We had a busy, fun-filled Memorial Day weekend!
We took a moment on Monday to remember the brave men and women who died for their country.
I want my kids to enjoy the "official" start of summer, but I also want them to realize just how important it is to honor those who lost their lives defending our country.
Because of their selfless actions, we have the freedom to do these fun things with our family and friends! Our holiday weekend was full of family, friends, fun, and summer weather!
We kicked it off with an impromptu picnic on Saturday.
Grant arranged it in the wee hours of Saturday morning, and it sounded like a great idea! That afternoon, Lily, Liam, and I did some grocery shopping while Grant, Dylan, and Lexie did some work in the yard. We came home and set everything up for our cookout.
Dinner was DELICIOUS. We had grilled pork chops, grilled New York Strip Steaks, homemade macaroni and cheese, and baked beans. Later on, we enjoyed lots of ice cream and Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies.
We spent hours outside. The guys and the kids played baseball and football, we pushed Liam and Lily around the yard in their Cozy Coupes, the big kids rode bikes and scooters, the girls cruised through the yard in their Barbie Jeep, and we had a fire.
By the end of the night, the kids were filthy, but so happy!
Once it got dark, the older kids came in to play xbox. I managed to bathe Liam before he passed out, but Lily fell asleep on her bedroom floor while waiting for her bath! That's definitely a sign of a good night!
On Sunday, everyone slept in. We had some time before we had to be at a birthday party, so we spent the afternoon playing outside.
At some point during the day, a tray of flowers and some pots appeared in front of my garage door. I'm fairly certain it was my dad's way of making me plant flowers. I don't have the best luck with plants, but he apparently thought I should try again.
Of course, this led to a trip to Lowe's. Dylan joined me, and we ended up buying potting soil, more flowers, 4 new bushes for the front of our house, mulch, and play sand! The arrival of the flowers inspired a project and when I get an idea in my head, there's no stopping me!
When we got home, we grilled some hot dogs, then planted our flowers!
The kids were very proud of their flower arrangements. Let's hope we can keep them alive. I don't have the best track record when it comes to gardening!!!
That evening, we went to my sister's house for my great niece's birthday party. I can't believe sweet Aubrey is turning NINE! I was there the day she was born, and I got to spend a lot of time with her over the years. I truly adore this little girl.
It was a Japanese themed party, and everything was authentic! Aubrey's other set of grandparents live in Japan 6 months out of the year, and they sent over all the decorations and the cutest favors ever!
As usual, all the cousins had a great time playing together!
Liam, of course, was fond of the cake. He showed his enthusiasm by devouring his cupcake in 30 seconds.
He was also quite fond of attacking Papa.
Aubrey and Lexie decided to continue the fun by having a sleepover. Lexie ended up going home with Aubrey and Dylan went home with his cousins.
It was a great party! Some guests even partied 'til they dropped.
Finally, Memorial Day arrived.
Our little family spent the day with our framily. Yes, I totally used that cheesy term, but that's exactly what they are! We had a cookout and spent hours together. I only took a few pictures at the picnic. I just might have been too busy talking and eating!
We headed home around 8:00, and Liam and Lily fell asleep before we even turned off their street! Of course, the fun couldn't end there. Grant had a few giant sparklers set aside for the big kids! After a successful car to bed transfer for Liam and Lily, the four of us spent some time outside together before heading back in to prepare for the following day. It was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend!
We had such a great weekend! We only managed one family picture, which was taken just before we left the picnic on Monday night. It makes me laugh because it's real. Lily had enough and was ready for bed, and Liam was clapping at something. Despite the look on her face, this weekend was the best!
Happy Memorial Day!