This is the biggest (and probably scariest) slide around town that I know of. J has gone down it a few times alone, but doesn't really like to by himself. This was a picture right before he decided he wasn't quite as brave as he thought this go round, and begged me to come get him down :) It's super scary getting onto the slide from the ladder. There isn't a super good transition, so if you aren't careful, you'll end up going down the side (and almost over the side) before you are ready.
Drew's backpack zipper broke for good, so it was time to go find a new one. We found one that I wanted to start using as a diaper bag, and the old diaper bag will be converted into J's 72 hour kit (replacing his very broken zipper backpack currently used)
J has been wanting to use these for a really really long time, but has never quite been brave enough. He still prefers the little kid swings, but he's also decided he likes these ones well enough for now. He was super excited the whole time he was swinging on it
This was a new game, and super fun. It's a co-op game where everyone is a superhero with superpowers (my character happened to be Batmanlike, and had a bunch of cool tools to use) and we fight off a super-villain and mean elements from the environment. It was a really fun game. I recommend it to pretty much anyone. :)
We got a free all day pass for the kids zone at the Craze downstairs. We ended up not needing to go anywhere this afternoon, so we used it to spend the afternoon there. There were some tunnels to crawl through that we all explored for a while. It took some convincing to get J to go through them, but they were a lot of fun. There was also a bouncy house, and a bunch of other fun things. We spent a very happy and fun afternoon there.
Drew's Endocrinologist was doing a screening for kids 1+ for the antibodies that cause type I diabetes. J wasn't super happy with the process (they had to draw a vial or two of blood), and I felt horrible for having to go through it, but I know in the long run it will be a good thing. We'll find out the results in 6-8 weeks
Our ward went to the campus ropes course for FHE tonight. It was a lot of fun to watch everyone climbing, and try to figure out how I was going to do it myself. I took my camera up with me. About halfway up, I lost my shoe, and decided to call it quits. I should have kept going, but honestly, was kinda getting scared, and feeling lost on how to get up farther. It didn't help matters that J was at the bottom crying really hard, stressed out by my climbing. That stressed me out further, and made it hard to concentrate, even though I knew he was safe and was surrounded by people who cared about him. So I got about halfway up, and called it good. I think that's farther than I've gotten before though, so I guess it's an accomplishment. :)
We finally were able to go on the picnic I've been wanting to have for the last month plus. It ended up raining on us in the end, so we had to cut it short, and do not as much exploring of the place as we wanted (neither of us even knew that this place existed before, let alone visited) but we want to go back.
We signed up for the local library's summer reading program. J's will definitely be doable. Read an hour and 15 minutes plus do two listed activities for each prize. Definitely doable. We also got an awesome ninja duck with his signup. I don't know if I'll be able to do much of mine... read 600 pages for each level. I think it's a total of 5 each (for whatever reason, it doesn't say exactly how many levels there are for the adults) they have a place to write down the books and page numbers, but not many lines. I've thought about counting the many many books I read with J, but with a limited number of spaces to write down books, I'd quick;y run out of room. I guess we'll have to see what happens. If I feel like the amount shown isn't very reflective of all the reading we do, then I might start keeping track on another page, so I can write down kids books about a million times each :)