Friday, July 10, 2015
Friday Favorites - 4th of July memories plus a few extras
It really seems like Fridays are coming around quicker and quicker! That's not good for our Summer Bucket List (you can check out our progress here)! This week has been a laid back one - Colby has been away at scout camp while Holden and Hope held down the fort at home. Some of my FAVORITE memories from this past week included moments from the 4th of July. I love celebrating our country and a day with my family will always be my FAVORITE! Warning - this post contains a lot of pictures! :)
You can check my FAVORITE link-ups page to find where I'm linking up today.
4th of July memories
We made patriotic drinks on the eve of the 4th of July! :)
when your kiddos are picky, you're better off making one red drink, one clear drink, and one blue drink!
up bright and early for the neighborhood parade!
introducing the Most Patriotic Girl (no, seriously - she won the award for this at the parade!) :)
Our best try at a family pic before the parade started - Hope and Maggie had more important things to look at than the camera!
the fire truck always leads our parade (and drives really, really, really slowly!)
Hope and her friend, Jackie - believe it or not, there's a Barbie jeep under there some where!
they thought they were BIG stuff riding in the parade!
the started out doing really good...
and then they started passing all the golf carts! After chasing them halfway down the street, I finally got them back in their spot!
Holden and Maggie walked the parade route (Maggie is sporting one of my t-shirts!)
and Colby was busy catching up with friends
I had to giggle at this picture as if it was a glimpse into the future - those two cuties driving their car with boys coming up to the window (thankfully they were Jackie's brothers!)
Jadyn and Holden - it's always fun seeing friends at the parade
Ms. Maggie won Most Patriotic Pet! :) Holden was super proud!!!
one more family pic +1
After the parade we headed to a lake about an hour from home. Holden saw this swing and immediately was on it! Isn't it amazing?! I even had to take a turn or two (or three!).
lookin' cute in their Wal-Mart swimwear! You guys know Wal-Mart is my FAV!
caught Colby hanging out in the kiddie pool!
Hope went tubin' for the first time
while Holden helped navigate the boat!
When Colby found out we had been invited to the lake, there was no saying no. I mean, look at that smile! If you can get a 13 year old to hang with his family for the day and smile like that - you call it a win!
and then other times he loves to make funny faces at his mom!
fun pedis are my FAVORITE!
and babies are one of Colby's FAVORITES!
he's just like his daddy - they LOVE babies and are so good with them!
in addition to our neighborhood parade in the morning, we were treated to a boat parade in the afternoon. Summer Bucket List - check x2
these sweet girls were playing and had absolutely no idea there were about fifteen deer right behind them!
a little fishing - bucket list check!
and a little paddle boatin'!
I LOVE this picture of Colby! See that dimple on his shoulder? Mike has the same one in the same spot! Ah!!!
sunset pics are my FAVORITE too!
Then we were treated to what felt like a tennis match of fireworks! Everyone was shooting them off from the boat docks and they looked so pretty reflected on the water!
another bucket list check mark!
red, white and BOOM!
we ended our night with Holden's FAVORITE firework - sparklers!
phew! you made it through all the 4th pics! :) you're about 1/2 way there! :)
I mentioned last Friday how much I LOVE Instagram photo challenges!!! My friend Kim at Hunt & Host has a fun Mother Daughter summer challenge going on right now and we are having so much fun participating! You should join us! Here are a couple of my FAVORITE moments from this past week:
FAVORITE moment from Sunday - Colby and his troop arriving safely in Oklahoma and an afternoon swim with the girls
Holden's FAVORITE moment from Tuesday - Maggie's obedience training
Without a doubt the girls' FAVORITE moment on Wednesday was meeting and snuggling sweet Grant!
These kiddos are my FAVORITE! They put together 360 backpack bags in less than one hour at our local food bank. One hour of their time means 360 kiddos will have meals over the weekend. Food Bank days are my FAVORITE days!!!
Summer of Service
Don't forget about our Summer of Service challenge! This past week's challenge has been a simple one - to bless those working out in the heat with a glass or bottle of water. Hope was super excited on Tuesday to hear the garbage truck coming down our street. Normally she tags along with the bigs when we do our challenges but since they were both gone, she got to be a big girl! Here she is patiently waiting for the truck to come!
We took a quick walk yesterday and were able to find six people to share water with! It was 93 degrees outside and, boy, was it HOT!
Check back Monday to see the week 7 challenge! #soschallenge2015
Sweet Maggie is definitely a FAVORITE in our house! Tomorrow will be six weeks since we brought her home. For a lab puppy (they guesstimate she's about 7 months old) she's pretty good. Only one potty accident in the house, she doesn't jump on Hope, she's only chewed up a few small things, and she loves to be loved! We (I saw "we", I actually mean Mike and Holden!) started obedience training with her about three weeks ago. She's doing pretty good but we've still got lots to work on!
treats are Maggie's FAVORITE!
Holden working with her on the "stay" command
Remember I told you that Maggie won the Most Patriotic Pet award at the parade? Well, Holden couldn't wait to go spend the gift card! She really wanted to get Maggie a new toy but, sadly, Maggie isn't really into toys so a bag of treats and a couple of bones and Holden spent every last dollar of the gift card plus a penny the cashier chipped in!
After the pet shop, we took Maggie to her first dining out experience. All was going well till Holden saw the menu - she was a little concerned about the corn "puppies"!
Maggie looks right at home here!
Pura Vida bracelets and bags
A little random but I'm a fan of beach attire! I love wearing bracelets that you don't have to take off when you get in the water. And, I LOVE Pura Vida bracelets! Their story is one of my FAVORITES too!
I love their bracelets but their festival bags are fabulous as well!
I have the bag above (no longer available - sorry!) and I LOVE it so when I saw the beach bag below, I knew I just had to have it too! Because, well, bags are my FAVORITE! And, I've also included just a few of my FAVORITE bracelets!
If you see something you like, you can get 50% off your first order of $40 or more by shopping here!
YEA!!! You made it till the end! Thanks so much for hanging in there!
I hope you've had a week filled with your FAVORITE people, places, and memories!
Have a fabulous weekend! Gig 'em and God bless!
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and don't forget about the Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly! :) it's open through tomorrow!
we've also got a bonus link-up opportunity for you for the next 8 weeks - link up your summer family fun posts here!