Thursday, July 25, 2013

Emergency Wardrobe

For the first time in a zillion years, Sylvia had an accident.  She peed her pants at the park.  Carolina came to the rescue with her pink sweatshirt.  You can tell Sylvia really liked it...way better than her shorts I made her wear to camp!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dinner With Friends & Dressing Up As Garden Fairies

Dinner with friends.  7 kids, 6 adults = slightly crazy when too hot and rainy to play outside! 
Garden Fairies.  We created the crowns with live greens and flowers from the yard.  They looked so cute.

A Special Way to Celebrate 4th of July

We are very spoiled to be able to be able to enjoy the 4th of July at the White House almost every year.  We have a bit of a ritual, go downtown early to find good parking, have a good meal, and then head to the White House.  This is our second year taking Evelyn and Sylvia and dining at the Hamilton.  Once at the White House, they enjoyed face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, dove ice cream bars (this is a WH tradition), the band FUN. performing live, and fireworks!  Pretty incredible day! They have NO IDEA how lucky they are.  The President and first family celebrated on the roof! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Camping with Grandpa

Super fun time with Grandpa in his fancy RV with cousin/niece Alexis for 3 nights!  We stopped on the way to pick peaches and blackberries. 

2 Weeks Have Gone By...

It's hard to believe 2 weeks have gone by already. I still need to update pictures from the last post!  Oh well, I suppose you could say we are having a good time enjoying summer.  Evelyn and Sylvia enjoyed 2 weeks of morning swim lessons and then almost everyday went to a playground and then back to our pool.  Some days they were in the pool 3x in one day!  They literally smell of chlorine, no matter how often they take a bath.  For the weekends, it seems to be the norm to have 1-2 families over for dinner one evening.  The Garr's and Berry's joined us (so 7 kids total!) on Friday the 12th. Saturday, we hit the pool and Sunday we met up with some friends for breakfast in Old Town to meet their new baby.

Last weekend, Grandpa and Alexis (14 year old niece and the girls cousin) drove all the way from Indiana to meet us in Luray for camping at Jellystone Park (or as Sylvia calls it, Jellybean Stone).  It was sooo hot, so we were very thankful for Grandpa's luxurious RV with air conditioning, beds, and full kitchen.  The DVD and popcorn helped too!  We pretty much swam all day and hung out in the RV after around 4pm.  We did go out on paddle boats and did a round of mini golf.  On the way out we stopped to pick peaches and blackberries.  David rode his motorcycle out so Grandpa and David enjoyed some guy time on skyline drive.
This week the girls are in drama camp at a local elementary school.  They are really enjoying.  They seem to be making the set and preparing for a show they will put on Friday.

Next week and the week after they are in Vacation Bible School at local churches/preschools.  Lots of their neighborhood friends will be there too (it's the best deal in town!), and while we aren't religious, I'm not opposed to them getting a little Jesus in the summer.  They are well organized and a lot of fun!

Then, we go to Michigan to see Granny, Grammommy, Gramps, the Benson Crew (including 3 cousins), Uncle Shane, Aunt Sheri, and Uncle Kirk.  I'll be there 9 days with the girls, David will come out a day later.  Should be good fun!  Excited to see all that Grammommy and Gramps have done.  Lots of hard work that will provide many, many more years of enjoyment for everyone.

I promise pictures soon.  Maybe tomorrow, if you're lucky :)