Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Playing Catch Up

Migraines are an especially cruel joke, but as I have learned, they are even more sick and twisted when you're pregnant. Let's give the woman who is already nauseous another reason to throw up. Haha. Not fun. I sincerely thought I was going to get through this pregnancy without actually tossing my cookies, but it seems as though that pushed me over the edge.

So while I can't say that this week has gotten off to a great start, the birds are chirping outside of my kitchen window this morning, the sun is shining in, and I hope that today is a better day!

What have we been up to lately? Well, we got some new furniture - wahoo! And the quality of my life just shot up about 1,000,000 points now that I don't have to constantly wash slipcovers. It's leather, and if I can ever get my act together, I'll try to take a picture of it sometime.

We've been enjoying lots of summertime treats....



Reagan was covered, head to toe, by the time we got home. Naturally.

We had a picnic in the park for our preschool/kindergarten sunday school class. It was really well attended, and there was SO much good food there! If you are ever looking for a good sunday school for your preschool or kindergartner we've got one!



This Sunday we studied the love story of Jacob (and Leah) and Rachel. Haha. We worked with some clay - a place to hold something we treasure.


Reagan the knight-fireman saved the world....


All in a day's work. :)

And I finally managed to get a first baby bump picture, which I affectionally call my little speed bump. I swear my bottom half is in competition with my top half when I'm pregnant. I joked with Eric that if I didn't know better I'd think I was having triplets - one in my stomach, one in my left leg and one in my right!

Of course my dear husband was making the picture taking process difficult by recruiting our friend and neighbor Jeremy to wave to the camera in the background. Can you see him? Haha.....


I was cracking up. But seriously Eric, just take my picture. ;)


I was nine weeks when this was taken. I bought a new swimsuit for vacation months ago, and I can kiss that baby goodbye. It was a one-piece. Stinking cute, too. :)

Back-to-school stuff is right around the corner and I'm feeling helplessly unprepared. I need to go clothes shopping and supply shopping and get the kids' room and closet ready for the big switch. When all I really want to be thinking about is packing bags to get the heck out of dodge for a while in Florida. :) Ah, priorities. 

This weekend is our church's VBS day camp and carnival on Friday night. The camp is for Kindergarten and up, and anyone can come out and join us for some fun on Friday evening! I'll try to get some more specific details if anyone is interested. It's always a really fun time. And free, of course! :) 

My kids are begging me to play with them. I'm feeling pretty good so, duh, that's an easy choice. Hope we ALL have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

First Campout!

Earlier this week the girls braved the great outdoors, far from modern civilization, hiking over many terrains, to set up camp and have their very first experience sleeping in a tent. Well, not really. It was in grandma's backyard, but to a five and three year old they might as well have been in the middle of nowhere.



They were so excited when we pulled up to grandma's house and saw this little set up! Eric and I thought, "Oh, we'll go over, have some hot dogs and s'mores, let them run around, and then take them home for the night." But nnnope. The girls were not hearing any of that. They were going to stay over night with John and their cousin Jesalyn, like it or not! :)

I didn't need so much convincing that they would actually do it, but Eric, haha...he was super hesitant to leave his baby girls. He thought that surely, because they are his children, that they would never ever spend an entire night sleeping outside on the ground. 


My mom fired up the grill and the kids had some evening snacks. We couldn't find any of our roasting sticks, so we tried to get creative with the s'more situation....


...only we succeeded in burning the bottoms of all the graham crackers and had to replace one side of each one, haha. No matter - they were delicious in the end!


As the sun went down Evelyn was begging and pleading, "Please can we spend the night? Please please please?" And finally Eric agreed that they could give it a try. :)



All of the kiddos were hyped up. My poor mother...what did she get herself into? Haha. We left the kids and kept our phones close - just in case.

But it turns out we wouldn't be making any middle-of-the-night rescues. They really did stay outside for the entire night - my mom in the next sleeping bag, of course. :)

Eric was astounded. And a little disappointed, I think. Ha! "I can't believe they stayed out there all night long. My children are...tent people." He looked like he had just eaten something sour. Eric Robert couldn't believe that his own flesh and blood might actually enjoy camping. Ah, I thought it was hilarious. See, they do take after their mom a little bit. I loved that stuff when I was a kid.

