Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Visit from Kris

This year is fantastic -- Kris and I have seen each other twice! Once in Vegas back in January, and again this last weekend when she stopped by with her family on their way to a vacation. Daniel and Sarah are so big! It was awesome to see the five kids together.

We stayed up late chatting, went to the local science museum, swam all afternoon, and hit up Krispy Kreme in the morning. Bonus: they brought us a ton of fresh Pennsylvania produce! Zucchini, squash, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant -- wow! Also, Sangria. Which was very nice.

Watching the doughnut machine is mesmerizing whether you're 3 or 11.

What a cool way for me to spend my birthday weekend! I hope we can keep up this trend of seeing each other frequently.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hooray for my birthday! MJ and the kids treated me like a queen. It was a wonderful day, followed by a nice date night for me and MJ.

I've spent another year surrounded by love ... what more could I want?

(A different cake, apparently. Little Man said to me afterwards, with a trembling bottom lip, "Mommy, next time can you get a better cake? I didn't like this one." He is apparently not a fan of napoleons.)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Photo Friday

Demolition crews have been busy tearing down an old office building near our house. We've stopped by to watch every day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Brien's Birthday Bash

Last weekend we hosted a family reunion of sorts for MJ's family, and celebrated Brien's birthday. Despite the heat, the struggles of our air conditioner and a leak in Brien's air mattress, the weekend was a success! 

We had an amazing turnout (21 of us!). Everyone except one cousin of MJ's made it, and it was great to see them all again. Even Brian, Kelly, Abby and Anna made it from Chicago, so all our kids' cousins on MJ's side were together.

We had a party on Friday with everyone here at the house, then went to a local museum Saturday morning (which was amazingly handicapped-friendly!). In the afternoon, Uncle Jim took Brien for a ride in his convertible, and we went to a great dinner on Saturday evening. Both afternoons we swam at Alice's pool, so we stayed cool and had a blast.

I am so impressed that everyone was able to make it. It meant the world to Brien, who has been talking about it for month and will continue to talk about it forever! For Brien to be surrounded by all his siblings and their families means more than I could ever say, and it's an extra bonus that we were able to spend time with everyone too!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Seashell Art

Canvas: $9

Paint: $1

Shells from the beach: $0

Hot glue gun burns on my fingers: 573

Having a lovely piece of art from our vacation: priceless.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Soccer Saturdays

We're into the swing of summer now, and have settled into our routine. One of the highlights of the week is soccer on Saturdays. The age range of this team is 3-5 years old, so this is the only summer that all three kids will be on the same team.

MJ and I have noticed that none of our three seem competitive or to have that "killer instinct." Little Man seems mostly bemused when the other kids start tearing after the ball. CC's starting to get into it, and Sweet Pea just likes to follow directions.

All three of them have cleats now, which they're very proud of.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Biker Dude

Little Man's been riding really well on his pedal bike Santa brought him for Christmas. He's been able to ride it for at least a month now, but I wasn't able to get a video of it until my parents were in town last weekend. Look at him go!

(I love that my dad's shirt is adorned with the girls' hair bows!)

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/24edNVcJGa4