Saturday, July 21, 2018

July love

Here on the far west end of the Eastern time zone, it stays light outside until nearly 10:00. The boys can't seem to go to sleep until it's dark, and somehow they still manage to wake up early every morning! It doesn't leave me with much time to get anything done, but the days are full, and I would never complain about extra daylight and July weather!

At the beginning of the month, we had a little reunion with my mom's side of the family. In this next generation, there are 9 boys and 1 girl (with a twin boy and a girl coming next week). Lots of boys!

They went fishing off the (really high) deck for Pop Rocks and bubbles and toy harmonicas :)

So good to see my grandpa!

My cousin Zac took the kids on four-wheeler rides, while everyone else threw water balloons at them.

And Steve showed up at the end of the party - home from his conference in Texas! Yay!

Our AC was out in the van, so I went on a wild goose chase to find handheld fans for the boys. It seems like my kids are ALWAYS playing with these in checkout aisles, but when I was actually shopping for them, it took me three different stores before I found them!

Hugging Mormor goodbye after a fun week!

 We miss living just 10 minutes from them!

For the Fourth, we made this delicious sugar cookie. For the recipe, click here

This is the first time any of my sons has worn something that was mine from when I was little. I found this red and white striped shirt on my old Cabbage Patch doll, and I thought it would look cuter on August. :)

All-American boys! Happy on the 4th!

18 months is such a busy age! He loves to climb up on our bed, even when we're not in the room, which terrifies me.

Our new house is really coming along! Steve pulled up all the carpet, revealing these gorgeous floors! Today, he is sanding them, and he's also laying down some hardwood in what will be the dining room.

It seems surreal to me that we'll be moving in here so soon! It's going to be a big job to pack and unpack again!

The boys went to Home Depot and made cute wooden fishing games.

Our friends from church, Tim and Ann, invited us over to their house because their three granddaughters were in town, and the girls are very similar ages to our boys.

We had such a nice time playing with them and eating freeze pops, hot dogs, and strawberry shortcake!

There's a beautiful pond in their city backyard, and they let us try out their kayak! August was going to jump in the water if he didn't get his turn on the kayak, and he definitely wanted to hold the paddle.

Ephraim loved his turn, too!

Indiana boys and Minnesota girls.

Best teething toy around!

Ephraim's picture, entitled "Daddy catching us fireflies."

He has taken off with his writing - he has started asking me to spell words all day long so he can label his pictures or write notes to people. It's so fun to watch!

Our first little cucumber from our container garden.

 Three bros ready to leave church last Sunday.

We went to our church picnic, and we had a blast, especially because of the poo1!

Our new church family has been wonderful to us.

Taking a break from swimming to get some homemade ice cream.

The weather has been so nice here that we've gone on a walk basically every single night. Today has been the first rainy day in a long time, and even still, the sun peeks out every 20 minutes.

That hair!

 So happy to be at the park.

I've been searching for milkweed to find monarch caterpillars, and with luck, I've found two! They are now pretty chrysalises on our kitchen counter.

Sweet boy at the library.

:) :) :)

The boys really loved watching "For King & Country" perform at CHIC a few days ago. They're big fans!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer friends

We recently got to see some of my very favorite people in the world. We drove up to Michigan for a weekend with friends, then my aunt and cousins visited from Nebraska, and later my mom and stepdad came to play for a week. There are so many photos from the past few weeks, I'll have to do a second post after this one. Summer has been really good to us. We love the warmth, and we love how easy it is to put on flip flops and get outside with the three boys.

In Michigan, we visited our friends Ruth and Jake, their son Joel, and their twin babies Jack and Chloe. It had been two years since we'd seen them (and we hadn't met the twins yet), so we had so much to catch up on!

Sweet little twins!

"Look how strong I am, Mommy! It's cause I do a lot of push-ups and eat a lot of meat."

The boys with baby Jack.

Steve and his new best pal Roxie.

We had to try some of Grand Rapids' best donuts!

Ruth and Jake took us to the beach in Grand Haven. It was a very crowded day, but that didn't stop us from enjoying every second of being at Lake Michigan.

My sweetheart! 

Digging holes and making water tunnels.

Sandy and happy!

Cutest little chair on the beach!

Thankful for this girl and her love and hospitality!

We had to stop for some ice cream on our way out of Grand Haven. :)

Ephraim loved playing with baby Jack!

All six kids on the couch! :) 

When we got home from Michigan, my Aunt Tina, cousin Katie, and Katie's sons Donovan and Liam drove out from Nebraska!

Katie taught August how to stomp in puddles. ;)

Ice cream, all around!

This melted all over my hand 5 seconds later :) It was so hot, Ephraim's face and hands and shirt were soaked with chocolate ice cream.

We took them to see our new house. How many people can fit inside our closet-sized, pink-tiled bathroom?

We had the best time, and soon enough, our company headed off toward Chicago.

Five boy cousins!

August and Aunt Tina share a birthday (1-6), so I got a photo of the birthday buddies together!

Aunt Tina & me
Our van's AC went out, so we had some really sweaty days. Here, August had fallen asleep in the car and I moved him to his crib. He was so pink!

I made chia seed pudding bowls... and I love how healthy and tasty they are (especially with a big serving of fruit on top!)

The day that Tina and Katie left, my mom and Don came! This was also the same day that Steve flew to San Antonio for a conference. Busy! Mormor and Papa Don took us to the Olive Garden right by our house, and it was delicious, of course!

Filled up on breadsticks and raspberry lemonade :)

 The next day, we went to the Children's Museum. We had a blast! We saw the awesome superhero exhibit with costumes from different movies.

Loved seeing the Batmobile!

Nolan and Ephraim could have stayed in the Hot Wheels exhibit all day. It was very cool.

Watching trains. August says "Car! Car!" for all vehicles right now. :)

And he loved the big water table!

I'll get a post up soon with the rest,

Hope you're enjoying today!



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