Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer! The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.
There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too. The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature! A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!
And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)
Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!
Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!
Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?
And I remind you that my dad, who doesn’t like his age revealed, took us all away on a big trip to Mexico last summer to celebrate his BIIIIIG birthday!!! (Seriously if I looked like them I would tell everyone in sight my age!)
To celebrate, we gathered my sister, my brother, spouses, kids and my brother’s friend and we took over half of a little Italian restaurant.
Because really that’s all my mom wants….to have all her family in one place. And since it happens so infrequently, we took just a few pictures…
Love my little poser in the foreground!
How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?
Another thing I love about summertime is the sometimes influx of family parties. My husband is one of seven so there’s usually some event happening beginning around May…a graduation, wedding, a baby shower, wedding shower…etc. And when the gathering happens, it’s never small!
Last Saturday night my sister-in-law got married and we had such a fun time celebrating with her. Because the family is so large (21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way!), when the majority is together the opportunity is grabbed to snap some photos!
I snuck this shot in of most of the grand and great-grandchildren with their grandparents (some couldn’t make the wedding) while the photographer was setting up):
Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…
Their fun and delight was contagious. I didn’t care how uncoordinated I looked. :) And I wasn’t the only one who got worn out by the end of the night!
But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!
I cherish these days. :)
(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)
Today is the last day of school and all of us coincidentally are in blue, similarly to the first day. It’s hard for me to believe they will all be together in the ‘big school’ next year…my babies!
For the past couple of half days I’ve been racing around, running to Target, stocking up as if I were hurricane prepping. My last hour this morning will be a continuation of the stockpiling because we all know what it’s like shopping with kids!
Good thing it’s my favorite season!
I attended field day at both kids schools over the past couple of weeks and the delight I observed was contagious!
I was so thankful the twins were playing for the same team this year…grey!
Field day really marks the beginning of the end of school, so there’s lots of joy around here.
We are saying farewell to 1st and 3rd grades!
I truly love this month. The days get longer. Everything starts to get greener and warmer, and my most favorite season is coming around the corner. It’s also the month my little surprise baby was born just 18 months after I gave birth to TWINS.
It just makes me love this month even more. And for the last week or so we’ve been celebrating this little red head and the fact that, as she said to me last night she’s “been alive for seven years!!!”
The festivities started with what’s probably now our 3rd party held at Chuck E Cheese. My kids cannot get enough of that place!
They really have a good time, and the birthday girl was thrilled.
We continued the celebration over the next week by playing some family golf, going to the beach, and partaking in our traditional birthday hibachi meal.
We ended up celebrating for days and days but I guess that’s how it should be when you turn 7 years old huh? :)
While I feel very blessed on Mother’s Day, I do feel for those without Mother’s, or those so desperately trying to be a Mother. I am a cognizant of the fact that Mother’s Day is a tough day for so many. And while I relish in a day where we celebrate our Mothers, the commercialization of this holiday, like so many of them, really does get to me. Truly we should celebrate our Mothers everyday, right?
But I will step off my soap box to say that I did have a beautiful day. My mother was with my sister, and that was fine. The day was about just the five of us and the sun was sparkling which always picks me up. I have laryngitis; that was my gift to the family as I received their beautiful gifts. :)
My husband and I love Indian food so we decided to introduce the kids to it. Needless to say we were the only non-Indian family in the Indian restaurant on Mother’s Day! The kids did put forth a good effort and tried a lot of the foods, but I’m not sure we will be returning with them anytime soon. :)
The other big news is that my little one got her ears pierced. She was told she would have to wait until age 7 but that’s only 2 weeks away. She begged and gave me this card in the morning which sealed the deal on early piercings!
How was your Mother’s Day?
During my little one’s spring sing this week she looked right at me and flashed this smile.
It was enough to get the tears going, as they are threatening to start right now just looking at the photo. There’s just something about my baby hitting milestones that is so much harder to swallow. And every event she has these days is symbolic of her growing up.
As I sat listening to her sing, choking back the tears, I thought about the twins spring sing. It was two years ago but it feels like it could have been last month. I know I tend to ruminate so much in these posts about time passing by. I think I need to dedicate an entire blog post about it in the near future so I can explain myself.
She sang her heart out (while mine broke!)! Despite everything I was feeling, I loved every minute of it.
And really…aren’t school shows the best?
When the kids get home from school they throw down their backpacks and try to grab their iPods…like little crack addicts they are yearning to get on and play Minecraft. As soon as they complete their homework they congregate together and start virtually assaulting each other in the world of Minecraft.
And this is what I hear “Get out of my world! Watch out for the creepers! Look there’s a zombie! I need food…who has food! Hey who’s hitting me!?” And on and on. Yet they tell me it’s fun. If I allowed it they would play all. day. long!
Anyone else have Minecraft addicts?