Wednesday, July 15, 2015

VBS, Creeks, One on One Time

This past weekend/week has been great! My mother in law graciously kept the kids for 3 days last weekend, and allowed Nick and I to celebrate our anniversary with a Staycation.  We were able to eat some yummy meals, go out with friends, and go to a pool ALL BY OURSELVES!!!! I was also finally able to use my mothers day giftcard and head to the spa for a much needed massage.  To say that we are grateful is an understatement.  (Note to self, do this for your kids one day). 

This week the kids have been in VBS and they have loved it.  Mckinlee's last day is tomorrow and Caleb's last day is Friday.  I hate that they end on separate days because Mckinlee will be crushed, but it has been a great week.  During VBS I have taken advantage of having some one on one time with P.  After the gym on Monday I took him to the park, and then we went down to the creek to play and throw rocks.  He is just growing up so fast.  Everyday he is understanding more, and acting more and more like a toddler.  Time, you are so fleeting. 

 


I surprised the kids with a picnic at the park today after VBS, and then we all headed down to the creek to mark of a "must do" on our Summer Bucket List.  It has rained almost all summer, so I figured we needed to take advantage of the sunshine. 

We went swimming before gymnastics tonight and Mckinlee learned to swim!! It finally clicked with her, and she was swimming under water by the time we left!! I am so proud of her!


It has been a great week! Now here is to praying the rain stays away.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Virginia

We traveled to a family farm in Virginia this past week to visit my dad and step mom.  We all had a great time, and we are looking forward to going back soon. 

When we arrived Mckinlee was surprised to enter every little girls dream bedroom.  She LOVED it!

I don't remember the exact order of days, but we participated in lots of fun activities while there.  I do not have photos of the actual fourth of July, but we spent it in the pool at the farm.  We ate yummy food, swam, relaxed and just enjoyed the day.  

One night we visited the town dock.  The kids had fun rock climbing, eating ice cream, bouncing on the trampoline and visiting the arcade. Before we left I was able to get some decent pictures of all of us!

 

We were missing a certain little guy for the above picture.  He was busy elsewhere being spoiled rotten.
 



We finished this night at the drive in watching Inside Out.  Paxton slept the entire time in the car, but the bigs had a lot of fun!
 

The next day we went to the State Fair.  The beginning of the day was really rainy.  We watched a show indoors where people broke wood and blocks.  Caleb got to go up on stage and break a piece of wood and he loved that. 
We waited out the rain indoors eating junk food. Caleb cracked me up eating his snow cone.  At one point he was so cold that he was shaking. He put on his hoodie, pulled up the hood, and kept eating. #determination. 
 

That night we were able to score some free wristbands for the carnival, and we rode rides until they closed.  I must say that I am way to old for the rides #sick.
 
We spent one day just exploring the farm.  We drove around in the truck, my dad let the kids take turns driving, we hiked, we looked at cows, we climbed deer stands.....etc.  I love days like that.  It reminded me of childhood. 
 



Mckinlee really liked the car with "no toppin". 

We celebrated my dads birthday.  Mckinlee picked out all the decorations and decorated the cake.  I love the upside down Y's so very much. 



Our final day we had the best weather of our trip.  We spent it at the lake on the beach.  Unfortunately we only got to spend a half day on the beach before heading home, but it was a great time!






 
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 2015

Another day, another catch up post.  Can we all just talk about how they need to update the blogger app? I feel as though I could blog so much easier if I didn't have to make time to sit down with a real computer.....

We made a summer to do list this year, and one goal we had was to visit new parks.  There is so much around our area that we have yet to explore, and I really thought this would be a fun way to enjoy time as a family.  One particular Sunday we spent all day at a park downtown. It is right on the river, and it had fountains, a maze, a cool play set, a water playground where you could dam water, some cool balancing toys etc. It was so fun!! So much to do! We all had a blast!





We have found an amazing small group at church! Tons of kids, all the wives are great, and Nick loves to hang out with all the dads! It is truly an answer to prayer! We have been having lots of get togethers with them.  This past weekend we went a family farm.  The kids swam, played outside, we grilled, and just enjoyed each others company.  It was a cold day, but it was a great time!



We visited the zoo with some friends one day, went to a few birthday parties, Paxton was introduced to ice cream cones, and the kids and I had a huge water fight.  If you ask me we are doing summer right!




Our big man also attended 3 days of Kindergarten Camp.  He loved it and he is so excited about school starting in August.....I on the other hand am holding onto each moment that I get to keep him home with me......#timeslowdown.



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To You My Love.......

Nick-

Words can not begin to describe how much the kids and I love you.  To say we are blessed is an understatement.  You are such an amazing husband, and an awesome father.  I love the way the kids light up when they see you. I love how you wrestle with them, throw them in the air, and stare at them with a smile on your face when they snuggle you.  I love how much you love them.  I am so glad that I get to parent them with you.  I am so proud of how hard you work for us, and how you put up with my stubborn self.  I love everything about you.  I love the man of God that you are becoming, and that you are leading our family.  I love your back rubs, our snuggles, and binge watching shows with you.  You truly are my best friend! Happy Fathers Day babe!








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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mothers Day 2015

I had a great Mothers Day this year.  Nick went above and beyond to make sure it was special for me, and I am super grateful for that!

Saturday we went to Caleb's game, went to some yard sales, had lunch, and then I enjoyed a 4 hour nap!! That night we went bowling for the first time with the kids, and just enjoyed each others company!




Sunday we went to church, spent some time at home, and then celebrated at my in laws.  It was a great day!



I am forever grateful for these three blessings!! I still can't believe I get to be their mom!



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