Is Summer over yet?

Not that I'm complaining...well, I guess I am complaining. But this heat is too much.  I'll admit it, I'm not a summer person; growing up I went to the pool and whatnot with the kids, but other than that, I was inside reading a book. So this 100 plus heat is driving me crazy, especially during a time of year where sitting inside while at a bbq is really a non option.  Although, the last two bbqs I frequented we did just that, and waited until the heat somewhat subsided to go outside.  But generally speaking, it's socially unacceptable...

We had a great 4th of July.  Abbey hates the fireworks, and we begin feeling her wrath as soon as the first boom hits the neighborhood, which is usually before July. Gotta love our patriotic neighbors, huh?  So, we decided to go to York for the 4th, as Erich was sure it would be quieter than our neighborhood.  I was sceptic, but I gotta say, during the day you didn't hear a peep. Not even one of those snappers. Now granted, we did spend the day at the pool so we wouldn't have heard Abbey going nuts either way, but still, it's nice to know we have a quiet place for her on this dreaded holiday. 

Our holiday technically started on the 3rd with our traditional 4th of July taco buffet with some friends.  They have a boy a year older than Harper, so they had fun in the pool, and later with a mister hose. I mean, like, screaming, running around like banshees fun.  I wish I could fin something in my life as fun as that.  Harper and I called it a night after the dads tried out some fireworks, and failed. Both kids ended up in tears, wrapped in their mom's arms.  So, we headed home.  I took a little detour so she could see the bigger stuff from afar, safely in an aircondition haven.  She loved those :)

In York, as I said, we spent the day lounging at the pool.  It was so hot, even the water was almost too hot.  But, I'm not going to complain about a free pool and good company.  Harper enjoyed the pool, and liked to pretend to jump in, which was really just her squatting down, and then I would pick her up and pop her into the pool with a splash.  Loved it.  I'm glad she's warming up to the water; last year it was awful.  We're also going to be starting her at Life Strokes, which is a local place that provides toddler lessons. Should be interesting, or at the least, a learning experience. 
Heading to the pool
The night of the 4th we had dinner with Erich's parents and friends, and then attempted to watch a fireworks show...it ended with Harper balled up on my chest, covered with a blanket. HOT. So, we decided to take our little family to a nice field to watch multiple shows.  This worked better, but she was still so tired and hot, and not even paying attention at that point, so we headed back to the house.  Of course, then she was wide awake, so we shot off our little supply of fireworks, and headed to bed.  But not before we introduced Grandma and PopPop to Yo Gabba Gabba, or Gabby as Harper likes to call it.  They play that dumb show at 11pm, and of course we found it on.  It was a particuarly bad episode, and let's just say I think it may now be banned at their house.  "Try it, you'll like it..." doesn't apply to everything I guess.  And I am bummed, I took very few pictures this weekend. :(

We had a nice, loungy Thursday in York.  We picked some green beans from the garden and acquired some delicious sweet corn. Yum.  Harper had a follow up appointment for her tubes, so we headed into town around naptime,and it ended up working pretty great.  She took a little bit of convincing to wake up, but once awake she was such a great kid.  She did everything the doctors asked, and we got great news about the tubes.  One is still in place and doing it's thing; the other has fallen out, and the ear drum is performing as it should without the tube.  Woo hoo!  Let's hope ear infections are a thing of the past! 

That reminded me; Harper had her 2 year appointment last week.  She measured in at 34 inches long, and 28 pounds.  The doctor also commented on her language skills, and what a great talker she is, and how she thinks her two and three word phrases are rather advanced.  So, while she does come off as rather shy and quiet at first, trust me, the kid can talk.  Now, sometimes we don't always know what she's saying, but I'm sure it's all very important information. 
Can you find me?

Today we took Harper to the Omaha zoo for the first time.  It had been a few years for us as well; I think the last time Erich and I went it was before we were engaged.  Harper has been infatuated with Finding Nemo recently.  Like, screaming Nemo! until one of us caves and turns it on.  We probably watch it once a day, if we're lucky. Yeah, you read that right.  So, we figured she would love the aquarium.  She was sort of excited when we walked in, but other than the jellyfish she was rather "ho-hum" about the experience.  We were like, huh?  Where is our kid.  We tried pointing out various things from the movies, like anemones and starfish.  Probably didn't help that the only clownfish we saw in the place were the stuffed ones in the giftshop.  False advertising much lol?  We also only saw one large turtle, but oh well.  We got to see a lot in the 3 hot hours we were there.  You could tell even the animals weren't having it, so most were just laying around looking hot, making me sad and, you guessed it, more hot.  Luckily we came prepared with lots of drinks, as well as snacks and lunch.  I'd say the highlight of Harper's day was eating lunch with a peacock mommy and baby.  They came walking up to our table and practically grabbed the cheeto out of Harper's hand.  It was cute. And then all these people were around us taking pictures of Harper feeding her cheetos.  And can I just say, that beak was covered in cheese dust, so no one, not even peacocks, can eat cheetos without getting messy.  We were in and out in 3 hours, and I'd say that was just the right amount of time.
Let's do this!

Checkout the new baby giraffe

Hold still for one picture!


Pointing out the stingrays

Little monkey

I think this might have been her favorite exhibit.



Look, Erich came too!

She loves the goats

She didn't touch his butt, I swear

Our peacock friends

A cheeto? Don't mind if I do...

The rest of the weekend is pretty free.  We're visiting the farmer's market tomorrow with my brother in law, niece and nephew, then having family over for dinner.  I'm looking forward to that, and the drop in heat.  Come on weatherman, don't fail me now.  Hope everyone had a safe, cool and fun 4th!