Monday, July 9, 2018

Fourth of July Recap

 The Fourth of July has come and gone and boy, did we have fun!

The festivities began on Tuesday.

The kids and I ran a few errands, picked up some American Flags and once back home, the kids found some festive hats and pretty much sported them the remainder of the day while they played and played and played and played...

Later that day my neighbor, Amy, invited us to join her and another one of our girlfriend's, Sara, and her kiddos over to her house.  Amy was gearing up for her annual Fourth of July party, which was to be held on the upcoming weekend.  Sara and I kept Amy company while she mixed and measured, cooked and baked.  The kids kept themselves busy, as well, by playing and playing and playing and playing ;)

On Wednesday we slowly woke up and I ended up going for a run.  It was stifling outside.  So hot.  So very, very hot.  I felt like I was melting just by walking out on my front porch, so - needless to say, by the end of my run I was dripping in sweat.  Dripping, you guys, dripping.  It was kind of gross, but it also felt kind of good.  In fact, I was so gross that I just ended up going into the lake with all of my running clothes on.  Haha!

At that point in the day I still thought we were heading out to watch a Fourth of July parade, but unfortunately we ended up staying home instead.  I was a little bummed that we didn't make it to a parade this year, but I tried not to taint the day with my emotions.  I did, however, still manage to grab a few pictures of the kids, but I was really missing that All-American red, white and blue family photo opp.  

Miss. E's sweet little braid.  Love.

This boy and that hat...

...and that seven-year-old smile!  LOVE it!

I cleaned all day in anticipation of some local friends arriving later that evening to watch fireworks right there over the water.

At one point, a mental break and physical break was due.  So I brewed up some coffee, took it outside into the 90 degree heat, wrote out a MUCH NEEDED chore chart for the kids and watched as Jon, our neighbor, Tom, and all the kiddos played in the lake.

After my break I continued to clean and then Jon blew up Pretty, Pretty Peacock.  I helped him carry it down to the lake and he then anchored it between our house and the neighbors' house.

This thing had us cracking up!  It was so much fun.

As evening rolled around, so did our friends, and as you can see behind me in the pic below, the boats began to anchor in, as well.

These kids played their little hearts out!

Let's just say that Pretty, Pretty Peacock instantly became a trampoline.

So fun!

As we were preparing for the much anticipated fireworks, many of us parents sprayed our kids with bug spray.  The mosquitoes have been something fierce this year and I'm sure some of us will be itching well into November.  Unfortunately, some of the kids were having reactions to what we thought was the bug spray.  Both Henry AND Eliza were so uncomfortable and both kept complaining about their necks hurting.  I, at first, thought it just from their life jackets, but as the evening progressed, they seemed to become more and more uncomfortable.  I heard a couple other kids who also seemed to be having a reaction.  I'm pretty sure we all used different sprays, so I was really confused and honestly we still don't know what caused the reaction/itching; The bug repellant?  The lake?  The inflatable?  The heat?  A combination of all those things?  So strange.

Anyhoo, the silver-lining was that I took the kids individually over to the lake while the fireworks were going off and dipped them into the water - to be clear, they could touch AND I was holding their hands.  This is something we would have never done considering we didn't have life jackets nor would we ever allow them to be in the lake at night, but I have to say, it was nice to share a peaceful moment with each of them as the fireworks lit up the night sky.  I really hope I never forget it.  Luckily, it seemed to have worked and they both seemed to feel so much better after their quick dips in the lake.

Per usual, once the fireworks ended, so did the gathering.  Everyone quickly left to get their littles off to bed.  All of our babies were exhausted!

Early Thursday morning our garage door arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys!  I'm in love.  In love, I say!!!!!!

However, before I was all heart-eyes Jon came into the house and told me I needed to go outside and take a look at the new garage door.  He thought we were getting the wrong kind of door, so of course I panicked and went outside while still sporting some eye boogers, bad breath and no lady support, if you know what I mean ;).  Luckily I had studied the dimensions enough to know that it was indeed the correct door, but I tooootally could have seen why and how Jon thought it was the wrong one.  Talk about a mini-heart-attack!  Phew!!!!

We've waited for this door since 2007!!!

You guys, I can't tell you how much I love this thing.  It's like a baby to me.  It just makes me so, so, soooooooo incredibly happy.

The rest of Thursday consisted of me walking outside a billion times to look at our new garage door (Haha), as well as me going on a solo grocery shopping trip since Jon had taken the day off and was at home with the kids.

On Friday we took the kids to our local theater for their Popcorn Theater production of Charlotte's Web.  It was the sweetest show ever!  The place was also packed.  So much so that we heard they had completely sold out!  We were grateful that a friend of ours had saved us seats.  Even with having left  our house early we were still some of the last ones to get to our seats.  Wow!  It was nuts, but I love that our little theater has such demand!

At the end of the performance there was a raffle to win the book, Charlotte's Web.  They called out several ticket stub numbers, some of whom collected their book, but some who never did or who had perhaps left before the raffle drawings had commenced.  Henry and his buddy, Redmond, carefully reviewed their tickets as every number was called out.  It came down to the last drawing and wouldn't you know it - Henry won!!!

Since it was the last drawing, the crowd began to leave and Henry had to basically swim upstream in order to collect his prize.  Totally worth it AND so exciting!  We can't wait to start reading it!

Once home we prepared the house a bit more knowing that my sister and her family were coming over for the weekend, as well as prepping for more kiddos to come back over on Saturday to play out on the lake again.  Henry and Eliza decided to sell Starbursts to customers on Saturday.  They got to work and as you can see from Eliza's glasses, they were taking it very seriously.  LOL!

