We had such a fun time taking the girls swimming this morning...they are getting so big! Alyssa practiced swimming without her arm floaties all morning and did a great job 'using big arms'. Emi was throwing in toys and then jumping in to get them, going down the slide, and putting herself to a back float and then even kicking around the pool on her back (w/floaties). Both of these are HUGE improvements from a couple a weeks ago...it was so fun to see them learning so much and having so much fun! I can't wait to see what the next couple of months brings. :)
Today we had play group at Peter Piper Pizza since they had a special program set up for the kids...today was hero day! They had a firetruck for the kids to climb in and firefighters and a policewoman for the kids to talk to. Then after play time they had a safety talk with the kids. It was so cute because after the 'no talk to strangers' talk the policewoman asked if anyone had questions and I see Alyssa's hand pop up. I know even though I can understand her, that others have a hard time...and sometimes she just starts telling random stories, so when I saw her hand pop up I ran up quickly to the front to try and interpret. I never really thought that she would have an actual question and that it would be related to the talk, but she did! ...and she was so serious about it! She asked, "What should I do if I hear something at night and get scared." I was cracking up because it was so cute how she asked and that she was so serious about it...she seemed so big! She just looked at me like, "Mom, stop laughing, I'm asking a question!"
Playing before the fire truck got there.
Here's pics of the girls and Eli trying to figure out if they like being in the fire truck or not. :)
The kids did great sitting there while they did their talk.
Here's the kids trying to stand a arms length apart from each other.
We got back from our cruise on Sunday. We had such a nice time being with one another, seeing beautiful places, relaxing, catching up with our friends Andrea & Elliott, and of course eating lots of yummy food!!! The weather at sea was a bit windy and chilly, but all the stops were 70 and sunny, just beautiful! Here are some pics...
The wonderful pre-sailing drills. ;)
The Golden Gate Bridge...I think the Captain said the boat clears the bridge by 13inches!!!
I don't know why, but I love watching the seals.
Of course, we had to stop for a little ice cream at Ghirardelli's! :)
Our favorite park in San Fran...it's a hike from the pier, but worth it!
1st formal dinner...had to get a picture out on deck even though it was FREEZING!!!
Everyday there was a new towel made into an animal...the puppy was one of my favorites!
Our view from our table at a local brewery in Victoria, BC. So beautiful!
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria
Random pics from within the castle...
The view from the top of the tower in the castle...if you look closely you can see our cruise ship in the background. Top of a lighthouse in the middle of the street, random, but hey I like lighthouses! ;)
The beautiful Empress Hotel
Now this is what I'm talking about!!! :)
I think they dropped the fish! :0
In Seattle we got to spend the day with Andrea & Elliott! :)
Enjoying some good local crab!
Of course Nate had to stop by the 1st Starbucks! ;)
YES, that's a preggo Andrea!!!! WooHoo! :)
Enjoying the one beautiful warm day at sea.
A couple hours the pool looked like this...
The rest of the days were like this...
The 2nd formal night.
Our assistant waiter, Melvin!
Our CRAZY captain...Captain Johnny!!! ...yes, he's on a Harley Davidson motorscooter!