Monday, July 06, 2015

Summa Summa Summa TIME....

I love summertime!  This summer has been super fun so far and we have lots more fun ahead of us!

I got to meet these 2 beauties for lunch a few weeks back and we spent a couple of hours catching up and reminiscing about high school...when did we become 30 somethings?!  I will say, my 30's have so far been the best years of my life!  So fun getting together with high school friends!

I've got to spend lots of time with my friends and their adorable kiddos.  I tired PhiPhi out this day!  Adore this girl so much!

Lisa got me a selfie stick, so we had to test it out.  LOL

We spent a weekend in Kansas City for our tradition where we take our nieces and nephews on a trip for their 10th birthdays.  We went to Oceans of Fun, Worlds of Fun and Sean took Bode to a Royals/Red Sox game.   Such a fun and special trip!

Tate and I got a one on one date while they went to the baseball game!

Lots of sliding and swimming happened...such a fun weekend!

We returned in time to celebrate my amazing husband and father to my boys and my awesome dad with a fun Father's Day!

I am so fortunate.  I have the best family in the world...

The weather heated up and we got the water table out for Cason...turns out the big boys liked it too!

Cason has figured out the concept of the "selfie"...cutest thing ever!

Our big boys have actually spent some time playing TOGETHER and getting along this summer!  It's a summer miracle!

Gotta love girl time...especially when it's with this amazing niece of mine!  Oh, Ayla...I adore you!

And it wouldn't be a good day unless some of it is spent with our talking to this lady!
She works so hard all year and life gets busy so we take FULL advantage of the summers...pool time with the kiddos, lots of texts and phone calls.  I hate when she goes back to work.  HATE IT!

The 4th of July has become our holiday.  We have a super convenient location for fireworks which means no searching for a parking spot and lugging a bunch of stuff for blocks and blocks to find a good view.  We have a perfect view of the Bettendorf fireworks from the field just 3 houses down from us!  We love having our friends over for the 4th...but first, let me take a family selfie...

A patriotic and YUMMY trifle!

My big boy...

My girls...adore each of these girls as they are such an important part of our village.  The friendships I have with them are so precious to me.

This winter, we are even taking our first girl's vacation to a few other amazing women that will be joining us!  Can't wait!!!!

And nothing says "I LOVE THE USA" like drinking a Modelo on the 4th of July! LOL

And to think that all of this was just the first half of the summer!

We leave tomorrow for a family vacation to Colorado for week.  Sweet Cason isn't going as he just simply can't deal with most public places.  His 2nd Mommy and Daddy, Lora and James are keeping him for us for most of the time and Sarah and Mike will be keeping him over the weekend.  I just can't say enough about how grateful I am for the DeCooks and the Peakins for all they do to help us...we are so blessed by them and thank God to call them all family!  They love our kids so well...we could never repay them for all they have done for us!

Upon our return from Colorado, we will be fitting LOTS of pool days in at the DeCooks and Peakins' neighborhood pools, I have filled my schedule with photoshoots and appointments and hopefully we will fit in several of the items on our summer list before Sean and I leave for an incredible vacation just the two of us!  I can't even believe it...I have wanted to experience all that St. Lucia has to offer for YEARS.  I met someone from St. Lucia in 1999 and she spoke of her country in a way that made me want so badly to visit it!  So we are!!!  An 11 month late 10 year anniversary trip will be spent with my amazing husband for a week in the beautiful St. Lucia!!!  I.CAN'T.WAIT!

Loving summer and soaking it all up!  Hope you are too!!!

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