Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our Busy & Fun Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Happy Tuesday, my friends! It's the last Tuesday of the school year, and my family is counting down the days until school's out for the Summer. (Only 4 days to go!) After our fun Memorial Day weekend that gave us a taste of the Summer fun to come, we are definitely ready for Summer Break!


The end of the school year is always bittersweet. I'm torn between wanting the days to rush by so I can enjoy a Summer at home with my kids and wanting to pause time because they are growing up far too quickly. It's hard to say goodbye to amazing teachers that made the year so great, and know that when the next school year begins, it's just one step closer to my kids graduating and leaving home for college. (HOLD ME.)

Power Wheels


Now that I've thoroughly depressed myself, it's time to move on to happier things! Like this weekend. Long weekends are always awesome, and we crammed a lot of activities into this Memorial Day weekend, along with a much needed day of rest!

On Friday, we kicked off the long weekend with a shopping trip with my mom. We picked up Lily from Kindergarten and set out to find the perfect bridal shower gift for my niece. We ended up stopping at two extra stores along the way!


We DID find the perfect gift(s), but a mermaid tail blanket, an insulated picnic basket, Converse high tops and an outfit for Liam, snorkeling gear for Lily and new silverware somehow came home with us, too. Oops.

The rest of the day was spent eating dinner with my parents, playing cards with my mom, playing basketball with Dylan, doing laundry, and snuggling my sweet boy.

Down syndrome Awareness

When we left my parent's house that evening, Dylan stayed there because he had plans to spend the entire weekend with my dad. The rest of us quickly fell into an exhausted sleep!

On Saturday morning, the girls and I woke up early to get ready for my niece's bridal shower. Next month, she will be marrying the man she has been with since high school. They stayed together all these years despite the hardships of raising a child together while going to college, starting careers and buying their first house. I am SO proud of them for sticking together!


Bridal Shower

Lexie and Lily were so excited to get dressed up and attend Michelle's bridal shower! The shower was beautiful and it was so much fun to spend the afternoon with family. The day was even more special because it was also Michelle's daughter Aubrey's 11th birthday!

Bridal Shower

Those of you who read my blog regularly will probably recognize Aubrey from my pictures. We love Aubrey dearly!  I became a great aunt to Aubrey when Dylan was just a baby. I was there when she was born, and I had the pleasure of watching her while my niece and her fiance went to school and worked. Lexie and Aubrey are best friends, and Aubrey will always hold an honorary spot in my little family! She is such a sweet girl!

Bridal Shower

We had such a special day celebrating two girls we love VERY much! We can't wait for Michelle and Ryan's wedding in Michigan next month!

Bridal Shower

After the shower, I dropped my mom off at her house, then headed home to a house full of people. Grant was home watching Liam and a crowd gathered while we were gone. My friend was there with her two month old great niece, so I got a much needed baby fix while we visited. My girls and Liam were in love with her! Fifth child, Grant?!? (HA!)

Unfortunately, I had been fighting off a nasty headache since just before the shower ended, and it ended up turning into a full blown migraine. Visiting was cut short, and I headed to bed after a quick game of cards with my friends.

On Sunday, most of our plans ended up getting changed. I was still battling a migraine, but managed to go outside for a few hours with the kids once it eased. 


The Lucky Few

Sledding

Trampoline

Down syndrome Awareness

Let Them Be Little

Let Them Be Little

The Lucky Few

I put Liam down for a nap, then Lily and I ran to the grocery store to get our weekly grocery shopping done. Shortly after we returned home, Dylan arrived home from a weekend of visiting my brother and his kids in Erie.

Dylan had pictures of my brother's new puppies and we are seriously considering taking one when they are ready. There are four really cute females and they all look different, so it's going to be a tough choice! We've been without a dog for 2+ years and we can't decide which breed we want to get. I prefer giant breeds, but my husband isn't a fan of the short lifespan, so we've been at a standstill. Prior to our last Great Dane passing away, I had never been without a dog in my entire life, and I'm really missing having one in my home. So, this might be a crazy move, but perhaps an adorable, free mutt is the way to go!

Lexie went home with my dad for a sleepover, and the rest of us had dinner and spent the night watching TV. It was nice to kick back and relax for once, instead of worrying about entertaining guests or rushing to get things done for the next day!

On Monday, for the first time ever, we had our own little Memorial Day celebration at home. We didn't go anywhere ( the first time we hadn't left the house in weeks) and we didn't invite anyone over. We just spent the day together at home. It was a much needed relaxing family day!


We started our day by doing some yard work together. Grant and Dylan mowed,  Lexie and I cleaned up the toys in the yard and Lily and Liam picked up the clumps of grass.

Let Them Be Little

Let Them Be Little

The Lucky Few

After the yard work was done, it was time to play! It was such a beautiful day, so we spent most of it outdoors.

We broke out the new slip and slide for a few hours.

Slip and Slide

Slip and Slide

Slip and Slide

Dylan taught Liam how to slide on his belly, and Liam thought it was hilarious!

Slip and Slide

Slip and Slide

Lily did some "snorfeling" with her snorkeling set.

Snorkeling

Lexie and Liam played on the trampoline.

Trampoline

Trampoline

And our sweet Lily shucked all the corn!

Corn on the Cob

The only time we went inside all day was to eat our picnic dinner. The kids played the day away, and everyone was relaxed and content! It just felt like Summer already.

If this weekend was any indication of the what's ahead of us this Summer, it's going to be a great one!


Power Wheels

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

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18 comments:

  1. Omg the Sunday and slip n slide photos are the absolute best!!! So much fun had by all. I love the photo of Liam licking your nose. Ha ha!! He's so silly!!

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  2. Looks like lots of fun especially the bridal shower!

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  3. Your sandbox looks a lot like ours thanks to all the rain! I have it drying out now with the lid off although it's supposed to rain again tomorrow.

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    1. One of the kids left the lid off, of course! I think it's still drying!

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  4. Looks like a great weekend! Welcome to almost Summer!! :)

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  5. What a fun bridal shower. Fun that the girls could go too. I love all family days, we had a pretty lazy Sunday and Monday and it was fantastic!

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  6. Looks like a great weekend! I really love days when we are able to just stay home and have family time as well!!

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  7. Eeek, that pic of you and just Liam is adorable! All your children always look so happy and joyful; I love it!

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  8. Sounds like y'all had a pretty great weekend, except for that headache. So exciting that your summer is almost finally here.

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    1. We're less than a week into Summer Break and my kids have been going in every direction. It's going to be one of those Summers!

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  9. So much awesomeness going on this weekend!! I love that all you girls got to go the shower, that's so fun!!

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