I got in a run in our basement.  Apparently it became a family affair.  Ha!

We went out to Mexican for dinner and boy was that delicious.  The place we went to always has a wait time once the dinner crowds arrive, so we were sure to leave well before five and were lucky enough to have beaten the big crowds.  We were seated immediately.  Phew!

My sister and her fam showed up and I stole snuggled my niece.  ;)  Babies make everything wonderful.

On Saturday, my sister and I went for a run and we went out on the boat for a while.  We took Henry and my nephew, Christian, for a tube ride, too.

They kept wanting to go faster.  I can't believe they're finally at that age to be doing this together!

Eliza also west, as did my amazing BIL, Derrick, and his son, Lawson!

Later that morning/afternoon, we found the kids doing this...  LOL!

Later in the afternoon we visited with our neighbors' friends, my sister and I cooked up some food to take next door for later that evening, our local friends arrived, we swam, we consumed some adult beverages, we ate and we bonfired it up.

It's crazy - I don't have many pictures from all that time - I guess we were busy having fun.  One of the last pictures I have from the week/weekend is of Eliza and her friend, Ashlyn, reading a book in Eliza's bed together.  My heart.  Oh my heart.

I told them to go night-night only to find them an hour or so later playing dolls with all the lights on - it was pretty darn adorable...

...and there you have it.  I didn't do much on Sunday since we had stayed up way too late AND since we were up nice and early, but hey - I blogged, so that's saying something.  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Marie :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Life Lately

Last week began the second week of summer break.  Two Mondays ago my sister started a new running challenge over on MapMyRun.  Being that the kids are now home with me all day for summer break and that I can no longer go for mid-morning runs alone we decided to lace up our running shoes (put on our biking flip flops ;) ) and get to work!

Henry did his stretches.  Eliza buckled her helmet.  I turned on my Greatest Showman running playlist...and we were off...!

At one point Eliza decided she wasn't going to wear her sweater anymore so I got stuck running while holding a sweater - fun, fun. ;) Seriously, I could've bet money that was going to happen.  Ha!

After we finished our run, we headed over to the park for a bit and then walked/rode over to the sledding hill so that we could get in some good hill rolling in before lunch...

On Tuesday we enjoyed an impromptu boat ride/tube ride/swim!

I practiced french braiding on Eliza.  As you can see, I'm not showing you the back of her head.  It wasn't good guys, it wasn't good.  I have A LOT of practicing to do...A LOT!

On Wednesday the neighbor boys came over to hang out and play some video games.  Their mom gave all the kids gum and it was cracking me up watching them chew and try to blow bubbles...

Jon's 38th birthday also happened to be on Wednesday!

The kids and I didn't really get him anything this year - aside from spending about $20.00 on greeting cards that played music, a couple of cat themed cards and one from the cat, himself.  LOL!  BUT - we did decide to go pick him up a slice of carrot cake AND we bought 38 candles...however I DID have to buy four packages of candle to which I giggled about, but then was immediately humbled by the fact that I'm 35 and I'm in the last year only three packages of candles are needed...and that my birthday has already passed... Anywhoo, I digress.  Gah!

We added some candles and I must say THIS right here was pretty darn funny...

The kids and I decorated the house, the bathroom and the car with balloons and streamers from Eliza's Little Mermaid party.  We also did a balloon drop for him in the basement!  LOL!  Jon loved it and, of course, the kids did, too!

We took him to eat at our local root beer stand!  So fun!

We came back home, lit the candles and sang, Happy Birthday...

I love these people!

The next day we headed to the gym.  Henry decided he was going to be my coach for the running challenge and informed me that I had to run 5 miles.

I did it.  It hurt.  Coach was happy.  My legs were not.

I made this yummy salad for dinner and you guys - it was/is sooooo good!!!  I'll have to share my recipe on here sometime...

We went for another tube ride and swim in the lake...

...and on Friday we went Strawberry picking!!!!

There's just something so sweet (pun intended ;) ) about picking strawberries.

Later on Friday we went out to dinner with some sweet friends and the next day we attended a pool party for some friends from Eliza's preschool class.

You guys - Look at Eliza's hair!  It's so long!

Also in this picture - Henry jumping off the diving board into the deep end and swimming off to the side for the FIRST time - without a life jacket!!!  At first he jumped in, came back up and swam the length of the pool.  He was so proud!  We told him to just jump in and swim to the side so that he wouldn't exhaust himself.  We were thinking that he was more confident to finally take the leap into the deep end because he was one of the older kids at the party and there was only one boy older than him.  He wasn't under any pressure and he just wanted to have fun...

The after party back at home looked a lot like this...  LOL!!!!

Jon and I also did some landscaping in front and around our new concrete.  To say I wan't pleased to help out in the landscaping department was an understatement.  I despised having to do this.  To be fair we've already landscaped this space twice before and let me tell you that I DO NOT have a green thumb.  I try.  I really try, but most plants end up dying.

HOWEVER, back on Jon's birthday this was what he wanted - to get the landscape in, so I obliged and came up with a game plan in my head.

We put down weed mat, dug holes, planted our plants and filled it in with mulch - all in about two hours and I can assure you I complained the entire time.  I was NOT a happy camper...not at all, especially considering it was a katrillion degrees outside.

We did it though.  We were covered in dirt, sweaty and tired - but it was done...

Now to add one more plant over there in the front right corner, keep the grass growing and eventually add a little more decor and we should be good to go!  Phew.

All in all, the second week of summer break was a good one!  We've been getting things accomplished and staying busy, that's for sure!

I'll keep all ya'll posted on which plants live...  Hahaha!

Thanks for stopping by.

Marie :)

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