Friday, July 31, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Well, we are back in Seattle. It feels good to be home! We are never ready to leave Arkansas, but I'm happy that I can say that Mary Ave. feels more familiar this year than it did last :) Here are some pics from our last few precious days in Arkansas!
Driving toys around the mall with Mimi...
 And when it's 80,000 degrees outside, we chisel ice blocks to get our treasure out...
(Nana B is a genius)

 And we roast s'mores INSIDE!!!


 We were sad to go home, but it was time. His face was much happier on the way to Arkansas :-(
 Now we are home and it has been a lot of THIS!!!
 We are "busy" unpacking, resting, laundering and reuniting with all our frans!
 Now that we are home and the summer activities are winding down, the countdown to glitter town is on and we are eagerly prepping for Little Miss Olli's arrival! We have 12 weeks go! Let the countdown begin!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Home Sweet Arkansas

We spent the second part of our trip in Van Buren, Arkansas with Mike's half of the family! Mike's brother and sister and all their kiddos got to come which was NUTS but special. Margie wanted all the family together in one place again. It used to be so regular and frequent but as we've added kids and moved away for jobs, we have to be more intentional in planning to make that happen. She got her wish and it was a great time! It was funny to think back to when none of us had kids...and even funnier to look back and remember how cRaZy we thought it was when there were just a few ;) As you can imagine in a house of 8 adults and 8 1/2 kids (kind of like a scene from the beginning of Home Alone) it was busy. I was busy with the busy so didn't get to capture a lot of our moments, but they are in our memories forever! Here are a few...

{Pops and Milo snuggling}
Mimi and Ella watching chick flicks :-)
Pops showing Ella her name and baptism date in his bible...
Rub a dub dub, baby boys in the tub!
These kiddos run wild outside all day every the end of the day, baths are NON-NEGOTIABLE!

We got lucky though. My nephew Jonah though it would be funny to kick the skunk sitting on the back porch. My little Luca was following right along. That's gross...but what's worse is that the skunk was out in broad daylight, so more than likely, rabid. All of the sudden I hear Mike in a panicked and demanding yell to step away and get inside. Once he got louder and repeated himself a few times I could tell that whoever was in trouble was not listening! I didn't know what was going on so in my paranoid mind I pictured the kids cornered by snakes or something haha. Nope. Just two boys willingly walking up to a skunk. Luca discovered fireflies this trip...and skunks! He had never seen a skunk before! Things were getting a little too hillbilly up in here so I had to take a picture of the boys redneckin' it ;) The kids finally retreated, safely and "unscented". What might have been... =0
Aunt Tesha also made it into Milo's circle of trust :)
The heat index has been over 100 degrees every. single. day. This day in particular, 107!!! I've gained a better appreciation for Seattle weather but still have mad respect for the invention of central air...

On Saturday night, we took a quick trip back to NW Arkansas because MY COUSIN MORGAN GOT ENGAGED!!! There was a surprise family gathering that night so OF COURSE we couldn't miss it. I was so thrilled that I was able to be here for that. I get perturbed to miss even the little things like birthday parties so to make an engagement made my week. I love this couple and think they are two of the greatest. I'm excited for the year of planning ahead and the next family wedding!

Today we are back in Van Buren and soaking up the last few days in Arkansas. Our trip is winding down. We visited Mike's hometown church this morning, went to lunch, and then sent off the last of the cousins. It's just us now and I think I'll go see a movie with my mother-in-law in a bit. We aren't dreading going back. Seattle is our home now and we do love it. But at the same time, we aren't jumping to get back either! This is our home too and the time that passes in between visits is hard! We miss our peeps. However, I guess it's a good thing though to be able to say we are happy to be here and happy to be there. Can't complain about that. Life is good. 

Lake Day!

For the second day of our family staycation, we headed out for a day on the lake!
 Uncle Greg and Aunt DeLynn brought their ski boat and we rented a pontoon.

happy campers!
 Ella and Luca were stoked...
Milo, not so much!
He was glued to Nana B ALL the live long day!
My little Ella who swore she wouldn't get in the lake the day before was tubing with Daddy in no time! She also went from being carefully lowered into the water to jumping in by herself off the front over and over and over. 
The tubing fun was short lived though. She didn't want to go fast so the tube ended up going face first into the water :) We forgot to tell her that the way you usually get off the tube is when you fall of haha.
This little guy is an adventurer for sure but still a little hesitant with these types of things. He got on with Daddy but decided it was a little too scary. He sat on the tube with me for a while and got back in the boat. And of course, after we left our tubing sight, he was ready to try! I really think he would have done it but we weren't in a good place. Next time buddy!
So Mike kept me company on my little raft for a while. 
What a hunk!
 So Daddy took a solo turn :)
One thing Milo did love was the wind in his face! As long as we were driving, he was happy happy happy! 
There was NO CHANCE of us getting a life jacket on him though. He literally held his breath and screamed. We tried to get him in the water but the "bath tub" was just a little to big for his taste. 

 We came into the marina for a picnic lunch. Grandpa specifically requested grilled burgers at the lake so of course that's what we did!

 Milo and his cheetos...

 Girlfriend all stylin and adorable...even at the lake!
 Oh these love love...

 Luca driving the boat with Uncle Jeff...

 Olli and I spent most of the day just like this!

At one point my internal body temperature was greater than my fear of deep water and snakes so I did get in! Ella was so proud haha.

 We docked at a place where you could get off and swim in a swimming pool. This was prime nap time for our sleepy boo.
 He fell asleep on the ride and then napped to a rocking boat and the sound of waves while Aunt Kim and I enjoyed chatting in the shady breeze and the others went swimming.
An after nap cookie snack :)
 And the rest are just party pics from a super fun family day!