Saturday, August 25, 2012

Movin' on up!

I wasn't sure we would see this at all, but today Finn has moved up from his signature "wounded soldier" to a real hands-and-knees crawl!  We were all pretty excited for him this morning.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nana's visit

My mom came to visit us for a couple of weeks at the end of July.  Of course, the kids were thrilled to have some Nana time - they played and read and had tea parties and went to the park and the library, and just had a great time together.  I got to get out a little on my own, and Patrick and I got to go on several dates!  It was wonderful.  We are all so glad she could come.

A beautiful tea party

Of course, they read lots of books

Another tea party - with fancy hats and everything

We love Nana!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Swimming lessons

One of Molly and Elijah's favorite parts of summer this year was taking swimming lessons.  Elijah got to take swimming lessons when he was just one, but we haven't done it since then - it sure was time!  The kids went almost every day for 2 weeks, and learned a lot.  They had a great time, especially Miss Molly the mermaid.

Getting brave

jumping in

This slide was really, really fast, but Molly went down several times!

All worn out after a fun day at the pool

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Oh, Molly!

Just a couple of quotes from our funny, crazy girl today.

Mama:  Those shorts don't match your shirt, sweetie.  Do you want these instead?

Molly: But Mama, Fancy Nancy says that lavender goes with ANYTHING!

While running wild with Elijah:  Engage jet promotion!  [propulsion]

On the way home from church:

Daddy: What did you learn about in your class today?

Molly: Eli and Samuel.  And then those enemies, they were the Philistines, but we call them the enemies, they stole God's sacred box.

Daddy: The ark of the covenant?

Molly.  The sacred box. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Poconos

We went to the Poconos on vacation with Patrick's family for a week in July.  We had fun together, despite the face that the accommodations were, uh, less than ideal. =)  We called it camping, but it wasn't really ... except for camp fires in the evening, and s'mores!   The campground where we stayed had a pool and water slides that the kids just LOVED - they would have happily spent all day everyday in the water.  There was also mini golf and a lake for fishing.  Papa, Danny and Patrick got to play (real) golf one day, and the big girls went shopping at the outlets.  We also spent one day hiking at Bushkill Falls - it was beautiful and so nice to be out hiking.  It rained for the last part of the hike, but we still had a great time.

Finn went swimming in a real pool for the first time

Uh, Mom ... I'm not sure this is a good idea.

The little slide - fun for groups


Getting ready to hike

Off we go!

Patrick carried Finn the whole way - wow, it's a good thing he's strong.

Bushkill Falls

Happy little hiker

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tea with the girls

Molly and I spent a fun Saturday with Bobbi, Aunt Diane, Aunt Lorrie and all the girl cousins at a cute little tea room.  We had a real British tea (the little girls had lemonade to drink) and a great time being together! 

Do you think she was excited?

A real china tea cup - she felt like such a big girl, and she did great!

The little girls in their matching dresses from Bobbi