Quite possibly MY favorite week of summer so far! Monday we had a friend over for a playdate and we just laid low the rest of the day, except Kindergarten camp of course (we don’t miss those). I was spent after the weekend and decided we just needed to do nothing. Tuesday was a very long day, but all super fun. The parade in the morning, brunch at my brother’s and then a pool party/birthday party in the evening. No fireworks for us this year, I’m thinking maybe next year I’ll sneak away with Ellery and let her enjoy the fireworks, but this year I decided normal bedtime was the way to go!
Wednesday we did family night. Dinner at home and then playing at the park. The girls are finally at the point where they can both pretty comfortable play on the bigger playground. We had the park to ourselves and the girls constantly slid down the slide together. Thursday I let the girls watch TV basically the ENTIRE day so I could get the house picked up and sort of clean before Steph and Cora arrived. The girls anxiously awaited their arrival and stood at the window beginning over an hour prior to them actually getting here. Then we let them stay up really late and play dress up.
Friday we got to go to a pool party with some of my mom’s group ladies. It is a very cool natural looking pool with a water fall, the girls had a blast, and Stephanie was a total champ swimming with all three girls! After we swam we took them to our favorite burger place (P.Terry’s) to play in the sand, which upon arrival we discovered it was SCALDING hot and they were unable to play in the sand. Mom fail on that one….
Saturday we RAN THEM RAGGED!! Started our day playing at the Thinkery. It was a CRAZY busy morning with the most people I have ever seen there. Then we ran home and put Vaughn down for nap and hopped on the boat. Then the girls were DONE. Steph put Cora down for bed and then we headed out for dinner at one of my favorite scenic places. Then of course we ended up at Target wandering the aisles until they closed.
Sunday we went to church and then decided to just ALL take naps to reset ourselves. Stephanie and I were up until 1:30 every night she was here. After naps we went swimming for a little bit and then to the Sundancer Grill for our last dinner of vacation.
Already counting down the weeks until we see each other again!
The week started out with us RUNNING and we hit a point on Wednesday where we cancelled everything and stayed home. Ellery wants to be in a school type camp every week of the summer. I found one to send her to for this week, but it put me in the car for two hours a morning. I had a carpool situation worked out, but then on Tuesday she came home telling me she had several stomach aches during the morning and I decided on Wednesday we were going to lay low, we ended up never going back and we are now beginning the process of navigating tummy probs…… they are very similar to what I had when I was a kid so potentially goodbye dairy, fried foods, anything processed and eating out (or at least those were my main triggers).
On Monday Vaughn worked out with me in the morning, (as you can see she has some big muscles in the picture below). Ellery went to a Space themed VBS and then that afternoon attended Kindergarten camp at the library (she still loves this so much). After nap we headed to our friend’s house for a playdate where they had a great time playing with playdoh and I enjoyed having adult conversation!
Tuesday for family night I made dinner at home and then we played Dominos with the girls. The girls played playdoh while I made dinner and I laugh at how I swore I was going to keep all the colors separated and teach my girls to do so, then I actually had children and realized I don’t care about them staying separated at all.
Wednesday we just cancelled all plans and stayed home. The girls watched TV most of the morning and then had a playdoh playdate over Facetime with Cora. Technology is the best, they played for over an hour with a friend who is 1,000 miles away! That afternoon we lounged at the pool for a bit. We were thrilled to get to the pool after several days of storms in the forecast.
Thursday I took Ellery to see Bonzo Crunch the clown at the library. She belly laughed so much of the show and he was decently impressive. He juggled pizzas (fake), hooked and unhooked hangers, read a book about Olivia at the circus and was super silly. I love my Thursday afternoons when I just get to hang with Ellery.
The weekend was packed full. We went to dinner with Mimi on Friday. Saturday morning I took the girls to the library for a patriotic story time, then Andrew took them swimming while I helped my mom get a little more settled into her house and in the afternoon, my DAD ARRIVED. Saturday and Sunday night we had cookouts at my brother’s house. My mom offered to watch the girls Sunday afternoon so I could go boating and it was a much needed break on the lake! It is SO NICE to have my parents living right down the street. I love that we can just pop over for an hour, they have already helped out with the girls a bunch for random little things and knowing that my kids will grow up around them always is such a beautiful thing.