Wednesday, August 24, 2016

start of summer

We love the start of summer.  Sure summer in AZ can get pretty darn hot, but we love that it means swimming and no school!  We love all being together as a family (that is when Dad gets a little bit of time off of work) and going on fun adventures.  Once we break out our kiddie pool it really feel like summer has started...
Jimmy had a fun last day of school with some buddies...
The kids also love when we get our flood irrigation and our yard becomes a lake. 
We made tin foil boats to float around in Lake Weisse and Nora loved splashing around in her galoshes. 
We make a big Summer To-Do List at the beginning of the summer of all our plans and fun activities to look forward to.  One of our early summer favorites is Free Donut Day.  We usually head to Krispy Kreme where the donuts really are free.
Nora fell asleep for that one, but was happy to have her donut at home. 
Then when the boys went off to Vacation Bible School, I took Nora to meet Elsa and Anna at Desert Ridge.  She was super shy with them, but talked about it for days.
We had a fun pool day at the Phoenician...
Zach and I became Godparents for our friends the Gunn's, little boy Jayber...
We had a donut and library outing with the Burches...
Zach and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.   Zach had always said we would go to Rome for that one and I would laugh and remind him how we would have lots of kids and no money.  Well, I wasn't exactly happy to prove him wrong because Rome would have been amazing, but we had a great anniversary anyway.  We got a special package deal at the AZ Biltmore and had some good meals and pool time sans kiddos.  
It is always good to get time away, but we always miss our kids, too.  We managed to take our semi-annual anniversary picture in front of St. Thomas.  I think the last time we did it was right after Nora was born.  We love going to mass where we got married and remembering that wonderful day. 
Mr. Burch was kind enough to gift us some tickets to Newsies and we got to go on Father's Day..
Mom might have been the most excited, but the boys all loved it as well.
We had a fun year of Aunt Nat living in Phoenix, but it was time for her to move on.  
We were all sad to see her go...
We love games in our house.  Dad got Pandemic for Father's Day and the boys were so excited the first time they actually won and saved the world!
Mom looked up about a million fun summer activities on Pinterest and actually did ONE of them!  We made bubble snakes which were super easy--A water bottle, a sock, and a rubber band.  Dip it in soapy water and blow (in, not out, as Nora learned) to make a long snake of bubbles.  And of course, we also love a good toy set-up...
And what would we do without our slip'n'slide to get us through the summer...
And this was only the first month of fun!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

the rest of spring and the end of the school year

In the Spring, we love enjoying our backyard for as long as we can...
Jimmy's school did Fiddler on the Roof for the spring musical and I got roped into helping sew some costumes.  It was a really cute show and all my kids became obsessed with it.
Gus and Nora like to dress up and dance to "Tradition."  Nora's favorite is "Matchmaker" which she loves to sing with Dot.
Nora misses her Gussy when he is at school two days a week, but visits to Dot's house help make up for it...
In April, we celebrated Dad's birthday...
The kids all did the Spring League at St. Simon and Jude, including Nora.  Now usually 2 year olds don't play and normally I wouldn't start my kids until around 4, but I ended up helping coach Gus' t-ball team and since she was at all the practices and was enthusiastic about playing we let her be on the team.  The shirt was a dress on her, but she was actually pretty good.  She knew how to hit the ball and run to all the correct bases.  She loved it.  Maybe she will be more like her grandmother than her mother in terms of athletic ability.  Nona was surely smiling down on all her little athletes and she was surely proud of me for being a coach (and by the way my husband thinks is laughable that I could coach anything).
My cute little team, "The Red Runners"...
Jimmy played baseball as well, but I was not the best at taking pictures of him this year.
He loves sports and tries really hard.  He always makes me proud.
He also loves cooking and will gladly help make dinner anytime.  He had fun helping Aunt Nat make some Blue Apron meals...
We had some fun birthday parties to attend.
Madeline and Aurea had a princess and knight party...
Nora was in princess heaven...
Our friend Sammy, had a fun party at the Train Park...
We ditched school to get in a good zoo day before it got too hot.
We had fun at the Splash Pad, but it was already too hot...
The boys and I went to the Mother-Son Star Wars Dance...
Jimmy came in second place in his Cub Scout Rain Gutter Regatta...
Uncle Danny and Courtney came for a visit after being in China for a few months...
We always love seeing them!
Then the end of the school year came along.  Jimmy had a really cute second grade play.  He was one of the narrators and he did a great job.
Gus had an end of the year performance for preschool as well...
He had fun being with his friend, William, and we loved having Mrs. Ilda for a teacher again...
And then it was summer!!!