Autumn in the Air

While many of those who check in here are experiencing winter, we are enjoying our own change of pace with the weather.  We have had a number of overcast days with highs in the 60s.  That is fall for us (and sort of winter too!) but we all enjoy the change of season, and would really enjoy some rain added in.  Nothing in the forcast for the next 10 days, but we so desperately need it.  Enough about the weather!  These photos go back to the end of October.  It has been another busy stretch, with yet another medical issue to report on!  Paul had knee surgery in early November.  We anticipated a fairly quick recovery from all we had heard, but the weekend following the surgery, the pain in his calf was so bad that we ended up in urgent care.  Unfortunately, they discovered a couple of blood clots as a result of the surgery.  So much for a quick recovery!!  He has been faithfully giving himself injections (no fun!!) twice a day for a little over a week and then also is on some oral medication.  The clots left Paul unable to stand due to the pain for a number of days, and he ended up working from home for almost all of last week.  However, we are so thankful that we had it checked out and that he is doing WAY better this weekend.  We are also thankful that his knee seems fine.  Though he hasn’t really been able to test it much due to the calf pain, he doesn’t seem to have much knee pain.  The pictures can tell the rest of the story from the past few weeks!

DSC02323 DSC02324Dr. Z! We had a fun dress-up carnival/party the day before Halloween with our homeschool group

 DSC02327Bethany, the Indian girl…

 DSC02335…with her dog!

DSC02336 Brianna, the Renaissance girl

DSC02345 DSC02346Lauren, the little lamb

DSC02348 DSC02355 DSC02372Apparently, lambs LOVE cotton candy!

DSC02365 And they do okay eating donuts from a string too!  (I was pretty much with Lauren the whole time, so that is all I got photos of at the party!)

DSC02383The party was very close to Daddy’s work, so the kids wanted him to see them all dressed up!

DSC02387The dress-up party was also Mommy’s birthday!  Bethany (on her own initiative) baked me a batch of brownies the night before so we could have a special birthday treat!  

DSC02392 DSC02396 DSC02399The next morning, we took advantage of the free ‘scary face pancakes’ for kids at Ihop on Halloween, combined with a free birthday breakfast for me, and scored an awesome deal and some family fun!

DSC02405It is probably no surprise that Bethany is holding Ziggy while attempting her school work!  Ziggy puts up with so much, but he is a very loved dog!!

DSC02411Thanks to Paul for planning, and Uncle Pete and Aunt Jodie for making it possible, Paul and I were able to sneak away for a night for my birthday.  Pete and Jodie watched the kids for a night and we enjoyed a relaxing night of movies and games at a nearby hotel.  I got to sleep in(!!) and then we took in the beautiful day with a walk along the beach. 

DSC02415Our patient back at home after his surgery. 

DSC02435 Ziggy was pretty excited to find Lauren in the bath one night.  He kept inching closer and closer to the water, and then we had to call it quits as Lauren was getting nervous he would join her in the tub.  Incidently, we have already given Ziggy 2 baths (white fur with large areas of dirt in our back yard don’t mix well!), and he does remarkably well with them.  Since it appears he may need them rather frequently, we are glad he cooperates with us!

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 DSC02440We were volunteers at Children’s Hunger Fund with our homeschool group this past week.  The kids LOVE going there and it is one of the only volunteer organizations that allows kids of all ages to volunteer.  It is a perfect way to serve and do ministry together.  They always tell us at the end how much work we’ve done and exactly where our things will end up.  They really do a great job of making their volunteers feel useful, which makes it fun and rewarding.  This time, we spent our two hours bagging dried fruit heading to Haiti and Guatemala.  Lauren helped by putting stickers on the bags and also hauling the completed bags to their appropriate box.   DSC02445  DSC02447 DSC02450 This is a fun picture of the dried fruit as it comes out of the bucket, which then needs to be bagged in 1-pound portions. 

