Here I just thought June was our busy month. Turned out July was the one. But a very good busy. Lots of trips, and LOTS of pictures!
On the 4th of July this year, Phil had work off and we were all excited. We didn't really have any plans but we knew we'd fill up the day doing something together. It's tradition to have Daddy get doughnuts for us all every 4th, so that is how our day started! We then went to target that morning to get some things. One of which was Kinzi's new comforter that Dad picked out and was exactly what I wanted. We then looked at baby clothes, naturally. Kinzi got really excited and started picking out a ton of girl clothes for her, sister? Now she knows very well she is having another brother, she is actually quite excited about it. I think it dawned on her that girl clothes are much cuter though. She would grab anything she thought was cute. I reminded her 100 times she doesn't have a little sister, she just kept saying, "I know mom, just pretend!"
The kids got to do a couple of the fun slides. All 4 of them went up one together and held hands and counted to 3 and went down, "together." Baiden hesitated just enough that on 3 he stopped but was still holding Kinzi's hand so got drug down with the rest and ended up going on his tummy. Best part is, he was smiling the whole time. Cracking up at the bottom actually.
Then we headed over super early to the football fields to just relax and wait for the fireworks to start. They didn't start till about 9 and we got over there about 3. I honestly didn't mind though. It was just so nice to sit and enjoy being outside in amazing weather for 6 hours. The kids ran around and were crazy and obnoxious. Phil got a little bored.
That following Monday my dad planned a little Independence Day swim party at his house for the family. Pizza, swimming, brownies and the kids got to play with sparklers at the end of the night. He also had the night dedicated to Nathan. But as a surprise for him. We all made him cards thanking him for his service in the army. My dad then surprised him with a new gun! Glad we did this for Nathan. He and Sam deserve all the credit they can get. Nathan then spent the rest of the night answering any questions we asked him, and told crazy stories from Afghanistan and training and such. So proud to have a brother who sacrificed so much and served our country. Honor those veterans, we all have no idea the things they have seen and been through.
I caught a cute moment one day after the kids were being silent for a little to long. I just love when they are getting along.
One of our nieces got Baptized this month. She looked so cute I'm sad I didn't snap a picture of her. I love being able to see my nieces and nephews make good choices! My kids got to see Great Grandma Sherwood while there too! And I even managed to snap a picture of them. Baiden was feeling shy and I Kinzi's eyes are crazy, but at least of got a cute picture of them with MY Grandma!
We then headed to Pima for the Pioneer celebration! We haven't missed a year since we have been married. It was in Thatcher this year and they held a 5k that morning. EARLY. At 6am. How I got up and out of bed, I don't know. Lauren so kindly did it with me and we walked and talked the whole way! Little Jax got to come too and didn't make a peep the whole time. Angel baby.
I love Lauren and all the fun we have getting to visit them! We're lucky to have friends who are always up to have fun and hanging out. Even if it means watching a movie late, while I sleep through it.
After the parade we went to Casa and then headed over to see fireworks.
Baiden's current obsession is airplanes. Phil put on a you tube video of nothing but planes taking off and landing for 30 min. He sat and watched the entire thing.
Then it was time to take our family vacation! All of us and Grandpa Weech and Uncle Spencer left for California to play at the beach Thursday morning at 4am! Party in our van!
We stopped at Dennys for breakfast around 7. Baiden thought liking his yogurt bowl was a good idea.
Kinzi became our little surfer girl. She loved riding the waves in on daddy's board. She took a few tumbles but got right back on and really got the hang of boogie boarding!
We knew we didn't want to get to the beach too early so we all took it easy that morning.
Popsicles and ice cream to end the day!
We then woke up Saturday and left for home. The kids did great there and back. And watched way to many movies. But, they were good and never complained. Baiden had to pee like every hour the first half of the trip home, we had some close calls but he did good and didn't have any accidents. Luckily I didn't mind stopping for a restroom break a lot. Baiden and I were having to deprive ourselves of beverages or we'd have to stop more. Such a fun trip! I think I had my fill on car rides for a while though. Although it wasn't too bad being a car 12 hours 7 months pregnant, I wouldn't want to do it again anytime soon.
Somehow Grandpa had energy once we got home to give the kids a little horseback ride.