On Saturday night we had the pleasure of seeing one of our high school friends get married. I threw Wilson's camera in my purse (I have not been able to figure out how to turn the date and time off of Wilson's camera and I finally figured it out tonight!!!! yippy) and actually pulled it out to get a very few pictures.
I love an opportunity to grab a pic of Pete and I so that we can remember the special times we get together. On this night it was also important to me to get a picture of Amy and I because this is the second time in a month we have shown up somewhere dresses very similar. Funny.
Thought I would also throw these pics in from Amy's birthday, I forgot to blog about it, but it was the other time we dressed alike. Amy has joined us in her 30s!!! I think the 30s are actually pretty great.
We almost always have Sunday lunch at Peter's parents house, a tradition we all love. We eat and get to catch up and nap and kids play and occasionally, really pretty often because there are a lot of us, we get to celebrate birthdays. Yesterday was Cole's birthday (he is 13!!!) and so today we all got to celebrate together.
After all that fun the Chinos headed home to get ready for their first day of school tomorrow and we got to have Simon over and continue the Sunday fun.
We decided to let the boys play in the sprinklers while we watered the yard. As you can tell Simon is not sure about this plan. Despite the fact that it is 1 million degrees outside he kept telling me he was cold and maybe we should go in. That guy cracks me up!
On the Fourth the boys and I headed to Hot Springs for a few days of family, friends, food and fireworks. The boys swam for countless hours with some great friends and passed out when it was time for bed.
We also took a little trip to the firework stand with Papaw and picked up a few small fireworks, the boys were beyond thrilled. The bumble bees were their favorite.
Pretty sure this picture is evidence that I am the crazy mom who makes her kids wear goggles when playing with sparklers.
The goggles didn't last.
I talked my parents into trying to spell hi with the sparklers. It did not work great, but we had fun.
My parents are super cute and I love that without being asked my dad made a heart with his sparkler and was giving my mom a little kiss.....I love those two!
This morning I got to have a grown up trip to the market. The boys and I have been making it to the NLR market, but the LR market is a little much for me to do alone with them. This morning Pete was home and I got to go to both markets with Julie and even have a little breakfast and coffee, it was fabulous.
As I emptied my overflowing basket onto the kitchen counter I was struck by how much of my food was red-ish and blue-ish. So perfect for this 4th of July weekend.
Food plays such a big part in our holiday celebration and I can't imagine the 4th without some berries and LOTS of tomatoes....my counter might have four varieties of tomato sitting on it now.
And since I am not planning a flag fruit pizza this year I decided to make a flag with my market goodies.
Two summers ago Pete and I decided that we would make a tradition of doing a special day for each of the boys every summer where it was just us and one boy and they got to have a whole day of fun and attention. It actually sounds a little sad to say that we really have to plan for this, but it is true. It is super rare to have time alone with one of our boys and that time is very special. I guess it is actually so hard that it took us two years to do it again. The boys knew the special days were coming and Wilson had been planning it all out in his head, I love that first born planner. Campbell headed off to spend the day with Mimi and Papaw and we started the day with a bike ride.
I am so crazy about this little guy. It's funny how just this little bit of time really helps me see him, who he is and the big boy he is growing into. Also makes me want to cry a little, but that's a story for another day.
After the ride we headed to Purple Cow for a cool off and yummy lunch.
After lunch we hung out for a while at Barnes and Noble and then headed to the River Market to play on the playground and walk on the bridge. Then we drove to Hot Springs for dinner at Kobe, met up with Campbell at Mimi's and took a little late night swim.
We had an amazing day with Wilson and slept hard because Thursday we started all over with Campbell.