It turns out that while they really did sleep outside for the entire night, they were all up at 5:30am. So they made some cinnamon rolls, went inside to watch a movie, and by the time I was picking them up the next morning, they were all back outside jumping on the trampoline. Needless to say, they CRASHED at home later. Both Evelyn and Grace said that this was something they would do again. It's a good thing they have grandparents who enjoy this stuff. :)

First campout was a success! Thanks mom for making some fun memories for the kids!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baby Beginnings

Grapes. I'm sitting on the couch with a bowl of grapes trying to chase the queasies away long enough to type this darned blog post. You know, I've been very fortunate this pregnancy to not have a seriously bad case of morning sickness. On a scale of one to ten...I give it a three. And I've had some 10's, so you better believe I thank Jesus each day for taking it easy on this gal. :) But when I do start to feel sick it sucks pretty bad. The last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer, and as with each pregnancy before this one, it seems to get worse in the evening. Blog time, for me. So I apologize again for the sporadic posting, and I'll just say once more that the second trimester can't get here soon enough!

I wanted to share a little bit about how our pregnancy began, mostly because I don't want to forget any part of this experience - our very last baby. I especially don't want to forget how this child is my little miracle. :)

Many of you know that last September we had a miscarriage. It was very sad, and it was very textbook. Everything happened in a very specific, orderly way. But while it was fairly predictable, you don't forget something like that, ever.

Fast forward to this June. I was standing in the kitchen one morning, and a familiar feeling came over me that sent me running to the bathroom. I didn't even know I was pregnant yet, but my mind immediately shot back to September. This was it. This was happening all over again. And sure enough, step one of my very textbook miscarriage played right out, as I had feared.

I talked to three people that day: Eric, my mom, and one friend who has had more than her fair share of experience in this area. The conclusion was that I should take a pregnancy test just to make sure that what I was experiencing really was a miscarriage and not something else. I took a test, and the results came back, fast and clear. Without a doubt, I was pregnant.

I cannot even tell you what a bittersweet moment that was. To think that something was over before I even knew it had begun.... I recall telling my friend Heather that "In a way, I wish I didn't know...."

The only thing was...while step one had happened as it had before...there was nothing else after that. I kept waiting for step two. I knew what should be coming next, but it never came. I waited and waited...in the worst kind of limbo imaginable...just waiting for the end so I could grieve and move on. I prayed for a miracle, but I thought it would take just that.

A week went by. Nothing. So I decided that I would test again, and if I got a positive result, I would call the doctor and move forward with things like business as usual. I took the second test and got a fast positive once again. (I swear, I've never had as fast or clear of a result with any of my other babies!)

I didn't hesitate to make an appointment that day. I was so tired of waiting already. Of course, my doctor is in very high demand and it always takes a while to see her for a first appointment. It would be another two weeks before we could confirm that everything was okay. I wasn't going to let myself get up too much hope. At the same time...I couldn't help it. :) I just wanted to happy. I wanted to think of my baby and dream, not be sad every time it crossed my mind. In that two weeks there were picnics and parades and weddings and all sorts of other things to enjoy, while I was harboring a secret and just praying that everything was okay.

Finally the day of my appointment arrived. It's a day Eric and I always look forward to. We turn it into a date and make sure we have a nice meal afterwards so we can talk and plan. And we have been equally giddy each time...from our first baby to our fourth. :)

When we were taken back for the ultrasound, I have to admit that I was holding my breath. My worst fear was that we would look up at the screen and there would be nothing there. I was ready to be at peace with that. And for one brief moment, in the first pictures on the monitor, I did think that there was nothing there. But it turns out our little peanut was just being shy, tucked away to one corner. He (or she) almost blended in with the rest of the surroundings. And then finally...FINALLY...we heard the most beautiful sound in the world, our baby's heart beating.

And it was then, for the first time in almost a month, that I was able to breath a sigh of deep relief.

This is the best picture of our child that I have, haha. 

The girls had already known what was going on for a while. It's hard to keep anything a secret from them these days! I couldn't wait to get home to tell them that there was, for sure, a baby in my belly. As we pulled into my mom's driveway that evening to pick them up, I'll never forget Evelyn running to the gate, her face just glowing, and asking, "Is there a baby??" Eric and I were so happy to tell them that yes, there was!

We knew we wouldn't be able to keep the secret long after that, nor did we want to. Evelyn was starting to let the news slip left and right, and if we wanted a chance to tell people ourselves, we were going to have to do it already! So we made our video and put it right here on the ole blog. Now here we are. :)

Emotional roller coaster, for sure. I still don't know exactly what happened a month ago...we have several theories...but none of them matter in the end. We have one baby with a real heartbeat and that is making me REAL tired and giving me some REAL morning sickness, so I'll take it! I'll take it gladly. :)

The girls are just SO excited about the whole thing. One mention of the baby, and I have the power to turn a tantrum to quiet, to turn a frown upside down, to send little kids running to rub my belly. It's pretty great, haha.