October in Review

Shamefully, posting photos hasn’t made it to the top of the priority list this month.  It has been a very exciting and very busy month, which helps explain my lack of time to get to this task.  There just aren’t enough hours in a day!  Some highlights on top of normal life included hosting our friends, the Scroggins, in our home for a few days, many follow-up doctor appointments (Praise the Lord, I think I am done with appointments for my previous skin cancer procedures finally!), an 8th birthday celebration and the acquisition of a new furry family member!  I’ll let the pictures take over from here!

DSC02121Lauren is very proud of her “people.”  I thought they were so cute, I had to get a picture.  Don’t you love how their arms come out of their heads?!

 DSC02123And from people she moved on to letters.  She had a little hand-holding help here with a couple of the letters as this was in the beginning of process.

  DSC02127 DSC02134DSC02138DSC02144We had a fun afternoon at Magic Mountain with our friends, the Robinsons.  Their twin girls are a few weeks older than Lauren and are great friends!  We like to refer to threesome as the Oreo cookie!

DSC02150It was a treat to have a visitor from Michigan in our home this month!  Kristin’s cousin, Brenda, was traveling in CA for work and had a free afternoon.  What a blessing that she contacted us and was willing to travel the crazy CA freeways to make it happen!  Thanks for making the time!  After being in our home with our less-than-shy children, I’m pretty confident that Brenda had a new appreciation of her quiet car and hotel room for the rest of this trip!!  It was GREAT to see you!! DSC02171

 DSC02175This is Lauren’s name, done by herself.  She is so proud every time she does it, which is a lot these days as she loves to practice!  Definitely growing up!  I should get another picture because she has switched to doing lowercase a’s and they crack me up since they often look more like a Q.

 DSC02181I did a terrible job of photos when the Scroggins were here.  They were busy days and the camera just didn’t come to mind!   DSC02186 DSC02187 DSC02190 DSC02194 We went to a park for a few hours before they had to take off on the last day.  It was such a blessing to have dear friends in our home!  We sure miss the Scroggins!!

We have been more seriously pursuing a dog for our family for the last couple of months.  However, Paul thought it would be a great idea to take Bethany’s motivation for getting a dog and use it to our advantage.  He took it upon himself to walk her through some of the step in project management, a certification that Paul recently received.  She was the project manager and Dad and Mom were the sponsors.  She had to make pro/con lists, price lists, good questions that had to be addressed, purchase list, etc and then we had to sign off on it if we approved of the project going forward.  She read dog books any free moment she had as she was very motivated.  After begging for a dog for nearly 3 years, there finally seemed to be a glimmer of hope for her!  Paul and I both agreed before starting this that we thought the time was right to pursue this with the kids ages, etc.  For some reason, we all seemed to fall on a cockapoo when trying to decide on a breed.  It is a mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle.  It is a nice size, doesn’t shed, good temperament, etc.   I began to look more seriously online at various sites that post dogs for adoption, and discovered they are hard to find without going to a breeder for a pretty penny.  But this one really truly worked out in so many ways and we decided to bring him into our home.  He came with a name that none of were particularly fond of, so our first task was to rename him.  We finally agreed on Ziggy and it seems to fit him well as such a cute, little playful thing.  He definitely needs some training as he is just 1-year-old and came to the rescue as a stray.  But for now, the kids are over the moon with excitement that was actually have a dog!  He is a pretty cute addition, but also a pretty big distraction to chores, school, etc!!  :-)  Though it wasn’t a birthday present for Bethany, the Lord’s timing was great since it was her birthday weekend that it all happened and she is the one most wanting the dog.  She says the day we signed off on her project management paperwork “was the best day of her life!”  She was literally bouncing up and down!  And her 8th birthday is one “she will never forget!” 

IMG_0134Meet Ziggy!! (And though he looks like he’s after that shoe, he really hasn’t been troublesome with chewing those!)

