Wow…can’t believe it’s been a month since the last post! August has been a very busy month so I’m going to do some highlights (in no particular order).

1. Hawaii – Fabulous vacation to Kauai with Kirk’s side of the family. Kids had a blast hanging with the cousins and swimming ALL day. Kirk & I had fun checking out the beautiful scenery and hope to return some day and get some serious hiking in. Our favorite adventure was the rafting tour up the Na Pali coast…although I think I might still be sore from the front action adventure seats! Here’s the video for anyone that wants to get a glimpse of the trip. We also did a helicopter tour that was pretty amazing. Would certainly love to take helicopter lessons if anyone would like to foot the bill for me…i think it runs somewhere in the neighborhood of $5000. Check out the slide show to the right for all kinds of pictures.

Kauai Day 1
Kauai Day 2
Kauai Day 3
Kauai Day 4

2. Ripken opens up about marriage: Here’s a fun story about Ripken & Daddy. Riding home from the park, Ripken asked Kirk what “marry” meant. Kirk told him it’s when a man and a worman become husband and wife and start a family. Ripken said he wanted to get married some day and that he wants to meet a girl that likes him and have 4 babies. Kirk asked Rip what Rip would name the babies. Rip promptly replied: Kirk, Mommy, Camden and Riley.

3. Snowpants in August. Rip was rummaging through his closet the other day and came across some snowpants we bought for him in Michigan last January (BTW, snow pants are considerably shorter on him now). He decided to sleep in them. Ok, it’s August and even though we’re not in Texas any more, it’s still warm enough that snow pants are not necessary. But whatever, we’re open minded, let him make his own decisions. Ok, fast forward to the next morning and the morning routine begins. Rip decides that he wants to wear his snow pants to school. Oh boy. Ok, it’s supposed to be 80 degrees on this particular day. But whatever, maybe he will learn that snow pants are warm and meant to be worn in the SNOW. Anyhow, he wore them all day…and here’s a little picture of my first born wearing snow pants in August:

4. Riley: she continues to keep us on top of our toes. In Hawaii, it was amazing to watch her get into EVERYTHING! I think we were actually at the rental house about 1/2 an hour before she broke the first item (thanks Jason for gluing back together!!). She babbles quite a bit and likes to ‘talk with her hands’ but not a lot of actual words. Although she did very clearly say the other day ‘Where’s Rip?’. She loves to get herself dressed (but loves being naked…quite a catch 22). Especially putting her shirts on as if they were skirts. And she can’t get enough o wearing everyones shoes (especially loves Ripken’s). Her next dr.’s appointment is coming up soon so it will be interesting to see how much she weighs (a lot!) and how tall she is (very!).

5. Tee Ball: Ripken started tee ball last week and seems to really enjoy it. He likes to practice batting at home so Kirk is quite elated πŸ™‚

6. Ripken is officially registered for kindergarten. Starts on Sept. 8th with orientation on Sept. 4th. Can’t wait to see how this next phase in our lives goes πŸ˜‰

Ok, that’s enough for now. Hope all is well out there!


Well, we finally accumulated enough coupons and free tickets that we decided to hit LegoLand last Friday and celebrate Kirk’s last non-working weekday. I think Kirk and I were both a little skeptical at whether or not the kids would enjoy the place. And much to my surprise, the kids LOVED it! We spent close to 5 hours there and really enjoyed ourselves. The park itself is about 30 miles from home so we’re trying to figure out if a membership would be worthwhile (would we actually travel that far at least once a month?). Oh well, we’ve got time to figure that out. Meanwhile, here’s some video of the LegoLand action:


After dinner we have been taking the kids to a local park so they can get out some energy before bed time (this has been critical for Rip since he’s getting a monster 2 hour nap at school). It appears that Rip has turned a corner and has become a social butterfly! He pretty much spends his entire time at the park making friends. As soon as we get to the park, Rip starts searching for any boys that he has met previously and if they aren’t there, then he starts looking for other boys to meet and play with. No more shy Ripken!! So very exciting to watch him want to play with other people and actually enjoy it!

Riley is making us proud too. She said “Bumpa” for the first time yesterday…and it was while she was on the phone with Bumpa! I’m guessing that Bumpa will be bragging about that for days to come!

