What we've been up to since the end of May-
The girls finished school! This year each of them finished on a different day, Heidi being the earliest ending at the end of May. I actually really liked it that way, as all of the celebrations and end-of-school-hoopla trickled to a stop instead of an all at once deluge of things to do.
Summer has also been really good for me this year, after a rough first week. Three of the girls did Vacation Bible School at the end of June, and all of them did swim lessons. I was so thankful the lessons mostly overlapped time-wise, and I am SO proud of myself that most of the days I took all four of them on my own and survived (one day even going back and forth two different times, once during nap time! Yes, I will accept that gold medal, thanks.)! Evie and Audrey's lessons began a few days before the younger two, so it took quite a bit of effort to keep them occupied for forty minutes. There's nothing more harrowing than taking a willful three-year-old to a pool, sitting her in the bleachers mere feet from the water and telling her she can't go in.
We invested in a lot of these this summer and I always made sure to toss lots of snacks in the pool bag.
|Heidi's 4th of July sign- "Go America"|
Evie and Audrey also participated in a week-long art camp at our church and really enjoyed it. All in all, I think the combination of a few weeks with no plans and some scheduled things other weeks worked well for me/ us.
Also in June we had a large amount of trees taken down in our front yard. It gets so much sun now that I could sit out there all day long soaking in my vitamin D! Our roof is finally moss-free and there's no more feeling like we live in a rainforest during rainy + humid times.
Also in June- Cora turned three! Her birthday fell on Father's Day, so we celebrated her and the dads at my parent's house.
Some cute things she's said lately:
"Where's my Heidi Jo?"
Watching her sisters outside- "What's my girls doing?"
Squeezing by her sisters- "S'cuze me, sweetheart."
"I will right back!"
We love her to pieces.
My plan for one part of the family room is sort of finally complete! Early in the year we bought a new couch (definitely the time to buy at Costco!), and I found new shades for the lamps. The pictures were just hung recently- I think they'd look better a little lower, but our plan is to eventually paint the room so they'll be re-hung sometime anyway. (You can kind of see the old ouch + lamp shades here.)
Our wedding anniversary is on the feast of Our Lady of Knock; I was so excited when I saw this print by Studio Senn!
This Saturday we just got back from three weeks in North Carolina. Being gone for a chunk of summer all at once was definitely new! I have lots of pictures to post hopefully soon.:)