Monthly Archives: July 2009

Andrew started his 2-weeks of swimming lessons yesterday.  This year we decided to do the lessons at the outside aquatic center.  Andrew is doing GREAT!  Last year, he was hesitent to put his face in the water, didn’t want to let go of the teacher because he was afraid he would sink…etc.  Take a look at the pictures from this year:

Getting ready to head into the pool

Getting ready to head into the pool

Kicking...notice the wet head!

Kicking...notice the wet head!

Swimming...his face is in the water

Swimming...his face is in the water

Taking a breath

Taking a breath

Back float...no hands!!

Back float...no hands!!

Back crawl

Back crawl

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This turned out too cute not to share:


Hey scrapbookers…join us at the Wisconsin Scrappers message boards through August 16 for a huge virtual crop!  We will having tons of challenges/great prizes/some chatting/and lots of fun!


Yesterday Andrew had his well child check up with our friendly doctor. He had a runny nose for a while now, and yesterday he starting coughing a bit, but didn’t act sick, didn’t have a fever, etc. Since we were already at the doctor I had him listen to his lungs. The doc said that he could hear a few rattles so was going to have Andrew get a chest x-ray, but thought it was just his lingering cold and sure the x-ray wouldn’t show anything. Well…he was wrong. Dr.’s nurse called this afternoon and said that Andrew has pneumonia…so he is now on his 4th course of antibiotics this year. I’m glad he had the scheduled appt yesterday because I would never have taken him to the doctor for a little cough.


Whew!  It was a busy weekend around here with the Balloon Rally, Rib Fest, and Chalkfest.  Saturday afternoon, I went back to the airport to check out some of the BBQ that was being served up since the lines were way too long Friday night.  I decided on a place called “My Happy Place” since they had a lunch special…a pulled pork sandwich with beans and slaw.  I thought the pulled pork was very good, but didn’t care for their sauces much.  Next year I will have to try one of the other places in the cook-off. While at the airport I checked out the kite flying going on…so many kites!!  There weren’t many people there so it was fun just to walk around and see everything that I couldn’t see Friday night.

Just some of the kites flying high on Saturday.

Just some of the kites flying high on Saturday.

Saturday night I went back down to the airport to check out night 2 of the Balloon Glow and fireworks.  Luckily the breeze had died down enough throughout the evening that they could do the full glow…almost 20 hot air balloons, including the Energizer Bunny balloon…the largest balloon in the world!!  It was amazing.

The Energizer balloon...you cant tell but there is a full balloon behind it that is completely covered!

The Energizer balloon...you can't tell but there is a full balloon behind it that is completely covered!

After the glow, there was an awesome fireworks show.  Before the fireworks started, a friend went to go in search of some food for her family and came back with the report that all 4 of the BBQ places at Rib Fest ran out of food (they were scheduled to go through Sunday, but had to close up shop early) and the other few places (local groups with food carts) had lines hundreds deep.  I’m glad I went in the afternoon to check out the ribs.

Sunday afternoon, Andrew and I went downtown to check out Chalkfest.  It’s amazing to see some of the creations people made out of chalk!  Andrew even got a chance to make a small drawing for the Children’s Mural.


In this class, we learned how to desaturate the colors on a picture and then hand-tint some color back in.  This was a lot of fun!  Here is my before picture:

and my after:

This is a picture I took yesterday at the airport.  Part of the balloon rally were airplane rides (at a cost) in this (and other) bi-plane airplanes.


Last night Andrew and I joined some friends at the airport downtown for the Balloon Rally and Glow.  For a while, it didn’t look like the weather was going to cooperate so the balloons could inflate and glow, but they did decide since it was borderline too windy, to inflate 2 balloons…YEAH!

Andrew and his friend Trevor with their Kettle Corn waiting for the balloons to glow

Andrew and his friend Trevor with their Kettle Corn waiting for the balloons to glow

Self-explanatory

Self-explanatory

The balloons glowing

The balloons glowing