Lots and lots to catch up on. Xander and Elijah are in Level 3 swim lessons now. Xander is back with Kade which makes him really happy. Maxwell is still in Level 1 as he has stopped using his arms to swim. He swims pretty fast and still manages to take breaths the only thing silly is that his arms are glued to his sides until he gets close to the side of the pool. One more week of swim lessons and one week of break and then school begins. Soon we should find out who the boys' teachers are and we go meet the teachers on August 3rd. All three of the boys are ready to get back into the routine of the school year. Grandma Landon is here visiting now and Grandpa Jensen was here until Wednesday, July 19th. Noah, my nephew, was baptized on July 15th--the day of his birthday. Noah wore a tux for his baptism. We had a lot of fun spending time with the Baileys and Carey's in-laws. We went over there for extended visits three times and each time on the way home my boys were asking when we could go back. Maxwell (and his brothers) got to play with a hose for the first time in their lives. Maxwell stayed out the longest, really enjoying the power and control of playing with the water. Elijah ate food that he never would have ate at home and informed me that mushrooms taste better at Carey's house.
On Wednesday, July 19th we went as a family to our first Diamondbacks baseball game. They were playing the Dodgers. It was a great game. Miguel Batista pitched his fourth career shutout. Orlando and Shawn Green, my favorite D'back, both got home runs. One of the Dodger pitchers got a balk, so I got to learn what that is. The Diamondbacks won 8-0. Newest D'back, Stephen Drew hit his first major league career triple and his first two doubles. Gonzo tied Ted Williams at 525 career doubles. Chase Field is light-years ahead of Busch Stadium which now seems very old to me. It has a retractable roof and air conditioning making it one of the best family activities in Phoenix.
Maxwell literally sat on the edge of his seat, completely still, with his glove on his left hand just taking it all in. That is the most still we have ever seen him in his whole entire life. He only got down twice- once to retrieve his glove he dropped and once to use the restroom (great progress on the potty-training front). He didn't eat all of his corn dog, all of his candy, or all of his popcorn. He didn't even finish his soda, although he was quite thirsty at the end of the game. All of those things were to distracting from the spectacle before him. He didn't cry even though he received a sizable blister on the back of his foot from too small shoes. If only he behaved like that at church my life would be a lot easier. Jared teased us saying next time he would just take Maxwell because Elijah and I talked too much and Xander wiggled too much.
Elijah had many questions and so I had many answers. Jared says you have to be quiet to watch the slow game of baseball something about missing the strategy and subtleties of the game. I informed him the strategy is to get more runs than the other team. Elijah's favorite part were the home runs. He and I went to retrieve the food and he ran circles around me while we waited in line.
Xander was hyper all day before the game because he was so excited to go. Xander's favorite part was the food. When he needed me to hold his corn dog- he stated, "Don't eat my corn dog." When I held his soda he said, "Don't drink my soda." When I took a few pieces of his popcorn he informed me, "Hey, that's my popcorn." It is silly because he is definitely not a big eater and holds food at such a low priority at home. Xander was upset and overtired when we got home. It was two hours past their bedtime. He said things like, "I told you I didn't want to go to the game. It took too long." He was angry because there were no books before bed. He got over it pretty quickly because the next day when we went to get Jared from work he kept asking, "Are we going to the baseball game?" and "Are we going to go see Basketball tonight?" Basketball is currently his favorite sport to watch. Maybe this winter we will buy a family pack to go see the Suns.
Now it is time to enjoy the visit of Jean. I love having extended family in town and hope my parents move here.