Monday, June 29, 2015

Fireman's Picnic Weekend

We had an unexpected dentist trip this morning...so, this is better late than never! A little wrap up of one of our favorite times of the year. :)

Friday was one of the most horriblest days of my life.

Yes, I know that is not a word. It is how I feel. It was the most horrible day of the horrible days.

One of those days where nothing was going right. No matter how hard I tried to turn it around. Big things and little things. Worse and worse and worse...I don't even want to talk about it. Terrible!

And just when it couldn't get any more terrible, Eric found out he had to leave again this weekend, missing out on part of one of the best weekends of our summer. It was just too much to handle.

We capped it off by skipping out on the Fireman's Picnic (no way...not with our luck!) and getting groceries on Friday night with all of the kids in tow. And that's when it happened....

Right in the picture frame aisle of Walmart.

Grace hit her foot and mumbled something, to which Evelyn responded, LOUD and clear "Gracie said F&%#in!"

Say WHAT?

I looked at Eric. He went ghost white. I am 12, so I immediately try to not laugh in shock while my much more mature husband looks on in horror.

"EVELYN LILY!"

"What?"

"We do NOT use that word. I never want to hear my beautiful daughter say words like that. Grace, where did you hear that?"

Gracie shrugged. "One of my friends."

You have to understand. My day had been so...incredibly...terrible, that everything at that point was just unreal to me and so so funny. I couldn't stop snorting, which I know was causing a great internal conflict within my husband who was trying to process what just happened with his sweet first babies.

Pretty sure Eric Robert's girls are going to be placed in a giant bubble now. I have no idea who this "friend" is. But...you just about gave my husband a heart attack, friend. :)

We vowed to make the next day better, and it was. (Thank goodness!) The kids and I were able to spend some of our afternoon celebrating a cute one year old's first birthday - Happy Birthday, Elijah! It was an adorable ocean/beach themed party. Loved it!

Then we were FINALLY able to do something as a whole family. Fireman's Picnic, here we come! I blog about this every single year, and it hasn't changed much! Well....



...all except for the fact that the rides seemed even more obnoxiously squeaky than normal, haha. I think this particular ride company may have passed it's prime! 


You can see Evelyn here holding her ears. :D


It just so happened that our terrible luck struck again, and that morning Eric threw his back out during his workout. He was SORE, and he couldn't get our kids on and off of the rides. Good thing Grandpa Greg was there to help out!


They rode and rode and rode...and then we moved on to Evelyn's favorite...games. 




The kiddos got their jump on....



And we rocked it out before heading to dinner....



We had a really delicious dinner, and I think we ordered almost everything on the menu between all of us. :) Those firemen know how to cook, and they certainly aren't skimpy on the portions, either. So. Much. Food.


We divided it all up and had leftovers!

The weather was so perfect, and I was just thankful to get out with the family. We haven't had a ton of opportunities this summer, so we definitely try to make the most of it when we do! Eric was such a trooper with his bum back, haha. I was soaking in every moment knowing that, once again, he would be boarding a plane the next day. Thankfully, it was a very short trip this time. We'll see him again tonight!

We lured the kids a little closer to our cars by taking them on one last "attraction" for the evening...the giant slide. None of my kids had ever done this before. I wasn't sure what they would think of it, and we had a sort of Disney World experience on this one. The child I thought would be scared loved it. The one I expected to love it, was totally freaked out. :D


They made it all the way to the top with their friend, Ashleigh. :)


And then...well...just watch Grace's face. Ahahaha....



She looked as if she had been accosted at the end. :D


I can't even...it was so funny. She turned around and wanted to do it again! (And then chickened out and daddy had to go rescue her...bad back and all!)


Hehe, still freaked out!

Reagan LOVED it and went down with his Papa several times.


As for Miss Charlotte...she spent a good portion of the evening like this:


Just sleeping that little life away! She does peek her eyes out every once in a while...just to see what all of the commotion is about. :)

The next day was the parade. We said goodbye to Eric and planned to enjoy the day without him. I was sad, not gonna lie. I don't think either of us have missed it since we've been married, and it's definitely something that all of the kids look forward to all year long. Wish he could have been there! But we were surrounded by friends and family, and the kids had a great time as usual.

Grace is my waver. She could wave and wave until her arms fall off. That might also have something to do with the fact that she is my sweet tooth child who would do just about anything for MORE candy!!






 It's always amazing to me how many people squeeze into our tiny town for this parade! Here was a glimpse of our view on the parade route...



It's typically 8-10 rows deep where we sit!

Charlotte did eventually wake up and have a chat with Aunt Jamie. :)



Such a sweetie pie!

We had dinner at my parent's house after this, and boy are we pooped today! When Eric messaged me last night and said, "I just got a message that the girls have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning," I just about fainted. I wanted to slow down! Haha. I haven't a clue why we didn't get the usual reminder email a week in advance, but oh well! Took all four kids to the dentist and the girls made it back just in time for swimming lessons! Go go go....

So now, here we are! We sacrificed time with Eric this weekend, but we should have him home as usual the rest of this week, so I'll take it. Everything about our life is just a little bit crazy right now, but I wonder...if it slows down...will we just be bored??



Naaaah!! ;)


Happy week!



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Father's Day

This week is getting away from me! It's a traveling week for Mr. Robert, and we've been keeping busy with waterslides, trips to grandma's, and I got my summer hair done yesterday, which...hallelujah. I've gotta say it wasn't quite as hard to say goodbye to Eric when he left yesterday morning as it has been some other times. I think it's because we had a week of normalcy last week. Much easier than the relentless back and forth! Traveling is exhausting, and saying goodbye all the time is draining.

