July has been a month of change in our house you could say. Brent and I decided that the time was right for me to stay at home with the boys during the day from now on. So last week the boys enjoyed their first week back with us. Monday we baked cookies. Only baking day ended up being a little fun because I didn't realize we were out of eggs. I found a replacement for eggs but my chocolate chip cookies ended up tasting like banana chocolate chip cookies. Still quite delicious to eat though! Tuesday we visited the library and new splash pad on the south side of Iowa City. The boys had so much fun with Cooper and CJ. We even had a little picnic lunch outside. Wednesday we did a little shopping at the outlet mall and then on Thursday we enjoyed our first kids movie at the theater here. For 2.75 each we get free popcorn and a kids movie showing in the morning. That week they showed Diary of A Wimpy Kid. Thomas thought the stinky cheese in the movie was very funny and Oliver enjoyed sneaking popcorn when I wasn't looking.
We also are very happy to report that Doug is back from China! He has been visiting us this summer. Last Friday we went to a stock car race in Cedar Rapids with him. Thomas and Oliver loved how noisy the cars were and liked the tricks the best. We have had lots of fun with Grandpa Doug. The boys love wrestling and goofing off with Grandpa but especially love for him to read books to them. Oliver calls him "dada" since he can't say the "g" sound very well.
August is looking to be like a very fun month for us as well. We have plans to visit Reid and Jessie in Chicago and Tiger and Logan will be flying in from China in August too! The boys are taking a vacation to Grandma Kim and Grandpa Todd's in August as well. This will be Oliver's first real trip away from mom and dad. He has stayed overnight before with family but this his first year getting to visit Grandma and Grandpa for a week. When he gets back Thomas will get to start preschool in the fall. He will be going to the community preschool 3 days a week part time. He is very excited to go to school and make friends.