednesday, Connor swam on his own for the first time.  This really deserves its own blog title so I won’t get blogger-mom-of-the-year for that.  It was his 4th lesson and at one point Skylar (his teacher) threw the kickboard across the lane and told him to swim to it…and he did!  Then she had him floating on his back and she let go and told him to kick his feet to the rope…and he did!  He was so excited and I was so proud of him (and secretly really glad that he wasn’t the boy in the next lane over crying and screaming when his teacher tried to get him to swim with a noodle). 

Thursday, we started our summer music class and were pleasantly surprised to see Nicole, Emma and Maddie in class with us.  They are cousins of my cousin Danielle’s husband Jeff (I know, confusing)…point being that we see them at all of Danielle and Jeff’s functions so the girls know them too and although they didn’t show their excitement during music class, it’s all Emily talked about on the way home.  She kept saying things like, “I can’t believe Emma is in my class” and “Mom, isn’t it funny that Emma is in my class”.  I kept reminding her that she has a little sister Maddie too…and that she was there and then Cam would chime in “yeah Maddie too”.  It was cute.  Emily wants to know where Cambelle and Chloe are though…but we’ll let Aunt D off the hook since Kenna is only one week old. ;)

Monday, July 5, 2010

welcome kenna

Welcome to the family Kenna Hope Botbyl! Danielle and Jeff had their third girl on July 2nd....healthy and beautiful. I was able to get up to the hospital to see them on Saturday, thus the pics below.

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Welcome to the world little girl.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

summer fun has begun

We hit the ground running our first two official days off from school for the summer.  The first day, I got out the new water ball and water slide that I picked up from Target and the kids had fun getting wet. 

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Last weekend ended with Carl, Connor and Pop Pop Heil going to the first Philadelphia Union game.  It was so hot but they had fun.  It’s awesome to have our very own MLS team now and especially right over the bridge and in Chester, PA…20 minutes away. 

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Yeah Soccer…Go Union!