Well we made it! The 4th of July party was a great success! We completed all our home projects in time and I was a complete wreck day of! I only left grocery shopping to the day of which in years past is done days before but then we are crazy trying to get the house and yard ready even with three to five extra sets of hands I get myself all stressed. This year I wasn’t going to let that happen! Here are some pictures of the day! Kids enjoyed pony rides, jumpy house, face painting, a donut eating contest, s’mores, and fireworks! While all guests indulged in rotisserie chicken, flank steak and lamb gyros! As well as a dessert spread that included a cotton candy machine, rock candy, cake ball push pops with red and blue white chocolate, red velvet cupcakes with red,white and blue cream cheese frosting, and of course fireball jello-o shots for the adults! We can’t wait for next years party but until then I’m working on details of Joe’s thirty-fifth birthday in August which will be a beer tasting!
I did want to include the excitement leading up to the party as we had the two thousand pound bridge that had to be set over the waterfall before the party. Cousin Slade helped during the moving of the bridge as I was in with my mom and sister-in-law baking!he kids enjoyed a ride in a crane before the driver left! I’m pretty sure S and K think these types of machines are completely normal to have at your home regularly!
I mentioned we were up visiting my in-laws a few days before the fourth. On our last day we were able to visit a wildlife park and the big fish both I remember visiting as a kid and having so much fun. S and K enjoyed it so much. S being my girl of nature was in love with having the opportunity to talk and hang out with adult and baby deers. K is all boy so the fish were right up his alley. They even got to throw the line in a few times with grandma! What memories both these locations provided!
Well I’m exhausted just sharing the past weeks activity with you! We sure will miss our guest/s Connie, Mike and Slade:( Thanksgiving visit will hopefully be here before we know it! Connie thanks for everything this past month and creating some memories with us!
I’m looking forward to getting back to some rehab projects that were pushed aside over the past few weeks as well as some fun crafts with the kids! Have a wonderful weekend!
Oh my what a week it was…and as the saying goes all good things must come to an end and boo for that! As this morning was the first day in six days that getting up with the kiddos occurred. My mother in law arrived last Sunday evening and immediately Monday morning jumped in getting up with S at 630a.m. Which I wasn’t expecting so we were all up to have some breakfast. K woke and by 10:30 a.m. the house was dead silent as Papa and Grandma took the kids to go visit/meet our nephews wife and their new baby as well as run a few other errands. I had no idea what to do with myself. Being they were in town to help me recover from a recent surgery I cozied in a slept for a few hours. Waking up to a still quiet house I watched a little tv…my own show of which I knew no other channel than Disney Junior and our local public access channel; Lol! I made dinner and that was the last day this occurred during their visit as my mother in law says “I can’t cook, but am happy to pay!” So carry out it was for majority of the week!
Tuesday was beautiful and I hadn’t really been outside so we went for a walk stopping at the park! Grandma zipped between giving under dogs on the swings to the slides to uneven bars. Having not seen these two at a park recently she didn’t know what monkeys they were! S and K most appreciated Grandmas slide participation!
My girlfriend Amelia was in town on business so my MIL and FIL took care of the kids allowing me to join her for a little dinner and wine. This was wonderful as we rarely get to see each other and as a mom it’s important to get out every now and then for a few good laughs with those other than the ones you are with day in and day out.
Wednesday Grandma and S time I thought was appropriate so K and I played trucks while they went for pedicure. Oh yeah and…drum roll! Tuesday night K went poop on the potty with Grandma! I know and she was worried the week would be a bore! So they also went to get him big boy underwear! Wednesday morning he went twice with me! So exciting! I am totally not pushing the issue this time around so we are still in diapers and when he asks for the potty we run to it!
Thursday and Friday it was off to the races to find treasures at the many garage sales in ours and surrounding towns as I mentioned last week S is a garage sale’ing diva so we had a blast! In the downtime Thursday and Friday we used our greatest find which was this crazy sprays everywhere sprinkler! Grandma had a blast cooling off with the kiddos. Papa had the opportunity to teach or try to teach K some card games! He tried very hard to stack like Papa but it turned in to more of a fifty-two pick up of sorts! Fun none the less!
You may wonder where Joe was during this week…we just about have our waterfall/Koi pond complete. He was working feverishly on this as we have to get sod in this week. Due to the last load of stones not ready for pick up Friday it will be completed early this week! But here are a few pictures including the 2500lb stone he set last Tuesday! I can’t wait to enjoy this feature of our backyard!
Saturday night Joe’s brother and wife arrived, his brother departed today but my sister-in-law is visiting until the 4th! So we are now starting the next bit of fun and craziness! But my brother-in-law wasn’t let depart this morning without a good hour full of a kitchen dance party with S and K! I’m pretty sure he couldn’t wait to catch that plane out! Lol! My sister-in-law was doing Mermaid creations one sip after her morning Mountain Dew! Oh how I love family and the madness these two beautiful children bring to our lives!
Happy Monday to all and Thank You doesn’t even touch on how much we appreciate our parents help these past two weeks! The memories created will surely last a lifetime!