Up, up and away…
We went to the National
Balloon Classic in Indianola on July 29. Seeing 100 hot
air balloons take off at once was completely breathtaking…
even if the heat index that night was 115 degrees!
The orange, blue, red and white zig-zag pattern balloon in
this photo is my co-worker, Bret, who is a competitive balloon
There were special balloons at the festival, too – like
this bear, and Noah's Ark
The balloons were amazing, including this special Humpty Dumpty
Here are the Purple People Eater balloon and tree balloon,
which was the girls' favorite
It was so hot that we had to use umbrellas for a little shade
One sweaty kid
Jen with her umbrella
Another of the special balloons, a penguin
The last special balloon to take off was Jesus
The girls had a great time, even though it was so hot
Em was all smiles
Share the love
We took the girls to a Share
the Love event on July 29. It was a fundraiser for kids
with cancer, and also a way to make some neat "comfort
items" for the kids while they are in the hospital.
The girls work on gift tags for the things they made for the
kids in the hospital – fancy flip flops and a cool backpack
Troy puts the finishing touches on flip flops for a child
in the hospital
Some mascots were at the event, too. Jenna loved seeing them,
including the Des Moines Buccaneers' mascot, Winger, and…
…The Iowa Stars mascot, Shooter
The girls also got their faces painted
They got to frost cookies, too. Any guess what frosting color
Jen chose? :-)
The girls had a great time in the bounce house at the event
Fun with Science
We took the girls to the Science
Center of Iowa on July 21, which is always fun.
The girls loved pretending to go grocery shopping
Everyone had a blast playing with the bubble solution. Emma
was a pro at making bubbles with the hula hoops.
Troy was a bubble pro, too
Jenna was more interested in EATING the bubbles
Emma learned how to use her hands as a bubble wand
The girls (and their dad, too) had a good time "fishing"
The peg board is always fun!
We always knew the girls had electric personalities. :-)
Another cool feature at the science center is the chance to
stand against a "green screen" and try to do a tv
weather-cast. …I think the girls need a little work
before they're ready for the Weather Channel. :-)
Troy did a little better…
They all did a good job on hurricane tracking
Jenna LOVED playing with the slime as part of "kitchen
chemistry." We even made some at home the next day. (It's
one part laundry starch; two parts white glue; and a few drops
of food coloring mixed in a ziploc back for few minutes, if
"Cool! I actually get to make a mess!?!?"
Jen was pretty serious about it
How did Emma spend her time? Coloring, of course!
Tell us how you really feel, Jen…
Jen loves playing with the magnetic gears
Emma and "Linus" with
Grandma (aka "Mema") Reed on July 16.
Our little peanuts
Some cute pictures of Emma and
Jenna – and Joe – in July.
Emma outside her favorite store (Target)
Joe likes to swim the girls' pool, too!
The girls like to play dress-up
It's Jenna "Incredible Hulk" Maifeld
Emma with a cool airbrush tattoo she got
She told us, "It's just like a tattoo with needles, but
without the needles!" :-)
Fun at the park
The girls had a great time at
their schools' annual family picnic, at Raccoon
River Park on July 11.
Jen loved playing in the fountains at the park
Emma liked staying a little drier
Jenna also liked climbing up on the two-story wooden pirate
ship at the park
Jenna, Grace, Lexie, Zoë and Emma on top of the pirate
Emma loved playing in the stone stream at the park, too
Emma and her friend, Zoë
Our little firecrackers
Emma and Jenna were all dolled
up for "Red, White and Blue Day" at their school
on July 3.
"Cheese… I think…"
Emma strikes a pose with Jen
We stopped at Burger King for breakfast on the way to school
– a special treat the girls love! We were waiting at
school for Jen to finish her sandwich.
On July 2, we went to a great
dualing pianos concert at Jordan Creek Town Center, which
was part of their "Live
at the Creek" summer concert series. Here are some
photos of us before we went.
Emma took this photo of us
Fun on the Fourth
Our neighborhood had a great
party on Independence Day. We all had an awesome time. The
weather was nice, and we liked meeting so many of our neighbors.
The girls – all decked out in red, white and blue –
in their wagon, which they decorated for the bike and wagon
parade the kids had during the party.
There were TWO bounce houses at the party, which the girls
Jen liked playing in the littler bounce house
The girls also liked playing in the pool that was at the party
The girls in the neighborhood kids' parade
Some of the King's Valley (our neighborhood) kids
The kids had a hard time sitting still for the picture when
there was so much to do. :-)
Troy had fun playing volleyball. (He's in white and navy,
walking away on the left side of the picture.)
"No… I didn't just stuff a whole cookie in my mouth…
really… you can't prove anything!!!"
Jenna hams it up in the bounce house
The girls weren't very happy about leaving the party, can
They were less sad once they started digging what was left
of the Snickers salad we brought to the party… even
if it ended up on the floor of the wagon, in Jenna's hair,
and everywhere else. :-)
"Okay, Jenna… you take a bite, and I'll make sure
no one's watching us!"
A birds' eye view of the party