In the spring, we dismantled our little backyard deck. It was in need of repairs and wasn't very functional. It was already surrounded by a small concrete patio, so we decided to go for one level space by filling it in. We got bids and signed one and then our region tried on the identity of tropical rain forest for a few months. Finally, the clouds parted long enough for the pour and our patio is complete. Mostly. Somehow it wasn't communicated that we'd like them to remove the old deck post still embedded in the concrete and we need to find a way to patch the missing siding on the house.
|The workers cut a peep hole out of the protective sheeting so Alex could watch the whole process.|
|We knew the color wouldn't match, but it's more noticeable in the picture than in person. |
Function over form.
Gigi's first year of dance classes came to an end with her first recital. I wasn't sure how she'd do on stage since she's often hesitant to try new things or to have an audience outside of family. She did great with her Shirley Temple tap number, "When I grow up." She spent the rest of the show in the green room with the whole dance troupe and came home twirling and leaping into the night. I was on the fence about signing her up for dance again next year because she was beginning to resist going to class. I think feeling shiny under the stage lights may have changed her attitude.
Gigi was complaining in her car seat.
Mom: I don't want to hear any fussing.
Gigi: Well too bad, I already started.
From early on, Ben has always loved to swing and we encourage the activity because it is good for his vestibular balance and moves his muscles without much force. His self proclaimed favorite spot in the world was the orange handicapped swings at a nearby park. He recently made the sad discovery that he'd grown too big for that seat since his feet dragged on the ground. Another local park recently added a new handicap swing. Ben eagerly tried it out and it was a perfect fit.
|Happiness is in a swing that fits|
|Happiness is in a snow cone|
|Happiness is in sharing|