July in Pictures and Goal Recap...

Our goals for July you may recall were...

And I am happy to report those all were accomplished.  We had lazy morning, lots of snuggles (but are there ever enough?), lots of fun memories and we are still adjusting to our "new normal" but is there a normal with small children?  The best way to show how we accomplished those goals are in the following pictures...we had a great July and we are capping it off with Auntie Ellen's wedding this weekend...we are so excited!

The kids started off July at Grandma and Grandpa camp at the lake.  They fished, swam, boated, tubed, Solon tried knee boarding, played in the hot tub, made smokes, had fires, stayed up late, watched fireworks, played with flashlights and were generally spoiled rotten.  They each got lots of fish and we got these pics via text during their stay.

The 2nd weekend in July was Ankeny's town celebration known as "Summerfest".  There is a grand parade Saturday morning, carnival (which we didn't attend) and our block has a block party complete with blocking off the street so the kids can have a bike parade and races.  We can see the fireworks from our corner so then the neighborhood watches together.  Unfortunately this year, it was REALLY hot (the story of our summer) and rainy (also the story of our summer) so Lucy and I did what we could and also enjoyed time in the AC.  Scott gets up early every year and puts our tent out so we can invite our neighbors and friends to sit with us.  This year there were 8 families there and about 20+ kids!

Our besties came too!

We also spent our fair share of down days at home learning Lucy's schedule and avoiding the heat and deluge of thunderstorms, I think we have gotten 18+ inches of rain this summer (not joking).

"Mom I am feeding my baby just like you :)"

Just some afternoon TV and "rest" time...

Another round of memory anyone...

"Mom I am taking the kiddos to the mall"

 The third weekend in July we headed to see Minions at the drive-in.  We ended up in our car due to heat but the kids loved having a picnic in the back and setting up their little tailgate chairs to view the movie out the back window!

This one is trying to find her place in the family and needs just a little extra love from mama and daddy.  I am looking forward to having some time with her this fall when big brother is off at school where she gets to be my big helper.  I think she will love it and so will I.
 We also took a quick day trip to have lunch with Scott's great grandma.  She wanted to meet Lucy and of course we wanted her to meet her too!  We had to hurry home though that night because Solon has been looking forward to VBS all summer.  We nearly had all the songs memorized before the first night as we jammed out to the CD constantly.  This year's theme was Expedition Everest and at the end of the week, Solon even got on stage and sang (which is amazing because he does not like to get in front of people!).  We were so proud of him and loved hearing all about what he learned!

The last night the ice cream truck came and gave 20% proceeds to the mission of "PJ's Playground" to be built in Moldova.  The kids also had a daily offering and raised all $1700 needed.

While Solon was at VBS one night, we took V and Lucy to the home show.  It was fun to get some ideas and one that we already had on slate for the basement was a little picture window for under the stairs.  We are turning our under the stairs into a little house for the girls!  We hope to outfit it for their Christmas present...Vera thought the window was awesome!  (so we know she will love her very own).

We went with our neighbors to see the "Bubble Man" sponsored by the library one HOT morning!

We had to get mommy a rehearsal dinner dress so we went to the mall with the crew...I found the above outfit and the kids went home with a special bribe courtesy of Grandma!

The 4th weekend in July, Scott's company has a picnic at Adventureland every year.  It's also a highlight of the summer and this year they rode all sorts of rides but their favorite was the water park.  Solon was even big enough for the mat slide, his favorite!  Vera enjoyed the frog hopper which at first she WAS NOT going to ride but at the very last possible minute, she changed her mind and look her hands are in the air...that girl :).

Lucy's first train ride and our last ride of the day (Vera melted halfway through the ride) and was sleeping about 2 minutes into the car ride home!

...and of course we snuck in some playdates with Emilie and the kids.  She graciously had us over both times and cooked lunch for us.  The kids had fun slip n' sliding and playing library (a current favorite). And us adults enjoyed the sun and adult conversation :).

We are off to celebrate a very special Auntie Ellen this weekend for her wedding to cap off July and start August.  More on that soon!  Until then, it was a great FAST July...