Our Five Ring Circus: Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge all the men and women who gave their lives for our country.  The true meaning of Memorial Day often gets overshadowed by all the picnics and parties to kick off summer, but my family does remember and we are grateful.


We kicked off our long weekend with a huge mess. All I'm going to say is that kids are gross at times.  Just keeping it real!


On Friday evening, we took advantage of the warm, gorgeous weather, and stopped by the stable to visit our horse.   Dylan hasn't visited Cherokee in a while, so he was happy to reunite with him!

Visiting Cherokee

Leave it to my tween to teach our horse how to take a selfie!


And just in case Cherokee didn't quite grasp the concept, they needed to try it again.  With duck lips. If Cherokee masters the duck lips, I'm going to be impressed.


The girls are trying so hard to convince us that we need to adopt this kitten from the barn.  Oh no. That cuteness will NOT win me over!


On Saturday, we had an amazing stay at home day.  Grant took Dylan into the office for a few hours and Lexie spent the day with her grandparents.  Lily, Liam and I enjoyed the 90+ degree weather in our backyard.

Most people don't enjoy temps that high, but I do!  It was the perfect day for swimsuits, baby pools, water tables and sprinklers while I sat in my comfy chair and read a book!

Baby Pool Party

Liam eventually went inside for a nap and Lily curled up in the chair next to me and fell asleep.  I finished my book in the warmth of the sun, listening to lawn mowers run in the background, while the sweet smell of freshly cut grass surrounded me.  It was PERFECTION!


On Sunday, after a trip to the grocery store and Target, we went to my great niece's 10th birthday party!  (Yep, great niece.  I became an aunt at age 5!)


I seriously can't believe Aubrey is 10.  I was at the hospital when she was born and she has spent countless hours with my family.  I absolutely adore that little girl and I'm getting weepy just thinking about her hitting double digits already.

Aubrey chose a Mardi Gras theme for her party and we ended up partying until after midnight!


That evening, Dylan went home with his cousins and Lexie had a sleepover with Aubrey.  Lily and Liam fell asleep the moment we got home, so it was an easy night for us!

That brings us to Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

Unfortunately, I woke up with a migraine so we couldn't go to any parades.  It eventually eased, and I was thrown into a flurry of action.  I had to make food for a picnic and get myself and the little kids ready to go.  Grant and I had to drive around picking the older kids up, then we headed over to a friend's house for a picnic!

The kids are very close and they always have the best time together!


The food was great, too! (Excuse the fingernails. It was a dare!)


Although it felt like a summer day, we had to head home fairly early.  The kids still have 5 days of school left, so it was a school night. We spent some time in our backyard before heading inside.  It was hard to convince them to go inside on such a beautiful night.  I think Dylan and Lexie are ready to be done! (I know I am!)


We had such a wonderful weekend and it definitely felt like the start of Summer! 5 more days and we're FREE!

How did you celebrate Memorial Day?




  1. Yay for long weekend fun! You guys definitely made the most of it!! That's the best. I'm glad your migraine eased, so you could enjoy. :)

    1. Thank you! Me too! It was a wonderful weekend despite that pesky migraine on Monday morning!

  2. Looks like a fantastic weekend!!! Such a cute family you have!!! What book did you read? Always looking for suggestions :). I just finished The Royal We. If you haven't picked it up yet it was so good!!

    1. Thank you so much! I finally finished The Girl on the Train! It was so good. I need a good book suggestion now, too! I will check that one out!

  3. The horse selfie is too funny!! I love Liam's flag shorts. I want them in my size! Glad you guys had a fun weekend!

    1. It's funny because the horse looks genuinely interested!
      I got the shorts at Kohl's! Maybe you could fit into a toddler size?!? Haha!

  4. Sounds like a fun weekend to me! Yay for warmer temps!

  5. Ugh, sorry you had a migraine. Those really can ruin plans, huh? I'm glad that you guys had lots of fun aside from that! As always the babies look as happy as can be!

    1. It's so frustrating because I can't function for several hours! Thankfully it started in the early morning so it was gone by lunchtime! We did have a lot of fun though!

  6. Looks like a great weekend minus the migraine of course. So many smiles and giggles. I am so with you on the kitten too. Stay strong friend.

  7. Looks like it was a good weekend. Your little one is so cute with that bow tie.

  8. Cuteness overload. I love all the photos of your weekend. Liam in his bowtie is so darling!

  9. Looks like you had fun. We had a blast hanging with Rex.

  10. Looks like fun times and I do love all the pics, but I have to say the horse selfie did make me laugh out loud!!! I love that!!! Ha ha ha!!

    1. It still makes me laugh! Our horse just looked so interested which made it even more funny!


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