Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Park Hoppers

We are very fortunate to be surrounded by dozens of parks.  We visit a different park each week!

Over the past few weeks, we...

...had a picnic at the park with Aunt Annie, Brady, Brandon, and Aubrey.

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...met our friends at a park with a sand area for a picnic/playdate.

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...escaped from the house to our favorite park: Lovingly named The Blue Park.

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...celebrated our friend Lily's 4th Birthday with a picnic/playdate at a new park.

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...and met up with friends from our local DS facebook group at the park!  We had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new friends!




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Friday, July 25, 2014

Life Updates

Summer is supposed to be lazy, but it's the opposite around here!  We were so excited for summer vacation, and it's more than halfway over.  Time goes by so quickly!

Here's a glimpse at life lately:

*Liam turned 11 months.   I wanted to cry.  I swear, he gets cuter and happier every month!

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*Lily is going to be THREE in 9 days.  She is the funniest kid!!!  She potty trained early,  before her second birthday, but hasn't been consistently dry at night.  Until this week.  She decided she was over nighttime pull-ups, and just wanted to wear underwear.  I agreed, and she woke up dry every morning this week. No more pull-ups!

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*Lexie is having a fun summer!  She loves having her cousin/BFF at our house 3 days a week.  She also loves to read. She is flying through the Junie B. Jones series of books.  She can finish one of those books in an hour! She's my sweetheart.

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*Dylan has grown up so much in the past two months.  Not only did he grow taller, but he looks older, and is more mature.  He's such a beautiful boy, inside and out!

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*I spend my days wrangling kids, feeding kids, cleaning, participating in Liam's therapy, and driving from one activity to another.  We're having a lot of fun!

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*Grant is about 2 months into his new job, and he really likes it.  He just had a birthday yesterday!  We celebrated with date night at Red Lobster, followed by a mini birthday party with his mom, nannie, and the kids!

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*I fell so behind on my 365 Project.  I still take pictures everyday, but I don't have time to keep up with those posts.  So I think I'm just going to do a monthly photo recap and leave it at that!  I can pretty much say I'm busy and do approximately a thousand things a day.  At least it feels that way!

*My great-nephew was born today!  Welcome to the world, Bentley!!!

*My debit card was stolen AGAIN.  Thank you, Target.  This time, $1000 was taken out of my account. Charges made in Qatar. I just wrote the dispute letter, so I'm hoping the bank is quick about getting our money back!!!

*Party planning is in full force!  Lily and Liam are having a combined birthday party in 3 weeks! I need to start shopping!

*Coming up in the next month:  Our family reunion, Lily's 3rd Birthday, a birthday party for a friend, Lily and Liam's party, Liam's first birthday, and lots of swimming and playdates!

*School starts in just over a month.  That makes us all so sad.  We love summer!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Making The Rounds

We're having a fun and busy summer!  We have a lot of playdates with our awesome friends.  We try to keep things interesting by rotating through all the fun parks and places in our area!

One of our favorite places to visit is Soergel Orchards.  The last time we went there was to pick strawberries. It is a working farm, but they have so much to do there.  They have several stores (market, ice cream, antiques, and gifts), a petting zoo, and a fun wooden play area for the kids.  

My kids love to play in the wooden houses and pirate ship, climb on the wooden train and trucks, and they love to mine for gems! It's a nice change from regular playgrounds. Of course, it's even better with friends.  We recently met Jocie, Tyler, and Braden at Soergel's, and we had a great afternoon together!

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We had so much fun!  We ended our trip by stopping in the market for candy and free train cookies. Dylan, Lexie, and Lily are already asking to go back!