July 2016 in Pictures...

Monday, August 15, 2016
The summer is flying by and we have been making the most of it.  I read something recently that said you only have 18 summers with your kids before they fly off into the world and as I was thinking about those 18, there are even last than that, that they want to be with me and I control the schedule ;)!  Now that school is in session, we take 2 things seriously in the summer -- lazy mornings and days filled with fun (and of course instruction and discipline too because they are 7, almost 5 and 1)!

Let's take a peak into the month of July -- we started off the month with our annual 4th of July trip to the lake and threw in a birthday party for Lucy...


We had a great week with lots and lots of family playing outside and in...

A rousing 3 generation game of UNO!
 When we arrived home from vacation, it was time for our annual street block party!  It always coincides with our city's annual festival "Summerfest".  We have the privilege of watching the city fireworks on the corner at our across the street neighbors (who graciously host us all every year).  This year some special visitors stopped by with some awesome vehicles -- the fire department.  The kids loved peaking inside!


42 kids pictured (and still some more not) - we have a street FULL of families!
Vera's friends all snuggled up ready for the fireworks show with their glowstick bracelets!
 My kids look forward to that every year especially riding their bikes carefree down the middle of the street!

We also did a lot of random things around the house...although blurry, Vera helped me sew up 6 pillows one day.  She is a great helper!

We did our fair share of bumming with daddy!

 And on a particularly HOT week, we pulled out the tent and let the kids sleep in it over night.  Then the next day we had friends over and they had lunch inside!

Just messing around!
We also spent some time swimming at Nana and Papa's pool which always is followed up by a little reading session before heading home! 

We made our annual trip to the Valle Drive in to see "Secret Life of Pets" - the movie was so so but there was a lot of fun pre-show, Lucy especially liked roaming in the back of the car playing with her siblings.  There was also some drama with people just up from us and parking spots -- thankful it didn't include us ;)!

Drive in picnic - to go booster in a tailgate chair :)

Couple selfie - we try to have kids take it and we end up with like 5 chins and sometimes no heads!

 Vera also got a special early birthday special delivery that the kids have enjoyed!

and some just liked the packaging for snack time...

nail painting during nap time


and plenty of game sessions where mom occasionally kicked butt ;)
 We also made our annual trip to Adventureland with Scott's work!  It was a VERY hot day SO we did the water park until it got crazy busy at about 3 and then went home and rested and came back after dinner until 9:30 to do the rides.  It cooled off some!  It was a really fun day!
Drive carefully...

My sitting partner while the others rode the bumper cars, the galleon and shooting star!


And an evening ride on the ferris wheel enjoying the sunset and the lights of the park and city skyline in the distance!

My grandparents and Aunt from Washington state also came over to take us to lunch!  We only see my Aunt every couple of years so its always fun to catch up with her...


We attended story time in the park - the theme was "Gerald and Piggie" books by Mo Willems.  Some of our favorites so it was fun to go each week and see our awesome librarians act them out!

and wrestling in bathing suits thrown in there too ;)

And of course ample pool time!  Our favorite time of day to go is in the evenings from 5-close at 7.  There are hardly any lines for the slides and boards!  Given there was hardly anyone there I decided to try the high dive for the first time in my life.  Round 1 was good so Solon and I did round 2 together!  He amazes me at his bravery in the water, now that he passed the swim test he is flipping off the boards and trying his hand at the log roll and wave rider!


We also wrapped up our table project!  Pictures of it in the house coming soon :)

And of course Vera and I whipped up some goodies because this family has to have dessert (they get it from their father ;). 

And we ended the month the same place we started -- at the lake! Because the season is short and the fun is great!

SMORE fun than we knew what to do with in July!  Lots of little fun and big and memories made! We love the lazy days of summer!

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