Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 8

Summer is moving super fast but we are still having a blast. And apparently we are also rhyming! :)

The girls love apples (and most fresh fruit) but this summer they learned to eat apples without having them cut!  They waste a little more because they each want their own apple, but they can't eat them all.  Mackenzie only eats the first "layer" - basically the skin and then Brandon or I finish it off.  I had to tell Meredith to turn the apple because she kept eating to the core and would say, "my apple is a different color" because she was seeing a hole in the core and a seed inside. ;)
Miranda had an eye infection and had to be given eye drops 3 times a day for a week.  Luckily it was only one drop each time, so it wasn't too difficult.  She didn't like it, but who does?

The biggest highlight was Mackenzie's friend Ella coming over for another sleep over.  She moved to Malaysia with her family back in February and the girls hadn't seen each other since, so they were super excited to play together and have a sleep over.  They colored...
Ate cupcakes (after cheese pizza)...
Actually, they all ate only the icing - which is why they have spoons.  Miranda also had some icing and thought it was pretty yummy!
You can tell she's our third child because she had cupcake and icing two months before her first birthday! ;) The next morning, they played on the swing set and had smoothies for breakfast.  They all thought it was pretty cool to have breakfast outside. ;)

We said goodbye to Ella later that morning and are already looking forward to her visit next summer!

The girls received some cute new clothes and sun glasses!

We also had some fun at the neighborhood pool!

At some point in the week it was cow appreciation day, so we participated by eating Chick-fil-a.  However, for dinner I appreciated cows again by having a hamburger!  It was yummy!

The girls discovered sleeping bags again.  I took the picture at 7:30 am.  They didn't sleep in them, it's just the first thing they "played with" that day. ;)

And last of all, I bought a 12 pack of purple markers for Meredith.  Purple is her favorite color, so she uses up all the ink in the purples we have.  She was so excited about this box!
She insisted on having the entire box at the table while she colored like there were all different colors in it.  Silly girl!
Week 8 is gone and done and we are already halfway finished with week 11!  Where has the time gone?!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Recap - Week 7

Week 7 was FUN and busy!  Actually, only one day were we really busy - but that was a good busy!

We finally drew a stick out of our summer bucket list jar and the task was to eat breakfast at a donut shop.  I took the girls the morning of our swim playdate.

Our playdate was at a friend's neighborhood pool and the girls had a blast!  Several of Mackenzie's school were also there, so she really enjoyed playing and swimming with them.  The group ordered pizza and had a good time visiting with each other!


Meredith LOVES "diving" for rings!
I had to hand Miranda off to another mom while I took this video and as usual she cried the entire time.  The mom of 5 was surprised that even jingling keys didn't work for her!  However, me holding her again instantly made her stop crying.  Surprise, surprise. :/

After we got home and the little ones were napping, Mackenzie and I completed another bucket list stick - playing board games!  She beat me 3 out of 4 games!
We also worked on a word building "game".  She's not really ready for this kind of thing, but she enjoyed finding the letters and having me help her spell them.
Meredith also wanted to join in, except all she ever wants to do is put the cherries in their holes, not actually play.
Miranda finally ventured out of the area I put her down in.  Of course, now she tries to follow us where ever we are, but on that day it was a new thing.  A couple of days ago she actually crawled under the table and through the chairs to get to the playroom rather than around.

We had some friends over to play on our playset one morning.
It was super hot!!!
Thankfully Miss Teresa knows how to calm us down and cool us off - with a "bear hunt"! ;)



Later that night (the night before the fourth of July), we went to Bass Pro Shop to get some fishing supplies.  The girls enjoyed looking at the big fish tank.

As I posted earlier, we spent the fourth of July at Granny and Papa's.  These pictures were on my phone, so I forgot to add them in that post.  The girls love all of Granny's snacks and treats...
Another great week!  I'm going to miss these girls when school starts next month!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bubble time!

Finally, both big girls like bubble baths at the same time! ;)  They don't always get bubble baths, but they have fun when we do have them!  Bubble beards are a favorite! ;)


I think Meredith thought she was making a beard and ended up with a speck of bubbles!


The making of the beards!


Washing their toys - too funny!

And Miranda just hangs out!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Recap - Week 6 (aka VBS)

I'm getting behind on my recaps!  I cannot believe there is only one month left of summer!  Our lazy days are just about over. :(

Mackenzie had been looking forward to week 6 all summer because week summer included our church's Vacation Bible School.  I had been working on the decorations for a couple of weeks prior to this, so she was pretty excited.  The theme was "The Life of Joseph" and my friend suggested an architectural theme to go with it, so we had a lot of fun creating the posters/banners.  We went old school and printed the designs on regular paper and then used an opaque projector to trace onto the large paper.  I enjoyed creating them on the computer (reminded me of grad school) and also coloring them by hand.  It was fun to do both and released some creative energy I had built up. 

This is the first board you saw in the Lobby...


This was the original image on the computer...

This is one of my favorites...
This is the computer version...
 
I really like how the paper one turned out.  Mackenzie was so happy to color the pink girls and help with the decorations. ;)

We had great plans for Pharaoh's dreams, but we made it a little too big, so we had to split it up.  Here's the digital image...
And here it is installed...

Joseph's dreams were a bit last minute and so we truly went "old school" and pieced printed images together while tracing onto the larger sheet.

Another favorite was an image I found online.  Originally it was going to be on the blue paper, but we changed it up and made it look like a work in progress and added my prisma colors for display and added affect.

Once VBS started, the girls were ready!  Well, almost - since Meredith didn't want to go to class the first night.  She stayed with me in the nursery since I had volunteered to be there (Mackenzie did the same thing her first year).  I've been in the nursery the last three years because I always have a child in there! ;)


The second night I stayed with Meredith through the songs and then she went to class/snacks/puppets with her class.

By the third night, she was a pro and didn't need me to stay with her!

I'm sure we did other stuff during this week of summer, but all I have written down or pictures of is VBS!  It was definitely the high light of the week!


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