Evelyn wants a boy. Gracie wants a girl. Reagan is completely clueless. And once again, Eric and I don't honestly care what the gender is. On one hand, yes it would be nice to give Reagan a brother and equal things out. On the other hand, I sure do miss buying little baby girl things! I do know one thing, I wanna know, and I wanna know soon - I'm ready to shop! :D We've never had a baby in the first part of the year. And since I'm a sucker for themed clothing, I don't think this child wants to wear Christmas hand-me-downs in May. Oh darn, looks like we need some new stuff. Haha.

There is so much to talk and think about...including the fact that we still plan to move just months after this baby will be born. Where the heck we're going to find a rental big enough for all of us is beyond me. We are certainly going to buy a house in the not-too-distant future, but until we're done saving, we've gotta live somewhere! We're already dreading the search, but God has always provided for us before. I trust that he will again, and since that is all a year away, we'll just focus on the here and now.

Hey, those grapes kind of worked. Not feeling too shabby right now! It's so funny...just from the way things have gone and from the ultrasound we had I just get the feeling this child sends me little reminders of, "Hey, I'm still here, you know. I'm quiet, but I'm here. Let me send you a wave a nausea so you don't forget me, mom." :) I can only pray that this one will be nice and easy going - we already have the rambunctious one in the family. Position has been filled - and we don't need two kids vying for the role, believe me.

Thank you so much if you've made it this far. It feels good to share things, sometimes. On rare occasions this blog is more like a diary, haha. So if you've seen me in the last month and I've looked a little scatterbrained, now you know. It wasn't all sunshine and daises, but things are looking up now. All of the support and encouragement has meant even more to me this time given the circumstances. To hear "congratulations!" instead of condolences means the world. I just thank God for allowing us to have this blessing!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up!

Happy Monday! (Is that an oxymoron?)

Well, I'm pretty happy, haha. I am so glad that we were able to share our baby news on Friday! WHEW. Only a very very few people knew our little secret for reasons I hope to share tomorrow. I hate that time of secret-keeping. I feel like a big fat liar everywhere I go. Seems like people always ramp up the questions of, "How are you doing? How are you feeling? What's new?" when I have something I can't tell. Or maybe it's just that I notice it so much more.

"Oh...I'm fine." "Nothing new...."

LIES. All lies.

My favorite is when people start making baby jokes, like, "So when are you going to have another one??" And I'm thinking, "Right now," while smiling and saying "Oh...I don't know!" And having a blog...forget about it. As you saw, I pretty much went on hiatus for the last two weeks, haha.

So yes, glad that part is over. Thank you so much for your congratulations and well-wishes! I have some seriously great friends and family. Believe it or not, I didn't get a single joke ribbing us about the amount of children we're about to have...I'm shocked! :) (And thank you. Yes...we know where babies come from, and yes, we did want four kids, haha.)

I don't remember much else from Friday, to be honest. It's all kind of a blur.

On Saturday my mom was messaging me first thing to get the kids together so we could have a picnic in the park.


It was nice to get out and enjoy the freakishly fall-like weather we've been having around here. The kids loooove the park. It's their favorite place. My mom pulled out her magic carpet bag with everything you could possibly think of for a picnic, haha. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, fruit, drinks...all the fixings...it just kept coming out. :D

After lunch the kids wanted to swing and spin around on the hurl-o-wheel (aka merry-go-round) for the rest of the afternoon. It was hilarious...I wish I would have gotten Reagan's face on video. He wanted to keep going faster and faster...it was so funny.

The rest of our Saturday was business as usual, and I was thankful. I look forward to Saturdays so much, even if they are nothing fancy. I am easy to please. :)

By Sunday I was exhausted, which is pretty much life right now. It was my turn to teach in Sunday School, and boy did we have a doozy of a lesson for the kiddos. I had the pleasure of teaching the story of Abraham and Isaac to four and five year olds, haha. And if you're not familiar, God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son.... Thankfully it was just a test, but what a lesson for preschool. We muddled through it. No one was traumatized. :D

After lunch we came home and I took a long nap. Unfortunately, my house didn't clean itself in my sleep. I cannot wait to get my energy back. Baby building is serious business, apparently. I've never been this tired, and if I didn't know better I'd think I was growing triplets in there or something. The second trimester cannot get here fast enough!

