Since we’ve been terrible at family updates on here, I’m just going to give a run-down of the last three months.
Most of the post is in pictures, but one sweet part of our summer was spending a few days with Bill’s sister, brother-in-law, and our nephew in Nashville, TN. We haven’t spent much time with just them in a few years, and this was our first time to really get to know our brother-in-law since their wedding last summer. So much fun just hanging with them and swimming in their amazing pool! Unfortunately, we didn’t take a single stinking picture while we there. What?!! I promise it really happened, though. 😉
The summer was kicked off with Victoria’s Strawberry Shortcake birthday party. Though we always celebrate birthdays, the 5th and 10th are themed friend parties, so this was an extra special one for our Vi-Vi.
Strawberry picking with friends has become a tradition for our family, though this was Bill’s first time.
Aiden and Liam finished up spring soccer. It was Aiden’s first time to be old enough to play.
All five girls did summer dance. Ariana often helped watch the dance instructor’s little cutie, and I love this picture!
Lots of playgrounds and parks. The second picture is our favorite state park, Turkey Run.
We got free tickets to see our professional soccer team, Indy Eleven. So much fun!
Lots of goofing around. I am seriously loving the tween stage!
Sweet time with my littles while the older five were at camp.
Getting an infected tooth pulled.
The baby’s birthday, who may not technically be a baby anymore…
Fun in a new exhibit at the Children’s Museum.
Celebrating Bill by putting together a puzzle he was gifted with. His kind of day.
Repurposing a Craigslist find. Wish I’d taken a before picture.
Liam having his first experience shooting a gun on a father/son night.
Riding on the zoo train together.
This was probably our sweetest memory of the summer–family camp in Michigan. So much fun!!! Beaches, activities, fun food, new friends. We kind of wanted to live there. Descriptions of the pics: 1. Fun on the beach. 2. Getting ready for a gathering. 3. Our family assistant working hard. 😉 Seriously, this lady was amazing!!! We invited her to live with us, but she said no. I think our awesomeness was too overwhelming for her… 4. Awkward human pyramid with Juan, a wood man challenging us to “Love One (Juan) More.” 5. The beach and lake. Bill even got to go water skiing. 6. Whole family picture, including our family assistant, which just felt right. She’s in her 20s. Really.
I did my first wine and canvas. I don’t do creativity, so shut it. 😉
Josiah and Aiden started pre-K Handwriting this year, so they’ve been introduced to the infamous Mat Man, a part of their curriculum.
Doing school with some of our dearest friends. First is our best-face-forward pic, second is the real deal.
For school, Liam and Ariana took a bread-making class. They made two loaves of bread, three types of rolls, pizza crust, and cinnamon rolls. All 100% on their own!