Monday, August 14, 2017

End of Summer Phone Dump

My phone is having less and less storage for pictures, someday I will get a bigger phone but I am revolting on that for as long as I can because I am cheap, or maybe I just take too many pictures. 

So here we have some of our summer fun! 



We've been smoked in for awhile now but it made some gorgeous nights to photograph the full moon! 



Still loving our date boxes!  


This one included homemade shaved ice with real fruit syrups we made ourselves - yum! 


We've picked a lot of berries 


and someone ate a lot too!





We've spent a lot of nights out back, my husband makes the best smores around!




We've had our first bee sting experience and the kid was babied big time. Then we had another one with another kid a week later. Hopefully that's enough! 



Sometimes I have no control over the craziness that happens in our house! 



Sweet Eli wanted to make blueberry muffins for his sisters birthday! They were delicious! 





Mal's been cooking too! 


We're having a lot of fun learning about sea creatures this year in school


The big kids had their first campout experience with my parents and they loved every second of it! 









I usually get complaints almost every night over what I cook for dinner, but go figure a pot of simple lentils had everyone going back for seconds. 


Ozzie likes to hang out around the firepit too! 


This one is random but Peter and I have a little app we have fun answering questions to each other on. It's a similar logic to the newlywed game.  I laughed because this is HIS answer!  This is not what his answer would have been when we first got married. Now the question is, what size sports team are we talking here ;) 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Perfect Family Day

For 7 years we have been parents. We were blessed hard and fast with all 4 of them. Malachi started us off on our journey 7 years ago when we met and brought him home this week so this is traditionally his "Gotcha Day"!  This is also the same week that we brought LB home which was very coincidental.  We still try to celebrate Mal's Ethiopian roots but we also make the celebration a fun family day all together.  

Don't get me wrong, I love babies but there is just something about our family in these days with the ages the kids are that they are just a lot of fun to be with.  There are more things we can all do together and I am sure that is just going to continue as the kids keep growing.

We took this occasion to take off to the beach and just enjoy a day together!  We haven't been to the beach since March and the weather seemed pretty perfect.  Sunny but not too hot and not too cold.  As soon as the kids saw the sand, their excitement was contagious! 




It wasn't long before we realized that we needed to switch to swimsuits! 














On the way home we made a fun little stop!  Everyone in the family loves donuts! 



We could have spent all day into the evening at the beach and I think everyone would have been thrilled to do that (it's a good thing we didn't, can you say sunburn) but we had Ethiopian food cooking at home so we needed to get home for dinnertime. 

This is one of the few times a year we have Ethiopian food, mainly because in the past because the kids haven't been the biggest fans, but Malachi and LB devoured the stuff and have been eating it as leftovers even, so maybe we can indulge more in the future!  We love any opportunity we have to bring a bit of Mal's culture into our home. 


And then as the evening wore on, we were hoping to spend the evening watching the meteor shower with the kids but the cloud cover interrupted that.  Fortunately we were still able to have a great time as a family playing "Would you Rather" around the fire pit. Clearly they didn't like either option I gave them.  


It was a simple day, but a perfect one. Seriously as I looked around at my family in the evening I just couldn't imagine life getting much better. I am so blessed with my husband and these kids.  They may fight and bicker and be disrespectful. I may run out of patience and I certainly make lots of mistakes, but I love them all so much and they're all perfect the way they are! Family time is the best time and I hope we can keep this Family Day tradition going for years and years!