8 July ~ New playtoys

My little beauty taking a cat nap.
And when she awoke, Sailer and I had set up a surprise... her new play mat!!
Of course, she had a helper to "show her around."

7 July

Heading to camp---- Sailer doesn't really "do" t-shirts, but this was a special one from her Auntie Katie!

And Miss Thing and I headed to the doctor for mommy---praying that I don't have strep. Uggh.. The cutest thing about this pic is her pseudo gladiator sandals!!!

6 July ~ Meeting grandpa

Due to a bunch of yucky sickness, my daddy hasn't even met my newest baby. So today is the day. Grandpa and the other nana are coming over for a playdate!

(Could someone tell his mama to cut those wings?!?!?)

I love that Belva gets down and REALLY plays with my kids... she's in the tent playing make-believe with Sailer.  She was eating it up!!!
My dad, Belva and Baby Sable.
This makes me so happy to see.... my dad was the best dad growing up.  He was always there for me.  Even when he didn't necessarily agree.  He was a man of God who taught me the power of prayer and the love of our heavenly Father.  He was quiet. Smart and crazy knowledgeable. Selfless and loving.  It kind of sucks that due to really bad luck with his health, he hasn't been able to be as involved with my babies as he'd hoped and dreamed.  I believe in miracles and the power of prayer and continue to pray for a solution for him.  He deserves so much more from this life.
And my other main little man who apparently had enough from the day. (=
I love the precious moments that I catch Sailer just admiring her little sis.
She's teaching her how to "pinky promise."
And snuggling with her to get her to go to sleep.

the FOuRtH oF juLy 2011

This little get away has been such a blessing--- to have fun with great friends, to finally embrace some true girl time, for the kids to get to make so many fun memories with some of their besties, and honestly, to just chill in a fun and (mostly) relaxing place.  My kids are going to be so sad when they realize we will be leaving tomorrow and that they won't get to just wake up and find instant playmates.

Here are my babes ready to start the day...

Three little monkeys jumping in the bed....
two fell down...
... and luckily, no one bumped their head.
Linc's got his fishing pole ready to go!
And the jump house just awaiting several little hoodlums to find it.
But the quintessential pictures of summer.... just drinking straight from the sprinkler.

Aren't they the most adorable things EVER?!

And baby Sable in her first swimsuit.

And the big girls running through the sprinkler!  Pure simple innocent fun.

What was so fun was that on the property was a little goat farm and tons of other fun animals for the kiddos to look at, feed and pet.

After naptime, we got on our cutesy 4th gear on and headed over for a cookout and fireworks!

our nightly dance party!

And tickle fights with the "Codfish".


what a fantastic Fourth!!  We've already started planning for next year!