|Ari meets Asher|
|The Jet Set Gang getting ready to take off!|
|Saying Goodbye to my Baby|
|The kids enjoying a summer rain shower|
|Silly officially hates my camera, lol.|
|A Summertime Fire Ari helped to build|
|Ari's New Dress from Gramma <3|
|Real Men Paint Toenails :)|
|Ari's Backyard Oasis|
|Mr. Jim and Ari enjoying some down time|
|Ari wearing a Mommy-Made Dress|
|The reason there aren't many pictures of my dude :)|
|The Birthday Princess|
|Ari giving Caleb's "Aunt Jennie Made" quilt a test run!|
|Caleb in his cool new ride sporting his Aunt Jennie PJs and Quilt|
|Krynnies wearing her Aunt Jennie made Dress|
|Trinny's little doppelganger wearing her Aunt Jennie Fairy Dress :)|
|Vinnie has resorted to eating his fingers to bulk up :)|
Time, Time to Sit Back and Unwind.... sorry, Will Smith, not so much of the unwinding going on around here, but it's all good :)
The pictures above are just a small portion of how we have spent this super busy, super full, and super fun summer, so far!
The children have returned from their yearly Florida "pilgrimage" with my mom. Three weeks of fun in the sun for them and three weeks of "relaxation" (organizing, cleaning, and taking care of Ari) for me! It was really nice, TBH. They are home now, looking blonder, taller and tanner. We are scrambling to get everything ready for their first year in public school - uniforms (yes, in public school!), registration, testing, physicals, as well as school supplies/shoes/backpacks. We are just about wrapped up. Lis's pool is done so they are having a blast at "La La's" (Ari's affectionate nickname for Lis has become EVERYONES nickname for her, LOL).
Trin celebrated her 6th birthday this week. The highlight of her birthday, for me, was when her older siblings donated their arcade tickets to her so she could get a fancy tiara and wand from the prize booth. I was so proud of them <3
I am healing, learning and taking baby steps since my surgery. I have had a few victories (really successful weightloss, plus I am down 2 sizes already!) and a few setbacks (having to go back on my blood pressure meds after being taken off them was kind of a blow). Still, taking it one step at a time and focusing.
Ari has been talking in leaps and bounds lately, full on sentences and using proper pronouns and tenses (as in I want to, not, me wants to). She cracks us up constantly with her observations....
"Bubby Buttface to Me"
"I jumping up to the sky, WAY up there" as she furiously hops with both feet off the ground.