Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The 4th of July

For the Fourth of July we hosted a neighborhood BBQ with the families from our Cul-de-sac. We had it on our back porch in the shade. It was a good thing too. It was a HOT one this year.

After we ate everyone gathered in front and set out chair to watch fireworks together. We like to pool our money together and send one of the guys to get all the fireworks. It's a lot of fun and makes for an amazing show!

Emma sporting the muffs

Because it has been so dry this summer, a lot of the fireworks are not recommended and to keep everyone safe the police came around the neighborhood just to check up on everyone making sure we were doing our part to keep it a happy 4th for everyone.

This little girl was just adorable in the shooting muffs. They're as big as her whole head! They sure helped though. She did not like the loud noises.

Our Neighbor Mike, and the man in charge of the fireworks. We love our neighbors!

I think this is the first year Emma has actually enjoyed doing sparklers. And now that she knows how to write her name she was doing it over and over again with these. I think she did the most sparklers out of everyone.

Kiera and Ethan shooting of Roman Candles. I really liked this shot

Someone's getting sleepy, but oh sooo cute!

Ethan was a happy little boy this year. He had almost free reign to like fireworks over and over again. He's our little pyromaniac. (he was caught just a few days prior lighting matches in his room and hiding them behind the bookshelf too, but that's another story...)

The neighborhood gang.

We love our neighborhood and love this tradition! We hope to continue it year after year.           Happy Fourth of July!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cub Scout Bike Rodeo

Dan has sure been busy with Cub Scouts lately. He takes pride in his calling as the Cub Master and for every pack meeting it seems he takes out all the stops to make the activity a success. The Bike Rodeo was no exception. As a Cub Master's wife comes the automatic assumption that I am his secretary. Lets face it! I am! so I too have been really busy with cub scouts. Ive been making posters, designing racing numbers, and helping with the planning too. But Dan really is the brains behind it all. I just give input and throw in an idea or two when he needs it.

The day of the rodeo the weather was perfect. It could have been a tinge cooler but we're not complaining. We didn't have ALL the scouts show up but that's to be expected since summer break had just started and some families were out of town. But overall it was great.

We set up the church parking lot with all the stations and roped off a "free ride" area to keep the kids in order and prevent them from running over each other. We also drew obstacles with sidewalk chalk for the different tasks the kids had to complete. The leaders and a few of our older Boy Scouts were there to help too. The kids had so much fun and that's what counts! 

This little girl hung out with me under the pop up canopy in the shade while we waited to help daddy pack things back up after it was over.
Even Kiera, Ethan, and Emma got to participate. I think the racing numbers we printed up made all the difference. It made them feel official!

Our helpful Boy Scouts

We had fun and will put things in our file for next year's Rodeo.

Friday, June 5, 2015

School's out and we're having fun!

Over Memorial Day Weekend my Aunt Judi sent me home with a bunch of plants and flowers from her yard. And when I say a bunch I mean a ton! We filled up the back of the van and I didn't know if we'd be able to fit all our luggage but we somehow managed. So when I got home I planted a bunch of the pots on my deck. I still have lots of bulbs and flowers to find homes for but for now I am enjoying the view of my back deck.

We found a new toy for Ellie

This girl loves bananas!

My strawberries have been needing to be thinned out and I have had this strawberry planter for a long time now. I think I've had it since we lived in Marysville, but I don't really care for how it looks. It's faded and worn out looking. So today I decided to give it a makeover with some spray paint specifically made for plastics.  It was left over from when I made over the kid's playground pirate steering wheel.

 A few coats later and wha la!

Much better! Now I just hope the strawberries roots will take to their new home and will survive for next year.

It has been really hot lately! So to beat the heat we bought a new kiddie pool for the kids. We put it on our back deck on top of our interlocking foam mats in hopes it will prevent any holes appearing. Here's Emma filling 'er up and ready to get in.

aw much better!
Ellie had to check it out too. She doesn't care to get her feet wet but likes to touch it with her fingers. Here Kiera is showing Ellie how to splash.

Ellie and I went out to get the mail and I couldn't help but take a picture of this cutie! She really likes to be held during the day as of late. I am just glad to have my baby carrier.

Just some good morning smiles to brighten anyone's day

Kiera had a bit of an accident at a friends' house recently. She was running and fell and tried catching herself, but by doing so, she injured her left wrist. They doctors don't see a break on the x-rays but after a week in the splint they decided to be on the safe side and casted anyways. It was still hurting around the area of the growth plate. 
  But nothing that a blue cast with sparkles even can't fix!

we're just happy the doctor said she should be able to get out of the cast a week before we have to leave for the beach for the Glenn Family Reunion. I'm relieved because trying to keep this kid out of the sand and ocean water would have been next to impossible. Welcome to summer!

The garden is coming along. We even got some free cedar chips from someone I found on the Arlington Buy/sell/trade FB page. I am hoping it cuts down on the weeds in the garden beds. Now if only I could keep the cats out of them too!