Once school was out, the kids and I made a Summer Bucket List for 2016. School starts back next week and we almost X-ed everything off the list!
SUMMER BUCKET LIST
X-Carolina Gymnastics X-Port City Gymnastics (free class) X-Children's Museum X-Regal $1 movie X-Power of Play X-Picnic with Daddy FREE trolley downtown Library (downtown) NE Library (dog reading program) X-Splash Pad X-Hugh MacRae Park (new!) X-Wrightsville Beach X-Fountains at Wrightsville Beach X-Wrightsville Beach park (new!) X-Pet Store McNally's Farm X-Ice cream @ Boombalatti's Wake & Bake Donuts Dixie Grill (Jake & Meg date)
As of last Friday, we are on the adoption path with #babyB and #baby S. We are so excited. On Saturday afternoon, we sat down with Lily & Ella to talk, with them, about this.
Yesterday at the grocery store a lady hunted us down (saw us & made a B-line for me) in the produce department. She came over & said "let me see this family. Are they all yours?" I said "yes." She then kept talking & was asking Ella questions. Ella then chimed in, in her high squeaky sing-songy voice, "they're going to be our family forever."
It was so sweet.
Back in June, the girls each had a well check. Lily was asked to read the eye chart. She didn't do so great while covering up her right eye. So we scheduled an eye exam for once we got back from vacation. Sure enough, she is "far sighted and has all kinds of astigmatisms." Glasses it is! Her glasses came in this week and she couldn't wait to pick them up.
I booked a sitter for the morning. I ran a few errands, and then I headed downtown to meet Jake for lunch. We had a yummy lunch at The Basics. Followed by coffee.
The kids and I set up a romantic dinner for 6. We were celebrating our family's birthday. They loved it! The girls picked out photos from our wedding to put at each place setting.
We made homemade pizza.
I had some great kitchen help that also agreed to be wait staff.
When I look back over the last 8 years, this verse comes to mind.
"This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
God has been faithful. He has gone before us. He has provided & protected. He has grown us together as a couple & individually in our relationships. He has blessed us. He has grown (okay, multiplied) our family year after year. To Him be the glory!
We (all SIX of us) just got back, but are still a little groggy, from our annual trip to Minnesota. We had a late flight going there and a super early flight coming back so we are still catching up on sleep. It's always great to see everyone and for the cousins to get reacquainted. #babyB and #babyS got to meet the rest of the family that they hadn't met yet. That was special. As always, here are some photo highlights from our trip:
Maple Grove splash pad
Boat Ride on Lake Minnetonka
LOTS of play time with the cousins
DONUTS! the girls got to do their own sprinkles
We did LOTS of art (painting, cards, cutting, etc..)
Sleepover at Aunt Bekah's with cousin Morgen
Flaming Family (missing Aunt Anna)
Seeing Aunt Ronda, Great Grandpa & Great Grandma
We even passed out at nap time a few days!
Picking Grandpa's blackberries
Special times with Grandpa & Grandma Tuttle
Meeting Grandpa & Grandma Flaming
Coffee with a sweet friend.
Going to Aunt Bekah's work & having lunch downtown.
Ice Cream...We ate lots of ice cream!
A BIG thanks to my parents for letting all SIX of us take over their house. Thank you to the rest of the family for their hospitality in hosting us and the many meals.