1. School is out! I was incredibly excited about this on Tuesday when the last day of school rolled around. Yesterday my girls bickered the entire day, so now I'm not sure how I feel about summer break. Here's hoping the rest of the summer will be mostly peaceful.
2. About two weeks ago I started having Ellie ride her bike around the block once a day because I was getting frustrated that she would have me take the bike out of the garage so she could slowly ride it about 50 feet and declare that she was tired or done riding her bike. I'm happy to say that after having her ride her bike every day she is now riding fast enough that I have to walk briskly behind her and can't always keep up, and she has even added going around an additional block in our neighborhood to her daily ride. Somedays she even goes for two rides. We're hoping that she will be riding well enough that she can learn to ride a two wheeler before the summer is over.
3. Madeline is starting to roller skate well. Very much like her sister, she tried to give up on skating outside (she's more than happy to skate in the house, but it drives me crazy) after only going a few feet. One night about a little over a week ago my husband told her that she was now going to skate around the block once a day. She's made amazing progress since that first go around the block. On the evenings when I take Ellie out to ride her bike Madeline grabs her skates and tries to keep up with her.
4. Fed up with spending lots of money on dinging out and take-out Bryan and I decided to give cooking a serious try. Since Saturday night we have been preparing all of our meals at home. So far it's working out nicely. Bryan found the recipes for our favorite dishes from the Olive Garden on their website and we made those to start. Both of us were impressed by how simple they were to make. I have a feeling that the more we cook at home the easier the process will become. My dishwasher is certainly getting a work out.
Bonus: Ellie started to swim this morning! You can read about it and watch a video of her swimming here.