Our condo, and a nice swimming pool, and that was one of the first things on our list. After a couple other swimming adventures with Ben this summer, one with a life jacket and one without, we decided to pick up a life jacket during our initial trip to the store to stock up on supplies while we were there. It was a good thing we did. Ben feels that he must be with his brothers in the deep end of the pool. and has no fear of the water.
This trip, we decided that it would be a good time to take the boys back to Dixie Stampede. Noah was a baby the last time we went, and did not remember it. This is Dolly Parton's show, where they serve chicken and pork lion that you eat with your fingers, around an arena where the North challenges the South, over a variety of events. There were lots of horses and riding, buffalo, long horn cattle, soldiers and girls in pretty dresses. All three boys LOVED it. Especially Ben. Even during the pre-show, while a 14 year old boy juggled, Ben was glued to the show. He bounced on my lap, clapped, cheered, and had a wonderful time. The show is pretty expensive, but it was worth every penny to see the reactions of my kids. Even our teenager had a great time. No cameras were allowed, so I don't have any picture, but if I had taken any, they would have been of Ben and the pure joy he experienced by being included in the fun.
Putt Putt golf was also on the list. Unfortunately it was getting hot already the morning that we went. Ben made it about half way through, and then just sat down in the shade.
He still enjoyed just being with the family while we finished the rest of the course.