Thankfully I've still been able to take walks, and that's how we ended our weekend. Sure I'm doubled-over and feeling like I could croak by the end of it, but it hasn't stopped me yet.

And that's it! I know that it's riveting stuff. But that's life as we know it.

I hope that you have a great week, and I'm going to try my best to share the last month or so tomorrow! Later taters.


Friday, July 18, 2014

1234

What a morning! My internet has been out...among many other problems. Kids are driving me insane. It's like the world is working against me! But no amount of issues can steal my joy, gosh darn it. :)

It was another week of few blogs from me. I have a confession to make. I'm tired. Tired, tired, tired. And after today you might have an little inkling as to why that is.


We made a music video. You should watch it!

(Only, make sure you're watching it on a computer. Otherwise, "the world" won't let you see it, apparently, haha.)


It has been a crazy month...a roller coaster of ups and downs...and I will make sure to tell you all about it! For now we are just enjoying this time and our blessings. Thanks for watching and have a great weekend!




Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up!

Another summer weekend has come and gone. The month of July is passing like the fleeting flash of an exploding firework. Let's not talk about the fact that school registration is next week. I am not ready to start thinking about all of that stuff just yet. :)

Our kids spent most of their evenings this weekend playing games and running around the Catholic church's picnic. 




They had so much fun, but of course they were there mostly to win some cake!




We weren't so lucky this year, haha. No big wins for us! But my mom did take John one evening, and he scored a cake on his very first try. (Which we were happy to help him eat last night!)


While the whole family went to the picnic on Friday night, Eric's parent's took the kiddos on Saturday while Eric and I did our normal weekend errands. Reagan is growing up so much. He doesn't wan't to tag along with mom and dad anymore. He wants to go with his sisters everywhere, and he's smart enough to know what's up. He's a big kid now, you know. 

We also got some GREAT news this weekend! So...I told you all about our camera debacle when I sunk our new camera into a bag of silica gel beads. Oy.

Before we sent our camera in to Canon to be looked at, we researched and knew that foreign objects like sand in the camera would void the warranty. Eric had seen on several message boards that the company was not very lenient on these types of things with other people. In fact, it seemed like they knew every loophole and excuse to get out of repairing anyone's camera under warranty. We knew they would get back to us with a big bill, but what could we do?

And then...we got a message...the camera was already being sent back to us - good as new. And it was free of charge. Say whaaat? Apparently, they couldn't find the cause of the problem. (Couldn't find the problem?? The lens CRUNCHED when you tried to open it, haha.) So they replaced what needed replacing and shipped it on back.

I mean. Maybe we just got someone on a really good day, or maybe it was a miracle, haha. But we'll take it! We now have our vlogging camera back, and it didn't cost us a dime. And I don't have to feel so bad about the mishap, haha. Eric was in a pretty good mood after that. :)

We finished off the weekend with a relaxing Sunday. The kiddos took a ride in Grandpa Greg's boat...

(Thanks Aunt Amy for snapping a few pictures!)

And I appreciated some time to just rest and relax. I have been so tired lately! Chasing after these kids is no joke - it's a super workout! :) 

Now I must ask a favor - let me know if you can help me out! We are on the lookout for a set of wooden children's chairs to borrow. You know, just a normal set of chairs that would accompany any table and chair set. We would need them for just a day - so if you know where we can find some chairs, let me know! 

Hope you had a great weekend! And a big Happy Birthday to all of our friends who celebrated this weekend! I had no idea we knew so many people with July birthdays. :) Over and out!


Friday, July 11, 2014

DMV Story Time

Well, I sucked at blogging this week, I admit. I needed a break. Just enjoying hanging out with my babes....


A little post-swim lessons, pre-walk snuggle. :)



And on that break I spent one morning at the traveling DMV with every person over age 85 in Red Bud to rectify a wrong that I have been hiding and avoiding for three years. Three shameful years.

I have been driving around with what appeared to be an expired license...since 2011. I mean, what is wrong with me? Why didn't I get that fixed?? I guess to be fair, it wasn't really expired. It just looked expired.

The last time I renewed my license I was able to do so through the Illinois safe-driver program online. And apparently they send you a sticker to slap on your license that says, "Hey, this thing is good for four more years."