I never got a chance here to say Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Hope you had a good one. We spent ours with family.

As usual on special days, we tried to get a good picture with Eric and all of the kids on Sunday. And as usual, our son decided not to cooperate for most of them. :) When I try to take pictures of just one of the kids for something I can't seem to keep him from jumping in, too. But when you actually want him to be in a picture - nope! Did get a few good ones with dad and his girls first, though.




They finally tried to lure Reagan in by saying his stick could be in the picture, haha. 


He still wasn't thrilled, but we ended up getting one where he wasn't totally scowling. :)


It's amazing to me that even after the craziest day...with the craziest fits and when everything blows up around us...in that moment of quiet at the very end we're still able to rally and say, "I love our crazy life." I love it mostly, because this guy is on my team. So thankful for his heart. He's a great dad.

After a morning at church we had lunch at my parent's house. The kids were VERY excited to eat. (They are always starving after church services, haha!)


And we were all highly entertained by Miss Evelyn, who was not in fact angry in these pictures, but trying to learn how to cross her eyes. :D











Charlotte got some grandpa time in...she LOVES his mustache. Baha.


And it was a great day to just take it easy. (Thank you to Eric's dad for surprising us with a mowed lawn when we got home! Our lawn mower is in the shop...again.... It was a great gift for Eric on this day!)


On days like these I am so thankful for all of the fathers in my life...but it also makes me highly cognizant of those who don't have a father figure themselves. I never know just the right words to say in that situation. I know many many people who have lost their dad or who are estranged from their dad. This is the best comfort I know....

Psalm 68:55
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

Psalm 10:14
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 146:9
The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

There are so many more verses like this. In other words, he's got your back. Maybe even in an extra special way. :)

I hope everyone had a great weekend...several days ago. Better late than never, right? Love to you, friends!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Evelyn's 6th Birthday Party!


The idea for Evie's Ice Cream birthday this year came from sort of an unusual source. We were trying to think of just the right theme for our happy six year old, and we found our inspiration one day in the closet. We took one look at one of our favorite summer dresses and that became the theme for the day! It's from a line called "Ice Cream Sweetie," and the colors are so bright and fun! We tried to get a picture of all of the girlies wearing their dresses, but Miss Charlotte was a flailing fool, haha. So as usual, you get to see the back of her head. :)


She ended up sleeping through practically the WHOLE party... which worked out just fine for me! 

Almost everything I made for the party was taken from the colors on those dresses - pink, blue, and green. Most importantly, Evelyn loved it! I made just a few things, bought some stuff, hung up some streamers, and bada bing bada boom...party central.





The cake for Evelyn's day was ice cream cone cupcakes, because of course! Just don't look too closely at the cones. I am not a professional icing piper, and some of them fell over and got smashed. :D 



Evelyn wanted to make some of her own decorations for the party this year. I think she did a swell job!


The idea for this party was that we would do the typical party things but have the kids mostly outside splashing in the water. I was saying my prayers that the weather would hold out for us. Just a couple of hours before we had a torrential downpour, but then the sun came out for a little while! I had a lot of decorations planned for the outside, but since the weather was iffy I just hung up some giant ice cream cones and called it a day.




Eric and I looked at each other and thought, hey we might just luck out and have a beautiful day, after all! We didn't, but...it all worked out. Haha!

As we have done for the past few parties, we ordered pizzas and took all of the pressure off of preparing a ton of food. I love it! We toyed with idea of doing other things this time, but at the end of the day, you can't beat the ease of pizza. Especially for a kid's party.


And because it wasn't raining at the time, the kiddos who were already here decided that they needed to go out ASAP and get in as much pool time as possible.  Well, all except for this guy. We couldn't coax him in....



They splashed around for a few minutes before the rains came once again. More party guests arrived and everyone ran in the house to escape the torrents outside! Let me tell ya...our children were super hyper this day! We had kids running all over this place. Evelyn looked like she was having a blast, so it was all good with me. :)


It was decided that this would be the perfect time to sing Happy Birthday and let Evelyn open her gifts. The weather actually didn't deter much at all!



 Eric was our ice cream man. :)


Before Evelyn's party she told Eric and me, "I can't wait to read all of the cards and hear the sweet messages everyone will write to me." So I made sure to write an extra sweet message in our birthday card to her. You can see how she felt about that. :)



Our big-hearted baby!

The rains subsided and we were able to spend the rest of the afternoon outside, watching the kids play and have fun as we always intended. So while we didn't get away with no rain at all, it was simply no big deal. We worked around it and I gotta say...I'm pretty proud of myself with how far I've come on these birthday parties, haha. Go with flow, I say. A far cry from six years ago when hosting these things gave me an ulcer. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...small is good! 



Evelyn has been asking for the past couple of days when it gets to be her birthday again. :) Sorry sister, it's a long wait ahead! I definitely think she had a good time. I know I did! And probably one of the best parts is that at the end of the day our house wasn't completely destroyed, haha. I can't say that for all of our parties. Usually I'm cleaning up the aftermath for days.

(But if you come over, you WILL still see some decorations hanging up. It's just how I roll.) I'm a slow taker-downer.

I'm still riding high on birthday fumes, but soon I will be sitting in a dentist's chair getting a tooth pulled. Yay me. :) So I gotta skiddadle. Thank you all for checking out Evelyn's simple and fun Ice Cream birthday!!


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