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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Fun

Last Sunday after church we headed out to the nearby lake for a day on the water. We love to gather out at the lake in the summer with my parents, my sister, and my sister's family. On this trip we (well, my mother and I) had a goal: make the kids comfortable with swimming off the side of the boat in deep water.

This is our third summer with mom and dad's boat, but we essentially have not done any water skiing or tubing. Mostly we have taken boat rides, beached on a shore, picnicked and swam off the shore. Since the kids are getting bigger, we're starting to think about getting them ready to tube and ski.

This picture of Sydney (above, on the right) is priceless for me. It is a moment of triumph! Sydney has never dared to float around in deep water with her life jacket before. The fear has been paralyzing. It wasn't easy, but she finally discovered that she doesn't sink!

The leaky tube couldn't be towed, but the kids had a blast bouncing around on it. We have it tethered to the back of the boat in this picture (but we are not going anywhere). While Sydney remains cautious, Hope throws it to the wind. Here you see her with her cousin trying to stand on the innertube.

We cannot afford to go to the movie theater as a family (and it's just as well), but we were able to go for free on Saturday. There was only one movie that was acceptable to watch: Up in 3D. The last movie our kids saw in the theater was at the discount theaters, so they were amazed at the luxurious 13th Avenue Warren Theater. Up was a charming movie, although the suspense was unbearable for one of our four. "When is he going to go back to the city?! I want him back in the city!"

We've been to the zoo a few times this summer. Our zoo has a new tiger exhibit. In the picture above Lane is face to face with one of the tigers.

The peacock is always wandering around the zoo with his hen, but this time he was showing off.

The Edwards four with a chimpanzee statue.


Sharon said...

I love that photo of Toby taking a deep breath! And I also like the way Hope is looking at Sydney with such an encouraging look on her face - she is obviously very pleased for his sister's achievement. (But I knew this would happen: I am having a hard time telling them apart in the photos now they both have shorter hair. Any hints?)

Here's my hint for repairing the tube: You need to inflate the tube a bit, then put it in a bath of water. Squish the tube so that air comes out the hole, and viola: bubbles! Mark the source(s) of the bubbles as quickly as you can, because you will not remember where it is if you don't. Then when the tube is dried off, you should be able to patch it using a bicycle tube repair kit. HTH!

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

Here's my trick for keeping the girls straight: Hope has a shorter name and shorter bangs (also she is shorter in height). They aren't identical ,but I know it can be confusing.

Ah, that vexing leak. The tube is actually a disk or plate shape, that is over 2 meters in diameter. It doesn't fit in the bathtub. However, you say inflate it a bit. Do you think the bubbles will vent out even if it is only barely inflated, so I can squish it into the tub a bit at a time?

Sharon said...

Yes, definitely. That is how we do it with bike tubes in buckets of water. It doesn't all have to be in the water, you just have to make sure that you check the whole thing. Even if you find bubbles with the first section you check, you might have more than one leak so mark the first one and keep checking. I'm not sure how you would go checking the inner part of the disc though. Is it shaped like a red blood cell? That is how I am envisaging it.

~ Sharon

PS How do I know which one is shorter when they are standing a different distance from the camera? I know, I'm being fussy!

Mrs. Edwards said...

I'll try that. It is shaped not quite like a red blood cell but more like a flat pancake, so covering the flat surfaces will be difficult.

As for their differences...perhaps you should just come for a visit and meet them in person?


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