But we moved right after I renewed, and they must have sent my sticker to the old address, because I never got the darn thing. It is truly a testament to how little I drive, how much I don't drink, and what type of establishments I typically hang out in that I haven't had to show my card to anyone in three years, haha. But I might be getting on a plane soon, so I couldn't put it off any longer. I assume the story, "No, no, it's really legit. Trust me. It's not three years overdue, as it appears to be," wouldn't really "fly" with the airline people.

So I found myself sitting on a hard chair for over an hour, perched between one very sweet elderly lady, and one wisecracking old man, waiting for my turn to confess my sins and get this situation taken care of.

I thought of all kinds of stories I would tell to make myself not look as dumb as I knew I would sound. I rehearsed these stories - out loud. Things that could possibly excuse my laziness for three years. All kinds of fibs I could tell. "Uh, my kids must have peeled it off at some point, I just don't know..." Haha.

But as I sat there laughing and chatting with all of the kind and wrinkled faces around me, my conscious just got the better of me. I can't LIE. Who cares? These people don't care. Just tell them what's up. And if you look like an idiot, that's probably because you are one.

Turns out that what happened to me isn't all that weird, and it was no big deal at all. I avoided it for THREE YEARS, because I thought I would be mocked somehow for being so irresponsible. Does that sound dumb to me now? Uh, yes! Of course it does. It was something I built up in my head to be a much bigger deal than it actually was. Seriously, I "forgot" my license at home when I gave birth to Reagan so that I wouldn't have to show it at the hospital and explain my story. Bahaha. As you might guess, Eric makes fun of me so bad for this stuff. He's a "take care of business" kind of guy. I'm ridiculously passive. But the longer I'm married to him, the more he's slooowly rubbing off on me. ;)

And now I don't have to be paranoid everywhere I go that I'm going to have to show my drivers license. What a pain in the butt. I'm so weird.

But these people aren't....


I love my people.

My kiddos are looking forward to the Catholic picnic this weekend, and more specifically, the cake walk. Evelyn won a cake last year, and that's all she has been able to talk about for the last two days. This morning I was roused from a peaceful slumber with, "WAKE UP! IT'S THE CATHOLIC PICNIC!"

Then Gracie chimed in with, "It's the cake walk, mom!"

I didn't even open my eyes. "Tonight, kids, tonight!"

They are just a little bit excited about it. 

I currently have three kids climbing all over me...two kids kicking each other...one poking people with popsicle sticks. Just another day in paradise. Yesterday I caught them tickling each other's feet with their electric toothbrushes. What the heck - never a dull moment around here. :)

I hope you have a great weekend!!





Monday, July 7, 2014

The Weekend of Independence

....because I can't remember when I've had so much kid-free time. :)

What a great weekend! We were able to enjoy a mini-vacation of sorts over the Fourth of July as Eric had three straight days of no working whatsoever - not even at the radio station on Saturday. For most people that's called a "long weekend," but for us that's a very rare and real treat.

Our Fourth of July was very relaxed and fun. We decided to start a new little tradition by going out for breakfast as a family. I'm not gonna lie...I was pulled in the by the commercials and the allure of something my tastebuds said that I had to have. Fourth of July pancakes. Blueberry pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream and a cream cheese drizzle. Every time I saw those delicious pancakes pop up on my computer in an advertisement I just about lost my cool. So we took ourselves to Denny's and stuffed ourselves real good with some patriotic flapjacks. :)


Also lots of orange juice. 

We literally had to drag ourselves out of there, and we couldn't even think about food for the rest of the day. That is of course until that afternoon when we went to my parent's house for a delicious bbq. My mom put out the usual scrumptious spread! It was a Fourth feast fit for a king!

Now I want a hamburger....

Honestly, neither Eric nor I had the energy to try to go anywhere for fireworks that evening. No one was that torn up about it - we're definitely not pyromaniacs here (or so I thought), and we can enjoy them on TV just as well. But none of that mattered anyway, because of course we had neighbors all around putting on quite the show. We were able to see some awesome displays right from our own back patio. Gracie just about LOST HER MIND over the fireworks. She loved them. Loved. Them. "I love fireworks! Dis is my favorite holiday!"

Reagan had an equally passionate response in the opposite direction. He high-tailed it in the house when they went off faster than a speeding bullet! Haha. Evelyn thought they were neat, and Eric was just glad he didn't have to pay for any of it. :)

We intentionally took it easy on this day, because we knew the next would be long and busy. Eric was the best man in his friend AJ's wedding on Saturday. My mom took the kids, and Eric and I set off for a day full of wedding fun.