 IMG_0144 IMG_0148 IMG_0108This was the first morning that we had him.  He was definitely at the center of the attention!

DSC02268 DSC02303Love this picture!  Staying focused on school work last week was a bit hard with this cute little thing looking up at you!!  Bethany is getting ready to trace a US map for geography work.

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DSC02231 DSC02244 IMG_0149 And after a day with the Sedy kids (think none stop attention and playing!!), this is what he looks like…without fail, every night!!!  When it is quiet in this house, he is out! 

And in the midst of all of that excitement, we had the privilege of celebrating Bethany’s 8th birthday!  The energy level was high because we had a new dog, but beyond that there was nothing spectacular about her birthday.  Honestly, I don’t even think she much cared it was her birthday—she had a long-awaited dog!!

DSC02248How awesome that she had picked out this dog bowl cake design weeks prior to her birthday and it fit in so well!!  It’s some cocoa puff/peanut butter cereal mix for the dog food!DSC02251 DSC02252 DSC02253 DSC02255 DSC02256We celebrated with the cake on Sunday evening prior to her birthday as we had Miss Janna over.  I am SO bummed that I never got a picture of her that evening.  But it was a treat to have her, as always, and makes celebrating a bit more fun!!

 DSC02277This was the morning of her actual birthday.

 DSC02289 DSC02295 DSC02296 IMG_0165 IMG_0167 A mommy/Bethany date to go get her annual pictures taken and grab some ice cream together. 

There are more pictures and more events to share, but you have lasted a long time already and I need to move on too!!  Thanks for your patience in getting these up.  Things don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon, but I will do my best to post sooner than a month from now!!

Weekly Recap

Really just two photo-worthy events of the past week, both involving water.  When we went the beach, we were in the midst of a 100+ degree stretch of weather.  I think it lasted about 6 days, but at least our day at the beach was a nice escape!  It has since cooled down nicely and we are enjoying pleasant, sunny days for now!  On Saturday, we had the pleasure of visiting my aunt and uncle in Huntington Beach for the day, which allowed us to celebrate Aunt Jodie’s birthday with her!  It was a fun day and had been awhile since we had seen them!  Here are some photos!

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DSC02054Daddy found an Easy-up off of Craigslist for us and we put it to use at the beach!

 DSC02065Daddy is so much fun in the water!  The kids all took turns riding on his back through the waves!

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 DSC02089To help celebrate Aunt Jodie’s birthday, we made a cake.  I kept it simple to allow the kids to help if they wanted.  Bethany was really the only taker, but she did a great job of working with the tips and making flowers.   DSC02093 She did all the yellow flowers and the green flowers on the 60.

DSC02094Swimming at Uncle Pete and Aunt Jodie’s pool.  It was actually a pleasant, coolish day, but that didn’t deter the kids from the pool!

 DSC02096 DSC02097  DSC02101Aunt Jodie is always such a good sport!  She was talked into playing chicken fight with the kids!

DSC02108And Uncle Pete is always such a good sport about flying airplanes with the kids.  They would NOT stop asking him for this and he patiently allowed the kids to each take a turn.

 DSC02111Time for cake!

 DSC02113 DSC02114 DSC02116 DSC02120 Happy Birthday, Aunt Jodie!!  We had a great time celebrating with you!  Thanks for letting us come visit, and for all YOU did to make it a fun and special day!

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The entire care (minus the driver!) was asleep on the way home.  But check out this sleeping arrangement!!

Sweltering in September!

While we have heard of temperatures getting cooler in some parts of the country, we can’t quite comprehend what that would be like since we seem to be going in the opposite direction.  We have managed to have some fun days trying to stay cool, but also in the midst of the heat!!  We have now started Classical Conversations for the year, so have added that to our school day again.  It is truly one of the highlights of our week so we were eager to get back to it! 

DSC01820 Bethany and Mommy got to have a date together.  We cashed in on free miniature golf coupons we received from our library reading program this summer.

