When we got back from the lake we were all pretty exhausted. Except for Jackson. He still had plenty of energy.
Our lake trips are getting crazier and crazier with so much to do. This is a pretty accurate depiction of how hectic it is in the water. Kids everywhere, dogs making appearances, and adults trying to keep it all under control.
Jackson discovered a chair that was just the right size for him. As long as he had something fun in his hand, he had no desire to move.
Things in the kiddie pool can be just as chaotic as the lake
This is as close as we get to a family photo these days
Annie taking Walker and John (now officially buddies) on a kayak ride together.
Boat Parade for America!
Before we headed off to the lake for the weekend, the kids had a July 4th parade and festival at school. Walker was very enthusiastic about marching.
Jackson displayed his independence more casually
Popsicles with friends
Again Jackson is more laid back
Walker and his friend James showing off their tiger face paint.
Jackson also has a friend named James. They opted to play with traffic cones
Walker also had a great time at Fripp Island. We didn’t get great pictures of some highlights like bike rides, golf cart rides, and packs and packs of deer just hanging out. But what we do have are pictures of Walker having a great time with his cousins and brother.
A trip to get ice cream with the money that Baba sent for each of her six great grandchildren.
The ice cream shop also had a statue of a pirate in the back. So everyone yell AARRRRRGGGHGHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Walker has informed us that his favorite thing to do now is to have snack by bodies of water.
Superhero Camp. Teachers Mr. Rand and Ms. Wamsted instructed their younger pupils about being super heroes. On the table is every superhero book that we collectively took to the beach. On the sofa are their stuffed animals. Walker later informed us that they practiced punching them. Simon was apparently the class clown and had wandered off at this point. Uncle Jay overheard the following conversation:
Ms Wamsted: Now does anyone have any questions?
Walker: (raises his hand)
Ms. Wamsted: Yes Walker
Walker: Why do monkeys like bananas so much?
Ms. Wamsted: That’s a very good question Walker….. (changes subject)
One of Walker’s goals for the week was to bury someone in the sand. I finally decided to step up.
Our beach trip to Fripp Island in June was Jackson’s first. His feelings about the water ebbed and flowed, but he found lot’s of fun things to do (He called the ocean “bubbles” by the way). Sandcastles, boogie boards, wagons, and relatives entertained him along with many other non-photographed activities. The only thing he insisted on was having a shovel within reach at all times.
Hiking up to Minnehaha Falls. Jackson really likes this form of transportation.
I’M KING OF THE WATERFALL!!!!!!!!
Captain America, Superman, and Super Mommy
Mom, you’re embarrassing me
Celebrating Grandaddy’s Birthday. Stick and stone in the foreground are gifts from Simon.
Ready for lake time
Casey Boys paddle boarding
Chet lost another tooth. He only has a couple left at the moment.
Sharing snack on the dock
Jackson went in for his 18 month checkup last week. Like his brother before him, he likes to cram and reach milestones just before the visit. Luckily, he started walking well and putting together several “words” before this visit. He was 75th percentile across the board: 26 lbs 1 oz, 32 3/4 inches tall, and a 19 inch head circumference. Considerably smaller than Walker at the same age, but that’s ok with us. He’s still a big and happy boy.