Other than that, we have a couple of fun trips this week. Thursday Kirk & I are have a day date and going to the track to watch the horses run at Del Mar. Then on Friday, we’re taking the kids to Legoland in the late afternoon/early evening. I think the weekend will be low key though….need a little down time to rest/relax. Of course, I can easily see us wanting to get to the beach at least one day πŸ™‚

Well, the fun thing to report is that Ripken has started taking Karate lessons. It all started when Rip asked why his friend was taking lessons and Ripken wasn’t. This turned into a long conversation about what type of lessons Rip would like to take. We quickly agreed that swimming lessons was not high on his list because he didn’t like to get his face wet. Rip did sound interested in Karate (I mentioned that it was a type of fightinng). The first lesson didn’t go so well…Rip didn’t even go out onto the mat. However the second lesson he participated the entire time. After the third lesson (which he participated completely again) we signed him up on a monthly program. So right now he takes Karate lessons once a week. He even has his own Karate outfit (called a Gi) and passed his first test yesterday. Not to much going on with Riley Bear. She’s getting a few more words out but still not too much talking going on. She’s loving music and loves to dance in our living room (check out this video).

Garden is producing TONS of squash and a few cucumbers. We actually have too much squash and need someone to take it off our hands! Look like the corn might be ready in the next week or so. Tomatos and peppers are lagging…might be the end of summer before we see anything from those plants.

Busy weekend coming up. Kirk and I are going to go to a Padres game on Friday. Kids are going to a YMCA Parents Afternoon out on Saturday while Kirk & I go play. Then Sunday is a BBQ/pool party at a friend’s house.

Ok, time for a few pictures of the kiddos:

The past two wekends have been filled with lots of fun activities.

First, we had Kelly and Jason visitng from Seattle. We kept them busy with the zoo, Coronado, dinner at the Prado (compliments of Kelly and Jason), hiking Cowles Mountain (pronounced ‘coals’), Old Town, Seaport Village, Sunset Cliffs, Pipes Cafe, and the standard coastal driving tour from Encinitas to La Jolla.

Then this past weekend we had Kirk and Ripken go to the Padres game (father’s day gift from me). They took the trolley to the game, ate just about every piece of candy sold, ran into some friends, watched a little bit of the game and then headed home. Rip made it till about 10:45 and then passed out on the Trolley. Then Saturday night, Kirk and I went on our Photo Caravan Tour at the Wild Animal Park. Pretty cool stuff! Father’s day was spent mostly at home. Kirk got to sleep in. We had a nice eggs / bacon breakfast and then Kirk was off to softball.

Padres Game – video

Wild Animal Park Tour – video

I think next weekend we’ll slow it down a little…maybe just hit a park or two. Unless it’s nice and sunny, then we might have to go to the beach πŸ™‚

Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of our garden. Squash and Corn are growing like crazy. Cuccumbers are doing ok. Tomatos are starting to show signs of survival and the peppers have finally popped through the soil!

Also wanted to share the most adorable picture of our kids playing at the park tonight.

Ok, I think Kirk made up a new drink the other night. He informed me he was going to partake in an adult beverage…a vodka and tonic…and asked if I would like one. I didn’t want him drinking alone so I said I would be willing to keep him company with a beverage. Well I was cooking dinner so it took me several more minutes before I was able to take my first sip of the drink and when I did, I knew something was different. I asked him if he made it differently, did he buy flavored tonic? No to both questions. I took another drink and mentioned that it was sweeter than a vodka and tonic should be…almost like it had a tequila flavor. After a couple more minutes of discussion, I turned around and saw a tequila bottle sitting next to the tonic bottle. Sure enough, Kirk created a Tequila and Tonic. He insists it wasn’t on purpose, but looking back, he had a bit of a sly smile on his face the entire time we were discussing the matter. I’m suspisious he knew what he was doing all along!

On a more interesting note, Rip has been learning how to make his own lunch this week. He starts preschool on Monday and has to take his lunch so we decided it was a good time for him to learn how to prepare it himself. The first night he was pretty excited about making his own lunch and did pretty good. Peanut Butter and Jelly, apple, strawberries and a juice box. Second night went pretty smooth as well. However, last night, the excitement was definitely wearing off. The lunch went down to a sandwich and juice box and there was lots of resisting to the entire event. I anticipate there will be one day next week that Rip either decides not to make a lunch or forgets to take it. Could be an interesting lesson he learns πŸ™‚

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