Jul 5, 2014

Independence Day 2014

We had a pretty low key Indepence Day. We slept as late as SM would allow, then began preparing for Reagan's dad to come over for lunch. Reagan grilled steaks and I made a few sides. While we were cooking, SM spent a little time outside playing. I took a few quick pictures of her before Mr. Brown showed up.

She loves those pink sparkly boots. I bought them last August at our church's consignment sale. Luckily they were too big and she's getting lots of wear out of them. She doesn't care which colors she's wearing, she thinks those boots match. I'll probably keep them in a box to show her children after she outgrows them. 

After lunch, SM swam for an hour or so then we went over to B.B.'s for ice cream and more playing. Here's our girl with Anna Grace and Lily. 

Here are two of the funniest girls I know. 

We stayed at B.B.'s until dinner, then headed out to get fireworks. We went home and ate BLTs and sandwiches. Reagan had left bread cooking in the bread maker before we left, so it was fresh and warm when we got home. He also had fresh tomatoes from our garden. 

After dinner, we went outside and shot fireworks until around 9:00. Once that was over, we all came in and got baths and went to bed. It was a great summer day spent with family. 

Jun 15, 2014

Mrs. Amber's Wedding

Last weekend Sara Madalin was a flower girl in her babysitter's wedding. Amber has been our number one baby sitter for a few years now. Sara Madalin loves her and she handles Sara Madalin in a way that few can. She lets SM be herself, but she doesn't put up with any funny business out of that girl. We just love the relationship they have. And when Amber got engaged and asked SM to be a flower girl, we were so excited. 

Amber's wedding was in Vicksburg, about an hour from where we live. Saturday, before the wedding, we had to be at the venue about three hours before the wedding for pictures. As I tell people often about many things we attend with this live wire, this wasn't my first rodeo. I knew I needed to take lots of snacks, and lots of busy work for her. She did really well and I was so proud of her. Now, she acted like a 6-year-old, but she was better than I expected her to be during that period of time.

Here are a few pictures of her during our down time.

I loved her dress. Amber had us order it from an Etsy vendor. It was precious and I'm counting on it being an heirloom to pass onto her child someday. 

She was in complete awe of Amber all day. Amber was absolutely beautiful, so I can understand her feelings. After most of the pics were done, Amber sat down for a minute. SM went to sit next to her and I wanted a picture of them together. As soon as SM sat down next to Amber, she leaned over and kissed her on the shoulder. It was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen her do. I was so glad I had my camera ready. It was one of my favorites pictures of the day. 

I did everything I could think of to keep her entertained. But at some point, you just have to let a girl like her be herself. So, I let her run and twirl a bit. It was one of her favorite parts of the day. 

At the end of the ceremony, the wedding party walked upstairs until the guests exited. They were going to take a few photos after the ceremony. I looked back and saw the little kids looking over the upstairs balcony. It was another sweet picture from the day. 

Reagan had to work the day of the wedding, so he arrived just a few minutes before the ceremony started. SM had already gone to the area where the wedding party was waiting for the ceremony to begin. After the wedding, she saw him for the first time that day. She was so happy to finally see him. 

After the ceremony and pictures, the real party began. If there is one thing this girl loves, it's a wedding reception. The music started and she didn't care if it was the bride and father dance, she grabbed the nearest kid her age and led him by the hand to the dance floor.

She danced, she ate a little cake, she ran and twirled. Then she remembered we were staying the night at a hotel, and that the hotel pool was still open. So, we said good-bye to everyone and went swimming until the pool closed at 10:00. We had a great weekend and we were so happy to be part of such a special time in Amber's life. 

May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Saturday afternoon we went to Susan's for lunch to find out the gender of Mandy's baby. Buttercup went along for her first family gathering. These girls enjoyed holding her. But not as much as they enjoyed swimming.

Mandy is having a baby boy, by the way. We are all pretty excited about the addition of a new little one. We all wore the color symbolizing the gender we guessed the baby to be. SM wore pink. When we found out it was aboy, she was not happy. At all. Reagan said he thinks it was because she thought it was a game and she lost. She does not like to lose or be wrong.

Sara Madalin spent the night with Susan and Reagan and I went out on an adults only date with our friends, David and Regina. We had a great night of fellowship and laughter. We will miss them when they head back to Guatemala at the end of June.

Sunday after church and lunch we went back to Susan's for a little more swimming.

Monday Reagan had to work for a few hours. SM and I slept in until about 8:30. When Reagan got home they spent a little time out in the lake while I cleaned then rested a little. 

We had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. Now we are ready for Summer fun to begin.