4th of July

July 4, 2017 | We always head to the lake for July 4th, and always enjoy some lame beautiful fireworks! This year she really got into the smoke bombs…a LOT. But I even convinced her to hold a few sparklers! We got the boat cleaned/in the water for the first time this season, and brother Bruce even helped! He didn’t want a ride, but we managed to get a couple of rides in. I think E tries to avoid the boat because she knows it always puts her to sleep… 🙂

We did let E swim a bit by herself off the boat, which was both exciting and crazy. Is she old enough for that?! But she loved it! Seriously, when did she get so big. I love watching her swim and jump into the water. Such a great weekend!

And the cell pics from the weekend

Then we returned home, and went to my parents house for a little cook-out. My sister purchased some small fireworks (not legal in our city) and thought she’d be sly and set them off in the backyard. Only the ladybug firework was loud, insane, and flew OVER the houses…even the kids were concerned!! LOL

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2017 | When we first arrived at the lake, we were the only ones there!!  Which never, ever happens. But we got to play with a lot of water (+ a new squirt toy with a Dino on it, of course). The water was incredibly high…so much that you couldn’t even see the Berm that spend so many hours at. After a nice nighttime walk, a tree swing, and throwing rocks from the muddy-bank, we hit the pillow hard to prepare for the next day and lots more family. I had to include the image of D’s BUTT, because he saw me shooting and likes to be an ass… 😉  Sunday we went to church — E goes for the donuts I think — and spent most of the day on Grandma’s deck playing with very cold water and water balloons. The new swan didn’t even make it into the water!

Monday it was sunny and gorgeous, so we made a quick trip to our neighborhood pool.  BRRR it was freezing, but I also remembered when you’re a child temperatures mean virtually nothing when it comes to swimming!

Mothers Day

May 14, 2017 | This year we decided to try something new for Mother’s Day — why not celebrate all four of us at once??  I hosted, and since it was Jared’s birthday his mother brought him the traditional frosted chocolate cake.  We had little flower arrangements for the “Grandmas”, ate a lot of food, and ended the night with a fierce water-balloon fight!  It started completely innocent with the kids, but eventually Lindsey, Jared and Matt were throwing true softballs at each other!  E stopped the show by peeing on a rock in the corner mid-fight though…guess we need to work on those hosting-manners a bit more!

Family Easter #2

April 16, 2017 | When the Easter baskets are full of goodies already, I guess you have to resort to plastic bags for the actual egg hunt? #classy (Did I really just use a hashtag on my blog post? Yes, and I’ll leave it there for posterity). Mom setup cute little signs, and had some adorable eggs in the backyard for the kiddos to collect. Getting all three kiddos to pose for a photo is TOUGH for sure, then the pics with Grand/Great-Grands was even crazier…but I love E’s jazz-hands. This was her fourth, and FINAL hunt of 2017. If only there was a sports-league for this stuff!

Family Easter #1

April 15, 2017 | ALMOST each and every one of the cousins was there this time — we were only short one, which is unheard of these days. Maybe I should Photoshop Jessica’s head into the sky above the group photo? One more kiddo was up for hunting a bit this year (C), and the “veterans” were a bit more aggressive for 2017. This was E’s third hunt of the year, so the drive for candy was strong! There were outdoor games, eggs, and D actually had some time to 4-wheel. We happen to be petting one of the horses on the farm when E spotted him driving in the field. I talked to her about how much fun her Dad was having, and what a great driver he is, when she FINALLY said she wanted to go for her first very…very…slow…ride. Amazing!

Cell phone photos of my first bunny-butt cake (hilarious) and so happy that someone grabbed a cell-phone photo of E and I + horses!

Annual Easter Hunt

April 9, 2017 | I’m so glad that Mark & Lauren started this tradition — a giant Easter egg hunt in their yard, complete with brunch and adult-drinks… 🙂 I actually didn’t take all that many photos this time, which means I was talking too much with friends. We are so lucky to be surrounded by great people! Also, when did all of these kiddos get so BIG?!

And some cell-photos of our pre-hunt picnic at a new-to-us park!

Company Easter

April 1, 2017 | A VERY cold Saturday morning, D’s company was hosting an Easter Egg hunt for the kiddos. Thanks to lots of rain, the grass field was out of the question…so the next best option? A cement walkway literally COVERED in eggs. Not so much “hunting” so to speak, but at least they had a timer to space the littles from the bigs. E wanted to grab each egg and open it — so we had to tell her they could be opened when it was all done… 🙂 After the eggs were all snatched up, we wandered over to an Easter Bunny where E promptly hugged him…her…???? Whatev…this was the first of many hunts that she went on, and ended the season with a top-record!