7.20.2016

Lately...

We have been crazy busy with all good things this last month. Tons of fun plans with family and friends. It's been such a blast. 


Father's Day weekend! Tom got a big bass. We have loved fishing this year. 


Just some everyday life...



I've hit the point of having a hard time doing my toes so I decided to take Janae for her FIRST pedicure! We had such a good time together. She seriously thought it was the most fabulous thing of her life. I loved seeing how special she thought it was! 


It was SO HOT the weekend of our community's Freedom Festival but we set up a big tent with one of our neighbors and toughed it out for the parade with the kids little buddies. 



Janae has been asking to try gymnastics for over a year and I finally caved this summer. With dance classes on hold until school year and the availabilty to take daytime classes to keep our nights open I decided to let her give it a shot through the summer. We are only letting her do one activity through the school year though. She is signed up for dance through the year for now and will be done with gymnastics after August.  But she has loved it and it has been fun to watch her try out what used to be my sport!



With Jay turning 3 now and also the fact that we have another little lady on her way we have been really trying to make sure Jay has plenty of boy attention and outlets for his interests. He will be middle child but since he is the only boy we are trying to really make his interests a priority. We let him try his first sport this month with a "bitty ball" t-ball clinic with the YMCA. He has really been enjoying it. He doesn't love wearing the mitt or catching but he loves throwing, running, and batting. This next week is his last week and I hope to take some action shots now that he kinda knows what he is doing ;-)


Splash pad with some friends. The three tallest are all within 3 months of each other in age. Us Mama's were all pregnant at the same time and worked at the salon together! We all stay home now and its been so fun to have this little crew to play with over the years. (we are missing one more boy from the original crew plus his two younger siblings and mom from this group on that day who lives a little further away now) 


We have really enjoyed swimming in the evenings this year. Our weekends have been very busy so we haven't been making it there on the weekends as much this year. But at night, I love that the crowd has died down so we can actually just relax and have fun as a family and it's also not sooooo bloody hot the evenings. 



Tom had a long 4th of July weekend which was perfect since it was Jays birthday weekend. #1 on the list was Childrens Museum because they had their hot wheels exhibit. Jay was in heaven. Janae lasted for about 15 min in that part then she and I moved on to the Pirate & Princesses exhibit which was also so cool. The Children's Museum isn't really one of my favorite places to go actually but that particular day all the attractions were right on point for our kids interests and we had a really enjoyable time. 



So this pistol turned 3! Say what?? How is this even possible? For his actual birthday we did cake for breakfast because thats our tradition...and since the booger couldn't decide on a theme for his day we just did a little of everything he loves! Spiderman, Colts, construction, Hot wheels, Monster Trucks....He literally milked his birthday for a solid week. Such a stinker!



There are FOUR summer birthdays on my side of the family and since they are all boys we do a big joint party for them. They love it. This year was a sports theme. It was such a good time. 





We are SO LUCKY that we can watch all the fireworks that Conner Prairie does from our house. (and if you aren't familiar its a huge show for multiple nights around the 4th...we can also hear the concerts from our house too which is fun on Saturday nights!) But on the actual 4th we went to this big field behind our house with tons of the neighbors and watched the big show and then did our own! The kids were up way too late every night that weekend with fireworks and shenanigans but it was so fun and its only one time a year that you get to have all that fun for nights on end. For all the Mama's who freak about fireworks, I get it...I really do...I mean I brought Jay home from the hospital on July 4th the year he was born!! ... but ultimately I have learned that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!! So we do just that each year! 


We got to spend almost a whole week back home since Tom had some out of town work that was driving distance to our hometown so we just packed up and went along. We love going home for some quiet country living. 


We got out of the house a couple times between my parents and his to go on some dates. I had to document it, of course. Tom's not a fan of selfies. lol


The kids love the mini donks my parents have. Jay and Janae go to check on Lolly everyday.


We spent a day at Tom's parents, who live just minutes from mine, swimming in their lake. They had it re-dug this year and expanded so they added a big dock to one side and beach area to another. The kids LOVED this trampoline slide combo thing they had right in the middle of the lake.  It was sweltering hot that day so it was PERFECT. 



Janae and her bff cousin had a lemonade stand at big family gathering my parents hosted last weekend. It was a huge hit! They LOVED it. 

So now we are onto finishing July and this summer strong as August really marks new beginnings for us.  The countdown to school buses and backpacks is on... just days into August and then following with official baby countdown through September. I had both my babies from 1-3 weeks early so your guess is as good as mine when the grand arrival will be. 

The reality of it all is setting in for me. I can't believe Janae is "leaving me" but I know its time. We ordered her lunchbox to match her backpack the other day and have been gathering some new school clothes here and there. Hoping to make a school shopping date yet with her and then we are all set. Jay Jay is gonna get some major mommy cuddles and one on one over the next two months before he becomes a big brother. We have some special things like a monster truck show at state fair planned for him, too, coming up.  

Hope y'all have been having a great summer....and heres to a great ending!

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