Tuesday, September 1, 2015

End of Summer, WHAT??!

We are wrapping up Summer Break around here, and I guess that means I ought to wrap up our Summer fun on the blog too.
For the most part, we've had an amazing Summer. 
But we've had some rough times too.  And I am soooooo ready for Fall.

A little Summer recap:

We spent a LOT of time camping.

We got to enjoy a gorgeous view,

and cute little critters for most of the month of July.

{Sweet Sissies}

After a particularly difficult start to July, the Lord knew *just* what I needed, and some friends opened their beach home to us for several days.

I LOVE the beach.

Relaxing with my girly girls is pretty much the best therapy EVER!


Once we got home, it was this girl's 13th birthday.


The same day, my sister, niece, and nephew came up for a visit,

and for our annual trip to Enchanted Forest: 

Pretty sure the looks on their faces say it all!
 And now, let Fall begin!

I am ready!!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy 13th Birthday, Sierra Elizabeth

Well, first off, typing out "13 years old" about kills me. It truly does.
How can it be possible that I am mama to a teenager? Wanna know a secret? Sometimes *I* still feel like a teenager.


Oh Sissy, it seems like just yesterday that you were six years old.

My tiny dancer.

My little girl.

But you've grown and changed so much in the last couple of years.

And I could not be prouder of the young woman you've become.

  You know what you want, and aren't one little bit afraid of chasing down your dreams.

You are YOU. 
And you don't apologize for it, or let anyone else influence it. As someone who cares an awful lot of what others think, I greatly respect 
that about you.

  While I miss those days that you were tiny, I adore the fact that as you get older we have so much that we get to do together.

Our endless chats are my favorite.

  I could listen all day long to your thoughts, dreams, and goals.

You have a beautiful outlook on life, and I am so blessed to spend every minute with you.

Happy 13th Birthday, Sierra Elizabeth.
I hope this year is the very best, sweet girl! Love you to the moon!!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Family Camp 2015 ~ Part 2

 Alright, y'all.  I am bound and determined to get caught up on our camping photos!

Here goes: Part 2 of our first camping trip in July
{yeppers, that's right, we took 2 camping trips last month, and I am *still* going through photos from our last trip}

Once our family arrived, it was arts and crafts . . .

and all sorts of fun visiting with people we sometimes only see once a year.

There is a fish pond set up for the littles.

And sometimes a not-so-little :)

And a "cake walk" with super fun prizes.

And yeah, we were in jeans and sweatshirts the whole time!
I don't know what happened to our 90 degree weather, but it must have taken a break that week.
Sixties, cloudy, and sprinkles was the forecast.

These two cuties are besties!
Sonoma is only 5 months older than Kam, and they've been inseparable since birth.

And Saturday night is camp auction.
It's how we pay for the following year's reunion.

We were missing so many from camp this year, but our small group had a great time anyway!
 Countdown is already on for next year!
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Party Woes

 So, as I'm going through my photo folders, I find that I never even made mention of this little sugarplum's fourth birthday party:


In case you haven't been here very long, Miss Tay is my spirited child.
She . . . knows what she wants, and the exact time in which she wants it.
To say that she had been counting down, for MONTHS, the days until her birthday, would be an understatement.

Each day she would ask, "how many days till MY party?", and I'd have to answer with something like, "187, sweetie".  And she'd let out this big, exasperated sigh, then huff, then cross her arms, and end with "UGH!  Why it take so long????"

So imagine my joy when the calendar was coming up on June 18th!
Only.  Wait.  Jeremy was scheduled to work on her birthday.
The mama dilemma.
Lie to her almost four-year-old, and tell her her birthday wasn't until the 19th
{the day Daddy gets home from work}?


Try to explain to her {the Queen of Jekyll and Hyde, herself} that her actual date of birth is the 18th, and while I would celebrate her just as much as I could on that date, we wouldn't actually open any presents until the following day, when Daddy gets home. {Not to mention that her party wouldn't happen until DAYS later on the 21st}

Well, Grandma has started a tradition of bringing roses {one for each year}, and balloons on the girls' birthdays.  And I thought that would brighten Miss Tay's day, so I went ahead with the option #2, and broke it to her that she would just have to wait patiently for the 19th to come.

Never has a day lasted so long, people.

But FINALLY.  Finally, the 19th arrived.
Daddy came home.
Presents were opened.

And she got JUST what she was hoping for:


A baby "Spike" from My Little Pony.

And blessedly, Party Day came as well:
 And all is right with the world once again. 
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