Friday, July 22, 2016

Beachin' it with the Boys

Back in June, after we picked up Golden Boy from away, summer camp, (I wrote a bit about it here) we took him to the beach (just the three of us)
we just stayed one night but it was so much fun. We stayed at Camp Gulf. it was a little camp ground with cabins and trailer parking.

here was our cabin for the night. it was like staying in a tiny house (but I am sure a bit bigger than those but still pretty tiny)

I was very impressed with all they had inside. there was a full kitchen with all of the things you would need for cooking. they provided you a bag of ice in the freezer and things like small dish soap, dish detergent, bath supplies, towels. it was fantastic. it would have been so fun to stay more than one night.

of course Golden boy was thrilled with the loft. it was very roomy too. multiple children could sleep up there.

I convinced him to snap a few picture with me on the beach. it wasn't that hard to convince him. I think he was pretty excited to see us and getting to hang out with just us. also, see the shirt he is is one of his faves that he didn't bring to camp so I brought it with us on the trip. she he was thrilled about that too.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What I learned in June........

1. my daughter can now count her age on two hands

 this was her last night as a five year old

here she is the morning of her 6th birthday. she wasn't feeling well. it was sad.
where did the time go

2. planning and preparing parties are fun for me but not so much for my hubby. it ended up being a hit though. see the party post here.

3. vbs is near and dear to my heart......especially when you find out that this is the last year our church will be participating in a traditional vbs. they are moving to an all day type camp. (good for dual income families and single parents) i love their heart

4. vbs is exhausting. it was a great week. the specific job that i do stretches me and pushes me out of my comfort zone. i met new people and had to speak on a microphone. aaaaakkkkkk. also it kept me busy, which was good because it distracted me from thinking continually about the fact that golden boy was at away summer camp. that he is even old enough to do that amazes me. that he was brave enough to want to go without knowing anyone impresses me. he is one incredible kid.

5. spending alone time with just one kid is so great. i love my little family of four. i love when we are all together. but for my hubby and i to get to spend time with just one kiddo is a lot of fun. here i am with little girl, we took her out to a fancy dinner and got dessert too

she asked if we could pose. I complied.

and here i am with golden boy, after we picked him up from camp we took him to the florida coast where we spent one night. we had a lot of fun with him. check out this post for that adventure.

Little Girls Paint Party

so I got the idea for a paint party from Ashley Ann's blog Under the Sycamore.
as it got closer to little girl's birthday I asked her if she would like to have a paint party. she loves all things crafty so she was in love with the idea. I asked her what it would be that she wanted to paint. her immediate response, no hesitation, was a butterfly.

I got to work purchasing the canvases. (12x12 ones) the transfer paper to trace the butterfly on, the easels, paint and brushes. I had her tell me all of the colors that she wanted to use for the butterfly too. we got on pinterest and searched for butterfly designs that she liked.

If you can kind of see, this is what all of the girls butterflies looked like

I bought paint pallets from Wal-Mart for under a dollar and decided to go with a set of five brushes for each girl to use to paint with.

my initial thought was that they would all paint it the same. we had an example that we painted the week or so before. but once the girls got there, they were all asking if they could paint it any way that they wanted and I didn't have it in me to tell them no. it was fun to see all that they came up with and they did ask for held in mixing the colors up for different colors.

we ordered pizza and had cookie cake (birthday girls request)

she wanted this pretty pink lemonade and sprite. we wanted to make sure that everything we were doing was what she wanted and she told me one day. well mom, I love everything but I would really like to have sprite at the party.

I am so proud of how they all did

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Making of a Grandparents Photograph

My parents got out numbered with grandchildren when my sister had her oldest. It is just me and my younger sister. I have two kiddo's and she has two kiddo's.
kind of sweet since that is how we grew up (a family of four)

we went to visit my parents over the Memorial Day weekend at their lake house and the night before we left I mentioned to my sis that we needed to get a pic of mom and dad with the kids. that morning, mom mentioned that she wished she had gotten a picture of the two of them with the four kids.

we headed out to the front porch and set up.

I told them I was just getting the camera ready, which truly I was but then once I looked back through them I thought it would be fun to make this blog post about getting a picture with four children.

setting up here and figuring out where everyone should sit.
thank you mom for taking care of this.
(I sometimes fell like I am terrible at this)

the youngest is with Honey

now he is with Bear, and we still aren't ready

four out of the six but still cute

four out of the six again. this time one of them is different than the last picture

now only three of the six (come one people)

I would say this one is pretty great except for my son in the background, who had such a large piece of gum in his mouth it looked like he had chew in there.

wait, another almost good one. (note to self: next time we get a family picture with mom and dad, have kids spit out the gum)

sometime you just have to embrace the gum faced mouth and claim this one, THE ONE!

this one may be my favorite, even thought little girl isn't looking at the camera, I love her expression. the love

again another favorite even though golden boy has a silly face

and not matter how much I snap the break down happens at some point

 and I yell "ok silly picture"

which of course everyone loves

they were all really good sports to sit through all of the pictures, even though it happen so quickly.