Well, as much as I thought the last month wiped me out...this last week was even more exhausting. To start it off we had Alan's Mom, Step-Dad, niece and nephew and...my Mom and Step-Dad, sister, niece and nephew come out to see the new place. This was the first time for everyone. We had some good food and great conversation.
Alan enjoyed taking the kids for rides in his tractor. He also got to show off the land and his new truck to his Mama and his Dad was able to play around with the new lawnmower. I think it's safe to say he enjoyed himself.
Our kids don't get to see their cousins very often due to distance. But when they do they always have a blast. I loved watching them get dressed up. Still...at 7-10 years old....dressing up is fun. Alex's getup is a pirate's costume with a Captain's hat....Work like a Captain and Party like a Pirate my friends.
Don't mind that garbage bag tied to a door knob....we're classy entertainers.
After everyone left, my tween (did I just use that word right?) niece was able to stay with us for the week. She was absolutely perfect. I had wanted to do so much with her in just one week...paint, sew, craft, shop, laugh....but time (and my own kids) did not allow for all my big ideas.
We did manage to pull off an Ikea trip.... Andy (who's now too big to stay in the kid area) found a chair he liked for his desk. I like the blue.
Loving these glass bookcases...gold spray paint perhaps?
I also thought these DVD holders would be neat in the basement. Spray painted a fun color and hung along side the TV cabinet. These might help the "I don't feel like opening the game box so I'll throw this wii game where ever" situation. And for $5.99. Score.
I don't know why but I kinda like these plastic chairs. Made for outdoors, the have a hole at the back for drainage. The hot pink one stopped me. There's always a lot to take in at Ikea.
I think my niece enjoyed the trip. But our fun didn't stop there....
Every week we go to a summer camp put on by one of my dear friends. I would love to give you the whole scoop but that would be a post in itself. Let's just say for now...we have FUN! We learn scripture, play games, craft stuff etc.
Ada was on a mission... Put on your heels before you run back silly girl!
Alex almost found that life saver under the whip cream. Look Ma! No Hands!
Andy found his lifesaver! (I love this next image....Life Saver)
We did also manage to get some painting accomplished. I picked up some small two inch square canvases and let the kids go to town.
I'm loving having this table in the basement. I still haven't cleaned up all our messes down there!
During another session, Tiffany and I sat down to make larger paintings. Hers was the only one worthy of a photo. Mine patiently waits for a do-over. (People...that's why I love paint....do-overs!)
We also crafted us up a pretty gold pennant for Love's room.
Our crafty fun with Tiffany came to an end on Friday when Ada ran herself into a mid-air boomerang. You read it right....boomerang. Sliced her head wide open. So to the ER we all went.
Luckily Alan hadn't made it to work yet (he stayed home an extra hour to teach our boys how to throw a boomerang) and was able to meet us at the hospital. That is his little girl after all. Those bandages are my doing not the hospitals. Much to Alan's relief. Instead they gave her glue.
And a blanket. She was SO good she earned herself an ice cream for sure!
It didn't take long for us to pick up those paint brushes again. Unfortunately after Tiffany had left us. The boys created a masterpiece.
And here's a sneak peek at what I was up to today...
Well....are you exhausted now too? Summer is flying by. How much more fun can we fit in?