4th of July

I’ve gotten way behind, but do not want to forget our fun summer memories!

We went to see the City of Rogers firework show at Veteran’s Park on July 3rd. We enjoyed people watching in our diverse little town ate some treats and then waited for the show.

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On the 4th, Preston, Dusty and Arden came over for swimming and a sleepover. Ellie loves baby Arden and they are quickly becoming BFF’s.

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We had a spontaneous change of plans and met my parents and Stacey in Kansas City on Saturday. We spent the day at Schlitterban Water park, and had a blast.  They have an amazing lazy river with rapids, ocean lazy river and so many huge slides that our kids could all do. We stayed in a hotel and swam and had a great time. I couldn’t find any pictures from the water park, but here are some worn out kids when they finally crashed in the hotel after 10pm!

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First swim meet

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Ellie and Drew are on a swim team this summer. They just barely make the qualifications (5 years old), so they are the youngest, smallest swimmers on the team. Practice is three times a week, and they work their little bodies hard for a full hour in the pool.  This Saturday morning was their first meet. They swam side by side in the 25m freestyle and then in girls and boys heats of the 25m kickboard race.  Getting to the right place at the right time was a little overwhelming and scary for them, but once they were in the water, they did so great! We loved watching them and can’t wait for the next meet!

Timmy's all set up to watch the races (and play on the ipad....)

Timmy’s all set up to watch the races (and play on the ipad….)

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They are very nervous about where to be and what exactly they’re supposed to do!

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25m freestyle.

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Ellie in the lead and poor Drew was very worn out from too many days of swimming this week.

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All done- and so relieved!

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He made it!

 

They are set with their swim caps.

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On the Pontoon….party in slow motion….

 We spent another week at the Lake of the Ozarks. This was our third lake trip with our friends, the Hoyles, and I’d say the best one yet! Our kids are a blast these days- we had ages 6, 5, 5, 4, 2, and 2.  They all love the water and everything that goes with it. We are so grateful to my parents for letting us use their place to make lots of great family memories! Cat and I drove up early with all six kids in one van. We made record time- again! Friday morning the guys had to work, so we coved out on the boat and swam. Later that day we swam in the pool, pulled the kids on the ski trainer and grilled out on the balcony. The next day we spent the whole day at a fun beach restaurant playing in the sand and enjoying the long boat ride. Sunday we swam in the pool soaking up every last minute of fun. James was having so much fun, we decided to stay two more nights. We had blast with more swimming, fishing and boating and even a trip to Miner Mike’s arcade.  Cat and I have concluded that reality is overrated, and we want to live at the lake! Picture overload below:

On the pontoon.... mmmm moterboating..

Best buds.

Doing their own bait!

Doing their own bait!

This girl can fish- she caught three in a row!

This girl can fish- she caught three in a row!

Timmy loved the roller coaster at Miner Mike's.

Timmy loved the roller coaster at Miner Mike’s.

Timmy fished for about five minutes.

Timmy fished for about five minutes.

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All four of us cruising the lake on the jet ski.

All four of us cruising the lake on the jet ski.

Timmy loves the ski trainer!

Timmy loves the ski trainer!

Ellie and Drew and I played hours of Crazy 8's.

Ellie and Drew and I played hours of Crazy 8’s.

Buddies. Ellie, Ethan and Drew

Buddies. Ellie, Ethan and Drew

These two are hilarious. They'll hate these pictures in 10 years, but they are jus too cute now.

These two are hilarious. They’ll hate these pictures in 10 years, but they are jus too cute now.

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Nothing like a boat ride nap

Nothing like a boat ride nap

Frankie & Louie's Pizza

Frankie & Louie’s Pizza

Mermaid Ellie

Mermaid Ellie

Mer- man ?? One of the kids added the "shells" .HA

Mer- man ?? One of the kids added the “shells” .HA

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Lovin the lake

Lovin the lake

Dining partners.

Dining partners.

The big kid table.

The big kid table.

Seriously- hilarious and adorable these two.

Seriously- hilarious and adorable these two.

The kids passed out way before the sun went down and we enjoyed quiet dinners on the balcony.

The kids passed out way before the sun went down and we enjoyed quiet dinners on the balcony.

On the pontoon.... out here in the open, mmmmm motor boatin'

On the pontoon…. out here in the open, mmmmm motor boatin’

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Throwing them over board

Throwing them over board

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Memorial Day Weekend

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Piano

One year of piano with Ms. Bailey- complete!

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FIVE

We celebrated Drew and Ellie’s fifth birthday on May 4th and of all things- IT SNOWED! We were planning a big, outdoor picnic party in our front yard. We quickly scrambled around for an inside option and had the party at a bowling alley. It was a huge success and confirmed that parties outside of the house are WAY easier than at home. Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us!

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Random

Here are a few shots of everyday life.

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Timmy is attempting to be a big kid and take a shower. He still gets scared and cries, but this picture is his first successful night!

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Movie night! Popcorn for dinner!

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She always has cute unique hair when Susie & Anthony are around! A rare straight hair day for Ellie.

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Drew’s construction paper armor.

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Cuties in Daddy’s shoes

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