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 DSC01834We had a fun trip to the beach a couple of Saturday’s ago.  The waves were pretty strong, which made for some good boogie boarding! DSC01838 DSC01841 DSC01842 DSC01843 DSC01848 DSC01856Can you tell we all LOVE our time at the beach?! Love all those smiles!

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This past Friday, we took advantage of free homeschool admission to the LA County Fair.  We were sad not to have Daddy with us this year, but since it was the first week of students at the college, he had a full plate as the year got underway.  But we had a great day as you’ll see in the following photos:DSC01911 DSC01914 DSC01918 DSC01920 DSC01922Somebody handed Zachary this cup of food and the goats immediately found him!!

 DSC01925 DSC01926 DSC01929The older kids each wrote 6 book reports in order to earn 6 free rides at the fair.  This is a great deal since each ride would cost over $4 a piece, and we got 18 rides for FREE!!

DSC01933  DSC01945We went to some pig races this year and Brianna was called upon to be the bell ringer for the races!! DSC01950 DSC01960The kids graciously each donated 1 of their tickets to Lauren so she could also ride a few rides.   DSC01965

 DSC01972This was an amazing miniature train set that Zachary was in love with! DSC01974 DSC01976 

DSC01978Our knight in shining armor…protecting 2 princesses!

DSC01981 DSC01983 DSC01984 DSC01986 DSC01989Doesn’t everybody iron in high heels and sparkly dresses?!

The older kids then participated in a “knighthood” training, in these next photos…DSC01990

DSC01992Taking a breather as it was VERY hot while we were at the fair!

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 DSC02012All set for our first day of CC this past Monday!

 DSC02017I looked outside while I was doing school one morning to see this!  LOVE when I see these moments!

 DSC02020Here is a peek at another school morning…some spelling words on the board for Zachary…

 DSC02022 DSC02023 …while Lauren listens to an MP3 player while riding her bike in circles!  It really is pretty cute and one of her favorite activities while we do school.  She loves listening to the Classical Conversations songs from last year and pretty much knows them!  Here is our future Memory Master!!

We are probably heading out for another round of beach action tomorrow as we are in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures over 103 for the next 4 days!!  Not exactly fun unless a beach in involved, so that is what we’ll do! 

Is August Over Yet?!

Though days go fast and much has happened, I’m rather shocked that we are still in August!  It has been an eventful month at our home, but not necessarily in a good way!  This month marked yet another surgery for myself, this time not dental surgery but for the removal of some skin cancer on my nose.  After a biopsy on two places early this summer, they both came back positive for basal cell skin cancer.  It is not life-threatening, but the dermatologist liked it to a cavity that just needs to be taken care of.  Unfortunately for me, the one on my nose was in a difficult spot and required a special procedure to take it out, followed by a graft (from my ear cartilage!!) to repair my nose!  The whole thing was a 2-day ordeal, but honestly better in the end than I thought it would be in terms of the severity of the scar and such.  The ear portion was unexpected and the most painful part of the process, especially because it ended up getting an infection.  In my follow-up appointment, I learned that I need to keep my nose covered for the next month for healing!  While surprising, I’ve gotten used to it and have almost forgotten about it until I notice someone looking at me and wondering what happened.  As if that weren’t enough, I went back to my regular dermatologist for the removal of my second spot, which was on my chest, the week following the first procedure.  This was a much faster, traditional approach and is now just healing.  To top that off (again!), because we hadn’t seen quite enough doctors this month, Zachary decided it was his turn for some stitches when he fell on the cement and split his chin open.  At that point, we really had to laugh—not at the injury but at the amazing amount of medical needs we’ve had this month and really cumulatively this year!  So I don’t really have a lot of “fun” photos from this month, though we do have many memories.  Since our summer came to a rather quick end with the surgery and my need to be out of water and sun for a bit, we started back to school in the midst of it all, which is honestly most of our photos for now! 

