Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lazy Blogger

     Blame it on the move, the summer, or the bazillion other things that are going on, but I haven't felt like sitting down to blog (much) this summer.  We've been doing a lot of swimming, playing with friends, and sleeping late.  But, we've also been doing a lot of party planning, yard sale preparation, and settling into the house (still).  We also are in the middle of getting our neighborhood HOA together, which is a job all in itself.
     This week we had our carpool meeting for the upcoming school year.  We are blessed with a ton of kids in our neighborhood.  With at least 2 of us having 3 kids at 3 schools, it was a little trickier than it has been in the past, but I think we've got it all worked out.  I love our neighborhood mainly for the neighbors!  There's always someone to talk to, borrow an egg from, or swap kids with!  Here's a couple of shots from our "meeting".  You can tell it was really taxing on us all!

     Last week we finally got some much needed rain.  Our newly laid sod was very grateful!  Since our outdoor activities were nixed, Everett improvised.

     On Monday Parker and I headed to the pediatrician's office for the dreaded kindergarten checkup.  I don't think he even remembered what "shots" were, but after getting 3 of them I think he'll know what they are next time.  I snapped this pic with my phone between the checkup and the shots.  What a nervous smile! Of course, we had to make a trip to Target (for Batman toys) and Krispy Kreme on our way home after such a hard and heroic morning!  Everything looks good and we are a go for school in August!

     I have been getting ready for our yard sale on Saturday (ugh) and stumbled across the long lost paints and brushes. The kids made quick work of getting their stations set up.  Jackson swooped in right at the end to join in the fun.

Parker said his is, "Kind of a masterpiece."

Everett says his is, "Chocolate."

Mia's "city".  The first of her 4 artistic ventures of the afternoon.

Jackson made a "Wanted" poster of his mother.  How thoughtful.

     We are now 32 days out from the beginning of 5th grade, 2nd grade, kindergarten, and 1 lonely Everett at home with mom.  I can't believe how this summer has flown by.  The kids are already getting excited about school, which is a good thing considering the groans about homework that will follow shortly after it begins.  Everyone is due for a new backpack this year, so hopefully we'll make enough at our yard sale to do a little back to school shopping.  
     So, that's what we've been up to lately.  A lot of nothing and everything all at once.  I am definitely starting to feel the itch of an established routine under my skin once again.  A few more weeks of summer and I'll also be ready for school to begin!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

     Angela (aka Grandma) turned the big 5-0 this week, so we celebrated with a surprise party last Saturday night.  Well, almost surprise party.  She was suspicious of us already, but the torrential downpour that occurred a few minutes before she was set to arrive left us with a few too many cars in the driveway.  Originally everyone was supposed to be there at 5:30 and park down the street at my mom's house, and Grandma was coming at 6, under the assumption that we were just grilling out at our house.  Anyway, she arrived right on time and was greeted by a houseful of rain soaked guests yelling "SURPRISE!"
     Everything had to be pink, which is her favorite color.  Mia and I began decorating earlier that week, and she informed me that she needed to use most of our decorations in her room once the party was over.  We "borrowed" a few photo albums from Grandma's house and also her baby book from Meme, and strung pics around the cake and also placed some around the house.  The kids loved seeing Grandma when she was a kid.  Heather Foster, of Gourmet Gal Cakes did the cake and it was exactly what we wanted.  It matched all of our decor perfectly!  If you're local (Shoals area) and in need of a cake, she is the one to hire!  Sue Plaxco did all of the food and it was phenomenal as usual.  There were chicken salad sandwiches, pigs-in-a-blanket, spinach dip, poolside dip (a mixture of cream cheese, jalapenos, green olives, corn, and I forget what else, but it was so good), fruit trays, strawberry cupcakes, and m&m cookies.  We also ordered pink candy for the pink candy "bar" which we set up in the dining room.
     I think Grandma had a good time, even though the kids kept teasing her about her age!  She works so much and is always doing for others, so I was very glad that we got to do something fun for her for a change.      Happy Birthday Grandma!

Our pink candy "bar"


Jackson leading us in the birthday song

Make a Wish!

Luckily the rain wasn't to bad for the kids to make their mess eat outside!

Angela and Frank

Monday, July 2, 2012

Picnic Fun

     Our Independence Day celebration started out with our annual church picnic Sunday evening.  Normally all the fun starts in the afternoon, but they pushed everything back to 6:30 because of the extreme heat.  Our temps have reached 107 this week!  We got there around 7 p.m. and it was actually not too bad.
     There were plenty of bouncy houses, slides, and games for the kids to play.  One thing the kids always love is the rock wall.  Last year Mia got about 5 feet off the ground and decided that was enough.  This year she was determined to make it to the top, and she did!  Not to be outdone, Jackson scaled it right after Mia.  We also had Max with us this year and he made it to the top as well.  Parker and Ezra took off as soon as we arrived, and we hardly saw them again until it was time for fireworks.  Everett spotted the train from the parking lot and Nana took him to ride it, but he chickened out at the last minute.  I think he likes the idea of riding trains more than actually getting on them.  When it starting getting dark Nana broke out the glow swords and necklaces.  Everyone cooled off with ice cream and watermelon and settled down around 9 p.m. to watch the fireworks.  All the kids sat together and loved them.  Everett hated them (again).  He not only wanted me to cover his ears, but he closed his eyes as tight as he could.  I know he will more than likely love it next year, and it made me a little sad to think this was probably the last year that one of my kids would want me to hold them during the fireworks.  The show was great as usual, and we all went home exhausted.  Now we are looking forward to a fun 4th on Wednesday!

Max and Jackson waiting for a turn on the rock wall

Ezra and Parker

Prentiss suiting up to climb the rock wall

Mia's climb

Jackson's climb

The rowdy boys

Carley and crew

Kenzie and Mia (and Everett killing people with his sword)

Mia and Kaylee

All of our gang plus our honorary son, Max