Our first mission as best man and best man's wife was to track down a videotape for the video camera, which sent us on a mad-dash around the St. Louis area. We finally found the very last tape in what was probably within a thousand mile radius on a lonely shelf at Radio Shack. Haha. Hallelujah - thank you, Radio Shack. Now AJ and Rachel will forever have their memories to cherish. :)

But soon we were at Larimore Plantation.




You guys. This was a beautiful, fairytale, will-probably-never-happen-again,  dream of a wedding. Rachel and AJ were so BLESSED with the most perfect weather for an outdoor event. It was the 5th of July, and it felt like we were in an air-conditioned church or something. It was bizarre, but awesome. There are a lot of things you can plan for a wedding, but there are always a few variables that you just don't have any control over. We expected to be melting during the ceremony, but it was absolutely dreamy. I know I'm gushing, but I just...I can't...I can't even believe how wonderfully it turned out. :)


Much of the day had been cool and overcast, but literally just before the ceremony the clouds parted and the entire property was cast in the most beautiful golden light. It was picture perfect.

Soon Rachel began her walk down the aisle. :)




Which started the beginning of the most meaningful, AMAZING, (I can't think of a good enough adjective to use here) ceremony that I have ever heard.


Another of Eric's jobs as best man was to secure an officiant for the wedding, and he painstakingly poured over this particular job. AJ is a very unique fellow. :) And Eric knew it would take a very special pastor to match wits and be a good fit for this couple. Since AJ and Rachel don't actually live in the St. Louis area anymore, it would be hard for them to really take the time to do this job. Eric was glad to do it. 

Seems like he hit it right on the head! After several months of pre-marriage counseling via Skype, I'm told that Rachel and AJ loved the pastor. And the message he spoke almost had me weeping like a little baby. GoodNESS, it was SO GOOD.

Eric was also asked to choose and read a passage of scripture in the ceremony....



...which coincidently tied in perfectly with the rest of the service. :)

Then they sealed their vows with the cutest kiss I ever did see.


You would think this was my own wedding the way I talk about it. 

After some refreshments on the patio it was time to party it up at the reception. I didn't take a ton of pictures here, but the food was awesome, the speeches were phenomenal, the music was great (good job on the music selection, guys, haha.) AJ, if you are reading this, I sincerely hope you know what a great wedding you had. Ha!




After Eric gave his best man speech, we were free to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening!

The one and only (bad) picture we took together at the reception. :)


We had such a good time, but eventually the clock struck midnight (or maybe it was like 9:30) and we had to get home to our babies. :) I'm honestly not sure that I've spent that many consecutive hours away from all of my kids since Reagan has been born. It was a lovely day!

I guess we partied a little too hard the night before, because we totally slept in on Sunday and missed Sunday School. We did manage to make it to church though, and after a lunch with Eric's parents (who just returned home from vacation) Eric and I had another totally kid-free afternoon to run errands. What is this world I was living in??

We wrapped up the weekend by celebrating my brother Justin's 17th birthday with a pizza party!



And since I don't believe I cooked a single meal the entire weekend, I would say that this was one successful Fourth of July holiday for yours truly! I am sad to see it end. Now it's back to Monday. Eric is back to work. And I am wiped out.

Here's another "Happy Birthday!" to my friends Heather and Helen and all of the others that celebrated this weekend. What a fun time of the year to be born! 

As always, we are so thankful and proud to be Americans and live in a country where we are free to be, free to worship, free to work, free to run our households...just free. And if anyone ever needs a reminder of how special that really is, I invite you to watch "Revolution" on Netflix. Haha. Aside from making you really paranoid about the power going out, it definitely makes you understand the importance of democracy...and the NRA. ;)

Alright, that's all the time we've got for today. Peace out!



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Night Vlog!

Sharing some video of all the fun from this weekend and more!

Well this one is coming atcha a little later than normal. :) It took me all day to upload this darn vlog, because I kept thinking youtube was doing it's thing, when in fact, it was not. Haha.

We've sent our camera off to be repaired (still waiting to hear back on a quote), so in the meantime I am sharing some footage we took through the month of June with our trusty phones. Evelyn played a special part in the making of this video, as you will soon see. I was CRACKING up when I found all of the videos she had taken. I had to take about 20 minutes worth of her "vlogging" and pick just a few gems to share.

So here you go - a special nightly edition of the blog on this Fourth of July Eve!


We hope that you have a wonderful Fourth with your family or friends or strangers or whomever you please! God Bless the USA. :)

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