Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Granny & Papa's - summer 2016

We made one last summer trip to visit my grandparents. It was surprisingly a very nice day and quite cool for late July!

I loved this picture below so much that I had to edit it 2 different ways!


I had warned the girls that we probably wouldn't have a ride on the boat because of the heat, but then it ended up being cool outside, so a boat ride we had! ;)

Sweet Mackenzie.  I can't believe she'll be 8 in one more month!
And Meredith...sweet as well and almost FIVE!

And of course, Miranda!  So cute and funny! 

This was the best picture I got of the three of them. :/
On the boat, Miranda is always cautious at first and goes straight to a seat while the girls watch at the rails.




And then after a little bit, Miranda joins her sisters.




Mackenzie said she wanted to drive the boat, so Papa let her do it.  It lasted all of 2 minutes once she realized it wasn't actually a steering wheel but she had to control to rods/sticks. ;)

Meredith and I taking a selfie with my big camera.  It's harder to do than with a phone, but it still turned out pretty well!

Miranda and I.  I'm rarely in the pictures with them, so I love this picture!

The girls wanted to go for a ride on the Gator, so Papa took the big girls around the property and then Granny took me and Miranda around.  Lots of fun!

Papa found a bell that the girls had fun ringing.  It was very loud! ;)

It has become a tradition for the girls to sit on these little tables at the front door and sing as if they were on a stage. At one point after Miranda had sung a few songs, Meredith said, "I'm tired of this singer." ;)



This is my new favorite video...the girls taking turns throwing loofas at Papa and him throwing them back!  It's too funny!

We love our trips to Granny and Papa's.  I don't imagine we'll have a visit at their house until October.  We'll see them before then, this month and next, but not at their house.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

First Grade Celebration of Learning

A few photos have completely gotten covered over the course of the summer. Mackenzie starts 2nd Grade in 2 weeks and yet, here I am posting her First Grade Celebration of Learning on the last full day of school! All of the kids dressed up as to what they want to be when they grow up. Mackenzie wanted to be a singer, so she wore a fancy dress. ;)  Then, they all took turns reading from "Oh the places you'll go!"



Ms. Gonzales gave each of the kids a Flat Stanley chapter book to read over the summer.  They were all so excited.  I love little first graders - they are soo cute, especially mine!

And one last picture with Ms. Gonzales.  I loved Ms. Gonzales and so did Mackenzie.  We'll definitely miss her and I hope Meredith gets her in a couple of years!
 Now, on to 2nd grade!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

VBS - Memorial 2016

We always attend our friends' VBS and this year was just like every other year. The week was great! So great that I didn't take pictures until the last night! HA!  They didn't have a 2's class this year, so Miranda was with me all 4 nights.  Since she came to the adult class with me for 3 nights, I took her to the petting zoo for the last night and skipped the adult class.  She loved looking at all of the animals and pet almost all of them, even if it was just a little pat on the back (goat).

She followed the ducks around, but they never stayed still so she couldn't pet them.  And she only waved to the large turtle because he also never stayed still and was actually quite fast!

The chickens were super cute, especially the baby chicks.  A 4th grader helped put the chick in Miranda's hands. ;)

The bunnies were super soft. ;)

Since it was the last night, we went to the ice cream social where the girls had their face painted and each got a balloon animal!





It was late when we got home, but those balloon animals lasted until this past week and VBS was the second week of July! ;)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer 2016 - Week 8

We are getting down to the final weeks of summer. :(  We tend to stay busy in the mornings and rest in the afternoon and this week was no different.

Sunday was filled with bible class, church and bible hour that evening.  Afterwards we all went out to dinner, so a great day in general.  Monday we had our gymnastics class and then the girls and I went to Double Dave's for lunch.  They love looking at all of the video games even without money.  They especially loved the dessert pizza!

Afterwards we headed into a gift shop next door.  I refilled the girls lemonades before we left so that they had a cup to hold while we walked through the store.  I'm sure the sales lady was super worried as I walked into a store full of breakables with 3 small kids.  After being there for atleast 30 minutes, we found our gift and the sales lady complemented my girls at how well behaved they were.  ;)

At the grocery store, the penny horse wasn't working, but they all insisted on having their picture taken anyway.




On Tuesday, we weren't sure if we were going to be able to swim at the planned playdate, but thankfully it was sunny for the 2 hours were were outside!

 


It started raining about 30 minutes after we came in side, so it was perfect.
 Sweet friends!  I love these girls!
 Meredith wanted her picture taken and clearly Mackenzie didn't know I was taking pictures! ;)
 
And since we were soaked getting into our car leaving our friends' house, I let the girls play in the rain when we got home.  They were able to play for about 20 minutes until it thundered and we had to come in.


 
They were so excited to have a movie "night" at 2 in the afternoon! ;)  It was dark because of the storm and we popped popcorn while watching Wreck It Ralph.  IT was another great day full of all kinds of activities.

Wednesday's weather was perfect for our visit to Granny and Papa's!  I had told the girls that we probably wouldn't be able to to go on the boat because it would be too hot, but it was actually quite cool for July because of the rain the day before.  We had a great time at Granny and Papa's, which of course deserves it's own post! ;)

Our other playdate was baking and decorating cookies at the church building with our friends.  The kids had a blast!  Plus, one of our friends dropped off all of her old books for all of us to look through.  Mackenzie was so excited to pick out books to take home.  Meredith picked some too and we came home with a ton!  We went to lunch and then within 5 minutes of getting home, Mackenzie was reading a book we had just brought home. 

Friday was our typical swim lesson morning.  Mackenzie promoted and Meredith and Miranda both had great lessons.  Meredith had her swim teacher and her daughter as her teachers, so she loved it!  For a few minutes, Miranda's teacher came over to teach her how to do breast stroke kicks.  When I asked Meredith what she thought of Mr. Conner, she said she didn't like him because he was a boy and she was "afraid he'll tickle me like he does his kids in his class!" ;)  She's too funny sometimes.

Saturday we took the girls to see "The Secret Life of Pets".  It was ok, but I'm not sure we'll buy the movie when it comes out on DVD. ;)  Either way, it was a fun family outing.



So that's a wrap on another week of summer!
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