My sister and two of her girls came for a quick visit recently. We packed in a lot of fun while they were here! It's always so nice when they visit! We miss living close to them! While here, we visited a popsicle shop in Dallas called Steel City Pops. This was our first time there and we'll be back! Yum!
Another fun thing we have done this summer, is attend an event at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. They had volunteers on hand to teach the kids about what life was like before modern conviences were invented, such as electricity and running water! They got to peek into a one room school house, practice carrying pails of water by the creek, use a weaving machine, see animals such as goats, pigs, and donkeys, take a hay ride, and even milk a fake cow! They also made butter and homemade ice cream! It was really fun for them and they did not want to leave!
We had a nice, simple Fourth of July this year. Our neighborhood hosts a cute, little "hometown" parade and this was our first year to attend. We went with our friends, the Wallace's and the Henke's. Piper loved it but Briggs wasn't too into it! After the parade the country club had bounce houses, hot dogs, and snow cones that we enjoyed! After lunch we took the kids swimming and came home to relax a little before going out for a picnic and fireworks. Briggs was really fussy and crying. I took his temperature and he was running a fever. He feel asleep in the middle of a movie crying! Needless to say, I stayed home with him while Michael took Piper to see the fireworks. Kind of sad, but really no big deal! I think this is his last year to not completely understand what he missed out on!
Michael and I joined my sister, Sheryl and her hubby, Trebor for an extended weekend vacation in Scottsdale in mid-June. Thanks to my in-laws for keeping our kids during that time!! We stayed at the Westin Kierland. This trip was great! We hung out by the pool, went to the spa, read, slept, and ate! The perfect vacation combination! The guys did golf and Sheryl worked out like a maniac, as usual, but I thoroughly enjoyed my lazy self! Michael and I had just celebrated our tenth year of marriage so this was sort of an anniversary getaway as well! We did get a free anniversary dessert every single night thanks to Trebor mentioning it with every dinner reservation! And we received a second free dessert every night since we were staying at that specific resort! I think Scottsdale might be a pretty nice place to live...my ankles were never swollen like they are here during pregnancy and my hair fixed fabulously every night! No humidity is good for me!
Summer is flying by! It always does! Yet there are days where I think "boy this is a long day!" We kept extra busy in June. Each week, fun activities filled our schedule! I wish the kids could go to 9-2 everyday year round and have 3 week breaks every two months or so! That would be ideal!
Briggs and his best buddy, Asher, waiting on their sisters to finish swim lessons! Briggs took lessons directly after Piper's lessons. His were in a group format and this was his first year for lessons. I'd say he improved as a swimmer and became somewhat more confident. He is not as risky as other 3 year old boys and that's fine with me but I do want him to be safe! The lessons were mommy and me style so I had to the pleasure of getting in the frigid waters during the summer cool spell! Not quite my idea of fun but worth it in the end!
We started our summer vacation with a trip to Oklahoma. First we drove to Fargo to visit Grandma, Papa Roger, and Uncle Allen. Olivia went with us which made it even more fun! We stayed a weekend at their house. The weather was really cool so we played outside without getting too hot!
On the way home to "Mama's house" we stopped in Ardmore to pick up a bike that had outgrown a friend's little boy for Briggs. He loves it! He doesn't quite get the peddling thing but loves his new Cars bike! While in Ardmore, Piper asked if we could see our old house. So I obliged. It still looks beautiful!