DSC01707This was a beautiful rainbow that appeared to go right over our house one evening!  Unfortunately, what looks like a storm actually blew by us.

DSC01719 DSC01725This was a fun swimming day with friends at the beginning of the month.  This family from our church has 6 kids and several of them align nicely with our kids!

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Lauren was just as eager to start school, which to her meant letter flashcards!  We hadn’t even begun our school work for the day yet, but I came downstairs and found Bethany quizzing Lauren on her letters!  May they always remain so eager!

School Pictures:DSC01739Bethany, 2nd grade

DSC01743Zachary, Kindergarten

 DSC01747Lauren, preschool

 DSC01752Brianna, 4th grade

 DSC01768Sedy class for 2014-2015! 

 DSC01771This was one of the activities of the day, which was some blob mapping!  They are learning to draw a very rough sketch of the world accurately on the proper lines of latitude and longitude by tracing it.  The goal will eventually be to draw it without the prompts. 

DSC01772 DSC01773I must be honest that I was quite surprised (and impressed) by Lauren’s tracing skill.  I didn’t even have a map ready for her, but she insisted so I made a quick copy and let her give it a try.  

DSC01774All of those earlier photos were on day 1 of school.  This picture happened on day 5 of school!  Poor little guy needed 5 stitches in his chin!  

DSC01781We are the bandaged buddies!  He just wanted to make mommy feel better by needing a bandage too!

 DSC01784 We’ve had 3 sunflowers bloom this month.  The kids have had fun harvesting the seeds!

DSC01790This past Saturday night, we decided we needed a little spontaneous fun so we went to Magic Mountain after an early dinner for a few hours.  It was pretty busy, but because we hadn’t been in awhile, we still had a great time.  DSC01791 DSC01793 DSC01795DSC01803 DSC01807We ended up splitting up since I was limited in the rides I could do with my ear and chest still healing.  So I stuck with Lauren while the older kids went with Daddy, which is why all the photos are mostly of Lauren.DSC01815 DSC01817

Extraordinary Camping!

Paul and Zachary had a fantastic time camping for Zachary’s birthday at the beginning of last week.  Zachary was SO excited to go and was not disappointed.  He didn’t want to come home and has continued to ask about going camping again sometime soon.  They actually stayed at 2 different campsites, with the second one being far superior.  They also enjoyed some times at the beaches nearby, so altogether, it was some of his favorite things to do all wrapped up in one big outing!  I wasn’t there to be able to comment too much on these photos, but I’ll share them so you can see their fun too!  Since they had the camera, I wasn’t able to take photos from our girls time at home.  However, it wasn’t nearly as exciting!  It included a lot of errands, but we did do a craft project together, had a girls movie night and painted toenails. 

DSC01533All packed and ready to go!!

 DSC01535 DSC01543They went kayaking at Morro Bay, and it was a big hit with Zachary!

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This was the campsite the first night.  It was near San Luis Obispo and one of the last spots available.  It was pretty barren, but it did the job!DSC01564DSC01566 DSC01567Zachary was so excited to sleep in the tent!

 DSC01571Heading out to the next destination with a stop for lunch along the way!    DSC01577DSC01579 Check out this picnic spot right on the shore of a beach!

WhatDSC01587What an incredible campground for the second night!  It is in a place called Limekiln in the Big Sur area about 5 hours north of us!  Complete with a stream beside their site!DSC01582  DSC01589This beach is walking distance from their campground! DSC01597 DSC01600Zachary loved both fire…

 DSC01602…and crossing the tree bridge!

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DSC01642These are photos from the hiking trails at the campground…stunning! DSC01646

DSC01617 The Redwood trees of Big SurDSC01619 DSC01624 DSC01627 DSC01634 These are the limekilns in the forest!

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DSC01670 DSC01671 DSC01678One last meal as they headed back home!

 DSC01684A beautiful sunset in the background as they make their journey back home.

