taking back roads

July

on August 14, 2015

July ZOOMED by. We start and finish the month with a birthday.
First up, the baby turned 3! Weekend prior to her bday we took a trip to Babyland General Hospital, in Northern Georgia. Grandma Donna and Aunt Alison were also able to join us. L squealed with excitement when we arrived, made my heart explode to see her so happy.

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We even witnessed a live “birth” – kids were mesmerized. If only it was that easy, ha. Abby had the honor of naming the newborn!

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Baby Abigail Hope

L has asked hourly often to go back!

On her actual birthday I took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese’s – always fun! We also had cake at Grandma’s that evening.

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Daddy made (and decorated) the cake and it was A-may-zing!!

The follow day we had a small pool party with friends. The guest of honor requested her favorites: Pb&J sammies and strawberries!

Fourth of July was a blast! 😉 Friends invited us to join them at Clemsonfest. Live music, several bounce houses, and other free stuff for kids. Hands down, the best fireworks show I’ve seen in a long time! All around great night!  

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Clemson paw and flag #merica

The week of the 13th-17th the three oldest went to Cake Camp, and of course they loved evey minute of it! And I loved that everyday they brought home something to share with me. 🙂

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All summer they also participated in BARK (Books and Reading Kids). Every Friday we headed to the library where they read to dogs.

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Jack, a Pomeranian, is their favorite pup.

Other events:

Boys and L took swimming lessons at the Y. Boys no longer need help to swim! L charmed her way out of everything and hardly got her hair wet!

Saw Minions movie!

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Kids also participated in Furman University research project. I was able to watch behind a two way mirror, so fun to hear their answers.

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And finally it was B’s 7th birthday!!

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Uncle John meeting Ben ❤

Ben asked to have a party with friends at the skating rink. He was beaming all day and cried at the end of the night, not wanting the fun to end.

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He chose to eat at Freddy’s because he wanted a dirt worm sundae! Following weekend  Grandma had us over for more ice cream and celebration.

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These kids are pretty spoiled when it comes to birthdays!

Other moments from July:

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This girl was on my phone all.the.time. She used it more than I did! #summerselfie

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She’s not a fan of the camera, which kills me! She’s such a beauty!

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Water fun at Grandma’s

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They wanted to earn some extra money – lasted about 5 minutes. 🙂

And I’ll close with L’s first family portrait. Drawn on her bed. With permanent marker.

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What am I going to do with that girl?!

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