Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Dream Come True

Lily is obsessed with Frozen.  She watches the movie over and over again, sings the songs, has tons of Frozen toys and books, wears Frozen dresses and clothing, and thinks she's Elsa. She will actually introduce herself as Elsa when people ask what her name is!

Over the summer, a few local toy stores had Frozen events, and we ended up missing them.  Thankfully, there was another Frozen event at the end of the summer!  Tracy, Steph, and I decided to surprise our girls and take them to it the morning after our campout!

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The girls had a lot of fun!  While we waited for our picture time with Elsa and Anna, they got tattoos, made art projects, and played games.

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Lily spotted Olaf and ran to him!  She never made a big deal about Olaf, but she found a new love!

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Our friends, Lily and Charlotte, did not share the love for giant Olaf.  Lily grudgingly smiled for a picture, but Charlie flat out refused!

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Lily loved him so much that she returned for a hug and a dance!

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The Little Dude thought he was cool, too!

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The girls started to get hot and cranky.  We tried to keep them cool and occupied until it was time to get in line for their picture.

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Finally...it was time!!! I didn't tell Lily who she was going to see.  When she walked in the door, her face lit up!

Lily didn't even notice that they didn't look much like Elsa and Anna.  They had the hair and the dresses and that's all that mattered!!!

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Lexie is growing up quickly, but she still likes Frozen.  I think she was just as excited to be there!

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It was a happy day with my beautiful daughters! 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

End of the Summer Campout

Our fun summer concluded with an end of summer campout with our friends! It was so much fun that I hope we make it an annual event!

We all gathered at Tracy's house on Saturday afternoon, and the men began putting up our tents. The rest of us got everything ready for dinner and kept the kids under control!

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Meanwhile, Violet and Liam played footsies while they slept.

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We attempted a group photo before dinner. The pictures are grainy, but the point was to document who was there, so it works!

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We cooked hot dogs over the fire for dinner.  Liam was so hungry that he chose grass as an appetizer.

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Lexie came to the rescue with some snacks.

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We ate our dinner by the fire and talked with our friends.

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After dinner, the kids played while we hung out by the fire.

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Of course, we had to roast marshmallows!

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One by one, the kids went to their tents and fell asleep.

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The adults sat by the fire until the wee hours of the morning, chatting and singing.  It was such a relaxing night!

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It was not the best night's sleep, but it was nice waking up at 6 AM to the dim morning light and birds singing.  The kids were well rested.  3 hours of sleep was not enough for me, though!

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We had donuts for breakfast, then broke down camp.  The guys looked forward to a nap and us girls had a fun adventure ahead of us.  Stay tuned!

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I'm so glad we planned this campout! It was the perfect end to a fun summer!

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