 DSC01694 This was the girls craft!  I am NOT a crafty person, but have some very crafty girls in our home.  When I saw this idea, I bookmarked it as a fun summer activity, but the fact that we actually DID it is quite remarkable!!  AND, they really didn’t turn out too bad.  We actually have them hanging out our wall already!DSC01698 DSC01700 DSC01701 

This past Saturday, the kids enjoyed making some pencil boxes at the Home Depot craft day too: DSC01703 DSC01705 DSC01706

July Recap

After going through over 1,000 photos from our road trip, I haven’t been motivated to deal with the more recent photos on my camera!  But here we are at the end of July and I need to get caught up finally!  So these photos are from July, with a few more to come as we have a birthday being celebrated with a special daddy/son camping trip

Our fourth of July tradition is to go to the local parade.  They each have their bag for collecting all the candy and goodies that get tossed their way!July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-001 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-004 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-009 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-012 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-033We had fun joining up with the Wilsons and the Robinsons too!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-032 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-040The Wilsons came over for a grilled lunch after the parade…

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-043…and then we left again later to find some fireworks at the mall. 

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-050Secret Agent Lauren reporting for duty!  The kids all participated in our church’s VBS.  The theme was the International Spy Academy and their goal was to search for the One True God.  Lauren got mixed up in the youngest class on the morning of the first day and when I went to take her to the nursery (since I was helping out), the teacher said she was okay if I wanted to leave her.  I decided to give it a try and the report was great so she was part of it the whole week!  She was SO excited to be doing what the big kids were doing and I was thankful that her teacher was so gracious to allow a 3-year-old in with the Kindergarteners!

I helped with games, so those are the only photos I have of VBS…July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-053 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-054 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-056 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-062The week ends with a BBQ for the family, followed by a short program that allows the kids to sing the songs they’ve learned.

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July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-0657/11 meant Free Slurpee Day…a favorite day among this crowd!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-069And to top off free Slurpees, we could dress like cows and get a free Chick-fil-A Meal!  So instead of cooking for dinner, we cut spots for our dinner!  We really had a lot of fun and truth be told, it was worth about $35 as we all at a full meal for free!

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 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-075Just a cute candid!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-076Look who FINALLY lost a front tooth?! 

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-077This was mommy’s cute date as we headed to the mall to get his birthday pictures done! How can this guy be 6 already?!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-078 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-081 Finished off our date with some free birthday ice cream, of course!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-083Just this past week, we had a beach day with the Wilsons.  The mom’s with our combined 6 kids all in our minivan made for a great day!  Our kids had been begging us to take them to the ocean so we not only accomplished that, but we escaped the 106 degree day back home!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-088 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-089 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-090 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-093 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-095I know that’s a lot of Lauren photos, but I just LOVE the pure joy on her face as she runs from the waves!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-098Abby and Bethany are just 2 months apart and great friends!

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July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-127 Believe it or not, this cantaloupe is from our garden and was delicious!  What a joy to enjoy the fruits of our labors, especially because the plant doesn’t look all that healthy so we were doubtful that the fruit would actually be any good!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-128This was the reaction we got from Zachary when we revealed his special birthday plan!  The girls each had a birthday party when they turned 5, which never happened for Zachary.  So in lieu of a party, we decided to go a different route and planned a father/son camping trip.  He is beyond excited to have exclusive time with his daddy and going on an adventure!  We told him on Friday evening so we could make preparations to leave Sunday.

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-131At Zachary’s request, this was his rocket birthday cake.

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-133 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-134 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-135 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-138We had the Largents over for a birthday dinner on Saturday evening, though I’m sad that I never got a photo with them.  It was a treat to share dinner and the cake with friends!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-139 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-141 Zachary has been asking for a rocket for a LONG time and was thrilled to open it.  Another fun project he can do with his Daddy! 

This wraps up our July, minus the camping trip.  Hard to believe that we are on the brink of August already! 

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