Summer Bucket List – The Beach!

How can you not go to the beach during the summer? Jonathan took vacation the last week of July to get a few odds and ends done on the house, but to also have fun with the family. The highlight of our week was probably going to the beach. The girls love the beach. Abigail loves the water, Lily loves the sand, and Sarah loves both! Nonna, Auntie Laura, and Bridget joined in on the fun as well.

We went to Salisbury Beach State Park Reservation, which is probably our favorite beach to go to. We just might buy a seasons parking pass next year so we can be sure to visit plenty of times and get more bang for our buck. We had so much fun that Jonathan asked about taking a random day off in August which we will likely use for another beach trip!

I took tons of pictures, here are some of the better ones:

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Vacation Bible School

Abigail and Sarah look forward to Vacation Bible School (VBS) pretty much the minute the last one ends. Like every July we headed to Immanuel Church for their annual Vacation Bible School. Immanuel does a great job putting this on. You can tell they spend much of the year preparing everything. This VBS has no waiting lists and is free. Instead of charging $10, $15, $20 per child they encourage giving. Last year they raised money for a missionary in their church. This year they collected school supplies for an orphanage in Haiti.

The theme this year was Son Treasure Island. The girls learned about God’s love based on 1 Corinthians 13.

Here is a video of some of the songs they learned. Oh, and Immanuel gives each family a CD of the songs so we get to listen to them all year long!

We’re looking forward to next year already!

Six Months

And once again I am doing a monthly update where Levi has reached the next mark. He is seven months already and I am only doing his six month post! I think it is safe to say having four kids keeps me busy.

He is more mobile now. Not quite crawling, but scooting all over the place. With his six month birthday comes solid food. So far he has tried: carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and pears. Next up we’ll try apples and peas.

Here we go, time to see how much our little guy has grown in over the last six months!

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5 Days

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One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months!

 

Fourth of July Fireworks

Local fireworks displays in New Jersey were postponed due to the possibility of nasty weather passing through. So instead of Hamilton having their show on Friday, they had it on Saturday. July 4th was never a big to do growing up. I remember seeing fireworks, but it wasn’t one of those things we made sure to do every year (at least I don’t remember it being that way). Fast forward to July 4, 2002. Jonathan and I were dating long-distance and I flew from Boston to DC to spend the Fourth of July weekend with him and his family. Their tradition was to make the trek from their home in Northern Virginia to DC to watch the fireworks on the National Mall. This quickly became one of my favorite July 4th traditions.

We haven’t been to the National Mall for July 4th since Sarah was nine months old-so Lily and Levi had never experienced fireworks. I really wanted to see fireworks this year. Even though it meant branching off from the rest of the family it was worth it. I had such a sweet time with my little family.

We drove to the location of the show and it was quickly apparent that wherever we parked we would need to do quite a bit of walking to find a patch of grass where the crowds were congregating. We were losing daylight, kept driving, and took our next right in the hopes of finding a parking spot. We noticed small groups of people parking right on this street and setting up lawn chairs. We figured these people knew what they were doing and so we did the same. It was perfect! We were right near our parked car and found a quiet spot of grass where the girls could run around while they waited for the show to begin. Sarah got to practice her newly acquired firefly catching skills.

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We kept wondering if we had made the right decision to stop and sit where we were. Once the show started though we knew we had struck fireworks gold.

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I am so glad we did this. I was just so content watching the girls run and play. Plus I loved watching/hearing them ooh and aah at the fireworks. I will remember these moments for a long time.

Road Trip to New Jersey

My Mom and Dad were planning to visit my brother and sister-in-law in New Jersey this summer. We thought it would be fun to join them along with my sister, her husband, and my niece. It was one big happy family roadtrip! We went over the Fourth of July weekend and had a blast!

This was Levi’s first road trip. He did pretty good for his first time. He started out bright eyed and bushy tailed at the beginning of each leg, but then slowly melted down the longer the drive got.

We drove down on Thursday and just hung out at my brother’s place for the afternoon/evening. On the Fourth we started the day out by swimming in the hotel pool. This was Levi’s first pool experience. All of the kids had a blast.

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Later that afternoon we went to James and Dawn’s house for a cookout. They have an awesome backyard for plenty of running around.

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On Saturday we headed to a local park where we picnicked and played around. It was nice having so many pairs of eyes. My brother James spent most of his time with Lily and, wouldn’t you know it, his FitBit showed the greatest mileage out of all the FitBit users and I’m pretty sure this is why.

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We headed back to James and Dawn’s for more yummy food and family portraits. After that we split off to do different things. Our little unit decided to check out the local fireworks show, and I am so glad we did. But you will have to wait for the next post for those details!

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Finally on Sunday we started the day off with a filling breakfast, visited with my brother some more, and then headed home. I am so glad we were able to go along with my parents and I am so thankful that they made it possible!

Big Wheels

We’ve been getting out much more now that the weather is warmer and we’re done with school. Honestly, if I had it my way I would just stay home all the time. However, my girls would not be very happy with that arrangement! Thanks to a Mom’s group I am a part of at our church we’ve had a reason to get out almost every Friday to hang out and have fun.

At the end of June we joined other moms at play group to check out a touch-a-truck type of event at a local library. It was hard to stick with our group and catch up with the other moms, but the kids had a blast regardless. This activity boosted my confidence as I was able to keep all of my kids together and relatively happy-even during a 15 minute wait in line to check out the firetruck!

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