Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Camping Pics Overload

Last week we went camping for four days...four very HOT, but very FUN days!!! We went to a new place we haven't been before and it will definitely be one that we return to! And a very good part - it was very close! :)

So, get ready...get set...pics!!!!
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Attempt at a horizon shot in the water!
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My little fish - she spent more time on the bottom of the pool than the top! LOL
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Look at me under the water Mommy!!
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The goal is that the floaties are going to disappear this summer and I have to brag on my boy - he did so great right off the bat! We used the kick board a while and then I told him to just let go and swim...and well, he did! He can't go far yet without needing a little assistance, but a couple more times in the water and I know he'll have it!
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My girl!
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My boy!!
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Jump in...the water's fine!
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Splashdown!
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We didn't JUST swim...well, mostly we did b/c well, it's fun and it was hot! But we also played outside the water!

We golfed!
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Can you see where that ball is???? Yeah, looks like it's going it, but it rolled around and around and right out! Ha ha - he got robbed!
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We played cards!
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He was the dealer...
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and he didn't like when he got the Old Maid!
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I showed off my tennis skills - mommy was actually a pretty good tennis player. Need to pick that back up!
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We played tether-ball and basketball...
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Rode bikes!
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Off they go!!!
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We played ping-pong (another racket game I had to school daddy in!)
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Ice cream break!
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And checkers after breakfast!
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Smiling b/c she was winning!
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There was some chill time - she wants one of these in the back yard now. Can't say I don't agree with her!!
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There was a little down time in the camper, too - board games were played and at night we watched movies and ate popcorn!
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And night time also brought out campfires and s'mores every night!
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Until next time...
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lately...

I'm exhausted is all I can say! I feel like we haven't stopped all weekend and while it was fun, I'm one tired mama!! LOL

Friday night we hit up the movie theater!
My ❤️s hand-in-hand!!!
We went to see Minions and laughed our rear-ends off!! Michael was actually audibly laughing out loud at parts - which is a big deal since Michael isn't a big movie guy. 

Saturday Michael got up early and hit the surf and went fishing...he got a little sun exposure to say the least! He's better today than he was yesterday, but still a little toasty! While he was gone the kids, Teta, and I got up early and went out for breakfast then took care of a few errands and a little fun shopping, too!

I also received a package in the mail I'd been waiting on...my first Chatbooks order came in!
Chatbooks
I will get five books a month until I catch up on all my Instagram history and from then on it will be when I fill up 60 pages of the pictures I flag to include!
Chatbooks

Then we were off to my great-nephew's birthday party. 
The birthday boy!
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I don't think she has a problem relaxing!
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Aaron jumping off the dive rock!
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Cousins!
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Gotta break in all those new toys, too!
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We had a great time with all the fam!
Justin's Bday
And that wasn't even it for our Saturday - after the party the kids had a sleepover with Geddo & Teta. Another great thing about swim parties - you sleep really, really well!! LOL
And Michael and I had a night out with friends! We went to hear Texas Country singer Josh Ward.
Autographs & pics!! #masonessaloon #joshward
We didn't close the place down, but came close! It was fun to get out, though - we haven't done that in a while!

This morning since the kids were at my parents' house I was able to sleep in just a little while longer since I just had me to get ready for church and not me plus two little people. But in the afternoon I still took some more relaxing time to soak in the tub...and look who came to check in on me!
Relaxing & reading in the tub and look up to this sweet face!! He love his momma - always by my side! #kub #GreatDane #GentleGiant
He is a lovable one!!

After some time to recharge from the sleep I missed last night we headed to dinner with Michael's parents - today is their 40th wedding anniversary. Now we're back home and time to end the busy weekend. I don't think I am going to have any trouble getting to sleep tonight!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

July 4th Festivities

We spent Saturday evening with friends who had a block party to celebrate the 4th.
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We had gourmet provisions, too as one of their neighbors acted as chef and everything he brought outside to share was impeccable! My taste buds were in heaven!

I didn't take many pics b/c we were busy having a good time, but I did take a couple slow motion videos of the fireworks - this doesn't do them justice by any means, but I thought it was neat!
Emma had so much fun - Jagger was attached to her most of the evening and she made some new friends, too - there were tons of kids running around!
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Aaron was off and running all evening with Jordan - he knew all the kids there within minutes! LOL

One of the new friends Emma made taught her how to ride a skateboard, too - now she wants one! Ha ha!!! We'll see!
July 4th
It was a great evening with great friends!!!

Today has been a productive and easy going day! I had to make a run to Sam's and made it home with loot to get separated and put up. I made some homemade salsa with some more tomatoes I had, shelled peas that Michael brought in from the garden. I didn't have quite enough for everyone for dinner so I am putting those up to add to more he picks later. Got lunch snacks pre-bagged for the kids' lunches, cleaned out the fridge, gave Soldier and shower (yes, he takes showers) and took him for a walk for a speedy air dry, picked up in the back yard, did the dishes. The only thing I wanted to get done today that I haven't done was make french bread to put in the freezer for quick breakfasts for the kids next week - I am out of eggs, though and don't know if I feel like making another store run so that may not get done. Won't feel guilty about that, though!!

It's been a wonderful week off - I've thoroughly enjoyed our staycation and wouldn't mind continuing it, but tomorrow it's back to work! We've had a lot of changes at work recently, though so Monday is going to be very..."new"! I'm anxious to see how things change.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Staycation Day Number 4

Last night we grilled & pre-celebrated the 4th with friends in the cul-de-sac. Man, did we have some good grub, too. Ribs were on point last night! There was also jerk chicken, pork chops, boudin, roasted corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad and even a red, white, & blue cake!
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I was worried that the rain was going to keep us all indoors b/c the clouds were rolling in and the thunder sounded so menacing, but not a drop of rain fell and the clouds kept it rather cool When the occasional breeze rolled through it was even nicer! Perfect evening for playing outside.

Everyone is still snoozing here this morning now except me! The pups were up and ready to play, so I am up! The kids must have really worn themselves out last night to sleep this late.

We didn't have a ton of fireworks last night, just a little bit of teasers. The kids bought "kid packs" and they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of them. Tonight we will head out to watch some big fireworks!

I like the sparklers!!
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Fireworks
I hope you all have a safe, fun, and happy 4th of July today as you celebrate our Independence!
Happy 4th of July!
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Day Three of our Staycation

We spent yesterday in the water all day until we were all sufficiently water-logged!
Day 3 of our staycation spent in the water!!
This boy knows how to relax, too!
Wet 'n Wild
We are losing these floaties this year so he'll be able to properly swim underwater!
Wet 'n Wild
We all rode the Big Kahuna together - one of the few rides all four of us can ride together. And so much fun!! Aaron's face doesn't show it, but after we got off he said it was a blast!!
And then the three of them went surfing!!
Even daddy!
Today we're ready for a day of fun with friends...gotta go ready for the festivities!!