Monday, July 21, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We had a perfect little getaway with friends to a lake in Bella Vista, Arkansas. It was nostalgic for my husband who use to visit his grandparents each summer in that same town.

I tried my hand at a couple of new activities - the paddle board and kayaks. Both were something I could definitely get use to.

 The older boys got their fishy on.

Owen managed to score two holes in one at his first time putt-putting on the same course his daddy grew up playing in the summers. 

These two spent lots of time on and in the water, making a lake-lover out of Owen. 

And this little guy enjoyed himself, too.

 On our way home, we had one happy dude with a stop to the world famous AQ Chicken, another childhood favorite.

We made it back just in time for an American birthday party for an English cousin. I think we counted 14 of Colby's grandpa's great grandchildren were there. I didn't manage to take more photos than this one, but a good time was had by all. 

Sure did love our weekend getaway with great friends and my little fam. Now gotta get my rear in gear for an upcoming birthday weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We had a fun weekend! 

Here's the latest from Brooks. (Who, up until this point, had shown no interest in becoming mobile by foot. He's been a quite efficient crawler.) Go, Brooks, go!

Saturday began with a t-ball game and then out to lunch with my family [which was cut short due to some poor table manners displayed by my youngest.  He's in a "screeching" stage. So that's fun for everyone.]

After lunch, I found myself in a quiet house cozied up in bed for some photo editing and an afternoon snooze while the boys went to the pool. It was quite delightful.

While Colby headed to work for a late night, the boys and I ran some errands, and have had one of several summer evenings outnumbered 1:4. (and yes, I'm counting the dogs.)  Yet, I surprised myself by still managing to whip out a homemade dinner (i.e. not a turkey sandwich with cottage cheese and carrots) for all of us, and also making extra for my friend who just had her twin boys!

We had our monthly brunch bunch with a special out of town guest joining us on Sunday morning. Since she lives in England, we felt inclined to steer clear of anything European and found ourselves back at an all-American favorite of ours: Rye. (which reminds me, I've yet to blog about June's brunch visit to Julian!) 

After brunch I rushed home to get over to cheer on the Cheetah's t-ball team at their last game of the season. This little star of mine slid hands/head first on his way into home plate after his last at bat. When we asked what had made him decide to do that (I don't think anyone from his team slid all season, though there was an occasional boy on an opposing team who would.), he responded with "because I'm not shy anymore!" What a perfect season finale for my determined little athlete. He stood up grinning ear to ear, and couldn't wait to show me his dirty knees.

We also celebrated a 7th birthday of this sweet girl. And by celebrate, I mean we sang to her and let her have a few table scraps throughout the day. Macy has given us 7 amazing years - we love this dog so much.

Also enjoyed some time at the pool this weekend. This guy was quite content floating about in this little device. It was a good rediscovery. 

Meanwhile, Owen showed off a couple of his new skills - one being diving to the bottom of the shallow end to fetch a diving stick, and the other being able to swim the width of the pool. The latter is in the video below!

It's hard to believe we're over halfway through our summer!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

my weekend in photos.

Oh, the weekend is over, you say? Whoops.

Our low-key holiday weekend turned out to have a little more excitement than we had anticipated.
We filled our weekend with a parade, some pool time, cookout with family, the dog park, the farmers market, church, and more pool time. Here are some photos from our 3-day weekend... three days late. 

My attempts to get a patriotic photo of the boys together went like this. 

And this.

But Owen went with his cousin and the daddies to his first ever fireworks show. He talked about it a lot in the days leading up to the fourth. It first started as questions on whether he'd be scared, then later evolved into statements that he was not afraid of fireworks. Turns out he wasn't scared at all, and LOVED them. I stayed back with a sleeping baby and a couple of dogs suspicious of the booms occurring outside. 

This munchkin makes me smile so much.

It's crazy that a trip to the 'big' dog park is now a rare occurrence in our household, seeing that our lives use to revolve around it. Kids.

Our first trip to the market of the summer!

Surprise, surprise, we found ourselves at a family favorite for lunch: Spin Pizza.

And we all enjoyed some lunchtime entertainment from this ham.

Pooltime with my boys.

And a sunset to close out our holiday weekend.