Wednesday, July 5, 2017

4th of July

Our 4th of July celebration actually started on July 3rd. Our neighbors hosted a party for the neighborhood. There was food, drinks, swimming, yard games, and then fireworks. It was so much fun!

I don't think our neighbors realized how competitive Dave, Meredith, Joe and I all are. We played cornhole quite a few times because the games were so intense. :)

On July 4th we headed over the Jackson and Krista's house for swimming, food and fireworks. We all had a great time again.

One of the families had a new goldendoodle puppy they brought. He was adorable!

Norah was slowly overcoming her fear of loud fireworks and actually lit her first one! Joey was being a very good brother and helping her. :)

These sweet kiddos had a blast.

Happy 4th!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Joey turns 11

 I swear each year goes faster than the last. How is my "baby" 11 already?!?!
This boy is sensitive, kind, smart, loyal, and hard working. I love him.

This was our year for family birthday instead of parties, so Joey chose to go to the local arcade. We actually had a blast together playing all of the fun games.

We had to get a picture with the zombie...

I didn't take many pictures because I was running around doing all the games with the kids!

Joey chose to eat at Golden Corral after the arcade. He loves that buffet (especially since we hardly ever go there!)

Happy birthday buddy. We love you!

Monday, June 19, 2017

a sad goodbye

 Josh and Val and fam came to visit us one last time before they leave to go back to the Philippines. 
Joey had a tournament, so he had quite the cheering section.

Josh and Val treated us all to an authentic Indian meal the night before they left. It was so yummy. And our kids were good sports about trying new things (their kids love Indian food!)

 And of course we had to get ice cream for dessert.

We put the kids to bed and ended up staying up until almost 2 am just talking with Josh and Val. It was like none of us wanted our last night together to end. :(

The next morning we had to say our goodbyes.

We have loved having them close for the whole past year. Our kids love their kids, and they have to much fun together. And the four of us adults have so much fun together too. We know they are going back to the Philippines where God wants them to be, but we will miss them so much!

Friday, June 16, 2017

summer fun

We have been having a really fun summer. The kids have spent some time at friends' houses a few times when our summer babysitter was gone. (I have awesome friends!)
They got to kayak for the first time with Shannon and her girls.

And play with the dog...

 They made homemade play-do at Tricia's house.

And played with the baby kittens.

 They got to swim at Krista's house.

And play with their cute puppy.

 And they captured and played with a giant black snake at Meredith's house! Yikes!

 Meredith and Jill and I took all the kids to a huge waterslide that is carved into the side of a hill. It was so much fun, and the kids loved it. 

We moms also did the waterslide which was fun for us and the kids!

After the waterslide we took the kids fishing. No one caught any fish, but the kids had fun trying!

What a fun day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy 40th Anniversary Mom & Dad

 My mom and dad celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 11th. They planned a trip to Cancun to celebrate. All of us adult kids surprised my mom by coming to Cancun to celebrate with them (they really had to twist our arms to go to such a dreadful place!...)
The resort was beautiful. This was the view from our balcony.

Just beautiful.

We got there the day before my parents, so we were able to surprise them when they got there. 
My dad knew we were all coming, but my mom didn't. She was so surprised and didn't stop smiling the entire time we were there!

We have never been all together without kids, so it was such a fun time.

We would relax by the pool and play games during the day.

 And then get dressed up for a nice dinner each night.

 I made this wall hanging for my parents and gave it to them on the actual day of their anniversary.

And then my dad surprised my mom with a vow renewal ceremony on the beach.

And of course another fun dinner to celebrate!

What fun memories we will have!


Meanwhile back at home, Joe's mom came and spent the whole time at our house with our kids. They had a million different activities, and she was a rockstar. Thanks Jennifer!